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Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Publishing Peace . . .

I was reading in 1st Nephi 13:35-37 . . .

I love the phrase "publishing peace" . . . I love pondering on what that means in the world today.   Sharing testimonies, sharing scriptures, sharing a good thought, recognizing God and giving thanks . . .

I was reminded of one of my favorite "peace publishers"  - Natalie, she's an Alpine original . . . much younger and cuter than myself, and wise . . .

She shared these wisdom-ful thoughts that she calls

"34 Things from My Heart to Yours" 
(I hope she doesn't mind if I pass them along to you . . .  !!)

There are cooler things than the internet.
Sometimes listening to the sound of the rain on the pavement is the best music there is.
Sticking your nose into a pile of warm laundry, fresh out of the dryer, reduces anxiety.
Cell phones are pretty lame.
God loves you. A lot.
Television is NEVER cooler than being outside.
Good fuel = happy living. (Trash in, trash out. Mind, body, spirit.)
just for you

True friendship is better than therapy. (Or at least the VERY best alternative.)
A good night’s sleep is totally underrated.
This too shall pass.
Be where you are. (Aka try to do something in the past, try to do something in the future: YOU CAN’T.)
Meditation is more powerful than you could ever imagine.
Kindred friendships exist in places and packages you’d never imagine. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover (or it’s Twitter avatar).
Deep breathing should be celebrated as a consistent part of one’s daily routine.
Life is short. LIVE it well.
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Anxiety and worry are useless, unproductive and downright dangerous. LET GOOOOOOOOO.
Worry is nothing more than praying for what you don’t want.
You can heal.
Eye contact with actual humans is waaaaaaay cooler (and more emotionally satisfying) than text messaging.
Plus, text messaging when you’re around living, breathing human beings just makes you lame.
Being in the ocean is the best practice in mindfulness there is.

It will all work out.
We could all live with about 3/4ths less junk.
Purging clutter does wonders for the creative soul.
There’s nothing quite as reassuring as getting up early to watch the sunrise.
A good nickname goes a long way.
Be nice.
There is enough to go around (more than enough, really).
Water a plant. It does something inexplicable for the soul.
Letting people in isn’t as dangerous as you think. It’s actually pretty miraculous.
Life is too short not to get rid of your baggage.
Complete faith and total surrender are mighty powerful things.
Spectacular sunrise today 

It’s never to late to change your ways, to heal what you’ve broken, to try again.

(and finally . . .)
No one’s life is as clean, pretty, or perfect as it appears on their blog.
(hehheheh - isn't that the truth :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Remembering Summer

I get a little nostalgic at this time of year . . .  I know all you mom's with kids going back to school are probably shouting hurrah!  I'm sure I did that also . . . I just miss the long summer days already.  Have you all noticed, it's already getting dark at 8:30 pm now!  What happened to 9:20 pm??  I think that lasted about a minute!

But there are sme good things also . . . the temperatures are dipping down at night!
I DO love the COOL summer mornings (while they last . . . . )

But before it's gone, and we all take a deep breath and try to get organized for Fall . . .

Here's a few minutes to remember summer . . .

(ahhhh . . . I do so love the humming birds, I celebrate when they arrive each Spring and I'm sad when they fly south for the warming climates)


(I mean . . . how gorgeous is this!!??)

Then there was all the fun summer adventures . . . here's just a minute of them for now . . .

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LOVE these Utah mountains . . . 
(hope we have some left after observing the smoke filled valley's this week!)

Certainly a family summer favorite . . . without our home to maintain, this is one of the places we are hoping to spend more time at . . .

Cabin Trip

And . . .
another look at the colors of summer . . .

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There now . . .

What color was your summer??



Monday, August 6, 2012

Toscana - Soon to be our New Home

(Just a little free advertisement 
Toscana from Flagship Builders :)
You may remember from way back when (here) -

our townhouse looked something like this -

And . . . now for a little update! (As of last week at least, I already need to get new photos of THIS week - it changes soooooo fast!!  :)

townhouse 1
(the front on the left and the back on the right, the back is a little later when the whole building has the primary coat in preparation for the stucco applied.  I love the arched doorways, one of my favorites :) The finished square footage is about 2000 sq. feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and an office.  It's three stories with the entry, office and garage on the first level.  The kitchen, laundry, butler pantry, bath and living room on the 2nd floor.  Finally three bedrooms and two baths on the top floor.)

 We're about three weeks from our finish date, and so far everything is about on schedule. It's so much fun to see things taking shape and all our ideas coming to life through the amazing contractors we've been able to work with.

It's been busy, we met with the finish carpenter, we met with the carpet guys, we met with the hardwood floor guys, we met with the appliance center, we met with the paint store, and the painter, the butcher, the baker the candlestick maker . . . (well maybe not the candlestick maker . . . )

 From this -

(early work on the kitchen - it is now being painted - hurray!)

 To this -

(lots of exposed beams - another one of my favorites, here they are staining the beams to match the hardwood floors, they actually look so lovely!)

 To this -

  townhouse 2
(Grandbaby cakes Jonathan napping with Grandpa while touring the new place - and Kelsie trying to imagine the hot tub with water in it :)

(a look at the complex . . . it's coming along also - the pool and clubhouse are scheduled to open in just a few weeks.)

(all in all, everyone is really happy with the progress (except maybe Conan, who is still unsure about this place we keep visiting).

We picked this little neighborhood because we have been here . .

There's so much that we like about our new little place - 
it's little!  We love the warm wood, the tile, the beams,
the arches, the tile roof . . .
ah . . . yes . . . I think this is going to work :)

I like to think we might be able to recreate it just in the smallest way . . .
So . . . maybe it's time to start packing things up . . .
again . . .

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Let me Make your Day . . . go ahead

Ready . . .

 Set . . .

 Go . . .

 Prepare to smile and maybe even chuckle out loud :D



Don't you feel better now :D

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