Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A short month - will be gone before I know it!!

A busy month, even if it is the shortest - but it's a day longer this year!

And Esme turns 18!!

Ara will have a bridal shower!!

We celebrated Pop!

Hopefully Valentine's Day will be a winner - it usually is!

And David gets to celebrate too!

And Henry has a mission call - to Mongolia!!

A jam-packed month - at least we are in SoCal and it's cozy and warm!!

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Where did the last year go??

It was a long, eventful year - and just like that, it's another year!

The highlight of the season was going with the Selanders and the Bolanders to do temple baptisms - and I was a witness!

We enjoyed being with most of the family - Phoebe and family and Hannah and family were not with us this year, but we feel connected and look forward to next year.

I need to do this posting more often - playing catchup is my least favorite activity!!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Month of Gratitude - days 27, 28, 29, and 30!

Got bogged down the last four days of the Month of Gratitude. So I picked four random photos that had 4 people in them. And sure enough, there was something to be grateful for in each one of them.

I am grateful for cousins and sisters-in-law! Frances always said she grew up wishing she had a sister - and she is as good as a biological sister - I am grateful for her and her children and the part they have played - and still play - in our lives.

Well, when you get married, you get a new family.  I am indeed grateful to be a Terrill - and for the blessing it has been - and continues to be - to be part of the Terrill family.

I loved being Young Women President in our ward for 4 years - and loved the women I worked with.  I am grateful for that opportunity that I had.

Just like it's great to move into a new family, it is great to have someone move into yours. I am grateful for Dawn and the blessing she is to Harry and her children - and to us!! The Terrill sisters were happy to welcome a new sister - because you can never have too many sisters.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Month of Gratitude - days 25 and 26

For two of my summers as a college student, I worked as a playground recreation leader for LAUSD. I had fond memories myself of going to the playground in the summertime, so it didn't seem a lot like work.  We did have a weekly inservice on Wednesdays, but they were fun and instructive. In fact, the first time I went, I was in a group with my former 4th grade teacher - was really great to re-connect.

I also coached the 6th grade girls volleyball team - me, the non-athlete, coaching a team.  But it was fun - I got a book and found out the rules - and instructed the girls - they were good - they just needed a cheerleader. 

I am grateful for a summer of fun and learning - and these little girls came to my wedding reception later that year!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Month of Gratitude - days 23 and 24

Seems fitting to have this photo of two people to commemorate the 2 days I have to catch up on!!

Spent this weekend with Leslie and her family - and a wonderful time was had by all!

I am grateful for so many things this photo projects - sisters, enjoying one another's company, visiting family, celebrating birthdays, and memories.

I could wish  that I still looked as young - but that would mean I'd have to re-live all those years.

Grateful for progress - even with the wrinkles!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Days of Gratitude - 20, 21, 22!

Since I have missed 3 days again, seems fitting to post a picture featuring a trio - in this case a trio of Clayton sisters!

This was Christmas, obviously, and it looks like we were dressed in our finery.

I am grateful for Christmas memories of yore - when we were a family that didn't include any inlaws - or outlaws!!

It's good to grow - but then again it's good to reflect on the years of the "Clayton family!"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Month of Gratitude, day 19

These students are among the first students I had when I began teaching. I think I had only been teaching for 2 or 3 years.

The girl in the front was Lily Royalty - a lovely name. A cute girl - but one who didn't have the best home life and who never really found happiness. In fact, she found drugs - and her life was shortened as a result.

Her teachers at the high school tried to help her, but perhaps it was too late.

So why am I grateful? I am grateful because she seemed happy when she was in class with me. I am grateful that I apparently made a difference - at least for a short time - in her life.

I encountered many Lily's in my years of teaching. And I tried my best to help them. Some succeeded. Some didn't. 

But I am grateful for the chance to make a difference - even if only for a short time.