For those of you who couldn't be there, here are a few of the moments of Graduation day with Rachel! This is a picture of Rachel with her flowers. Mom planned to give her Roses at the event - but forgot. Laura put those and the bouquet Jana gave her that morning together and made this arrangement! So this is beautiful Rachel with her beautiful flowers!
Rachel and Ashley! Good friends graduating together!
Sitting on the cool grass.. It got kind of warm during the ceremony, so afterwards we left the crowd and climbed up the grass hill and found a cool breeze.
Here's our graduate right after she crossed the stage!
She dropped her name card when they were coming in and had to bend over and pick it up. She came up laughing! Typical Rachel.
Everyone's getting more and more nervous at work. We had a really big month for September, but October is looking smaller than any month so far. I have been working with Wendy and Lori and Pam and Tracy and Staci for about eight years. Actually 10 years with Wendy. It's amazing to me how fast it has gone by. But, it's time for me to get serious about finding work in Utah. I'll be starting to look after I get back home next week. (Maybe Steve and I will look at the U of U website while I'm there.)
I suggested to Rob (Dad? Grandpa?) that he might want to get a job doing something besides driving, but it almost seems like he's enjoying driving. We'll see what happens when the snow flies!!
My newest goals are to never complain, never criticize, and never spend money unless it is absolutely necessary! I'm not doing as well as I'd like so far. So it may be a very long term goal. It makes me happy to try, though.
Grandpa Jensen is being operated on November 10. It will make it easier for him to get around and do things later, but is a very serious operation. Grandpa says it will take 4 hours. Cari suggested that we fast the first Sunday in November as a family for Grandpa. So, please keep it in mind if you'd like to join us in that.
I decided to make up my own tag. I hope some of you will do it because I'd like to know the answers.
Favorite scripture: 2 Ne 31:20 "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward feasting upon the word of Christ and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: ye shall have eternal life."
Favorite hymn: "The World has Need of Willing Men"
Favorite scripture stories: Stripling Warriors, Birth of the Savior, Jesus visiting the Nephites
Young Women/Men Leaders: Chloanelle Hansen, Shirley Dennison, Meg Griffith, Joyce Strebel, La Rue Vawdrey
Least favorite calling: cub scouts - very confusing
Jesus was happy today because you: prayed, tried to be kind, worked hard, read my scriptures
Who made you laugh today?: Wendy - she sent out a funny cartoon about Halloween (with little goblins and ghosts going past a bunch of houses with "Forclosure" signs in the front yard). It said "Good luck on Halloween".
Who's happier because of you today?: Jana - she's excited I'm going to Utah
Describe a sweet experience you've had recently: I held Piper, a little fat cute bundle today. (Jana- she's Andrea and Christian's baby). Yesterday I held Shelby and Olivia in Ben's big blue chair and sang songs. They are sure a lot bigger than they used to be. Their legs hang off my lap now almost to the floor.
What makes you mad?: hormones I think. It's usually irrational anger.
What makes you sad?: being away from my family (I'm always away from some of my family). Also criticism. And thinking about Mom and Jerry.
What do you want to accomplish?: Someday I'd like to graduate from college. Maybe it will have to be in the next life. I think I'm becoming too slow and stupid to do it in my old age.
What makes you want to get up and do something?: Mornings
What's your favorite kind of exercise?: Playing with my grandkids. (But I wear out so fast!)
How do you pull yourself out of a bad mood?: music in my head, reading, praying, watching children, counting blessings - but sometimes it's just hormones and won't go away until I sleep
What talent are you most grateful for?: easy learning
I am: Grandma I think: people should all be kind to each other I know: the gospel is true. I want: all of my family to grow in the gospel forever I dislike: contention I miss: my mother and my brother I fear: the deaths of any of my family I feel: happy I hear: lots of random noises right now. I smell: Ben's dinner I crave: baked goods. I cry: when I feel the spirit really strong, when I'm happy, when I'm sad I usually: have more to do than I can get done I search: the scriptures I wonder: if I'll actually live in Utah again I regret: doing stupid things in the past. I love: my family! They're awesome! I care: about honesty, helpfulness, and kindness. I always: try to look ahead I worry: if my children struggle with activity in the gospel I am not: rid of credit card debt yet I remember: being much younger I believe: everyone is wonderful I dance: really badly I sing: to my babies I don’t always: remember to do what I plan to do. I argue: as rarely as I possibly can. I write: on blogs and occassionally in a journal. I win: whenever someone in my family does the right thing I lose: when I forget to be kind I wish: I were the person I want to be I listen: after you get my attention I don't understand: why some people do the things they do and think the things they think I can usually be found: at work or at home or at church I am scared: sometimes when I'm alone late at night. I need: a new job in Utah. I forget: everything, all the time I am happy: just about all of the time.
We have almost moved everything to it's proper place. Just a few more hotspots to clear up. So, I finally worked up a resume. I published it through google docs on a webpage. As soon as I tweak it a little, I'll let you all know where it is so you can access it if you need to. I'm not going to seriously LOOK for work until January. But, if an opportunity comes up that is financially feaseable . . .
Ben and Taryn are almost completely moved in. I'm really enjoying the little things the kids do. Stryder doing homework, Shelby role playing, Soren is talking!! And it's fun to have gaming partners right in the same house. But, Rachel and I hang out in our room with the door closed sometimes, too. It's been a really good opportunity for us to talk and share things.
Aren't my babies just too cute?! (Stephen, I'm so glad you are coming next weekend - I need some new photos of Kaleb!!)
I had a little time, so I thought I'd post a few more cabin pics. I'm going to see if I can figure out how to send video, too. Sorry about the sideways views. I guess I need to go into my picture folder and turn them before I post. Too late now - I guess you'll just have to turn your head!!