Category: Family History

Tuck me in meaning

When I was young, my parents would “tuck me into bed.” As any parent knows, kids hate to go to bed at night — in fact it’s quite amazing to hear the excuses your kids will come up with — drinks of water, trips to the bathroom, anything to delay the inevitable. I remember saying “will you tuck me into bed?” I found the source of that saying which dates back to the Saulteaux native Americans. “Tucking in” was a life-saving event before falling asleep. I was reading a book about the Cree and Saulteaux Indians. These tribes lived in...

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The youngest child and humor

My youngest son sent me a link to an article about how the youngest child in the family is the funniest. It’s true that he has a way with words, he does not try, but he has always made us laugh. My dad had a sense of humor. He was the youngest of eight, his mom had him when she was 46 years old — twenty-one years after the birth of her first child. She’s my gramma who lived during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. My dad often messed up the punch line when telling a joke, and...

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Golly as an exclamation

“Golly” — I used that exclamation when I met my husband at Occidental College.  We were walking across campus, just past the old oak tree, talking about something and I blurted out “golly.” Later, after we were married, he told me he was intrigued by a girl that was in some sort-of time warp, saying, golly, on a college campus in 1976.   I don’t use the word golly anymore, and I don’t use the word awesome. I try to avoid the trendy words and look for an adjective that is unique. I like to be unique. I read a book, one...

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Assume God is in the details of your life

April 2011   This was one of the points that Boyd Petersen shared about Hugh Nibley, in his article, What I Learned about Life, the Church and the Cosmos from Hugh Nibley: As Hugh advised one person, Ask for the direction of the Holy Spirit every day and learn to recognize its whisperings. Then you will know exactly what steps to take and all the rest. … The Lord will guide you and in time you will find that our present-day Babylon will be but a distant memory. He took his own advice. In a letter to his son he...

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Pacing yourself in a race

I was never fast enough to compete in track and field, but due to good breeding, my kids are fast. You see, my hubby-dear is fast — he ran the 400 meter hurdles in college, got second in the NCAA-Division 1, and ran on the USA track team.  He ran on a 4 x 400 relay team that ran 3:02, which he say is “fast.” My kids “had wheels too” and they learned some valuable tips about pacing yourself in a race to avoid “the bear.” I’ll pass the baton to my husband for an explanation: Front-runners in any...

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Lessons on the value of money

Well, this is an embarrassing photo of me and my dad. actually, it’s hilarious. I can’t even remember the year, but I think it was 1972, when I had mononucleosis. My dad had a good sense of humor. And really, he had good taste in clothes. Well, maybe this wasn’t his best example, but come on the glasses are totally cool. He didn’t dress like he had money. But he did.   My dad passed away on April 5 in 2001. He was in his 81st year and basically got his wish — he did not linger — he went to...

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Halloween traditions

I have fond memories of Halloween — costumes,  trick-or-treating, and big candy bars. Not those stupid “fun-sized” ones that we hand out now. My friends and I grabbed our pillowcases and walked the entire tract of  Whiting Woods. My mom said one year we had 200 trick-or-treaters come by our house. We never wore scary costumes. Kids didn’t dress with blood and gore back then. A white sheet over your head was about the spookiest thing you might see. No one decorated houses, no lights. Jack-o-lanterns had triangle eyes, not too creative. My mom often made me a costume. I’m...

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Can you be a good Mormon and not do Scouts?

This is for those Mormon moms who might be struggling with the scouting program. I must confess — I’m not into Scouting. I raised four sons and every year I kept hoping the LDS church would drop the Boy Scout program as part of the Young Men’s Program. But some things become so “set” that changes just don’t happen. Mormons and Scouts The first LDS Scout troop was started in 1913 — Mormons and Scouting have a long history. I understand the need for it back in the early days. But I think it served it’s purpose. At least...

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The Big No Sleep

Motherhood is rewarding and exhausting. Some nights I would fall into bed and not even care that I was sleeping on the bare mattress — the mattress bare not me. My unfolded, clean sheets would be on the foot of the bed, where I dumped them from the dryer. I was just too tired to actually make the bed, so I would crawl under one of the loose sheets or comforters and go to sleep. I must confess, that it happened a number of times, and a number of nights in a row. I would whisper to myself, “my mother...

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History by the Football Coach

When I was in middle school and high school, the boys PE teacher, the football coach, taught history. Every history teacher I had would rather have been out on the field smackin’ some kid on the behind, “way to go” or “get after them.”  My husband’s salty old coach said, “it’s testicle cutting time.” Great. They seemed to carry that spirit into the history classroom. It was obvious they hated to teach history. I hated to go to history. Basically, I hated history. Mr. Bart, my eighth grade history teacher, must have arrived an hour early to class. When we...

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5 dangerous things you should let your little kids do

My kids love this TED Talk:   5 dangerous things you should let your little kids do | Talk Video | TED I received an email from my son who’s at BYU, married with a new baby. He’s just getting his feet wet with regards to parenting — experiencing the beginnings of what it’s like to have a child. We will see how he feels about this list as his son gets older — say age 3. So when my son read the list, he proudly proclaimed,  “Pretty sure we did all of these growing up.” And it wasn’t all...

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Girls P.E. in the 60’s — Shared Showers

Girl’s P.E. in the 60’s was kind of like the military. You had a uniform, you had to shower, and you had to line-up naked before the teacher handed you a small white hand-towel to dry-off. The teacher was at the head of the line, grade-book in hand, ready to give you a check mark and a towel.  No checks after your name, no good grade in P.E. This was my experience in 1967, 1968 and 1969 — from 7th grade through 9th grade, from ages 13 to 15. We also had locker checks. I had to have an emergency...

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How to use an e-collar for dogs

My dog was not obeying me. She knows the “recall” but has a mind of her own. I was irritated. Dogs have a way of knowing when you’re irritated with them. There’s no hiding this from your dog. Maybe it was time for a dog training collar — called an e-collar or remote collar. My dog came to live with me because my kids begged me for a dog, promised to take care of her, feed her, walk her, train her–everything that a dog needs. She is a German Shepherd,  and I have seen her through several medical conditions–mites, an...

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I visited Zion National Park during the government shutdown and saved $25

I was at the Fairfield in Provo, sitting at one of those tables in the free breakfast area when I overheard a couple talking about the federal government shutting down the national parks. I hadn’t been following the news, just working on getting my son to the MTC, so I didn’t really know what they were talking about. But it was easy to find out, just a search on my iphone gave me the details. “Kind of a bummer,” I thought. I wanted to drive through Zion’s National Park on the way to southern California. We dropped Seth at...

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Siblings without rivalry

I’m always happy when my children get along with each other. This is true no matter what age. When my kids were little they had the normal sibling rivalry and as a mom it was always understood to be normal but at the same time distressful and irritating too. We didn’t have iPads and built-in videos with cartoons for the car trips around town to soccer games and allergy appointments. For long car trips from California to Utah I bought individual audio tape players with earphones (remember the Walkman?) My kids were distracted listening to stories on tape and...

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“Though matter is replaced through an endless cycle of creations and dissolution, only spirit retains conscious identity, so that strictly speaking “only progeny is immortal,” each “mounting up from world to world” acquiring ever more “treasure” while “progressing towards His perfection which awaits them all.” (Nibley, Treasures in the Heavens)