Thursday, August 28, 2008
The obvious is keeping in touch with my kids who are far from me, Heidi, Matt and J-man, Brendon and Stephanie. Love to see how life is with them away from California. With pictures and videos…my goodness it is great! Since you have taken a piece of my heart with you to those other states, I love to see you during the week! Then Garen, to have a glimpse into our oldest’s thoughts even though he lives at home. He is a bit of a private soul. Although he is quite happy these days, and it shows in his face and how often we see him. You and your brothers and sisters keep me going in love and compassion, devotion to all that is right and good.
Two of my sisters are bloggers, but not often enough for me!! Come on girls I need MORE! You are indeed my sisters by birth, heavenly and earthly, and I would choose my siblings again, and again, and again. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish we had more time together, so blogging helps a little! My two sisters-in-law who blog along with me. I know we chose to be part of this Holmes clan of love and faith. We have all so much to be thankful for in the rich heritage we have been blessed with by birth and by marriage, and the legacy that will continue because we are who we are! Love your guts!
My nieces and nephews and their exciting and growing lives. I have seen you grow since birth. You have made so much of your gifts and talents, and wonderfully now teaching me things about instilling all that is good into daily life. Getting degrees, starting companies, Finding your soul mate spouses, supporting those spouses, loving your family and the Lord. Hugs and kisses (and tickles) to you!
I have met new people like Marie, a Canadian, who now resides in England. She is a member of our faith, and she is a chef by profession. She is an inspiration by design of our Father in Heaven. LOVE her Daily insights and recipes. What an open heart you have, and give so freely from it.
Newly acquired family - the Warner clan…Dad, Cole is a quiet soul, and shares what he has read, and feels with his children. Reflections on life, and our beloved Marianne. I love learning more about her through her family. You are missed sweet friend. Katherine is an inspiration, she is our Julia’s older sister, wise beyond her years. Hiliarious as all get out! Talented cook and I have learned so much from her expertise in the kitchen. One of the first bloggers I ever heard about because my Grant said "Mom, have you seen Katherine’s blog? It has the best recipes! " He was right we love the recipes and we love Katherine, Bobby, Franny and Sophie. Kirksville, MO neighbors to our Brendon and Stephanie, and helped forge their way…
Getting closer to people that I have known for years, but have also moved away like Lauri. After having served together in the Corona Stake Young Women’s we became friends through tears of service, of faith, of family and laughter. I love having her back in my life from Arizona, I need an infusion of your thoughts regularly, thank you!
Getting closer to long time friends like Lura, as we share often the loves in our lives. Lura is one sweetheart of a sister, few people have such a natural exuberance for life. She recently came to my aide with my "sisters" Diane and Karen the day before and the day of Jordan’s wedding reception. Couldn’t have done it without her.
Next blessing – Getting to see how the Young Women and Young Men of the Corona Stake have grown into amazing people. Be it single and fabulous, or wives and mothers, fathers and hubbies…..wherever you may be! Oh my goodness, this is quite a long list and makes up so much of my blog list. They grew up with my daughters and sons and I was privileged to be a part of their lives then. I feel like an auntie now, as I watch them raise their babies, develop incredible talents in themselves as well as lead and guide their children on the path of righteousness. I thrill with each peek into their lives as they celebrate each milestone and each of you reading this, know that I love you and I am so proud of the great lives you are living.
Then my new sisters who came into my life in the Eastvale Ward while Russell was serving as Bishop. Amazing and talented creatures you are ladies! I love seeing life thru your vibrant and amazing lives as you anticipate births, see the humor in raising your children, remind me of those days gone by, raising babies, and trying to keep it ALL TOGETHER. You have inspired me to seek my life’s dreams, and see life thru your camera lenses, your beautiful children’s faces, how in love you are with your hubbies, and how you serve your families, while creating, studying, rocking, decorating…mmmmmm life is good as I visit.
So I thank those who I get to check on daily, hope you don’t mind how often you see my message. My friend Kamee helped me to see that it is "leaving a little love" as we share our thoughts on cyber-pages. I know it is time for journaling those treasured times in life. Excited to hear that you can publish our blogs into books.
Thanks for writing, for reading, for sharing, for inspiring, for loving….. you have blessed my life.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
8 Things I am passionate about
1.The Gospel (Learning about and building a strong relationship with my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ)
2. My Husband Russell – love of my life
3. My children and their growing families
4. My Jackson – he has a piece of my heart in Colorado…
5. My extended family – Nothing like the love of great people who love you back
6. My friends – amazing people that are there for me (I hope they know I will always do the same)
7. Taking Pictures to document all that I am passionate about
8. Creative outlets like writing, scrapbooking, blogging, sewing, painting & Crafting
8 things I want to do before I die
1. Be in the temple with all of my children
2. Go to the Sacred Grove and church historical sites and temples
3. Travel – mostly the United States then to foreign countries
4. Get a few of my children’s books published that I have written
5. Have my home organized and repaired.
6. Have a finished yard to enjoy entertaining in
7. Have a large extended family cruise vacation
8. Retire from working outside my home
8 things I say a lot
2. I love you
3. thank you darlin’
4. Victress Bower School, this is Sheryl, can I help you?
5. How is Gramma’s Boy?
6. Gimme’ a hug
7. Do you need a tickle?
8. Whoo Hoo!
8 Books I have read as of lately
(had to get creative here, thanks for the inspiration Katie!)
2. The Ensign
3. The Peacegiver
4. Numbers (read to Jackson)
5. Shapes (read to Jackson)
6. Mary Englebrieght Nursery Rhymes (you guessed it...Jackson)
7. The Primary Handbook
8. Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley
8 Movies I have watched
1. White Christmas
2. While You Were Sleeping
3. Calamity Jane
4. PS I Love you
5. Holiday Inn
6. You’ve Got Mail
7. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
8. Meet Me in St. Louis
8 Bloggers I tag
4. Stephanie (yes you!)
5. Joy (yes you!)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Cody really enjoyed his weekly trips to the Provo Temple. He was able to do the work of the Lord in His Holy House, and loved those experiences.He was able to call us from the airport the night he left to Honduras. He is showing us here on the famous world map in the MTC where Honduras is. It was good to hear his voice, and even better to hear the things he wanted to talk to us about. His love and concern for his family, checking on his younger brother and his progress in preparing for a mission. Our study of Preach my Gospel. His excitement to get to the work of the Lord.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"This very beautiful award, an expression of the special threads of relationship and sisterhood connecting women, was created by the artist Tammy Vitale of Women, Art, Life: Weaving it All Together. Its purpose is to send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things, and live their lives fully with generosity and joy. "
Like any award, it comes with rules and obligations:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it’s up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to Tammy's blog: Women, Art, Life: Weaving it All Together (so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women and see where, and who, the award has traveled to).
Giving such an award is tricky. Because of the criteria, there are so many....but I have been touched by so many of you my personal friends, and those who are like daughters. However, today I would like to pass this lovely award on to three family "friends" that have touched my heart this week.
Last but not least, my sister in law Sara. http://theholmesfamilyest1990.blogspot.com/She is always there for me....Hosting showers for my daughters in law, Offering her time and talents to help with the wedding preparations. Loving our family unconditionally, and sharing her cute kids with us. She is a convert to the church from her youth, and embraced everything about it. She is a wonderful example as she teaches her children with her hubby Phillip to walk uprightly before the Lord. I love her smile and her ability to create beauty wherever she goes. I am blessed that she is my Holmes sister.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
And what a perfect wedding it was! Our photographer Tonya has not quite finished working her magic, but here is a sneak peek, she shared these with us on her blog. Tonya and her sister Gena (sorry for earlier wrong name!)spent the day with us, and we can see that we are going to love how they have captured our lovin' couple and their day. Isn't this fun!
Now for a few from us amateurs, we of course were busy being the family, so we did not take as many as we would like, but here are a few.... The dad and mom of the groom...
And the brothers and sisters of the groom - minus and truly missing our Elder Cody Holmes. (He leaves for Honduras tonight from the MTC, and we will be talking to him from the SLC airport, can't wait!) We also forgot Grant's matching tie, notice the smooth way he is trying not to show it~
At Brendon and Grant's we did not get pictures with our grandparents, so I made sure that was one of our first pictures. We had Grandma and Grandpa Holmes and Pitt, and Breana's only living grandmother...her Nana, who just celebrated her 90th birthday. Absolutely wonderful and we love that they were all with us in the Temple and for this great day.
My sweetheart sister in law Sara Holmes. We could not have created this day without the selfless help of our dear family and friends. Sara was one who helped out alot!
The Holmes Girls all! Heidi now being a Shirley, we are so happy with our new daughters that our sons have added to our Eternal family...
Our forever is looking pretty great isn't it!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Nora Marie Holmes!