POSADAS ARGENTINA LDS MISSION, for two whole years!!!
~This young man is all grown up...and off to serve God, and the Argentinian people with a smile on his face, love in his heart and the gospel of Jesus Christ!
💖 💖 We are so proud of him!!! 💖 💖
Today was a somber day for me. Thoughts and prayers for those who have sacrificed so much for my freedom. Also, for my dear son, Michael, who is serving in the Spirit world fighting spiritual battles (most often MORE dangerous then the physical ones) to save me, his brothers, and those who are assigned to him.
Today I visited his little body's resting place, near the Manti Temple, and cried a bit for him while I felt him as I placed a pinwheel and balloons for him. (Balloons from Alex)
I also stopped in and visited the family (Natalie and Dan) who live in my previous home, there in Manti. We had such a great time talking and reminiscing! They have continued the remodeling and it looks so great! They are even replacing the big wrap around porch out front. They say it is taking them months to find a contractor who wants to do it. They told me that they TOO have a baby named Michael who died as a baby, who is buried in the Manti cemetery...who was born and died prematurely...huh. 🤔🤔🤔
Slideshow of Alex getting his diploma and being congratulated by Principal and staff...
I love you and am so proud of you, Alexander.
P.S. For all of you who were unable to attend this special event, Alex and I felt your thoughts and good wishes and missed you dearly.
When I think about how I was not allowed by my ex to not attend my other son's High School graduations due to his bitter hatred of me...I cry for them....and the love they missed out on, or are missing out on.
I hope they will always know that I was there with them, in Spirit, and that I always had great excitement and love for them on their special Graduation Ceremony days, even if I could not physically attend....just as much as I did for their youngest brother, Alexander.
I love you and am so proud of you, Andrew.
I love you and am so proud of you, Jacob.
I love you and am so proud of you, Jordan.
I love you and am so proud of you, Austin.
Regardless of any unkind thoughts you may have been taught to have of me.
I will always know and remember, the real you♥
My fathers good friend (who he worked with for many years), Gov. Gary Herbert, has signed a resolution to make the second week of January Utah Broadcasters Awareness Week. He has been announcing this on TV this entire week. Wonderful, Gary!
The resolution, sponsored by lawmakers Sen. Ralph Okerlund and Rep. Kay L. McIff, officially recognizes the community involvement and economic benefits of Utah broadcasters.
It specifies "more than 90 commercial radio stations and 20 television stations in Utah," as well as more educational and community stations are part of the effort to recognize them.
It says "these broadcasts alert, inform and entertain their audiences," specifically mentioning the Emergency Alert System that warns of extreme weather, flooding, fires Amber and missing person alerts as well as traffic and natural disasters.
Also, I LOVE watching my cousin, and good friend, Heidi Hatch, from Channel 2 News and the service she provides for our great State of Utah!
Go Heidi !
Happy Independence Day !!
... "God Bless This Land" ♥
This is a short clip about Philip Nolan and our unitedness,
The man with no Country
(notice the phonetic pronunciation of his last name...I find this both non-coincidental and fascinating)
...he said to me:
“Youngster, let that show you what it is to be without a family, without a home, and without a country. And if you are ever tempted to say a word or to do a thing that shall put a bar between you and your family, your home, and your country, pray God in his mercy to take you that instant home to his own heaven. Stick by your family, boy; forget you have a self, while you do everything for them. Think of your home, boy; write and send, and talk about it. Let it be nearer and nearer to your thought, the farther you have to travel from it; and rush back to it when you are free, as that poor black slave is doing now. And for your country, boy,” and the words rattled in his throat, “and for that flag,” and he pointed to the ship, “never dream a dream but of serving her as she bids you, though the service carry you through a thousand hells. No matter what happens to you, no more matter who flatters you or who abuses you, never look at another flag, never let a night pass but you pray God to bless that flag. Remember, boy, that behind all these men you have to do with, behind officers, and government, and people even, there is the Country Herself, your Country, and that you belong to Her as you belong to your own mother. Stand by Her, boy, as you would stand by your mother, if those devils there had got hold of her to-day!” 66
I was frightened to death by his calm, hard passion; but I blundered out that I would, by all that was holy, and that I had never thought of doing anything else. He hardly seemed to hear me; but he did, almost in a whisper, say: “O, if anybody had said so to me when I was of your age!”
go to: The Man without a Country
...I pray that my children will consider these awesome words...
Go to - Written article
A professor of microbiology and molecular biology, Harker was most recently an associate dean in the College of Life Sciences.
“His service as been outstanding in this capacity,” said Samuelson.
“Professor Harker is an outstanding teacher and researcher, having received awards in both areas.”
"....Our lab once worked on a project, where the goal was to design a machine so small, and precise, that it could inject DNA into a single mouse egg cell, without damaging the cell. That was a challenge...."
~ I just watched this awesome forum this morning and immediately thought of my Molecular and Cellular Biologist son, Jordan, in Illinois, and how much he would really benefit from, and enjoy, this awesome talk.
Intelligent and Inspirational for all.....
Larry Howell - Author of the book, "Compliant Mechanisms"
My Uncle, Dell Hatch, recently past away. He was my dad's favorite and closest brother. Our families spent lots of our fun family vacations together. They are some of my closest cousins. Dells youngest son, Derek, is married to Heidi Hatch, the famous news reported for Channel 2 News here in the State of Utah. She and I are good friends. I will post some photos below of the funeral. The pics are of Dell and Joan's children which are the ones still alive. The blonde woman is Dells oldest daughter, Michelle, and the largest boy is his son, Cory from his first marriage. Otherwise, they only have the 3 sons left, of Joan's children, alive. Bernd and I used to go visit these relatives often when we lived in St. George.
My Aunt Joan is the one with white hair. Dell was cremated. My dad, Howard, has expressed his desire to be cremated too.
Recently, my co-worker Don, the Archeologist and Curator of the Museum, quit his State Park job at FISP, and so I am the only one who is running the entire large Gift Shop and Museum, mainly alone, these days. Yes, I have twice the amount of work...but I love it. I manage the whole thing! The actual manager of the whole State Park is not there very often so I get to run or make a lot of executive decisions for the entire Park and feel like I actually am running this beautiful Utah State Park most days..... along with the Maintenance Supervisor, Jim, who is so kind.
Between the 3 of us, we seem to be all 3 equally managing this amazing State Park. (although I don't get the same pay as they do.....haha) However, I am getting lots of experience out of this, and am enjoying most of it, other than my feet and back are killing me after almost everyday of working so hard :)....and sometimes the manager, Kevin, is difficult to work with. We have events, school groups, celebrations, dedications etc. etc.. (Maybe one day I will run my 'own gift shop'?? ♥)
We just recently finished building a large beautiful shed at home. This will hold all of our workshop or working items, while we begin building a new laundry room. I am super excited. I also just got a new awesome wood burning stove, which will go in my front room. I LOVE these things!!
Alex, is about to graduate his Junior Year! He got all A's this semester. He is very proud of himself. We are too! He will soon go off to Especially For Youth Camp, and is VERY excited for it. It is one of the MOST fun, spiritual growing, exciting Camps in the Nation and he is such a lucky boy to go to it. ~ He is such a good young man.
My dad, Gramps, is at the Hospital right now getting tests done for bleeding in his stools. I am here with him. I learned that he is OK, but that was a bit of a scare. It was just internal bleeding hemorrhoids. We are thankful it was nothing too serious. I love my dad and hope he lives a long time. ♥
Funerals and Weddings seem to be our main means to Family Reunions these days. Interesting.
So my dear Uncle Roy Hatch passed away only a few weeks after he turned 90 years old!! It was one of the BEST funerals I had ever been to. Why? Because his extended family were so caring, genuine, kind, good people and the service was so awesome. Filled with love, good memories, good stories of their Grandpa, Dad, Brother, friends and wonderful man named Roy Hatch....my honorable, kind and good Uncle.
I was so thankful to be there on Saturday. Got to see a few relatives too!
Obituary (click here to see Roy's obituary)
I also got to go to the Manti cemetery for his burial. This is the same place my baby Michael was buried. It is an absolutely beautiful place and setting!!
Here are some pics of that day.
Here is the Invitation and photo sent to us, to my nieces wedding and reception coming next month. We are so happy for her. What a fun and exciting time in life ♥
Having the privilege of being an employee of our great State of Utah, I am very blessed to be able to work, volunteer, and support (and play) at one of our most awesome Parks in this State,
Fremont Indian State Park and Museum.
The other day, on the radio, I heard a beautifully spoken narrative of this unique place, telling the world all about its mystery, beauty and history.
Although there are many radio spots featuring our lovely Park sent out throughout the year, I just felt that this one, done by 'Wild About Utah' was really inviting and well put together.
So, I decided to share it here for all my family and friends to enjoy.
Take a moment to either read it...or listen to it.
(I feel listening to it is best, since it allows for your imagination to take over♥)
Read - Utah's Petroglyph Garden
Listen - http://wildaboututah.org/audio/WildUtah081015.mp3
p.s. This year we are planning on doubling our Events and Activities from last year, (approx. 19) so be sure to visit our Events Page, each month, on our Website, for dates and details of the upcoming FUN ~
Fremont Indian State Park and Museum Events
(Please come visit me there, I'd love to see you. Also, come see the new hoodie sweatshirts I had designed especially for our Park....and as always....family members of Employees get in free ;) See you soon ♥)
~Mother of 6 Handsome Sons.
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