Practicing until you’re dead…bahaha

Practicing until you’re dead…bahaha

I had just taken a bite of a fresh plumcot (oh my! they are delicious!) that my mom brought over when Anna was complaining about having to practice her violin. “Are you EVER going to let us not take an instrument?” she pleaded. Sarah, ever the…

On beauty

On beauty

Lovely quote today, especially the part about sharing it with a child: “Has the Lord supplied mankind with beauty? Anyone who doubts it need only to open his eyes to the sunrise and the sunset and his ears to the sound of rain and wind, to marvel at the colors of the flowers and the rainbow, to perceive the variety in the scenery of the desert and the forest, the fields of grain, the mountains, rivers, and oceans. At this time of year we are beginning to thrill with the new life of springtime, and as we loose ourselves in the teeming life about us, we become a part of it. “All the earth, with no sterility in it, gladdens the heart. In our concern as our brother’s keeper, we can help one another understand the gift of beauty which is ours. Let us take the time to see and to feel and to enjoy all that God has created for us. Margaret L. White brings this responsibility to our minds as we follow her words: ‘I took a little child’s hand to lead him to the Father. My heart was full of gratitude for the glad privilege. We walked slowly. I suited my steps to the short steps of the child. We spoke of the things the child noticed. Sometimes we picked the Father’s flowers and stroked their soft petals and loved their bright colors. Sometimes it was one of the Father’s birds. We watched it build its nest. We saw the eggs that were laid. We wondered, elated at the care it gave its young. Often we told stories of the Father. I told them to the child, and the child told them again to me. We told them, the child and I, over and over again. Sometimes we stopped to rest, leaning against one of the Father’s trees, and letting his cool air cool our brows, and never speaking. And then, in the twilight, we met the Father. The child’s eyes shone. He looked lovingly, trustingly, eagerly up to the Father’s face. He put his hand into the Father’s hand. I was for the moment forgotten. I was content.’ (Lucy Gertsch, comp., Minute Masterpieces [Bookcraft, 1953], p. 99.)”  (From “My Brother’s Keeper” by John H. Vandenberg) I have enjoyed sharing the beauties of the earth with my children, on nature walks, while gardening, or by placing a vase…

Overwhelmed by whipping cream

Overwhelmed by whipping cream

We seem to have had a proliferation of funny quotables this weekend. I caught a few of them on paper. For example, we just sat down to a minimal dinner with a maximal helping of dessert: angel food cake with berries and freshly whipped cream (after…

GQ: Jumping in the fridge, magic wands, and corn on the curb

GQ: Jumping in the fridge, magic wands, and corn on the curb

We’ve had some family quotables popping up lately. When I was a teenager, and my mom said something funny, we’d called it a “mommily.” Now that I’m the mom, mommilies are prolific. When I have a lot on my mind (when do I not?!?), I’ll…

LOL/GQ: Pe-DES-tal

LOL/GQ: Pe-DES-tal

I’ve heard a few things said around here that have made me chuckle. One of my favorite things about children (older and younger) is hearing them say words that they haven’t read before and saying them a new way that I haven’t heard before. Tonight…

GQ: Adapted to the lowest capacity

GQ: Adapted to the lowest capacity

A friend recommended to me yesterday a speech given by Elder Bednar on “The Character of Christ.” I have just barely begun to study it when I came across this quote: “The revelations of the Lord to his creatures are adapted to the lowest capacity, and…

LOL: Talking in our sleep

LOL: Talking in our sleep

I went in to wake up my daughters this morning. One of them answered me, “I know nothing about Pocahontas.” LOL. I paused and asked her if what she just said about Pocahontas was part of a dream? Hmmm, she murmured sleepily. Good Morning, Liz…

GQ: I deserve it

GQ: I deserve it

The children said so many funny things this weekend! I didn’t scribble them down anywhere, and now they have fled from my memory. But one child just said something that impressed me. I gave this child a big hug and asked this child if they…

GQ: Raisin in the Sun, or the importance of loving those needing it most

GQ: Raisin in the Sun, or the importance of loving those needing it most

This quote hangs in our home and reminds me that we all need love most when we are not at our best. We were driving the other day when on the radio I heard an excerpt from a BYU devotional given by Kristin Matthews. She…