Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Soul Restoration

I just signed up for this online course.
 Because I have been to Brave Girl Camp I know with 100% surety that this course will be a good thing for me.  Join us!  You won't be disappointed.  I am looking forward to re-focusing myself for the new year and remembering truths that guide me on my journey.  I am excited to re-connect with friends and of course, to create!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mothercraft


























I recenlty found this book at a second hand store.  I paid $1 for it.  At first glace, I thought it would be a riot to read through the leading advice and ideas on 'mothercraft' as they called motherhood in the 50's and 60's.    As I have continued to read however, I find myself wishing this was a book on the top ten best sellers list today.  Truth never changes.  Truth is never outdated and it never stops producing the same results.  I will share just one of my favorite parts; perhaps its my favorite because it supports my belief on how I like my home to feel.  My home is definitely a place where children are children... perhaps because in some ways it continues to give me an excuse to be a child still (especially when doing art projeccts!).





The book was printed in 1952.  The pages are yellowed and worn.  I love it.  I am acutally using some of the pages for an art project but I wanted to scan some of these that I thought were great sections.  
Speaking of children being children, don't you think that the combination of a swing from the swingset hooked through the handle of a wagon makes the perfect child-drawn carraige?  Genius.



Life is so interesting right now.  And by interesting I mean crazy, tiring, cramped, busy, out of the ordinary.  Yet I can see blessings every day.  I can see beauty in the change of seasons, in people, and mostly; in my children.  Surely the Lord cannot forget any of us... I belive that.

sailing on to dance class with one 3 year old who dresses up for it for 2 house before and has yet to actually DANCE during the class.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

excuse me

for just a minute while I go and think about how these are some of the most beautiful faces this world has ever seen.....


Sunday, October 24, 2010

wondering....

I was just kindof wondering today... is it really ok to be in bed with stomach flu three times in eight days? Because I am ready to be healthy again.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Littleton Historical Farm Museum

I grew up in Littleton, so I naturally I love it.  I even love the name.  I love that my parents still live there.  I love that I had a bunch of friends from home at college and we called it L-town.  The Littleton Historical Farm is not a disappointment.  With fall break this week we took a day to spend time there with the family checking out the 1960's and 1930's farms.  Again it reminded me that I love old stuff.  And flower gardens.  And taking endless photos of my children.  If you ever have the chance you should check it out - plus, its free!




I really love fun outings like this one.  I hope you had one this week too!
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Memo to me

A few items you should Definitely leave out of storage next time you move and pack your belongings away for months.
I'm just covering essentials here.

garlic press. 
serving spoons.
baby wash.
cumin. 
colored pencils.
vegetable peeler.
a full set of measuring cups.
more than 2 skirts for yourself. 
your camera flash.


the end.


Monday, October 11, 2010

21 Days

In the past 21 days myself and my family have experienced a myriad of emotions and many life changing events.  We have laughed, we have cried, we have screamed in frustration, we have celebrated with joy and counted our blessings, well, it feels like there are not many emotions we haven't experienced.  In the past 21 days we have:

Attended a funeral in Idaho for my sweet Uncle who unexpectedly passed away.
Had a massive garage sale.
Put 80% of our belongings in storage.
Finished a soccer season.
Slept in 4 different houses and a hotel.
De-junked our life.
Mourned with family and friends.
Gone without a computer or internet (until today - yea!)
Been in 4 different states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho)
Celebrated my son's 6th birthday.
Attended the baptism of a precious friend.
De-junked again.
Lived out of our van and changed clothes in various public restrooms.
Driven 2800+ miles.
Moved into temporary housing while we figure out the (hopeful) building of our new home.
Been blessed and helped by the efforts of an army of people who love us.
Moved 5 children into 1 bedroom together.  no further comment.
Flu shots for the family.
Had kindness and generosity poured out upon us by sweet people.
Said goodbye to amazing neighbors ( we are going through serious withdraw!)
Stored some of our junk in a kind friend's garage (thank you!!!)
Moved out of our home of 4 years in 3 weeks notice.
Cried through sleepless nights
Been uplifted by listening to General Conference
Attended the temple.
Prayed.  A lot.
Took 3 children in for yearly checkups and had shots.
Watched the leaves change color & flutter to the ground.
Bought new shoes for children who suddenly had bare feet because somehow their shoes all got packed into storage.
Packed up my creative space.  I'm still in shock.
Thrown away more junk.  Why did I move this stuff?
Packed school lunches out of my car.
Had a child in the emergency room.
Stayed the weekend in the mountains in between moving out and available temporary housing due to the generosity of kind people.
Attended parent teacher conferences.
Taken birthday treats into school for sweet 6 year old son.
Finished coaching another soccer season.
Played battleship with my children for the first time.
Sobbed in sheer frustration.
Put together a 'super star' poster for a child for school.  Could this asssignment not fall on another month?
Had our hearts aching for our friends who lost their most precious 5 year old daughter.
Talked with our children about life and death and grieving.
Felt a lot of sadness.
Visited Kurt's grandparents grave.
Watch the entire deal on our future home that we have been planning for months fall apart in one fell swoop.  Where to go from here?
Got an oil change in my van.
Enjoyed a birthday celebration breakfast at Uncle Bob and Aunt Fay's house in Idaho Falls.
Trapped 12 mice in the temporary house since we moved in.  no further comment.
Done homework assignments and packed lunches at Grandma and Grandpa's house - they have a printer and paper and pencils and food everything!  It's amazing!
Bid farewell to Kurt's parents the night before they left for a 2 year mission in Jamaica.
Bought deodorant 3 times because I couldn't find it (again)!
Found peace in the scriptures and promised myself to increase my faith.
Hugged my children and looked into their eyes - realizing they are growing at a rapid pace.
Spent a lot of time thinking about WHAT REALLY MATTERS.
Stayed at my sister's house and snuggled up to hear her read stories to the children.
Carried sleeping children into their beds late at night.  More than once.

As I reflect on our life right now and all of these experiences we have had - favorable or not - I feel like I am greatly blessed.  Even when life seems to be storming against us there are others who are suffering so deeply that it throws your trails right back into perspective.  I am so thankful to know that God truly does care about my family and where we end up.  I know he has a plan for us.  I am forever grateful for all those who have come and helped us in so many ways.    Thank you.
I am tired, I am weary, but not worn out.
In the end, we are sailing on, at the time being the course is just a bit unsure.  We are looking ahead and hoping for more sunny skies.






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