Monday, December 27, 2010

dragging


she did everything she could
prepared
executed
followed through

just the same
she was exhausted
whipped
walking eyes wide open
a fuzzy brain

she did everything she could
except
sleep


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Friday, December 24, 2010

do you see what i see?


all month long we have prepared


remembered each stitched name


we have anticipated


arranged


celebrated


shared


enjoyed


knowing He is.


today on the 24th


only the day before


the day


i walked through the house




never ending work


never ending love


being carried and redeemed


do you see what i see?


do you hear what i hear?


do you know what i know?


He was always here


He always will be

Joyous Christmas to one and all.


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010



God's extraordinary work


is most often done


by ordinary people


in the seeming obscurity


of a home


and family.


-Neil A. Maxwell-


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Friday, December 17, 2010

just for sis

she asked
somewhere she saw a scarf
"i really want one"
yesterday's project
all done

i think she looks adorable
but then i always did

she's happy with it
and i'm crazy for her
little does anyone know
she spent the day
with her head in the toilet
kneeling on LDSBC lawn
taking finals
running to the bathroom
hurling 
so sick
pretty much everywhere she went
pretty much most of the day

later while she rested in my bed
i crocheted
she slept

Merry Christmas dear sissy
so glad you're feeling swell again

xox



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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15, 1973



37 years ago we arrived late
so not like us
ever prompt
the alarm over slept
bad hair day
then
we raced through the valley

37 years ago in Los Angeles
Temple doors swung open
then Cristie Clark
to receive a new name
a new life
in every way
willing
eager to leap

37 years then
my family stayed behind
refusing to attend
alone
the only face i knew
was yours
and that was enough

a borrowed dress
a mute groom
you looked sick

me, carsick in the backseat
sitting by your grandma

so not like my dreams
those girlhood plans
except for essential
Temple
my prince

37 years later
i'd do it all again
in a heart beat
to be with you
sharing life
creating life
"and it was good"
"and your people shall be my people"

for 37 years
fondest dreams come true
this life of ours
a bumpy start
an amazing ride
vistas of wonder
then
now and forever


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Monday, December 13, 2010

candles-cakes-peppermint ice cream

we gathered to celebrate her birthday yesterday
we ate lasagna - salad - garlic bread - cake - ice cream
she blew out candles


his birthday is on Wednesday
23 years old!
he blew out candles
and made his wife laugh


and his birthday was on Friday
he also gladly helped put out cake fire


new shoes
thanks to Steve Madden
and family


to go with a new dress
thanks to Calvin Klein
and family


a wish come true thanks to Lynda


sister gave him a spicy candle


handsome fleece jacket from Ed and Val


three December babies
another year older
and wiser too


the girls playing with Valerie's new make-up
they love each other
unfortunately i didn't get a shot of Melissa's
amazing fabric flowers 
for head bands and jewelry 

or the boys teaching Joseph
how to properly
use this

Your birthday is a special day to celebrate 
the gift of 'you' to the world.







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Friday, December 10, 2010

Edward Williams Carter


today i had lunch with two of my favorite guys
Eddie and Sweetie

12 years old!


on the way to lunch he recited the preamble
and spoke of his love for airplanes


we ate here
he ordered over the phone
and knew exacting what he wanted


he can hardly tolerate this dude...Justin Bieber
but, has found that Taylor Swift is growing on him

he asked about where he got his tendency to tease...
we traced it back to great-Grandpa Gerald...

and he told tales of pestering Ozma (a classmate)...
boy oh boy can he get her going

he spoke of a time that his dad had worried him...
his dad said,
"a tornado came and pitched the Gold's house
all the way to Florida"
we had a good laugh about this little joke


his all time favorite song
by Ozzy Osbourne
for now

how after a rocky night's sleep
due to birthday excitement
his new alarm clock
woke him up to the Beatle's singing
IT'S BEEN A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
then he chuckled


he got some "Jabo" marbles
he is a collector


and he got this cool little car
he is considering collecting these as well

(photo courtesy of his mother)

12 years old!

i want to be happy about his growing up before my very eyes
truth be told
i'm a little sad
and a lot blessed

he is
wonderful
fun
all amazing
boy

Happy Birthday dear Edward
Happy Birthday to YOU!


xox


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