Monday, January 23, 2012

You matter to him!!!

I had to teach this last Sunday talk by president uchtdorf ( my favorite) his talk You Matter To Him). If your needing to be reminded of how much you are loved READ IT!!! it's a good one!! And I had to add a little bit of the forget me not talk too!!! Such wonderful good reminders in these two talks!!! By him....
I shared a story in my lesson that happened and I want to share it with you..... It had been a long week or two lots of crying and sad things going on for some reason... I couldn't figure out why... I felt so blessed but so down all at the same time... I kept praying and reading and trying to do good things but tears just kept coming.... One night as I was in the bathroom by the heater doing the ugly cry....praying my heart out sis called I told her I couldn't stop crying she said shell just tell hevenly father you need a HUG this point I was feeling bad that I was feeling bad,.... I'm so blessed I have so much how can I possibly ask for one more thing ....but I decided to ask.... I prayed for a hug.... I finished my prayer and then I read the last few pages in my book called ( happy like Jesus) highly recommend!!! It was just what I needed it's says in the last chapter to be still and know that I am god. And he says to us, I am your SAVIOR ; I am your REDEEMER; I am your COMFORTER. So be still and know that I am...... Love that!!!

And it quotes my favorite song well one of them anyway (I'm trying to be like jesus) !!! I've loved this song since I was little !!! I felt better !!! Went to bed the next day I had a full day of hair!!! About 4:30 I looked out my window to see my bishop and his wife coming to my door...he asked how the holidays were and then noticing that I had a house full said well we can come back another day I JUST NEED TO GIVE YOU A HUG!!!!!!! I tried not to cry my head off.... obviously tears of joy!!! Hevenly father heard my prayers!!! And sent someone who i love and respect so much to tell me .... Later That night when I could be still for a little bit and could think about what had happened that day .... I was in awe of my hevenly father... A huge reminder for me that I matter to him!!!! I was thinking today about all the people that I know and love and care about and thought I wonder if you know that you matter!!! That in all the crazy things that are going on day after day that

hevenly father is in every detail in our lives that he truly cares about everything that we care about and wants us to be happy!!! Just wanted you all to know that you matter today!!!! Love you all!!! If you need a hug just ask for one!!! Hevenly father will send you one In some way!!
He can do all things!!! Love shell

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas and holidays!!!!

I can't believe that the holidays have come and gone!!! We have had so much fun being with family and friends. I wanted Christmas to last this year and to not be over in just one day... So any christmas thing we could do we did.....

Loved the lights at temple square ....we went with our wonderful neighbors... beautiful spirit there. We went to Christmas parties plays.... Kids had so much fun...

On one particularly wild Sunday was like landon had forgot how to be at church.... I keep telling him shshshhhh quiet .. Whisper.. sit still ... Don't move...the list goes on and on....finally I said landon you have to be quiet Jesus is watching... He looks at me and says out loud.... During the sacrament..... I thought santa was watching not jesus... So funny...

After sacrament my old bishop came up to me and asked how I was?? I said good.... He gave me this look like how can you be good after that sacrament meeting ??? must have been worse than I thought. (landon did throw a crayon at some one behind us. I was to scared to look back and see who that poor person was....) and we did have to rush out because mason was going to throw up because landon kept showing him his goldfish in his mouth... It was crazy..... But he was nice about it all gave me a hug... We came home and practiced church on the couch ...has been a little better!!!

At our ward Christmas party Santa came. I picked up landon to take him to see him.... He looked at santa and said....WHERES JESUS !!! I found myself trying to explain .... While in my mind thinking oh that would be nice!!!!!...couldn't help but think how great that would be to sit on
his knee....and have him wrap his arms around me.... And feel of his amazing spirit...and the love he can give me!!! I was so happy that my
little 2 year old knows about jesus...Happy that one day we will get to see him and hug him and just be with him!

This year I really felt bad for santa!!!! How is the world do you keep all these cute little kids happy and hopefully give them the things they are dreaming about especially if they keep changing there mind and adding new big things to there list!!! Santa only has so much money I kept telling my kids!!!! And then what do you do when Santa finds the perfect gift and then leaves it in the car....and the kids see them..... Oh I tell ya .... It was always something!!!! But seemed like all went well.... Happy happy kids....makes for a happy mom!!!

We had so many Christmas miracles this year.... There are so many good and wonderful thoughtful people around..... I hope and pray that all
who were apart of my Christmas miracles know how grateful and how loved we felt this holiday season....
From the hugs
the food
the gifts
the surprises
beautiful acts of kindness shown to us
none will be forgotten.... May heavens blessings be shown to all of you is my prayer!!!!
On one particular morning when someone had left some rather big things on our door step Chaney asked me
She said ( mom when you opened the door was it like magic everywhere??)
I said yes Chaney that is exactly what it was!!!!
She said it so perfectly!!!!
MAGIC EVERYWHERE loved that!!!!
I have felt that magic everywhere for a long time !!!
So grateful to a loving Hevenly Father who shows his love and care for me each day!!!
We went up to Idaho for christmas and stayed with my mom and grandpa bud .. And had lots of fun cousins to play with... Linz was there from Missouri.Jana from Idaho falls and rach from Blackfoot I'd.. It was fun to go home and be away for a while!!! We were able to spend some time with grandma mingo too... Me and the kids loved that and would not be christmas eve without yummy broccoli soup and apricot chicken and salad and homemade candy everywhere and peppermint ice cream !!!! Jordans favorite things!!! We acted out the nativity mas could not sit still he was so excited !!! Jamie my sweet sister in law and was there with her family it was Fun ....kinda quiet... Brought back lots of memories....
Christmas morning was wonderful!!! Wish we could have it on Sunday every year!!! I think it would be perfect!!!! Thanks again to all the wonderful Christmas miracles that came our way.....lots of love from shell

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Good moments today!!!

I finished my book !!!Love Life and See Good Days By Emily Freeman!!!! Oh it's is so good I know I talked about it before ..She tells such good stories and good scriptures!!!! Made me feel like I can love life and see good days which really means to be happy and see the good in everything !!!! I want to share a couple things that I really like ....this is a long list but I love every word.....
She says.....
May you see a good day.

May your perspective be governed by Light, laughter,and discernment .

If mountain moments come your way,
may you rise above and continue your journey
Knowing the Lord is with you.

May the breaking of each day
Find you on your knees.

May you live after the manner of Happiness.

May your focus lead you to understand that God is in the details!!! (love that)!!!

As you pray each day for the answer you want,
May you remember that He might send The answer you need!!! (sometimes hard to remember) love it though

May your heart have great experience

May listing what you love allow you
To recognize your joys...

If sorrow comes your way,
May you sow in tears
And reap in joy

May you always remember the important days of your life,
Specially the days
When your testimony burned within.

May your eyes be quick to search
From one side of heaven unto the other
And recognize the great things
As tender mercies from the lord.

May the oil of gladness permeate your heart.

May everyday be a day of gladness
And a good day
Because you have chosen the good part.

Now I wish I could take credit for all this wonderful stuff.. She signs it by saying
This is my wish for you..... Emily Freeman....
Isn't that good stuff!!!!!!!
I love it so much!!!

So my day was a good one full of good moments some that pulled at my heart!!! I wanted to tell you a few of them....
Mason has preschool at 9:15 so I take Chaney and then drive to American fork ...well today we got there at 9:05..... I told mas we are kinda early we better wait... He was so excited and happy he just jumped out of the car and said ...oh it's ok mom see ya!!! I hesitated a min and then just let him go.... I just went about my day and went back to get him. my friend that usually brings him home is gone this week.
( makes me grateful for car pool) all though it's been fun to be able to get him.... Anyway when I got there his teacher told me that he tried to get in and the door was locked!!!! And she wasn't down stairs to let him in .. she thought she heard crying but didn't see him....little bit later her neighbor knocked on the front door with mas....... My heart dropped !!!! My mind raced to all the things that could've happened and I just basically felt like the worst mom ever!!! Who just drops there kid off 10 mins early and doesnt look back. His teacher is amazing and was sweet about it ..she was so worried mas was traumatized!!! He wasn't.....but I was !!! So we got in the car..... And I held masons little cute hand and I said mas tell me the story what happened.??? I love how mason tells stories his eyes get big and his voice changes.... He says well you dropped me off and when I went back there the door was locked.... But when I went back to see you. you were gone.... I started to cry ....then I said a prayer. And I said heavenly father thankyou that you could help me find my way back home.....OR let me get into my teachers house........ (I'm crying at this point of his story).... He says then this nice lady came and helped me.... So sweet and so simple.... I said so mason Hevenly Father answered your prayer because that lady came to help you ...he said ya I know.... I'm not sure who is the parent here....... He had it all under control... I'm having a moment and can't stop crying partly because I just felt so terrible that I just left him... And mostly because He knew that he could say a prayer ....THAT WAS THE FIRST THING HE THOUGHT OF.!!!!!! And that Hevenly Father ANSWERED his prayer... That even though his crazy mom was off .... Hevenly Father was there to PICK UP THE PIECES and keep him safe!!!
I promised the teacher to never be early again!!! Just another tender mercy for me!!!! Hevenly father loves us and cares so much....

Another thing that happened today .. I wanted to go to this sewing group tonight .our ward is making a Christmas quilt!!! So cute!!!! But I didn't know what to do with my kiddos!!! I feel like I'm always getting a babysitter.... I didn't want to for one more thing!!! So I just decided to take them!!!!
I told them if they were good and didn't pull fabric and thread all over I'd buy them an ice cream cone.... They didn't want to go very bad !!! But When we got there I was so overwhelmed by the love and the open arms that were there from theses sweet ladies in our ward.... I couldn't believe it...I even had a speech prepared for when they asked me why I brought them.... I should've known they wouldn't ask... They just keep telling me how good they were and to please come again!!! And how glad and happy they were to have us I keep trying to hold back the tears.... Love the women in my ward!!! They really didn't have to be that nice.....but they were!!!! Now My square that I made for my blanket is another story!!!! We will see how it turns out!!!!

Anyway good things today.... My heart is so grateful for so many reasons today.. I can't help but think that Jordan was there with mas helping us out!!!! Masons teacher said they were talking about things they were grateful for and mas said his daddy!!!! I know he's helping me....and whispering good things in our ears!!!! And keeping us going!!! So happy to have him on our side helping us get through this crazy life....not how we planned he would....but helping us as our angel from heaven......And my heart goes out to those around me that may have a heavy heart right now....It seems like there are so many sad things going on right now Im always hearing about someone going through a hard thing or a mountain moment as emily Freeman would say!!! One more thing in her book she says is....

WE WILL SEE THE GOOD THROUGH OUR TEARS. and after the tears there will be JOY. The saddness will not surround us forever.
WE must remember that it is often through unexpected and even painful circumstances that we are led to discover the good that we otherwise would never see....
Not saying that you can't have a moment and cry your eyes out!!! I do it often..... But then sit back and find the good!!!! I hope and pray for all around me that there will be plenty of good to find!!! Love shell

Monday, November 7, 2011

Still moving

So it's been so long I don't know where to start.... And I have made so many attempts at this ... We will see if this one works.... Life is going kids are growing up way to fast and I hate it...but they are adorable and make me happy...

Chaney is loving school and is loving to read... She played soccer this fall and loved every min... I have to say how grateful I am to her coach!! Chaney loved him...would not stop talking about him... I love how heavenly father sends us these sweet tender mercies...even in a soccer coach!!! Chaney said she finally found something she loves to to do... So we are happy about that.... She's my sweetheart!!!

Mason is all boy!!! He's loving preschool has the best teacher... I can't wait to see what she says about him next week.....I can only imagine the things he tells his teacher... he came home the other day and while I was doing hair downstairs, he was in the kitchen for a while...he came down with a cookie sheet and a broken egg on it with a face on it... He said, look mom it's humpty dumpy...then he told me the story..he said, I just used the counter for the wall... All of it was in the pan!!! Guess he was paying attention to all the details at school.... So cute..... I substituted in primary a couple weeks ago and sat behind mas during singing time....he was singing sosososoosso loud... I'm friends with his teacher and so I asked her...uh does he do this every week? is this his normal voice?... she just smiled and said yes... I tried to tell him to sing quieter but he was too excited... What do ya do??? He growing up so fast!!!!! Still loves all holidays and birthdays!!! He asked me today how much longer until his bday!!! Only 10 months!!!

Landon is the cutest most spoiled little 2 year old...he melts my heart and he knows it... He's a little talker... he always asks his brother (how was school mas)??? And he won't stop until mas answers him... One day he asked me if mas had to go to school. i said yes. he says, oh dang it. (in his sweet little voice!!!)) they are such good buddies... Laughing one min, crying the next, wrestling the next...and then it all starts over... My favorite thing that landon says is you ask him who he looks like and he says (my daddy) with this huge Jordan smile... I think I ask him a little too much but I can't help it..!!! I got my wisdom teeth out and landon asked me if my cheeks hurt?? I said, yes... he says, oh sorry I kiss em!! He's such a sweetie... How can you not give him anything he wants...

I can't believe it's November and the holidays are coming!!! I've been thinking back to last year!! Oh, I'm so glad it's been another year... I seem to be in a better place... I seem to have a little better understanding of this crazy life!!! A little, anyway, with I'm sure much more to learn... I like where I'm at though... I can feel the love that my heavenly father has for me each and everyday in so many moments of the day!!! I can't believe how many angels heavenly father sends my way to help with everything!!!
  • I still haven't had to take my garbage to the curb!!
  • I still have a sweet friend that takes care of my lawn...
  • And another who does my garden and brings us produce every week...
  • so many more...
  • have the best neighbors... Who they would never say they were sick of us wild mingos but sometimes I worry... they do so much for us...
I just started a new book....I can't believe how good it is. its called, "Love Life and See Good Days" by Emily Freeman... she talks about how Christ feeds the 5 thousand and after they got in the boat the disciples noticed they only had one loaf of bread with them... they were worried... Christ being confused asked them why they were worried??? Did they forget the miracle that they had seen just minutes ago?? He asks them how is it that ye do not understand??? The disciples were only focused on the problem of only having one loaf of bread..... They had forgotten that He With Whom They Traveled Was Capable Of Fulfilling Their EVERY Need- if only they had faith... where Christ is, faith may ever expect all that is needful... It makes me happy... I am happy to know Christ travels with me in my journey. If we let Him, he will travel with all of us... I was laughing out loud one min and crying the next ... Such a good book... I'm not done yet, but so far it's all in our perspective and how we see things... And how we can always focus on the good!! It's just easier to focus on the good!!!!!
Life is good for the mingos... We are learning growing crying laughing loving and still moving around here !!!! Thanks to all these wonderful people around us !!! Thanks for all you do for us love shell

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Guess I better give you all a little update!!! It has been a little crazy at the mingo home!!!! we are doing good though!!! trying to stay ahead!! I have been wanting to blog for a while but I feel like so much has happened that I don't know where to start!!! so I am just going to go for it!! and just tell you the latest!!!
My Little Chantel is not so little these days she's about ready to have her 5th birthday!!!! this last month she has matured so much!!! she is my big helper!!! She is loving preschool!! and loving dance!! I had been sick over the weekend and monday morning chaney was suppost to go to school!! she said she didnt feel good so I said k you better stay home so we dont pass it on.....well about 12:30 she asked me if it was ok to take medicine if your really not sick??? then she asked mom would I be home from school yet I said ya why??? she got this big smile on her little face and said well mom I'm not really sick I just wanted to stay home and get medicine!!! she thought it was pretty funny!!! I about died!!! she's only 4!!! what am I going to do!!! Chantel likes anything she thinks her dad would like shes always asking me what do you think daddy would like??? so sweet!!!

Mason is doing good!! he's into telling stories!! lots and lots of them!!! usually about "daddy" or thomas!!! we went to my sisters house the other day about 15min away and he talked about his daddy from her house to ours!!! lots of stories from the park to potty training to chocolate!!! he keeps us laughing!!! and crying sometimes!! him and chantel are such good buddies!!! the other night about midnight he woke up crying because he was scared that his sissy was going to have to go to school and he didnt want her to!!! they have so much fun together!!
Mas woke up one morning and decided he wanted to be potty trained!!!yeah!!! but scary!!!really!!can we do this??? but he's been and angel with it only a few accidents!!! hes a big boy!! he told me the other day "mom look how big I am see these legs!!! I'm 3!) And tonight saying his prayers (he said thankyou that my dad is a good dad!!) I love that!!!

Landon is our happiness sent straight from heaven!!! he's always smiling!! and laughing!!! he is clapping and waving!! and just this week starting to move!!! he scoots on his little bum!! His first word was DADDA!!! and then momma!! I'm sure jordan had alot to do with that he was always making sure they said him first!!! Its pretty sweet!!! landon is so snuggly!!! I just love it!!HE's got the cutes dance!! he moves his head and whole body from side to side like a little bobble head!! he's growing to fast!!! stay little I keep telling my kids but know one listens around here!!!
Well as for me!! I am hanging in there!!! somedays are better then others!!! Its been hard to balance everything and not just work all day because its easier to work and just forget and not think about everything....but that isnt what I want!! I am very lucky to have such good clients who are more like friends and family coming to get there hair done!!! I have decided not to pay 70 dollars a hour for counseling when I can get it right in my own house!! its been a blessing!!! Its just become part of the haircut!!! cry, get cute, maybe cry somemore!! laugh at mas and then get cuter!! and then I the stylist feels better!! and Hopefully the client has cute new hair!!! Its usually a win win!! I love my job!! And more important I love being a mom!!! its my greatest happiness!!! my kids get me through the day!!! I got a new calling a while ago!! I am a relief society teacher!! I know it sounds scary huh me teaching!! but as I have been getting my lesson ready!!! and talking to my mom who has the same calling!!(so nice) I can see what my heavenly father has in mind!! this lesson is being more diligent and concerned at home by Elder Bednar!! it has really helped me!! has given me so much peace to hear him share his testimony of this!!! I am grateful that I can Read these conference talks and really study them!! we are so lucky to have a prophet and apostles who will never lead us astray!!!
One of my favorite new qoutes is!!! God gave us memories that we might have June Roses in the decembers of our lives!! by pres Monson!! Isnt that great!! I love that!!
I love remembering all of our good memories!! I hope and pray that we wont forget!! I have been trying to get my pictures all in books nothing fancy just in books my kids love to look at them!! 1400 hundred pictures!!! I think they will last a life time!!! I am grateful for pictures!!! Chaney and I have have been making bows!! She is into glitter and sparkles!!! Its been fun!!
Okay I was trying not to make this to long!!! But I guess I just have a lot to say!!! Well I better get to bed!! My alarm clock (meaning,Mason) will be pulling me out of bed all to soon!!! lots of love to you!!! thanks for all your prayers and every everything you have done for me!!! may god bless !!! shell

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

few more things!!!!

I was driving in the car and the lonestar song, I'm Already There came on. I totally forgot about it We loved that song!!! It has a new meaning now!!! listen to it!!! be a good cry!!! I found a CD that Jordan made me for my Birthday one year!!! It had our songs we used to dance to!! He really did love me. he was a little romantic!!! I am glad I have lots of good things to remember!!!The other day I was driving and Chantel said to turn on the radio, kinda weird cause she never tells me to so I did and Garth Brooks was on THE DANCE!!!! I forgot!!! about that one too!! Jordan loved that song!!! It was like He wanted me to hear that!!! It says "I'm glad I didn't know the way it all would end the way it all would go, I could've missed the pain but I would've had to miss the dance!!! I know it sounds crazy, But It made my day!!

Everyone Needs good neighbors and good friends!!! I feel so lucky and so blessed!!! Thanks so much for the help and all that you have done for me!!! One night I had just got my kids to bed and my house looked like I have 3 kids!!! in it and I was working up the energy to clean it and my neighbor called at 10pm and said i am coming over to help!! she helped me clean my whole house!!! I woke up the next morning and thought I can get up my house is clean!!!!

Some things I am Worrying about!!! Do you really want to know??? I worry about my kids the most.... Mason needs someone to wrestle jordan would play and tackle and tease from the min he walked in the door tell they were sleeping!!!! He was so good!! I worry how am I going to be able to teach them all the things that someone who holds the priesthood would!! He was a good teacher. Not to mention HOMEWORK!!! oh dear!!! I wish I would have listenened and not been so tired when he tried to teach me all the time!! we would read our book of Mormon at night it bed and I would usually fall asleep to him reading. I wonder if my subconscious really did get all those things!! I worry about Chantel she has a hard time leaving me doesn't want to go to school scared I wont be here when she gets back?? sad huh!!!
Crazy how when you type or write something down its makes things look different!! a song that I have been listening to keeps coming to my mind its a hilary weeks cd it says "When you have taken your last step and done all that you can do he will LIFT YOUR HEAVY LOAD AND CARRY YOU!!! SUCH A GOOD SONG (he'll carry you)
I guess I shouldn't worry just keep going and following the spirit!! It has been so good to have the guidance of the spirit!! i know it has helped me so far!!I know he hasn't forgotten us!! love you guys thanks for all you do!! sorry if this is just a big mess. love shell

Shell here....just a few things I am thinking about!!!/well alot of things were thinking about!!!

Well its been a while I have had lots of good days and lots of not so good.I feel like I still want it to be a bad dream. But when I wake up in the morning I realize really quickly that its real. Then I look over and see all 3 kids in my bed(its crazy we all fit) and think I have plenty to be grateful for.

Landon is such a smiley little guy!!! Mas was the same at his age. thats usually one of the first things people say about him!! He has just started sleeping good and started playing good with toys. He loves his big brother and sis. they can get him laughing pretty good!!!

Mason is 3 and has major attitude!!! keeps me going he came down stairs the other day and said mom I cracked an egg on the floor!! sorry mom, like just so you know he is quite the entertainer. loves to sing and dance and he does this thing were he shakes his head from side to side with a big grin!!! its so cute. Most of day is filled with stories of daddy Mason came up the stairs and said mommy tell me the story about daddy and mason going to the park and going down the slide and when we went swimming jumping in the water!! It was so sweet!! Its fun to see him light up when we talk about daddy!! HE has been begging to go in daddys pickup!!! so we finally switched the car seats.

Chantel is my big helper especially when she wants to be. She is a thinker and is always asking about dieing and all these things that i cant even imagine what is going on in her little head. She asked How old she will be when she dies?? and when she is resurrected will she be a baby again or like she is now ?? she asked if daddy would have to have holes in his hands?? she asked will she have to be on the cross?? will daddy??? All these things I cannot believe To smart for me!!! I was so glad that I could say no Chaney DAddy does not have to have holes in his hands and we dont have to be on the cross!! Jesus did that for us so that we can be with daddy again she got a big smile!!! It was really cute tonight I said Chaney go and brush your teeth, then a little later I said chaney grab the wipes k (Landon had poop up to his neck!!!) she said mom I don't have 8 arms I cant do all these things at once!!! It was to cute!!!
Anyway for the most part kids are doing good!!! They don't want to go to church to bad and don't love to go to class these days so thats hard but I have a good ward and Chantel has wonderful sunbeam teachers that are good and can keep mason busy when he wont go to nursery!!! he woke up on sunday and i said k mas lets get ready for church!!! he started to cry and said I don't want to go to church! Chocolate, thomas, cousins, i tried it all nothing could convince him!!! we decided to say a prayer that he would want to go!! about 5 min later he comes out of hiding and says i want to go to bishops house!! I said well he's at church!! so lets go see him there!!! it worked!!! GLad you can count on him always being there!!! PRAYER WORKS, It works for anything .Anything that is important to you is important to Hevenly father. I love that.It gets me through the day!!!
Last night was a hard one and i didn't know what to do. I thought well maybe i will go and get some toothpaste(been out for a while kids kind!!) and just get out of the house then i thought I will spend to much money. so I said a prayer Like just a simple one What would help me right now? I am missing jordan I wish he was here. I looked over and saw a book I have been reading so I turned a movie on for the kids and started to read!! it was just what i needed It talked alot about grieving and how it has boundaries!!! And to do it with a grateful heart!! It says We also honor him by our worship and obedience,by our service and gratitude. Faith and trust in God are manifested by service to him and to neighbors near and far.Samuel said," Fear the lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE FOR YOU!!! it also says especially do they thank God for granting life to the beloved one for whom they mourn!! It said " All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good!!! If i can just keep and eternal perspective that helps!!!! Its HARD but I can do it With all the help I have been getting!! I think I can do anything!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

i've been thinking...

i have been thinking of a way that i can help shelley out.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

to my special friend and sister

Today is Shelley Sue's Birthday!!! I have not stopped thinking about her today. I can't even imagine what she has been going through. I wanted to BRAG about her and let her know how much I LOVE her!!!! Some of the things I really admire in Shelley are...

  • dedicated mother... she is ALWAYS playing, teaching, and having fun with her kids. She always is thinking of what they can do next together. She loves being a mother and it is her first priority.
  • Christlike... everything she does reflects Christ and the way Christ would treat you.
  • devoted... she is VERY devoted in her testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. I admire her testimony and how she is always working to make it stronger.
  • faithful... she has FAITH. Never doubting. ALWAYS a BELIEVER!!!!! She is a rock. And her actions speak this way.
  • patient... she is sooo patient with her kids. very calm and never "gets angry" or yells.
  • honest... she is is honest with all those whom she associates with. what a great example for her kids.
  • selfless... ANYONE who knows Shelley, knows this of her. She will give you the shirt off her back. she does things for people without expecting things in return.
  • good example... she is someone that others look up to... especially through the hard times she is having.
  • trustworthy... she can be trusted. anything you ask of her, she will do it with honor.
  • sincere... ALWAYS thinking of other people. she is soo sincere and genuine in all she does for other people.
  • charitable... the PURE love of CHRIST... you can see this in her eyes.
  • thoughtful... there have been many times i ask her what she is doing and she will tell me that she is doing something for someone because something happened... even something as little as when someone has had a bad day.
  • peacemaker... she never wants to be around contention. she does what she can to stop it from happening.
  • happy... shell always tries to find the sunshine through the rain. we know this.
  • fun... everyone wants to be around her. she has a contagious personality.
MANY MORE qualities I am sure I left out... that is quite a list... I KNOW Jordan is proud of you Shell!

Shell, I want you know how much I love you and how much I aspire to be like you. Not a moment goes by that I don't think, pray and wonder how you are doing. I wish I only lived a mile away... It didn't really bother me until now, that we are 12 hours apart. I really miss seeing you on a daily basis. I love you more than words can say. I really hope you had a great birthday. I wore white today to celebrate your being able to be with Jordan again! Aren't we grateful we know The Plan.



Today is Shelley's Birthday! I just wanted to tell you Happy Birthday Shelley. I hope you are having a great day! I just wanted you to know we are thinking of you!! Love ya, Rachel

Friday, September 18, 2009

Where is the Spirit World?

(barb here)

from Teachings of Harold B. Lee. pg 58

"Where is the spirit world? Is it away up in the heavens? That isn't what the scriptures and our brethren explain. They have told us the spirit world is right here round about us, and the only spirits who can live here are those who are assigned to fill their missions here on earth.

This is the spirit world. And if our eyes could be opened we could see those who have departed from us...a father, mother, brother , sister, child (spouse). We could see them, and sometimes when our physical senses are asleep, sometimes our spiritual self...(our spiritual ears, and eyes)...sometimes they will be very keen and awake, and a departed one may come while we are lying asleep and come into our consciousness. We will feel an impression. We'll wake up.

Where does it come from? It comes from the spirits of those whom we are sealed to!"

I thought this went along with your feeling that Jordan is very near and very much aware of you and his children! You're gonna make it, Shelley. He's cheering you on.

Jordans Rendezvous

Aunt Barb here:

Neal Maxwell speaking at Salt Lake Institute of Religion Devotional. 5 Jan 1983

"I certify to you that He loves us with a perfect love which brings Him to the rendezvous, (a meeting at a prearranged time and place), yet in the future for you.

He shall stand alone to greet at the entry to His Kingdom, 'for he employedth no servant there'.

He is there not only to certify our worthiness to enter, but because He loves us.

He waits for you, brothers and sisters, in the marvelous rendezvous which is so movingly portrayed in the scriptures...He waits for you with open arms. That is why He's there.

Do nothing to mar that moment. Do not allow yourselves to be deflected from the straight and narrow path, but seek to arrive at that rendezvous in such a circumstance, spiritually, that you can be DRENCHED WITH JOY and know that touch of those arms, for His arms of mercy and love are extended for you.

I CERTIFY to you that rendezvous is a reality. for some of you, it will come soon and some later, but it will come, if you are faithful. Of that, I testify!!!!"

I like knowing who greeted Jordan.

Still here.....

Shell here,

Well, its been a crazy week or two can't really keep track. Its seems as though, everything is a blur. Ive been meaning to post for a while but know that I've waited so long i don't know where to start. Guess i'll start with something happy.
Mason turned 3. I can't believe it his Birthday. It was Sept. 7th!!! He woke up that morning with the biggest smile, I have ever seen. All day long he'd say "its my Birthday its my birthday" for the last little bit he has been saying... mom, I almost 3 and when I am 3, I will go in the potty. So that morning I said, "Mason, your 3 should we go in the potty?" Please please please. He shook his head and said I'm not 3 I'm 1 like Thomas the train. Oh boy.... maybe by Christmas. Anyway he had fun and he had two thomas parties and loved every min. He is such a sweet little guy. So grateful he's here.

I'm sure your all wondering how we are really doing. I guess I'll tell you. We are okay... Some days I get up shower, even put on some makeup. Some days I get up and tell my poor clients that are waiting for a new hairdo, that its pajama day. And by the end of the haircut, I am feeling much better and wondering why I didn't take a little bit of time to get ready before they came but oh well I am usually better for the next one. Luckily as long as they look good when were done I feel good and so do they!!!
Another happy thing that happened Chantel started preschool. I didn't want to see her go but she insisted!!!! the first day we went I was ready to comfort her and tell her she could do it and I'd be right back to get her all that good stuff u-no. well, we get there she said, "k bye mom."And was gone without even looking back!!! Me and mason cried all the way home.... Chantel is 4 going on 12 she came home. I said, "How was it? "What did you do?" she said, "Mom I can't remember everything!!" So cute, I think she liked it!!!
Landon is doing really really good. He is the sweetest little guy. Always smiling and loves when his brother and sis talk to him. He just had his 4 month checkup. He got his shots and was so big cried for a sec and was fine!!! He has really changed since all of this. He is always so calm and peaceful. I think his daddy has something to do with that. I was able to go to the temple last night it was just what I needed. Such a wonderful peace there. Half way through the session I panicked. I didn't tell the babysitter what time to feed the baby. I said a little prayer please help my babies to be okay. I get home, later then we thought cause we had to go to the next session cause there were so many people. Kids asleep and baby Landon as calm as can be!!! Thanks Heavenly Father and daddy!!!
I have a new love for the Temple, good uplifting music, good books. I am not a reader, and the scriptures. I have always had a testimony. But... Wow, I get it!!! All these things are here for the taking and I choose to take it. What comfort I have found. One of my friends gave me a book. I highly recommend "When Times Are Tough" by John Bytheway. I love him. One of my favorite things it says is this. John Taylor taught, "God lives, and his eyes are over us, and his angels are round about us,and they are more interested in us then we are in ourselves, ten thousand times, but we do not know it"
We have unseen friends on the other side of the veil who are intensely interested in our success, President Ezra Taft Benson testified:
"If we only knew it, heavenly hosts are pulling for us-friends in heaven that we cannot now remember who yearn for our victory. (I like this part) This is OUR DAY TO SHOW WHAT WE CAN DO- WHAT LIFE AND SACRIFICE WE CAN DAILY,HOURLY, INSTANTLY MAKE FOR GOD. IF WE GIVE OUR ALL, WE WILL GET HIS ALL FROM THE GREATEST OF ALL. I have read this over and over again. It makes me feel like I can do anything With an angel like my Jordan yearning for my victory. It almost makes me excited for what I can do. Some days, of coarse, this is not the case but if I only look a little bit a head I can do it. One small min at a time. I know with all the love and support I have gotten. It has helped in so many ways..
THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR EVERYTHING. I KNOW I COULDN'T DO THIS FOR EVEN A MIN. WITHOUT YOU GUYS. I FEEL SO MUCH LOVE BEING SPLIT OUT OVER US. Jordan made me want to be a better person. He always believed in me. We always were setting goals and thinking of things we needed to do better. I am holding on to so many wonderful memories. Lots of good things like this that get me through the day. Some things I miss the most, his hands, his laugh, sitting on the couch dreaming about the future, about what big thing he wanted to do next. His laugh..... HE'S THE BEST!!! THE BEST PART IS, I KNOW HE'S CLOSE. I KNOW HE'S HELPING ME... well this could go on for days so I better stop before you all fall asleep. Lots of love Shell and kiddos

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

going private

we have decided to make this blog private, so if you would like to continue to hear how shelley and her kids are doing, post your email in the comments section.


Friday, September 4, 2009


Barb here:
Good bishops.
Finding hope. (click on this)
The things that REALLY matter.
When the world says, "Give up."
Hope whispers, "Try one more time."
You remain in my prayers and thoughts.
I love you, Shelley Sue.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

about my bishop and ward

I keep thinking about my bishop today. I have been asked a lot how I am doing and I always say okay... and then tell about my bishop. So, I thought I'd share with all of you... from the beginning on that 1st Monday, he was here. When he walked in the door that day, I think he knew Jordan was gone. He stayed and talked me through this for about 3 hours. He gave me one of the BEST blessings I've ever had. I could feel the spirit soo strong. At the time, I didn't want to believe what he was saying. He blessed me with the power to see into the eternities. He also blessed me to be able to make decisions and to know what's best for me and my children. I will NEVER forget it!

Then, he gave me a wonderful talk at the funeral.

He saved me a seat at Stake Conference. I don't think that's required in being a bishop. He told Mason to go sit by him. Mason was shy at first and said, Brackon come too! Pretty soon, all three... Chany, Mason, and Brackon were in the Bishop's row with his family. The Bishop read Thomas to the boys and Cheryl, the bishops wife, kept Chany entertained. Cheryl, has offered to watch my kids for me every Tuesday for a couple hours. Thank You! I looked up at one time and Mason was pinching the bishop's cheeks and making funny faces!! The boys stayed with the bishop most of stake conference. I was able to sit and listen and was uplifted by the sweet spirit that was there.

After church, my home teachers and the bishop came over and blessed and dedicated my home. Mason was not shy anymore and talked talked talked! We could barely get him to stop so we could say the prayer. I have good home teachers. Jason got right on the kids level and talked to them about the Priesthood and what it means, how their daddy held the priesthood, etc. The bishop gave a a beautiful blessing. I wish the prayer could have lasted forever! He blessed us to have the spirit in our home and that the kids would be able to listen and understand what I taught then. blessed us to be safe! I am so grateful for him. I know he is called of God and is doing a PERFECT job in his calling. After the prayer, Jason,home teacher, asked the kids, can you feel that feeling? That is the spirit... You could feel it SOOO strong.

I am grateful to my ward members, good friends, neighbors, and home teachers. I looked out my window yesterday and my neighbor was trimming my tree. A primary class made me a card and they brought it over with a pretty green plant! Lots of food and yummy dinners! I can't even believe it! Lots of prayers! Thanks sooo much to everyone! I am glad I am a part of a ward family. I miss my hunny, but I am very blessed!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

shell here..

we had stake conferene today. the children's choir sang, "families can be together forever." the whole theme was about temples. i think this is what is going to get me through this...

a quote was mentioned that i really liked by thomas s. monson:
"where is heaven? it's not very far when you're in the temple... it's right where you are."

at conference they also talked about taking a picture of your kids each year at the temple and displaying it in their rooms. and also a picture of our prophet.
Barb here: I read this thought today and wanted to share it with you.

President Harold B Lee: Don't be afraid of the testing and trials of life. Sometimes when you are going through the most severe test, you will be nearer to God than you have any idea, for like the experience of the Master himself... in the Garden of Gethsemane, and on the cross of Calvary, the scriptures record, "And behold, angels came and ministered him." (Matt 4:11) Sometimes, that may happen to you in the midst of your trials.

You can expect it, Shell!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I know we are missing a very important member of this family. Landon J. I want to tell everyone who reads this blog how thankful we are for your continued support for Shelley. I so loved Shelley's testimony she shared on here and her ability to stay close to the spirit and follow it.
What would we do without the gospel and our knowledge at hard times like this?
I want Shelley to know:
I love you.
I think you are the most wonderful person in the world. We ALL feel you are our favorite person to be around. The great amount of joy that you bring into my life is such a blessing as a daughter and friend. Please remember that with God nothing is impossible!
Love always, your mom.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

update on me......Shelley

My heart is so full. I feel the the peace and comfort that only comes from the gift of the Holy Ghost. I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I know He has not forgotten us. I feel His love each day. each minute. I know that my Jordan is with loved ones and is busy doing the Lords work. I also feel him here helping me explain things to our kids.

Last night I had a dream... Jordan and I were in a small space of some kind I asked him if he could give me a blessing and he said no I can't, I'm on a mission. He was glowing and his eyes were red... like he'd been crying.

I went upstairs and found Chantel still in bed but awake. I said, "Chantel guess what? I had a dream about daddy last night!" She sat right up in bed and said, "Me too mom! He smiled at me and so did uncle Jed and Grandpa Mingo."

It was a sweet experience. I have had too many tender mercies to doubt..... I know that Heavenly Father lives, and I am so thankful to my older brother, Jesus Christ, that he made it possible so that we can be an eternal family!!!!!

If you are looking for something to boost your spirits, read Alma 13. After I read that, I was at the temple, I felt so much peace. It helped me to understand what Jordan is doing... I'm so glad I was lucky enough to be married to him. After we got home from the temple, I opened my scriptures to that page of Alma 13 and on the top right corner years ago I wrote, " WHATS MY MISSION?" This has been on my mind a lot lately. Another tender mercy. I know my first thing is to be a good mom to my kids and the rest, well, I guess I will let the Lord guide me. It's worked so far.... Thanks again for all your love and support and prayers.......Shelley

Maybe we can win!

THIS for Shelley.
Isn't it awesome?
It is a Madsen Cycle.
Also called a bucket bike.
And they are having a give away.
So to enter this blog in the contest...and of course, win the bike for Shelley and her little peeps,
be sure to click over to their site...and see more about these great bikes.
Oh - and go to their blog to see the bike in action.
(Scroll down through all the video posts)

Hey, and if you could do like I am doing on my personal blog, (or twitter or Facebook) and enter to win, and just if'n you wanted you could 'gift' your win to Shelley....just saying....or keep it for yourself.
Either way.
Great cycle.
Great contest.
Some lucky winner.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009


T o d a y i s J o r d a n 's B i r t h d a y ! I just wanted him to know how much we miss him and love him. Something great that I really admire about Jordan was that he was
H O N E S T and F A I T H F U L!!!

Mormon, speaking of the converted Lamanites who were known as the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, wrote: “And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end” (Alma 27:27; emphasis added).

Jordan you were perfectly honest, you were upright in all things and you were firm in your faith in Christ...even unto the end of your earth life! Your a great example to us all! Thank You!

We love you Shelley, Chantel, Mason and Landon! Hope you have a good day on this special day of Jordan's!! Thinking of you today and always!

Hugs and Kisses!

Rachel (shelley's sis)

Do we believe in angels?

Arlene here:
One doesn't have to look very far to find the answer.

Thank goodness.

“President Joseph F. Smith suggested that it is possible that our departed loved ones may be sent to help us who yet live on earth. Our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth, having been faithful, and worthy to enjoy these rights and privileges, may have a mission given them to visit their friends and relatives upon the earth again, bringing from the divine presence messages of love, of warning, of reproof or instruction, to those whom they had learned to love in the flesh.” (Gospel Doctrine , p. 436)

Friday, August 21, 2009

It is called the Plan of Happiness

Arlene here:
Some thoughts:
Do you know anyone that has 'lost' someone?
I do.
Whether it be a baby, a spouse, a Mom, a Dad...
A dear friend.

We all lose people - to death.
Death is part of living.

Have you lost someone?
I have.

Sometimes we lose 'things'.
Like health, or jobs, or security.
Sometimes we lose mobility, or function.
Or a relationship comes to an end.

Truth be known, we all do.

Part of living - is losing.

It is called the Plan of Happiness.

So yesterday while sitting in the temple.
(Holiness to the Lord - House of the Lord)
I chuckled.

That is right - I chuckled.
It was a quiet reverent little chuckle..but I chuckled.

The thought that came was.
"Shelley, (the Mingo families) will chuckle, again.
They will laugh."

It is called the Plan of Happiness.
(It is not the plan of grief, lonliness, sorrow.)

Be it soon or late.
Chuckles will come.
Laughter, happiness.

I pray it will be soon - more than late.
It is called the Plan of HAPPINESS.
To have Happiness is the Plan.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grandma and Shelley


The family.
And five amazing sisters.

Here they are with Shelley.
They lost a Papa and both brothers.

"Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister."

I will let these pictures do the talking today.

Arlene here:

God be with you till we meet again.
By His counsels guide uphold you.
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.

When life's perils thick confound you.
Put his arms unfailing round you

Till we meet at Jesus' feet.

(Thanks to Barb for the pictures.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I am happy but I am sad.

Arlene here:
I really thought this blog has 'run it's course'.
I feel like I want to just post a bit more.

First of all - THANK YOU to all those who have sent memories and to Heritage Makers for helping us put together a book for Jordan's littles. (Yes, they are donating the service, amazing, huh?)
The vision is - we will keep every word you have shared - in just a binder, and then take favorite snippets and combine those with favorite pictures to make a really wonderful storybook.

Yesterday I thought 'things' were better.
But today knowing it is the funeral and not being there,
Has rendered me useless once again.
I have worn out my carpet pacing the hall...thinking...crying.

My sister sent notes to me after the viewing last night.
I'll share a few for those for you who, like me, couldn't attend.

Barbs words.....

Bev's Relief Society had taken dinner for the family at their home.
Twenty six people there to eat.
"The most delicious meal, ham, potatoes, the works."
Indeed, the Society of Relief.

They had a big display of pictures of all of the men, right in the foyer and a nice video going. It was lovely, gave people something to watch as they waited 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get into the room where the family was.
So many kind people.

You walk into the Primary room.
Three caskets and beautiful flowers.
Makes you feel sadder than sad.

You can't even imagine the people. Regina greeted each one - so kind and sweet.
Her daughters will be such a support to her, they are good to their Mom.

Regina and Shelley - had on their game faces, they did so good.
Sarah, Shel' step sister had people talk about Jordan on a video in another room.
She did such a good job.
That will be such a good memory for Shelley and the kids.

Ryan - Shelleys twin brother, took Channie and Mason home and fed them and played with them for a while.
They were just hungry and so tired.

It was good to see cousins and family supporting one another. Cousins that hadn't seen each other in a long time were able to talk.
I loved that.

The funeral director did such a good job of talking to all the little kids and the adults. When he was reassuring them that their spirits were still alive and that they loved them.
Channie said: "I'm happy but I am sad."

(Thanks to Diane - Shelleys good friend and 'Utah Mom' for this sweet picture)

So are we are we.
I am sure that Jordan is having a hard time.
Imagine how sad he is to be on the other side of the veil from his family?

Andy Coats, who spoke at the Memorial service, and his family came.
He gave such a good talk at the Memorial service.
Some other Utah friends came, Shelley was really glad to see them.

Thanks Barb.
Well, I hope reading a bit about the family visitation helped you some, as it did me.

Monday, August 17, 2009

By Orson F. Whitney

No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God... and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.

To bear anothers burden

Arlene here:
Meeting family and friends tonight.
Funeral and burial tomorrow.
So hard.
Those who have buried a loved one know that some of the hardest days are the few right after the funeral.
It all seems so final.

Even those of us with testimonies of eternal life, and a Plan of Happiness.
There IS a plan of happiness, you know?
But just for a while...we feel sad, ok?
It seems final.
The busyness of preparations is over - and the reality of getting back to life, seems hard.

Everyone (even the Mingo family) returns to their lives.
Life, in fact, demands that we do.

But we can continue to help with our prayers.
Prayers that we will be sensitive to their needs.
And have the courage to 'stop' our busy lives and respond to those needs.
Just like Jordan would do.

Have you ever been sustained by another ones prayers?
I have.
One time, in particular, I had to have a medical 'procedure' and then wait 6 hours for a follow up surgery.
To wait - just wait in the hospital for SIX hours.
But, you know what?
Kind family and friends were praying for me...and I'll be jiggered.
The time literally become 'no time'.
The time was not there.
I can't describe it.
I didn't wait.
There was no time.

So from this tiny example, I know we can bear one anothers burdens - with prayer.
Could we not forget?

Yesterday little Mason in his car seat with Channie next to him said,
"Channie, maybe today we can go way way way up to heaven and see Daddy."
"See Channie there are no clouds."

May the Lord bless this sweet family - that there will be "no clouds" -
that they will feel
Our Saviors Love shine like the sun with perfect light.
Breaking through clouds of strife.

And may our love - and prayers - help
as we share to bear their burdens
and mourn with those who mourn.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Heritage Makers

Arlene here:
Heritage Makers :
Is a wonderful company that is in the business of preserving stories.
They are a storybooking company.

"We can help you record all of your precious memories before they slip away."

Chris Crandall, co-founder, has contacted us and is willing to help us make that big fat yummy book of memories.
Now, how surprising and wonderful and nice and kind and great is that?

Truly a gift that will become more precious with each passing year.

One last send entries for this book.
You can be part of this book of memories.
(and thank you to those who have already sent memories - reflections and pictures)
Pictures - memories.
Family - friends - missionary companions - high school acquaintances - fellow workers - please send via email or snail mail.
Send them to me...

p.s. We all have precious memories to preserve.
Heritage Makers has many options available to do just that.
Thank - you Heritage Makers.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Will Sunday really come?

Arlene here:
Of course it will.
The Sunday of which I speak, is that Sunday of rest.

And I believe - we have those mini-Sunday's - every week, for a reason.
As a reminder of that glorious Sunday.
The Sunday of Sundays, if you will.

In fact, tomorrow is A Sunday.
Elder Joseph B Wirthlin spoke after his wife died.

At the beginning of the talk...
We hear of his heart wrenching grief.
Even mighty men of God
Experience grief.
Heart wrenching grief.
Did you know?

He shares this:
"When President Hinckley spoke at Sister Wirthlin’s funeral, he said that it is a devastating, consuming thing to lose someone you love. It gnaws at your soul."

Devastating - consuming - gnaws at your soul.
He knows, huh?
He really knows.
He, in fact, knows better than I know...but he knows what Shelley knows.

He continues:
"In the lonely hours I have spent a great deal of time thinking about eternal things.
I have contemplated the comforting doctrines of eternal life."

Contemplating, indeed.
Trying to wrestle meaning out of all of this.

Then his talk ends with this:
"But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—
Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow
Sunday will come.
No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.
That we may always know that no matter how dark our Friday,
Sunday will come
is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

So the begging question is -
What happened in the middle of his talk?
How did he get from gnawing grief to - no matter our desperation, no matter our grief
Sunday will come.

He describes what happened as he contemplated the comforting doctrine:

"Think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross.
On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark.
Frightful storms lashed at the earth. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were both overcome with grief and despair.....
On that Friday the Apostles were devastated.....

It was a Friday filled with devastating, consuming sorrow that gnawed at the souls of those who loved and honored the Son of God.

...The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind.

And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the firstfruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces.

We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again.

We will all have our Fridays.But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow -
Sunday will come."
(Talk in it's entirety here)

What are we to do?
Tomorrow when we go to our houses of worship.
We seek to find what Joseph B Wirthlin found.

We seek to be comforted by the comforting doctrine.
We have a Savior.
He will save us from our grief.
He will save Shelley.
He saves.
Will it happen in an instant, and just be all better?
Not likely.
But can we become closer to Him whose life - gives us life eternal?
I believe so.

Jordan knew.
Jordan loved to go to church.
Jordan loved Sunday.
Jordan loved the Savior.

We can have that same Savior - in our lives.
And feel it this Sunday.
I think Jordan would like that.
For us.
For his Shelley.
I think he trusts that he doesn't have to be Shelleys Savior.
As do we. A Sunday.


The Young Women and Young Men of their ward hosted a garage sale fund raiser for the Mingos today. It was well attended, and allowed people in the community a chance to show their love and support. Here is a picture of them presenting the proceeds to Shelley - $3,165!

People came ready and willing to donate. A plate of cookies and brownies were sold for $40. 25 cent items were bought for $10. So many people were wanting to help out.

Rod Works donated items.
Family donated items.
Friends donated items.

Everyone donated love.

A couple angels

I know who I am.
I know God's plan.
Follow Him

Thank you to those who spoke at the Memorial service

Matt Hodson wrote:
I was at the memorial service today and it was wonderful. The spirit was very strong there and I just wanted to convey my thanks to those that spoke as they did a wonderful job portraying the love that Jordan had for anyone he came across.

Arlene Here

There are many words coming via email.
We welcome any and all.
If you have asked me to post..I have, if not, I am editing and posting some words... but
never fear...those who have sent emails - they will be put into THE book we are making. for the family.

From Pam to Shelley

This was given to me after my husband died in a plane crash a year and a half ago. I love what it says. I hope you do too. I have it on pictures for our four kids.

"As you remember me know that I am not gone, for I am always a part of you. When you remember something that I had taught you, know that I am near. In your eyes, habits and manerisms I am there. For in you I have left me. When you are lonely and feeling down, say a little prayer for I will always hear it. And when you need a hug from me just look in the mirror and see that I am there."

Be strong. Trust God. Let your family help you. They need you to need them. You are in my prayers.

Sincerely, Pam