Sunday, December 28, 2014

If I could write a poem
I would say to you
All the love you have for me    
I have that love for you.
From the moment we received you
Our hearts were filled with joy
So happy to have a lovely girl
You were like a Christmas toy.
And as you grew from day to day
So joyous, happy and gay
You added happiness to our life

Vida & Ruth Haggard
In every, every way.
For you were all that we could want
A child could ever be
A heart filled with joy and love
For all the family
And as the years have passed away
You have always been to me
The same sweet daughter that I loved
In days that used to be.
Poem written by Walter Parley Haggard to his daughter Vida Haggard

Friday, December 19, 2014

Recipe Treasure

My Mama's Apple Sauce Cake Recipe

I found the handwritten recipe for Grandma Ruth Haggard's  applesauce cake in the back of her
The Household Searchlight Recipe Book 
It is amazing what becomes a treasure as the years pass.  Technology is wonderful.  Now we can scan a page, and edit the picture to make it easier to read.  I hope to update a few pages of the Thude family recipe book during Christmas break and will forward them to all interested family members(and possibly those not interested) as soon as they are complete.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Child's Prayer

I have been going through family history records and found the following story.  When Shelby was in Young Women's and working on her Personal Progress she requested a story from her Grandma Thude.  Grandma wrote the following (I added the pictures):

A Child's Prayer
"When I was a girl of 10 or 11 years old I was invited to spend some time with my Aunt Beth, Uncle Henry and my cousin Billy on their ranch. It was called the UB, because that was their brand.

Vida - 1946

The ranch was in the mountains near the San Carlos Lake (We called it Coolidge lake in those days).

The homestead was miles back in the mountains. It was in a canyon with mountains rising up on both sides.

My cousin had a rug in his room that was made from the skin of a mountain lion, head still attached with glassy eyes that shone out at you that was killed out on their range.

One day after spending all day at the ranch with just Aunt Beth my Uncles Henry and Toad (David M.) and Billy came in from riding the range. It was late afternoon and my uncles decided that they wanted to go check the conditions in the little horse pasture. It was acres and acres big, small only in comparison to the Big pasture.

Since I had been home all day they ask if I would like to go. They didn’t plan on being gone long. I was happy to go and so we rode out.  

We went down the canyon and then took a trail up to the top of one of the many rolling mountains. After we got up there we looked around and my uncles decided they needed to go farther.

I was wearing light weight fabric slacks and the terrain was rough with lots of brush that could tear right through your clothes.

It was getting close to sun down and my uncles ask me if I would like to go with them (it would be after dark when they got home) or would I like to go back to the house. I chose to return to the house.

Uncle Henry told me to just follow the trail down to the canyon and then follow the canyon home.                                                                                                                  

I rode "Sparky" down the trail in one direction and my uncles went on in the opposite direction.                                                                   

The sun had gone down behind the mountain and it was dusk when I reached the floor of the canyon. I was confused, for of course the canyon went two directions, and I didn’t know which way was home.

I knew if you give a horse this head he will return to where he is used to being fed. But Sparky was often allowed to roam free in the small horse pasture, and so home to him was two different directions.

It was getting dark and I heard a coyote howl, his howl echoing down the canyon. I called my Aunts name, but no answer. Again the coyote howl echoed down the canyon.

Vida & Jim 1948
Vida - date unkown
In my mind I could see the mountain lion rug in Billy’s room and could imagine his friends scattered about in the nearby brush. It was getting darker. I called "Aunt Beth!!" no answer. My voice bounced off the canyon walls as it echoed down the canyon. Again a coyote howled..
I was truly frightened. I knew I needed to pray, but I was too afraid to get off my horse. So sitting in the saddle, I prayed to my Heavenly Father, a simple prayer, asking Him to get me back to my Aunt Beth.


I sat astride my horse and called my Aunt, my voice again echoing down the twilight of the canyon, only silence followed. Then suddenly Sparkly jumped as if he had been struck on his hip by a switch, and then he burst into a full gallop down the canyon. He ran and ran and didn’t stop until he come to a halt in front of my Aunt, who was standing in the front yard.

Although my uncles assured me that my horse brought me home safely, I was there and I know without a shadow of a doubt that my Heavenly Father answered my prayer, a cry to Him for  
help from a child of His in need. I have had a testimony of prayer all of my life and I bear my testimony to you that I know that God hears and answer prayers."

                                                                                         Your loving,

                                                                                          Grandma Vida Haggard Thude


Sunday, November 9, 2014

I was playing on Family Search this morning adding memories and pictures.  While going through pictures I found these and decided to share.
 Eddie, Joanne, Morgan, and Randy September 2010

Everyone is looking good for the picture, the reality is Eddie wasn't feeling good and Morgan was recovering from a car wreck.  Morgan and Eddie spent the morning on couches while the rest of us went to church, both recovered and we have several more year of happy family time before Eddie's passing.

 Joanne & Randy October 2011
 Morgan & Shelby - Carr Canyon September 2010
Dean grilling burgers.  He grilled a GOOD burger.  The album is 2009.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday Family Fun

Friday Night Sleepover Fun !
All four grandchildren joined us for food and fun on Friday.
 Learning to play checkers this summer.

 Back yard play time with Papa
 Two girls at once.
 Garden watering and weeding.
 Grandkiddos with the favorite Aunt.
 Some more S'mores.
 Cycling fun.
                                                          One, Two, Three, Wheeeeeee!
 Playdough play=Magic Cookies
Just lounging around.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Library Para

Summer is coming to an end and I will be returning to work soon. This marks the start of my 3rd year as an Elementary school Library Para.  I enjoy my job and the excuse to read more books.  As a bookmark said,  "So many books,so little time"  Listed below are my reading logs since starting my job.  Many of the novels Randy and I have listened to on CD during our travels.  I also listen while cleaning and sewing.  Which reminds me, I have a date with C.S. Lewis and some seat covers for Shelby's classroom.

Ms. Ruthie’s Reading Log 2013-2014
Easy Fiction
Our Gracie Aunt – Jacqueline Woodson
The Shelf Elf – Jackie Mims Hopkins
Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson
The Librarian from the Black Lagoon – Mike Thaler (read aloud)
Rockwell: A boy and His Dog – Loren Spiotta DiMare
Me I Am! – Jack Prelutsky
Lucky Morning – Sally Noll
Tale of Despereaux: A Hero’s Tale – E TAL
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie – Denys Cazet
Ish – Peter H. Reynolds (read aloud)
Anasi- Folktale
ByeBye, Mom and Dad – Mercer Meyer
Llama, Llama Time to Share – Dewdney
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World – Marjorie Priceman
The Remarkable Farkle McBride – John Lithgow
A Carousel Tale – Elisa Kleven
Tattered Sails – Verla Kay
Clara and the Bookwagon – Nancy Smiler Levinson
Lucille Camps In – Kathryn Lasky
Book! Book! Book! – Deborah Bruss
Llama, Llama Red Pajama – Anne Dewdney
Into The Night – Deborah Heiligman
Silly Sally – Audrey Wood
Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes (read aloud)
Applesauce Season – Eden Ross Lipson (read aloud)
Martha in the Middle – Jan Fearnley
That’s When I’m Happy – Beth Shoshan
Daddy – Jeannette Caines
A House Is A House For Me – Mary Ann Hoberman (read aloud)
The Salamander Room – Anne Mazer
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet- Jane O’Connor
Fancy Nancy Fanciest Doll in the Universe – Jane O’Connor
Turkey Pox – Laurie Halse Anderson
Christmas Day In The Morning – Pearl S. Buck
A Christmas Dress for Ellen – Thomas S. Monson
Merry Christmas Strega Nona – Tomie DePaola
Night Tree – Eve Bunting*
I’ve Seen Santa! – David Bedford
Snowmen at Christmas – Caralyn buckner
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy – Jan O’Connor
Mr. Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup – Cynthia Rylant
Down the Road – Alice Schertle (eggs & apple pie)
The Unbeatable Bread – Lyn Lettlefield Hoopes
Tack the Penguin – Helen Lester (read aloud)
There’s a Nightmare in My Closet – Mercer Meyer
Walter the Baker – Eric Carle
Substitute Groundhog – Pat Miller (read aloud)
Duck on a Bike – David Shannon
The Rain Came Down – David Shannon
The Lemonade Club – Patricia Polacco
The Rusty, Trusty Tractor – Joy Cowley
A Giraffe and a Half – Shel Silverstein
The Giant Hug – Sandra Horning (read aloud)
Froggy’s Worst Play Date – Jonathan London
Someday – Eileen Spinelli (read aloud)
The Trek – Ann Jonas (hidden picture book)
Froggy Eats Out – Jonathan London
Dragons Love Tacos – Adam Rubin
In My Pocket – Dorrith M. Sims
Aunt  Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) – Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
On Mothers Lap – Ann Herbert Scott
Chicks and Salsa – Aaron Reynolds
The Children We Remember – Charia Byers Abells
Cliffords Manners – Norman Bridwell (read aloud)
Mr. Putter and Tebby Bake the Cake – Cynthia Rylant
Sloppy Joe – Dave Keane
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! – Dr. Seuss (read aloud)
 Oh the Thinks You Can Think – Dr. Seuss  (read aloud)
Scrambled Eggs Super - Dr. Seuss
Charlie Goes to School – Ree Drummond
The Frog with the Big Mouth – Teresa Bateman (read aloud)
The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
Chester Cove – Tim Egan
Flatulent Fred – Kathy Wuertz
April Foolishness – Teresa Bateman (read aloud)
The Class Trip – Grace Maccorone (read aloud)
Making Friends Is An Art! – Julia Cook
Our Granny – Margaret Wild
But No Elephants – Jerry Smath
Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes (read aloud)
Grandad Bill’s Song – Jane Yolen
Knuffle Bunny – Mo Willems
The Important Book – Margaret Wise Brown
Making the World – Douglas Wood
Locust Pocus – Douglas Kaine McKelvey
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crocket Johnson
Rainbow Joe and Me – Maria Diaz Strom (read aloud)
Mary Smith – A.U. Ren
Stella Lou Ella’s Runaway Book – Lisa Campbell Ernest
Just the Two of Us – Will Smith
The Wonderful Book – Leonid Gore
Laura Charlotte – Kathryn O. Galbraith
Enemy Pie – Derek Munson

Out of My Mind – Susan M Draper
Mary Marony and the Chocolate Surprise – Suzy Kline
Mary Marony Hides Out – Suzy Kline
Jigsaw Jones:  The Case of the Christmas Snowman – James Preller
Eggs – Jerry Spinelli
Everything on a Waffle – Polly Horveth
Gingersnap – Patricia Reilly Giff
Enders Game – Orson Scott Card
Call Me Francis Tucket – Gary Paulsen
The Midwife’s Apprentice – Karen Cushman
Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell
Eragon – Christopher Paolini
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Because of Mr. Terupt – Rob Buyea
Found (The Missing #1) – Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Year of Billy Miller – Kevin Henkes
Sent (The Missing #2) – Maragret Peterson Haddix

Non Fiction
The Reading Promise – Alice Ozma
When Everybody Wore a Hat – William Steig (read aloud)
Jane Goodall – Erin Edison
Abraham Lincoln Comes Home – Robert Burleigh
My Great Aunt Arizona – Gloria Houston
Wilma Mankiller – Linda Lowery
Barbara Park – Molly Kolpin
Dav Pilkey – Kelli L. Hicks
Jeff Kinney – Kelli L. Hicks
Mo Willems – Abby Colich
Clara and Davie – Patricia Polacco
From Cow to Ice Cream

Summer Reading-2014
Easy Fiction
Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card – Herman Parrish
The Little House – Virginia H. Burton
Thunder Cakes – Patricia Polacco

Olives Ocean – Kevin Henkes
A Corner of the Universe – Ann M. Martin
The Remembering Box – Eth Clifford
R is for Rachel – Patricia Reilly Giff
Smiler’s bones – Peter Lerangis
Elephant Run – Roland Smith
Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan
The Cay – Theodore Taylor
The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy – C.S. Lewis

Non Fiction
The Boy on the Wooden Box - A Memoir Leon Leyson

Ms. Ruthie’s Reading Log 2012-2013
Easy Fiction
The Napping House – Audrey Wood                      
The Boy Who was Raised by Librarians – Morris
Library Dragon – Carman Agra Deedy     
I’ve Got Your Nose – Nancy Bentley                       
The Christmas Ghost – Pearl S. Buck       
Don’t Forget the Bacon – Hutchins                          
A Picnic in October – Eve Bunting                             
Bears Picnic – Berenstain                                             
Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory – H. A. Rey               
Put It On The List – Darbyshire                  
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew – Kasza                             
Love and Roast Chicken – Knutson                          
The Relatives Came – Cynthia Rylant      
The Patchwork Quilt – Valerie Flournay
Best Wishes – Cynthia Rylant                     
Something Special – McPhail                     
Mis Dorothy and Her Bookmobile – Houston      
The Library – Sarah Stewart                        
I.Q. Goes to the Library – Mary Ann Fraser                          
Miracle Melts Down – Rosemary Wells
Gingerbread Baby – Jan Brett                    
Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Dewdney
A Farm Country Christmas Eve – Gordon Frederickson  
When I Am Old With You – Angela Johnson
When I Go Camping with Grandma – Marion Bauer
Thank You Santa – Margaret Wild
Night Tree –Eve Bunting
Dewey There’s a Cat in the Library – Vicki Myron
Dewey’s Christmas at the Library – Vicki Myron
Cobweb Christmas – Shirley Climo
Arnie the Donut – Laurie Keller
Eat Your Peas. Louise – Pegeen Snow
Mara in the Morning – C. B. Christiansen
Bah! Humbug – Lorna Balian
Wild About Books – Judy Sierra
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! – Dr. Seuss
Library Lion – Michelle Knudsen
Alison’s Zinnia – Anita Lobel
All the Places to Love – Patricia MacLachlin
You’re All My Favorites – McBratney
All I See – Cynthia Rylant
That Book Woman – Henson
Hooray for Reading Day – Cuyler
Stuart at the Library – Susan Hill
How Rocket Learned to Read – Hills
Homeplace – Anne Shelby
I Already Know I Love You – Billy crystal
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Arizona – Jennifer J. Stewart
Willie’s Not the Hugging Kind – Joyce Durham
Big Bear Hug – Nicholas Oldland
The Giant Hug – Sandra Horning
Counting Arizona’s Treasures – Terri Fields
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Judi Barrett
Ready for Anything – Keiko Kasza
Terrible Storm – Hurst
The Wild Woods – Simon James
The Biggest, Best Snowman – Margery Cuyler
If You Give A Cat A Cupcake – Laura Numeroff
Great Day for Up – Dr. Seuss
Pigs in the Pantry – Axelrod
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato – Tomie DePaola
If You Take a Mouse to School – Laura Numeroff
Strega Nona – Tomie DePaola
Strega Nona Her Story – Tomie DePaola
Georgia Music – Helen V. Griffith
Birdsongs – Betsy Franco
Sassafras – Audrey Penn
Katie’s Sunday Afternoon – James Mayhew
Blueberries for the Queen – John and Katherine Paterson
Madeline –Ludwig Bemelmans
You’re Only Old Once – Dr. Seuss
Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors – Lisa McCue
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin Henkes
Three Ducks Went Wandering – Roy Ron
Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Rosenthal
Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden – Edith Pattow
Pink and Say – Patricia Polacco
The Hickory Chair – Fraustino
A Three Hat Day – Laura Geringer
Chicken Sunday – Patricia Polacco
I’m Going to Grandma’s – Mary Ann Hoberman
Sweet Dream Pie – Audrey Wood
Christmas Tree Farm – Ann Purnell
Granddad’s Fishing Buddy – Mary Quigley
Curious George and the Pizza – Margaret & H.A. Rey
Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace – James Proimos
I Will Never NOT Ever Eat a Tomato – Lauren Child
Bringing the Farmhouse Home – Gloria Whelan
My Garden - Kevin Henkes
Through Grandpa’s Eyes – Patricia MacLachlan
The Keeping Quilt – Patricia Polacco
The Trees of the Dancing Goats – Patricia Polacco
A Million Fish…More of Less – Pat McKissak

Mary Marony and the Chocolate Surprise – Susie Kline
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech
If That Breathes Fire, We’re Toast – Jennifer J. Stewart
The Bean King’s Daughter – Jennifer J. Stewart
Close Encounters of a Third World Kind – Jennifer J. Stewart
Code Talker – Joseph Bruchac
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup – Sharon Creech
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, The Diary of Bess Brennan – Barry Denenberg
Finding Zola – Marianne Mitchell
Unbreakable Code – Sara Hooglan Hunter (picture book)
Rose Blanche – Roberto Innocenti (picture book)
Wonder – R. J. Palacio (summer read)

Non Fiction
M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet – Appleford
G is for Grand Canyon: An Arizona  Alphabet –Barbara Gowen
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Author of the little House Books – Carol Greene
The Invisible Thread – Yoshiko Uchilda
Picture Book of Louis Braille – Adler
A is for Arches: A Utah Alphabet – Becky Hall
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow – Susan Campbell Bartoletti (summer read)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Church Talk

I was asked to speak in church this afternoon.  I will attempt to attach a copy of the talk to this blog.  Those who dislike lenghy pictureless blog need not read.

July 14, 2013 – Our Priceless Heritage Talk

I have been asked to share with you the talk Our Priceless Heritage by President Ezra Taft Benson given in October 1976 (Ensign Nov. 1976) near the end of our nation’s Bicentennial celebration.  I am grateful for this opportunity to reflect on my heritage, my citizenship in this great nation, and my membership in the restored church of Christ. 

The freedom and abundant blessings we enjoy today are because of the faithful deeds, the noble lives, the courage, industry, self-reliance, integrity, and faith in God of our forefathers.

President Benson paid “honor to the founders of our beloved republic”.  He says, “The Declaration of Independence to which these great men affixed their signatures is much more than a political document.  It constitutes a spiritual manifesto – revelation, if you will- declaring not for this nation only, but for all nations, the source of man’s rights.”

“Fifty-six men signed the document on August 2, 1776, or, in the case of some, shortly thereafter.  They pledged their lives! – And at least nine of them died as a result of the war.  If the Revolution had failed, if their fight had come to naught, they would have been hanged as traitors.  They pledged their fortunes! – And at least fifteen fulfilled that pledge to support the war effort.  They pledged their sacred honor! – Best expressed by the noble statement of John Adams.  He said: All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I begun, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration!  It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence, now, and INDEPENDENCE FOR EVER.”

“How fitting it is that we sing:

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more that self their country loved,

And mercy more than life! America the Beautiful, Hymn 338

“Their lives should be reminders that we are the blessed beneficiaries of a liberty earned by great sacrifices of property, reputation, and life.”

President Benson went on to say, “Other great stalwarts who also pledged lives, possessions and their sacred honor were the Mormon pioneers.  This they did by covenant before God when they came to membership in His kingdom, ‘to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places…even unto death.’ (Mosiah 18:9)”

“Our Mormon forebears covenanted their lives! – And not a few gave them.  They gave their fortunes! – And many, if not most, lost their lands, homes, and businesses.  They gave their sacred honor! – this by covenant to God.”

“Today we live in a choice land, yes, a land choice above all other lands.  This because of the heritage bequeathed to us by our forebears, a heritage of self-reliance, initiative, personal industry, and faith in God, all in an atmosphere of freedom.”

In Ether 2:12 we read, “Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.”

“Were these Founding Fathers and pioneer forefathers to counsel us today in their fundamental beliefs – so manifest by their acts – what would they say to us?’

“First:  They would counsel us to have faith in God.  It was by this faith that both were sustained in their privations, sacrifices, and sufferings.  They placed their trust in God.  He was their defense, their refuge, and their salvation.”

“Second:  They would counsel us to strengthen our homes and family ties.  Though they did not possess our physical comforts, they left their posterity a legacy of something more enduring – a hearthside where parents were close by their children, where daily devotions, family prayer, scripture reading, and the singing of hymns was commonplace.  Families worked, worshipped, played and prayed together.  Family home evening, now a once-a-week practice among the Saints, was to our pioneer forebears almost a nightly occurrence.  Were we to pattern our homes accordingly, family unity and solidarity, crowned with love and happiness, would prevail.”

“Third: They would counsel us on the dignity of work, to practice thrift, and to be self-sustaining.  Theirs was a philosophy that neither the world nor the government owes a man his bread.  Man is commanded of God to live by the sweat of his brow, not someone else’s.”

“And finally:  These noble Founders and pioneers would counsel us to preserve the freedoms granted to us by God.  They knew that the foundation of this nation was spiritual, that the source of all our blessings was God.  They knew that this nation can only prosper in an atmosphere of freedom.”

“Those intrepid forebears knew that their righteousness was the indispensable ingredient to liberty, that this was the greatest legacy they could pass on to future generations.  They would counsel us to preserve that liberty by alert righteousness.  Righteousness is always measured by a nation or an individual keeping the commandments of God.”

A dictionary defines a pioneer as “one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “We need to walk together as today’s pioneers, living Christlike lives, supporting good causes in our communities, and strengthening our families and homes.”

“The suffering of the pioneers forged a strength in their lives that has been passed on to us.  We face different challenges today.  Our struggle is found in living in a world steeped in sin and spiritual indifference, where self-indulgence, dishonesty, and greed seem to be present everywhere.”

“We need to commit to serve the Lord and our communities with the same diligence and faith that the pioneers had.  We must ever be on our guard that we do not become casual in keeping God’s commandments, in abiding by His laws, and in being honest and trustworthy in all that we do.  We must avoid the entrapments of evil found on the Internet, so readily accessible through our computers, tablets, and cell phones. If we become casual in these things, Lucifer will find a way to dull our commitment and destroy our faith and our love for the Lord and for one another.  Avoiding the temptations and evils of the world requires the faith and fortitude of a real modern-day pioneer.”

President Thomas S. Monson in this month’s First Presidency Message (Ensign, July 2013) has asked, “Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of the former generation?  Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers?  I know we can be.”

I am grateful for the counsel of prophets past and present, to remember and learn from the past.  To have faith in God, strengthen our homes and families, to keep the commandments and “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places.”

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’s church, restored upon the earth today through the prophet Joseph Smith.   I know that Thomas S. Monson is called of God to be our prophet today. 

These things I say in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.