Posted in Blessings Corner

Spring Ramblings

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t found time to post, and I don’t have anything earth shattering to say now, except that there are people around us- neighbors, strangers, friends, extended family, our own family members, who need us, and we never know how our influence or random acts of kindness will touch other lives for the better. It’s good to be aware of others and the trials they are going through. It’s good to pray for them and reach out to them. It’s good for our souls!

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One of my lovely flowers in my spring garden

Have you ever watched the movie, The Thrill of It All, with Doris Day and James Garner? My daughters and I love Doris Day movies, and this is one of our favorites. The suds scene… 😀

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It snowed earlier this week, and the temps were quite cool, but now we’re back to sunshine and green lawns. I feel blessed to live in this beautiful valley. I’m crazy about the mountains here, and I adore the little farms scattered about.

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We were happy to hear that our sweet missionary received her first care package from us. We were very pleased with the private delivery service we discovered because the mail system is often unreliable in Peru.

For those who read my last post, I enjoyed my first county convention, even though it lasted four hours. We have several candidates running for U.S. Senate, to fill a seat which will soon be vacated. It was interesting to listen to their three-minute speeches giving us an idea of their values and stances. I’ve also seen some progress with treating my KP, and if anyone is interested in hearing about that, leave a comment below. I’m just glad something is finally working!

♥ Are there any other Doris Day fans out there? If so, what is your favorite Doris Day movie? ♥

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Posted in Family Corner

One Spring Day (an update on my life)

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It seems as though this valley I call home is still waking up from winter. There are a few signs of spring, but most are only visible when you look up close.

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Almost every day I check my tulip/crocus bed for new developments. I just need to be patient a little longer!

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My first wreath I’ve ever made. I like how it turned out.

I am enjoying warmer weather here this week. The sun is hiding today, but the skies are blue and the grass lush and green.

I am wondering if any of my readers have experienced KP (keratosis pilaris) and if so, what products and/or diet recommendations work for you? I’d appreciate any advice! Mine is on my face so it’s particularly bothersome to me. It showed up last fall and has plagued me ever since. I went completely off dairy for most of March, but didn’t notice any difference. That was disappointing, but I’m still proud of my efforts.

Here is another question for my readers- Have any of you ever been a county delegate? I was voted in as a county delegate and my first convention to attend is this Saturday evening. I’d love any advice! I feel like the little packet of info. given me was not very informative. I guess I’ll roll with it on Saturday and go from there. I think I’ll be meeting potential candidates for state senate and our state school board. Should be interesting.

I’ve been babysitting a lot for a friend in my neighborhood and church. I work with her four-year old son at church, as well. He has some special needs and I am his one-on-one teacher. It’s a lot of fun and I think watching him at home once or twice a week has increased his progress with me. Plus, his little sister is adorable! She loves to watercolor at my house.

Last night, my husband and I supported our son, who is 15, by attending a service auction fundraising dinner. The youth in our ward (church congregation) were raising money to pay for camps and other activities. I got a little carried away on the bidding! I ended up with three heaping plates of brownies (they were all one bid; I gave two plates away in the parking lot), an expensive plate of chocolate covered strawberries ($35), one jug of fresh apple cider, five dog walks, and window washing for our entire house. All, but the window washing was on a silent auction. I just couldn’t put my paddle down bidding for the window washing! I have to say though, the strawberries are delicious!

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Here Marissa is with her companion and a little boy named, Miguel, with a Cusco village in the background

Here is a recent snapshot of my missionary daughter in Cusco. She has been out for three months now (her mission is for eighteen months). She told me that when Peruvians hear her singing in English, they ask her to continue. They will also ask her to translate songs on the radio that are in English. She sometimes volunteers in a pizzeria and bakery. You can read more of her mission adventures at Our Inspired Quest.

♥  I just counted and we have 49 windows. Thanks for spending some time visiting my blog today. ♥

Posted in Blessings Corner

Hopeful

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I have never had my own tulip bed before, but last fall, my youngest son and I planted I don’t know how many tulip and crocus bulbs into one of the front yard flowerbeds. We spent hours clearing the bed of weeds and then meticulously planted bulb after bulb, spacing each just right, and hopefully in the right direction!

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In a way it was a bittersweet task because we were planning to sell our house this spring. I couldn’t help reflecting that I was doing this more for potential buyers than for myself. Or so I thought…

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Long story short, something happened in January which changed the plans we had already put into motion (we’d been looking at potential land to build on, had a professional designing our dream home, etc.), and now we are not selling and not moving. A couple of days ago, my oldest son called me outside to show me these first yellow buds. I was thrilled to see the hopeful beginnings of my first tulip garden.

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All these photos were taken on the same day. My poor baby tulips!

But I digress- I felt guilty at first for being relieved. We’re not selling! We’re not moving! We get to stay in our lovely home here, in a beautiful valley I’ve come to love. It took me several years to feel at home here, but now I feel completely at home. Suddenly, staying seems meant-to-be. And I feel… hopeful.

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I think life poking through the ground, after sleeping for months under a blanket of snow, is hopeful. Springtime, with it’s renewed life, is hopeful. (Now, if it would just stop snowing here!) But, most of all, Easter is upon us, and that is as hopeful as life gets because it’s about the only being who could give us true hope. I’m looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the start of Holy Week. It’s snowing here today on Palm Sunday, but little yellow buds are sprouting also.

♥ Have you been getting snow as well? Do you have a tulip garden? Do you feel hopeful when you see signs of spring? Are you preparing for an Easter celebration? I’d love to hear your thoughts. ♥

Posted in Photography Corner

Hello May!

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Happy May to my readers. Here are more photos from the tulip festival.

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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”

-Luther Burbank

“I love spring anywhere but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”

-Ruth Stout

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“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

-Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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I’m continuing my 100 day walk challenge (to walk 1 mile per day). May 1st marks day 27 and so far I have logged 32 miles. ♥ This homeschool year is still going strong. We’re in the middle of an early state history unit which includes an awesome timeline. ♥ I’m looking forward to the end of this month when my two boys and I will take a week long history trip to New York City, Philadelphia and Boston. We watched National Treasure last night and that made me excited to see things such as the Liberty Bell. ♥ How about you? Any fun plans for May?

Posted in Photography Corner

Tulip Festival

On Saturday our family visited Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, for their tulip festival. I was thrilled because we hadn’t been to a tulip festival in years. It was a beautiful day and all the more fun to be there with favorite cousins. Here are a some of my best photos-

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♥ Which photo is your favorite? Have you been to a tulip festival? ♥

Posted in Photography Corner

Welcome Spring!

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I love this time of year! It’s still a bit chilly outside, but nice enough to go for a sunset walk in my neighborhood (wearing a light coat and a hat to cover my sensitive ears).

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Last Sunday I took a solitary walk in the rain (with an umbrella or I would’ve been soaked). About half way around the block, my husband picked me up in the car and we went for a drive in the rain. That’s when we spotted these two geese enjoying their own private puddle. 

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Isn’t this rotting tree stump cool? And you can see some of our run-off in the ditch behind it. The water running through our neighborhood ditches is fast and furious, not to mention loud! I hope parents have warned their children to keep their distance.

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On a side note, I am participating in The Great Walk Challenge which starts today. The challenge is to walk one mile every day for the next 100 days. I love walking with Leslie Sansone! This morning I walked 3 miles to one of her walking workouts.