28 July 2011

Hidden home

I had a hard time putting my finger on what exactly it is that appeals to me with this house.  In the end, I think it's the fact that it feels like a home hidden away in the forest.  I could imagine this house being the surprise finding in a fairy tale.  In fact, the first time I passed this house I didn't even notice it.  It was on the second drive-by that I spotted it.

27 July 2011

Time to spare

Last weekend Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Scott were in town.  Since bowling is Uncle Scott's favorite pastime we bowled a couple of games with them. 

We had a good time, and the kids were especially excited when they beat me.  Yes, that's right.  In the first game they all outscored me (my score is on the left monitor, top line.  A whopping 56.).

However, I am happy to report that I scored an even 100 in the second game--that's a personal best for me.  Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture until the screen was cleared.

26 July 2011

One session down

We finished one session of swimming lessons last Thursday and we're on to our second.  The weather has been a little cool, but the kids have been troopers.

25 July 2011

No more relief

Three and a half years ago the Bishop called our family into his office and asked me to serve as the Relief Society president in my ward.  I thought he was joking.  In fact, I asked him if he was serious and popped the Andes mint he had handed me into my mouth.  He told me that he never jokes about callings and I promptly began choking on the mint.  I was completely floored.

I had just turned 30 years old and had children who were barely 5, 3 and 1.   We had been in the ward for a mere 14 months.  There were still a few names I was struggling to match up with faces and I had no frame of reference for the 100+ sisters on the roll who didn't attend Relief Society at all.  And, to top it off, I don't even like Relief Society (shhhhhh...).  I figured things must be pretty desperate if I was to be the Relief Society president.

Despite all this I said yes.  Because I have faith that "whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies."  So I set about the work of Relief Society.  It has not been easy.  I have been continually humbled, inspired, frustrated, challenged and made to rely on the Lord.  My greatest challenge has been fighting my own personality and tendencies, most specifically, I'm not compassionate by nature.  But, with the help of the Lord, I feel that I was able to be compassionate when compassion was called for.  And, more importantly, I was blessed with a counselor whose kindness and compassion helped to balance my shortcomings.

Over time I have come to appreciate the organization and purpose of Relief Society.  I cherish the little glimpses I get of the quiet service that goes on amongst our ward sisters.  I have become more grateful for the blessings in my life as I see others struggle with challenges that I have not had to face.  I have grown, and I pray that I have helped others along their way and that the Lord will find my offering of service acceptable.

Yesterday I was released from that calling.  I can't say that I'm sad, because that would be a lie.  But, I do hope that I will continue to be challenged so that I can serve and grow and become more like my Savior because at the end of the day that's what it's all about.

21 July 2011

Great Porch

My brother-in-law and his wife bought this house a few weeks ago.  I love the porch and the windows.  The landscaping is gorgeous too.  Inside it has some fun features like a lighted stairway.  Bonus!

19 July 2011

Downtown Spokane

Downtown Spokane is always fun for the kiddos.

There's the incredibly huge Radio Flyer wagon with the slide handle.
Lew found it a little scary.....too high!

Feeding the garbage eating goat.

Ready to ride the carousel.

Goosey got to ride her favorite animal--the giraffe!

18 July 2011

Uncle Shawn

 Uncle Shawn stopped over for a few days on each side of a camping trip.  He set up his tent and let the kids play in it. They thought the see-through feature was pretty cool.

 Then, when we were at the park he stopped by and played.  

He also (very patiently) taught the kids a new board game and took them on a long hike to explore the hill and the clay pits.  It's so fun when Uncle Shawn comes to town.

16 July 2011


 Mornings around here are usually spent exploring the hill behind Grandmommy and Papa Don's house.

Blazing new trails,

 hunting insects,

 and spotting bunnies and deer.

15 July 2011

4th of July

A little late.....but computer arrangements have been a little challenging on the trip.

Kevin hoping no one would burn down his new home.
Four foot sparklers make for awesome laser wars.
Mags wanting no part of the crazy boys.  (Hurray for cousins!)
Lew deciding he's done and trying to blow out his sparkler.
Poor Rachel.  Hers wouldn't light.
Contemplating freedom.
Grandmommy and Papa enjoying a holiday with family.

14 July 2011

Right down the street

I've loved this home since the first time I saw it.  It's a few houses down from my in-laws, in a great neighborhood.  I love the craftsmen feel they gave to this newer home.  I'd buy it, if they would ever put it up for sale.

08 July 2011

With Sympathy

Yesterday I realized that I hate buying sympathy cards.  They use words like bereavement, grief and mourning.  Those words feel cold and impersonal to me.  What I really want is a card that tries to convey the hug I would give if I could be there in person.  Because, to me, a hug is the best thing that one can give after a loss.  It says that you care, that you love the person who has suffered the loss, and they can hold onto and lean on you if they need to.  That's the kind of hug I give, and the kind I hope to get when trial of that kind come.

But, if I must send a card, I wish I could find one that said something like this: "I'm so, so sorry for your loss.  I know it's hard right now.  Please know that I am praying for you.  I will be here when you need me."
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