Friday, April 20, 2018

Grandma Phillips 1918 ~ 2018

A week ago today, my Grandma Phillips left this world at 100 yrs-old.  
She was blessed enough to go peacefully in her sleep.  

She was a very caring person right to the end, being concerned for the welfare of her boys.  Me and couple of my kids were able to attend her funeral and hear all the wonderful stories of how her house was always full of family in need of a place to stay.  Once she and Grandpa even gave their room to someone and slept in a single bed in the dining room.  They would have to wake each other if they wanted to roll over.  She and Grandpa owned a hotel in Green River and would never turn away a traveler or the homeless in need of a meal.  She once accepted a salesman's 
set of pots and pans in payment for a room.

Although we are all sad that we won't be able to just drop by and see her anymore, we are all happy that she is out of pain and back to Grandpa's side and with her sister too.
It's comforting to know that a loving Father in Heaven has made it possible 
for us to be together again as a family.  
We may miss her for a short time now, but will be reunited again.
We've been blessed with a great example from a great woman.  
Until we meet again!!

Jay (Dad), Sharon (Mom), three daughters (Colleen, Julie, Noelle), our kids and our kids kids (most of them)
Although she wouldn't have liked all the fuss made about her, she would have
been really pleased to see all of us together.  She loved her family!

Lenore Phillips Obituary
1918 ~ 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah-Lenore Neeley Phillips passed away at the age of 100 at her home surrounded by her family in Midvale, Utah, on Friday, April, 13 2018. Lenore was born January 22, 1918, at her family's home in Felt, Idaho, the youngest of 6 children, to Enos A. Neeley and Eva Ann Ricks Neeley. Lenore graduated from a one-room schoolhouse, high school and attended Ricks College. Lenore married Vail Jensen Phillips in 1939 in Victor, Idaho. The family grew to have three sons, V.Jay Phillips (b. 1940), Douglas H. Phillips (b. 1952), and Don A. Phillips (b. 1953). In 1942, the family moved to Utah. Lenore held several jobs of prestige throughout her life, including executive secretary for GE's district sales mgr. for 23 years. In addition, Lenore and Vail part-owned and managed the Book Cliff Motor Inn in Green River, Utah. Lenore also managed the St. Marks Hospital gift shop and volunteered at various hospitals.
Lenore was preceded in death by her husband, her sisters, Vida, Reva, Norma, Alice and brother Austin. She is survived by her sons, Jay (Sharon), Doug, and Don; her grandchildren Colleen Roundy (Wade), Julie Winterton (Brad), Noelle Whitaker (Joseph), Nathan Phillips, and Amy Nisar (Saifar); and her brother-in-law Boyd E. Phillips (Donna); as well as 19 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, and many close nieces and nephews. Thanks to Angels of Hospice.
A viewing will be held Thursday April 19, 2018 from 1-1:45 PM at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary 3401 S. Highland Dr. Salt Lake City, Utah. Graveside service to follow at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter's Happy Colors

Easter is a sweet season with the promise of new life.  It's such a happy holiday that I've tried to reflect that in my decorating.  I love the bright green of new leaves, soft pink of the flowering trees, robin's egg blue and sunshine yellow.  Of course I have to use those beautiful happy colors in the house to celebrate along with all the little creatures of the season.  
 It makes me smile!

 Bunnies are cute but I've started looking more for lambs, because to me, they have more of a direct connection to the true meaning of Easter.  The bunnies have them outnumbered which makes this little guy a happy find.

Yellow curtains add a great punch of color (really, pretend the light isn't washing them out).

I don't like my honey colored cabinets so I don't usually show this side of the room but I usually add a few touches to either side of the island counter.

Front entry table

The living room has more soothing pastels.

Although making a beautiful room for my family brings me joy, a deeper joy comes from the meaning behind the decorating.  The motivation and inspiration for everything good that I do can be traced back to a Savior who was first good to me.
He was born, lived, died and was resurrected for me so I can have eternal life.
AND He lives still...for me...and for you!!

I hope you feel the joy of the season!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

I'm a grandma!!

4 weeks ago today, I became a grandma!!
Andrew Joseph, A.J., came into the world perfect and mellow.  I was fortunate enough to stay in Idaho for two weeks to help everyone get acclimated, including myself.  The last time I held a baby that I was related to was my own baby.  And since he looks like my babies, I actually found myself saying, "Momma's got....uh...Grandma's got you."  Oops! 

I thoroughly loved watching my wonderful daughter become a wonderful mother.  She's a total natural!  And to see her work together, along with Andrew, for the benefit of little AJ, was a real treat.  
A.J.'s sweetness of course made it easy for all of us.

Love this little man!!

Joseph, Matthew & Bekah were the first Whitaker uncles and aunt to hold him.
Rachel's in-law's also became grandparents for the first time too.  They were so sweet to let me stay at their house while I was there.  We hit the jackpot with them!!

A rare outburst

Grandpa Joseph got soak it in for the first few days.

It's tiring starting a new family.

Welcome to the world A.J.!!