Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Author: Christina Rosetti - 1830-1894
Caterpillar in a hurry
Caterpillar please beware,
Her love for you is good as gold,
just hope and pray you live to be old.
A muse you are for her to be...
Alas, the caterpillar was by and by free.
*No caterpillars were harmed in the process of this adventure and post, although I cannot vouch for the authors of poetry who are now turning over in their graves.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Part of my problem, is that there's just so much to say...that I don't know what to say. Where to start.
Mom and Mel are leaving today. I'm not really sure if I'm ready to say good-bye though.
We took a Time Out together and attended the Deseret Book women's conference on Friday and Saturday. I learned a few things.
"Children are slow ripening fruit. What we see on the outside is not necessarily a reflection of what is on the inside. Appearances at any given time are not a way to judge where a child is at."- Emily Watts
Thank you Emily for giving me perspective and hope about my own children. My children will ripen.
"Heavenly Father needs stubbornness for survival in this dispensation" (Speaking about stubborn children) - Emily Watts
I love my middle child very much today.
"Difficult children force us to turn more to the Father. It's the hard ones that force us to focus on trust." - Emily Watts
So true. If my children force me on my knees in prayer more, then that's a good thing. That means I'm closer to the Lord.
"What's it like being married to me?" - John Bytheway
The question we should ask ourselves EVERYDAY.
"If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing badly" - Wendy Ulrich
All things that stretch us and make us better are worth doing...even when difficult and not pretty in the process.
"When we empty our soul to Jesus Christ, it prepares a place for Him." - Kris Belcher
Let Him in.
I also learned that after an entire month of eating out and celebrating birthdays and company coming, nothing tastes better then a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on homemade bread.
Mom and Mel have come at a time when my head hasn't been in the game. It's somewhere else. I got a new calling at church. It's the equivalent of putting on a back pack, twice my own body weight, and hiking around with a bacteria infested fork stuck in my eye. That's pretty uncomfortable. And after attending a youth fireside last night I wonder if I'll ever survive the Beehives. That's Mormon jargon for 12-13 year old girls. My own girls are disappointed, needless to say, that I will be spending MORE time with them. Heaven forbid. We just can't seem to catch a break from each other. I'm officially out of the coals and into the fire of life right now. That's okay, I guess hot flashes keeping me up all night wasn't enough!!
Speaking of hot...I pressured cooked beans this week for the first time. Lots of symbolism there.
My little camera is still missing. I wish the camera ghost would just bring it back. Although, I'm not up for pictures of myself, it would have been nice to have a shot of the chocolate bags at McCormicks and Schmicks where we celebrated 100 years between my Mom and I. 100 years. That's a long time.
Wendy posted a list of pros...and cons...kind of a good vs. bad
I like lists....here's mine.
Boyd quit his job.............................................Boyd quit his job.
Mel and Mom visited.........................................They have to go home.
Callings make us stretch and grow.........................I'm not limber.
I love Diet Coke.............................I don't drink it anymore.
We don't have the swine flue at our house...............but I have bacteria infested fork in my eye.
Fires can't be neglected or they turn into raging infernos that swallow entire forests. Off to tend more fires. Oh, how I'll miss the coals.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I had this song running through my mind all day today. Whistling just wasn't cutting it anymore and thank goodness to google, for now I can sing the whole song!
So let the sunshine in.
If I forget to say my prayers the devil jumps with glee,
So let the sunshine in.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
My tear out from this occasion was an article entitled: "You know you're a Grown-up when...", came from October 2008...only a year ago. I figured I must be classified as a grown-up now as I read this an agreed with the sentiments.
...you check the headlines more often than (or at least as often as) you update your Facebook profile.
...you finally get the concept: Less is more, especially when it comes to eyeshadow, barrettes, and fingernail embellishments.
...you've learned to say no to people in a way that's every bit as firm as it is friendly.
...you always said that someday you'd go to India/write a novel/learn French cooking/become a dog trainer and you realize that someday has arrived.
...instead of trying to guess what perspicacious means (really sweaty?), you just ask.
...you know that even though your best friend is asking for your advice, she really just wants a chance to vent, so you simply sit there and nod wisely.
...one of your guests offers her help in the kitchen and you take her up on it.
Those who are laughing and agreeing when they read this just might be grown-up too.
Between this little article and the photos Kris took of me while she was here...I'm pretty sure I've reached Grown-up status. And except for the realization of "that's who I am"...it's not so bad. When you have someone who knows how to rock the photo-editing software in your corner...it makes the transition a little more bearable.
The song..."we should be gentle with ourselves" by Michael McLean keeps coming to my mind. Really, it's okay being a grown-up. I wanted to get here my whole life. So, now that I'm here what am I going to do with it? I need to accept life graciously. Every exemplar grown-up I've ever known is secure in who they are.
Well, maybe I'm not quite there yet after all.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
So, when the opportunity came for Hunter to attend her first Homecoming....a Staley Homecoming, I thought it would be most fitting for her to be photographed....in it's weeds and along it's fences. Lucky for Hunter and I, her group of friends and her Aunt were up for the challenge. In spite of freezing (no lie) temps, thorny grass and high heels...these teens became involved with the land of Staley, that I hope helps them to never forget those who came before.
Hunter's date was chivalrous...no walking in the weeds for her...
At least time is frozen in these pictures.
I hope that the original owners of the Staley land, both living descendants, and ancestors enjoy watching this new generation of Staley owners as they bless and enjoy it's rolling hills in a new and different way. I'd like to think they were there for the party. What better way to honor this great heritage then by celebrating it's Homecoming.
A Homecoming for Staley.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I thought this graphic was fitting for my Mom who keeps herself in great shape and will tell you, she feels much younger then she is.
Yesterday I woke up with the thought, the one that finally hit me, "I'm 40!". It was a little overwhelming and I panicked just a little. Then I thought about how my Mom would feel today...when she turned 60. Isn't she a young Mom? I think so. I'm sure time feels like it's flown by and yet when she thinks of things that happened 40 years ago, it feels like another world or someone elses life.
My Mom has been a Mom for 40 years. In fact, her youngest left for a mission in February. So, she's had children at home all those years. She is the best Mom in the world. And for her 60th, she deserves the best.
Mom, I can't wait for you to come for Time Out! We can celebrate our landmark birthdays together! I love you. Happy Birthday.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Another out of this world experience, is to witness families being sealed for all eternity. It was a great privilige while we were there to see the Morgan's seal their baby Maguire to them forever at the Jordan River Temple.
And speaking of temples, isn't it great that there will be a 14th temple in Utah...in Brigham City?! I'm excited for the people there as well as for the other 4 areas where new temples were announced to be built. We Kansas Citians know exactly how it feels to want to be close to a temple and know that one will be built soon.
Not so out of this world, but still fun to do....attending a BYU football game. And it's even better when they win...which of course, they did! It was the perfect fall night...cool and BLUE!
And, pictures not included, was the experience of attending a session of General Conference in the Conference Center itself. The sheer magnitude of people desending upon downtown Salt Lake City is awe inspiring, let alone the opportunity of seeing this great event live. The talks were wonderful and so was the company. We were able to spend some much needed time with Chloe. It's a great blessing to attend conference, hear the words of the prophet (while watching him speak them live) along side your spouse and adult daughter.
I'm so grateful I was able to go to Utah this weekend. Even though it wasn't a grand faraway place, you can see why my trip was out of this world.