Monday, October 31, 2011

Tracting In The Rain

If there is one thing I remember well from my mission, it's tracting in the rain. We're not talking any rain, we're talking monsoon type rain. That was the kind of rain where you were wet if any part of you wasn't covered with a raincoat. We learned to ride bikes in a driving rain carrying an umbrella in crazy traffic. It's just what we did. The rain cooled things off but it was relentless for about two months. It seems that Ian is experiencing the same thing. His attitude is good though. I remember telling him that he had not experienced rain before like the kind of rain he would experience on his mission. You never really forget it.
Forget the umbrella, he needs one of these.

"Dear Family,

This was a week full of classic missionary experiences. Tracting in the rain. Being rejected a lot. Divisions. All of that good stuff. The weather this week was pretty crazy, it was either really hot or really rainy. Monday night to Wednesday morning I did and an unexpected division with one of the companionships where one of the elders got sick. On Saturday, we had a very unexpected storm front come in with very strong winds that knocked down a bunch of trees, followed by strong rains. We only had one umbrella between my companion and me and so we ended up getting pretty wet, and after a while, we just gave up on the umbrella and spent a few hours in the rain. It will be something that I will remember for the rest of my life. We were walking around singing and knocking doors with the few people that we passed on the street and the people whose doors we knocked giving us very strange looks...I need your prayer and your faith. I lost my camera about two weeks ago, I hadn´t told you yet because I didn’t want you to worry but I haven’t found it yet. I am pretty sure that I lost it in the chapel, so that gives me a lot of hope to get it back. I probably only have one more week in this area so I need to find it fast. I know that with all your prayers I will find it this week. Please don´t worry, just pray for me..."

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Guardians Of the Hearth

This morning I was reading  from the book Daughters In My Kingdom during my morning scripture study. A phrase jumped out at me from Chapter Nine. The title of that chapter is “Guardians of the Hearth”: Establishing, Nurturing, and Defending the Family." There is a lot to think about when thinking about that statement. Understanding this phrase has helped me make certain pivotal choices in my life. I have made choices to try to do the best I could in my responsibility as a mother and as the guardian of my hearth. No one else can guard my "hearth." My "hearth" is all that I have tried to create in my home to take care of and nurture my family. If I don't guard it, it may not withstand the onslaught of all that is around us to destroy us. My husband has blessed my life by encouraging me to do the best I could in my role as"hearth guardian." He always lets me know he is grateful for my efforts. I have felt negative influences many times in my life which seemed to want to destroy my home and family. I have had to fight with my heart and in the strength of the Lord to stay true to my hearth and not get distracted from my purpose. I think eternity is too long of a time to have to wonder what we "might have done." I hope I never forget the importance of my role as wife, mother, nurturer, and "hearth guardian."

Friday, October 28, 2011

Moot Court

I had the great privilege of attending Moot Court at BYU today.
Gregory is a second year law student at BYU 
and he was a finalist for Moot Court. 
The team presented arguments to real
appellate judges although it was not a real trial. 
 I was deeply impressed by the whole process.
I was very impressed by Gregory, he was very good.
Gregory was the runner up (2nd place). 
I was amazed by how good everyone was.
I'll talk about this a little more tomorrow.
Gregory is wonderful
but his son is his best product. :)
I am pretty sure Nathan said "Grandma" today,
sort of...Good enough...
Happy Grandma.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Waxing Philosophical

Looking at today's date I realized a year ago
today we were in Concord, Mass.
That is surely one of my favorite places.
Henry David Thoreau lived there...
and was buried there.
He lived for a time at Walden Pond.
(I took this picture last year).
It's surrounded by beautiful woods.
Henry was a philosopher.
He loved the Concord woods.
I can relate.

Today I had another beautiful walk up Memory Grove.
Soon the leaves will all be down for another year
but I have taken advantage of all they could offer
as much as I could this season. :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Having a fence has opened up the possibility that I might actually have tulips in the spring that the deer won't eat.  
      Oh happy day. 
So today I planted tulip bulbs and tomorrow I will finish. We have had good luck keeping the deer OUT of my yard because of the fence. Tulips are my favorite. :)

But it's autumn now and my yard looks wonderful.

I planted this tree myself.
It's called "Autumn Blaze" (naturally),
what else would I plant?
My mums look great.
The deer didn't get them this year either!
My maple trees are doing great
(except for one which is unfortunately dying).
 My house is surrounded by autumn color
because I planned it that way. :)
Love this season.
My walk in Memory Grove this afternoon was fabulous.

Autumn colors now and tulips in the spring.

Life is good.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Weekend Trip

We went to southern Utah this weekend for a little get away.
Bishop Jim has been in need of a break.
But he never goes anywhere without his computer
and he still works even while on vacation.
This was in Kolob Canyon this afternoon on the way home.
Pictures could never do this place justice.
I was amazed.
Such stunning beauty.
Seth had a great time too.
He wanted us to take a lot of pictures of him.
maybe he wants to put them on Facebook.
Maybe there's a girl he likes.
Who knows.
Mothers are not supposed 
to understand 17 years old sons.
 Just feed them and 
hope they don't fall off the edge of cliffs.
And hope they don't kill themselves
before they head off to college.
 There must be a girl he likes.
Why else would he want me
to take so many pictures of him?
Anyway we stayed at a nice place.
The weather was fabulous.
And everyone had a relaxing trip.
And I now have a huge collection of pictures of Seth. :)

And Jim got to grow his beard again...:)
Happy me.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Emma informed me this morning that she successfully applied  for graduation this spring. This is a monumental day because it means the end is in sight for her. She will be a junior high school English teacher which is amazing in and of itself. That means I will have TWO daughters who teach junior high. That amazes me because either they are brave or just very, very good at what they do. The students are/will be lucky to have them.

Way to go Emma!

I'm proud of both of them.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For Emma

Dear Emma,

I thought you would like MORE pictures 
of leaves so I took some for you. :)

Today I went up Millcreek Canyon for a drive.
It is the one place in Utah that 
reminds me of back east.
So I go every year.
It's at its peak and was so pretty!
My heart is very happy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daughters And Sons

Elisa is amazing.
Here's proof.
She made this.
Sarah is amazing too.
She made Nathan. :)
And several pair of pants for him
with scraps of material.
Emma is also amazing.
She is resilient, strong, and beautiful.

Thanks ladies.

 And then there's Ian and Seth.

What can I say?

I am a blessed woman.

Love you all.
Thanks for making me happy.
What more could I ask for?


Taken on Mother's Day 2010