Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Here is one of the recipes that I have from her. I have transcribed it since it is hard to read.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
For Christmas we got little brightly colored scripture cases, paperback scriptures and a marking pencil for each boy. We've set the goal as a family to read the Book of Mormon this year...before Nathan turns 8 next January!
Let’s be honest, the reality of family scripture reading is all of us crammed into the boys bedroom with our jammies on. It’s a little listening and a lot of little bodies all rolling around on the floor being “sushed” frequently. The most reverent moment occurs when it’s Elizabeth’s turn to read. As one of us whispers to her and she manages to mostly say the last word of each phrase, two brothers sit quietly…with sparkly eyes…proud of their little sister’s best new trick. =)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
January 24, 2001
Today Dad and I were in search of a cure for his swollen eyelids and swollen mouth. He has been suffering from a cold, a sinus infection, and eventually some other awful symptoms. We saw Dr. Isaacson and Dr. Kelly Hubbard (Don Holdaway’s new partner). After Dr. Hubbard examined Dad, he said he needed more information and would be back soon. Dad was snoring by the time he returned. Dr. Hubbard has just come from the Mayo Clinic. He had called the department head there to see if he had ever seen angioedema with Stevens Johnson syndrome. He had, so Dr. Hubbard and he concluded that is what Dad may have. He suggested we report back to Dr. Siler (Dad’s eye doctor), which I did. We also talked to Reed twice and he talked to the allergy specialist at Tripler. So we have information from six doctors.
Still, Dad is suffering. Earlier this week when his eyelids were inflated balloons, we thought it was bad. Then he got cankers and his lips were swollen beyond recognition. Even now eating is nearly impossible because of pain. He takes food through a straw.
While we were first waiting for Dr. Hubbard to come into the room, Dad said, “There’s a poem that keeps going through my head these last few days. Clare used to sing it.”
“Say it for me,” I encouraged, suspecting which one it was. I hope I will always remember the scene. With effort he formed each word around the obstacles in his mouth. He began,
Out of the night that covers me.
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
He paused, carefully swallowed the emotion, then moved on.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed. . . .
He was looking straight ahead. I was sitting beside him, studying his misshapen, guileless face. He wasn’t performing–just carefully remembering each meaningful word.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
(“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley)
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Bernard Niels Christensen, our grandfather, is another of those people that “I have loved long since, and lost a while”.
Maud’s Life History will be more meaningful if we share a bit of Bernard’s beginnings.
Bernard’s mother died in 1894 when he was 17. As the oldest son in a family of seven--with three children younger than 12--he felt a large responsibility. He worked summers at Saltair--something of an “amusement park” in its day.
Two years later more sadness came. His Danish grandmother, Ellen Poulsdatter Christensen, died.
“By the time his grandmother had died, Bernard had grown to be six feet in height. He told his father that he was going to get a job at the sugar factory in Lehi. Niels said, ‘Oh you can’t get a job, they are not even hiring married men.’ Bernard was a man of no small determination. For the next seventeen days, he was at the factory twice each day. On the morning of the seventeenth day, someone was ill and Bernard was hired.
For more on Bernard, click here.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Dad, Mother, Joan and I went to American Falls, Idaho in 1951 for Dad to start a business as a gasoline and oil distributor. Dad borrowed about $2,000-$3,000 from Uncle Clarence and Aunt Maureen to start his business there. The distributor who had preceded Dad had been dishonest. When Dad started he didn't have a single customer. It was a hard beginning.
Dad went out every day to meet the farmers to try to get their business. After a few months Aunt Maureen called Dad and asked him how he was doing. Dad replied, "Maureen, I don't even make enough to pay the rent on the house". Aunt Maureen said, "Are you paying your tithing?" Dad repeated, "Maureen, I don't even make enough to pay the rent". Aunt Maureen counseled, "I don't care how much you make. Pay your tithing".
Dad did as Aunt Maureen told him and paid his tithing faithfully. He never again didn't have the money for the rent. Dad became a successful businessman in Idaho and after five years was offered a little better distributorship in Provo. We moved there and he built a very fine business.
Two of the things Dad always told us growing up was "pay your tithing and stay out of debt". I have been grateful for those words of wisdom.
~ from Tyra Christensen Barrett