Sunday, February 21, 2016

Joan of Arc

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. ~Joan of Arc

Spring Bride

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Noah Webster 1828

How we define words is so important.
Education (Oxford Dictionaries):
The process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university:
a new system of public education
The theory and practice of teaching:
colleges of education
A body of knowledge acquired while being educated:
his education is encyclopedic and eclectic
Information about or training in a particular field or subject...
Education (Noah Webster 1828):
The bringing up, as of a child; to instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Coming of the Lord by Jones Very

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33
The Coming Of The Lord
Come suddenly, O Lord, or slowly come, 
I wait thy will, thy servant ready is;
Thou hast prepared thy follower a home;
The heaven in which thou dwellest too is his.
Come in the morn, at noon, or midnight deep,
Come, for thy servant still doth watch and pray;
E'en when the world around is sunk in sleep,
I wake, and long to see thy glorious day.
I would not fix the time, the day, nor hour,
When Thou with all thine angels shall appear;
When in thy kingdom Thou shalt come with power,
E'en now, perhaps, the promised day is near!
For though, in slumber deep, the world may lie,
And e'en thy Church forget thy great command;
Still year by year thy Coming draweth nigh,
And in its power thy kingdom is at hand.
Not in some future world alone 'twill be,
Beyond the grave, beyond the bounds of time;
But on the earth thy glory we shall see,
And share thy triumph, peaceful, pure, sublime.
Lord! help me that I faint not, weary grow,
Nor at thy Coming slumber too, and sleep;
For Thou hast promised, and full well I know
Thou wilt to us thy word of promise keep.
Jones Very

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God bends to His bent world.

He weeps for all its wailing: 
Feels every stick and stone, 
Each broken heart, each broken bone,
And gathers every fragment home.

Jonathan Penny

Friday, May 30, 2014

Surprised By Joy...

The hardness of God is softer than the kindness of men and His compulsion is our liberation. ~C.S. Lewis

I have been interested in reading this book for quite some time. When I finally got it, I gobbled it up. All I knew was that a friend of mine uses the title as an expression. I didn't realize that it was secret code for finding the love of God in all kinds of places.

What surprised me is that C.S. Lewis made his conversion to Christianity largely from the writings of great Christian writers. I don't know why; had I thought about it, it makes complete sense.

I feel like this book was put in my path in this time to complete a thought of my own that has been materializing over the past two years of my personal battle with Common Core.

One issue with Common Core Standards that is causing me greater angst as I speak with parents and students is the 50/50-70/30 ratio in favor of "informational text". History is being taught and tested as "informational text". When we do that, we are teaching history out of context as a piece of writing. It won't be learned that way. And, because it is replacing a piece of literature, that won't be learned either. This is effectively the quietest, but most resourceful book burning scheme in history. #stopcommoncore #utahleg #utahpol

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tea with Lee

This was such a fun event. Sharon's talk about what we do in Utah, lovely. 5.28.2014 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Monday, September 09, 2013

Ombre Indian Wedding Dress

Custom Wedding Cake Toppers
Peg Doll Portraits 

The Soundtrack to your Life...

Have you heard that before? I love the idea of having a life soundtrack. People really do. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Utah Symphony & James Taylor are all part of the soundtrack in our family which made Saturday, September 7th a night to remember when all three were together for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. They played so many favorites. The evening was magical and unforgettable.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

~John Gillespie Magee WW2 Pilot & Poet

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Married in Japan

Custom Wedding Cake Toppers

Where's My Zucchini Bread Zucchini Bread

Ingredients: 1-1/2 c. all purpose flour 
1/2 c. sugar 
1/2 c. brown sugar 
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 egg 
1 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium) 
1/3 c. canola oil 
 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
1 c. shredded zucchini 
3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips 
3/4 whole pecans 
Directions: Heat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, beat the egg, bananas, canola oil, banana extract, and vanilla extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips. Pour batter into 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake approximately 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool almost completely before removing from pan to wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf

**you can easily double triple and quadruple this recipe and I recommend it :)