Wednesday, May 26, 2010

No holding back

I love the enthusiasm of a baby. Why just play with the contents of a drawer? Better to get right inside to truly experience it. I need to try that more often. Sort of sad that we become more and more inhibited as we age. But maybe that's because behaviors like these become less socially acceptable. :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Visitors and a roadtrip

We had a wonderful visit with Tom's parents the first weekend in May. They are two incredible people. And they sure aren't shy about jumping in their car and driving thousands of miles to visit their kids and grandkids. We are thankful they are able to do that. We didn't think they had spent enough time in the car driving from Idaho to Texas (to visit Tom's sister & fam), then up to Iowa, so we took a little roadtrip to Nauvoo, IL (3.5 hours away) while they were here.

We spent some time in nearby Carthage, and were very humbled as we remembered the solemn events that took place there. As is customary with LDS Church historic sites, this one has been restored beautifully and authentically.

The city of old Nauvoo is just plain fun. You feel like you are walking through a little town in the 1840s. The kids loved touring the post office, the blacksmith, the bakery, the brick maker's, and the quaint residential homes. The horse-drawn wagon ride/tour was another highlight. Something about this primitive way of life really intrigues and fascinates me. Was I born in the wrong century?

I have to mention the story of this rocking horse. John Taylor made it for his young son, who was distraught when it was left behind as the pioneer wagon train left Nauvoo. So the faithful father backtracked to retrieve it, and then brought it on their journey to Utah. Pretty cool that this antique toy was preserved these 170 years.

on the banks of the Mississippi, where the wagons crossed the river, beginning the exodus...

Incredible that they had to leave behind something as stunning as this temple. Again I am impressed with how magnificently it was rebuilt.

It was a perfect weekend. And I am extra glad we went with "Grandpa and Grandma Ransom," because it got me to actually take pictures of my kids with their grandparents. Photos like that are a treasure, but somehow I forget to take them when we're just sitting around at home.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Seen on a Sunday morning

....when church is in the afternoon, and I plan my time wisely, that is.

I really am a novice at hair-doing, but I am trying!

Monday, May 3, 2010

A blessed contraption

Aren't washing machines the greatest? You've got to love a machine that can work without you. It makes me happy to drop in dirty clothes and soap, push a button, and walk away while the machine takes over.

Sometimes it just hits me--that I am extremely blessed to have so many conveniences. This reminds me of something I once heard Marjorie Pay Hinckley say. I was lucky enough to listen to her speak at the Commencement exercises when I graduated from BYU in 2000. She reminded us to say thank you to someone every day of our lives. Then she said, "If you can't think of someone to thank one day, take a good look at your toothbrush and say, 'you are a wonderful little gadget.'"

What a woman. I want to be like her. As I re-listened to this same address today, another bit of wise, yet simple, advice from Sister Hinckley stood out to me.

"Just do what needs to be done, and do it with a cheerful heart."

I think I'll post that line in my home somewhere...mostly so I can see it and follow it.