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A Special Tribute

Heaven received an incredibly special angel this week. Kristi’s mom Dixie Richardson left us on Tuesday morning to begin her next chapter with her loving and eternal companion Mel Richardson. I want to tell you about a few ways this amazing woman impacted my life.

I met Dixie and Mel in late 2013 when I started dating Kristi. I must admit I was a little star struck when I found out they were her parents. Mel and Dixie Richardson are pretty much political royalty in the state of Idaho. I would say they were Idaho’s version of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Both of them were well educated, strong and committed to helping their constituents. They were great examples of doing what’s right for the people, not for the political party and they were well loved and respected.

Christmas was always a special time for Dixie. Kristi has told me how her mom, dad, and the family would go around each year and take presents to families in need. Dixie’s compassion and generosity was unparalleled. She loved buying and wrapping presents for her entire family. Her big-heartedness reached out to anyone she felt needed help. It was truly inspirational to me. But the part of Christmas Dixie loved and honored the most was the true meaning of the season. I was blessed to be able to sit with her family in the living room and hear her talk about different events and times in her life that reinforced her testimony of our Heavenly Father and his plan of Salvation. She would tell us about different places she and Mel traveled together that filled them with abounding love and faith of Heavenly father and our Savior.

Another great quality I admire of Dixie Richardson was her strength. For the last few years of her life, Dixie suffered from terrible neck and back pain. But it didn’t matter if she was having a bad day with her health. If someone needed help, Dixie would always put their needs above hers. Dixie was so strong she could ignore her pain so she could help others. That was just a small example of the strength I am grateful to have witnessed from her. I remember Kristi telling me her Mom said she can’t leave yet because there are family members here that still need her. Even if it meant she could be rid of the physical pain she was in, she used her strength to help anyone in her family that needed it.

But to me one of her most inspiring attributes is her love of family. From the first time I met her, I could feel the love and kindness she has for all her children and their families. I have been blessed to observe so many acts of love and kindness Dixie has presented to them and they have returned to her. It is definitely encouraging to watch. This has been truly motivating to me.

All of Dixie’s amazing qualities and traits have been passed along to everyone in her family and it was truly evident at her funeral. The kind and compassionate words that were spoken were heartfelt and comforting. The tears of sorrow I witnessed from all the grandchildren and their families were warm and sincere. There is no doubt Dixie and Mel were watching through tear filled eyes and I am positive they were tears of joy and pride in their wonderful family. Dixie, I want to thank you for all the kindness and respect you gave me. I am blessed I was able to watch and learn from your wonderful examples of strength, love, and faith. We will all miss you! Thanks for reading.

A Special Tribute

Posted by on May 23, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

A Special Tribute Heaven received an incredibly special angel this week. Kristi’s mom Dixie Richardson left us on Tuesday morning to begin her next chapter with her loving and eternal companion Mel Richardson. I want to tell you about a few ways this amazing woman impacted my life. I met Dixie and Mel in late 2013 when I started dating Kristi. I must admit I was a little star struck when I found out they were her parents. Mel and Dixie Richardson are pretty much political royalty in the state of Idaho. I would say they were Idaho’s version of...

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General Updates

Posted by on May 16, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

General Updates This week’s story is about some general observations I have made over the last few weeks. They are not in any particular order and a good example of how things play out in my head. Now, I know that sounds a little frightening, but it will be a good exercise in following the musing and rants that attack all men the older they get. I am simply preparing you for future stories, so the proper response from you at this time should be “Thank You.” “You’re Welcome!” The fatalities of common sense continue to grow in the face of the...

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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Posted by on May 9, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Mother’s Day 2020 The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis died. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than...

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Toastmasters

Posted by on May 2, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Toastmasters About a month ago, I was talking with my friend Jeff Irwin from North Dakota. Jeff and I have been talking about different ideas for training, and he has been extremely helpful. I was telling Jeff about a new program I am working on that focuses on recruiting new employees. I explained how it would allow me to talk to High School students and I was excited because my goal is to be a motivational speaker. “Have you heard of Toastmaster’s?” Jeff asked. “I have heard of it, but not very familiar with what it is about,” I replied....

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Happy Birthday 2020

Posted by on April 25, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Birthday 2020 Well, as of Thursday I am officially one year older. I would also like to think wiser but there are days when the jury is still out on that one. This year was a little different and that is what this week’s story is about. I have been missing playing basketball, so last Saturday morning I decided to go for a short run. I was on my way back when I felt something pop in my right knee. I hobbled the rest of the way back to the house, hoping I just twisted it and didn’t do anything that is going to require surgery. So all this...

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Posted by on April 19, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Mr. & Mrs. Carter Riggins Kristi’s youngest son Carter got married yesterday to his eternal companion Robin Bartlett. They had originally planned the ceremony to be at the temple in May, but the Covid-19 situation forced them to change their plans. This week’s story is about the wedding shower last Saturday and the ceremony yesterday. Normally a wedding shower is for a large group of people, but social distancing made that impossible. But Kristi wanted to make sure Robin had a wedding shower no matter what. So she organized a “Coronavirus...

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Happy Easter 2020

Posted by on April 11, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy Easter 2020 Before I begin this weeks’ story about Easter, let me give you another example of the fatality of common sense in the Covid-19 situation. Sam’s Club has a plexiglass shield for the lady at the exit to protect her from our germs. The only problem is she still needs to come out from behind it to check your cart and look at your receipt. Which you have just handed her with your germy hands! Rest in Peace common sense, Rest in Peace. It has been interesting to watch this years’ special Easter Egg hunt for adults. You know, the...

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Happy 19th Birthday Cassidy

Posted by on April 5, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Happy 19th Birthday Cassidy Let’s start by addressing the self-quarantine situation we are dealing with. I realize this is an adjustment for a lot of people. I grew up on a cattle ranch with not many neighbors, so let me offer you some free tips. Social Distancing: This was already built in at the Wilker Ranch, or as us kids called it “The Wilker Prison Farm.” So a little poem to help you. Don’t be a brat and sit and pout, Stay at home and don’t go out. Don’t call a doctor or ask for a nurse, Remind yourself it could be worse. Just tell...

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Posted by on March 28, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Stay Healthy and Compassionate We are facing a major crisis around the world right now. Before I start with my story. Let me first send my thoughts and prayers to anyone who has contracted the virus and especially to the families that have lost someone to it. This virus is causing a lot of damage and hardship all over the world. It is causing not only health issues but economic issues as well. I am not an expert on the topic like some people on social media are. You know the ones I am talking about. They are the same experts on every other...

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Outstanding Teenagers

Posted by on March 22, 2020 in Journal | 0 comments

Outstanding Teenagers Before I tell you about the great event I was fortunate enough to be part of last Friday, I want to tell you about an inspiring experience I had last Thursday. Rick from TCI contacted me when I was in New Orleans and told me there was a cancer patient that wanted to get in touch with me. He said she was looking for some help and asked if it was okay if he gave her my number. I told him of course and I would be glad to talk to her and see what I could do. I was waiting at the Salt Lake airport when she called. I told her...

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