Treasures of the Heart

Monday, December 28, 2009

More Family Treasures

Wow! - so much love created with caring, sharing and forgiveness.
Beth's bluebird of happiness....... Jared with Grandma - last hug till we meet again. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one reindeer open sleigh.....
So many blessings!! (Annika and I are definitely related- check out the picture above)
Just before the tears
Birthday girl - one year old!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Treasures

What a wonderful season - a time of family sharing love for one another in so many ways. The week of Thanksgiving was also a week of Santa and Christmas as Jared was leaving a week later for his mission in South Africa. The month of December included: My baby, Jared flying to Johannesburg; a heavenly piano recital of all my students; a delightful trip to Las Vegas to visit Marsie and family (and have time with the children to create a special gift for their parents); a fun birthday lunch for Beth at Joe's Farm Grill; a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner with Missy and family (love those darling girls); a Christmas morning phone call from "Elder Beautiful", as the African missionaries cannot pronounce "Bielefeldt"; a delicious and magical morning with Beth's family Christmas morning (we could have stayed all day); lovely phone calls from Marsie, Hanne and Susie; my brother, Johnny and wife, Jolene Sevey coming in with a yummy steak dinner they brought and prepared for Christmas evening with them and my mother; a visit and gift exchange with all my siblings though not all at once and a dinner at Serranos (treated by Johnny) with some of us; a joyful time having our Joseph stay with us a few days bringing fun and laughter into our home; treats and gifts and emails and letters from dear friends; Christmas movies on DVD (my favorites are "The Gift" and "Mr. Krueger's Christmas"); visits with Oma Dessie; and sharing a few quiet times with my sweetheart, Marty now that we are "empty nesters." (lol)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Birthday to the first Joy of my heart

Happy Birthday my precious first baby, Elizabeth Joy, truly a joy of my heart! May the coming year hold many treasures for you as you create your own adventures. You are so loved and treasured by your mom and dad!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jared Leaves for Johannesburg

Here is a collage of Jared's dinner with family and friends the night before he left for Africa. Jared finished packing at 1:00 a.m., then slept 3 1/2 hours, then up to get ready and off we go to the airport at 5:30 a.m. What an emotional time to send him off for 2 years. (for the parents - Jared was excited and so ready to go) He sent an email we received the next day at noon (which was about 9:00 S. Africa time) to say the streets of Johannesburg are flooded, the MTC has great food and great leaders, and he has a companion from Zimbabwe. A business woman at the airport commented on what a wonderful service such a young man was giving. His motto is "Doubt not, fear not." (D&C 6:36)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Santa's Early Visit

We were so lucky to have an early visit from Santa before Jared left for his mission to South Africa. Oh what fun it is to have a visit from Santa Claus!! Almost as fun as the visit from Santa was when all the grandchildren and all the dads and uncles got a harmonica from Grandaddy later on after Santa left. This family makes music together. Oh, yeah! Scroll down to see the fabulous music makers in action........!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Time of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is such a unique holiday - no purchased gifts of any kind are expected - just lots of yummy food to share and lots of family to enjoy visiting with. My favorite food this year was the scrumptious jalapeno turkey dressing Beth made, knowing how much I love that flavor. What a thoughtful gift to her mother. We had all 37 of us together enjoying many activities on Beth and David's mini-farm. Scroll down to see the amazing guys football game!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Eric Martin

Wishing Eric the happiest of birthdays on Thanksgiving Day!
 He is the best Thanksgiving gift and filled his parents hearts with gratitude when he was born. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Hannelora November 18

Happy Birthday to "LaLa", "Honey", "Sunshine",  "Hannie", Hannelora or Hanne - as our precious birthday girl has been called through the years! How we love the positive and kind influence she brings to all who know and love her.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Autumn Roses

The first roses not totally scorched by the hot summer sun!
Love the renewal of beauty that November brings.
Even though the beauty was captured, the roses were vanquished as Marty trimmed the bushes to stimulate more growth. Hope it works by Thanksgiving. 

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