Thursday, August 30, 2012
the smell of canning and cooking
a surprise visit from my parents
hugs from my kids
smiles from my husband
my brand new neice
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Summer squash so green and long
growing in my garden,
So prolific, so oblong,
we must ask your pardon!
You are the butt of many jokes
abandoned at neighbors' houses.
I even know some local blokes
who feed you to their cowses!
Yet, given a chance, you are delicious
fried or baked or grated ...
versatile in many dishes;
some I've liked, some I've hated!
So here's to you my abundant friend
and all your tasty uses
I'm looking forward to the end,
because I'm running out of uses!!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
This weekend my family was able to attend a reunion for my grandparents' ( Clyde and Marjorie McLean) family. They have 5 kids,
25 grandchildren, and at least 50 great-grandchildren, with more on the way. It was really fun spending time with my extended family.... especially talking about "the good old days". It reminded me of how blessed I am to have such a good family and a lifetime full of love and happy memories. I am so grateful to have the gospel in my life, that allows me to be sealed to my family for eternity!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
We got a call early this morning telling us to go to the hospital ASAP for Tony's toe surgery. So, my day was spent waiting for Tony and waiting on Tony. He has been a good, if somewhat loopy patient! Hopefully the toe will heal and work properly again.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Today I worked all day at the bookstore. While I enjoy it, I don't enjoy it as much as being home with my kids and working in the garden. This picture shows my garden with the chickens helping me fight the weeds and bugs. It calms my mind and brings peace to my heart as I grow and tend the plants and animals. I am so grateful for the amazing creations that God has given us!
Monday, August 6, 2012
I taught a lesson in church yesterday about using time wisely. I came across this quote from President Monson, which I love. "Time is the raw material of life. Every day unwraps itself like a gift, bringing us the opportunity to spin a fabric of health, pleasure, and content and to evolve into something better than we are at its beginning. Success is contingent upon our effective use of the time given us. When we cease peering backwards into the mists of our past and craning forward into the fog that shrouds the future and concentrate upon doing what lies clearly at hand, then we are making the best and happiest use of our time. Success is the ratio of our accomplishments to our capacities." I found an amazing amount of wisdom in this small paragraph!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
We traveled down to Utah on Friday night and stayed with my brother. On Saturday morning he baptised his daughter. It was good to be with family and experience this sweet time with them. The weekend included a couple of new experiences for me.... I had my first go-kart ride (my second ride was better than the first), ate chicken heart at Tucano's, and also tried quail eggs, which I wasn't terribly impressed with. It was a great weekend, thanks to my brother and his awesome family!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
We have been trying to think of ways to make family history and journal writing a part of our family life. One idea was to spend a few minutes each night recording something from our lives. We got the kids set up with their own blogs, and they seem to really enjoy posting. If you want their addresses, contact me and I will share! Here are my bloggers!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
This is from a few months ago...both of the boys got asked on a double date by a couple of sweet girls from our ward. They made tie-dye shirts, played games, ate home-made pizza, and went to a school dance. It was a great experience for both of them!