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Idaho Falls Temple

Posted by adamswife on April 13, 2008

This post is for Jientje and any others who have wondered about the white building visible in my weekly shots of the Snake River. The building is the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). It shows up in all my pictures because it makes a good landmark to get the same shot each week. Since some of you have commented/asked about the building I decided to get some close-ups to share with you. These photos were taken the same day we had snow last week, hence the dark clouds.

The Temple from the Back

(This is the side you see in the river shots.)

Side view from the SW

From the Front

Thank goodness for computer editing. This shot was taken facing almost directly into the sun. I wasn’t sure it would come out at all. That’s the main reason I went around back and took another shot from there. I figured it would turn out a lot better. However, my Kodak editing managed to save it. For a larger image right-click on the photo and then choose “view image.” Clicking on the image again will enlarge it.


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Posted by adamswife on April 7, 2008

I’ve spent the weekend listening to LDS General Conference. I have been inspired to take charge of all aspects of my life. I have always felt that being in tune spiritually is the first step in taking charge. When I get my spiritual life in tune everything else seems to just fall into place – exercise, diet, family relations, and my moods. I do not suffer from depression when I tend to my spirituality. So, today is a new beginning. Let’s see how well I do, and how long I can hang on to the inspiration and keep going. How far will this take me?

Posted in Family Life, Health, Religion | 4 Comments »

Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today

Posted by adamswife on March 23, 2008

“Christ, the Lord, is risen today, A-a-a-a-le-e-lu-u-jah!”

“…Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?…”
John 20:15





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2008 New Years Questions

Posted by adamswife on January 31, 2008

Edition 3

A meme for Thursday Thirteen, with a bonus because it’s a list of 20 things. Enjoy!
Here’s the rules: Remove 1 question from below, and add in your personal question, making it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8-10 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that they have been tagged.

1. At what age do you, or did you, wish to marry? I was married at 23 and again at 29. I don’t wish to marry again, ever.

2. What color do you like most? That would have to be blue.

3. Where do you want to go the most?
I don’t have a lot of desire to travel. If I have to choose something, probably the inland cruise to Alaska.

4. Which part of you do you hate the most? My dry skin. Sometimes I itch so bad you’d think I was an old dog with fleas. Scratching Dot

5. When you encounter a sad moment, what do you do? Experience it, and then move on.

6. What are you afraid to lose the most?
My sanity

7. If you win $1 million, what would you do?
Pay off all my doctors, buy a nice little house, hire a nurse so that Ed could come home until he dies.Nurse

8. What’s your wish for the year ahead? Better health than I’ve experienced in several years.

9. How did you celebrate the New Year? A party with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Everyone went to sleep before midnight except my 8-year-old grandson and me. Happy New Year

10. What one thing has had the greatest influence on your life?
My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has influenced everything I have ever done or hope to do.

11. Which type of person do you hate the most?
Anyone who would abuse a child in any way – sexually, physically, emotionally.

12. What is your greatest ambition?
To see my grandchildren grow to be good men and women.

13. If you had one wish what would you wish for? Money? Prestige? Fame? Fortune? World Peace? I don’t think so. I would wish to see the Second Coming of Christ.

14. Name one of your body parts your hubby or boyfriend tells you he adores: My boobs – They’re not as enticing as they used to be, but for some things he has a good memory. Rack (not mine, but very similar)

15. What is the best gift you can give someone this year? Unquestioned love

16. List two of your Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions. I didn’t make any resolutions. I have, however, taken on two challenges this year – 1) Read and ‘report’ on 50 books, and 2) use up my yarn stash and unwanted fabric to make warm things to donate next winter, probably to the women’s shelter.

17. What is the craziest thing you’ll do or have done in 2008? I don’t generally plan ahead for craziness. However, anything crazy will probably involve my favorite cousin. We have been known to supply sound effects for a too-quiet fireworks display, Fireworks to laugh until we wet ourselves, and to run away in the middle of the day to escape our children for a few hours.

18. What are the Top 2 things you are most thankful for in the year 2007 that made you even happier for 2008? One thing I’m thankful for from 2007 is blogging. I was a total novice when my friend, Zazzy, introduced me to the concept through her website Diabetic Round Table. It has helped me to feel connected to the world outside my home. It is also one of the changes that helped me out of a depression that was worsening rapidly. The other thing I am most thankful for is the improvement in my daughter’s mental health. She has struggled with mental illness related to her thyroid imbalance and resulting lack of sleep (sleep deprived psychosis) and from PTSD. She has grown stronger during 2007 and continues to be happier and healthier in 2008

19. What was the best lesson you learned in 2007? Never let a doctor operate on me with only a local anesthetic!

20. In this very moment, are you doing what you thought you’d be doing at this stage in your life?
Nope! Not even a little bit. I learned a long time ago not to make too many plans for the future. You know what Bobby Burns said about the best-laid plans. I had a vague idea that at this point in my life I would be sharing a home with my husband where we had lived for a minimum of 15 years. farmhouse We would have many friends in the community. Our family would look forward to coming to visit us. I would teach school for 9 months each year building up a nice retirement fund and then spend the summers gardening and preserving the harvest. Life happens when you’re making other plans.

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I accepted a voluntary tag for this meme from Sandy at Momisodes. I will, like she, leave it up to you whether you would like to be tagged. If you decide to take the tag, let me know and I’ll add your link. Thank you.

Posted in Family Life, FunStuff, General, Religion, Silly Quizzes, Thursday 13 | 6 Comments »

13 Things for Which I Am Grateful

Posted by adamswife on January 23, 2008

One day as I was surfing through the blogosphere I came upon a blog written by Solomon Broad wherein he posts each day a list of things for which he is grateful. In reading his daily lists I have been inspired to make a similar posting. So, in no particular order, the following are 13 things for which I am grateful:
1. My eyeglasses glasses – I have for the last 45 years cursed my glasses (I was, of course, wearing eyeglasses when I left the womb). They slide up and down my face, they make my ears hurt, they fog up and I can’t see, when it is cold outside they conduct that cold into my face and make it hurt. I have learned from Solomon to be grateful for my glasses. Without them I would be helpless – I cannot see to watch tv, to drive, to blog on my computer, or to enjoy all the beauties of the world around us.
2. My son-in-law – he has provided me with 4 beautiful grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. He loves my daughter and takes good care of her. He invited me into his home to live and to have an area that is private for myself.
3. My God and His Teachings Bible
4. My parents who loved me unconditionally and taught me all that they knew (or at least all that I would learn). They set an example for me to follow that has never led me into trouble.
5. My sister and her husband – they listen to me whine, give advice when I need it – whether I want it or not, and love me despite knowing me so well. My sister has been there for me all my life since she first shared chocolate cake with me by climbing into my crib when I was 6 weeks old. 😀
6. My husband, Ed Ed – He says when we met he knew he wanted me for his own and has never made me feel that he changed his mind.
7. My Chair my chair – it holds me when I nap, accommodates grandchildren who need a lap to sit on, anchors me when the world becomes too exciting around me.
8. My car Car it gets me where I need to go and has never let me down.
9. My grandchildren – they make me smile and remind me not to get too old, too soon.
10. A warm fire on a cold day Fire
11. Books books – especially a really good mystery novel or one that makes me laugh.
12. My country
13. Change – how dull life would be if nothing ever changed, not the seasons, not the political leaders, not the fashions, not even my mind.

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Church Attendance

Posted by adamswife on January 13, 2008

We share our church building with another congregation. So every year we switch off on times. This year we have services starting at 1:00 pm. So this blog is being written before I go to church. I am very optimistic about being able to attend services today.
I think I have isolated the cause of my frequent distress to one of the meds I have been taking. I talked to my doctor Friday and we agreed that I should stop taking it. I’m doing better already. I figure out what’s wrong, tell the doctor, and he agrees. Who should be paying who?
I enjoy attending church services each week. It gives me the illusion that I have a life. 😉  I have conversations with adult people, get a chance to discuss issues and beliefs that are important to me, and have a really good reason to comb my hair and put on a bit of makeup. It’s a good thing.

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Sunday, Sweet Sunday

Posted by adamswife on January 6, 2008

St Anns Church
It has been a lovely, lazy Sunday. Once again I stayed home from church. I probably would have gone today but my two granddaughters vowed they were very ill – stomach ache, nausea, just couldn’t possibly go to church. So I stayed at home with them. They had a miraculous recovery about 15 minutes after the meeting started. I’m afraid they’ve learned bad habits from grandma. The main difference being that grandma’s tummy problems don’t clear up that fast.
My son-in-law has accused me of having an affair with a man named John who lives in my bathroom. He could be right. Some days we do spend a lot of time together. I’d like to break off the relationship, but have not been able to find a way to end it.
I have spent the day listening to inspirational music on tv. And doing a bit of knitting. I’m making an afghan out of some yarn that has been sitting around for years. I’m not sure why I never used it up. It’s a lovely dusty pink color and very soft. The size of the afghan will be determined by the amount of yarn available. If I have extra I think I will make a matching hat and scarf – maybe some mittens, too.

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“Thank God for Fleas”

Posted by adamswife on January 4, 2008

Old Broads
Let’s put on our hats, have a cold drink, and share a few laughs with good friends. I’ll turn up the heat and we can pretend it’s summer!
I’ve been visiting around the blogosphere hoping for some inspiration today. My grandson hasn’t even supplied me with anything to write about! Kids – you just can’t count on ’em.
I don’t spend a lot of time talking about God. My relationship with Him is something I hold sacred. I don’t talk about sacred things lightly. But today I feel the need to mention Him and His goodness. We are beset day to day with challenges – some small and petty and others life-threatening. I have learned that these things don’t come from God – a lot of them are the result of our own bad choices. But, being a loving Father, He doesn’t interfere in our lives and take away those challenges or protect us from the consequences of our own actions. How would we learn and grow otherwise?
One of my favorite books is The Hiding Place by Corrie tenBoom. In it Corrie talks about her experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. Her sister told her they must have gratitude even for life’s trials. Corrie’s response was that she could see no redeeming value to the fleas that plagued them – she could not be thankful for fleas. And then her sister points out that the fleas keep the guards from penetrating the building where they are housed and thus discovering their contraband Bible. Corrie responds “Thank God for fleas.”
I’m not sure I am ready to thank God for fleas, but in visiting other bloggers today I have been reminded that I could be plagued by challenges I have never had to face, that I am, indeed, blessed in so many ways. I have some difficult health problems. Today I am grateful that these came to me in my maturity and not when I had a small daughter to care for. So, if I have an infestation of fleas, I can be thankful that I do not also have rats, chiggers, or cockroaches.

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A Christmas Wish

Posted by adamswife on December 25, 2007

I was visiting Storyteller a few minutes ago and found this lovely Christmas wish posted there by Peajay. I have blatantly stolen it to share with my friends here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.

Nollaig Shona

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This and That

Posted by adamswife on December 2, 2007

Christmas Lights  I thought it was time to start putting up the lights and get Christmas going around here.  I think I might need to untangle the strand. lol

I was late for church this morning, but I went anyway.  I slept about 1 1/2 or  2 hours later than usual.  First I can’t sleep at all and then I start sleeping in.  I might have slept longer, but the 3-year-old likes to throw toys down the stairs and hit my door.  I thought sure the house was collapsing when I awoke to the sound of plastic train track hitting the door.  I keep trying to break him of that, but I’m not making much progress.

Back to church.  I get sidetracked easily.  One of the speakers talked about spiritual exercise.  He said that at their house they talk about SEED – spiritual exercise every day.  I can only agree with him – I know my life feels more in control when I do my spiritual exercises.  Somehow I just can’t seem to do the things that I know will make me feel better.  My spiritual exercises often go the same way as my healthy eating plan.  Strangely enough, if I get the spiritual part going, the physical diet and exercise are much easier to control, too.

New subject:  I’ve been very pleased to see many of my friends from NaBlo visiting and leaving comments.  I would like to post your websites on my blogroll.  If anyone objects, please let me know and I won’t put you up there.  I find it easier to visit friends who’s websites are easy to find and click on, and I would like some of my friends to have the opportunity to meet each other.

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