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News of the Church / Re: President Monson has earned his rest
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:03:06 pm »
I cried. The world will miss the influence of a great man.
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News of the Church / Re: President Monson has earned his rest
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:59:53 am »
He certainly has. Sad, but at the same time I am happy for him. He is with his wife, and has all his faculties back.
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General Discussion / Re: Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Day
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:43:43 pm »
Merry Christmas to my Nauvoo Family. Love each and every one of you. May this holiday be filled with love, peace and the fullness of Christ's love.

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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: December 24, 2017, 04:17:20 pm »
The Christmas Eve party sounds wonderful but I need to recuperate from the Northern Light chase which started at 1800 and rnded at 0300.  Then church and cable car and cokd wind... I am snggled under a duvet with tea. But I am leaving ribbe for dveryone to enjoy. Its slow riasted pork belly and a Norse Christmas staple.  Enjoy enjoy
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General Discussion / Re: Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Day
« on: December 24, 2017, 04:12:30 pm »
As many already know, this is the end of our wonderful 25 jubilee year. Although I will never top going down the Nile for several days as the only passengers on a sailing barge,  leaving family and familiar behind this Christmas week is a singularly memorable experience. 
 But first. After 44 years of Hannah Holiday presiding from atop the tree, she's put away with all the colourful lights and unbreakables.  When the grandchildren arrive the huge tree will come back out.
We found a fake tree a little taller than I with flocking. I got out my silver ,blue, and crystal collection and by golly there was enough to decently trim the tree. We also got a single LED light strand with 738 lights. That garland is the best Christmas decor to happen for my spine and hip ever.  Got my lots o lights on the tree and trimmed in three hours tops not 5 days.  Then, we hosted family gifting night otherwise known as Sinterklaas  the begining of December for the first time ( his folks kitchen was being remodeled)  ,that same group is invited to return ( not whole clan but grandparents and Else's plus one)  for a family games night and Chinese take out on the 29th, so my holuday hosting is all taken care of..
We left for the Arctic Circle on his birthday 21 December and will be here til 27 Dec.
So far we have fed reindeer and learned about the Sami, gone to the University museum for a little more Sami culture and Aurora Borealis education, driven 120Km to find clear skies and a clear view if the Northern Lights, attended church at the local ward, are invited to a Presidency members home for Kerst dinner, Tuesday we go see whales in the fjords on  a boat.  Oh and tomorrow morning we attend a Norsk church service in the domkirche.  Very different holiday from the norm. 
Not necessarily stressless but certainly an amazing experience.   
2018 will be dull as dishwater compared to 2017.  But I am beginning to look for Magillicuddy, a blue great Dane, who will be MY dog, and my companion when I stop travelling.
Today we went up the mountain on a cable car , but it got windy so I parked in the cafe and are sweet potato soup.   Tonight he is out walking the steep dark streets. I declined.
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General Discussion / Re: Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Day
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:39:48 pm »
Sarah-Grace (9 months old, now) sang her first song today. At church, when the congregation sang "Silent Night" for our closing hymn, she joined in with "Aaaaaah-aaaaaah-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah" She sang that over and over until the song was done. Then she stopped when everyone else stopped. Then she started up again during the closing prayer. :)
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General Discussion / Re: Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Day
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:30:23 pm »
Thanks for sharing about "Mini." I have a boy in my class who gets anxiety when there are too many people and/or it's too loud.  At our Christmas assembly at school, I had to leave with him and walk the halls.  400 voices singing in the gym overwhelmed his senses.  I'm actually glad it worked out that way.  It gave me a chance to talk with him, just one-on-one, for about 30 minutes. He's a pretty amazing kid.  He knows he's different from other students.  And it bugs him, sometimes, which doesn't help his anxiety. But when he starts talking about the animals he cares for--chickens, goats, and a number of puppies and dogs--it's like he goes to another world where he can live and love in ways that make sense to him.
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General Discussion / Re: Christmas Eve ~ Christmas Day
« on: December 24, 2017, 12:18:21 am »
We're going to my parents' house on Sunday for the family get-together. I seriously debated telling them all that Mini is simply not equipped to deal with the volume and the contention, especially  after Thanksgiving. But the child has actually been doing really well mentally and emotionally lately, and is looking forward to it. So we'll go, and I'll be monitoring in case we need to beat a hasty retreat.

Mini might possibly spend the night there, depending on how everything goes Sleepovers with Grandma have always been a favorite.

Either way, there are no plans for Monday except maybe picking Mini back up from my parents' house.
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Mormon Life / Re: Any Bishop please assist.
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:49:16 pm »
It is probably worth reminding everyone that Andrew is NOT a bishop.
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:33:16 pm »
The fire is 80% contained.

This is a fairly unedited video, but this is  member of the ward. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/video/news/home-survives-creek-fire/vp-BBGkogP

The funny thing is, several days ago, the night we evacuated, I was praying before dinner with my family and out of my mouth came "protect the homes of everyone in our ward." I don't usually say things like that and quickly added "If you can't, please help them recover quickly" etc. I felt almost like asking to protect their homes instead of just them was a faux pas and wasn't sure why that came to me when I said it. I know others in the ward were praying the same thing though.

Later that day, the flames reached this family's home. Their garage was damaged along with some of their property. But their home was protected and came through undamaged.

I have no explanation for my prayer other than that God put it in my heart to ask that specific thing, and when I (and others) asked, He answered.
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: December 08, 2017, 12:10:28 am »
They have lifted almost all of the evacuation orders tonight! And the fire is 20% contained which doesn't sound like much but it is only threatening a few homes now. So grateful.
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Indeed, Hobbes. 

Here is a link to the summary of the CATO Institute's amicus brief supporting Masterpiece Cakeshop:  https://www.cato.org/publications/legal-briefs/masterpiece-cakeshop-v-colorado-civil-rights-commission 

One excerpt:  "...forcing people to speak is just as unconstitutional as preventing or censoring speech. The First Amendment “includes both the right to speak freely and the right to refrain from speaking at all” ... the justices have said repeatedly that what the First Amendment protects is a “freedom of the individual mind,” which the government violates whenever it tells a person what she must or must not say. Forcing a baker to create a unique piece of art violates that freedom of mind."

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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:32:08 pm »
The Crescenta Valley extends (in general reckoning) from Sunland to La Cañada-Flintridge, inclusive, all along Foothill Boulevard.

I grew up in La Crescenta, where my mom lives still (and sister and grandma.) I currently live in Tujunga and so do my dad and step-mom. My ward covers Tujunga, Sunland, Shadow Hills, Lakeview Terrace and a few smaller neighboring communities. I believe based on the map that everyone in the ward is now under a mandatory evac order, though not all have left.
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:02:48 pm »
They just updated the evac border again. We're back under mandatory and so is Jeff's office (and our storage space.)
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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:39:56 am »
Today is the worst fire risk day in recorded history for L.A. (A fire risk index of 175 is considered extreme risk. Today is 286. Worst ever issued.) There is a purple flag warning. First ever. The wind has already been so bad this week that several fires were spreading at a rate of 1 acre/second.

If some idiot drops a cigarette and starts ANOTHER fire, I would not rule out a vigilante mob going after them.

I sure hope things calm down after tonight. The wind isn't supposed to entirely behave until Saturday, but hopefully today will be the worst and hopefully it will not be as bad as they fear.

Gale-force winds destroyed our mailbox. We put a hold on our mail until Monday and we have to get a new one this weekend.
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