06 August 2014


Someone close to me said today:
"I can't believe how full your
plate is right now."

I framed this little work of 'art' about
thirteen years ago, when Ty was 
six years old.  He made it at 
some activity. I love it.
Smudges and all. 

I thought it profound...and good
to remember when feeling
overwhelmed and stretched.

29 June 2014

Don't Let Your Dreams Die With You

Punakaiki: Pancake Rocks 
New Zealand

I who am blind can give one hint to those who see--
one admonition to those who would make full
 use of the gift of sight:  Use your eyes as if 
tomorrow you would be stricken blind.
Glory in all the facets of pleasure and
beauty Nature in its wisdom has so
magnificently provided.  
Make the most of life while you can!

~Helen Keller

Video of the Blowhole at Pancake Rocks

Creed, Ellen, Kris and myself

A good snapshot keeps a moment 
from running away.
~Eudora Welty

Simon and Garfunkel may have written a song
about 'the sound of silence...' but the cloistered serenity
felt within the fiord of Doubtful Sound is the 
absolute encapsulation of the phrase.  

At the end of one of the inlets, the Captain of our ship
 turned off all the engines and asked everyone
on board to stop.  Just stop.  No opening doors.
No taking pictures.  No walking around.
 His sensitivity to the power of solitude was profound.
Suddenly we heard birds, waterfalls...serenity.
We felt uplifted and humbled by the 
immense grandeur about us.  

In no way does this little video do justice to
Doubtful Sound.  But, it's a sweet 
reminder, just the same.

My cute brother, Creed, perched himself on the 
front of the boat and remained here 
from sun up to sun down.
No kidding.
Got to know him in a way I hadn't before.
Found out that I love him.  :)

Kayaking on the Doubtful

Fly fishing the Routeburn River
(No, this photo is not enhanced.
That IS the color of the river.)

New Zealand Brown

Life is a brief opportunity to make sure that
your dreams don't die with you.

It had been a dream of Kris' to visit New Zealand
for about 30 years.  Really. Happy he was
able to live his dream.

11 June 2014


A few weeks ago I shared some feelings
about Carl Bloch's painting entitled
  Christus Consolatur in my post
For my birthday in May, Kris gifted 
me a copy of the painting, 
reproduced on  canvas.
(Roses from my neighbors yard.)

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us,
so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your 
consolation and salvation, which is effectual in
the enduring of the same sufferings which we
also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it
is for your consolation and salvation.
2 Corinthians 1:5-6

Together we picked out a combination
of frames we felt hearkened back to
the paintings location in The Athenaeum
located in Horups Kyrka, Sweden.
I love passing by this painting now hanging
in our home and feeling the Rest it offers.

Each morning I take a walk around our yard
to see what new blooms have appeared.
It's restful to me.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's
lives may be...
I go...and for a time 
I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.

~~Wendell Berry

22 May 2014

Emmaus Walks

I have periods of time when I feel as if I am on my own
personal "road to Emmaus."
Surely I'm missing the answer, inspiration, 
direction, even miracle that is 
right in front of me.

While taking a walk recently in New Zealand with
my sister-in-law Ellen, this fantasy-like mushroom suddenly
appeared right in front of me.  I literally gasped, pointed,
and said "Is that real?" 
Because I have a ceramic mushroom in my yard
that looks just like this, I almost walked passed
it without really seeing it. My brain
at first simply registered "garden decor."

"And their eyes were opened, 
and they knew him...
And they said one to another,
Did not our heart burn within us,
while he talked with us by the way...?"
Even during my own Emmaus-like walks when
I feel like the obvious is anything but...
I know He is there.
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road."
And I know if I'll stay on the path,
my eyes, too, will be opened.
Yours will as well.

01 May 2014

"Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart"

"Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart"

I know that Heavenly Father has numberless creations.
I am one of them.
I also know that he has an individual plan for me
and for all those that I love.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
When we say God has a plan, He truly 
has a plan...for each of us as
individuals.  That doesn't mean everything will
be easy on our road...

...The plan always points the way, but
does not always smooth the way.

How do we compare to God, and all of His creations?
I know that we are the reason He created the universe.

And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens
thereof even so shall another come; and there 
is no end to my words.
For behold, this is my work and my glory---to bring
to pass the immortality and eternal life
of man. 
**Moses 1:38-39

19 April 2014

One Single Lily...

I haven't blogged in one year.  
I don't know if anyone blogs anymore. However,
a few recent experiences have stimulated 
my desire to start again.  Easter, and the coming
of Spring seem a fitting time for new beginnings.
We'll see if it sticks!

The very first Easter Kris and I shared as a married 
couple, and living as students at BYU, he
brought me one single Lily.  I've always
said it was one of the most romantic things he's
ever done. Because to me, it signified his tender
love for the Savior, the miraculous significance
of the Easter Season, and the love he felt for Him.
This is the 31st Easter he has 
given me Lillies.

Christus Consolatur
Carl Bloch

About a week ago, we were in Utah. While
there we went (for the second time) to the BYU
Museum of Art to spend time with the historic
exhibition Sacred Gifts

For the second time, I was particularly drawn in
and moved by Carl Bloch's Christus Consolator.
Many of the paintings are accompanied by 
scholarly, spiritual, and personal descriptions
which one can listen to using the individual
ipads and headphones available.  In addition, many 
of the works are accompanied by sacred music.

I listened to Come Unto Him at least five times
as I sat in the provided chairs staring at this
moving painting.  I could "see" people in my
own life depicted in each of the faces above
as the Savior reaches out to each and every one.

I could see the skeptic, just behind the Savior 
with his hand drawn to his face.

I could see the repentant, with his arms in chains,
wondering if he too might be looked upon with mercy.

I could see the faithful, in the woman with the white 
veil seeking the face she already knows so well.

I could see the anguished and tired, in the man wearing
the red robe grasping onto the Master's robe...
pleading for peace and relief.

And to all of us...His outstretched arms.

(Click HERE to listen to this
restful and hopeful song. The version
I especially love and the one accompanying
the artwork is done by the BYU Singers. However,
it was unavailable to link to.)

"Come unto Him all ye who labor and are weary.
Forsake thy sins...Come unto Him.
Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him.
Come and find rest in Him, all ye who are heavy laden.
Come all ye laboring souls,
 and ye shall rest in His eternal love.
Come unto Him..."