Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stand Still...

Here are a few highlights from yesterday at the store (so in order to be brief... most of you innocent bystanders, that check in on my blog, may not understand some of the specific details here and their significance) In a movie depicting an event from the history of our church, some men were told to "stand still and see the hand of the Lord". Then they watched as a storm rolled across the prairie and saved them from their enemies. Yesterday was a "stand still and see the hand of the Lord day". For starters, yesterday was $2000 Tuesday. It's not unusual for the store to have a $2000-$3000 Saturday, but I don't think I've ever had that on a Tuesday. I had two separate customers that came from Canada looking for specific modest dresses. (not even wedding dresses just evening dresses for their daughters) I placed orders for 2 wedding dresses and sold another one. Here is the best part... my bridal appointment at 7:30 last night had heard of the store, but had to use google to come up with specific details (like location and store name) and the store came up second on the list. I've never spent any money to buy key words or made any other attempt to come up that high on the google list :) Here is the "bestest" part... I have been needing to find another lady that could work during the day time, on Thursdays. And occasionally fill in on Fridays and Saturdays. To make a long story short- a lady walked in yesterday that has a daughter in high school, a boy in Jr. high, and a boy in elementary school, and thinks she would love to work at the store. She is going to start tomorrow. Only Audrey, Mike, Ron, and Harold Jones will appreciate this next part- her main skills are in accounting :) (Yes, Heavenly Father has a good sense of humor) One more neat thing...Audrey, I have what I think is a great micro credit idea. We will have to talk more about that.

Here are a few pictures for Mom A-









































Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Email Space

A few months ago, amidst all of the political turmoil, Ron got himself signed up on several political and investment email lists. Now our in box is always full- sometimes 25-50 emails a day. Now that I am on Facebook, I can easily compete with him for email space. Only thing is now I have to actually look at the in box to hunt for my Facebook emails among the political ones. Life would be great, if some of my children would confirm me as their friend. :) Although don't expect me to commit much time to Facebook, my first love is the blogs...oh I mean, my first love is Ron and then the blogs :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Just Pictures

Here are a few pictures from last weekend.
No minute by minute details- just pictures :)




This is an "Audrey sandwich".




Wednesday, February 18, 2009

High on a Mountain Top...

This past weekend, when we were in St. George, Sam and Audrey had many appointments to make preparations for the wedding next month. They met with the caterer, the florist, the decorator, they went to pick out tuxedos, they went to the place where the reception will be held , etc. etc. They did every thing together except for the bridal portraits. Sam didn't go on that little excursion. So...

Sam here is a preview of what you missed...


(Yes, that is a purple, wing back chair, sitting on that rock :)



Monday, February 16, 2009

Birthdays

Happy Birthday "today" to Audrey...


and tomorrow to Ron.








We're Back

We had a great weekend in St. George, Utah. Give me a couple of days to get back into reality- then I'll post some more pics.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Garden Update




Off to St. George

We are flying to Las Vegas tonight, meeting Sam and Audrey there, then driving to St. George.
This is a little weekend trip to do some wedding preparations, go to a bridal shower, celebrate Valentines day, celebrate two birthdays, and meet Sam's family. Audrey is also going to have her bridal pictures taken- I'm showing up with the dress, shoes, and veil. (I am the personal seamstress that travels to where ever she is needed :) Alison, Micah, Ashley, Daniel, and Jaden are coming there tomorrow. (Alison is the personal hairdresser, that travels to where ever she is needed :) Hopefully we'll come home with some good pictures.
Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cherry Pie


Ron is not much of a dessert person, but he does have a soft spot in his heart for sour cherry pie. I have been working on a 'perfect' version of that for some time now. I came up with a perfect filling but I was still working on the crust and the topping. Basically on the topping I had to give in and use real butter and sugar in that- no subs. I finally got the perfect crust yesterday! My only problem is that I just pulled a pie crust out of the freezer that was only wrapped in foil with out the original label- so I don't know which brand really is the perfect crust :) I guess I'll still have to make some more pies until I figure this out. I'm sure Ron won't mind.

I figure this blogging thing has gotten out of control- now I'm taking pictures of pies and Listerine bottles :) And Annie thought it was difficult to be creative. hehe

Question ?


On the Listerine bottle it says, "Kills germs by millions on contact". Does that mean that two people can drink (actually you don't swallow this stuff!) out of the same bottle with out contaminating it? Or do I need a "his" and "hers" ? :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I Can't Do That

Four years ago when an idea I had for a store, actually started becoming reality, I had to take on the title of "owner". It seemed rather strange when I was filling out various forms or signing various documents to claim the title of "owner". Little did I know that my job description would soon also include such things as- buyer, store manager, seamstress, sales clerk, custodian, exterminator, accountant, payroll manager, software expert, hardware expert, PR specialist, advertising manager, daytime help, nighttime help, weekend help, fashion designer, fashion coordinator, website designer, receiving clerk, shipping clerk, steaming and pressing clerk, interior designer...the list goes on and on. Some of these tasks I mastered relatively quickly, others I'm still working on, and others are still a hopeless challenge. Looking back, if some one had told me that all of these duties would be on my job description today, I would have said,
"I can't do that".
Some times I used to complain about not knowing what lies ahead on the "road of life". A wise, and very dear friend (from Bartlesville) used to tell me, "It's better that we don't know what might lie ahead". Even though I thought I understood that concept at the time- I now have a greater understanding. Sometimes if we were to know exactly what lies ahead we might not have the courage to face those challenges. Instead Heavenly Father expects us to step out in faith, knowing that we will have assistance along the way when we need it. Because of my religious faith, I believe that we lived in a spirit world before we came to this life. Even then if we had been shown all that was in store for us ahead, we might have said, "I can't do that." Instead we stepped out in faith, believing that Heavenly Father would help us through what ever trials might come. Knowing that through those challenges and trials would come a learning process that would make us better. A learning process that would be a necessity to our progression. Next time we are tempted to say, "I can't do that"- we might be surprised at what is possible with faith and the Lord's help. As a famous quote says, "it won't be easy, but it will be worth it."