Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shaving is a Chore!!

I have very sensitive skin, so I have found these items help me with no more nicks, cuts, razor rash or ingrown hairs. I know maybe TMI :-)

I find shaving a chore something I should do more often. I wish I could have laser but since I don't have enough money or never will, I must keep shaving on. I don't shave as often as I should or as often as my husband would like but I do try to shave for church on Sunday. Unless you see me in my black boots, which there is no guarantee that I have shaved (he he)

I have been blessed with very long legs, a feature I am proud of, but the up keep is heck. I used to have time to worry about such things, but there always seems to be a lack of hot water, with 7 girls in the house doing the same thing. Remember that day we couldn’t wait to start shaving, but now it’s just a pain.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I am sorry

I have been lost in thought, and heavy in heart. With my best friend gone so far way for a while and the death of my sister in law, I am afraid I am not my self, or at least the self I want to be right now.

I know the plan, and that the Lord is in charge. But distance in any fashion is still distance. I ache for my brother and long to hold my mother, someone who knows me better than I know myself. So I am sorry I have been so distant.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Reflections of Christ: Another Testament"

"Reflections of Christ: Another Testament" is now available at Deseret Book! Here is the slideshow and if you listen closely, you can hear the Angel Choir in the background, in which my sister Lisa had the opportunity to sing some "ooh"s and "aah"s !!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rebecca Catherine Leonard (Dorfmeier)

This obituary was written by my brother Jared:

Our sweet Rebecca passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. She was born on November 13, 1978, here in Fresno, Ca.

Rebecca will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and her sweet nature. Becca had a great ability to always make people feel welcome and loved. It is her kind, warm, spritely spirit that gave her the ability to be a wonderful, wife, mother, granddaughter, daughter, sister and especially friend.

Becca had a great passion for education and her children. In 2003, she received her BA in psychology from California State University, Fresno. She graduated with honors and as secretary in her student organization. However, over the past seven years her true enjoyment has been in the raising of her three children with Jared, her husband of nine years.

Becca will certainly be called blessed by many generations to come. She was loved by all who knew her. May she rest in her Heavenly Father's care until she can be reunited with her husband and children. She is survived by her husband Jared; and their three children Elijah (age seven), and twin daughters, Rachel and Lauren (age four).

Visitation will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Peachwood Ward, Fresno North Stake Center, 220 N. Peach, Clovis, CA. 93612 on Monday, October 5, 2009, from 12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m

A Memorial Service will begin in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow at Clovis District Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to the Rebecca Leonard Memorial Fund, Account #1032008, at Golden One Credit Union, 1030 Shaw Ave, Clovis, Ca 93612. PALM MEMORIAL CHAPEL 2983 Tulare Street Fresno, Ca. (559)233-7267

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How Quickly Things Can Change

When it comes to our lives we move through each day thinking there will be a next. I think we take for granted those around us that we love. I been thinking a lot this week as my sister in law Becca has been fighting for her life. How quickly things can change, how you never know day from day. Becca was so young, only 30, she was a mother of 3 beautiful children, a 7 year old boy and 4 year old twins girls.

Now my thoughts are with my brother Jared and the things he will have to face as he moves forward from this place. He will miss his sweetheart greatly but knows she is free of her pains. I am so grateful to have the gospel in my life, to know the plan and to know they will be together again as a family.

I pray we will look at each day as a gift to be cherished and not wasted away in trivial things. I hope we can all love one other and serve each other and how important it is to make memories each day. 

Rebecca Dorfmeier Leonard
11/13/78 - 9/29/09
daughter, sister, wife and mother

Monday, September 28, 2009

Swine Flu - It's Here!!

At first when we all heard of the Swine Flu (H1N1) the news had us in hysteria, than we were calmed down to no worries, well I am here to say the swine flu is here and spreading. Thank goodness it is a mild version of what had been hitting the world and if caught early can be treated with anti-viral meds.

But we also need to be wise, if you have ANY symptoms STAY HOME!! Wash your hands; cover your mouth when you cough. Simple. I don’t think I am too keen on the vaccination (pushed through too fast), I say be wise.

Our exposure came from one the girls’ friend at school, and with closeness while dancing ballroom, it spread. After we got the positive diagnosis they made the decision to treat the whole family which was a very good idea since it than passed to me and Lindsay, than to the boys. So far Donny has been the only one symptom free. The kids have been going a little crazy with our 5-7 day quarantine. But we are on the mend.

This is what anti-viral meds look like for 6 children + Mom & Dad.

Click on the link below to learn more

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

This is outside our front door
Jong, Vanessa & Kristen

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Justin Williams - Decision Time

Photos by Jason Leonard
Produced by Jason Leonard

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Infinite Power of Hope

... And to all who suffer—to all who feel discouraged, worried, or lonely - I say with love and deep concern for you, never give in. Never surrender. Never allow despair to overcome your spirit."
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Katie is the 2009 Homecoming Queen for Provo High School

Katie & Sierra danced at halftime at the football game with the Ballroom Team

Okay, we all know how this works, there always seems to be the "it" crowd that are picked for these kind of things. You know like the Captain of the Cheerleading Team and the Captain of the Football Team. This year was different, people from the outside of the normal "clique" were chosen.

Two amazing young people who are good and kind with big hearts. As they announced Katie's name the crowd erupted, then started chanting her name. I am so happy for her. What an honor to be voted by your peers.

Katie Williams & David Wilcox

Katie is wearing a vintage 1950's prom dress on a 
crinoline slip, it's the real deal. With all vintage jewelry, 
she looked so pretty out there.

The Homecoming Court

Mom, Katie, David and Dad

The Fans!!
brothers - Devin & Derek, all decked
out in shades of Provo green
and sister - Lindsay, Shelby made the sign!

Pretty in Pink!!

Kate and her date Mark Manuele

"The Ride"

Friday, September 18, 2009

So Long, Farewell

As we get ready to depart for our mission tomorrow morning our thoughts turn to you. We are excited about our mission to Canada and learned so much in the MTC. What a wonderful experience!

We are grateful for this opportunity to serve the Lord in a full-time missionary capacity. we were told by both our Stake President and in the MTC that our families would be blessed beyond what we can imagine while we serve this mission. I am sure that includes all of you.

We will miss all of you. As we always do those that are at a distance.

We will have our email available and facebook. We will still have our cell phone, but are told it is very expensive as soon as we enter Canada. We will have it on and anyone can leave a message, we will pick them up often.
For those who are interested we are going to try the Skype service, we understand that it is free and you can do your phone calls over the Internet.

Elder Michael Tanner/Sister Lois Tanner

Canada Halifax Mission
202 Brownlow Ave Unit F Bldg F
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5



We Are A Family

We Are A Family

Since before any of us were born, God planned for us to share our lives together.He knew exactly how our strengths and weaknesses would balance one another and the depth of love, understanding, and commitment we would learn to feel.He knew the richness of our separate characters would be developed through hard times and that mutual trust and respect would be born as a result of overcoming the trials together.He knew that we would laugh together and cry together.He knew we would need each other... to help... to love...

What Matters Most

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Digital Camera Fun

The great thing in having digital cameras these days is how fun and easy they are to use. Donny had to take the back garage door off for something and before he could get it back on the girls took it back, to a corner of yard and started shooting away. The older girls are always playing around with the camera, but what is cute is how closely the little eyes of Lindsay has watched and learned



Work it Lindsay!! :-)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Tribute - 2009 with Glenn Beck & Finding Hope

Originally posted ...
September 11th, 2008

That day changed me, an innocence lost.
How could it happen here?
I will never forget.
God Bless America.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Our Mind, Body and Soul are Connected.

Our mind, body and soul are connected. It is through these connections that our lives manifest. We see evidence of that all around us in how we feel and how we act. When we don’t get enough sleep the chain reaction starts from exhaustion – leading to emotionally eating to get through the day - then snapping at your child because they have spilled one too many drinks on the floor that day. This is a simplified example of what can occur; but what if the opposite scenario is possible? It can be!

Picture a mother centered and rested. It may seem like an impossibility to say ‘mother and rested’ in the same sentence. But the rest you are seeking can be like the eye of a storm. The storm is still raging all around a mother but in the center – is where the calm resides. A day that is full of possibilities, fun and love - even if the baby didn’t sleep all night! Why are you feeling depleted? What are your inner beliefs about yourself and life?

We all have tipping points where we see our story isn’t what we dreamed it would be. We see the signs in our physical health, our relationships and in our business experiences. With fear, anger and avoiding behaviors we find ourselves in crisis. You may be cycling in ways that feel shameful such as addictions. The market is flooded with guide books, experts and practitioners to help fix our problems. But the answers, to what we perceive as life’s problems, are found inside our souls. How do we find those answers? Where is the balance we all are seeking? Where can you refine, refocus and respond authentically to your life? These subjects are discussed in the Soul Essentials curriculum. Here you will learn more about slowing down and sitting still so you can get up and move more joyfully through life.

Ganel-Lyn K. Condie

Follow Your Dreams

Great Ideas - "Spider Spray" & Lemon Scented Pledge Trick

This was my post on Facebook - what to do with my little one having anxiety attacks about spiders in the middle of the night. :-(

Lisa - Anxiety about creepy critters?....hmm, that hits really close to home.            

Keri - It's a normal fear to have. Maybe give her a night light (spiders tend to come out in the dark, after all), let her vacuum her room before she goes to bed (that will get boring quick), and just reassure her that we all go to sleep and wake up every day without horrible spider accidents occurring during the night.

Cortney - "monster spray" or in your case "spider spray" We took a squirt bottle and filled it up with water and put a cute little "monster spray" sticker on it. Any time she was scared there was a monster, she would spray it. I am happy to say that our house is now monster free!! (this will help with the anxiety attacks)

Amy said...

I am dealing with the same problem, and have been looking for organic ways to get rid of spiders (with a little one and being pregnant we don't want to spray). I read that lemon scented Pledge works miracles. Put it in the entryways of your house and since spiders taste through their legs, they will soon disappear from your house because they hate it so much. Good luck! (but this will help the real problem)

Thank you Amy!!