Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Trouble No More


This arrived in my mailbox a few days ago.
It couldn't have come at a better time.
(The CD will be released to the public on September 10th.)
Something about Mindy's music transports me
back to a carefree childhood and simpler days.
No adult worries, heartaches, responsibilities...

For some reason this summer has seemed harder than most.
My heart has actually felt a bit achy and heavy.
After the stifling heat of this summer I am anxious
for the crisp autumn air.

Track 2
"No more band aids on my heartaches...
And there won't be trouble in the world no more
There won't be trouble in the world no more!"

Thanks for the escape Mindy:)





Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Freshman Academy

Photo by Coryn

 My youngest started high school.
Oh, please slow down the clock.

Cammy with her bestie Claire

The upperclassmen introduced the freshman
to the school today.
Looking at these spirit shirts I would say they
were anticipating some pretty large freshman:)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shannon

 Me, Shannon and Ashley a couple of weeks ago.

My friend  Shannon passed away yesterday.
We have been friends for 17 years.
She has been putting up a great fight against breast cancer the past few years.
With a lot of highs and lows, Shannon was always hopeful.
When she and her husband Jay came to our home to share the news of her diagnosis
it felt like I'd been kicked in the gut. 
I hate cancer.
It has taken close family members, friends, neighbors,
and Shannon is the second friend to leave us in the space of one month.
(The other, our former backdoor neighbor, sweet Amy, was diagnosed with
 stage 4 lung cancer on July 1st and passed on July 13th,
Leaving her husband and 5 children ages 12 to 1.)
A friend I visit teach is thankfully in remission after surgeries, chemo and radiation
and another friend in our neighborhood is now going through treatments.
All young mothers in their 30's and 40's.
WHAT?!
I know that Heavenly Father calls you home when your earthly mission is complete,
yet still it is a hard cup to swallow.
 

 Earlier this summer Shannon took a turn for the worse and her liver began to fail.
Our church congregation (lds.org) had a specific fast in behalf of Shannon.
The purpose being to pool our collective faith and ask Heavenly Father to continue to
 bless and give strength to this good family at this difficult time.
I heard some say,
"Well, I guess we didn't get our hoped-for miracle."
I don't see it that way at all.
In fact, I believe we did see several small miracles.
Foremost was the fact that Shannon was given more time.
Time to see some things through that were important to her. 
She was able to be here for the return of her missionary stepson and spend precious weeks
with him evaluating and strengthening their relationship.
She was able to travel with her husband and children in an RV to visit some
places she had always wanted to see such as Mount Rushmore and 
Mormon Church History sites.
 Her children were able to attend their Girl's Camp,
and Scout camps and she was able to hear all about them upon their return.
She was able to see her only daughter complete and earn her
Young Woman Recognition Award
(extra special as Shannon is the Young Women Personal Progress Leader).
She was also able to complete some special projects and spend one-on-one time
with each child to share her hopes, dreams and expectations for them.
And the past few weeks Shannon was able to have some quality visits
with her extended family and close friends.
All this while her liver numbers were at levels above where most people die.
I'd say that was indeed a miracle.

 

Shannon has many friends and I am grateful to be among them.
She is a guileless woman who loves to serve others without complaint.
Even when she was uncomfortable and in pain she was serving.
When we first became friends we bonded over the fact that we had both been
junior high school teachers and even worked for the same principal.
Oh the stories we shared!
Shannon is an excellent all-around athlete and we both love basketball.
She never gave up on trying to get me to come play on teams with her.
We liked talking shop and comparing notes each season about NBA and collegiate basketball.
For years we sat by each other in ward choir and if ever I didn't make it
I would get a text from her saying, "The altos are ailing we need our anchor." :)
We had a lot of ongoing private jokes. We both loved The Partridge Family from the 1970's.
She and her sisters loved to sing along to that album on road trips.
One birthday she bought me The Partridge Family CD and we turned it on and sang along
and laughed at how we remembered all the lyrics 30 years later.
We called each other 'cousin' since she was a Peterson as was my Grandma Helen
and also because she was raised in a town called Snowflake, which was named in part 
for my 4th great-grandpa Erastus Snow.
I had the opportunity to serve as Compassionate Service Leader
when Shannon was our Relief Society President.
This allowed me a great opportunity to learn from her great heart.
When assessing the need for compassionate service she would approach it as a
'Network of Love.'
First, what can the family do?
Second, what can the friends do?
Third, what can the church do?
We are here to learn to love each other.
When my own father died a few years ago, Shannon was one of the first
to come over and spend time with me. Actually, hours.
I've never forgotten that and how much that helped me at the time.

Shannon, I love you.
Thank you for your friendship.
Thank you for your example of goodness.
I hope there is a great basketball team in heaven
eager to let you join.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Outstanding Opera

 Otello
Took my 80-year-old opera-loving mom
to the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre
in lovely Logan, Utah.
She's been wanting to attend for years
so I said, "Let's do it!"

 Fiddler on the Roof

The festival is in it's 26th year and is the brain-child
of renowned opera singer/teacher Michael Ballam.
He played Tevye in Fiddler and was absolutely delightful.

 operanews.com

The performances were held in the gorgeous
Eccles Theatre on Main Street.
This is a jewel in the community. 
Judging from all the silver heads
 in the sold-out audience
I was most likely the youngest in attendance:)
(Why is it I am the youngest at the opera and the oldest at the indie band concerts I attend?) 
 

 Mr. Ballam has created a gem in Cache Valley.
Singers from opera companies throughout the country
audition for the opportunity to perform at the festival.
 Many from the renowned Metropolitan Opera in NYC.


At the performance of Otello we attended
the singer (from the Met) portraying the title character became ill
 at the last minute and his 'cover' had to step in.
When Mr. Ballam stepped in front of the curtain to make
 the announcement there was an audible groan from the audience.
However, at the end of the performance there were 'bravos'
and a standing ovation!
He was fabulous and the entire opera was magnificent.
 In the greeting line afterwards it was fun to watch
 darling little silver-haired ladies wanting
 his autograph and photos with him:)



We went on a drive through the campus of Utah State
and around Logan so my mom could see the elementary school
she did her student teaching at as well as the place she had lived.

 ldschurchtemples

Logan Temple

 Always wonderful to visit the beautiful LDS Temples.
 
Brigham City Temple

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rooftop Color

Just had to share this beautiful photo of Mindy Gledhill by Justin Hackworth.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Radiant Rooftop

 
With my husband and Cammy off at Girl's Camp,
Coryn photographing a wedding in Pleasant Grove
and Caitlyn in LA swimming with the sharks,
Court and I decided to head over to The Rooftop
and spend our Friday evening as audience members.
After two seasons behind the scenes it felt a bit strange.

 All photos by me
 Mindy lit up the stage!
She gave us all a special premiere of some songs
from her upcoming CD Pocketful of Poetry.
Love this gal. She's fabulous!

  Always great to see my friend, Justin Hackworth
doing his thing behind the camera lens.
Given my celebrity status, I came incognito
so as not to be caught in front of the lens:)

 Gorgeous night.
Audience filled up fast.
Crowd of 3000 once again.


 Look at those lovely mountains.

 Scott Shepherd started us out.
He sings with Book on Tapeworm,
a favorite of mine.
His new band is called Oceanear.
His voice is heavenly and if my
my husband agreed I would call Scott
to come on over and sing us to sleep.
He's also a very nice person.
 And Court surprised me by sneaking over
to the merch table and buying me my own
hard copy of this lovely CD.
(It has a 'pop-up' book inside. Love.)
 Some balloons escaped from Restaurant Row
to chase the blue sky.
 I'm pretty sure I flirted a few times with this security guard
last year:) Just keeping the help happy. Flirting and Diet Coke.
The other handsome guy with the beard is Nate who took over my
job this year. He is great and has the most darling family.
(Not sure who the pretty blonde is...)


 Kaneisha Johnson, who manages local music hot spot Velour,
is a big Rooftop Concert supporter.
She is talking with Spencer Harrison of Mideau
before their set. (He and Libbie Linton have created
a really cool sound with their new band.)

 If you've never been to the Rooftop
and you're in driving distance of Provo,
You should come on over.
It's still FREE.
Info Here.
Next month on September 6th the concert features
our local Ryan Innes who was a finalist on this season's
The Voice.
 His voice is awesome.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's Shark Week

Caitlyn had a surf lesson this week.
The bishop of her ward in LA is a surfer 
and invited the Relief Society sisters
to an instructional surfing activity.
Cait has always had a fear of water.
(The swimming lessons didn't stick.)
This was a courageous move on her part.
She got up on the second try 
and was told she is a natural.
She said it was a blast,
and she wants to go back and do it again.
Way to go Caitlyn!

I told her, however, to not go back THIS WEEK
because it is SHARK WEEK!
Yes, the annual extravaganza on Discovery Channel.
Courtney, along with millions eagerly await this event.
I just don't get it.