Sunday, June 27, 2010

clark-call family reunion

come and gone
in two year's time

my grand-parents
532 descendants
and counting

some traveled far
others couldn't be bothered
to come across town

forever family

i care


Monday, June 21, 2010

take a bite

just in case you forgot

baby obsession

is an amazing high


Sunday, June 20, 2010

define daddy

all those years ago
i chose a daddy

all those years ago
how could i know
eight little children
would grow
looking up to you

all those years ago
each day in between
you showed up
did what it takes
logged millions of miles
to make our world go round

so many years ago
i knelt in prayer
"is he ok?"
"please let me know"
and then the leap

filled with pinewood derby's
beach vacations
desert hikes
family prayer
priesthood advancement
youth activities
scripture study
roll the daddy off the bed
lugging kids upstairs on your back
to tuck away
"Sunday Special"
BYU football
hugs and approval
happy shots

sacred stewardship
holy work
lead guide provide

my sweetheart
their daddy
we celebrate you

all those years ago
a planted seed
now glorious blooms

Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”


Friday, June 18, 2010

i see you

he has six children
i am the oldest
he has been good to me

he is the youngest of thirteen children
six remain
he understands responsibility
and accountability

his world is black and white
he feels sorry for my world
he won't be sad to leave

i love him
i understand him
he is a large part of who i am

i used to wish
i could hold him as a little boy
then one day
i realized 
i have
many times over

"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow.  
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths.  No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.

  ~Mark Twain

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 2:24

The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.  
~A.P. Herbert

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.  
~Barnett R. Brickner

Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.

  ~Author Unknown


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

solution anyone?

this is a wave off of the Alabama coastline 

such a shame


Sunday, June 13, 2010

a long way from home

Sometimes i feel like a motherless child

Sometimes i feel like i'm almost gone

Saturday, June 12, 2010

i take it back

she said, "i don't care to live a day past eighty." she had heard her father say just yesterday that everyone says that until they get old. 

he said, "there was an interesting article in the paper today that said people now are living happier lives in their elderly years than ever before. you don't have to dread growing old."

she said, "no kidding..., well then, i take it back."

she moved on to say, "just look at how much living we've done in the past twelve years."

he said, "eight of those years i was miserable in my career."

she said, "did it ruin your family time."

he replied, "not at all."

she said, "how long have you been retired now."

he said, "over two years."

she is surprised, "you've got to be kidding."

then she went on to enumerate-- her mind still awhirl, "twelve years ago i was 44...since then we have traveled to Africa, Switzerland, Hawaii a couple of time, 15 grandchildren, several weddings, heck, liz was only six,...our boys have gone and come home from missions, not to mention all of the church stuff we've been involved with. plus, look what we've been through with Laurel for the last 12 years; all the times.....(she had a lot to say about this topic).

he said, "we've been busy."

she said, "not to mention we lost two parents."

then they paused, listening to a dog bark outside...

she said, "that's a beautiful bird."

he said, "what the bluejay?"

she said, "no the grossbeak."

he said, "that's a female."

she loves having him retired.
she is lucky.
she is thankful.


Friday, June 11, 2010


today's high projected---59 degrees

imagine my dismay

when these

and this

took a beating

from pea sized hail


Thursday, June 10, 2010

the week that was

my brother visits from Switzerland

you can see how kind he is
how much he loves me
it's mutual

we enjoyed a memorable dinner

wish i had taken a picture of the mussels
or the polenta
but we were too busy inhaling

then we drove to nana's old house

next day
liz graduates from high school

after which we dined at the Bombay House

then we fly to Chicago
eli is baptized 
a soggy morning washing the world clean
while inside we were all renewed

we love this boy so much

my daughter's distance mama
four grandson's grandma

while kate lives so so far away

when bea has something to say
we listen

these grandparent are also good friends
we're lucky

mama's baby is a big boy now

new scriptures from parents

hand stitched quilt with boy's favorite colors

from this loving grammy

61 years young
scratch spice cake 
my girl is an amazing cook

we managed to get clean
with suds and toys

take an architectural boat ride
to see the city and capture the history
of this special place

sisters day long walking

katie treated the girls to glitter toes

a doll lovers must see

"kit" still her favorite

and "bitty"

matching dresses
dad gets a doll marketing education

soggy gorgeous day
required new stay dry jackets

love abounds in the windy city

slumped, worn out daddy
on the train

amazing outside talent
made the wait to get in delightful

and inside

just a taste

van gogh

teeny tiny brush strokes on an enormous painting

i wanted to join the girls

imagine painting fire that actually looks hot

she is lovely


i liked the colors here so much

smaller than i expected

the perfect hostess
devoted wife
hands on mother

missing photos...the hyde park art show
pizza pie, roasting poblano chili's, guacamole,
our walk through Obama's neighborhood
movie, games, more eating

thanks danny and katie


sis opening a new chapter

a wonderful week
a simply swell summer start!

(couldn't help the small alliteration)