Saturday, July 30, 2011


Tonight I attended a Book Launch Party for Michelle Thompson’s new book Flames of Redemption. The party was held at her friend’s house in Tempe.

Michelle signed books, while the crowd was arriving.
There was a good sized group on hand
To listen to Michelle as she read some passages from Flames of Redemption.
Michelle, along with her family and friends went all out for this party.
There was lots of Yummy food.
Book Bags
And tons of fun door prizes.
I won the perfect door prize—a gift card to Changing Hands Book Store.

Michelle Thompson and Me
To learn more about Michelle Thompson and her books

Friday, July 22, 2011


This afternoon I made a trek to Mesa after work. My ultimate goal was Deseret Book for a book signing by Lisa Mangum.
I had a couple of hours to kill, so I visited some other LDS book stores. I spent a few minutes wandering around Pioneer Books and Gifts.
My next stop was Seagull Book, again mostly to wander and get my book store fix for this month.
Finally the time came to go across the street to Deseret Book.
I got there a few minutes early, and there was already a crowd gathering.
Lisa Mangum, signing my books.
Lisa Mangum

I haven’t read Lisa’s books yet, but they are on my Too Be Read list.
It was nice to meet Lisa and visit for a minute.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


After Logan’s baptism we gathered at Randy and Kim’s for lunch. I didn’t take any pictures of the food, but we had Yummy Barbecue Pork sandwiches, chips, potato salad & Cole slaw.
After lunch we had our summer birthday party. We haven’t had a party since Easter so we had 11 birthdays to celebrate. Rebecca & Staci weren’t able to make it this month.
Aiden turns 4 in July
Carson was 4 in May
Logan was 8 in June
Brigham was 23 in May
Andrea was 25 in May
Steve was 43 in May
Leanne was 48 in June
Rich will be 64 in July
Max was 73 in July
There were a lot of cards and presents.
Alicia made a small decorated cake for each of the birthday people.
The little ones were happy and had fun. There was a bouncy house in the back yard, that they filled with water.
Kaela and Randy
As usual there was much chatting and visiting among family members.
Chris & Kendall
Leanne & Rich
Lori, Brigham & Jennifer (Who really would have rather been home with a new baby, than available for a family party).
And of course napping is always in order.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Saturday Morning we gathered in Mesa to attend the Logan’s Baptism.

He was baptized by his dad Randy.
And he was confirmed by Randy with Family and friends that hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. 
Max, Jared, Brigham, A Friend, Randy, Logan, Kirt,  Jake, Tom, Kendall, a Bishopric Member
Logan with his proud Mom Kim and Dad Randy
Back: Darrin, Kim, Randy, Kyle
Middle: Ryan, Kaela, Logan
Front: Trevor, Lyndi

Friday, July 15, 2011

JUDAS ASPARAGUS- The Children's Bible in a Nutshell

(This is amazing and should bring tears of laughter to your eyes. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching?)
A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible. Here is what was written:
The Children's Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one,' but I think He must be a lot older than that. 
Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. 
Then God made the world. He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. 
Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.....Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars. Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something. One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check. After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat. Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil
Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on
 Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable. God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother. One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town. After Joshua came David.. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. 
There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them. After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn.(I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.') During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him. Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead. Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminium. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

Monday, July 4, 2011


We gather 'round to celebrate
On Independence Day
Pay Homage to our Country
As the children run and play.

With barbecue and picnics
And fireworks in the air
The flag we own is proudly flown
To show how much we care.

The stars and strips spell freedom
She waves upon the breeze
While bursts of colors can be seen
Above the towering trees.

This is all quite wonderful
We revel in delight
But God above in divine love
Has brought this day to light

With just a stroke of liberty
A touch of His great hand
He gave democracy to us
And helped this country stand.

The stripes upon our stately flag
Were touched by His sweet grace
Each star of white that shines so bright
Reflects His loving face.

So as you turn to face the flag
For battles that were fought
Be filled with pride for those who died
And freedoms that were bought.

But don't forget to thank the One
That gives the bright display
The reason why we paint the sky
On Independence Day.

Copyright (C)--Marylin Ferguson--2003


Saturday, July 2, 2011


Kari & Jake got married on June 25, and had an open house for friends and family in the Valley that couldn't make it up to Snowflake on Thursday. In true Kari fashion this was a memorable night. Earlier in the day there was a transformer fire and the electricity was out at the church. With lanterns, battery operated tea lights, and flashlights the party went on.
The front entry had the guest book
and lots of pictures

Kari & Jake
There were refreshments, fruit and pork rolls and
The centerpieces had live fish in them and they were a good place to put tea lights.
 Aunt Karen, Sandra & Erik
 There were family and friends to visit with.
And cake to eat. (and it was really good)
Shari (mother of the bride)  and friends Betsy & Wendy, minutes before the lights came back on.