“October 15, 2007 Monday
We started school today, It was really fun! We start at 9:00, have morning class until 9:30 the we do English and Handwriting, then we have a 15 minute break from 10:30-10:45 then we do math then lunch break from 11:30-1:00 then we do book of mormon. ABC’s and reading then a 15 minute break the we end with Science and Art. It was great fun! I think I am going to enjoy teaching school.”
We were able to do school from a curriculum censored and developed by FLDS leaders. I think my parents did have to pay for it. Other than the creepy brainwashing material, it was actually convenient to just go and print out the days work. It only went up to 9th grade so I never benefited from a highschool education. I have recently discovered a website called “Khan Academy” That gives me free highschool level classes. I dedicate a couple hours a day to it so I can prepare for college.
“October 17, 2007 Wednesday
Today is Margs 32nd Birthday. I wish I could do something for her but we’re broke this month, cause Father gave $3500 out of $5000 to Uncle Warren. But anyway, Happy Birthday Marg!!
Marg called Mother and told her that she was expecting! What a wonderful Birthday present!
November 21, 2007
Oh. I am so lousy at writing in here! If I would only take 5 minutes a day I would never have to play catch-up. Gah. Why did I choose these months to be lazy? They are so filled with events and happenings! Well, I have to start somewhere. About a week after her birthday Marg had a miscarriage. It was so sad. I went to Uncle Randalls house on October 29th so I could go with Tillie to Phoenix for a neurologist appointment. We left on Tuesday night at 3am. The ride took 6 hours. We stopped only once. It was a VERY scenic drive. We got to Pheonix and went pawn shopping until 1pm then we went to Tillie’s appointment. All I can say about the Doctor is that he was a butt-head! He told us exactly what we already know. She has Lymphedema caused by RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) and she needed to find a Lymphedema Specialist and do physical therapy to bring the swelling down, and because we took so long to get it treated it might be a permanent condition. 😦 In the morning we went home. We stopped at Lees Ferry. It was amazing to see Uncle Roys growing up place! The night I left for Uncle Randalls Mother Jenny and William went to Brawley. I was sad that I was going to miss the peace, but when I got home on November 6th they were still gone and they are coming home today (November 21st) So I had time to enjoy it! On November 18th Libby grew 2 little teeth in the front she is the most precious thing on earth! I love her to death! We didn’t even know she was teething, she never cried unless she is hungry. She is my total joy. I got my eyes examined on November 15th, my old glassed had been broke for almost a year, I had to solder them back together every 2 days. My eyesight is way worse than it was. Now comes the sad news. Uncle Warren got sentenced on November 20, 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years and that is just in Utah, now he has to go to Arizona and face more charges there. It is hard to believe but I know he is in Heavenly Fathers hands. On November 10, 2007 Parleys sister dies from a long cancer battle. She had her leg amputated but it still spread and she died. She was just 13 years old. Father and MJ were still in California but we went up to town to see Madie, Parley, Oakley and Kacie and to attend the funeral. I ended up staying at Margs house to tend all the children but I still got to see Madie and it was so good to see her! Kacie and Oakley are adorable! I saw my old friends Mary and Priscilla Steed. I met them when we lived at Jethro’s house. They lived right down the road. It was like a loop with 3 houses and we had friends from each one. I also had “boyfriends” from every house. When I was 13 I was skinny and super cute. At the steeds house there was Gerald, Newel, and David. Gerald and Newel were 14 and David was 13. At Uncle Drew’s house there was Cory (14) then at Uncle Deans house there was Orrin (14) Me, Missy, Sharon and Newel and David would go play on the mountain behind our house. We would play battlefield (a game I invented) for hours, and sometimes cowboys and indians. We built huts all over the mountain made from trees, we named rocks and caves and trails. David was Sharons, Newel was Missy’s, and Gerald was mine. I secretly liked Newel but I didn’t want to make Missy mad so I never said anything. One time me and Missy carved our initials on the secret rock and a couple days later we went back and each one said “I love” over the top. So it was like “I Love JR and I love MR” We did carvings all the time and there were little “love” notes all over the mountain. We were pretty naughty. I was worse than my little sisters though. Orrin took me on fourwheeler rides and I would go out all night with him and Gerald. Never together though, they always argued about who I liked better. I liked Orrin the best out of all of them. I still have a little piece of wood he made me that he burnt “I ❤ you” onto it. Cory stole things for me (How romantic…) I still have one thing he stole from yellowstone. Its a wooden key chain thats carved into my name. Orrin once gave me a watch. Gerald gave me music, tapes, watches, rings, bracelets and love notes. Orrin is a really good young man and he is still here, I still like him a lot because I know he truly liked me as a friend and didn’t want to use me. Well sorry to go off subject….
Here is a Video I took of the family sitting down for evening class in November 2007, looks like my Dad and Mother jenny were still in California. Click here to watch.
I sound like such a brat.
When Father was gone, we took turns reading at class. My little sister Missy is the one reading, she is reading from one of the many volumes of teachings by the FLDS prophets.
December 23, 2007 Sunday
Hi Everyone! Today is my 16th birthday! Yours truly is 16 years old. Its hard to believe! Father took me and missy. First, he wanted to go on a rollercoaster or something like that but when he asked me what I wanted, I told him that Mother had been wanting a certain bedspread for a long time and I wanted to get it for her. So we went and got it! Then he made me pick something out for Mother Jenny so she didn’t feel bad 😦 Then he bought me a really nice body pillow and a down blanket and 2 down pillows! He is so awesome!”
I had my down blanket until a couple months ago, it ripped and all the feathers flew out (that was fun to clean up) But It was my most loved possession for 8 years. Thanks Pops.
December 31, 2007 Monday
Today is the last day of 2007! It has been a very eventful year. I can’t say that I’ve improved much. I have gained 34 pounds. I sit on the computer all day, I’m a grumpy bitch, I procrastinate more than ever, and I’m lazy. I am determined to make 2008 end very nice. 140 pounds, happy, useful, busy, loving and kind! Wish me luck! (oh yeah, and get over my shyness)