Friday, July 26, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Examples to look to

Today my dad called our "adopted grandma", Daisy, who lives in California, a sweet Hawaiian who babysat us many times as my brother and I were growing up.  Dad and I have the opportunity to visit with her and some other close friends there this weekend, and I am so excited.  As I listened to Daisy's sweet gentle voice, and her insistence on inviting us to eat with her, I was transported back to her tiny kitchen eating macaroni salad from colored plastic plates.  To her brown and green sitting room where the world's coolest kitchen play set resides.  To her backyard with the amazing roller coaster (a world-record two feet tall), and the bonsai trees and colored koi fish... Car rides with her on Saturdays looking for deals at yard sales.   I remembered her love.  Her sweet, gentle persuasion. And I teared as I thought how little I had appreciated her generosity growing up, and grateful that now that I am more aware of the sacrifices she made for us, I can be grateful.  I can thank her for giving us so much, when she had so little.

Tonight I feel gratitude for my brother.  He has taken university classes all summer long.  He leaves home early in the morning and gets home very late.  He doesnt complain.  He doesnt wish out loud for vacations.  He doesnt make a scene when we ask him to give up homework time to come read family scriptures or have family prayer.  He comes and participates and then goes back to work.  It's a reminder for me of putting the most important things first and letting God take care of the rest.  I love my brother and am grateful for him.  I am inspired by his example.

I love my family.  I am grateful for each and every one of them.  For those "adopted" and those of full-blood.  I am grateful to know that we are all children of our Heavenly Father who knows and loves us, and that He sent His Perfect Son to be our Savior and Example as well.  

Who is an example you look to?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Moments to treasure

Today I'm thankful for

--looking forward to rooming with my younger sister and feel her contagious enthusiasm for life to live on campus
--to be back on campus, feel welcome, and excited for a challenging and adventurous year
--to be able to drive to and from the university with a happy cheerful sister
--to feel good about class registration

--watching a detective show and hiding under a fleece blanket during tense music
--Dinner conversation and jokes that make no sense to anyone who wasn't there

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Flowers, Bees, and Butterflies :)

I took a residential landscaping class in 2011 that changed my life.  Prior to that class, I had imagined every home landscape as a mini farm, and while I sure enjoyed that, my mom didn't.  I realized that if anyone was going to want to change their home landscape to produce their own food, it had better look gorgeous too.

And that class helped me discover how delightful a flower garden could be.

The first "landscape" I was able to do was in my grandparent's front yard in Wyoming in the summer of 2011.  It looked fantastic.  I was excited to come home and see how large all the flowers had grown.

The water-wise flowers attracted hummingbirds and butterflies.