Monday, March 27, 2017

Starting Again

Well, Spring Break came and totally threw off my schedule.  And, of course, I didn't jump right back on as soon as school started again either.  But, I'm back at it!  With a little twist.  I'm going to write every day, but may not post every day.  I may work on something for a few days before I'm ready to post it.  Hopefully that will allow me to really think and work on a subject and write something a little more high quality than my every day posting.  Habits really are funny things...I enjoyed writing here very much, but it quickly went to the wayside once I didn't have to get my kids up at 6.  And when I did start having to get them up again, it was awfully hard to start again.  Even 5 minutes before I started typing this post, I was thinking about not writing today, and was it really worthwhile.  I'm already glad I've started again. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lots of thoughts

So many thoughts in my head this morning...

I went to an amazing Women's Conference last night and am still thinking about so many things I learned there.  Thoughts about perfection through Christ, Philippians 4, my goals, and joy in the JOurneY.  Trying to decide how best to share these thoughts with my family. 

The 7 inches of snow we received that caused our very enjoyable snow day yesterday was followed by lots and lots of rain and now a few low lying parts of Moscow are flooding.

Trying to remember that while other people's decisions can have great effect on me, I cannot make those decisions for them, and worrying about what they might decide really does nothing more than give me unnecessary stress.  Let it go!

How does that apply to my children though???  Still a lot to figure out there...

Must send an overdo email today!

Paper airplanes and Bridal Shows???  A little exciting and scary and what should I really do???

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Snow Day

I just got a text from Annie's Seminary teacher saying that school is canceled for today.  We got about 6 inches of snow during the night.  The forecast said it would rain.  But we are back to beautiful white!  I'm keeping my phone and the home phone right next to me so that I can catch them as soon as they ring.  I would love to let the kids sleep a little longer.  I'm not sure how Sister Martin always knows so early that we will have a snow day, but she is always right.  I'm hoping we can get the house clean!  The kids are pretty tired of snow, so I don't think they will be all that anxious to go play in it. 

I read about Christ's baptism in my scripture study this morning.  It was such a simple thing for Him to do, but I don't think He did anything lightly.  He had great purpose in being baptized. 

Time to run.  Happy Snow Day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Next question from 52 Stories.  What do you consider your greatest academic achievement?

I don't feel super accomplished in academia.  I have an associate's degree, but it's just in General Studies.  I'm not extremely proud of that.  I got pretty good grades, but could have done better, so...not a lot to be proud of there either. 

The one assignment I can think of that I am so happy I completed, and still read and even cherish, is an assignment I was given in my US History class with Brother Marshall at Ricks.  It's an interview with my grandfather, John A. Haeberle.  I wrote down lots of questions, then sat with him for over an hour, I think, with my tape recorder rolling, and asked him all about his life and thoughts about events that took place in his life.  Then I put that tape in my Walkman and sat at the computer and typed it all up.  That took a long time.  Lots of pushing the Play, Stop, and Rewind buttons.  I got an A on that project.  But even better, way better, I have a bit of Grandaddy's life recorded, in his own words.  I love hearing his voice in my mind when I read it.  I think I will upload it to FamilySearch today. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


I am so thankful I had the opportunity to run the half marathon.  But I could not have done it by myself.  I read Luke 22:43 this morning and thought about the angels who helped me to finish the half marathon.  Not heavenly angels, like the kind that visited Christ, but earthly angels who encouraged, healed, strengthened, and loved me along.

Cecily is one.  She is so encouraging and full of love.

Sharon is another.  She couldn't run with us, but came and took care of our coats, then hung around for two hours in the cold waiting for us to get back.  She was the first person I saw, just before the finish line, cheering for me and supporting me.  After I finished, she gave me my coat and a protein drink she had brought.  She paid attention to the time, so she could tell me how long I had taken to finish.  She was amazing!

James was there too.  Waiting at the finish for me.  He was so encouraging in all my training.  He would counter my doubts and remind me of my strengths.  He believed I could do it, and that meant the world.

And I physically could not have done this without Rob Cox at the ISMaRT clinic at the University of Idaho.  I started having trouble with shin splints about the time I started training for the half, and thought many times they would keep me from even attempting to run it.  But Rob figured out what was causing my shin splints and fixed the problem.  It was very miraculous to me.  I did not once feel even a twinge of pain in my shins in all those 13 miles. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

I Finished!

On Saturday I actually ran in the Snake River Canyon Half Marathon.  I finished in 2 hours and 19 minutes.  I have to say "actually" because I am still a little surprised that I really did it.  Running is out of character for me, or at least was for most of my life, but a half marathon!  I did it!!  I'm still really excited about this.  And I did it much faster than I was expecting.  I was guessing it would take me around 2 hours and 45 minutes.  Ha! 

Here I am, crossing the finish line.
I really don't like this picture very much, but I do want to remember this. 

It was drizzling when we started, and then raining, then pouring by the time I got to mile 5.  At mile 6 there were some huge snow flakes starting to mix in with the rain.  The snow only lasted for a couple of miles, then it was back to rain and I think the rain completely stopped about the time I got to mile 10 or so. 

I felt pretty good for the first two miles, then not so confidant for a while.  Around mile 5 I started seeing runners on their way back to the finish and that gave me a boost.  I saw Cecily about mile 6 I think.  And there was a lot of energy at the halfway point.  I got there after one hour and 4 minutes.  That was awesome and I suddenly felt like I really was going to finish and be faster than I had expected.  Miles 8-10 were the hardest.  I was slower and didn't have as much energy.  And the end was still so far away!  Things got better at mile 11, though.  Then it wasn't long till the finish!

I have been sore since Saturday, but finally starting to feel a little better.  Whew!  Also so glad it is done!

Oh!  And no shin splints!  Not even a hint!  It was amazing!!!

Friday, March 3, 2017

More about the MC

While I was a student at Rick's, I lived with my Grandma and Grandpa.  Grandma worked in the catering office, which was in the MC, and she would pack my lunch every day and keep it in the fridge in her office so I could come get it when I wanted it.  Such a rough life, I know!  So, everyday I would go see her for a minute and get my lunch then go find someplace in the MC to eat and study.  I never did eat lunch with her though, and I'm not sure why?  I remember her having her lunch there and eating it at her desk sometimes, but I never stayed to eat with her.  Maybe because there were always people coming in and out of her office.

Sometimes I would eat with my friend, Brent.  We went to school together in 7-9 grades and it was fun to hang out with him again when our schedules lined up.  Most of the time, it was just me enjoying some quiet time and some good food.  One day I was sitting just outside the ballroom when then President Bednar and Elder Holland walked by.  Elder Holland smiled at me and said, "Hi."  That's my closest encounter with an Apostle.  It totally made my day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The MC

Yesterday Naomi came home to tell me that she qualified to go to the Idaho State Geography Bee!  She is excited and I am too!  It will be held at the end of this month at BYUI in the building called the Manwaring Center. 

When I went to BYUI, when it was still Rick's College, I spent quite a bit of time in the Manwaring Center.  I have so many memories of that building!  It has been expanded and remodeled so much that I don't recognize most of it now, but there are a couple of places that are still recognizable to me. 

One of which is the ballroom where the main events of the geography bee will be held.  My first memories of the ballroom are from when I was a kid.  Sometimes when I would spend the night at my cousin Autumn's house, her mom would take us roller skating there.  They even had a disco ball!  Of all the memories I have of my Aunt Shayne, this is one of my favorites.  The MC will always make me think of her. 

Later, when I was a student there, my ward met in the MC and our Sacrament Meeting was held in the ballroom.  And of course I went to lots of dances there.  It was always so fun to me to go to the MC for a dance on Saturday night, then be back in the very same room Sunday morning, sitting under the very same disco ball, going to church.