Showing posts from January, 2011

Update for 2011

Today has been a good one.  Our family has all been fighting strep this past week, and since most of us weren't feeling our best, I decided to go with Angela to Church.  But, about a half hour before it started, I decided we'd all better go to Sacrament Meeting at least.  I had to run the library, so I had to stay.

I'm beginning to realize how short our time is here.  About five months before the kids and I head to Utah to stay with my parents while Dan gets the house all ready to sale while finishing up his PhD.

Right now he's got a paper that went through peer review, and it was not rejected, but he's been busy making revisions, and is about to re-submit it.  If it gets published, his advisor says he's golden.  So we're keeping our fingers crossed.  After that, he pretty much has the remainder of his dissertation to write, and then to defend in August.  I'm so proud to be his wife.  He works so hard for our family and is such a good husband and father…
Here's Angela's new church bag.  Got some new trim and iron ons.  It's so much fuN!

Ginnie's First Post

i love you.
you   ur   um  a champein.? mommy r yoo a champen? (typed by Ginnie)

Daddy, are you a champion?
And now, Daddy says, "NO".

"And now, What can I do without anybody?" (typed by Rachael, recited by Ginnie)

Okay now - "What can I do now?"

"I can't believe I have nobody!"

"I just can't stand it."

"Why can't I have anybody to play soccer and to be a champion?"

"What can I do?"

"I think I can call on Angela."

"Oh yes!  That's it!  I can call on Angela...that's what I was hoping to be doing."

And that's the last part.
The end.

by Virginia Ann Wheeler

Things I've made

I've been having fun lately.  Both of these were my old shirts.  A whole new outfit for Ginnie and a dress for Angela.
And these are Ginnie and Hyrum's Sunday bags for scriptures, activity pages, crayons and little laminated figurines (book of mormon and bible characters)  which I printed out for them.

Potter's Clay

In high school and college, I took many art classes.  For one assignment, I painted what I like to call 'Potter's Clay'.
I have it hanging on my hall wall, and often notice it when I pass by during the day.  I was quite familiar then with the concept of us being like clay in the Potter's hands, being molded and shaped to become something magnificent and beautiful over time.  I remember that with each stroke, my focus was solely on our Creator.  And although I was a beginning painter, I wanted so much to convey this powerful image in a way that would let the Lord know that I desired more than anything His influence, His touch in my life.
  There is an ensign article that brought even more meaning to my painting.  I'd like to share a few things that really struck me tonight as I studied further into the subject.
  President Heber C. Kimball spoke about many vessels being destroyed after being molded and shaped because of their misinterpretation or misunderstanding of t…


We've had a great break in the past couple weeks.

I didn't think to take many pictures, but here are a few.

First off, we said our goodbyes to the sweet sister missionaries who served in our ward.  We've really loved having a change (normally Elder's).

Dan's youngest sister Sharon came to visit for Christmas from BYU.  We had lots of fun with her here.

The kids stayed up watching Yogi Bear re-runs and other movies for New Year's Eve.  Daniel and I watched Avatar.

Sarah's two new loves are:  the piano and her bouncy horse.
Oh, and of course Ginnie was 'Mary' for her preschool program.  When her teachers told her she would be Mary, and then told her who Joseph would be, she thought for a moment-and then with a concerned look, said, "I'm not allowed to have a boyfriend."

It seems like Christmas snuck up really quickly.  But, for me, I think I enjoyed this Christmas and even our family New Year's Party more than any previous years being m…