Monday, November 29, 2010

no place like home

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Mae West 


when i dropped into bed
last night
so so happy for my own

we woke up to this
the mystery remains
in November snow is "magic"
in April it's maddening

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Thanksgiving 2010

we gathered in Boise to give thanks


the abundance of our lives worthy of celebration


we are blessed beyond measure


tables carefully set, the best we could provide


each marked with gratitude





amazing colorful bounty


ever gracious hosts


the five hour drive was extended by two more hours
weather made the driving white-knuckle


he brought his family, willing hands and heart


she was a delight!


a surprise gift from a sweet heart





all pitching in to make the load lighter


always arms for baby


little projects for little hands


technology and the ridiculous


the girls wore aprons and provided music...the home made variety


lots of photos


the aunt and her niece



clowning around

and the cat that finally came out from hiding


missing photo documentation:

  • 9 hours spent with Frodo in his quest to conquer the ring
  • my walk with Abi to heck and gone
  • BSU game (boo-hoo)!
  • girls crafting adorable fabric flowers for hair and neck
  • sissy's photo shoot
  • pumpkin waffles and so much more yummy food
  • prayer
  • Joe and Lynda spinning around in their car on the highway with a semi and car swerving to miss them...yes, we watched helpless from behind
  • skating around in our car
  • feeling punk from the bumpy ride
  • me eating a bag of white cheddar pop-corn in the car
  • hanging out with Sam and Joe on the bed...interesting conversation
  • i-spy with Grace
  • reading "One of Those Days" to the boys
  • hugs- kisses- teasing- "touched you last"





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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

every day is a day for thanks

so much to be thankful for...




i noticed that those who express thanks can't help but smile.

i am thankful for you.  xox


(479-493)

  • that i can see
  • that i can see colors
  • my testimony
  • to wake up hungry with food available
  • i feel good
  • examples of kindness all around
  • my sweetheart
  • his devotion
  • his laugh
  • possibilities
  • my kids keep trying
  • happy memories
  • my mother's goulash
  • simple wants
  • a white world


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

winter song

it's late
getting ready to lock up
4-5 inches of snow
still coming down
big flakes swirling sideways
i suppose the geraniums are through
oh to harvest light


Friday, November 19, 2010

last night


One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset...I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a little more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color...' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.   

--Carl R. Rogers



just in case you missed it
straight out of the camera
no enhancing
still doesn't even come close
to capture the splendor
filling the western sky

Peace...is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.  unknown


(466-478)
  • fuzzy fleece blanket
  • the phone brings them closer
  • fresh tamales
  • blended bananas with ice and O.J.
  • sunsets this week
  • Liz enjoys school
  • pioneer heritage
  • they kept records
  • Nat King Cole
  • kitty on my shoulder
  • goodness everywhere
  • freedom to move
  • sleep



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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

book group

"It is but a small part that the average person contributes to improve mankind. My life has been simple, full of love, devotion, and service for my family. I might have thought mine a hard row to hoe had not the plants I cultivated responded so magnificently to the culture I gave them, made possible by our beloved America."
Annie Clark Tanner


the faces slightly vary from month to month
we have a special bond


we are each others
we are sisters
we love to read
talk
share


pretty much every month
except August and December


we gather and discuss
 always here at my home
seven P.M.


for the last eight years
seventy---eighty books later
together
and better for it



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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Annie Clark Tanner


meet my grand-father's sister
a life
her adult life
disappointment
heartache
poverty
amazing joy

but having just read this book
her tale of raw despair
i feel to honor her
courage
sacrifice
work
wisdom
and always
mother-love

here is a good woman
a saint
who in the sunset of her life
only expressed gratitude

Annie Clark Tanner
i hope to meet you someday

her closing lines...a verse she memorized
a signpost

"We shape ourselves, the joy and fear
Of which the coming life is made;
And fill our future atmosphere
With sunshine or with shade.

The tissue of the life to be
We weave with colors all our own
And in the field of destiny
We reap as we have sown."


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Monday, November 15, 2010

home again home again jiggity jig


i love each face


David and Kelli will be with Kelli's family for Thanksgiving
and Dave didn't want to miss home, family and pumpkin pie


so, we gathered to celebrate an early feast 
whoever could come
Dave and Kell drove five hours



and late at night we ate


 we sang and played music


boy howdy she can sing


we had "billy boy"


mother and son


girls twirled


this one posed


the fire blazed


they shared stories and did girlie stuff












kitchen table before Monopoly took over


Val looking lovely


all that way
to be here less than a day


his mandolin was on fire!


making memories


and soon we will travel
all that can come

"over the river and through the woods"
to be with Alison and Doug's family




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Thursday, November 11, 2010

we honor you



"You who are my brothers in arms...might be surprised that the statue on top of our temples, the angel Moroni, is a statue of a soldier.  I believe there is considerable significance that of all the righteous men whom the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ might have chosen to abridge the records of the Nephite civilization into the Book of Mormon, which has great relevance to today's world, he chose Mormon and Moroni, two soldiers, for that sacred work. ...They were soldiers because they had to be, because their people needed them, because it was the right thing to do."

President Dieter F. Uchdorf




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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

committed




Marriage is those two thousand indistinguishable conversations, chatted over two thousand indistinguishable breakfasts, where intimacy turns like a slow wheel. How do you measure the worth of becoming that familiar to somebody--so utterly well known and so thoroughly ever-present that you become an almost invisible necessity, like air?

Committed  by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Monday, November 8, 2010

312th day of the year


today is wet, drizzly, cold and gray
the trees reach naked arms to heaven
a candle burns the spicy fragrance of autumn
kitty is curled up like a small oval rug
happy for someone warm to sit by

we fell back this weekend
and falling back feels right
i can hear the weather
sleet on the roof
i am satisfied to be inside looking out


the last bouquet of roses bunched
aphids hosed down the drain
it's quiet here
claire has gone home
racing and chasing flew out the front door
so pleased she likes to come
blessings abound here on Mount Springs

(454-465)

* company for dinner
* clothes folded and put away
* unexpected treat
* our heater works
* faithful saints
* warm feet
* a date to the theater ... The Drowsy Chaperone 
* soup
* unexpected beauty
* this weather
* ticking of my watch
* I know He lives


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