06 August 2009

My Day. Heaven Is Close By.

Nature, the gentlest mother...
(New Flowers)

Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower?
But I could never sell...
~Emily Dickinson

The world is round and the place which may seem like
the end may also be only the beginning.
~Ivy Baker Priest

(She is home, but still in Ghana. Looking
at all of her little beads. Check out
the way cool list of religious signs
she posted on her most recent entry.)

Jon Bjarnason's "Bachelor Party." Cliff
jumping at Knights Ferry.

Are you thinking of getting a dog? A Beagle,
perhaps? You might want to watch this.
But, we love her!

Nature does not hurry, yet
everything is accomplished.
(More new flowers!)

Pink, small, and punctual...
Bold little beauty!
~Emily Dickinson~

Thank you, Deborah, for the recommendations!

A new book: The Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Quote from the book I read last:

I sat this afternoon to read during the boys' nap. I was
going through the botanical theory book, and while I
was reading I remembered something Blue Horse [Indian]
said to me back before Gilbert was born. He said wisdom is
not a path, it is a tree. At the time I was too busy to give it
much thought, so I nodded politely but didn't pay attention.
Now I see that he was surely right. I have been sad almost a
whole year, thinking that taking that test [to pass the twelfth grade]
was somehow the end of my learning and that not having that as
a possibility in my future left a big empty spot in my life that the
children and the ranch didn't fill. But my life is not like
that, it is a tree, and I can stay in one place and spread out
in all directions, and I can do more learning shading this brood
of mine than if I was all alone. I declare, it is like some other part of
me made up some rules about happiness and I just went along
with them without thinking. My heart is lightened so much
that I am amazed at how sad I felt for so long.

(Spoken by Sarah, in These is my Words)


  1. Great pictures- always love the quotes you share-
    Happy day.

  2. Was Kris trying to get Carmel in the pool the whole time? Just wondering. Funny.

  3. What a great day in the Hyer home! Can you believe my little brother is old enough to have a bachelor's party? Those boys are good sports to go jump off cliffs with him.