Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome 2011; Goodbye 2010

"Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go because it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go."

~ Brooks Atkinson

Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Family Christmas Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope this Christmas letter finds each of you well! Here are our recent updates for 2010:

Joseph enjoys gardening, wood-working (his current project is building a bunk-bed for the girls), and shooting guns with Annalee and Josh. Joseph was released after serving 3 years as the ward Elder’s Quorum President and now enjoys serving in the scouting program and 11-year old Sunday School. He is still employed as the Regional Purchasing/Inventory Controller with Ferguson Enterprises.

Annalee continues teaching 35 private violin students (5:30- 7:30 a.m. and 1– 3:00 p.m.); she also became a Pampered Chef consultant which she enjoys; she also loves reading, baking and camping with our family. Her biggest regret of 2010: When Emma lost her second tooth and faithfully placed it under her pillow, Annalee forgot until it was time to wake up Emma for school…so she ransacked Emma’s piggy bank for a buck. Nope, she didn’t win the Mother of the Year Award this year, but she realizes a huge part of parenting is improvisingJ

Josh (age 10) received his Arrow of Light (the highest cub scout award), enjoys Advanced Placement math, and started playing the cello this year. His Dad also taught him how to ski, and he played baseball with the KC Royals this year! This year for the first time, he bore his testimony in fast and testimony meeting at church. Our favorite quote by Josh in 2010: “Mom and Dad, I feel the Holy Ghost telling me I shouldn’t go see that movie.” {referring to his Father/Son date to go see Harry Potter7.} We love that he calls home voluntarily from his friends house, “just to check in.” Now if he would just refrain from mummifying his sister’s Barbies by wrapping them in toilet paper and duct tape…

Emma (age 8) chose to be baptized this year and continues to love spelling, violin and soccer. She has a very creative imagination, and has an imaginary friend whom she affectionately refers to as ‘Sir Laurentzen.’ Our favorite quotes by Emma in 2010: “Mom, do you think I am bursting with talent?” and {Note handwritten by Emma, which we found coming home from a date; taped to the front door, it read:} “Sarah (aunt/babysitter) and I have been transported to another world, but don’t worry—the other kids are safe.”

Caleb (age 5) started kindergarten this fall and is enjoying it immensely. (Mostly the privilege of riding the bus.) He loves legos and superheroes, and really, really loves to pray. (As evidenced by the fact that at any given dinner, we have an average of 3 prayers.) Our favorite quotes by Caleb in 2010: “Satan doesn’t have a very good future, does he? But we sure do, don’t we, Dad? and “Since Jesus was killed on the cross, I’m really looking forward to dying some other way.”

Elizabeth (age 3) is such a joy. She is playing the violin (begging daily to practice) and has started learning “I’m a Happy Monkey”/ “Mississippi Hot Dog”. She is in a children’s singing class and thoroughly enjoys it. She is perfectly happy if she can play ‘babies’ and change her clothes hourly. Favorite quote by Lizzie in 2010: {During Tithing Settlement}: Bishop, don’t litter and don’t say bad words.”

God bless all of our dear friends and loved ones this holiday season.


The Kelly Family

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Meridian Magazine - A Christmas Story about the Provo Tabernacle

Meridian Magazine - A Christmas Story about the Provo Tabernacle

Trust me... this is worth reading, AND it's much more miraculous than a silhouette of Jesus in a tortilla chip selling on E-Bay for thousands of dollars...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Our Christmas Joy

Tonight (Friday, Dec. 17) my almost 11-year old was over at a friend's having fun. He came home after the other little ones were in bed, and when he found out that he missed family prayer, he was upset. He got after me for not calling him home so he could kneel down with us...

This is the same boy who waited months for HP7 to come out, and then quietly pulled us aside an hour before he and the Mister were going to see it to say, "Mom and Dad, I feel the Holy Ghost telling me I shouldn't go see that movie."

This is the same kid who saved 3 weeks worth of allowance only to turn around and donate every penny and dollar of it to his elementary school's Coins for Christmas charity last week...

This special boy fasted longer than I did last Sunday... and he bore his testimony publically that same day (for his very first time). Without any bribes... on his own accord.

And when we were getting ready to go see a matinee recently, I wanted to save a few bucks by sticking a candycane in his pocket for a treat... he shook his head at me and said, "No, mom. That's not honest. The sign says 'no outside food or drink allowed.'"

He was born on Christmas night after a harrowing and difficult 22-hour labor. His name in Hebrew means "JESUS." (We chose the name Joshua long before we were even pregnant.) He is our firstborn son. His mortal father's name is Joseph. And I think someday God has a special mission for him. He is excited to be a full-time missionary someday. He tells us this. I love what he is teaching me. And I am extremely inadequate to be his mother. He is raising me.

Meridian Magazine - Depression and the Holidays

Meridian Magazine - Depression and the Holidays

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas quote

"Though He had worn a kingly crown in the eternal courts on high, He chose to breathe as His first mortal breath, the stench of a stable."

~Bruce R. McConkie

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Love & Logic Lesson for the Mister

I drive a 1999 Dodge Caravan. Oh yeah, baby. It'ssss righteoussss...

As you can surmise, it needs a little t.l.c. from time to time. A few weeks ago, the heat stopped working and I have dreaded every errand and car pooling activity because of it. As I'm driving, I tell myself constantly, "Think of the Martin Hand Cart Company..." and it makes me grateful for my vehicle, with or without heat.

However, I have asked the Mister several times to get it fixed. "Honey, I havebeen driving your 4 babies around in the frigid negative temperatures for weeks now! Pleeeeease get it fixed!", I plead.

What's a girl to do?

I did what any faithful, desperate, *chilly*, non-mechanical Latter-day Saint sister with a well-meaning, but distracted husband would do...

I called the Home Teacher Hotline.

The faithful home teachers came on Sunday evening and as they finished their message, the senior companion said, "Well, Kelly family, is there anything we can do for you?"

As the Mister starts to dutifully shake his head, I raise an index finger and say,
"Yes, actually." I try to sound matter-of-fact. And I proceed to explain the heating issue in the van. And he promised to bring reinforcements and return the following day. (The Mister's jaw drops, but he remains silent.)

But guess what?

The Mister took Monday afternoon off work to begin repairing the van.

Now we're getting some where! No need to nag anymore...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The M&M Nativity

As you hold these candies in your hand and turn them, you will see the M becomes a W, an E and a 3. They tell the Christmas story; it's one I'm sure you'll know. It took place in a stable a long, long time ago.

The E is for the East where the star shone so bright;
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night.
The 3 is the for Wisemen bearing gifts; with haste they came.
W is for worship; Angels sang praise to His name.

So as you eat these candies Or share them with a friend,
Remember the true meaning of Christmas
And never let it end!

This poem could be attached to a snack packet of M&M's, or a handful in a cellophane bag with ribbon... Great for neighbor gifts, friends, teachers or youth groups. I love finding simple ways to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day #20

Our 10-year old son has been anxiously awaiting the new Harry Potter 7 movie. He has read all the books, seen all the previous movies, and so my husband had set a Father-Son date to go see the matinee today. However, something unusual happened-- Josh quietly pulled the Mister and me aside an hour before they were supposed to leave, and said, "Mom and Dad, I feel the Holy Ghost telling me I shouldn't go see that movie."

What do you say to that?

Nonetheless, I am so grateful this stellar little boy is learning how to feel and recognize promptings of the Spirit. Now if I could get him to be more reverent in church...and sing in primary sharing time...

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Gratitude #18 & 19

#18: I'm grateful the Christmas shopping is d.o.n.e.

#19: I'm grateful for all my 35 violin students who sacrifice to come between 5:30 - 7:30 a.m. for lessons and 1:30 - 3:15. I feel extremely blessed to be able to do something I'm passionate about, from home, either while my children sleep or are at school... and get paid to do it. It has blessed my life in so many ways. Tender mercies.

Meridian Magazine - Glenn Beck and Harry Reid – Future Buddies?

A very interesting perspective indeed...

Meridian Magazine - Glenn Beck and Harry Reid – Future Buddies?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tithing Settlement & The aRts

Gratitude #17:

Tonight we had tithing settlement. Bishop said we were the very first family for tithing settlement in our ward for 2010. I appreciated his patience as all four of our children toddled in with their Tithing Piggy Banks full of loose change. And for his patience as Caleb and Lizzie inserted 'urgent' comments intermittingly. Such as ~ Lizzie whispers in my ear, "I need to tell Bishop something..." "Bishop," Lizzie says, "Don't say bad words."

Caleb raises his hand and waits for the Bishop to 'call on him' and says, "I know President Monson is important."

Caleb raises his hand again and asks, "How do you get our money to Jesus? I bet he already knows I did a lemonade stand to get it."

As I asked the Bishop (this humble, meek, capable leader we've loved and sustained now for almost 5 years) if he was relieved this would be his last season of conducting tithing settlements. It was a sweet moment. I won't share publicly his reaction and counsel, but it spoke volumes to my testimony.

Gratitude #17, Part 2:
One of my students called up with 6 extra tickets to the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Center's production of "Willy Wonka" and we took our little family. It was amazing. Polished, exciting, musical perfection, from the orchestra pit to the chocolate river... how grateful I am to be able to raise our family in a community where the arts are alive, despite the economic downturn. It is really special, given the small size of this city. We get a taste of culture here-- the Youth Symphony, Idaho FAlls Symphony, Teton Chamber Orchestra, two art museums and the Idaho Museum which takes in major displays (right now we welcome the DaVinci Display). I love it. Love Idaho Falls!

p.s. I'm grateful also for the willingness my children get their church clothes on to attend tithing settlement. The Mister always asks us to do this, as it is in essence, an accounting before the Lord. I love that the children don't complain as we button white shirts and buckle black patent leather shoes, even on a school night. (Although Emma had her t-shirt on under her denim dress...and Caleb had a batman nightshirt on underneath his white shirt. And just don't ask about Lizzie's pink ruffled swimming suit and how it fit into the equation. Some secrets a girl's got a right to keep.)

Now if only I had won the Golden Ticket at intermission... a case of Farr's candy! Mmmm.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gratitude #16

Today is my mom's 60th birthday. I'm so grateful for her because she gave me life.

Also, today I spent 4 1/2 hours working at the LDS Cannery here in Idaho Falls. As difficult and long as today's shift was, I marvel at how inspired the program truly is. I'm grateful I got to work on my family's food storage while serving the hands that hang down...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day #15

Today I'm grateful we played Apples to Apples for the activity after FHE. Because... I love how the Mister cheats. Every. Single. Round. It makes all of us laugh ~ I'm so thankful to have a spouse that makes me laugh. (Even if he is a bona fide cheater...)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gratitude #14

I'm thankful for my sister Sarah ~ periodically she takes my children for an over-nighter and spoils the kids rotten. Friday night, she took the girls and they had a smashing time! New barbies, late night oreos & milk, movies & shopping. Next weekend she has a date with my sons. What are aunts for? Burning memories...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gratitude #13

Tonight we had the privilege of feeding the full-time missionaries. After several attempts to call my tardy 5-year old down to dinner, I was becoming frustrated. Just as we were bowing our heads to bless the food, he proudly came to the dinner table wearing his church clothes-- red clip-on tie and dark pants! Thank God for my children who teach me how to appropriately honor our full-time missionaries and their holy work.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gratitude #10

Today I'm grateful for a mother/daughter date for Achievement Days.

Gratitude #9

This afternoon, all 4 of my children were outside playing in the snow. As I worked through dinner preparations in the kitchen, I heard their carefree voices outside my window. I had the impression to be grateful the children were healthy, and could enjoy running and jumping in the snow.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gratitude #8

I spent the morning at the public library with my little ones. Each of us left with several good books to read...I'm thankful for the library and access to so much good literature.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

More Family Photos 2010

Gratitude #7

Our son Caleb, age 5, said to us tonight: "Since Jesus was killed on the cross, I am really looking forward to dying some other way."

I'm grateful for that laugh today...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

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Thankful November #6

A couple of tragic deaths over the weekend have made me fervently thankful for my temple covenants.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Gratitude #5

Today I'm thankful that the Conference issue of the Ensign came yesterday.

I'm so grateful for this pleasant, beautiful 60-degree weather with no wind.

I'm also thankful the Mister arranged for us to have a picnic down on the pier--just the two of us.

I'm thankful our neighbors invited us out to pizza tonight.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day #3

Today I'm grateful for the first laugh of the 8-year daughter has an imaginary friend lovingly named "Sir Laurentzen."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gratitude Day 2

Today I am thankful for egg nog and voting privileges. Bottoms up!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gratitude Day 1

Today I am thankful for my primary calling. On days like yesterday, I was reminded why I don't want more kids.

Friday, October 15, 2010

(Gay) Mormon Guy: President Packer's Talk... From a (Gay) Mormon Per...

President Packer's talk and modern day stoning of the prophets... It really is like seeing Samuel the Lamanite up on the city wall with wicked people trying to shoot arrows at him in hopes that he will meet his demise simply because "the wicked take the truth to be hard." Finally someone who struggles with the issue and his message of hope.

(Gay) Mormon Guy: President Packer's Talk... From a (Gay) Mormon Per...: "President Packer had only spoken for a few seconds before I knew there would be backlash. Everything he said was directly applicable to me....."

Sunday, September 19, 2010


In remembrance of 9/11, our elementary school holds an annual tribute and flag raising ceremony. The 5th grade asks for volunteers to help with the color guard. Josh was one of four that volunteered. I was deeply touched by the flyer his teacher sent home in preparation for this ceremony. She requested that the four scouts come to school 45 minutes early every day that week in preparation. She wanted the boys to practice and become proficient at handling the flag for the ceremony. She stressed the importance of having a solemn, reverent atmosphere to help maintain the meaning of the Sept. 11. The program included a simple, but poignant message from the principal, the singing of patriotic songs, quotes from past U.S. Presidents and former First Ladies, the flag raising, then lowering to half mast, followed at the end by a moment of silence. I could not stop crying! I feel so indebted to God for the privilege of living in this divinely prepared country. I feel sad at the loss of life on 9/11/01. I felt moved and grateful for the time and preparation our children's school put into honoring Patriot Day. Not very many schools in our area have any kind of recognition. (Actually, not many do outside Idaho either, I learned from out-of-state friends.)
I sensed strongly that Josh felt the solemnity of the occasion; largely due in part to the manner in which his teacher handled the preparations.
On the evening of Sept. 11, the Idaho FAlls Symphony held an outdoor concert at Freeman Park, along the greenbelt here in Idaho FAlls. They opened with the City Firefighters Pipes & Drums playing. One of the men became emotional as he expressed his gratitude to his fellow 'brothers' who sacrificed their lives to try and save victims in the Trade Center. The conductor concluded the evening's performance with a moment of silence.
The kids wrestling before the concert...
The Mister and me...
My sweet Emma, and our picnic dinner.

The evil terrorists may destroy the foundations of our buildings, but they will not destroy the foundation of our country.

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard about the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Obligatory Front Porch Photos...

Caleb and Mrs. Gale... don't be fooled by that stoic expression of boredom and apathy...
Snazzy new school clothes, ready for afternoon kindergarten!
My 5th grader and 3rd grader! We woke up to rain and a chill in the air, but their anticipation is breaking through the clouds!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Odds 'n Ends

I've been in a blogging dry here are some random thoughts swirling through my head tonight.

First day of school tomorrow. People say, "Aren't you glad to be getting them back into school?"
I say, "NO! Generally, I truly enjoy having my kids home with me and we can play more together." And they say, "But won't you enjoy more structure in your day with the kids?" And I say, "We have structure all summer long -- my kids weed the garden, do 10 math problems, read 20 minutes, practice, and clean their rooms DAILY." However, the two oldest kids have been teasing and fighting more, so for that reason only, I will be glad to send the little darlings off to school tomorrow!

Last week, I forgot to wear a bra to my Sunday worship services. Good thing there's not a lot going on there in my life, but still, it made me feel pretty vulnerable. If not shapeless.

Tonight, my husband laid his hands on each of my children's heads and gave them a "Back-to-School" Father's blessing. I took notes and will refer to it as needed during the school year for them. The Mister cries easily when he feels the Spirit, so he was wiping tears frequently during their blessings. Afterwards, he told me how strong the impression was that the Lord is mindful of these children individually, and how intimately He loves them.

We enjoyed a few last summer outings this past week -- took the kids to Ross Park (so fun!), and last night we went to the Drive-In to see Despicable Me. It was a wee bit chilly, but great memories. Snow cones, Rigby Lake, camping last weekend, and school shopping were also on last week's agenda... we're burning memories, baby!

I just finished reading one of the best fiction books... "The Mountain Between Us" by my favorite author, Charles Martin. I checked it out from the library, and after having finished it, I could not stop thinking about it. So I went and purchased it. Now the Mister is reading it and can't put it down...

Will start "Mocking Jay" (Hunger Games sequel #3) tomorrow. Also great fiction reading.

Too much freakin' zucchini. Anybody want any?

My birthday is Saturday. I don't know what I want to do yet...

I've got a lot to get done this week while the kids are in school, and before I start up teaching again next week. On my to-do-list: paint boys dresser, keep making trips to D.I. for a dresser for Caleb, bottle peaches, clean refrigerator, read to Lizzie and do puzzles with Caleb before school each day...

I've been studying Conference talks from April 2010 this past week. I highlight/underline things I need to ponder more; then I leave the talk page open on my night stand so I see it throughout the day, and glance frequently at the underlined parts so I can keep the counsel close to my otherwise mundane thoughts throughout the day. It is helping me have the Spirit in greater measure hour by hour.

Grateful our garden is producing, but hoping the tomatoes (we have about 8 plants -- all plentiful) will ripen before it gets too cold. Size is good on all varieties... and holy pumpkins, Batman! With one plant dominating about a third of our garden, we will have at least a dozen pumpkins in October...

I'm pretty much addicted to homemade canned dill pickles. I even savor the juice and limit myself to drinking only a quarter cup a day, after the pickles are all gone. Problem is, my supplier is all out of pickles. And I'm too lazy to make them myself. What's a girl to do? (My younger sister and I have always loved pickles, and we were legendary. For birthday parties growing up, instead of friends bringing cute leg-warmers or troll dolls as gifts, they brought gallon-size pickle jars with a bow on top. Yup. No kidding.)

I'm feeling a little frustrated with a friend/student in town who is very active in their born-again Christian faith. He and his wife are wonderful people with whom we share very similar values and beliefs. Problem is, he posted a clip on facebook of an anti-Book of Mormon documentary that his prominent church pastor will be showing next week. I'm wondering how to handle it... do I stand up and say, "Hey, this is inaccurate!" and risk getting into a debate of sorts with them, or do I let it go and let God sort it out...

I feel blessed. I love my family and our home. I'm grateful for my temple covenants and the ease with which I can go there and worship often. I'm grateful for good health. I'm thankful for four wonderful children. I love Jesus.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Family Fun in Ogden

We had a wonderful vacation in Ogden. (Who knew Ogden was such fun?) We left Friday morning and stopped in Logan for lunch and our annual trip to Gossners for school lunch milks... and then we took the kids to The Treehouse Museum. This is undoubtedly one of the coolest museums for children... dress up and play 'heroes', act out story books in the children's amphitheater, pretend to be the President of the United States in the Oval Office, play life-size chess... there was so much to enjoy there (and who knew Aunt Michaelene was on the Board of Directors there?) For dinner, we drove up to the mouth of Ogden Canyon and ate at The Timbermine. I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind steakhouse. Delish food, excellent service, and unique ambiance. Saturday was the Packer Family Reunion at Aunt Michaelene's house in Pleasant View. The kids swam in her pool ALL. DAY. LONG. (Emma has green hair to prove it.) Uncle Alan had the food catered and it was plentiful and delicious! (Hawaiian -style, complete with guava cake and homemade ice cream!)

Finally, we ended with Sunday afternoon in Farmington (ahem, forget that the Mister got pulled over in Kaysville for speeding. Luckily, Officer Gillespi was a God-fearing man. We got off with a warning...) My brother and his family live there and blessed their new baby Ethan. Afterwards, we had a delightful luncheon at his in-laws home in Centerville.

Pack in the memories, folks... school starts in T minus 20 days...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cool Quotes

"It is much easier to build a boy than it is to repair a man."
~ (Boy Scouts of America)

"Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of strength; however, there are times in life in which it takes much more strength just to let go."
~ Darci Griner Franco

(Darci is beginning a very painful divorce process... she has taught me many things.)

I've come across these two quotes in the past week. Strangely, these quotes have a lot in common...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sentimental Stuff

It has been a long time since I've had time to post... we have had relatives staying with us for 4 weeks, and they left last week. I love the children's book "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant, which articulates what we feel about having our company...

"It was different going to sleep with all that new breathing in the house...The relatives stayed for weeks and weeks. They helped us tend the garden and they fixed any broken things they could find. But none of them thought about home too much. We were so busy hugging and eating and breathing together...

"Finally after a long time, the relatives loaded up their ice chest and headed back to Virginia... We watched the relatives disappear down the road, then we crawled back into our beds that felt too big and too quiet...and we fell asleep, thinking about next summer when the relatives would come again..."

"And the relatives drove on, all day long and into the night, and they thought about their dark purple grapes waiting home in Virginia. But they thought about us, too. Missing them. And they missed us."

It was a great experience having the Mister's sister and her children staying with us for the month. Kathryn helped give our master bedroom a makeover... our children played and swam and played some more... we had late night talks and watched movies and ate lots of good food... and we are missing them, but we are glad to get back into our old routine of practicing, reading, a bit o' math, weeding, and swimming in the afternoons and going to bed before dark. We hope they will come visit again next summer.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Kelly Family Reunion 2010

This past week we had our first ever Kelly Family Reunion. Kathryn and her family live in New York; David and his family live in Tucson, and we've finally managed to get everyone 'home' in Idaho for our oldest nephew's homecoming. We spent a day climbing in caves at Craters of the Moon; we spent a day at Ross Swimming Park in Pocatello, we went to movies, restaurants, floating canals, antique car shows and dutch oven dinners...
Paul and Deanne Kelly family: David, Anne, Kathryn, mom, dad, Ruth, Joan and Joseph
Kathryn, Corinne, Madeline and Sam from New York (hubby is earning a living back home so this sweet family could stay the entire month of July)
our oldest nephew just returned home from his mission in Guatemala this week; with Joan, Joseph's oldest sister
Kelly grandkids at Matt's Welcome Home Party
Paul and Deanne Kelly, my in-laws
my sweet nephew Trevy from Tucson, AZ
Savanna and Lizzie
Clayre and David
3 Kelly boys... Josh, Caleb and Cowboy Trevy
a beautiful view on top of Cinder Dome at Craters National Park
Our family on top of Cinder Dome (the wind was terrible, but the hike was fun!)