Happy Birthday Griffin

Grandma Baadsgaard
Happy Birthday! I love you mighty Griffin

Griffin is a dragon with an awful great big roar
Whenever he sees Alice he fires her and more
He swings his mighty tail around and makes a horrid sound
Then Alice trembles with alarm and falls right to ground

Griffin has two mighty wings he spreads out far and wide
His heaving chest can wield a sword right next to his side.
He fights his nemesis Rylan with courage and with flair
For angry brothers cannot catch him so high up in the air.

Griffin spews out fire like a great big giant torch
And everything it touches suddenly is scorched
He shakes his head and peers around for anybody left
And finds his dear old mother bewildered and bereft

Then he looks for others he can frighten and confuse
And finds his dear old father who is definitely not amused
He growls and roars and makes loud obnoxious demands
But Dad just stands there smiling, his line drawn in the sand.

“Even dragons must go to bed,” his father says with glee
No matter how you struggle, dragons must mind me
For even bad guys have to sleep for a few hours each night
But don’t worry; when you wake you’re still a terrifying sight

So Griffin is swooped up in his father’s arms
And even if he wants to, there is no great alarm
For his eyes are drooping and big mouth yawns with sleep
And soon the mighty dragon is not making one small peep.


Happy 8th Birthday and baptism day Rylan

October 2018

Dear Rylan,
I’m so excited that you are turning eight years old because that means that you are old enough to choose to be baptized. I’m so happy you have made that choice.
I remember when I was baptized. I was baptized on my eight-year-old birthday on a Saturday night in a little white church across the street from my house in Union, Utah. My congregation had all the children being baptized sit on small wooden chairs and talked to us for a while. I don’t remember what they said, but I do remember what I felt.
I felt excited and a little scared before I was baptized. When I was baptized, the water was warm and I felt clean. After I was baptized and put my dry clothes back on, I walked out of the church into the cold January winter air. I remember looking up and seeing lacy white flakes of snow falling all around me.
Even though it was cold outside, I felt warm inside. I knew God loved me and was pleased I wanted to come home to heaven someday. I also knew that Jesus was my best friend and that if I tried to live like Him that I would be happy.
When I was your age, they waited until Sunday to confirm me at church and give me the gift of the Holy Ghost. I felt protected when the men with the priesthood made a circle around me and put their hands on my head as my father confirmed me.
What I didn't know was that the man I was going to marry someday was being baptized on the very same day, January 6th (my birthday) in a little town called Spanish Fork, Utah. He was a little scared and excited too. Because we both wanted to be like Jesus, we found each other many years later. We recognized that we had the same dreams and plans for life.
           When he returned from his mission to Samoa, we were married in the SLC temple. We made special promises to God. We were sealed for eternity. Pretty soon your mother was born. Then she grew up and married your daddy in the temple and then pretty soon, you were born.
Being baptized was the beginning of everything wonderful in my life. Being baptized is such a tender and beautiful time because we are able to participate in our first saving ordinance and make our Heavenly Father our first official promise. You are a son of God, Rylan, and your Heavenly parents love you very much. They want you to be happy so they have made a plan of happiness for you to follow so you can return to them someday. 
Up until now, you have been a child who is learning, growing and maturing. You have made some mistakes; everybody makes mistakes. That is how we learn and grow. Now that you are eight, God thinks you are wise enough to know the difference between right and wrong choices. Heavenly Father knows that some of the choices we make will not be wise. Because He loves us, He wants us to know how to change so we will not be trapped by our mistakes and bad choices. So He invites us to make a promise to Him and then He makes a promise right back to us. When we make a special promise to God and He makes one right back to us, it is called a covenant. Heavenly Father never breaks a promise.
The promise you make to God is that you will remember Jesus, follow Him and keep His commandments. Heavenly Father promises you that He will forgive you if you make a mistake or do something that you know is wrong if you feel sorry and repent. He also promises you eternal life. He also gives you the gift of the Holy Ghost to help, guide, protect, warn and comfort you.

When you choose to be baptized you tell Heavenly Father that:
*You want to be a follower of Jesus Christ
*You will serve your fellowmen
*You will stand as a witness of God all the time
*You will obey the commandments of God

 God promises you that:
*You are accepted as a member of Christ’s church
*You can be forgiven of your sin if you repent
*You can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
*You can live in the kingdom of God

          Everybody makes mistakes after they are baptized so Heavenly Father gave us the sacrament every week on Sunday. That is when we remember the covenant we made when we were baptized. We think about our week, repent of our mistakes and decide how to be better during the coming week. We think about our Savior Jesus Christ and how He atoned for all our sins, pains, disappointment and grief. We also think about Christ’s resurrection and that we can be resurrected too someday.
I hope you will write about how you feel in your journal after you are baptized. Never forget that you are a child of God and that you can inherit the eternal life God has planned for you. And never forget that your grandma loves you with all her heart.

Grandma Baadsgaard.   


Happy Birthday Christian!

By Grandma Baadsgaard
Happy 2nd birthday!
I love you with all my heart.

When you’re two
There’s so much work to do
Fly through the air
Doing all that you dare
Climb up the trees
To find what’s to see

Throw tons the rocks
Lose all of your socks
So much food to smear
With absolutely no fear
Jelly down your chin
Makes a sticky grin

Tight hugs around the neck
Brother says, “What the heck?”
“Don’t chuck that toy at me
Or flattened I will be.”
Mom says, “Oh my!”
Dad breathes a sigh

But when it’s time for bed
And all the prayers are said
There is an angel sleeping there
For all the day’s cares
Float into the air
You are our angel fair

Christian is our treasure
Who we love without measure
He is our pride and joy
Such a remarkable little boy
Our greatest gift we say
Forever and a day


After the Fires In Loafer Canyon

This is Loafer Canyon after the devastating fire.
When the fires of life are all around you - have faith and courage and you will see miracles.
Thank you fire fighters.
This is Loafer Canyon after the devastating fire. It is a miracle that our cabin is still there.