This part of the family went to school for about 10 yrs, starting in Boston and ending at Utah State U. for undergrad and Portland U. for their Masters of Fine Arts. I SAY 'THEY' BECAUSE BOTH RUSSELL AND TRACY DID ABOUT AN EQUAL PART IN GETTING THE DEGREES WITH TRACY DOING MUCH OF THE GROUNDWORK AND FOOTWORK. Tracyspent time with numerous jobs to help support the family when in Utah and Oregon-and one of the parents were always with the kids!They made a great team and now Russ is teaching high school art in a great place in Washington state. Aftyn 3 yrs, is the joy of all their lives-the little one that the boys used to pray to have come to their family, and who is the sweet spirit they waited for. The boys, Gavin, 15 yrs (he says he loves reading, running endurance, fencing, tennis, guitar) and Asher, almost 13 yrs, ( he loves reading, video games, trumpet, outdoors) . We've visited them a couple of times and can see what a good place they have to raise kids in and have a good life. in this last photo we are at The Potholeswith them, which isan area of small lava lakes not too far from where they live. last water fun of the season before winter set in. they have sincere and pure hearts and give them freely-we have such great admiration for these folks of ours!! LOVE ALL MY KIDS!!!
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." — Marjorie Pay Hinckley
another of very few mantras i love...
~sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child~
"...there are so many "shoulds" and "should nots" that merely keeping track of them can be a challenge. Sometimes, well-meaning amplifications of divine principles-many coming from uninspired sources-complicate matters further, diluting the purity of divine truth with man-made addenda. One person's good idea-something that may work for him or her-takes root and becomes an expectation. And gradually, eternal principles can get lost within the labyrinth of "good ideas." ~Dieter F. Uchtdorf
i spent the first part of my lifetime raising our 7 children, loved it and have created 7 good citizens of the earth. that circle continues as we grow in size in our family with number 26 in our growing band of grands. (picture below) i still love life, nature, outdoor activities and making freehand style baby quilts. i love ATV sport(when someone offers it) and fishing, hiking and providing bird habitats, which in idaho is great. and oh, that Nampa Stampede Rodeo!!
he died on May 15, 2010 at age 99 and this was taken last birthday in his 98th year of life
last year's seedhead for the birds and some of the deck flowers
I LOVE THIS!
Duncan, our newest grandchild
so full of thoughts...born on April 15, 2010
an older collage
some of the family and other neat stuff
Our praying mantis hatch 2009
...let us outta here! love this sunroom.
~~Thoughts for Many a Day~~
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
A sharp tongue can cut your own throat.
If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn't oversleep.
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
The best vitamin for making friends..... B1!
The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.
One thing you can give and still keep...is your word.
You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself
If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.
One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.
Ideas won't work unless 'You' do.
Your mind is like a parachute...it functions only when open.
The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.
The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!
It is never too late to become what you might have been.
Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right, and forget about the ones who don't.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it change's your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back.
Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away.
Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong.