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.

Christmas Season

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My dog Kakes as a reindeer a few years ago.

December is one of my favorite months of the year. Between the Christmas decorations in our home and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, life seems better.

Even the Hallmark channel has one Christmas movie after another where the characters often start out either depressed or self-centered, and then have a life changing experience where they are filled with the Christmas spirit by the end of the movie.

I have been trying to #LighttheWorld this month with small acts such as praying for others as a family and on my own, reading scriptures more often, give food to shelters to help feed the hungry, etc. and have found that this really does keep Christ in Christmas.

General Conference

Last weekend (how is it Friday already?) my family and I watched the 186th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On both Saturday and Sunday, we eat our favorite dishes and deserts to enjoy on both days as sit on our HUGE couch and listen to the inspired messages of the General Authorities of the LDS Church on behalf of our Lord, Jesus Christ. One of my favorite talks was from President Henry B. Eyring on eternal families. He said, “Since that is true, everything we do should have celestial marriage as its focus and purpose. That means we must strive to be sealed to an eternal companion in the temple of God. We must also encourage others to make and keep the covenants that bind a husband and wife together, with their family, in this life and in the world to come.” My  husband and I are going to the temple tomorrow where he will be sealed to his parents, which then seals me to his parents as well. I’m grateful to be sealed to Jim and my sons so we can be an eternal family. Click on the picture to either read or watch his inspired words.

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We also are privileged to hear the what I call the choir of angels, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They sing beautiful hymns such as this one:

This song was sung so beautifully and the Spirit’s witness of God’s love was so powerful that you’ll notice at the 2:30 minute mark this man (pictured below) crying as he sings his talented heart out.

 

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Every time I watch him tears form in my eyes again. Here is the link to an interview regarding why he cried and his humble attitude of singing in America’s Choir.

Click on lds.org to watch General Conference.

Working On My Novel

I’ve been so busy these last two weeks that I keep putting off my good intentions of making a post. Between re-writing portions of my ghost novel, The Enchanted Locket, during the month of April for Camp NanoWrimo (means editing/rewriting in thirty days), to taking Seth to meet a girl he likes, it seems I’m either waking up or going to bed.

The Enchanted Locket is about a woman who lives in Galveston Texas and inherits her grandfather’s house. She and her husband John were married six years ago, and is two months pregnant. Her life takes a terrifying turn when she finds a locket hidden away in the attic. The cover I created looks like this:

The Enchanted Locket Cover

Seth and Thian

Seth and his friend Thian are best friends and consider themselves brothers. Thian often comes over here and they listen to music, and even calls me ‘mom.’ Tomorrow night our family and Thian, his dad, brother (who is Noah’s best friend), and his little sister, Patrice, are going to the movie theater to see Batman versus Superman.  I’m hoping we will enjoy watching this; the critics have given it bad reviews.

 

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Leaving to ride their ‘trick’ bikes.
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Thian likes Seth’s new trick bike.

 

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Christmas Adventures

As I look at the pictures on my phone, I found the ones I took in Las Vegas and California. We spent Christmas with Jim’s brother and wife and their family in the Los Angeles area for the first time.

We also explored many of the beautiful and popular hotels in Las Vegas, and we found out from my friend that the night before we arrived a female driver plowed into people on the sidewalk there! We LOVE how they decorate the hotels.

I’m grateful that we had a fun vacation and holiday together and also spent time with family.