Thursday, May 29, 2014

Unlikely Friends

photo by Court

My fabulous friends: Jan and Ashley.
3 different generations.
One 20 years my senior.
The other 20 years my junior.
Jan has been my friend for over 20 years.
Ashley for  6 years.
I adore them!
We all love chocolate.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"Nothing can dim the light that shines within you." ~Maya Angelou

I am a quote collector. 
I have been since I was a child.
I believe I got this from my dad.
When I heard that author, playwright, actress, singer, activist
Maya Angelou had passed away today,
I revisited her quotes.
Here are some of my favorites:

"I believe that each of us comes from The Creator 
trailing wisps of glory."

"Nothing will work unless you do."

"I'm a woman Phenomenally." 

"If you don't like something, change it,
change your attitude. Don't complain."

"People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."

"You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

"My mission in life is not merely to survive,
but to thrive;
and do so with some passion,
some compassion,
some humor, and some style."

And Ms. Angelou's last tweet on twitter a few days ago:

"Listen to yourself and in that quietude
you might hear the voice of God."

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day: Danny Boy

Enjoy this beautiful music video that David Osmond created for the Gold Star Mothers.
My friend Brenda and I got to hear David sing this live a few years ago.
(My daughter Caitlyn's friend Chris, portrays the young man going to war in the last vignette.)
A lovely tribute to our military men and women and their families:

"Let's take the space in our picnics and parties 
to observe a moment of silence
for those who paid the ultimate price
for our burgers, fries, Cokes and gardens,
and the ability to live with little regard 
for our security and safety."
~Tim Willard

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Funny Five Year Olds

Court helped me today by organizing my storage room.
Afterwards I came upon a pile of photos and this one fell out.
I laughed out loud.
This is about 10 years ago.
Cammy and her friend Zach used to have weekly playdates.
Apparently this one didn't go so well.
(Cammy is still short and Zach is still tall.)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My Mama

Happy Mother's Day
to the wonderful woman who gave me life.
(Isn't she a beauty?)
I love you Mom!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A week of Young Women accomplishments and Cammy accomplishments...

Cammy being introduced and spotlighted by her father.

 It has been a wonderful, rewarding and tiring week.
I was in charge of putting together our annual Nobility Night 
which honors the Young Women who have earned their
Young Womanhood Recognition Award 
during the past school year.
(The awards were presented to each girl individually during the year in a Sacrament Meeting.)

 The Laurel class singing a special number for the program.
(4 of this group had received their awards last year.)

The Young Woman Medallion is presented to a Young Woman after she completes
a rigorous course of Personal Progress goals in each of 8 values:
Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth,
Knowledge, Choice and Accountablity,
Good Works, Integrity, Virtue.
It is no easy task and comparable to the
Eagle Scout Award.
My daughter Coryn took these headshots as a gift for each girl.
(They were framed and displayed on the front table.)

 I am so very proud of these talented 
and hardworking young women!
It was a blessing for me to get to know each of them 
when I served as
their Mia Maid (14-16 year olds) Adviser. 
After being released from that calling and
 serving in Primary for a year,
I was called back to serve as Personal Progress Leader.
Such a treat for me to work with each of them again as they headed towards the finish line as Laurels.
(Cammy is a Mia Maid.)

Cammy was selected by her ASL teacher
to represent her class at the American Sign Language 
State competition.
She had a few weeks notice to write an original story
and present it in ASL for judging and critique.

 I love their logo: "Battle of the Hands."

 At 6:30 am on Saturday morning Cammy headed to
 Tooele High School along with
 fellow ASL students from Timpview High and Provo High.

 She had fun getting to know new friends better.
The entire day the students were required to 'voice off'
which means no talking and strictly communicating by ASL.
Cammy said it was a 'peaceful' day and she loved every minute.

Cammy felt great about her preparation, practice and presentation.
She was excited that she made her deaf judge laugh at her story.
She has developed a passion for the Deaf Culture
and plans to continue taking the ASL classes each year.

Cammy has been working feverishly to 
complete this ink and watercolor piece
for her Honors Art class to present in the Spring Student Showcase.
This is something completely new for Cammy
 and not her usual style or medium.
I love it!
It is her interpretation of a photo I took last fall of a street 
in Hampstead Heath, London.
We are excited to see all of the student pieces this week.