Finding my passion…and a good slice of sourdough

Finding my passion…and a good slice of sourdough

I came home today from meeting Sarah at a park in Salt Lake for lunch—a park that, not too many months ago, I was running laps around with her, burning calories instead of consuming them. Today I was just sitting in a comfy beach chair 

A Garden Tour and The Iridescence of Birds

A Garden Tour and The Iridescence of Birds

I was looking out into our backyard this week and loved gazing on the tulips blooming there. It is a corner of our yard that is a delight each spring! I love flowers in bloom! I was doing a little research online today before I 

April, in bloom

April, in bloom

This year’s flower garden has been a great source of joy. I have gone out every day to see which flowers have bloomed. The power of sunshine and rain, good soil and patience all manifest themselves in this gorgeous spring display. Many thanks go to 

January 2020 Books

January 2020 Books

It’s the evening of January 31, and I wanted to record the books that I shared during this past month before moving on to February. I LOVED getting to share these books. There are some remarkable stories here–especially that of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, whose parents 

What was good about your day? A new approach to job accountability

What was good about your day? A new approach to job accountability

On Sunday we met at Family Council to discuss a change in the way we account on our daily load (jobs/home responsibilities). I announced that we will NO LONGER use job charts (cheers!). I won’t be paying them for each little job they do to 

Hope is the thing with feathers: memorizing in the moment

Hope is the thing with feathers: memorizing in the moment

As we were driving home from Peter’s cello lesson, Anna started reciting the poem that she is supposed to learn for school this month. Peter started reciting it after her, one phrase at a time. She taught the first stanza to him one phrase at 

Her first clothing purchase

Her first clothing purchase

We were shopping for Easter dresses the week before last when Anna spied this dress at the outlet store where we were. “Please, Mom, please!” she pled. “You already have your Easter dress!” I reminded her. “What if I pay for it myself?” she implored. 

Vanbulence

Vanbulence

This week, when I was at BYU, I passed by a van and realized that this is Sarah’s “getaway car” at work. It’s what the EMS staff use to attend to people on campus quickly. When I told Sarah I saw it, Rebecca remarked, “It’s her 

Rank advancements at our house

Rank advancements at our house

“Twelve years old is a rank advancement at our house!” Peter noted cheerfully this morning. This made me laugh. I saw that he was looking at the little clipboards with job chart time cards on them on the counter. He continued. “You get money instead 

Repurposing costumes (or, The Mad Seamstress)

Repurposing costumes (or, The Mad Seamstress)

Eliza has a dance recital coming up, which means she needs a costume. I absolutely LOVE Eliza’s dance studio director! She is so practical! She is so realistic! She “gets it” that families don’t have money to dish out for costumes that they will not re-use frequently.