Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sons About The Lord's Business

A fabulous picture of Ian, Jessa, and baby James 
at the Payson, Utah temple open house today.
Seth is on his way home from his mission
4 weeks from today.

Taking care of a family and serving God,
what more could a mother hope for?

Monday, April 20, 2015

This News Is The Best

There is news, and then there is news.
This news is simply the best.
Congratulations Elisa and Scott
on your engagement!!!!

A June wedding sounds just delightful.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Affordable Kids' Wheelchair

My son Ian is graduating this summer from BYU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's wanted to be "an inventor" since he was 5 years old. Recently his teammates and he presented their capstone project to a needy family. They designed and built "the world's lightest, least expensive motorized wheelchair." It was a huge success although the project took the better part of the year, and the team encountered significant challenges along the way.
I was no end of delighted to see the look on the faces of the little boy and his parents who received the wheelchair. The child has a form of muscular dystrophy, yet his parents were denied insurance coverage for a motorized wheelchair for their home. Tanner and his brother both share the debilitating disease. I am thrilled that Ian was part of a team that could make such a difference in the world and such a difference for Tanner and his family.
Here is a clip from our local news channel: Fox13Salt Lake City. Here's another clip from the NBC Nightly News. Way to go Ian and your team!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


I have enjoyed Easter week since I have been a young girl. It has always been important to me to stop and contemplate the events of the last week of our Savior's life. It is a tender time for me. It is especially so this year for various reasons. I look forward to celebrating Easter, but more importantly I strive to keep the meaning of Easter in my heart all year round. I love this painting of the risen Christ by Brent Borup. It is one of my favorite pictures of Christ.

I appreciate the media efforts of my church for sharing the events of Christ's final week in a digital display called Easter Week . I also really like the video #BecauseHeLives that does a good job of helping us to draw closer to Him at this wonderful time of year.

I wish everyone could take some time to ponder the meaning of our Savior's life, death, and resurrection. It know it will bring peace to those who wonder, those who grieve, and those who search for meaning in their lives. It has mine. Happy Easter.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Beautiful Spring

A picture I took on my walk around 
the Utah State Capitol last week 
when the cherry trees were blossoming.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Has Sprung On Temple Square

I spent a wonderful hour on Temple Square today taking pictures of the spring flowers with the new camera I received at Christmas.
The flowers are BEAUTIFUL.
Spring has come early to Utah this year.
Even some of the tulips are blooming this early.
I love this one. It's a small statue of Joseph Smith as if he's walking toward the temple. I thought to myself that he would be pleased to see what's become of the Church he founded.
Of course it's Christ's church. Joseph Smith was the prophet chosen by God to restore Christ's church to the earth in these latter days.
as the full name states.
The gardeners on Temple Square do a fabulous job.
And it seems they are always at it.
 Today they were unwrapping  the ornamental grasses.
I love this one.
And the hyacinth fragrance was worth the trip.
So pretty.
Lots of daffodils.
Great color schemes.
 The trees are beginning to bloom as well.
I love this with the reflection of the temple in the window.
The tree blossoms make a pretty frame.
There are always families taking pictures in front of the temple.
 And there are so many great shots to choose from.
Like this one of the temple on a beautiful spring morning.
But tulips are my favorite.
And where there are tulips, there are always pansies.
Plenty of them.
Of all sizes and colors.
The blossoms are so great to look at.
No matter what stage they are at.
Like these blooming in my yard.
Or these from my yard
from the tree on the side of my house.
Flowers aren't the only thing on Temple Square.
 There are always sister missionaries.
This sister is from Norway. She and her companion and I had a great discussion about sharing the gospel and why we do it. I told them about my blog and asked if I could take their pictures. They told me only if I was in it. :) 
We share the gospel because we love the Lord, 
and we love His gospel of peace and joy.
And because we want to share that joy with others.

Happy Spring!