Thursday, July 11, 2013

Colorado Firefighters Status....

Politicians and administrators can take pay, benefits and pensions but we own our pride, purpose and the public's trust.

The tide of political disrespect, blame and distrust of public servants only seems to ebb when flags are lowered, badges draped and processions pass through their towns.

The supreme sacrifices we sometimes make leave our children, our spouses and our homes empty so that you ...may continue to place the faith in your fire department that your children, your spouses and your homes will be protected.

We do this not for glory, for compensation, or even acknowledgement. Few of us are even comfortable being compared to those who protect us overseas because we believe that they are our protectors.

We do this because it is what we love, our calling and because the level of commitment and focus we put forth is what we would want for our children, our spouses and our homes.

When the summer fire season is behind us, the memorials of West and Houston Texas or Prescott Arizona are programs on your shelf or long lost posts on your newsfeed. When you stand in the voting booth this November I hope a whisper of one of our fallen brothers, the face of one of their children, the thought of their spouses or the empty seat at their Thanksgiving table may make you rethink the true value of a tax increase to support more staffing, equipment or training for your fire department.

We are your firefighters, we don't ask you for much, but we do ask that you never forget that we leave our families and homes to go on shift as a career firefighter or answer the pager as a volunteer to respond to yours knowing that the decision to do so is to provide you all a chance at a future with yours above guaranteeing a future with ours.

John 5:13 - "No one has greater love than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends."

You are our friends now knowing that 19 firefighters were laid to rest in Arizona this week leaving behind 11 children, 10 widows, 3 fianc├ęs and 3 unborn. Will you be our friends in town councils, ballot booths and rallies this fall when our fate may also be determined?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

American and Latter Day Saint

                                                 "And I'm proud to be an American,
                                                  where at least I know I'm free.
                                                  And I won't forget the men who died,
                                                 who gave that right to me."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Under the Stars

Do you know what I haven't done in probably fifteen years.....sleeping out under the stars.  So that is what the kids and I did the other night.  We slept out under the stars.  It was amazing, beautiful and touching.  It is a moment I will forever remember in my mind.  During the night when the kids were asleep a lightning storm came through with no rain and it was beautiful to watch...If you haven't in a while....take some time and sleep out under the stars. 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Families Are Forever

I had the honor and privilege of attending the Denver Temple today and watching this beautiful family be sealed together forever.  What a beautiful moment in my own life to witness this and to feel the Spirit so strong. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Until we meet again has been a reoccurring theme I have felt this week in my heart.  On Tuesday a dear friend of mine was laid to rest.  Then just yesterday a man whom I had many Stake Temple interviews with passed away.  Death is a sad thing, but I am truly grateful for the plan of salvation that gives me the comfort to know that their is life after death and I will see all who hold a special place in my heart again someday. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

I can't believe how fast time goes.  Parker and Madison graduated from Kindergarten.  It seems like yesterday that I was dropping them off for their first day with tears in my eyes.  Now they can read, they can count to a 100, and they can count by tens.  Thanks to Mrs. Wetherbie and Mrs. Ruygrok who have been such an influence on Parker and Madison this school year.  They wouldn't be where they are without two incredible teachers.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day 2012

Christmas  2012 at the Hill Home.  a joyous day.  Big winners:  Two Amazon Kindles Fires, A Ice fish fish finder, two leap pads and a big knife.......

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve in the Hill home has some great traditions that we always do.  We spend the day getting the dinner ready for the next day.  We all take baths or showers and then we get new pajamas.  We then make hot chocolate and go get in a warm car and drive around and look at lights together drinking our hot chocolate.  We come home and make sugar cookies.  Then we read the Christmas Story from Luke 2.  We then watch Mr. Kruegers Christmas and The Nativity video by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We each give our verbal gift to Jesus for the year and then we lay our stockings out and go to bed.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

School Supplies bought and packaged to go..

Final Summer Vacation

We went to Boise, Idaho to celebrate Grandpa and Grandma Hill's 40th Wedding Anniversary.  We visited our Great Grandma Scheloske, we went to the Boise Girl Scout Shop, we swam and swam our brains out in the pool. 

T-Ball Season 2

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dowdy Lake Camping

We went up to our favorite camp spot with the Keelers from Mona, Utah and we camped five nights, four days.  Longest camp trip yet and it was a blast.

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