Thursday, January 16, 2020

Into The Unknown - 7-Year-Old Claire Crosby (Disney Frozen 2 Cover)

This is too cute not to share. I love this little one and have enjoyed my relationship with her mother when she was a young girl. This is such a talented family. 
For all of my blogging friends out there. I hope to be back reading blogs and blogging soon. I will quickly update you on all that is happening in my life. I hope you are all doing well. I miss you, and love you much! 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Wishing You A Warm, and Memorable Christmas!

  May these Christmas thoughts let you know how much I genuinely love each and every one of you blogging friends, loved ones, and those who just drop by. I have enjoyed almost 10 years of blogging, and only in these last few months struggled with finding time to write. 
However, this Christmas Season means a lot to me, and I know it is because I love my Savior Jesus Christ with all my heart and soul and desire that others might know and feel His divine love for each of you. 
Today, I include two videos from an extraordinary little one; Claire Crosby that has become quite well known over the last few years. I have the privilege of knowing Claire's mother, Ashley, as a young girl. She was in our church ward, and I was her activity day leader. I loved her as a young girl and saw her potential. To see her little family now is so sweet. Claire's grandmother and great grandmother are also special friends of mine that have touched my heart in many ways. 
The first video is of Claire having the special moment with our beloved Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. President Nelson is 95 years old, and he is accompanying her as she sings, "Silent Night."  I know this was a treasured moment in Claire and her family's lives.

Upper Left Roger & LeAnn –Middle; Jeffery, Sean, Mary, Joshua – Right; Grandson, Jacob, Dana, Katalina, Sagan – Middle Left; Amanda, Ryley, Kason, Karli, Friend, Haven, and Layton – Middle Right; James, Taylor Jo, Averi,  Amber – Lower Left; Levi, Brandon, Christine, April, Faith, Sariah, Abbey – Lower Middle; Ben, Alyssa, Emma, Michael, Jenni – Lower Right: Kaitlyn, Sarah, Tiffani, Dave, William. Missing – Jed, Jessica, Jadyn, Lilly & Myah – Gillian, Jackson, Joseph (Navy), Jonathan – Travis, Austin (Mission), Ethan, Justice & Jaxson – Christian – Michael (Mission)
Here is a little update on our lives this past year. 
We had a marvelous Family Reunion. Everyone had a great time, and there was a lot of cousin bonding. We are so grateful for every one of our six children and spouses, 32 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren.

Roger and I are thankful for our opportunity to continue serving as ordinance workers in the Jordan River Temple. Roger teaches the 7-year-olds In Primary. I continue to work in the Stake Relief Society Presidency. We aren’t sure that there is the word retire because we are busier than ever with Friends, Family, callings, and temple.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you! We treasure our many friendships. We have many fond memories.
Here are Claire and her mom, Ashley~

May the light of our Savior’s love linger forever within your homes.

Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way!  Roger and LeAnn Williams

Sunday, December 15, 2019

"#Light The World With Love"

Each year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints presents the a #Light The World Initiative. Everyday during the Christmas Season, we receive ideas on how we personally can light the world by doing acts of kindness. It is such a fun thing to do. 
I have always loved the Christmas Season and the Traditions that surround it. I love the time to worship and remember the sacred and divine birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the light and hope of the World. He loves each and everyone of us and desires that we return again to live with Him and our Heavenly Parents. #Because of Him, We will all be resurrected and through our choices in life we can learn of Him, Follow Him and Be Saved by Him. 
Today, I am sharing with you a beautiful video of the Nativity. It is a true portrayal of what the scriptures teach of His Birth. Take a moment and watch this; you will be happy you did.
Have a marvelous week of preparing for your own Christmas Celebration. Hugs for all! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gratitude For The Glorious Plan of Salvation~

This Thanksgiving Season, I have sincere gratitude for the Glorious Plan of Salvation ~ 
Having this knowledge and testimony of our Father in Heaven's plan for me and for us all is built upon our beloved Brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Here are the elements of this beautiful plan: 
We lived as spirit children of loving Heavenly Parents in the Pre-mortal life. This answers the question of where did I come from? 
Your life did not begin at birth, nor will it end at death. You are made up of a spirit body (sometimes called the soul) and a physical body. Heavenly Father created your spirit, and you lived with Him as a spirit before you were born on earth. You knew and loved Him, and He knew and loved you. This period is called pre-earth life. (Plan of Salvation Pamphlet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Here is the video that will explain:  Where did we come from? Why are we here on earth? And where do we go after we leave after this life? We’ve all asked these questions hoping to discover the purpose of life.

Because of this plan, I have even a  deeper love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Atonement. The Atonement is central to this Plan of Redemption. 

Life has many challenges. Part of our purpose here is to experience life with all it's intricate twists and turns. These tests will ultimately help us to grow and progress. We are promised that we will also experience great joy while on this sojourn on earth.  I am grateful for the joy that I feel as I strive to follow my path back to my Heavenly Parents.

Great joy comes from the blessings of a family. As I was sealed to my eternal companion in the temple forever, the family that came to us is sealed to us for eternity. This doesn't guarantee our place in the Celestial Kingdom unless we follow the Savior and His teachings and make and keep covenants with Heavenly Father. We have the gift of agency to choose the path we will take. I'm am grateful this day for the blessing of knowing that I can be with my family forever if we follow the plan. 
A sweet moment with my Eternal Love~
Our Family Fun This Summer~
 Birthday Moments with our oldest son and his family ~
 Extra Special times with our daughters and Granddaughters ~

Precious seconds with my Beautiful Great Grandchildren~
Our Fur Baby, Sammy
I am especially grateful for family. Often we have received our greatest blessings through our family even our extended family. Some of our family members; parents, siblings, and others that have gone before us. All family members have richly blessed our lives and I am grateful for each of them.

In life, we cross paths with many people who are our spirit brothers and sister's some of them become our closest friends. I am thankful for them all.  
 Our 55th High School Class Reunion Celebration~ Many Forever Friends
A celebration for this precious family. Aurea became Citizen of the United States -
More fun times with these great friends. 
A treasured Birthday Celebration with my best friend, Toni~
We are also blessed with the scriptures that help us know how to follow the covenant path that we walk with our Redeemer. 

Finally, there is prayer. Prayer is key in communicating with our Heavenly Father. Through prayer, we are helped here on earth by the Spirit of the Holy Ghost and ministering angels from both sides of the veil. I believe in prayer and have had many profound answers and miracles wrought through prayer. I have a thankful heart that I can always communicate with my Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. 

Some of my most special moments come as I serve my Heavenly Father in our temples. I find great peace, answers to prayers, and many other feelings of deep joy while being in our Father's house. 
 We love our moments in this temple - The Jordan RiverTemple~
Serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint by serving others is one of my sweet blessings. I have a great love for all those individuals that cross my path.

One of the best parts of our Heavenly Father's plan of Happiness is we are promised that everyone that has lived on this earth will have the opportunity to accept or reject this plan either here or in the Spirit World.

Sending loving thoughts and hugs to all my friends, blogging friends and family. It's been a while since I have blogged and I have missed you all. 

May Everyone have a spectacular Thanksgiving Celebration with Friends and Family. Have a grateful heart, and you will feel greater peace and joy. 
Always remember you have a loving Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. You are a Child of God. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

A Wonderful Summer Comes To A Close~

I can hardly believe that the summer has ended and fall is here. Where did the time go? Wait, I want more summer fun. Here are the highlights of my last days of summer. 

August 1st started out with a trip to the dentist for that fun annual cleaning. A comprehensive check-up, no cavities. 
I had a great time attending my sweet friend, Aurea's baby shower. She is expecting a boy at this moment of time. I was so excited for her, and everyone had such a great time at her shower. She received a lot of fun baby items for that precious new little one that is coming. 
A few final moments with this fantastic family of mine. Now they are in their own home and busy getting it all put together. I treasure my moments with them; Jenni- Marie, Michael, Alyssa, Ben, and Emma. 
We had one of the worst downpours ever. Within one hour, the retention pond across the street from us was totally full of rainwater. If you could see up close, at least a dozen ducks were enjoying a refreshing swim. 
I had such a fun time at our monthly High School Luncheon. This was an extra fun one since we are in the planning stages for our 55th High School Reunion on the 14th of September. Most of these dear friends, I have known for 60 plus years. We have treasured memories and lots of good times laughing and giggling just as we did in High School. 
On August 16th, it was time to celebrate the 16th birthday of our grandson, Jeffery, and our oldest Grandson, Jed, turned 34 years old. How did that happen? These two are brothers who share the same birthday. We love these two boys and enjoyed our times with them. It was a fun celebration with Jed, Jessica, Jadyn, Lilly, Myah, Gillian, Jeffery, Joshua, and our son Sean and Mary. We missed on this day our Grandson, Jackson and also Jacob, Dana, and their two little ones; Sagan and Katalina. We also have a grandson, Joseph, who is serving in the Navy and Jonathan, who left for school at Dixie College in St. George. I hope to get some photos of them soon. 

This is what it was like when I was growing up. I sometimes feel sad that my Grandchildren do not get to experience this era. However, they are in one of the most significant periods of this world. They are preparing for the Coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. They are being raised in an uncertain but wonderful world too. I marvel at all they are learning and how intelligent and prepared they are to do great things. I know they are unique spirits reserved to come to earth at this time to do some magnificent work. 
Here is a smattering of some first day of school photos of some of my precious grandchildren.
 The photo above is of our cherished, Averi. Averi is a beautiful 16-year-old. She is blind and autistic and very talented. She can play the piano by ear, and she knows numbers like no one else, I know. If you tell her your birthdate or another important date, she can tell you the exact day of the year it will be on next year. She amazes us all. What we love most is that she is happy all the time, except for an occasional outburst of some kind. Everyone that meets this special one likes her. Averi has two siblings. Taylor Jo will be leaving soon to attend BU-Idaho with two of her cousins. I love that they are going to be together. Christian is working and also participates at BYU-Idaho. He plays the guitar and is in a band. 
Here is our Sugar City crew on their first day of school. They are a fun bunch of children that we always enjoy visiting. Kason, Karlie, Haven, Layton, and Ryley are in the photo.  Not pictured is their oldest brother, Austin who is serving a mission in Nebraska and an older brother, Ethan that is working and preparing to go on a mission. There is a married Granddaughter, Justice and in law Grandson, Jaxson.
Then there are these two Spokanites that we love and have had great times with. The photos are of William and Kaitlyn. Their oldest brother, Michael, is on a mission in Texas and their older sister, Sarah is heading off to BYU-Idaho with her cousins. 
Here are these two awesome grandchildren that lived with us for 16 months; Ben and Alyssa. They started new schools this year. Their sister is being homeschooled until September 10th while her new school is being finished.
Aww, here are our three great-granddaughters, Jadyn, Lilly, and Myah from Heber. I love that they are close and we can see them more often. They are some extra loving little ones. 
Here's that cute married daughter from Rexburg with her younger sister Haven. 
Next is our return missionary, Sariah with their new dog, Red. Sariah is coming soon to live with us and work. We are excited to have her come. She is leaving 4 siblings. Her younger sister, April will also go with her and stay for a while. Then her sister Abbey is attending BYU-Idaho with her cousins; Taylor Jo and Sarah. I am so excited that they are all rooming together. 
Here is a photo of our missionaries; Elder Adamson in Texas and Elder Williams in Nebraska. We are so proud of these young men as they teach about our faith. We love them for caring to serve as missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. 
I'm closing my post for today with a photo of myself hanging out with my special fur baby; Sammy. He brings a lot of joy into our lives. 
I also had to share a picture of this beautiful bench. It is a gift from a dear young man that we love. His father made it for us, and we will treasure it forever. It looks lovely on our patio. 
Here are some favorite quotes I have gathered from these last days of summer.
 May you all have a fantastic beginning of the spectacular times that fall brings.  

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Life Lessons From My Daddy!

 Today would have been my Dad's103rd, Birthday. Happy Birthday to my dearest Dad. I envision that maybe they continue to celebrate birthdays in the Spirit World. My Dad has a remarkable history that I would share, but it would be too long. However, I did think that I would take this occasion to write about the lessons I learned from my Dad. 
First of all, my Dad was a hard worker. He was a rancher, farmer, and restaurant owner. As a Rancher and Farmer, I spent many hours with him on the farm. He would let me ride with him while plowing the fields and later while harvesting. He grew Potatoes, and I had fun working to harvest them with the Navajo Native American's that he would hire to help. 
He taught me to ride a horse, and I always wanted to be a cowgirl, and my favorite character from history was Annie Oakley. 
He was a good chef. For several years, he owned in Richfield, Utah a Cafe that served the best Hamburgers, fries and shakes in the area. As a youth, I spent time peeling potatoes for the fries and helping in the Cafe. Later, my Dad and Mom ran a gift shop and cafe at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. My brother, John, owned it. My Dad was an excellent cook, and my Mom was great as a salesperson in the gift shop. I later was a waitress in High School and loved that experience.
The Second Lesson, I learned was how to love sports. My Dad was the coach for the town baseball team, and he was a good one. I felt like I was raised on a Baseball field. Then he was always helping my brothers in various sports like Baseball, Basketball, and Football. His advice helped my brothers be very good at these sports. Guess what, he helped me too. I could play pretty good in Softball, Basketball and a little football. I used to challenge my children and even my older grandchildren to play Basketball and or Football with me.  I do believe that my best sport was basketball. My parents always came to my games, growing up. 
Then, I must add he was a great fisherman and hunter. He taught me how to fish and helped me catch my first one. It didn't end there because I had to put the worm on the hook too. I even had to learn to clean a fish. Then he loved to hunt deer. He taught me how to shoot, and he and my husband were there the days that I shot my first deer. That being said, I  did refuse to clean the deer; that wasn't something I could do without getting sick. 
The Second Lesson I learned was how to be kind and love others. My Dad would do anything to help someone. There were countless moments when he came to the assistance of someone in need. He was generous with his time and money. 
My Dad also taught me to enjoy life and to look for the positive. He had hard life experiences, but he knew how to have fun and be optimistic. In High School, most of my friends loved to come to our home because I had such fun parents. 
The third lesson was having a profound testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He wasn't always an active member of the church. In fact, he was almost an alcoholic and a chain smoker. He became ill one day and received a priesthood blessing from my Step Grandpa. As the blessing was pronounced, my Dad said; his life went before his eyes, and he needed to repent and change. He bought his last 5th of Whiskey, burned his liquor license, and that was the end of his drinking. He did the same things with Cigarettes. He through the pack away, and that was it. I loved him for his self-mastery, which taught me that you can quit bad habits and change. 
He was a great missionary for the church. He served more than one Stake Mission and brought several couples back into activity and had some baptisms too. 
He loved "The Book of Mormon." He and my mother would have couples over to listen to the Book of Mormon on records. That is where my testimony of the truthfulness of that book started. I could hear their discussions about this great book from my room. When I read it myself for the first time, I knew beyond a doubt, it was true. 
The Fourth lesson was how to persevere through hard times. My Dad and Mom lost their ranch and farm. They eventually had to sell their cafe. They moved to Salt Lake City to find work. They both found jobs and worked hard for the rest of their life to make ends meet. This was when I was in Jr. High and High School. They never had a lot, but they always made time for fun. We did a lot of camping and other fun activities. My mother was a great seamstress and made most of my clothes throughout the years. I learned a lot about how not to want a lot of material possessions. I made do with what I had. I never felt I was missing out on anything. I learned to be happy where I was planted. I never cared about having a big home. I decided when I got married, I would be happy wherever we lived. In fact, I told my husband I could be comfortable in a tent. I think that came from the many camping trips, I went on with my parents and brothers. 
Last but not least, I love my Dad because He loved to dance and sing. He really enjoyed music. He drove an Ice Cream truck for some years delivering Ice cream to different restaurants in Utah. I would get to go with him sometimes. It was such a treat. My Dad would sing away while we were traveling. I learned lots of fun, entertaining songs. My Dad would have me laughing at his silly songs. At the end of the first leg of the trip; we would spend the night in a hotel and go to a cowboy movie. I was raised on John Wayne movies. I still love them because I am a cowgirl at heart. 
Most of all, I loved how my Dad loved my Mom. He was always grabbing her and dancing around the living room to the music they enjoyed. He grabbed me too. I loved dancing with him. It is also the one thing I love to do with my own husband. 
One of my last precious memories of dancing with my Dad was at a Memory Care place. He was in there with Alzheimer's. He lost his memory except to remember my Mom and me. One day, I was visiting him in Las Vegas in this center. I had come down from Washington. We were in their activity room, and they put on some of the music he loved, and he grabbed my Mom for that one last dance, and then he danced with me too. Just thinking about it, I shed tears. 
Thank you, Dad, for these lessons and many others. You were a spectacular father, and I miss you every day and can't wait for that day to dance with you again. 

My Dearest Dad and Mom~

Friday, August 9, 2019

Forever Family Moments~

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted about what I have been up too. My life has been busy with spectacular activities and great family moments in June and July. We attended a High School Graduation for our Granddaughter, Sarah. We then held our Bi-annual Family reunion. There has been a birthday, holidays and other celebrations to enjoy this past two month.
As mentions in my July 24th, post; my dearest Aunt Alene passed away. This has been hard because she is the last of that generation in my life. 
I have had many tender moments to reflect upon the importance of family relationships and my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On June 8th, Roger and I drove to Spokane, Washington, to attend our Granddaughter, Sarah's graduation. We had such a good time there. We lived in Spokane for 15 years; it still feels like home. We were able to connect with some dear friends while there. We had a delightful time with our Daughter, Tiffani, Dave, and their children; Sarah, Kaitlyn, and William. 
My daughter has been blessed with a creative spirit. Her home was decorated to the hilt for the celebration of Sarah's graduation. The artwork in the photo below displays examples of my Granddaughter's paintings. She received recognition at her High School for her artwork. 
The center photo on the right is of her Great Grandmother and myself. My Grandmother, Dora and I were both nurses. I am pleased with her desire to be a nurse. She will be attending BYU-Idaho. 
There was a large Graduation party for her and her friends on Saturday, June 8th. The lower right photo is us with her other grandparents; Rose and Ron and our friends, Steve and Nancy. 
 Sarah graduated with honors and was a Salutatorian and gave one of the graduation messages. We are so proud of her. 
On, June 13, 2019, my dear Eternal Companion and I celebrated our 52nd Wedding Anniversary. We went to the Salt Lake Temple, where we were married and sealed for eternity. We did a sealing session for 6 ancestral couples. It was a very endearing part of our day. 
Later we attended a great movie and went to dinner. It was a fantastic celebration. 
Our daughter, Jenni, Michael, and their children; Alyssa, Emma, and Ben moved out of our home into a new house about 20 minutes from us. I will miss them on a day to day basis but excited for them to have their own home. This was on Father's Day. It was a calm and sweet day of remembrance. 
We were able to attend the Birthday Party of our dear friend's son, Diago. He turned 8 years old and will be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latt-day Saints in July. We had a good time attending this fun event. 
My children and grandchildren started to arrive for our Family Reunion on June 29th. My youngest daughter, Tiffani and her 3 children; Sarah, Kaitlyn, and William came on June 30th and then my oldest daughter, Christina, Brandon and their children April, Abbey, Faith, and Levi arrived on Sunday, June 30th.
My husband and I had been working hard to get our home prepared for 12 total children and Grandchildren to stay here for a few days. On Monday, July 1st, we added three more grandchildren to the amount that were here until, July 3rd, the start of our reunion. We had a busy and delightful time with all of the 15 family members in our home.

Tuesday, July 2nd, we took a few of our grandchildren to the temple to do Baptism and Confirmations for their  Ancestors. My husband was working at the temple. Timely tender mercy occurred when he was able to be in the baptistry at the same time that we were there. He was able to do the confirmation for the baptisms. This was an exceptional spiritual experience for us all. 
In the evening, the children spent the time making posters for our missionary Granddaughter, Sariah, who was returning home from her 18th-month mission in Sacramento, California. Two other Sisters from her mission were also coming in on her flight to the Salt Lake Airport. I loved the photo of the two cousins; Ben and William in the upper right-hand picture. They were busy doing the dishes together, it was adorable.  
 Our dearest missionary granddaughter arrived at the Salt Lake Airport around 1 pm on July 3rd. At that moment we had 5 of our 6 families plus some from her father's side at the airport to welcome her home.
We had 4 of our 6 children serve missions for 18months to 2 years, and that welcoming home moment is so heartfelt. We were all in tears as she came into her mother and dad's arms. She then went around and hugged us all. 
We came home, and everyone quickly got together to pack our cars with clothes and food as we set off for Scofield, Utah, where we would be staying in a vacation home. We had a few glitches, but everyone was finally there by 8 pm, and we then had a family devotional that my husband and I gave.
Our grandchildren loved being together and immediately started to enjoy being with each other. All different ages played with one another, regardless of who was young and old. 
We had a fantastic 4th of July Celebration. In the early morning, my husband was up and helping the children fish. Because of the rains in Utah, the Scofield lake was high and came up close to the home. They were able to do their fishing right off the deck. Over the three days, most of the children caught at least one fish and many more. The adults had fun fishing too. 
Later in the day, we went to a park in Price, Utah and enjoyed the late afternoon and evening there, and a few fireworks. 
Here are the photos of our family. 
Roger and LeAnn top left photo. Top Middle photo is our oldest son, Sean, Mary and two of their children Jeffery and Josh. The top right photo is my Grandson, Jacob, Dana, and their
 two children, Katalina and Sagan.
 The center-left picture is our daughter in law, Amanda, and their children Ryley, Kason, Karlie and her friend Kaylee, Haven and Layton; missing are my son Travis, and his son's Austin, who is on a mission and Ethan.  Center-right a photo is my son, James, Amber and their two children Taylor Jo and Averi; missing is their son, Christian.
 On the bottom left, the picture is daughter, Christina, Brandon, and their children Levi, Faith, Abbey, Sariah, and April. The bottom middle photo is our daughter Jenni, Michael and their children; Benjamin, Alyssa, and Emma. The bottom right picture is of the daughter, Tiffani, Dave, and their children, Kaitlyn, Sarah and William. Tiffani was talking to her missionary son, Michael, so he is on the cell phone as part of the photo. 
Other missing family members were our grandson, Jed, Jessica, and their children; Jadyn, Lilly, and Myah. There was Joseph who is in basic training with the Navy and Jonathan. We had a total of 39 that came and 12 not at the reunion. 
It was a little sad about having empty chairs. 

The collages above and below are some of the many activities we had. It was so much fun watching all of the children interrelate with one another and enjoy being together. There was a lot of playing, enjoying games, swimming, boating, and fishing and just having a great time. 
My sweet hubby spent a lot of time helping his grandchildren fish. He never did catch a fish himself. We had a fish fry with 47 fish that were caught.
 Our final night there we had a closing devotional with our family. The children surprised us by singing the hymn, "Love One Another," with two extra verses that my dearest husband wrote in 1978. It is a favorite in our family.  I have shared it below. It was a tender moment, and we cried tears of joy. Then our beloved Sariah shared some of her missionaries experiences. The spirit and truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ were felt tonight. 

We got up early on Saturday, July 6th, and cleaned the home and packed our belongings. It was a glorious three days of family fun. 
Although there were more events for July, I will share them later. I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the things that have kept me extremely busy in the last two months. I have really missed blogging but have tried to keep up somewhat with reading my favorite blog post. 
Love and hugs for all! 


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