Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Soul At Last

I'm not sure why this resonated with me, but it did.  Something about the simplistic, oftentimes peculiar signs of divine mercies - recognized even in the most desperate light.  I read it over Easter on a friend's blog and it's been whispering at me since.        


The Lord's terrifying kindness has come to me.

It was only a small silvery thing--say a piece
of silver cloth, or a thousand spider webs
woven together, or a small handful of aspen
leaves, with their silver backs shimmering.
And it came leaping out of the closed coffin;
it flew into the air, it danced snappingly
around the church rafters, it vanished through
the ceiling.

I spoke there, briefly, of the loved one gone. I
gazed at the people in the pews, some of them
weeping.  I knew I must, someday, write this down.


-Mary Oliver, Blue Horses

Friday, April 24, 2015

While I've Been Riding...

I've been on my bike a lot lately.  And Greg has been unbelievably patient.  He and the kids have been getting better acquainted with his FJ (as if unfamiliarity were even possible). 

Love this man.  And these little creatures.  

(PS - I finished our summer schedule - we're adding an art project to our traditional hike/field trip/science project weekly routine.  Five more weeks to go!!  Hang on guys - we're almost there.) 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When My Husband Knocks it Out of the Park

(Greg hates social media, except for one board - and he posts there religiously).  Sometimes I really dig his posts.

My wife just entered the Goldilocks ride... 

The ride will include South Jordan, Bluffdale, Riverton, and Lehi areas. I’m not extremely familiar with those areas since we rarely venture west of I-15 due the rampant violence, poverty, drunkenness, and homelessness. I thought somebody was joking when they said there were actual homes out there. But, believe it or not, there are! Absolutely amazing.

It just hit me that some of you might actually live out there (probably the sweet souls here with GoFundMe accounts). My wife will be doing the Goldilocks ride in a couple of weeks and I want to urge you all to drive carefully. She is extremely fit and hard to see at a distance, but she has caused quite a few accidents due to her amazing looks. Probably a 12 out of 10. Keep your eyes on the road. But I digress. I’ve tried to convince her to ride a rental bike, but she insists on her Damien Hirst Butterfly Trek Madone. She would be heartbroken if this was damaged, and I would be heartbroken if she was damaged, so seriously, drive carefully. I’ll insert a picture for the area natives.


Thank you for your time and consideration and, hopefully, a change in your driving habit that weekend.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Church Sketches

Our Big Guy likes to dream big during Sacrament Meeting (esp when we sit next to our neighbor who is a product manager for Backcountry.com).  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Confessions of a Geek

Coming from a toddler who's first major movie in a theater was Empire Strikes Back, a young girl who dressed up as Princess Leia for EIGHT Halloweens in a row, co-owned all the Star Wars figures, had crushes on both Han & Luke (eventually married my own Han Solo)...

...posters, books, Expanded Universe (some exceptional, some not), faithfully attended all re-releases with roommates during college, DESPISED what George Lucas did with the new trilogy, covetously watch Comic-Con, religiously teaches the dark & good side components to her children...

...and who secretly (Shhh!) keeps Leia's blaster stashed in the bottom of her cedar chest...

J. J. Abrams, please don't let me down.

I'm just going to post both of these here so I can re-watch them again.  And again.  And again. 

Chills, I tell you. Chills! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Great Southern Land

The highlight of our 3-day weekend was definitely the hike.  We hiked to a waterfall we haven't visited for 2 years - but this time we hiked above the falls and kept going.  Little did we know there was this amazing, picturesque slot canyon less than 500 yards away.  WOW!!

We kept hiking further and further into the canyon until we reached this steep spot - only accessible through ropes or swimming up through the falls (and the water was FREEZING).  

So we went over with ropes.  

Little Bubbs didn't have a chance with the ropes.  So he stayed behind - very happy to find a perfectly Bubbs-sized cave - and settled down with his lunch.  What this picture doesn't show is that Greg also stayed behind to watch over him.  Mom took on the ropes with the three oldest. 

Chalk this one up to bad parenting, but NONE of us brought our hiking shoes.  We were only anticipating a river walk.  So the only way to traverse over the slick rock was barefoot.  

Pretty Girl was exceptionally brave.  I didn't think she'd make it.  But she did.  In fact, while all my children were clinging tightly to the rope and navigating their footsteps, I took up position right above the falls - fully anticipating a quick swim if I had to rescue my babies.  

Everyone made it!  (stellar prep work for the Subway) 

The rest of the trip... relaxing and glorious!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Unexpected Find

Found this little gem on Greg's phone.