Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Legacy Funeral Home...

It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since we decided to go ahead and open up a new Funeral Home, which later became Legacy Funeral Home.  Trust me, it's been a LONG road, and one fraught with new challenges and trials, but it has been such a blessing to get Todd back to doing what he's good at, and what he loves to do.  Legacy Funeral Home has been such a blessing to us, as we are still dealing with the aftermath and lawsuit from selling Allen Funeral Home.  It has given us hope, and it has helped us to stop focusing on ourselves, and our problems, and get back to the work of fixing them, as we serve others.

This last week, we had the opportunity to serve a family from our old ward in Mesa, and some of our dear friends. Our friend died suddenly, with no warning, of a massive stroke.  He bore his testimony on Sunday, and collapsed on Monday morning, never to regain consciousness, leaving behind a young wife, children, and some grandchildren.  For me, funerals are always a reminder to be mindful of our mortality, and tell others how we feel about them each and every day.  Life is precious, and we never know how much time we have.  As I talked to this mans widow at the funeral, she expressed to me how kind and loving Todd has been to their family.  She told me how much she appreciated him helping her, and how grateful they all were for him, for his kind, compassionate demeanor.  It's amazing to me that over the years, I have heard this again and again as he has served thousands of families. It is truly what he was meant to do, and I think when my husband crosses over one day to the other side, there will be many there to thank him for how he served them. It is truly a sacred profession, the kind of profession not everyone gets to enjoy.  I am so grateful for him, and the way he sacrifices time with his family to help other families in their time of grief.  It's not always an easy profession, but it is worth it.

I was down at the Funeral Home yesterday, taking some pictures for our website, so I thought I would post them here.  We are in a great location, on Arizona Avenue, and Knox Rd., in Chandler, and feel so blessed that we were able to find a building in an area of town we have wanted to get into for a very long time.  Sometimes, when times are the most challenging is when God shows us the most blessings.  We are grateful for our new business, grateful for a new start, and grateful for a Heavenly Father who shows us tender mercies daily. 

Take a look at our building, and come visit our website!  Click HERE...



















Thursday, August 9, 2012

Back to School!

I sure have a lot of catching up to do on posts in the next few weeks--I will be back dating them, but I hope to get these 600 pictures I have from summer edited and at least post some of them!  It was a whirlwind summer!  We had such a great time--and there was just no time to blog!  Need to get back to the routine, and I'm sure I will in due time.  Today, the first day of school,  I got more done than I did in a week all summer.  It turns out that I work better in a quiet house--who knew?  Oh yeah, I did! It's why half my posts are after 11:00 p.m.!

I did manage to get traditional first day of school pictures--all of them posed for me--some more excited than others for school!  I am so happy to get back to a schedule, and so happy for my house to get a break from all of these kids!  We both need it...HA!  They all looked so cute for the first day!  :)












Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Twas the Night Before School Starts...

I first posted this a few years ago, but it's our back to school tradition! Enjoy!...

Is It Time Yet???


'Twas the week before school starts, and all through my house,
There was no rest for the weary--namely me or my spouse.
The new backpacks were hung by the back door with care,
With Mom and Dad hoping Aug. 10th soon would be there.
The children weren't spending much time in their beds.
Visions of video games danced in their heads.
And mom in her sweatpants and I in my cap,
Couldn't remember the last time we had a nap!
When in the family room there arose such a clatter,
I rose wearily from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away from my sight children flew like a flash
"I didn't do it" I heard them say in a mad dash.
When what to my wondering eyes should I see,
This HUGE MESS staring back at me!
Someone must be responsible--this is so lame!
I yelled and I screamed, and I called them by name:
Hey ABBY, Hey JOSH, come here ASHLIE SUE!
Yes EMIE, and ERIN, and JACK come here too!
From the front room door to the downstairs hall,
Clean it up, clean it up, clean it up ALL!
I'm tired of this house always being a dive,
If it's not cleaned in five minutes, you might not be ALIVE!
Your Mom is too tired, and your Dad is worn out,
Torturing parents is what summer is about!
So we are hanging in there, just one more week,
It's peace and quiet, and solitude that we seek!
So parents everywhere--it's a call to UNITE!
Let's get the kids back to school--
and then we'll PARTY ALL NIGHT!!!!!!
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