I can finally announce to the world: I’M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA!   You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this day!  The hardest part has been the fact that I have actually known about it for about 6 weeks but wasn’t allowed to tell anyone.  (Well… anyone that I knew would blab about it….).  A Girl HAS to tell her BFF’s!  I’ve been ready to bust since then…. but now I can tell you… and I’m so proud!

Let’s start at the very beginning…. well, sort of.  Many of you may know that my husband is almost 10 years older than I am.  Which means he was in his 30’s when we got married.  Now I know by today’s standards that doesn’t seem that old…. but in the 70’s it was considered kind of old to be getting married for the first time.  Especially in Utah.

Consequently, I (we) were anxious to start a family because I didn’t want him to be too ‘old’ of a Dad for his kids as they grew up.  Well, that was never a problem.  He was always in great shape and was (is) a great father and did so much with and for our children.  The problem is…. when your kids follow in your husbands footsteps as far as being his age to get married and start a family….. that makes my hubby and I quite a bit older as Grandparents than the average Joe!   Well…. maybe not…. since the average age for getting married has gone up considerably since I was young!  Anyway….. regardless of our age….. we are thrilled to be able to say that we are going to be Grandparents this year!  I am so excited.   I just hope we can keep up with our grandkids as they get older!

Jon and Ali's clever way of announcing they're having a baby!
Jon and Ali’s clever way of announcing they’re having a baby!

I’m not going to lie…. it’s been hard the last several years as all my friends have been having multiple grandchildren and we’ve had none!   Watching their Grandkids grow…..  And then as friends much younger than us became Grandparents, I would be so envious!

Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s not like my kids haven’t wanted to be married and start a family.  It’s just the way things have worked out.  And it’s OK.  And they know that.  I’m a little old fashioned in the fact that I prefer them to be married before they have children…. so I’m so grateful that Jon and Ali decided to finally tie the knot in August… which was also a wonderful pleasant surprise!

We have had some wonderful things happen in the last several months and year, as well as some sad things.  It was a mixed blessing year, but I’m grateful for it all.  I’m a believer that all things come when they are supposed to.  It’s just that at times, it’s SO hard to wait!

So, This year starts off with exciting anticipation of becoming Grandparents and also moving to a new home in a few weeks.  Wow.  It’s going to be a whirlwind…. but I’m excited for it all!  Thanks for working on making me a Grandma, Jon and Ali!  I look forward to meeting him/her in July!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?



Who Knew?

I remember watching my Grandma Moffitt crochet when I was a kid.  I was always kind of fascinated, but never curious enough to learn how to do it from her.  She crocheted those intricate doilies and crocheted around handkerchiefs.  That’s means working with a VERY small crochet hook and very fine yarn!  Something that takes good eyesight!

By the time I was 9, all my Grandparents had passed away and I never learned a skill from any of them…. something I regret!   (Sure wish someone in the family had Grandma Moffitt’s rice pudding recipe!)

I learned to crochet in a Primary class when I was a young girl, after my Grandma Moffitt had passed away,.  For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, Primary is an organization in my church for the children.  It’s the time where they are taught about spiritual things and learn songs about the Savior and loving others.

Back when I was in Primary, and it was in the middle of the week, not on Sunday, they taught the older girls (10-11 yr olds) homemaking type of skills.  We earned ‘badges’ for learning those skill and placed them on a bandana, similar to the way the Scouts earn their merit badges.

I learned to crochet, knit and cross stitch and I don’t remember what else….but it was fun.  I didn’t use those skills much at that young age.  It wasn’t until I was in High School and college that I remember picking up a crochet hook again and making some afghans.

Now…. many years later, I have discovered that I LOVE to crochet!  Even though I haven’t mastered using the small hooks and fine thread like Grandma did (I haven’t even tried it), I still think my Grandma Moffitt would be proud of me!

As I’ve mentioned before here on my blog, probably mostly in my “When Your Life Hits a Wall’ section…. I have crocheted many hats for charity.

Last year, all my hats were donated to cancer centers.  This year, I have created 25 hats that I am donating the to Festival of Trees for their Boutique shop.  All the proceeds from this festival go to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Over 40 years ago, a committee of women was formed to try and find ways to raise money for the Medical Center to be able to give very much needed medical attention to children who couldn’t afford it.

That committee eventually started the Festival of Trees, which has grown exponentially over the years and now raises millions of dollars every year for the Medical center.

Just a few of the hats I'm donating to Festival of Trees
Just a few of the hats I’m donating to Festival of Trees

My Mom was an original member of that Women’s Endowment Committee.  Last January she asked me if I would donate one of my charity hats to the Festival.  I promised her I would.  Since she passed away in March, I decided one hat would not be enough!  My original plan was to make 15 hats, to represent the number of women on that first committee.  But, I have so much fun making them, I just couldn’t stop myself at 15!

The thing I love the most about making these hats is that my crocheting skills have improved dramatically.  I’m crocheting things I never thought I could and teaching myself how to read patterns!  Grandma’s talent must have rubbed off on me a little!  I’m so grateful for that.  I love that I can pretty much find anything on Youtube I need about crocheting…. it’s a great tool for learning all kinds of crafting skills.

More hats for the Festival!

I look forward to the day when I have little ones (as in grandkids) around of my own to spoil with my creations!  In the meantime, I hope other people will get joy out of my work!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?



If you want to see the rest of the hats I’m donating to the Festival, here’s the link to my Facebook album:



Here’s the link to my Facebook album of all the hats I/we donated to Cancer centers:



A Taste of Memory

Have you ever had a time when a smell or a flavor took you back in time to some great memories?  That was the case for me today as I tasted Horchata for the first time.

My understanding of what Horchata is, is that it is a drink made from Rice, milk and cinnamon.  As I looked it up on the internet, apparently there are other ingredients that are added to some recipes.  The version I had today was from El Pollo Loco.  I really enjoyed the flavor and took a second helping…. or two…..  As we left the restaurant, I was telling my husband how much I was enjoying the flavor and I suddenly said….. “It reminds of me of something I’ve tasted before.”

As I started thinking about what the flavor reminded me of, I realized that it made me think about my Grandma Moffitt.  When I was a kid, she used to serve me what she would call her ‘Josie Tea’….. which was basically tea with milk in it.   I remember it being very sweet.  Thinking about that Josie Tea made me start thinking about her delicious Rice Pudding she used to make.  I think that’s where the flavor of Horchata really took me back to.  Creamy Rice Pudding with raisins and cinnamon.  Hmmm … hmmmm … good!  Sadly, I don’t think anyone in the family ended up with a copy of Grandma’s rice pudding recipe!

That’s just one of the things my Grandma did that no one in the family ‘inherited’!  Grandma was wonderful at crocheting!  Not the big bulky yarns that we whip out a scarf with today….. or the big crochet hooks….. but the thin cotton thread and tiny crochet hooks that she made doily after doily out of!  I’m grateful that I at least inherited a few of the doilies that she made…. even though I never learned how to make them!

This reminds me very much of the doilies Grandma Moffitt used to make!

I was only 9 years old by the time I had lost all my Grandparents….. so there’s a few things I missed out on learning how to do.  I’ve seen the relationship that my adult children and their older cousins have had with my parents and John’s parents and I realize that I didn’t know my Grandparents really well.  Either that, or I was too young to remember a lot of things.  But I do remember Grandma’s Josie tea, Rice pudding and her doilies!

I’m grateful for the memory jog of thinking about my Grandma Moffitt today.  Often we don’t take the time to reflect on loved ones who have passed on…. particularly when it was so long ago and you were so young when they passed on!  Thanks Grandma….. I only wish I had your recipes and talent in crocheting!  I love and miss you!

I am Grateful!  How are you?