28 September 2010

Define Compassion, Love, and Joy

By this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 13:35
Call, with some of 'his' residents.

Call works at a residential facility in Orem for mentally
challenged individuals. He loves his work. Recently he
shared with me that looking into the eyes of these people
seems to sort of take him to another place and he is lost
in their world for the moment and he feels "great joy."
In his words, "I can see why they are here...I feel
like they are to help us be better in our own lives."

Call receives such satisfaction from being with
"his" residents that he often volunteers many extra
hours of time. Last weekend he took this group of guys
to a regional Special Olympics held in Orem. Their
basketball team came in fourth. Out of five.
Love it!

There is a serious need for the charity that gives
attention to those who are unnoticed...Hope
to those who are discouraged...Aid to those
who are afflicted. Charity is love in action.

President Thomas S. Monson

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

*Deep awareness of the suffering of another;
*Sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another,
accompanied by an urge to help;
*Kindness, Tenderness, Understanding.

17 September 2010


In 1977, my dear friend, Cindy Schaffer Brink,
who was not a member of the Church at that time,
and I were involved in a Church dance festival. To
this day, I still regard both her and her husband
as two of my dearest friends, even though the years
have slipped so quickly by. Some connections
linger...no matter what. And for me, the
binding in my heart remains.
It has always fascinated me that we
spend a mere eighteen years at home...but we refer to
them and draw upon them forever. They shape us.
Cindy is currently involved in the Lodi-Manteca-Stockton
dance festival. Recently, she was talking with
the director about her first involvement in a
dance festival. One thing led to another, and
before she knew it she was making a YouTube video
to share with the youth on a dance festival blog that is
under construction in their area. It was a fun
surprise to see her sweet story told below.
I love you, friend.

We all take different paths in life, but
no matter where we go, we take a
little of each other everywhere.

~Tim McGraw~

13 September 2010

Grandpa, Grampio, G-Pa, Gramps, Great-Grandpa, Bobby, R.D., Dad, Artist, President, Dr. Rowan

Grandpa (my daddy) with Ty last
week at Ty's soccer game. For some reason,
I love this photo. And, so does Ty.

You're just a nice-looking boy, a bit slight,
well scrubbed and well mannered. All that
is fine, but it's your existence I love you for,
mainly. Existence seems to me now the most
remarkable thing that could ever be imagined.

From a book I recently read: "Gilead"
by, Marilynne Robinson

I swiped a few photos from Anne Marie's
blog (and added a few of my own). She
recently posted these of Grandpa and Grandma
at a surprise anniversary dinner held in their
honor. It was in Utah, and mainly attended
by their grandchildren living in that area.

These photos are classic because they show my
father "making the rounds." If you don't feel
important being his child or grandchild,
then there is a problem. And, it's not his!

Just a few things he is good at:

~Tells the best jokes ever...if he can get through
them without cracking up.

~Can make anything from a winning Pinewood
derby car, to glass art, to bunkbeds.

~Provides emotional support.

~Is good at catching raccoons.

~Is an anchor in a world of shifting values.

~Can quote more scriptures from memory
than you can imagine.

~Can use an iphone...well, he's learning!

~Gives his children and grandchildren an
appreciation of the past and a sense of history.

~Can whistle like nobody else.

~Appreciates beauty and the moment~

~Loves his wife~

photos by michelle

...And then there are the Great-grandchildren.
This is Nathan, Michelle and Scott's little one.

In a houseful of toddlers...you can start out
having a a bad day, but you keep
getting detoured.

~Sometimes we regret, more than any
words spoken, a silence not broken.~

And...if you'd like a warming-of-the-heart
reflection, go here for an uplifting post.

07 September 2010

The Waves Are Still Rolling

Ty channeling his "Inner Grandma Rowan."

Ty and Abby Falke in Cambria

These two have been buddies forever. I remember
one birthday Abby had when she was little...
Ty picked out some little matchbox
cars to give her!

Probably at about this age!
Here they are a few years back...

And earlier this year on a Church temple trip...

...and at the dance festival.
Good buds. She'll be missed when
she graduates from H.S. this year. Since they
are both the youngest (and last ones at home) in
their families, they really are like brother and sister.

Some clowns from the Cambria Labor Day
Parade visited our breakfast table.

This was our attempt at a group photo.

Kris getting some miles in (rode to Hearst
Castle two different days) before his big
ride in October in Vegas with his brother, Kevin.

Ty's impression of Leonardo DiCaprio.
a dull moment with Ty around.

Time wasted at the beach is not time wasted.