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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Trek

If you wondered why you hadn't heard from me in over a month, this is why - Trek

 Its an enormous amount of prep work. Our whole family took a great trip to Mt. Rushmore and surrounding areas around Father's Day and when I came home I got so sick for several days, and then it was back to my walking 6-10 miles a week, purchasing and organizing gear for the 3 of us as well as for our whole family of 8 "kids" we would be walking with, planning devotionals, games, how to solve problems we knew would come up, praying for inspiration, answers, and more ideas, sewing an apron, a family flag, and hemming pajama pants into the bloomers all women had to wear, etc. until . . . .The night we left. We started with a fireside Sunday night then loaded buses - all 500 of us, (8 buses) and left at midnight for Wyoming.
 LittleBuddy wasn't in our Trek family, but we got to be in the same company of 100 with him after the 1st day. He went on the 17 mile 1st day trek while we were with those who were handicapped in some way, and only went 10 miles. Mike volunteered us for that as he didn't want me to over do things, and I did fine, 21 miles overall for our group, 28 for LittleBuddy.
 The girl in the center pulling the handcart is wearing a leg boot for her broken leg, but that didn't stop her. She was hard-working and didn't want to be left out of having a real pioneer experience. Others in our group had inhalers, autism, and other issues, but they all wanted to participate and everyone helped. This was going uphill on the Women's Pull.  I'm in the back pushing with all my might with another of my "daughters."
 Here was our whole group - 4 sons and 4 daughters, plus me and MyMike - Pa. Our handcart weighed 200 lbs. on its own and with our supplies we added another 150-200 lbs. . . not really sure of exact amount. We have 2 5 gallon jugs, one for water and one for Gatorade. Surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as it sounds but we had lots of helpful pullers and pushers. I can't imagine those back in 1856 who did it alone or carrying a dying loved one inside theirs. Very humbling thoughts were part of our Trek experience.
Our bishop and his wife were in front of us, so they took this picture as we're standing in front of the area known as Martin's Cove. What a sacred place this was!
 This is Devil's Gate. Martin's Cove is just to the left of this photo. We had started in Willie Meadows at the 6th Crossing of the Sweetwater River, then took a bus over to Rock Creek Hollow where we camped. LittleBuddy's group hiked up Rocky Ridge where they come out on the back side which is Rock Creek Hollow. The next morning we had a neat devotional led by missionaries called to share these great stories and help us understand the significance of where we were the history surrounding it. It was wonderful! The Spirit was strong, and whether you have pioneer ancestry or not, it is a legacy of faith and consecration that we all benefit from today.
 This actually shows the area that is Martin's Cove. As you see the grass jut to the right in the center before the mountains, it is actually sand that was blown there over a long period of time, and the grass grew up over it, and behind it and between the mountains is a grassy area where over 400 members of the Martin Handcart Company stayed and huddled, hoping for enough to eat and to be rescued in the brutal winter of 1856. It struck me how loving our Father in Heaven was to have provided a secluded spot out of the worst of the Wyoming wind to provide a save haven for them in their extreme situation, by sending those winds to build up the sand in just the right place. You'd never know it was there if you didn't happen to look for it, and yet its a perfect spot. Tender mercies.
Here's my boy on the way to the Cherry Creek Campground after a rest stop where snakes were spotted. Yes, we were camping, with outhouses, hot days, and cold nights. I could have done without the camping but Trek I would do again in a heartbeat. Really it is the people you are with that make the difference and I had a great family. I was glad I could see my LittleBuddy with his family too. It was great to know we were all there together, feeling the Spirit of this great place and learning more about those who came before us.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father's Day printables

Well, a lot has happened in the last 32 days!



Here a few free printables I've been using to get ready for Father's Day:

http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/2010Q2/msl_0610_fathers_day_labels.pdf

http://catchmyparty.com/blog/free-printables-superhero-fathers-day

A few quick highlights:
School's been out for almost a month
Both boys are working
LittleBuddy went to EFY
BigBuddy is no longer engaged
Cowgirl helped LittleBuddy and is coming to be with us soon
MyGirl is looking for a job
I am hiring professionals for home improvement projects - MyMike just too busy and not interested
Trek prep actively underway including making a family flag for our handcart
Great temple experiences
Another dear friend with cancer
Made a few cards. No quilting. More cooking and bread making.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Simplicity

Before I can create something I need to have time. Its been a busy time in my life lately, more driving than Ever before, and more assignments at church, preparing for Trek - 3 of us are going,  as well as a wedding now in the planning stages!
 Yep, BigBuddy is now engaged, and got his wisdom teeth out a week ago. He's doesn't look too puffy there.  But in spite of all that, if I get going too fast and have too much to do, then creativity just takes a back seat. I've had LittleBuddy's quilt top done for over a month and not one stitch of quilting on it. And when I have free time sometimes I don't need to be creative. I just need some rest. Here is an example of a Sunday Snooze Fest in my great room. It's simple for me. Rest is the prelude to creativity.

Nevertheless, a home feels too sterile without homemade touches. And because I've been too busy to create much, I thought I'd share some simple projects that are adding a touch of creativity to my home right now. If I've shared them before I apologize.

 MyGirl made me this thoughtful frame of words about me using a circle punch from an old children's dictionary whose cover was falling off, and heart punch with some scraps of red paper. Super sweet. This is in my bathroom.

 This is the back side of my Easter Egg table runner. Since I'm too busy to make another one for Spring right now, just looking at these bright, happy flowers on my dining room table makes me happy.
The Easter Card my mom made for us still sits on my desk in my room. Sweet, darling, creative. Love it!
 A homemade card from my teenage son on my serving table in the dining room. Of course its the message inside that meant so much, but I'm just  a softy for home made cards.
For $6 I was able to order a chalkboard on canvas commemorative label for my anniversary. I first put it out at Valentine's Day, then I put it away and pulled it out again for Spring. Sewed to some happy fabric and framed in white, I love the simple but happy reminder sitting next to my Mother's Day cards. Two more months it will be 28 years.

And see the quilts draped on the chair and behind me on the sofa. I love quilts. Their are three just in my upstairs, one of my bed, and a few scattered throughout my children's rooms. Quilts equals home.

Then last night this was the view out our back deck - the Lord's double rainbow reminding us that in spite of a week of rain/hail/snow almost every day, the earth won't be flooded, and His light still shines strong. I am blessed by creativity every day!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Best Creations

Happy Mother's Day to all my friends that are mothers, who have mothers, or who love mothers. . . .you're all covered!

 I am so blessed to have a mother who loves me and always has. She shares so much with me; her love, wisdom, talents, and listening ear. Any good thing that I am or have done is in large part to her good teachings and example. And sometimes it was just her handing me something and telling me to go do it. I cannot discount a mother's inspiration. My life has blessed when I listened.

Among my own creations, none mean more to me than my four children. Of course I can't really take that much credit for them. They were wonderful beings long before they came to live in my house. Their Heavenly Father sent them to me with distinct personalities. Not one of them is much like their siblings.  I am continually amazed that they were all raised in my home and that each member of our family is so unique. However, the great things they have in common are what make them so wonderful. They are all strong and gifted people. They have talents that they share with others. They are giving, compassionate people, who look out for the underdogs in life and are loyal friends. They are very devoted to our family and really do get along well one with another though they aren't all super close. I think because they are all so different they don't all understand each other, but that just makes the fact that they love and value each other so much greater. They are good citizens, responsible, hard workers, and make wherever they are a better place. I am grateful to share my life with them.
And so I present my Best Creations!

Cowgirl

Big Buddy

MyGirl

LittleBuddy

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Sweetest Birthday

My baby girl turns 21 tomorrow. Don't know how that's possible when I'm only 29 myself ;[) anyhow, true to her angelic heart, she has decided to do something for her birthday this year that just reminds me how much I am actually blessed to be her mother. 
She had her brother help her print out cards saying, "This week is my 21st birthday and I want to remember 21 people that I love, including you . . . " Then there is the heart, and at the bottom, Love, and her name.

 To some she's given out cookies. This is the second batch she's made this week.
 To other's she's given little lotions. And to other's far away she has other surprises.

She's a major Pinterest follower, and to see the good things that are shared by others, get shared again, reminds me that in spite of the hard challenges this world has, there are sure some really good people out there who inspire others to be a better person and reach out in love instead of selfishness. Knowing my little girl, is one of those, just makes me love and appreciate her even more. Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Love Is In The Air

BigBuddy brought home his girlfriend from college. It was great to get to know her. She's wonderful and he had a great time showing her the beauty of this part of the country. They were cute together and definitely in love. 


 LittleBuddy loves being behind the wheel. And its a loving father who will patiently teach his youngest son to drive. 
 I have four wedding invitations right now on my fridge with the first wedding this week. My daughter's good friend is getting married in six weeks so last night it was time to create. Four basic cards with minor variations in each then one different one using pieces I combined into the fifth.  





Friday, April 10, 2015

Masculine Cards

You'll notice some repeated papers here. I tried to get at least 3 cards of some of the scraps I had on hand. Card making should always be done with scraps. Scrapbook pages take full size papers and I am so behind on my youngest two children's books, I will be going through a lot of paper soon. This isn't enough cards I realized, but its some to get me going. I also have four wedding invitations on my fridge currently, with another I know coming, so look for some wedding cards popping up soon too. Fun Times!

My oldest two are coming home tomorrow. Can't wait!!! And my youngest daughter is Sick, Sick, Sick! So sad, and exactly what she doesn't want when everyone's coming home. Fortunately we've been to the doctor, have prescriptions, and are fighting it with all we have. Prayers appreciated!

I had a lot harder time coming up with masculine cards. I'm going back to generic birthday cards. They seem to work better for me than primarily masculine ones. Bright colors, nice wishes, and simple design. . . stick with what I'm used to, right?

Enjoy the beautiful Spring where ever you are! I'm loving seeing my tulips in bloom and the grass turning green again. I want to shout, "We've missed you so much!! Glad you're here for a while again." I'm not bothered by winter. I enjoy the change of seasons and the snow when its glistening is heavenly, but I'm ready for the green grass and the leafy trees. Bring on SPRING!