Several months ago I started calling Wednesdays 'Genealogy Wednesday' so I would remember to do a little Family History research each week. It's been a successful formula for me. It's become routine. I don't think about it much anymore, I just do it. The results are personal and very gratifying. I mix up the research each week keeping it fresh. Sometimes I just review what I have done, so I know what I still need to do, and sometimes I do brand new research. Last week I did a review again and found four new people I had didn't know existed. Over time, the research and reviewing add up.
I took this photo a few years ago on one of my fall drives on the Alpine Loop in Utah County. It's such a pretty drive! It should be like this in about another week and a half or so. Looking forward to another drive. :)
I quite like the way this turned out. This is a picture I took of an incredible sunset we had one evening. I took it from my deck. I doctored it up a bit, not too much, and I love the color play. I've always liked this scripture too. It's one of my favorites. I found it during my scripture reading many years ago, and and it describes how I feel about them. I'm going to have to get a better camera and some better software if I am going to develop a hobby of mixing two of my favorite things: photography and the scriptures. :)
I've been very busy lately, and I've not been much of a good blogger. I've pretty much finished my third book which has been taking up a lot of my time. I've begun the revision phase, and I've found a new editor. I really like the way it's turning out. I guess writing has been something I really didn't know I would enjoy that much, but it's become very much a part of me now.
The weather has been beautiful this week. This is my favorite time of the year, and I'm feeling so good these days that I get to enjoy it. Having my hip replaced was the best thing I could have ever done. I feel strong again, and I am enjoying my walks again. I'm very grateful. I don't look forward to the dark days of winter again, but this year I have a different plan to get through them. I think it will be OK.
Hannah and Nathan were here this morning. It is not possible to put into words the joy of being a grandmother. There just aren't enough words to describe it. Pictures will have to do.
Nathan started preschool this week. Elisa (aka Lala) was here this morning and drew this for him.
Hannah just keeps getting sweeter and cuter. Her hair is turning more and more blonde too.
Seth sounds a little down this week. My heart goes out to him. Trying to do good and getting rejected at almost every turn would be hard on anyone, but he's hanging in there.
I was headed to bed when I caught this glimpse while standing in the kitchen looking south through the patio doors. All the lights were off. Too bad I don't have a really good camera because pictures really can't do this justice. It's just such a pretty view.
I really like this thought. I believe it. If you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. Jesus Christ is our Savior. His job, so to speak, is to save us—and sometimes that means from the daily struggles of life which are all around us. As we turn our minds and our hearts to Him—we find peace, strength, and much needed help. It requires action on our part. He is there to help us. He wants to help us. Jesus Christ will not turn away from us as we turn towards Him. Acting in faith by turning towards our Savior yields the fruits of spiritual safety and peace amidst the storms of life. This is what Jesus said His mission is as our Savior:
Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach
good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that
are bound…to comfort all that mourn…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil
of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…”
Hannah sat by me to eat some raisins, and I told her when she was finished that we would call Grandpa at work. She got very excited. She was almost finished, but had a couple left. I said, "Let's go call Grandpa at work." She looked at me and said, "No, you have to have patience." I'm thinking she's heard that at home perhaps? :) I thought is was hilarious. She's only two.