Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fairy tale Festival

I have been running around the past weekend with the Fairy Tale festival at CenterPoint Theatre... I was in charge of the craft booths…set up of tents and chairs and tables and supplies, and clean up and basically  the over all look of the festival.    I was at the Theatre Friday and Saturday from 8-8….and never stopped moving.  It was exhausting…and I was happy to be involved.  So many cute little kids buying into our magic.  The Tea parties and the Daddy Daughter Ball…and the character greetings and entertainment…all just darling.  Hopefully next year, Sophia and Andrew can attend.  They would have been in HEAVEN!     Periodically, we had all of the little kids that wanted to, join the singers on the steps and sing Frozen songs at the top of their lungs.    Olaf was a big hit!
Let me share One experience that I witnessed that was so sweet… This was written by Shelley Davies, a wonderful woman who was in charge of all of this….   In the second tea party on Saturday, there was a little red-haired girl named Whitney. I am not sure what her physical challenge is, but she is in a wheel chair. Her head was held in place and she is not verbal. She was dressed in a beautiful pink princess dress. Her mother sat by her side. As  I was placing a "fairy kiss" on her cheek, her eyes lit up and I saw and felt something I have only felt a few times in my life. I couldn't stop the tears and I felt badly because mine brought them to the mother's eyes also. Again, at her tiara crowning I had to fight hard not to dissolve as I saw that light again. Her mother grabbed me and said, I don't know who made this happen, but I can't say thank you enough for giving my little princess this experience.   …
Holly's special Friend to Friend group sang on the steps a song from The Little Mermaid.   She found her friend, Chris Brown.
I even had my knight in shining armor show up...... I had worked all day on Friday and wasn't able to even run home to get my "real" costume on , so I grabbed an "I dream of Genie" something and wore that to cover up my exercise clothes.  It was a crazy, exhausting time.  Can't wait til next year!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why Family pictures?

I read this recently on the CSI project, and it really hit me... so I wanted to share. It's about families, and pictures and not being perfect, but just being real.  What  I strive to be. 

The more I live this life, the more I realize that family is so much more than just being born to someone. Family is a sacrifice on everyone’s part so that we all can progress in this life and become the best people we can be. It is a commitment to one another.

 Maybe being a family has little to do with blood but more to do with love, trust, care and devotion. Maybe being a family has more to do with the time spent, the time invested into each others lives rather than how we all came to be.
My ideal family looks like us. We aren’t perfect. No one in the family is. We struggle.
We know who we are. We know what goes on in our four walls we call a home and we are happy with it. At the end of this life, I don’t think God is going to care how we became a family. I think he will care more about what we did with it. How we treated each other, how we loved each other and how we lived our lives.
May 2014
May 2014
So, we are going to take that family photo.  We will do these things knowing who we are.

A family.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

How would you describe yourself in five words?

Sent this question out to my family...and here are the results....drum roll please....

Melinda:  Momma, Bossy, Accepting, Yellow, Lover

Wayne: Husband, Dad, Quiet, Dizzy, Competitive

Addison: Creative, Happy, Mysterious, Right-brained, Dad

Bre: Resourceful, Driven, Optimistic, Mother, Silly

Alfie: Observer, Chill, Foodie, Loveable, Baby

Landon:Talkative, Dad, Friend, Blessed, Happy

Alex: Dad, Kind, Smart, Big-hearted, Intuitive 

Andrew: Smart, Sweet, Humorous, Gentle, Observant

Sophia: Outgoing, Loud, Giddy, Loving, Happy. 

Truman: Loyal, Witty, Innovative, Quirky, Confident

Monson: Ginger, Cat-hater, Sporty, Rapper, Spiritual

Lexi: Sister, Loving, Psychotic, Blue, Daughter

Laila: Messy, Dancer, Friend, Connected, Moody

Baby:  Dog, Insecure, Hairy, Licky, Soft

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Love the Welch clan

Wanee with all of her Children..... inlaws and outlaws.......Sept. 1, 2014

I have loved being a part of the extended Welch family for over 32 years. They are all so different...yet we come together in a common family cause.  We care about each other and what our children are doing.  We pray for each other, comfort each other, celebrate and cheer each other....just like a family should.

Rob, Tami, Terry, Cyrrena, Mark, Jill, Bret, Wendi, Dale,  Wanee, Steve, Jane, Clark, Sandy, Wayne, Melinda, Holly

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When I look at this family picture, a thousand words can’t even begin to describe my love for them or how grateful I am.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Social Media Fast

I have been off Social Media for the past 5 weeks.  It has been an eye opening experience.  No Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter.... I called it my Social media fast. I wanted to cleanse my brain and my time.

It's been nice to be "free" from my phone and checking it so much.

What happens to me and many others, is we turn to our phones when we are waiting in lines, or waiting at the doctors office, or waiting for the light to turn green, or even sitting with family and friends.. ...well you get the idea.  What did I do before my smart phone?  I actually had to be with my thoughts, make eye contact, greet and acknowledge other's presence and make conversation.

I want to return to this.

Not being on Social Media givse me so much more to talk about and catch up on when I'm with friends and relatives.  I am having conversations that we would not have had because I would have "seen it" already.  I like having conversations.  I like connecting with people.  This is why I thought Social media would be fun for me, but it's really a conversation killer.  Been there, seen that.   Being on smartphones so much is really isolating.

My fast would have been easier if I was a mom of younger kids...but all of children have a smart phone and post about their lives, including my grandkids pics, and  I definitely missed out.  Many times Wayne would show me something just to stay in the loop.  I was not as internet connected to family and friends.  Phone calls  and conversations used to help spread the news about an engagement, a baby birth, a move...with my "fast" I didn't get the news.

I missed out on the whole ALS Ice Bucket challenge...this is a good and a bad thing.

This isn't a rant against Social Media.... it's here to stay and ever evolving but.....we need to be responsible with all of this Social media we have around us.  It can be used for good or bad.  Let's be uplifting and caring about what we post to each other.  We also need to connect with each other person to person...not just screen to screen.

I'm back on now.... I got in this morning.

It's a requirement for my job to have a facebook account and more.  This is a great way to advertize and share what's going on with our online school.  I get this. It's also a powerful tool for our church. It's a great way to spread the good word and do a little missionary work.  I get this.


I'm not going to return to my old ways.  I will not be checking it as often.  I will not let it take over my time.  I'm going to post more thoughtfully.  My goal is to look up, really be there...where ever I am, and connect.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer Books

I have read many books this summer. 
I really enjoyed  The End of your Life Book Club  by Will Schwalbe.  It's about his mother who is dying of cancer and the books they share as they move toward the end of her life.  So much of it reminded me of my mom and her cancer experience.  It was good for me to relive this as a third party looking in. It was nice to not feel so much and be so involved this time around.   Plus, I loved all of the mini book reviews which made me want to rush out and read many of the recommended novels.  
 A part of the book that rings so true...and something I think about a lot... is how the younger kids and grandkids and really all of us are going to miss out on the bright light that was my Mom....  I cried a bit, but mostly just felt for all of us who have to lose such a vibrant loved one.  I dog-eared this part:

But we were all going to have to say goodbye to Mom  taking her youngest grandchildren to a Broadway play or the Tate museum or Harrod's to marvel at the Food hall or visit the pet store puppies.  We were going to have to say goodbye to the little ones remembering their grandma beyond a fleeting image or an imagined memory prompted  by a photograph. We would need to say goodbye to Mom at their graduations and to her buying them clothes and to them bringing home  boyfriends or girlfriends to meet her.
We would also have to say goodbye to the joy of watching the next generation soak up the massive quantities of love their grandmother would have given them and seeing them learn that there was someone else in the world who loved them as much as their parents did. A grandmother who was delighted by all of their quirks and who thought they were the most amazing creatures on earth.   I was learning that when you were with someone who is dying  you may need to celebrate the past , live the present and mourn the future all at the same time.

Other books that I am recommending are 

The Lincoln Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard
My name used to be Muhammed   by Tito Momen
365 Thank Yous by  John Kralik.  

The Lincoln Hypothesis is a "what if"  book.  It asks the question, "What if Abraham Lincoln read the Book of Mormon?" then goes on to provide specific data and much research as to why this probably happened. It shows proof that he atleast checked out the Book of Mormon from the Library of Congress and had it in his possession for 8 months.  I found it all so fascinating...and ended up believing it happened and this book changed Lincoln's life and the course of the Civil War. I read this on the bus ride to and from Trek, while I was in my pioneer clothes, and thinking about life  in the nineteenth century.  It was very impactful.

My Just-Linda Friend gave me her copy of  My Name used to be Muhammed and I just tore through it in one airplane ride.  I was so fascinated by the Muslim ways of doing things...and how religious persecution is still so alive all over the world. Tito , the author, went through so many horrible things because he was a Christian in Islam.  It was inspiring and faith promoting.

My sweet friend Diane gave me  365 Thank Yous for my birthday.  It was MORE than I thought it would be.  It's about gratitiude and how being aware of people and thanking others for their specific contribution in your life can be life changing.  It was a good reminder to me....and a wake up call to express more gratitude.

I'm always amazed how different books come into my life just when I need that exact  message.  
Books are dear to me.

________________and something else I learned from a book_________