Why this blog...

I am the mother of the three most talented, intelligent and beautiful children ever to live on this earth. I am also privileged to be married to the most wonderful man! He has added three additional talented, intelligent and beautiful children to our family! I have a job that I mostly love, a wonderful education, a beautiful home, marvelous family, and I have the privilege of belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been greatly blessed in my life, but I sometimes forget that. So, I decided to create this blog as a way to remind myself of all the many blessings and miracles that surround me. (I'm also terrible at keeping a journal- so this will be something for my kids to enjoy as well.)

I hope you enjoy what you read. I would love to hear what you think!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

An Abundance of Leaves...

My backyard yesterday morning... Beautiful and horrible all at the same time!

I love my backyard, the trees, the shade in the summer, the birds that flock there, the room to play with my little girls! But this amount of leaves = a lot of work!!!

This is my yard yesterday afternoon- after way too many hours of work...yes, I was exhausted.

But it is worth it!!! All of the work to take care of this yard is well worth the work that goes with it.

Just like life. Luke's illness creates work for us both. Sometimes quite a lot of work, actually. But it is so very worth it to have such a great marriage with such an incredible man!

Teaching is a lot of hard work sometimes- but again, so worth it in all of the great relationships and learning for both my students and myself!

Life is full of that abundance of leaves most days- but it just means that life is also full of the beautiful, tall trees that give shade and attract birds, and give me a place to enjoy my family.

I am so blessed.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Ash!

From this...

a 'bigger on the inside' kind of spirit...

a giant personality... 

whether sad...

or happy...

always learning...

always exploring...

having so much fun...

a great blessing to me!

Grandma Dee loves you!!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Making Something Out of the 'Discarded'...

Only 4 more rows- then the edges! I am so excited that the end is in sight. This quilt will be for Charly. As with my other jeans quilts, pillows, pillowcases and backpacks throughout the years, this top is made from other people's discarded jeans. They were full of holes or stains or simply falling apart; no longer useful as jeans, ready for the trash. And yet, they can make something spectacular! 

Just like this beautiful quilt that I was honored to make for a good friend.

I started making jean quilts way back when I had 3 very young children and little (or no) money. I wanted to make them a quilt for their beds but had very little money to make them. I saw a jean quilt made by a neighbor and decided that since I had an abundance of soon to be discarded jeans (as I had 3 children including 2 growing and active boys!) I would also make jean quilts. 

Many years later, I still derive great satisfaction from using things others would discard...

This weekend was The General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I was privileged to watch and listen. I started thinking about my Savior and how he takes those who may be discarded by others and makes something beautiful and wonderful out of each and every one of us!

I am so grateful for Jesus Christ in my life and hope to always follow His example.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Officially Fall!

Yesterday: Great General Women's Conference!

16 quarts of grape juice, 3 batches of salsa, and 2 more pints of tomatoes...

plus potatoes, carrots, green beans and zucchini...

not bad for one so-so garden! Hoping to do even better next year, but this will do!

And ready to get Char's quilt on the frame.

Yes, it is fall.

Plus the 5 year anniversary of bringing Adrienne her dog run- and accepting Luke's proposal on the way!

So glad I said 'yes'!!!

I am so blessed to be married to this man!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Summer of Family:Summer Projects Part 2

I decided to finally update the kids' pictures... but without grands. I added parents too. I love it!

Found a trouble spot in my bathroom. So it went from this:

to this:

 Hoping the cultured marble comes in soon!

 Worked on the yard....

 And garden....

And my spaghetti squash turned into a zucchini/spaghetti squash!

But still have yummy things from the garden!

stuffed zucchini!

And my project just for me! My grands!!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer of Stitching- Summer Projects Part 1

My grandfather died at a fairly young age in a tragic accident. This sweet lady, my Grandmother, was left to find a way to make ends meet for her family. She made and sold handmade items- quilts, stuffed animals, dolls, etc. For me, as a young girl, there was nothing better at Christmas than to receive a doll or blanket made by my grandmother. 

As I got a little older, my grandmother began to teach me how to quilt. As I didn't live nearby (I was in Minnesota, she in Utah), I only remember 2 occasions when I worked on a quilt with my grandmother. She was so patient in her teaching as I couldn't seem to be able to make the same size stitches twice in a row, I continually pricked my finger, and I needed help with every single knot!

But I am forever grateful for the love and example she gave to me!

I was able to make 4 of these, one for each granddaughter, this summer thanks to my grandmother's lessons. 

I was even able to use the rose patterns my grandmother used so many years ago!

I hope my granddaughters (or at least one) will want to learn to quilt with me!

Now I need to finish a jean quilt for Char...

Just need to put it on the frame!

And of course, finish stitching my neighborhood Christmas gifts!

I am so blessed to be able to create things for the people I love!


Monday, July 31, 2017

My Girls Just Know How to Have Fun!!!

Love these girls!

And they are getting so grown up! A day like this one makes me wish for time to slow down already!

Hours spent just listening to all of their news while enjoying treats...

watching them think of fun things to do like hide and seek in a backyard without real hiding places...

pinwheel blowing competitions...

And just time being together. I hope to make the time for more days like this! I am so blessed!