Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dear Grandma Tolman

I am close to losing you.  
Your body is shutting down.  
I heard today that your lungs have quit working 
and maybe your kidneys too.  

You are 91 years old and have been such a blessing in my life.
You are my shining beacon on the hill, now slowly fading away.
My one regret is not visiting you more often.
Business and distance are no excuse.

One of my great memories occurred this very weekend.
I answered your phone for you in quite a silly manner.
I enjoyed watching you trying not to laugh too hard,
an amusing twinkle in your eyes.

If now is your time to leave us, we give you our whole hearted blessing.
I will miss you dearly, but I think I understand.
I'm pretty sure Grandpa is waiting to hold your hand.
Eleven years is a long time to wait, but you are definitely ready.

I will miss your amazing example and endearing habits.
I will miss your homemade bread, cookies, cards and laugh.
Most of all I will miss you.  You are a precious treasure.
But thankfully, I will see you again.

Until then, Dear Grandma, I will cherish my copy of your journal.
I am glad for you.  You had a long and happy journey.
I love you Grandma, very much.

Your Very Grateful Granddaughter.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Overflowing Blessings

  Today, I would like to share how grateful I am for everything that I have been given in life. I am blessed with a family that cares quite a bit for me. I am blessed with friends that are great examples to me and whom I care for deeply. I am most deeply grateful to have the gospel in my life and to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for what the gospel teaches me. I am grateful for the job I have and for the talents that I have been blessed with.  I am grateful for the many things that I have been learning about myself and for the chance to grow and change in my life. I am blessed to live in a beautiful area and to have a roof over my head and food to eat. I am most grateful for nature and the peaceful feelings I receive when spending time outdoors. I am also very grateful to have the opportunity to serve others when I can and I hope that I enrich their lives as much as they enrich mine. In short, I am grateful for the many blessings that overflow my life.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Okyday, I have to share this...

    A little while ago, I received a call, at work, from a lady in Virginia seeking some help for her family history records.  I was only too happy to oblige her because I have SO much fun doing family history!  Like an insane amount of fun. Anyways, I received an e-mail yesterday that made me uber happy! It was short and said the following: "Mom was so thrilled at the clippings and I'm so grateful to you. She said she brought in some chocolates as a thank you so I hope you enjoyed those. Thanks again for your service." I am assuming that the chocolates were brought to the library. I will definitely be questioning some co-workers about that when I go in later today. Too bad I cannot find a career in doing family history or genealogy. That would be such a blast! =)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Reading, Seeking, Writing

     So, this might be boring but I am excited!  I just recently finished this teen series "Once upon a Time is timeless." There are 18 volumes and I enjoyed every last one of them! They are re-tellings of stories like Anastasia, the Princess and the Pea, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Mulan, Cinderella, etc.  And they are awesome! I recommend that you check them out. Anywho, I got a call at work yesterday from a lady in Virginia.  She was asking who to contact to get archives for the paper.  She needed some family history information and I was only too glad to help! She sent me the name and dates she was concerned with and then I went and looked up the information for her. I copied it, scanned it into my computer and mailed off hard copies to her! I had quite a lot of fun doing it! It almost felt like me history degree was somewhat useful.
     After I finished that, I came home and my Mom asked me to help her put together a family group sheet to send to her cousin (My Grandpa's brother's oldest daughter). I had quite a lot of fun doing that as well! I opened my Roots Magic program and we did comparisons between that and Family Search and then entered in the necessary information and Vwuala! we made a family group sheet and sent it off!  I think what I had the most fun doing today though was starting my book! I have the prologue and part of chapter one. It is looking like a mystery/thriller novel and I am excited! If I ever get stuck, I may be asking for some ideas to continue on. By the way, do any of you want to do some reading?