Monday, December 21, 2009

Two dimes and a nickle

At Jace's ward on sunday, one of the dear sisters in his ward, Abbey shared this story in her talk. It touched me SO much I had to get a copy and share it with others. Abbey is such a doll, she attends the temple prep class Jace and I teach, and she is such a joy to have in our class. Thank you again Abbey!

Two Dimes and a Nickel
By Richard A. Robb

During my first Christmas as bishop, a single mother with three small children lived in our ward. This young woman had a strong testimony of the gospel and lived it to the best of her ability. She cleaned homes and did sewing to try to make ends meet, but often she could not.
Single-handedly raising three boys under the age of eight was a real challenge. These active, energetic youngsters always seemed to be in some sort of trouble. I remember extricating them from more than one tussle with their classmates.

Several good people helped this struggling family. I’ll never forget the brother who came into my office one Sunday just a couple of weeks before Christmas, asking to speak with me privately. He was concerned about the young mother and her family and wanted to do something for them. Would I accept his contribution and use it in the best way I could to help them? As we spoke, I hardly noticed his small son, who remained in the office with us.

The man explained that he did not know what the woman and her family needed. He just wanted to help and felt that I would be inspired to know what to do. He then entrusted to me quite a remarkable sum of money—not remarkable in the amount, but remarkable relative to his modest means, of which I was well aware. I knew that this gift meant a sacrifice of his own family’s Christmas, at least in the temporal sense. But this wise brother knew where real rewards come from.

Seeing the resolve shining in his eyes, I protested only gently. Then I cleared my tightening throat, thanked him for his unselfish gift, and promised to do my best to make Christmas a little brighter for the young mother and her sons.
I also agreed to honor his request for anonymity.

The story might well end here and still be memorable. But the event that has etched this experience in my mind had yet to occur.

It wasn’t the way I was able to help the family with the contribution—although that turned out to be most gratifying—but rather what took place in my office one week following that brother’s visit. It was just a few days before Christmas, and I was between tithing-settlement interviews when I heard a soft knock on the office door. I opened it to see, standing quite alone, the six-year-old boy who had sat quietly in my office while his dad and I had talked the Sunday before.
He asked politely if he could talk to me for just a minute. After we walked into the office—which I presume is always a bit of a frightening experience for youngsters—I invited him to sit down. He fidgeted with something in his pocket and, after some struggle, pulled out two dimes and a nickel and laid them on my desk. He apologized that the coins were all the money he had, and that they were a little old and dirty, since he had had them quite a while. The money, he explained, was for me to use to help his three friends, like his dad was helping their mother. As my heart swelled and my eyes became moist, he added that he felt I would know best how to divide his treasure among his friends and that he was sorry he did not have three dimes so that each could have one.

What lessons culminated in that moment! A father’s unselfish example, the trust of a small boy in his bishop, and the humble, Christlike act of a child obviously without guile. Only a few weeks before I had pulled this boy from a scuffle involving the soon-to-be recipients of his forgiving love and charity.

I hugged him, partly to camouflage my now obvious tears and mostly to tell him how much I appreciated him and how much I knew his Father in Heaven loved him. I then walked him to the door, shook his hand, and assured him that I would do the best I could to help his friends this Christmas with his generous gift. As I turned to go back into my office, he whispered after me, “And remember, Bishop, don’t ever tell anyone it was me.”

Well, I never have told anyone until now, my young friend. I hope relating our special story in this way is all right so that others might feel a bit of the quiet Christmas spirit of love and charity that we felt that day.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Belly picture and 1 year anniversary

Our first belly picture :) 20 weeks!
Wow! It's been a whole year, can you believe it! This year has definitely been the best year of my life! Jace is the best husband in the world, he always makes me laugh, he is so kind and caring, and he works so hard to provide for our family. I love Jace so much and I can't wait to start our faimily, meet our son, and see what else the future holds for us!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Suprise!

SURPRISE!
WE ARE HAVING A BABY BOY!

Here he is at out 19 week ultrasound

I am 20 weeks..half way there! I have been doing really well, I haven't been sick at all, just the smell of things gets to me sometimes. I have definitely been blessed as far as that goes. Jace and I both feel so grateful to have a little one on the way. He will be the first Oliverson boy :) which Jace is very proud of. The 18th grandchild on the Oliverson side and the 9th on the Godsey side. We found out very early that we were having a boy, first I had a dream it was a boy 2 days after we found out and than at our 12 week appointment we asked the ultrasound technician to guess and she guessed a boy, at 15 weeks she confirmed it was a boy. It is DEFINITELY a little man, so definite I feel guilty about posting the ultrasound on the Internet, so just take our word for it.
Baby doesn't have a name yet, though we have two contenders. Jace likes the name Jaxon Ray, which I like as well it is just TOO common and I don't want him to have to go by Jaxon O in school so the deal is, if Jaxon isn't on the top ten list of names according to babycenter.com (for 2008 it was #6) he will be Jaxon Ray but if it is.......he will be Easton Ray. (Ray after Jace's Grandpa)
My baby bump is growing oh so very fast! But all in all everything has been great and Jace has been the perfect husband through this. We are so grateful for this blessing in our lives, and can't wait to me our baby boy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

St. George Marathon

I did it! I ran a marathon! This picture was taken right after I crossed the finish line.

<---Yes, I realize this picture of me is not attractive at all...but it is hilarious! Look how proud I am lol. I bet if you saw a picture of me on my first day of preschool, they would look identical!

All in all it was an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to running it with Jace next year!

I will upload some other pictures, these are the ones that the marathon photographer took.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

BiG CHANGES

Lots has changed since I've updated last. Here is a timeline
  • Jace and I got called to be in the nursery!
  • Went up north and did sessions in the Salt Lake Temple and Logan Temple (we got to be the witness couple during his family session :)
  • Attended the Oliverson family reunion in Preston Idaho
  • Jace got called to be the 2nd counselor of the 29th ward bishopric...of a SINGLES ward. I was excited for him but so sad to leave our calling and our family ward. Jace felt very humbled to receive this calling and is loving every minute of it.
  • I got a new job as a chiropractic assistant

.....and the marathon is in 31 days!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

BiRTHDAY'S!

This past week has been a busy birthday week for the Oliverson family. Jace turned 25 on the 9th, Shailee turned 6 (i think) on the 10th...but poor thing had to get her tonsiles out so we will be celebrated her birthday later on, and than yesterday was Elea's first birthday.
JACE'S BiRTHDAY

I thought Jace would want to go to the batting cages during the day for his birthday but he chose to go to the driving range, and since I think golf courses are best used for cross country races, James (Jace's nephew) came along with us to hit some golf balls.
Jace would hit the golf balls so far and so fast I couldn't even see them ;)

Jace opening his new speakers

Blowing out all 25 candles

ELEA'S BiRTHDAY

Chandler, Elea and Me

The water slide was such a hit, I think I went down it a good 50 times with all the kids. This picture is of Angie, Jen, and MarJean.

Kristina (Elea's Mom) and her neice Navy

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Watch this video Derick took of us going down the slide! Everyone had so much fun at Elea's party, thank you Jeff and Kristina!

Friday, July 10, 2009

An excuse to wear my wedding dress....

My mom mom, sisters Linda and Emily, my sister in law Michelle, Me, my nieces Claire, Kristin and Amy

My mom has been dreaming of this picture with her and her daughters and daughter in law in all of our wedding dresses. This past week we were able to finally take it. These are just some fun pictures with my dress on.
My niece Kristin and I have been SO close ever since she was born. Us in our matching dresses from the wedding.

Jace being a gentlemen
And than he dropped me....

I really wanted all of us to do a photo shoot called trash the dress at the beach. My mom wasn't a fan of throwing away all that money her and my dad spent on our dresses. So I compromised and she let me jump on the trampoline in my dress. These are the fun pictures we came up with.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

FAMiLY REUNiON

My parents have a beach cabin on Maxwelton Beach just two miles away from their house on the island. It is so much fun to watch the fireworks at the beach on the 4th because there are so many to watch. Our neighbors spend thousands of dollars on fireworks each year, we enjoy watching their money blow up!
This is our new boat, with a 9.? horsepower motor. It may not be fancy but we had so much fun with it. The boys would take it out to drop off crab pots in the morning and go pick them up in the evening. They even caught a shark! We would also put the kids on the tube and drag them along the ocean. I had gone with the kids a couple of times but Jace hadn't gone yet, so he asked me if we would get wet and I assured him it doesn't go fast enough to get us wet. So we hopped in the tube and sure enough we got wet. I love this picture because the wake of the tube is bigger than the wake of the boat.
Claire loves her uncle Jace!
Me with my Maja and Faja with our reunion shirts on.

Me, mama Godsey, Emily, and Linda
my sisters and I

My mom, me, and Amy. Me and this bike were inseparable during our trip to Washington. My dad had brought home an old bike from one of the families he helped move from the ward thinking he could fix it up for my niece Kristen. Oh was he wrong, I rode this bike two and from the beach sometimes twice a day...its gears don't work the handle bars are backwards and the brakes struggle but that didn't stop me. Jace worried about me getting hurt and would always make sure I made it ok, I think I convinced him to buy me a bike now :)


The whole Family...trying to get a decent pictures with 8 youngins is hard. Just wait for Jace's family pictures with 17.
I love spending time with the whole family, we are all spread out in Washington, Utah, and California so it doesn't happen too often. I'm still working on getting everyone to move to Southern Utah...no such luck yet.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Whale Watching

We have spent the past week in my hometown on Whidbey Island in Washington State for the Godsey family reunion. We got to my parents house at 1:30 AM on Tuesday morning and I woke Jace up 4.5 hours later and suprised him with a whale watching cruise for his birthday!
This is a naval ship that we passed on our walk to the cruise dock. It was huge! It even had a helicopter pad on the back.
Jace and I on the Port Townsend ferry

Jace and my sister in law Michelle sleeping on the boat before we saw the whales, none of us got much sleep before the trip. And for the record I was the only one who DIDN'T fall asleep!
On the boat with the pretty sail boats in the background.

It was a beautiful day! We were able to ride on the bow of the boat and enjoy the view. See that french braid...after 22 years of having everyone else french braid my hair I decided to give it a try and hey not bad for a beginner!

When we started going fast I got cold, so Jace wrapped me up in a cocoon.

Our best whale shot!
Make sure to watch this video till the end, thats when all the excitement happens!


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We had such a fun experience watching the whales in their natural habitat. Jace was so ecstatic when he saw his first whale...it was so cute.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sweet summer time

This summer all of Jace's family is living in southern Utah....yes all 29 members of Jace's immediate family. It has been so fun having the whole family so close...wish mine could do the same. A couple of weeks ago we took Jace's neices who have been living in Omaha out for a fun day.
Katelyn, Annie, Sammie and I. They are such cute girls.
Than we met up with the Beck and Bundy kids at the splash pad.

I love Daxton in this picture!

I should have turned this picture around..sorry. Look how adorable these girls are! Between mine and Jace's families we have 5 neices and nephews who are three...it will be a busy year when they turn 8!

Dax runnin from the camera

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Garret's baby blessing

This is my brothers baby boy Garrett, isn't he so handsome, in the cute little church outfit we gave him. We went up to Orem at the end of May for his baby blessing. It was so nice to have my entire family there! Jace in my dad's sweet glasses/sunglasses
Lawrence and baby Garett
Almost the whole family...Curtis was in Texas
Jace decided to shave his head. I'm not sure why though, his sister Shanna gives him free haircuts, im just so happy it will be grown out by the time we get family pictures in July. This is what Jace will look like when he uses the wrong shampoo, you just lose your hair in the middle...right dad ;)
He is still handsome even without hair!



Jace and I also moved down the street a bit at the first of this month. We really enjoy our new place, and Jace is excited to have his own grass to take care of.

ALSO iT iS JACE'S MOM'S BiRTHDAY TODAY! HAPPY BiRTHDAY MARJEAN!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Temple Blessings

May is wedding month around the Southern Utah area, which is why the temple has been throughout my thoughts greatly this past month. I am so greatful for the temple. I love the peace that I feel when I go there; the thoughts of insights and inspirtaion I get on occasion help me and guide me. I enjoy the quiet, the beauty, the strength of the spirit that is felt in the temple. I am so greatful for the answers to prayers that I ahve received in the temple, for comfrot, peace, and understanding. I feel Heavnely Father's love and caring for each one of us, his children, when I go there and know that He is near. It has been such a great joy and blessings without measure for both Jace and I to see our families and friends there in the temple; I am so grateful for the sealing power that goes beyond this life and into enternity, binding us as an eternal family.

Elder Vaughn J Featherstone listed tweleve blessings we receive by spending half a day a month in the temple.
1. If a man you will be mighty, a women powerful.
2. It will serve as great "insurance" proctection for your marriage.
3. The blessing of the Eternal Gods will be called upon you and great spritual growth will be yours.
4. Unseen angels will watch over your loved ones when satanic forces tempt them.
5. Your families will draw close to the Lord and there will be no empty chairs in the Celestial Kingdom.
6. Your childing will go on missions.
7. Your children will get married in the temple.
8. The veil will be thin, you will have great spiritual growth and many spiritual experiences will distill upon you. We will receive exaltation.
9. You will be prepared for exaltation-with a Celestial body, Celestial mind and Celestial personality.
10. You will come receptive to divine guidance and you will receive spiritaul perception to help you grapple with problems and cares.
11. You will see clearly how to make critical decisions that weigh heavily on your mind.
12. You will become Christ-like.

President Lorenzo Snow taught: “When two Latter-day Saints are united together in marriage, promises are made to them concerning their offspring that reach from eternity to eternity. They are promised that they shall have the power and the right to govern and control and administer salvation and exaltation and glory to their offspring, worlds without end. And what offspring they do not have here, undoubtedly there will be opportunities to have them hereafter. What else could man wish? A man and a woman, in the other life, having celestial bodies, free from sickness and disease, glorified and beautified beyond description, standing in the midst of their posterity, governing and controlling them, administering life, exaltation and glory worlds without end” What glorious promises!
I am so greatful for the temple, and for the plan of salvation, for modern revelation, for the restoration of the gospel, for a prophet who lives and guides us, for a Savior whose amazing grace and loving mercy extend to each of us and lift, strengthen and fill our lives with light.