Tuesday, October 18, 2011


When life gives you LEMONS What do you do?!

Make Lemon Meringue Pie...Why? Cause it is way more involved than Lemon-Aid...and Cause my Grandma Clara was the best Lemon Meringue pie maker. EVER.

So here is the real deal.

I am determined to practice what I preach! We drove out to Utah on a borrowed dime. I had the faith that I would learn new skills and meet new people that could direct me in my long term goals.


I have learned from the MASTERS. I have been energized and Invigorated. I feel like my zeal for life has grown Immensely!

ENTER Opposition!

We arrived and had pay-day. We survived the Month and Wes returned to Alaska for his work.
I attended a birth, and got busy learning and exploring many venues and skills I had never before attempted.

I made appointments and met in person with many whom consider to be Masters of their art.

We all packed and prepped for 2 days to go camping. My Wesley changed the alternator in the Bus, and we all merrily went along our path....we made it a whopping 45 miles...then

The Transmission Seized up in the bus!

HA !

Hilarious I KNOW!

And so we sat in the Harmon's Parking lot...and made phone calls, and checked out prices. We GULP have to come up with $1450 to have the Tranny Rebuilt.

It is about $450 more than is in any account. (secret is out)

So what do we do?

My Wesley offers to sell his Guns, Bows, and Canoe. (NOT AN OPTION)

And so we were able (with prayer and patience) to coax the bus back up the Provo Canyon, and in to Heber. When we arrived at our destination, the bus was SMOKING up a storm and the Transmission gave up the ghost.


Because we were headed out for a 2000 mile journey
we COULD have been 600 Miles from ANYTHING.
We COULD have just spent our last dollar on fuel.
We COULD have Been stranded for days waiting for family to drive to pick us up....

We are so Blessed. We have a WONDERFUL Grandma who makes us feel welcome and creates a space for all of us to sleep comfortably.

We are so BLESSED we have items in our ownership that we can sell off to pay for the expensive Transmission.

We are BLESSED we have plenty of food to eat, clothes to wear and a warm, fluffy down comforter to sleep with.

We have a BURNED Transmission, and an empty bank account, but we are BLESSED!

LEAD ON.....

Becoming a great leader.
What are the qualities of a great leader?

Leaders look to others first, they know that while they are capable of doing many things, they are also able to allow someone with a skill greater than their own to perform and excel.

Leaders Love their job.
Leaders Love their team.
They wake up with passion.
Work with all your heart.
They write down goals.
They serve.
They lift.
They do what needs to be done, regardless of the task.
They don't mind getting dirty.
They are humble.
They are approachable.
They discuss with their team to help everyone grow together.
They know what motivates them.

Who is a great leader? Gordon Morton Sr. said, “Watch what the masses do. And DON'T do it!”

Leaders can separate themselves, we can all strive to become better, and : “be willing to work like no one else will, so that one day we can Live like no one else can.”

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Harold R. McAlindon

Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.
Lao Tzu