28 March 2010

Being Beautifully Present

The sweetest thing about celebrating the achievement
of a long marriage is to remember the days when
you used to celebrate your plans.
(Sixty-one years this year.
Well, of marriage. They have been
sweethearts since the second grade.

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten!

Fathers, be good men, that your wives will speak of you
with love and appreciation, and your children will
remember you with gratitude everlasting.
(President Gordon B. Hinckley)

...Do you bring such treasures home when
you visit the place you came from?
(Made from glass, by dad. Gorgeous.)

Or, see Christmas Cactus blooming like...
well, like I can't get them to bloom. Mom.
A classic pose...in front of something
blooming that she grew.

All over town right now. Can't get enough.

Somewhere in the cold of the first winter, there
was an optimist imagining the first spring.
Robert Brault

We had far too many bare spots in the yard. Just
happened over time. Forsythia has been called
"the first sign of spring." Loving them!

Planter in back that was bare. Yeah! Kris comes home for
lunch and keeps saying "You aren't out looking at your
flowers?!" Because I go out about a dozen times a
day. They just make me happy.

Can you have too many beautiful
things your dad made? Not me!
Double click to see the stunning colors.

"Puppers." For the children out of state!

Ty Man!!! Last Wednesday he was the anchor man
for the 4 X 100, ran the 100 meter, and the
200 meter. First place all three times!
It's tough to excel. :)
(Grandma, Ty heard you laughing
on the video at the end of the race.
And I loved the comment from some fellow
team member at the end of the video.
"Last place is good, too!" Perspective is good!)

I love this leaf gifted to me by a dear friend.

The greatest gift of the garden is the
restoration of the five senses.
Hanna Rion

(We also planted new Verbena, Marigolds, Begonias,
and Lobelia. Marigolds...not my favorite,
however, in this hot climate it's glorious color!
Double Impatiens shown above.)

Tulips we brought back from Holland blooming
for the third year in a row! And, I am loving
the Iceland Poppies with them!
(Hens and Chicks also shown...starts from
my mother's yard.)

My niece, Michelle and her new baby, Nathan!

I say to my child, I will explain to you as much of life
as I can, but you must remember that there's part of
life for which you are the explanation.
Robert Brault

Little Laura, Ganon and Jenny's
daughter, following her baptism.

I decided long ago that if I miss something important
in life, it won't be because I hurried past it.
R. Brault

Oh my. Our fourth time around!

21 March 2010

Goodness In All Directions

Beginning of Better Days
~~Reflections of the Past. Looking to the Future~~

My heart leaped just a bit a few weeks ago when Anne Marie
posted on her blog a little synopsis of her student ward's
Relief Society Birthday Celebration. To think of all of
our sisters throughout the world cumulatively focussing
on our legacy, what we are about, and where we are going
moved me. And, I felt tender seeing my own daughter
participating and enjoying the fruits of service
in this holy organization.

Flip Flop Mania!

Here we are, sitting in large circles visiting and laughing,
while as pairs we tied colorful balloons onto the straps
of children's flip flops! So fun and so cute! Of course,
they will eventually make their way to the feet of
children who lack shoes and where flip-flops are
a daily 'norm.' While we talked and tied, a musical
slide presentation played showing several various
"Relief Society Meetings" (the non-Sabbath variety)
taking place throughout all of the wards in the Stake.

I have remembered my mother's prayers and
they have always followed me. They
have clung to me all of my life.
~Abraham Lincoln~

My favorite part of the day was that my blessed mother
was there with me. It was sooo sweet and fun!

My good friend Penny Godwin with
her beautiful mom, Pauline.
Don't we just all look happy?!

Monica Jackson and her daughter, Jennifer Muirbrook.
Mom's and daughters. Just something great about that..

A good friend is cheaper than therapy...
and here are a few of mine!

In between the Flip Flop Mania and our delicious
lunch, we were inspired by a lovely program that
took us on a spiritual journey from the past days of R.S. to
the present day. One of the highlights (in addition to beautiful
music and some narration that coordinated) was a Vignette
of "Pioneer Sisters." They were a hoot, inspiring, and
really gave us a glimpse of the beginning of R.S.
They were in full costume and seriously, I didn't
recognize a few for a bit. It was in the Chapel.
Sorry! No photos. In addition, several
displays ranging from our history to current
events taking place in our wards were positioned
in several of the classrooms. Each ward
participated. Such fun!

Our Priesthood leaders served us our meal.
Two hundred and fifty sisters attended.

My cherished friend, Claire and I. There were
many many many committees to help bring
the day together. Claire coordinated it all.
I love this woman.

My nurturer, my conduit to heaven (she has a direct line!),
my champion, my fan, my sounding board,
my mother. I love this woman, too.
I promised Nancy Tilby credit for this photo. She said
she is in competition with Kris! The other two she took
chopped off our heads...on purpose. Is that
Nancy, or what??

She made it to Peru! Check out:

Ty's first big event of the season. The
Brenda Invitational. Twenty-four high
schools participated. Here, Ty is running the
200 meter dash. He came in second in his heat.

The back of the Pitman High School T-shirts. Awesome.

Ty's Teacher's Quorum. Kris is their Varsity Scout Leader
and he put binders together to keep track of their
progress. He took a few photos to put on
the cover. I love this one. One Quorum member,
Chad, is not pictured, but is in the following photo.
(They are surrounded by Hyer's.
I am their Sunday School teacher!)

Left to right:
Jerry, Ty, Jacob, Hunter, and Chad

Needed to update you on the Iceland Poppies.
Ahh, this color!!

Up close, the white ones remind me of the little
paper cups you cook cupcakes in. Love them!

I perhaps owe having become a
painter to flowers.

16 March 2010

This Grand Show Is Eternal...

I recently posted this photo. I'm sharing it again to show
the colorful contrast with it, and the next photo,
taken in the same spot one month later.
Yosemite National Park. Never ugly.
(Both photos by Kris)

This Grand Show Is Eternal
It is always sunrise somewhere;
the dew is never all dried at once;
a shower is forever falling;
Vapor is ever rising...

...Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset,
eternal dawn and gloaming,
on sea and continent
and islands, each in its turn,
as the round earth rolls.

John Muir
(Half Dome to the left. Bridal Veil Falls to the right.)

Gloaming: [twilight; the dusk of approaching night]

Call and his girlfriend, Whitney.
Spring break.

Our very own traveling gnome.

Half Dome
Photo by Kris

Taking a photo of Lower Yosemite Falls

One day's exposure to mountains is better than
cartloads of books. See how willingly nature poses
herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly
chemicals are so sensitive as those
of the human soul.

John Muir

Another Glorious Sierra Day...

Who publishes the sheet-music of the winds or
the music of water written in river-lines?

John Muir

After a beautiful and inspiring day in Yosemite...
a beautiful and inspiring Sabbath.

....And some afternoon fun between 'bro's.'
Juggling Clementine's. They DO get it!

10 March 2010

Colorful Anticipation

Photo by Kris

For the first time, I planted Iceland Poppies. It has been so fun
to watch them grow! They are such funny furry little things that
bloom into beautiful tissue-paper-like flowers. We literally
watched the above flower bloom...all in about three hours.

It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my
garden, and it pleases my garden to make my
photographs look professional.

Robert Brault

I took this photo at 9:00 A.M. one morning. When I
returned home at 1:00 the same day...

...this was waiting for me!

Why try to explain miracles to your kids when
you can just have them plant a garden...

Robert Brault

They grow tall and the stems
bend and dip into all sorts of directions.

One of the most delightful things about a
garden is the anticipation it provides.

W. E. Johns "The Passing Show"

The crinkly nature of them reminds me of tissue paper!

The flower in the two photos above and the one below is
the same flower appearing in the photo at the top of
the blog. Same flower. Different camera.
Definitely different photographer!

Hello! I'm here to smile at you for a few days!