Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Because Of Him

This short video always brings the spirit into my heart and home.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

my lovely summer

this world is my home
I don't have to travel far
only up the road
and this is what I see

seasons change this view
but not much
again I am reminded
His love is EVERYWHERE

all I need to do
He is always here


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

being carried

it went like this...
in my head and heart

i said go ahead
without me
do what you want
it's not for me
don't waste my time

an unspoken plea
"help me get over this"
in my head and heart
i wanted to heal

a musical message
left on my phone
from her
Be Still My Soul
and i was

so, off to show up
not reluctant

then it happened
my head and heart
again, and random
but it never is
i walked into a room
"and a little child shall lead them"
this same one who sent the song
music subtle in our space

Be Still My Soul
and we were
moved, in awe

being carried
seeing the wide expanse
a repeated confirmation
He knows
He always cares

a personal witness
"the Lord is on thy side"


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

to the sea

I wish I knew the artist whose heart must share my love.
Kids, ocean, pails of sand, sea creatures, the smell ...

Soon I will be there
Embracing those waves as they crash over me
Soon I will feel alive like nothing else can do for me
quite the same way
Soon my children and theirs will share this love
my longing will be satisfied.

Finally my ears will hear waves
and I will be the last to leave my love
each day I am there.


Monday, May 12, 2014

three things

It was the Saturday before Mother's Day
lovely small hoop earrings
a gift from my Chicago gal

 I came into the kitchen to find this lovely surprise
Pink with a touch of Violet
a gift from my sweetheart
a tender note that made my heart skip a beat
He's good to me that way.

 My mother passed just before Mother's day
eleven years ago
I miss her
I always bring a Coke
"mother's milk" she once said.
this Saturday
my companion and I
filled with meaningful

I loved Mother's Day this year probably more than any other.
Even though I missed my LarLar
I so enjoyed those eight children that I cared for "as if in a dream."

My life is really a dream come true.
How many people feel that way?
--not so many. (am i bragging?)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Because Of Him...this small reminder sent shivers up and down my legs...because it's true.

Friday, April 4, 2014

This Splendid Inconvenience

This Splendid Inconvenience

by Brian Kershisnik

this image of a painting speaks
my heart is here

the knowing that all of those needs
look to me

can you see i am tired
can you see i am loved

my darlings wait
and i will always rise

honored to be needed


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Climbing Mother

Climbing Mother

Of course, it is a wonderful impossibility that babies could climb a ladder tall enough to get to their mother. But what Kershisnik captures is a mother’s abandonment of personal space when her children are young and their physical needs are great. In the everyday acts of parenting, mothers provide noble and continual service for gods in embryo, being sustained in their untiring efforts by God’s help from above.  (i do not know who wrote this)

I too have felt the sustaining power beyond my own in all aspects of my motherhood.


Monday, March 10, 2014

a thankful heart

 This year we decided to choose a word to be our focus idea for the year. I invited all of the girls to choose and share a word and this is what we came up with. Once again I am impressed with the quality women that my life is blessed by. 
Rosie Carter was recently blessed and these are the women who will love, serve and bless her throughout her life. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Month of Love

(photo credit-Elizabeth Carter Pratt)

so, I was asked to submit my ideas with this question in mind...

Q. What makes your marriage successful.

  • don't attempt to control or change the person you chose

  • readily forgive and remember you aren't perfect either

  • accept every opportunity to serve (your spouse, your family, your church, your neighborhood) is true; if you give of yourself you will find yourself.

  • sincerely find something to appreciate about your sweetheart every day and make sure that you express that

  • decide to be happy...cultivate a thankful heart

  • daily grow your testimony

  • kiss-hugs-kiss some more-squeeze-pat-wink-smile-wink again-laugh-nudge-every single day

  • he is NOT clairvoyant! Don't wait to see if he will remember important dates--give him a heads up and express reasonable expectations. Again, let him know what's on your mind. (in a kind way)

  • ask Heavenly Father to help you. He loves you, He knows you, He understands your challenges, He wants you to be happy and successful

  • be outside in nature at least 20 minutes a day...dig in the dirt--shovel snow--take a walk...feel and smell each season

  • eat a delicious, juicy piece of fruit every day (e.g. peaches) and remember that only Heavenly Father could create something that amazing...because He loves you-

And, I love you too.

always your friend. Cristie

“Marriage requires a high degree of tolerance, and some of us need to cultivate that attribute. I have enjoyed these words of Jenkins Lloyd Jones, which I clipped from the newspaper some years ago. Said he:
“There seems to be a superstition among many thousands of our young [men and women] who hold hands and smooch in the drive-ins that marriage is a cottage surrounded by perpetual hollyhocks to which a perpetually young and handsome husband comes home to a perpetually young and [beautiful] wife. When the hollyhocks wither and boredom and bills appear the divorce courts are jammed. …
“Anyone who imagines that bliss [in marriage] is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“[The fact is] most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. …
“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride” (“Big Rock Candy Mountains,” Deseret News, 12 June 1973, A4).
Let us face the fact that in this life some of you will marry, some of you may not. For those of you who do, it must be a total commitment, without reservation. It must involve total and unequivocal loyalty. It must be a covenant for eternity, a companionship that will require constant attention and nurturing.
(Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Conversation with Single Adults,” Liahona, Nov 1997, 17)

(what did I forget?)  xox


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

a Family December

we gathered
we ate
we played games
we prayed
we laughed
we held babies

we built fires
we went shopping
we shopped some more
we held babies
we burped babies
we fed babies
we changed baby diapers
we bathed babies

we watched movies
we listened to Christmas carols
we hung out
we visited
we talked politics

we held babies
we fed babies
we burped babies
we talked baby talk

we posed in the snow
sweetie wrote our family Christmas letter
sweetie mailed them
we decorated this Christmas tree
we decorated our home
we put lights in each window
we had carolers bringing bread, honey and joy

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him
we gathered for lunch
we ate pho
we laughed some more
we shared ideas about gratitude and meekness
we had our 40th year wedding anniversary
we ate amazing food
we went to a Christmas concert
we walked fast because it was cold outside
we made traditional food
we made bratzlies and toffee
we ate and ate and ate
we took pictures of babies
we squeezed Rosie and Clementine
we held the magic of Christmas
we took lots of pictures of babies
we went skiing
we had a birthday party for Joseph and Valerie and young Ed
we blessed Clementine
we prepared soup and salad and rolls
we played with Tweetie
we went to a movie (Saratov Approach)
we coughed and sneezed
we ate our favorite foods
we went sledding
we enjoyed our home and all of the people who graced these walls

we had surprises
we gathered
we hugged and kissed
we filled every bed with bodies
we sprawled out and slept on the floors

we prepared food
we prepared food
we went to Costco
and then we prepared food
we participated in a sub for santa
we wrapped gifts
we lit candles
we shoveled snow
we played games over and over and over and still forgot to play Skittles
we put together two jigsaw puzzles
we visited my dad in Farmington
we went to so many parties
we threw so many parties
we took naps
we read the Christmas story
we went to church
we heard George Nielsen report from his mission
we celebrated this little family
we watched Ed and Val's little girls open Christmas gifts
we celebrated our family
we are so thankful for a forever family
we know that Jesus made this possible
we didn't take enough pictures
we are missing key players in our Christmas celebrating
we are missing photos of  Kel, Hankie, Doug and most of the Brasher kids, Ed and Val's girls, the twins, Laurel before her dramatic exit, ... and that's a darned shame.

we are thankful for 2013
we live blessed lives