Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Just a Random Update

I've been pretty quiet here lately.  Not that life has been quiet; in fact, it's been a roller coaster ride of late.  But, putting it into words is so hard.  Ya know?

Ok, first the kids:

Katelyn is well into 8th grade, and overall doing great.  When she feels like she's not doing great, I remind her that these are important life lessons she's learning, and she will be stronger for them.  Right, Kate?  I'm very proud of my---FOURTEEN!--year old.  In September Jim let her go to Youth Alive, a fun whirlwind trip to So Cal for church and Knott's Berry Farm.    She's been involved in lots of youth functions, and celebrated her 14th birthday with a surprise lunch, balloons and treats at school from her fantastic mother followed by dinner at Red Robin (where else?)  She thought it was funny that a new/old/returned-from-Alaska classmate, Josh, has his birthday on the same day and they unknowingly planned dinner at the same restaurant that night.  She has found out that she likes sushi and can't wait until she can drive so she can socialize more as her parents are duds.

Jason looooves 1st grade.  He is something else...very Type A (wonder where he gets that from?) about his school work and stresses out if something is not right.  I've had to tell him numerous times "Jason, you are my third child to go through Sis Ward's class.  I know the routine.  Be calm!"  A good friend sent me some precious pictures of Jason praying at chapel one day.  Jason told me to save the one of Bro Matt Garrett praying with him as my wallpaper on my phone, and told me "Bro Matt kept saying 'It's Holy Ghost time for Jason!'."  He hasn't gotten it yet, but that's only because he hasn't prayed recently.  It will come :)

Justin is something else.  Right now he's testing his limits and seeing just how much Mom and Dad will let him get away with.  Sigh.  It's exhausting cuz if you let up one time, boom, back to square one (have we moved from square one yet??  Really, where did these stubborn children come from?  Certainly not me,  certainly! --snort).  But, when he's not testing limits, he's learning how to ride his bike!  Yes!  He asked Jim to take the training wheels off of his bike and as soon as Jim helped him balance, he was off.  He was riding like a pro in no time flat.  So proud of my baby.  He's getting so big!

Tyler is doing well.  I'm praying about something big right now, hopeful, but scared to death that I'm going to make the wrong choice.  Praying God sends me a great big sign!

I'm also praying about something else really big.  I'm not at liberty to share it yet, but, oh, I am so praying that God will answer this prayer with a YES!

In the mean time, I'll share that I am no longer employed at the college where I was the past year.  Something big and unpleasant happened that led me to understand without a doubt that my time there had reached its end and so I put my feelers out and looked for a new job.  God was good and I've taken a position at the community college closer to Tyler's school, doing a job that I think I will like.  I will stay here until God gives me a YES to my big prayer and I can go where my heart longs to be.

My hubby recently turned 40!  Unfortunately we weren't able to celebrate as big as I would have liked due to the situation above, but someday we'll take off and see Seattle, Honey :)

Other than all that, we are enjoying great revival at church!  Our altars have been loosed and folks are being filled with the Holy Ghost.  It's so exciting!

So, that's it for me.  Hope you all are well :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Shelley

Yesterday Shelley Sims passed away. Shelley was such a wonderful person and she will be missed.  I have some many wonderful memories of Shelley. One of my first is that she and Perry got engaged soon after we started attending VPC, which was Faith Temple back then. I think they might have been the first ones that we got to hear a poem for, actually.

Then I remember the following year, 2006, we went to camp meeting the last time it was in Prescott. At some point we were talking to Shelley and Perry before we went and they were telling us about the place where they were going to stay for  amp meeting, a place called Apple Creek Cottages. We wonder up staying there in one cabin and the Sims were in another cabin. They came over to our cabin one afternoon between services and played Skip-Bo with us.

Shelley was one of those people who was always there. I remember her sitting on the back row of the right side of the church, taking attendance before service. Silly me thought it was funny to lean down and tell her "I'm here!" Now I look for her and miss seeing her.

Shelley always understood exactly what we were talking about when we spoke of  Tyler. She would tell stories about kids she encountered working in daycare, and share things that she learned. My husband said of her this morning, "I always felt like she understood." Shelley was always plain spoken, too, and I liked that about her. We could talk plainly with each other, with no pretenses.

I remember the couple of times that Jim and I would go very early to the church to pray before I took him to work.  Shelley would always be there, coming to pray after dropping Perry off at work.

One year I got call from Shelley. She wanted to give an anonymous gift to a mutual friend and asked me to be the go between.  She was always thinking of others.

Last Easter Shelley came into the nursery room, looking for a place to hang out as there was no space in the church.  She wasn't strong enought to chase toddlers, but she found her place sitting in the chair next to the door and holding whichever baby we happened to have that service.  She wound up coming in for all three services and holding babies. It was such a big help to have her there, knowing she was taking care of the baby, one less thing for me to worry about.  In between services on Sunday, we wound up having a long talk about her cancer and her hopes for the future. I will always treasure that time.

I willw miss Shelley. If memory is correct she is the first peer my age to die of cancer. It's sobering. But I know she's in Heaven with The Lord. I'm just sad for me, and Perry, and Ruthie and al pof us who will miss her dearly.

My husband told me this morning that, on my last birthday, Bro Perry came up to him and said, "do something nice for your wife for her birthday." I cried when I heard that. Let us not take one day for granted. Love one another and let them know that you love them.

Farewell, Shelley. Enjoy being in the presence of The Lord. We are jealous :)