Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Traces of Time . . . December 10 to 16, 2018

Traces of Time . . .

(To see last week's blog post--scroll down to the end of this week, then the Week of Dec. 3-9, 2018 will be there. If it's not, hit "Older posts.")

THIS WEEK- DECEMBER 10 to 
DECEMBER 16, 2018



 OUR KIDS WERE GOING TO SURPRISE ME ON MY BIRTHDAY, DEC. 15.
BUT DECIDED I SHOULD KNOW AHEAD.
YOU ARE ALL INVITED...
Julie said I should share her post:
"The children of Eileen Petersen would like to invite you to an open house to celebrate her 80 wonderful years on earth! It is on December 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at my home."

 The address is 1063 Topaz Road, 
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Eileen's e-mail is wyepetersen@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Phone: 208-670-7010.







MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 
Family is Everything…

We have an appointment with the podatrist at 11:00 this morning.




TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018 
Family is Everything…


Marci from Home Health came.  

Walt got a blood test ordered
by his podiatrist, Dr. Rogers.

Walt went to the Lehi Barbershop 
for a haircut.



We went to Jackson's Vista Heights Middle School
Band Christmas Concert tonight.



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018 
Family is Everything…
Happy Birthday, Steven...

Walt has the physical therapist from home health coming.




This evening Gary is coming and
we are going to watch
"Meet Me In St. Louis,"
a 1944 movie with Judy Garland,
and Margaret O'Brien, which
introduced the new Christmas song:

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."







THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018 
Family is Everything…
Now....


We  Marci from home health will be here


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018 
Family is Everything…


It is the last day in my 70's!
Brian and Jen are flying to Utah from 
Nashville, Tennessee

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 5, 2018 
Family is Everything…

I woke up old this morning.
I am 80 years old. 
We 



SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We 

Following is the 2018 First Presidency Christmas message, released Dec. 6 and signed by President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring:

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts — the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance and the promise of life everlasting. These four unique gifts will bring us more and more joy as we accept and act upon them. They were made possible because Jehovah condescended to come to earth as the baby Jesus. He was born of an immortal Father and a mortal mother. He was born in Bethlehem under the most humble of circumstances. His was the holy birth foreseen by prophets since the days of Adam. Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift — the gift of the Father to all of His children. (SeeJohn 3:16.) We joyfully celebrate His birth this Christmas season.


Hi Everyone
I’ve chosen “Where the Wind Leads” for the December Book Club read. It is a compelling story of a refugee family from Vietnam. This book really moved me, and I found myself thinking about it several times a day






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for next week
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018 
Family is Everything…

We have

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018 
Family is Everything…


We Marci from Home Health will be here

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018 
Family is Everything…
Walt has the physical therapist from home health coming.



This evening Gary is coming and
we are going to watch
"It's a Wonderful Life"
with James Stewart and Donna Reed

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We  Marci from home health will be here


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018 
Family is Everything…




SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2018 
Family is Everything…

I woke up old this morning.
I am 80 years old. 
We 



SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We 





Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts — the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance and the promise of life everlasting. These four unique gifts will bring us more and more joy as we accept and act upon them. They were made possible because Jehovah condescended to come to earth as the baby Jesus. He was born of an immortal Father and a mortal mother. He was born in Bethlehem under the most humble of circumstances. His was the holy birth foreseen by prophets since the days of Adam. Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift — the gift of the Father to all of His children. (SeeJohn 3:16.) We joyfully celebrate His birth this Christmas season.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Traces of Time . . . December 3-9, 2018

Traces of Time . . .

(To see last week's blog post--scroll down to the end of this week, then the Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2018 will be there. If it's not, hit "Older posts.")

THIS WEEK- december 3- 
DECEMBER 9, 2018




JUST ADDED: OUR KIDS WERE GOING TO SURPRISE ME ON MY BIRTHDAY, DEC. 15.
BUT DECIDED I SHOULD KNOW AHEAD.
You are all invited...
Julie said I should share her post:
"The children of Eileen Petersen would like to invite you to an open house to celebrate her 80 wonderful years on earth! It is on December 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at my home."

 The address is 1063 Topaz Road, 
Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
Eileen's e-mail is wyepetersen@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Phone: 208-670-7010.





Reminder of
Sibling Book Club choice
for December...
Hi Everyone
I’ve chosen “Where the Wind Leads” for the December Book Club read. It is a compelling story of a refugee family from Vietnam. This book really moved me, and I found myself thinking about it several times a day while I was reading (listening to) it, and it has lingered in my mind in the weeks since I finished it. 

The last chapter where the author summarizes his take-away from his family’s experience is especially poignant. It reminds me of David’s great  mantra of “there but by the Grace of God I go” and our responsibility to give back.

Hope you enjoy it. It’s not a Christmas story, but certainly has a message of the rescue, hope, and joy that Christ gives.   Janie

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We still have snow...
We like having Max around... 
 We have breakfast with Max...
 We went to our dermatologist
here in Saratoga Springs.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018 
Family is Everything…


We're out and about again...
Marci, our CNA for home health.
We have a friendly snowman in our front yard.
We had lunch with great Burley friends today.
Mike and Vicki Martin moved from Burley in 1975 and we've only seen them a couple of times since then. They moved to Wyoming, then way out to Georgia. Now they have been back in Utah going on two years.  It was so nice to touch base with them again today! We had forgotten how much we like them! I was a Young Women counselor to Vicki in our Burley 7th Ward. (Fae Stoddard--who had the most amazing vocabulary of anyone I ever knew--was the other counselor.)
Ross and Karen Taylor moved to Burley in 1968--two years after we did. They built a home that ended up just 3 houses south of us on Burton Avenue when we moved down the street in 1971. They moved from Burley to Utah in Feb 2005 and built a beautiful home in Riverton.  We've kept in close contact with them over the years. We enjoyed a fun stay with them at a Bear River condo in Sept 2017--seeing where Karen grew up.


Larger view of photo...Friends are forever!
We had some delicious pulled pork, baked beans, and cole slaw at Sean's Smokehouse here in Saratoga Springs.
Ross is adding some bar-b-que sauce to his meat.
When we got home, Walt called our joint friend, Gerald Budge, in St. George.  Karen had mentioned that Gerald has his hands full taking care of Ruth, who is having dementia problems.  Gerald and Ruth moved from Burley to St. George in 1993, I think. Anyway I have written down that they built their first home there in 1993. Then they built a bigger home in 1998.
Walt and Gerald reminisced about old ski trips together. 
What a blessing--Friends are forever!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We went to the DMV - Department of Motor Vehicles today to register our car in Utah. They were so helpful and we didn't have to wait after we got our number. We were called right up to the person we needed to work with.  The only thing is that we forgot to take the title to our car, so we could only get partially registered. But it was kind of them to get that much done and have the sticker to put in our window.
 We looked for our title when we got back home.
 There it was, right in our "Car" file.
 We got an after-school treat for 
Jackson and Maddie.
  Jacee's chocolate dome is in the fridge.
The spirit of Christmas feeling at Julie and John's home 
makes us feel the true spirit of this wonderful season.
 Gary came tonight and brought a Christmas movie for us to watch together..."How the Grinch Stole Christmas." -- only 26 minutes long.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (also known as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) is a 1966 Christmas animatetelevision special directed and co-produced by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book from 1957 by Dr. Seuss, the story of the Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. Originally telecast in the United States on CBS on December 18, 1966, it went on to become a perennial holiday special. The special also features the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch and the narrator.
We also watched the first ten minutes of...
"White Christmas" released in 1954
featuring the music of Irving Berlin,
starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye,
Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Allen.
We'll continue it next Wednesday.
White Christmas DVD (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
We are also going to watch
"Meet Me In St. Louis,"
a 1944 movie with Judy Garland,
and Margaret O'Brien, which
introduced the new Christmas song:
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
https://youtu.be/CreWsnhQwzY?t=39

 Then on the Wednesday before Christmas
we plan to watch "It's a Wonderful Life"
which was released December 1946,
starring James Stewart, Donna Reed,
and Lionel Barrymore.


"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now
Writer/s: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We went to Auto Zone to see why our "Service Engine Soon" light is coming on in our car.  They take their electronic device to the car and see why we need to "service engine soon."  Ours showed that there is a "small emission leak." And that we're okay to drive to Tremonton and back tomorrow without having to have it fixed.
Thanks, Auto Zone, for this free service.    Our friend from Burley/Rupert told us about Auto Zone doing this. He runs the Bighorn Sales in Burley and is the one who helped find this 2005 Cadillac Deville that we have. We love him and his family a lot!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 
Family is Everything…
Happy Birthday to our granddaughter,
Anna
Gary drove us to Elwood 
(a farming community on the
south side of Tremonton), for
the funeral of Willis Petersen,
Ray Petersen's cousin.
He and his wife had come to
visit us several times and I
remember we were at his 
home in Elwood once.
Willis Clarence Petersen
APRIL 13, 1927 ~ NOVEMBER 24, 2018 (AGE 91)
OBITUARY
Willis Clarence Petersen passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Legacy House in Bountiful, Utah where he spent the last year with his wife Elna Despain Petersen.  Willis was born on April 13, 1927 to William Petersen and Mary Lavon Wagstaff Petersen in Elwood, Utah.  He was the first of five children: Willis, Earl, Harold, Carol, and Reed.  Willis married Virginia Lee on Sept 18, 1953, in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  They had five children: Christine, Larry, Kendall, Steven, and Lisa.   After Virginia passed away in 2000, Willis married Elna on March 15, 2002, in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Willis is preceded by his parents, his brothers Earl and Harold, his wife Virginia, and his daughter Christine.   He is survived by his wife Elna, and his children Larry and (Becky) Petersen, Ken Petersen, Lisa Shinney, and Steve and (Sotheary) Petersen, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  Willis will also be missed by Elna’s children and grandchildren.
After graduating from Bear River High School, Willis joined the Navy in 1945 at age 18 and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  He later attended Utah State University.  Willis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served for three years in the Danish Mission.  He also served missions later in life with both Virginia and Elna.
Willis was a surveyor for the Soil Conservation Service in Tremonton for many years.  He also farmed a few acres in Elwood.  After retiring from the Soil Conservation Service, he worked for the LDS Church and drove a school bus.  He really enjoyed the kids while he drove the bus.  Willis loved his family and doing research on family history and genealogy.  He planned and guided family history trips to Denmark and England.  He was also very involved with scouting and received the Silver Beaver award.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 North 100 East, Tremonton, Utah).  There will be another viewing on Friday, December 7, 2018, 9:00 – 10:30 am at the Elwood Third Ward building (4865 W 9600 N, Elwood, Utah).  Following this viewing, the funeral will be held at 11:03 am.  Interment will be at the Tremonton Riverview Cemetery following the funeral.
The family would like to thank Jennifer Girswold – APRN, Debbie Johnson – RN, and the staff at Legacy House of Bountiful for the care they provided Willis and Elna during his final months.
 We just stayed in the car at the burial.  It was 24 degrees.
We then drove back to Saratoga Springs
so Gary could get to his Singles Dance
at the State Capitol that evening.
We hadn't seen Elna for a long time.
 We got to see Walt's cousin, DeLamar Jensen.
This is Roxanna, their adopted daughter
from Peru. We didn't get a photo of De.
 There are two remaining siblings of
Willis: Carol here, with her husband, LeRoy.
We talked with Reed and Phyllis who had
driven up from Gilbert, Arizona, but
we didn't get a photo of them.
We also got to talk with Lareen, Walt's cousin.
She told us how to get to 
the cemetery from the
Elwood Church.
 We drove by the Brigham City Temple
on the way home.
 Thanks, Gary, for drive us to this funeral.
 Something I said made Walt really laugh. 
It's good to hear him laugh.
It doesn't happen often these days.
 Trying to get a larger photo.
 Gary took a photo of us.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 
Family is Everything…
It was our Relief Society Christmas Breakfast this morning at
the home of Julia Wimath.
This is the view out her kitchen window looking toward the 
Utah Lake.
 This was two tables set up in the kitchen...
with ten or twelve sisters.
There was also a big table in the
dining room with about sixteen sisters. 
 It's always cozy with a fire going.
 There were about five of us
sitting on the couch in the family room.
 Julia came in to talk with us.
Here are Sister Fletcher, Sister Wimath,
and Sister Elmer -- Nadine, Julia, and Leslie.
It was a fun, relaxing time together.
We had a serendipity this evening when Steve and Natalie
invited us on a double date with them to go see 
"The Grinch" new movie.
The only seats left were in the handicap area, which
is about the 4th row from the front.
 We liked this new movie a lot!
 They told us how romantic they are.
For their 22nd wedding anniversary
on Nov. 30th, they got a new washer and dryer.
 We had a great time! Thanks, Steve and Nat.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We said to the kids when we came out of Church today,
"Only three more Sundays on the 3-hour block."
 David picked us up after Church and
we had Anna's birthday dinner with them.
 Anna chose to have hamburgers
and all the trimmings.
All the sides and salads were delicious!
Julie is a great cook like her mother, Sally, was.
And her Dad is still a great cook!
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Then this evening was the
Cousins' Christmas Party.
David said it's been at their home for
the past 10 years or more.
 We love Kimble's new hair cut.
 Carter still has his long hair.
Tonight he had a man bun.
 Gary was there with Isaac.
 Kimble liked the smokie Vienna sausages.
David called this a Julie
sandwich.
 We had good food and a good time!
  John's homemade fudge was a big
hit as usual, as were Natalie's carmels.
  Gary has fun doing his
hot chocolate tasting.
  He had twelve flavors.
The new one this year is
Stephen's Gourmet Chocolate Malt.
 Then we played the Christmas game.
  Everyone writes down 3 things about
Christmas. We number off by 1s and 2s.
  First round each person pulls as many of
the slips of paper out and describes what
it says, trying to get his/her team to guess it.
The time must have been 30 seconds.
I think Jacee got six once, and maybe Natalie
got seven or eight.
 The next round you can just use one word
to describe what's on the slip of paper.
The third round you use no words, 
just act it out.
It is a very fun game.
Julie is sending me the group photo and some other photos.
 We love being together.
 Jackson, John, Julie, Jacee, Will, 
Anna, Sam, Isaac (sitting), David, 
Kimble, Grampa, Rigdon (in front),
Eileen Gary, Carter, Natalie, Gary.
Julie Black is taking photo.
I don't see Maddie in the photo.
 There were thirteen guys there.
 Jacee and Anna measured to
see who is the tallest.
They determined that Jacee 
was taller by a hair.
 Three brothers and a
brother-in-law...
David, Steve, John, Gary.
What a great gathering.

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 At the end of December 9th, we
hope you have had a restful and peaceful Sabbath Day.
We share our testimony of these truths:
Heavenly Father lives and loves each one of us. He knows us by name and wants us to live so that we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Mother when our turn on earth is over.

Jesus Christ is the first Spirit Child of our Heavenly Parents. He was foreordained to come to earth as the Only Begotten of the Father to be our Redeemer and Savior.

Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration. He restored all the truths and ordinances to the earth that needed to be here during this last Dispensation of Time in which we live.

The Bible is the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. It is a Testament of the Divinity of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Mormon is true and is Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Russell M. Nelson is the Living Prophet for the entire earth today.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true Church on the earth today.

 Of these seven truths we testify,
in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Walt and Eileen Petersen
Saratoga Springs, Utah
December 9, 2018






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for next week
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018 
Family is Everything…

We have an appointment with the podatrist at 11:00 this morning.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018 
Family is Everything…


We Marci from Home Health will be here

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018 
Family is Everything…
Walt has the physical therapist from home health coming.




This evening Gary is coming and
we are going to watch
"Meet Me In St. Louis,"
a 1944 movie with Judy Garland,
and Margaret O'Brien, which
introduced the new Christmas song:

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We  Marci from home health will be here


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018 
Family is Everything…


It is the last day in my 70's!
Brian and Jen are flying to Utah from 
Nashville, Tennessee

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 5, 2018 
Family is Everything…

I woke up old this morning.
I am 80 years old. 
We 



SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 
Family is Everything…
We 

Following is the 2018 First Presidency Christmas message, released Dec. 6 and signed by President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring:

Our Savior, Jesus Christ, offers to us four incomparable gifts — the capacity to love others, the ability to forgive, the blessing of repentance and the promise of life everlasting. These four unique gifts will bring us more and more joy as we accept and act upon them. They were made possible because Jehovah condescended to come to earth as the baby Jesus. He was born of an immortal Father and a mortal mother. He was born in Bethlehem under the most humble of circumstances. His was the holy birth foreseen by prophets since the days of Adam. Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift — the gift of the Father to all of His children. (SeeJohn 3:16.) We joyfully celebrate His birth this Christmas season.