well, i'm home again after being gone for two months. and quite the two months it was: i was there in one state welcoming a new grandson into the world on April 15, then flew to California where my dad died on May 15, so they almost passed each other coming and going! what a surprising journey for each. lots to learn on both sides-the beginning is very hard to figure out, the middle will be full of finding themselves, and the end will be their final destiny-for the one it will be eternity and the other it will be the end of earth life. wow. how exciting for both. i think of the whole plan and circle of life as a book that has no end and endless possibilities. to explore is their determination; to fathom with the likeness of a sponge in the ocean is their tool. so very exciting and enchanting for both.
in the eternal scheme of things, when we are all finished here on this mortal realm, then we can look back with relish at the vastness of all of our lives on this, the earth of our learning, and the beginning of our grasping the knowledge to do all our Father has promised us.
"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.