15 April 2012


Because I don't blog daily, my entries tend to be lengthy.
I entitled this entry 'Nourishment' because it reflects the feelings
I have felt these past few weeks as I have noticed
and experienced the things depicted in these photos.
I think from time to time we all have periods in our lives
when we are more reflective, and seem more aware of
the blessings in our lives. In 2009, I began this blog to
share "beautiful things, personal thoughts and
reflections" with hopes that our family ties might be bound
ever stronger 'each to each.' This is still my primary goal.
For my family, and anyone else taking a periodical peek...
here are the most recent things which have made
"My Heart Leap Up."

It has been so exciting to watch the buds, leaves,
and blossoms appear on the apple
espalier we planted last fall.

And the day came when the risk to remain
tight in a bud was more painful than
the risk it took to blossom.
(think about that)
~Anais Nin~

"Getting a Bath."
She hates it.

"After Bath"

I like to think that she believes that "out of all
the other Beagles in the world...you chose me."
We love our 'Caramel girl.'

Saturday Ty woke up to Caution
Tape around his car.

Sunday, he woke up to toilet paper in the trees.
Nice touch...raking the T.P in his shirt and tie.

Is it true he only has a year and a
half left at home? Ugh.

Our General Conference morning nourishment...

...and some 'sweet' nourishment to take to
Grandma and Grandpa's house for
after-conference lunch.

To be nourished by any of the
conference addresses go here.

Grandpa and Steve

Grandpa checking Emily's loose tooth.

Grandma serves kisses, counsel
and cookies daily. --Unknown

In our case...popsicles. Forever, the grandchildren
have helped themselves to the endless supply
of popsicles with each and every visit to
Grandma's house. (Anne Marie saw this photo
and said "Dude...she has seriously stepped it up! When I
was little we only got fruit popsicles!")


Thomas, Matt and Molly's youngest son, received
the Aaronic Priesthood in Grandma and Grandpa's
family room that day. I was so touched by how
moved he was. Without embarrassment, tears
streamed down his face as, one by one, he
embraced this family group of worthy
Priesthood holders he had just joined.

Being part of a family means you are part of something
very wonderful. It means you will love and be
loved for the rest of your life.

An embrace from Grandpa.
Just looking at this photo makes my
eyes moist. We are so blessed.
"Spirit-to-Spirit Nourishment."

Someone...please stop the clock.

And, my Ty-Boy pipes down the sun.

Kris and I snuck away to Cambria for a few days.
We spent a couple of afternoons on the beach
playing with the camera apps on our iphones.

A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast
[and lunch, and dinner, and breakfast again!]
alone with one's husband, but how seldom married
people in the midst of life achieve it.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~
(Gift from the Sea)

This time...Kris pipes the sun down.

Hide not your talents. They for us were made.
What's a sundial...in the shade?
~Benjamin Franklin~

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious,
too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty,
open as a beach--waiting
a gift from the sea.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~

While in Cambria, I read Heaven Is Here
by, Stephanie Nielson. She is a living illustration
of hope. She reminds me that we are spirits first.

Someday, someone will walk into your life and
make you realize why it never worked out
with anyone else. ~Unknown~

I pray because I can't help myself.
I pray because I'm helpless.
I pray because the need flows out of me all
of the time, waking and sleeping.
It doesn't change God, it changes me.
~C.S. Lewis~

No matter how much falls on us, we keep
plowing ahead...

...that's the only way to keep the roads clear.
~Greg Kincaid~

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the
beach. One can collect only a few, and they are
more beautiful if they are few.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~
(Gift from the Sea)

I have been overcome by the beauty and richness
of our life together, those early mornings
setting out, those evenings gleaming
with rivers and lakes below us,
still holding the last light.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh~

I have decided that our lives are a lot like the ocean.
Sometimes there are soft currents.
Sometimes there are lots of waves.
Often, I wish for more consistency rather than
the highs and lows that, like the ocean,
pattern the path of our lives.
But, most of all I am grateful for the
nourishment and wisdom that is in
every splash and drop.
They all matter.


  1. I loved your post. Even if you don't blog every day, when you do it seems like something you write speaks to me exactly when I need it. And this time it was no different! I loved and let me tell you loved this quote "Someday, someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked outwith anyone else. ~Unknown~ And of course the way you summed up the whole post was absolutely perfect. As much as we all would love to have a consistent life that's really not what's important. What's important is to recognize and to internalize each day for what it is and to "Love Life and See Good Days! (Yes that's Sister Freeman's new book I'm reading!)I Love how YOU consistently love life and see the good in life. And it's inspiring to me. P.S. My curious nature here, but what was behind the TP and the caution tape? Love your posts!

  2. The quote "Being part of a family means you are part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life." is from the book Tuesdays with Morrie. Great book, great quote!

  3. Thank you Karin. I have not read the book...found the quote online with several different supposed sources. None of them linked them to that book. However, I have not read it and do not own it, so I appreciate your information. Hope you are well! Nice to hear from you. Aunt Marie

  4. What a wonderful place to retreat too. The ocean calls to me.....and I try to go as much as I can.
    Fabulous family time.....sweet...touched my heart.

  5. Val...you are such a sweetheart. You feel deeply. I have always known that. Caution tape and T.P....just a teenage thing. My guess is "girls!"
    Teresa, who inspires me weekly...glad I could reciprocate!

  6. Marie, Marie,
    Thank you for the peek into your heart...This is the season of such perfect love and hope, and yes...wanting to stop the clock:)

  7. Someone recently asked me about home and why I love it. Later that night as I lied in bed I tried to answer to myself what it was about home and Cambria (both my phone and comp. wallpapers 95% of the time) that means so much to me. It's that both of these places allow me to "feel deeply" as you said to Val. about family. about life. and about the eternities. I see things in a more grand and wide scope. particularly when sitting on the porch or out on the bluff. Thank you for giving me a home and family for these feelings. I was grateful everyday I knew you and daddy got to go away together. makes me happy. love you mama

  8. I loved all the beautiful pictures and the video of the beach made me very homesick. I could take a visit to that freezer, quite the selection. I guess Ty has someone who is trying to impress him with all that attention. Not surprising. Did I detect some Old Tyme in that breakfast assortment?

  9. What a fun post and I really enjoyed the one previous to this! It makes me miss home a lot seeing family parties and beautiful pictures of Cambria! :o)