Treasures of the Heart

Monday, December 19, 2011

Home for Christmas

What a joyous reunion as Jared arrived home from the L.D.S. Church mission in Durban South Africa!!
It took 4 days to locate the luggage, but that did not diminish the fun and happiness at the glad family reunion and 4 days of family gatherings and even a Christmas party. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Together Again in 2 Days!!

At midnight tonight here (December 12)  Elder Jared Leonard Bielefeldt will be boarding a plane in South Africa for the long journey home. He will be surprised to see how tall the nieces and nephew are now.Two years of his life has been dedicated to the Lord's work. His parents are so proud of him!

Monday, September 19, 2011

December 12 - 2 days to a Glad Reunion

24 months in South Africa - in 2 more days, home for Christmas!!

For information as to why a 19 year old would dedicate his life to missionary work,
click on this link to his mother's religious convictions and this young man's motivation will be clear.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July Fun at the Cabin

Fun times at the cabin last week included a fishing trip to the Payson Lake as the forest were closed due to fire danger (however, the fish were not jumping); also the boys built an incredible tree house fort with a picket fence and gate below which included a swing hanging from the upper level. They called it "This is The Place".  We also enjoyed one very fierce and long rain storm which had the kids dancing in the rain until the thunder crashed close by.  Marty worked on his gardens, trimming trees and cleaning up the cactus from the yard. Hanne and I cooked and cleaned the kitchen and visited to our hearts content, which included many pauses to tend to the needs of the kids. Reluctant goodbyes were said with promises to meet again before summer is over.Spice, our poodle was pampered lovingly by Allie. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Celebrating Independence Day

It is interesting that fireworks, a symbol of war, has become a symbol of celebration.

I am of the generation that lived in a time when children were fearful of war and bombs and practiced ducking under desks at school in case of an air raid. I am of the generation that sang numerous patriotic songs in music class during elementary school and proudly pledged allegiance to the flag daily. I am of the generation who had a father who fought in World War II and grew up listening to war stories at bedtime. I am of the generation that feels emotional during a boy scout flag ceremony. I am of the generation that is grateful to God for a country that is free and who takes the phrase seriously, "In God is our Trust". I am of the generation that prays for the rising generationsto hold freedom as a precious gift. I am of the generation that has a son serving in the military and prays for his protection and for his holding to the precious gift of hope in God as he stands for all that is right and good in the world - home, families and religious freedom.

May all generations remember and sing:

"And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
" Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust;”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Best Tortillas

 This is the only time I have ever had tortillas turn out right. 
Must be due to my busy little helper.
She really loves tortillas, cooked or not.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Memorial Weekend 2011

 It's hard work being retired..........
 You have to chew a lot of bones when you eat rib meat!
 Music Makers
 Too sleepy to eat......
Ready for church and saying "Goodbye" to little sweetness.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fishing at Green Valley Lake - Payson

 Marty, Jake and the Nunley brothers had a great adventure fishing at the lake in Payson. (The picture below is not of Jake as a little boy, it is Sam!!) Sam and Jeff both caught fishes - they cleaned them and ate them - all by themselves. Uncle Eric was kind enough to grill the fish for them along with all the ribs, hamburgers and hotdogs. What a feast!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Merry Month of May


May - The lovely month of family gatherings!!
The irises are from our cabin gardens. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Treasures

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We baked yummy apples on the coals