Grieving a House

My parents are moving.  I'd been instructed to keep the news under wraps while they did their house hunting.  They didn't want to put their current house up for sale until they had another one in the works.  Living in the same house...and therefore neighborhood, ward and community for 34 years meant that news of their leaving was going to be met with surprise and dismay.  They didn't want to deal with that until they were ready.  But the new house has been bought.  The current house is getting ready to go on the market....more

That place....

I'm at that place again.  That same place I occupied six years ago.  The one where I found myself grappling with thoughts of entering a new phase of life.  With all of my children in school, what would I do with myself?  Oh, I had no doubt I would keep busy regardless.  But I found myself with a desire to do more, to reinvent myself, maybe?  To challenge myself?  However you describe it, this is the place I found myself inhabiting six years ago.  Brandon was heading off to Kindergarten....more

'Witness" photo shoot

You may or may not remember me mentioning that I am singing in a newly formed little women's group.  (See here)  We call ourselves "Witness."  Ours goals mostly revolve around doing performances for and sharing our testimonies with church activities...Relief Society and Young Women events, firesides, etc.  But this summer we have branched out a bit.  Three of the five of us auditioned for a talent contest in a neighboring town.  Of 60 auditionees, we were one of the 1...more

Graduation....preschool style

It's a red-letter day, my friends.  Lilian has graduated from preschool.  Do you know what this means?  Can you grasp the significance of this?  All of my kids have finished preschool!  And even more importantly...I never have to drive a preschool carpool again!  ...more

Father of the Bride

I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That's getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition. I know. I've just been through one. Not my own, my daughter's. Annie Banks Mackenzie. That's her married name: Mackenzie. You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. An adorable little girl who looks up to you and adores you in a way you could never have imagined....more

Cupstacking equals physical fitness?

Remember the Presidential Fitness Challenge when you were in elementary school?  My memories revolve around being forced to do the long jump and shuttle run and 200 meter dash, push ups and sit ups....all outside in the heat and all on one day.  Things have changed a bit in the last 30 years.  They seem to take it all more seriously now, for one thing.  Or maybe they did before, but my 10 year old brain couldn't really comprehend why they were making me put my body through all these sporty kinds of activities.  Sports and I didn't really mix well back then.  So...more

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Subway and a big, bright super moon

As the kids get older and therefore busier, we're finding it harder and harder to find family activity time.  Oh, we have moments here and there.  We're usually all together on Sundays.  (Well, you know...in between the various ward and stake choir rehearsals I'm encouraged to support and various meetings, firesides and home teaching appointments.)  We're usually all together late on weeknights...but then family togetherness is usually all about doing homework at the same table.  It takes effort to carve out family time.  It takes sacrifice. ...more

Favorite Photo Friday

 It's like one of those screen tests: Pensive Mad Upset...maybe sad? Scared...or maybe surprised? Julianne. December 2008...more

It's the thought that counts...

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Spring Cleaning the deck

 This is my porch swing.  Sad, isn't it?  Between sun and snow, dog claws and little toddler fingers the cushion and its innards were pretty hashed.<...more