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Sunday, March 16, 2008

52 Weeks of Blessings -- week 11-- Relief Society

This week's blessing is the Relief Society! We had the RS birthday party yesterday. All the women, girls and teens were invited. We honored the women of the past by making butter. I did this as a kid a few times. We used a mason jar. A lady in the ward has a jar churn, so the butter was made both ways. We had a little challenge the girls against the "old ladies". The girls did the shaking of mason jars and the "oldies" used the churn.... the girls were first to hit butter stage!
They next celebrated the future of RS, by teaching the girls to plan for the future by making temple recomend holders. Lunch of soup and breads was served while a couple a ladies shared experiences of the present day Relief Society in action. {I missed this part as I had to go rescue the guys!}
Cody likes to call this part of the story : "The LDS Rescue Service".... So, here's what happened. The guys, namely: Troy, David, Cody and Scott, went to another town about an hour away to purchase a couple of 4-wheelers. David drove and hauled along his trailer. They arrived at the shop no troubles. Troy signed the deal on our 4-wheeler. Then took it out and loaded it in the trailer, while David was signing on his. Well, the trailer was not quite big enough for 2, so they formulated a plan.... take ours back home and turn around to get David's. It was a good plan, cept about half way home the Suburban started to not sound or act right. They pulled over and called for a rescue. Problem was I'd left the church and forgotten the cell phone at home! I had gone to run an errand and pick up some forgotten items from home. Since the guys were having trouble reaching me, they called a few others in order to locate me. I arrived home grabbed the phone, checked the messages and called back. By the time I return to the church, I think half the ward knew they were broke down on the side of the freeway and volunteering to come to the rescue! Before I arrived, the guys were sure there would be a separate car for each person plus the tow truck! In my haste to rescue, I failed to grab the camera. Although the guys were thankful I could not document the adventure, I was upset with myself! We did finally arrive home, but it was too late to head back for David's 4-wheeler. We went out to David's parent's farm for a little stress relief! Took a few spins on the 4-wheeler and went target practicing! Once again I thank Andrea for all the elements and backgrounds of my pages.


Brooke said...

What a fun...and adventurous...day! So is that how they make buttermilk, too? The stuff you pour off the butter? Just wondering. My kids love buttermilk! I remember making butter like that as a kid but I don't ever remember actually getting to eat it. Was it pretty tasty?

andrea j said...

I was thinking about this great blessing this week too. Must be because of the R.S. Birthday celebrations. We had Bonnie D. Parkin speak to the sisters in our stake on Saturday. R.S. is a great blessing! So great to know we have sisters to care for and learn from.

I love your layouts too!! So cute :)

carrie & troy keiser said...

Brooke- yeah that's how you make buttermilk. If you do an internet search, you can find several different instructions on making butter. We didn't sour the milk first and it tasted just like butter!
Andrea J-Sounds like you had a great RS b-day! How cool is that?! The layouts are from Andrea Dickinson, {I need to link to her} but I tweak them and borrow for several of hers.

pam said...

RS is a great blessing. I'm so glad that I can enjoy the other ladies in my ward!!

KATE said...

Wow, nothing like a broken down car to make for an adventure!

How fun to make butter with the girls! Past, present & future that is a VERY cute idea for the RS Birthday Dinner. I have been on the Enrichment Committee & the Enrichment Leader once & I'm always looking for new ideas!! Thanks!!

angie said...

I've enjoyed all of your 52 weeks of blessing posts!

Cindy said...

I love Relief Society too!!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Great blessing! We did the butter thing in little baby food jars for the 24th of July celb... The kids LOVED it. I was amazed at how quickly it turned to butter!

I hope that your suburban is OKAY! It stinks have a vehicle break down! Some good things about living in a small town. Everyone knows where to find you! :)

Cecily R said...

It's been so long since I've been able to go to RS that I almost forgot about it!! Our party isn't until next week but yours sounds like it was fabulous!!

Your scrapbook layouts are adorable!

Cecily R said...

By the way, I don't go to RS because of Primary. If you count scouts for 6 months, I've been in primary for 7 years straight!!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Thanks for your comments! I know I say that all the time, but I really DO appreciate them all!
The broke Sub is David's Ours was the rescue Sub.
Cec- that is a LONG time to be in primary!

Emy5 said...

That is such a educational and fun activity for Relief Society! I love RS too. We are so blessed to have this organization.

Sorry about the breakdown :-(

Shellie said...

What an adventure! I love the pages and your backgrounds on the blog.