Posted by: Nancy Brown | August 11, 2007

It’s official… and other randomness

It is official Dallas and I are officially residents of the great state of Arizona. Dallas has been half official for awhile. He had gone and gotten his drivers license a little over a month ago and I, the slacker that I am, didn’t go till today. While we were out at the DMV we changed our licenses plates in for a Arizona one. ( well 2 since we have 2 cars) They give them to you right there so there is no waiting in the mail for your new one to come.  Which is good because lets just say we are glad that no one noticed that we have been expired since May!! We didn’t even notice till last month. The cost to register here is so much more than Utah. But it is done… Yay!!

For some randomness…

Arizona drivers licenses don’t expire FOREVER!! My new license expires in  2045.  That means I will be 65 years old. I hope they don’t notice that my picture is when I was 26!! Weird weird. Oh and you can scan your License when you purchase alcohol and cigarettes ( Since I buy BOTH HEHE) and it will automatically tell the cashier your birthdate. I wonder what else they know about us?

I have been very interested in the trapped miners. On the KSL website there is a comment board after their stories. It never ceases to amaze me the kind of people I grew up with. They can be very judgemental but they don’t think anyone is entitled to their own opinion of any kind unless it is the same as their own. Plus their spelling is horrific. But we do hope they find them and the outcome is good.  If the outcome is bad please pray for comfort for the families.

President James E. Faust, second counselor of the first presidency for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints has passed away. He was 88 years old. He was so easy to listen to and had such a strong faith in what he was doing. He was a lawyer by trade and he spoke as one. He was a very gentle man. He last spoke on Forgivness.  He told a story of the Amish shootings in Pennsylvania.  The story went like this…

In the beautiful hills of Pennsylvania, a devout group of Christian people live a simple life without automobiles, electricity, or modern machinery. They work hard and live quiet, peaceful lives separate from the world. Most of their food comes from their own farms. The women sew and knit and weave their clothing, which is modest and plain. They are known as the Amish people.

A 32-year-old milk truck driver lived with his family in their Nickel Mines community. He was not Amish, but his pickup route took him to many Amish dairy farms, where he became known as the quiet milkman. Last October he suddenly lost all reason and control. In his tormented mind he blamed God for the death of his first child and some unsubstantiated memories. He stormed into the Amish school without any provocation, released the boys and adults, and tied up the 10 girls. He shot the girls, killing five and wounding five. Then he took his own life.

This shocking violence caused great anguish among the Amish but no anger. There was hurt but no hate. Their forgiveness was immediate. Collectively they began to reach out to the milkman’s suffering family. As the milkman’s family gathered in his home the day after the shootings, an Amish neighbor came over, wrapped his arms around the father of the dead gunman, and said, “We will forgive you.”1 Amish leaders visited the milkman’s wife and children to extend their sympathy, their forgiveness, their help, and their love. About half of the mourners at the milkman’s funeral were Amish. In turn, the Amish invited the milkman’s family to attend the funeral services of the girls who had been killed. A remarkable peace settled on the Amish as their faith sustained them during this crisis.

One local resident very eloquently summed up the aftermath of this tragedy when he said, “We were all speaking the same language, and not just English, but a language of caring, a language of community, [and] a language of service. And, yes, a language of forgiveness.”2 It was an amazing outpouring of their complete faith in the Lord’s teachings in the Sermon on the Mount: “Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”3

 For the full text of this talk please click here!!

 He was a great man with a great testimony of Jesus Christ. He said “There has come with my apostolic calling a sure witness of the life and ministry of the Savior. I declare with Job, “I know that my redeemer liveth.” 17 My witness of this “is in heaven.” 18 Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of all mankind. Joseph Smith was the inspired Prophet who restored the saving keys, authority, and organization delegated to him under the direction of God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Of this I testify in the holy name of Jesus Christ, amen.” What a joyous day in heaven for him.

 He will be missed and his distinct voice will forever remain in our minds.

Now for other more interesting stuff.

Ty is doing well. He is a typical 18 monther at times. He likes toilet paper and opening and closing lids on my toilets. He loves anything  that has songs and he is such a helper with the laundry. He makes us all laugh. He is sleeping better and we are starting to ween him off the chloral hydrate and he seems to be doing well with that.

Since I went back to work Dallas has gotten to put Ty to bed. I get kinda jealous because I miss the cutest stuff.  Dallas has gotten Ty into the cutest routine. When I leave for work Ty gets his bath and then Dallas and Tyler sit together or watch Barney ( yes I know.. I HATE Barney but he loves the songs and face it.. Barney sings alot) Ty stands at the TV and just dances. It is so cute. He sits on the floor when he sings the itsy bitsy spider and does all the movements alone. Then him and Dallas with “talk” and sing.  Dallas puts him in bed and there he is for the night. They are so stinking cute. I married the best dad in the whole world.

I am loving work for the most part. I hate to baby sit people who shouldn’t need baby sitting. But otherwise I come home feeling like I have acomplished something and that I have made a difference in my family and my life. It sure helps out the self esteem!! Not to mention the extra money is nice.

I have missed the nights with D but when we get a whole night I feel so blessed and loved. He makes me so happy.

That is us for now. Well wishes and prayers to Noah… Go visit and leave a note or holler a prayer up for him. We hope to come back and visit you all soon. Tyler misses his grandpa’s ( and Grandma’s) and he will talk to you if you call!! He loves to blow kisses on the phone!

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Responses

  1. What a good idea to blog about President Faust. He will be missed!

    That’s interesting about the AZ drivers license. Ty is doing great! Keep up the good work.


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