Sunday, March 15, 2015


Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Time - spent with Family.

2) Sunday mornings getting ready for church with the whole family. 

Goals for the Day:

1) Photos of Curtis.  One at the temple.  The other where ever he wants it taken for the plaque near the Bishop's office.

2) Take care of few things around the house.

3) Make sure Curtis makes it to all if his appointments on time today.

From the Camera:

I got my pictures!  YES!!!
These first two are my favorite.  Now to decide which one ends up on my wall.
 I think it's going to be this one in front of the temple. 
After several serious photos, Curtis couldn't take it anymore and he started being silly.  These next few shots are a few of him being just that.

This one is the goofiest!  Love it.  I cannot wait to share this with his future wife and children many years from now.  LOL!

This silly young man will be missed.  We love him and wish him the best.  

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....
No matter how old you are, where you live, or what you do, we all have the opportunity to make kindness a priority: to see the positive in a difficult situation, to encourage others, to listen to our friends and family, to treat others with respect and to volunteer our time, energy, and resources to help make this world a better place.
Kindness can truly be a way of living, it doesn't have to be a one-time act. You can be kind in everything you do. Make the choice to make kindness a priority in your life today!


Numerous scientific studies show that acts of kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental. Helping contributes to the maintenance of good health, and it can diminish the effect of diseases and disorders serious and minor, psychological and physical. There has also been studies that show stress-related health problems improve after performing kind acts. Helping reverses feelings of depression, supplies social contact, and decreases feelings of hostility and isolation that can cause stress, overeating, ulcers, etc. A drop in stress may, for some people, decrease the constriction within the lungs that leads to asthma attacks. These are just a couple of the benefits of living a life of kindness. You can find more in the Related Resources section below.

Step It Up:

Commit to living a life of kindness. Make kindness a priority not only in your life, but in the lives of your family members and friends. Encourage others to make kindness a priority as well. Lead by example!

Keep It Simple:

Start with one thing at a time. Make a decision each day to do one kind act: hold the door open for someone, give up your parking spot, leave an encouraging note for a friend to find, send a positive email. Try this for a week, and then another week. Slowly you will realize that more and more you are thinking about kind things you can do for people. You will start seeing more opportunities to do good, and you will enjoy it!

From the Kitchen:

Planning to host a party in the near future? Or simply having a group of friends over for an evening? One of the easiest and most popular things you can serve are dips! And guess what? Everyone loves them! No matter what you choose, it is sure to be a hit with your crowd. These 6 easy recipes will make your life a snap but your friends will think you were in the kitchen all day!


Hummus in 5 minutes? Yes, please! Perfect for surprise guests or an easy weekend meal.
hummus recipe
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
1 clove garlic
1⁄4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons
fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste; optional)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
In a food processor, puree the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (if using), cumin, and ¾ teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
Transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the paprika before serving.


This is a classic, warm dip that everyone loves! Serve with toasted pita chips, tortilla chips or veggie chips.
spinach dip recipe
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened (see Notes)
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 1-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, ground red pepper, and garlic powder; beat until well blended. Stir in artichokes and spoon into prepared casserole dish.
30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through and the edges are golden. Serve immediately.


Fruit is good but fruit with this dip is amazing!
fruit dip recipe
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
Makes about 2 cups.


This super easy and super yummy dip will be a hit with the over 21 crowd!
cheesy beer dip recipe
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa
1/4 cup beer of choice
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients; cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until smooth and the cheese is melted, stirring frequently. Serve immediately.


All the flavors of a reuben sandwich in a dip!
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (8-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained and chopped
1/2 pound deli sliced corned beef, finely chopped
1 cup (4-ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
In large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well, and spoon into casserole dish.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden. Serve warm.


The perfect dip for when the temperatures begin to rise.

crab dip recipe


8 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. sour cream
1/2 grated onion
Cayenne (red) pepper
1 can crab meat
Blend softened cream cheese with sour cream.
Add onion and seasoning. Blend. Then add crab meat.
Let stand at least 1/2 hour. Serve with crackers.

From the Spirit:

Anonymous Service

+ Doing
“Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” (Matthew 6:3.)
“Except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy father.” (Ether 12:34.)
In the Book of Mormon definition, “charity is the pure love of Christ.” (Moroni 7:47.) One way to interpret the word pure is as the purity of one’s nature. Too often, acts of service are performed with the thought of recognition from others or of the appreciation and gratitude that will come from the receiver. At other times we serve to strengthen our own self-image as a kind or generous person. It is only when none of these self-focused motivators are present that our motives are pure. We remove them when we serve anonymously.
There are three levels of anonymous service. One keeps the deed secret from all people except the person for whom the deed is done. The second level keeps the deed secret from the person for whom it is done but not necessarily from others. On the third level, no one knows who did the deed except God and the doer himself.

From the Schmidt's:

This has been an amazing day.  One full of laughter and tears.  Curtis spoke in church and had us all laughing at the beginning of his talk.  All week he was trying to come up with some kind of little joke to share and cut the tension he was feeling.  he decided to go with something that was perfect!  As many of you know his older brother served a mission in Washington DC and has been home for a while now.  So, Curtis decided to pull out the paper he wrote his talk on and act like he was reading from the very same talk his older brother gave when he spoke.  Curtis said something about being excited to serve the people of the Washington DC South Mission.  And then he said, Oh, I didn't mean to say that part.  I'm using my brother's talk from when he spoke right before his mission.  Everyone laughed.  It was awesome.  The one thing Curtis did not say was that he was kidding about using his brother's talk and that was obvious by the things that Curtis shared.  He spoke from his heart and I am very proud of him.  He didn't try to give this huge grand speech.  Instead he used his own words and his own experiences.  It wasn't a long talk, but it was perfect for him and for all who heard it, and that is all that matters.

It was an awesome day.  We not only got to hear Curtis speak, but we also got to hear from a return missionary that just got home last week.  She was a young lady from our ward and she has grown so much.  It was awesome to hear from her and see her growth.  Love that!  The part that took me for a loop was that she asked both the mother's to get up and share their testimony.  So, I found myself up at the pulpit.  The one place I was so very glad I didn't have to be today.  It was ok.  I, of course, cried through the whole thing.  Typical for me.   I just hope I didn't sound like a blubbering idiot.

We had a good turn out at the church.  Family.  Lot's of family.  Friends who we have loved for a very long time.  Curtis had friends from high school, and of course all of our local friends in our ward.  It wasn't a huge turn out, but it was a good one.  We are grateful to all who traveled long distances to be here with us today.  We are also grateful to all of those people who couldn't make it today for whatever reason.  They were all in our thoughts.  Just know you were missed and we love you.

Curtis has his final interview with our Stake President at 9 p.m. tonight at his home.  

Curtis didn't get to have his final interview with our Bishop today.  He has been having some health issues of his own.  He has been passing kidney stones since before his son got married last week.  Kevin knows what that feels like.  Not fun.  We hope things will get better for our Bishop soon.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our Bishop and his family.  I know it's hard to go through, and it certainly is difficult to watch someone in pain like that.  Believe me, I know what that is like.  I've seen it time and time again and I don't think it gets any easier watching your loved one suffer like that.

This week is going to be a busy one.  Tomorrow we will be busy around the house and going out to lunch with my mother-in-law.  She is taking us all out to Matta's.  One last visit to our favorite restaurant just before Curtis leaves on his mission.  I think Grandma does this will all of her missionary Grandsons.  

Then Tuesday we will have an Open House so family and friends can come and spend some time with Curtis just before he is set apart as a full time missionary.  He meets with the Stake President and we will have all of our family there to be a part of Curtis getting set apart.  I'm sure that will be another teary eyed evening.
But it's all good.

Then Wednesday Curtis flies out to the MTC in Salt Lake City Utah.  He will be at the MTC until March 31st.  Then he will be off to New York.  Curtis is getting a little nervous.  He has NEVER flown in a commercial airplane before.  EVER!  I know, how sad Mom and Dad.  What can I say?  If we travel it's usually in a car.  So, we had the talk today about what to expect at the airport.  These are the days I wish we could go to the gate with him.  Just to make sure he gets to where he needs to go.  I'm more nervous about all of those details than I am for the MTC or his mission.  So much has changed with flying over the years.  Not all of it is a good thing.  Family should be able to be there with children who have NEVER matter what their age.  I think, don't you?  I know, I am just a hovering mother.  I know that.  I own that label.  AND I am proud of it. ~smile~smile~smile~

Well, this has been a full day.  I can tell I am a little worn out simply because my right eye is really bothering me today.  I bothers me when I get like this.  The glasses are on all day today.  My fingers are all swollen too.  I can't get any of my rings off of my fingers.  Not good.  Hopefully the swelling will go down by tomorrow or I could end up having to cut my rings off of my fingers.  I really don't want to do that.  My wedding rings and my CTR ring.  The swelling will go down.  Eventually.  It just takes time.

Like I said, it's been a busy weekend for us.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Take care, and we will talk again soon.  

Quote of the Day:

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