Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lesson #8 Green Thumb

Dear Jeanie,

How can I ever learn all that you know about plants?  For as long as I can remember you have been busy growing beautiful flowers, plants, veggies, and fruit.  You constantly take the time to water, weed, prune, fertilize, and love your plants. 

I am always amazed at your knowledge of plants and trees.  You can tell me the names of almost any plant there is.  I love this about you.  I love walking in a beautiful garden and thinking of you, and thinking about what you might say as we would walk through it together.  It truly brings a smile to my face! 

I think that you will always have the green thumb and I will always have the green toes!!!  :)  (From mowing the lawn in my flip flops)

Love you,

Lesson #7 Sloppy Joes

Dear Jeanie,

About a week ago I made the famous Sloppy Joe recipe.  It made me think of where that yummy recipe originated from.  I have no clue why I remember this, because I think I was only about 8 at the time.  We went to Belmont Springs with the McEvoy family.  She made these yummy Sloppy Joe's and you got it from her. 

I can't believe that the time has gone, and so has Sis. McEvoy.  I got thinking that Sally and her sisters can't just hop on the phone and ask their mom questions about the recipe, or any other one for that fact.  I am so incredibly blessed to hear your voice at the end of a rough day, or to hear you tell me your little secrets about cooking gravy, BBQ, or raising a family of 6 kids. 

Love you,


Friday, July 6, 2012

Lesson #6: Library Love

Dear Mom,

Yesterday I watched the light go off on Little Rig as he filled out his chart for the Library Summer Reading Program.  He completed his first 5 hours, and had to take it in to get his prize.  So, we canceled every thing that was going on, and headed to the library. 

We headed straight for the counter and Rig and Madi handed the Librarian their ticket to win their first summer reading prize.  The Librarian returned with a simple "Owl Tattoo"!  You should have seen the look on Rig's face.  Shocked at it's best.  Not because it was kind of a lame prize for reading 5 hours to a 5 year old kid, but because it was a tattoo. 

Living where we do, we have had many conversations about tattoos, and Rig has decided that it is best if we don't use any kind of tattoo.  So, he quickly said to me, "We don't have Tattoos Mom"  I was so proud that he took the prize and didn't really mind that it was what it was, and then skipped over to find some more books!

He loves to go to the library and read.  He is constantly wanting me to read with him.  We just started reading "Charolet's Web."  The other night he snuck downstairs with it, and asked me to read a little more.  How could I resist.

My kids love to check out their own books, and scan them on their own. Madi HAD to check out every single book that she picked out yesterday.  I watched her as she carefully set each book on the shelf and then one by one scanned them in with the scanner.   I remember doing that as a kid, and even playing library at home!

I want to thank you deeply for taking me to the library.  I loved the library because you loved the library, and you took us there almost every week.  It has made all the difference in my life, and in my kids lives.  I still enjoy reading a good book, and it has been so fun to watch my kids love it just as much.  This is all because of you!

I love you Mom!


Lesson #5: Neil Diamond

Dear Mom,

Every July 4th, I think of you!  Not only because you are a fighter, and I am so proud of the way that you never give up, but because of the lovely song, "America".  A huge smile comes across my face just thinking of the song. 

I can picture our family sitting in the stands up on the USU campus waiting for the fireworks.  We would jam out to music, eat treats, play games, and then FINALLY when it got dark, we would watch the fireworks. 

This song brings back all of these memories with families from the ward.  You were always there with a smile on your face, no matter how you felt.  Dancing and singing along.  Neil was one of your favorites, and I can't help but think of you when I hear one of his songs.

So this fourth of July I cranked up the song, and sang it with my kids, telling them that this song is one of Grandma Jeanie's favorites.  Little Rig loved the song, and continued to sing it along with me as we got all of our goodies ready for our firework show.  I can't wait to keep that one a tradition!

Love you Mom and Neil Diamond Lover!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lesson #4: Golden Brown

Dear Jeanie,

Nothing tops summer like camping with the family.  I can recall so many fun memories of camping with you and the family.  My favorite thing about camping with you was the art in which you roasted marshmallows.  Never the slightest bit burnt, always the golden brown crust that would have the tiny crunch.

I don't know how you managed to do it, every inch of your marshmallows were the perfect golden brown.  You must have made a million of roasted marshmallows in your day, everyone just had to have yours!

I hope I can one day perfect the golden brown marshmallowey goodness!

Love you Mom

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Dear Jeanie,

A couple of weeks ago it was so nice here in the Northwest.  We had sun, blue sky, and high 70 weather.  I couldn't help but notice all of the nice cars on the road.  And of course, they made me think of you. 

You might not remember the time that you test drove a convertible, just for the fun of it, but I sure remember!  I can still remember the wind in my hair, blowing it all over my face.  The sun was shining, and you had the biggest grin on your face. 

You had the time of your life.  But you usually always do,  you are the life of the party.  Wherever you are, there is surely fun to be had.  I love how spontaneous you are, and carefree.  You have taught me to love life, and to enjoy every moment.  Something that I need to remember more often.  I need some more convertible moments in my life!

Love ya,


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lesson #2: The Sick and The Afflicted

Dear Jeanie,

This past two weeks our house has been full of sickies.  Nothing too miserable I must say, but having sick kids is never fun.  One night when I was up with the baby coughing, and feeling so sorry for her, I of course thought of you.  Nothing heals the heart, or makes your sickness go away faster than Mom. 

I kept thinking of one specific night when I was little.  I woke up on the bottom bunk-bed with green bean throw up all down my pajamas.  I am sure you woke up to me crying.  You gently took my pj's off, got me in the tub, told me I was going to be okay, found a trusty bowl, and put me back to bed.  I don't remember all the words that were said from you, but I do remember the way that you made me feel. 

To this day when I get sick, I would love to crawl back in your bed, watch the Price is Right with you, and have some Sprite and crackers on your nightstand.  You have been Nurse Nancy many times to all of us at one point, and still are the one that I call when I have questions about my kids. 

Thanks for all of the sleepless nights, the soup, the sprite, the vicks rubs, humidifiers, trips to the Doctors Office, trips to the ER with kidney stones, and especially the hugs, love, and tenderness that you used while you cared for me!

I love you Mom,