Love

Love

Of all the emotions we have – anger, hate, happiness, and fear, etc. – love is the most powerful, life changing of them all.

An image of a waterfall coupled with a quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “Pure Christlike love … can change the world.”
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Seth and I were watching a show called the 100, a post-nuclear war time where a portion of the population of people fled the devastating affects by living in a large ship they call the Arc.

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In this particular episode, on the heels of a beloved character who turned himself in to save his friends and girlfriend, which girlfriend then killed him to save him from a brutal death, is told that love makes you weak.

I find it to be the complete opposite. Love makes us stronger. Think of mothers who willingly sacrifice their lives for their children, parents like my husband who works so hard for our family. Or good friends who drop everything when we need them.

The greatest love story of ALL TIME was our Heavenly Father sending His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to show us how to live, perform miracles for us, atone for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, and completing His mission by dying for us on the Cross.

He did this for us. For. Us!

Because He loves us so very much, and proved to us that love is not weak, it’s the most powerful emotion.

Happy Friday the 13th!

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Family

Birthday Fun

Although I didn’t sleep well the night before my birthday, I had a nice, relaxing day. Jim had an allergic reaction to sunscreen two weeks ago when he and Seth went white water rafting, which was getting worse instead of better, so I went with him to a Redi-Clinic inside of HEB (a Texas grocery store). After the nurse practitioner called in medication to our pharmacy, we strolled around the store tasting their free samples of food.

Birthday Cards and Flowers 2018

Afterwards, we went to Walmart to buy Pepsi, and then went home. My mom bought me flowers. Jim grilled delicious steak for my birthday feast instead of taking me out for dinner (my choice). He also bought me my childhood favorite, vanilla Carvel ice cream cake with tiny chocolate pieces in the center.

Birthday Cake 2018

 

It was an unhurried, relaxing day spent with my family. Just the way I wanted it.

Family

Max & Erma’s

Max & Erma's

The first time Jim and I attended our church Institute class together we hit it off. We talked, and talked, and talked, without the usual awkward silence when you go out for your first long car ride.

When the class ended, we drove back to Cranberry Twp and ate at Max & Erma’s. Jim was different than anyone I’d ever met, and I felt so comfortable around him, like I already  knew him.

While we were in Pittsburgh working on our investment house, we drove back to Max & Erma’s on a Friday night, and we enjoyed our date as we talked and talked.  It brought back so many fun memories of a younger, less complicated life.

Oh how I ❤ this man!

Family, Investment Home

Investment House

Jim and Seth are in Pennsylvania again for a few days working on our investment house. Yesterday our kitchen cabinets were delivered, but they did NOT include the two counter tops that I bought back in October.

Ugh.

Home Depot’s special orders and delivery department has been awful. When we lived in Pennsylvania and remodeled our bathroom things seemed to go a lot smoother.

I’m hoping that Jim and Seth will work on the removing the last of the kitchen tiles in the kitchen so they can begin installing the cabinets. They are coming home on Sunday afternoon, and I can’t wait to just enjoy spending Christmas and New Year’s with all of us at home. As much as I love rehabbing this old house, it will be wonderful to spend time together creating Christmas memories and the smell of delicious food as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Family, Light the World

Millie

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This is my friend Millie. She grew up in Chicago and now lives in Western Pennsylvania, and is a good family friend. Her husband Gary was friends with my dad, and they played golf together with my brother and cousin Kevin. His wife Christine is actually Gary’s niece. Guess that makes us family.

Millie is fun and makes me laugh with her cute sayings, and how she has a voting outfit complete with beads and a scarf to show her patriotism. She’s a talented piano player, and blew my breath away the first time I heard her play! She loves to play cards, and we often play one called Scat, where she always wins all my quarters.

Anyway, I stayed with her this fall when I bought my investment house in Ambridge, and my mom and I will be staying with her again in January as I finish rehabbing the house so I can sell it in the spring, and although I hate when the weather is freezing ( I live in Houston), I’m really looking forward to seeing Millie again.

She’s very blunt and just says whatever she’s thinking, and sometimes when she tells people things they don’t like, such as your kids are acting like brats (she once said told me this, though it was true), they stop talking to her. It makes me sad that she will be alone on Christmas. And today’s Light the World theme is that “Jesus visited the lonely, and so can you,” but since I can’t visit her, I’ll call and let her know we love and miss her.

Family

My Mother-in-law

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My sweet mother-in-law and I in February, 2009 at my son’s 8th birthday party. She died ten months later on December 26th from pancreatic cancer, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her.

She is one of the most loving, caring, and understanding women I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. I’m grateful that she’s my husband’s mother, as he inherited her divine nature. If she were on the earth today, she would continue to light the world with her beautiful spirit. It helps to know that she is waiting for us in the Spirit World, and at times I sense her presence in my house, especially when I stay up late.

I knew when I moved to Houston that I’d miss her and asked my husband to take this picture of us to remember this special daughter of God, Mary Louise McFadden.