Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Day All For Leif

Yesterday we had a fun day. It was a day that really revolved around Leif and he definitely deserved it!

In the morning Leif was thrilled to get the phone call from the post office telling him that our chicks arrived. He went right over and picked them up. We ordered all of our chicks as well as Leif's brothers 20 chicks all in the same order. So when he walked in with the box you definitely knew that there were a lot of chicks. We knew that there was a possibility that some of the chicks wouldn't make the trip. We hoped that we would be lucky and all of them would survive. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. There were 4 chick that had been smothered by the others. It was really upsetting for me. We buried them... But at least we had 17 of ours and 20+ of Erik's that survived!

They are a lot of work. You wouldn't think so. But Leif has made raising chickens his newest hobby. So he wants to follow through with all that he has learned and is giving these chicks the best life possible. They are VERY Lucky Birds! This is a picture of Bessy Lou our sweet girl who loves to peak out and visit with us.

Once we got the chicks all settled in we headed to SG. Leif was invited by Dixie College to attend an awards ceremony. He graduated Summa Cum Laude (highest honors.) I am really proud of him!! He worked two jobs, took care of us, and went to school full time. He deserved the special attention. We went to the opening reception and were thrilled to find that they gave out the awards before the long ceremony. So we ate the yummies and then left and went out to Red Robin for dinner. It was a great evening! Leif deserved every good minute of the day!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Self Reliance = The Key

Today we enjoyed a yummy chili dinner with a good family in our ward. After dinner we all sat around the table to chat. The subjects of discussion first started with the events of the day and how church went. As time went on the discussion led into the subjects that have become more and more common in our life. I am wondering if it is the same for you?

We started talking about food storage and emergency preparedness. Which led to the analyzing of why we are feeling so compelled to "be prepared" and what we are "preparing" for. Are these subjects coming up in your daily conversations? They are in ours.

The culmination of our conversation revolved around one subject. The following quote by President Gerald Ford states it perfectly: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."

This subject is a touchy subject. But it is one that I ponder often. I feel that there is real reason for us to take the counsel of the prophets to prepare for a day of hardship and destruction seriously. Just as the saints during the great depression found strength in their preparations. Just as the saints during WWII found aid from their preparations. I feel that soon will be the day when we will find great comfort and life saving grace from our preparations.

There is know way of knowing exactly what we are each preparing for. I believe that it is different for everyone. But I do feel that it is not eccentric to say that great hardships are in our near future. We could go from one extreme to the other at this point and it could be true. We could say that there will be a great pandemic of Bird Flu throughout the world. Or we could just focus on the possibility of not being able to financially support our family. Either one of these scenarios could very well be the case within the next five to ten years.

We should not feel as though we are preparing for some great new calamity. Rather, we should just know that a look back in the cycles of history prove to us that a day of humbling is near.

Leif and I are going to try to do all that we can this summer to prepare for the time when self reliance will be the key.
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