Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Thanks Josh. I am looking forward to next week's verse!
HERE ARE SOME GREAT THINGS ABOUT DAD
- He is a very hardworker. He is happiest when he has a big project.
- He is generous. When I needed money and asked him for a ten he gave me a twenty.
- He is so talented! He can make or restore practically anything: robots, old cars, tractors, guns, awesome pinewood derby cars, campers, sheds, garages and a beautiful family home.
- He is a Ham Radio Hero
- He is quite the teaser! I remember him trying to pay with his "small checks", checking out our new shoes by tipping us upside down, sneaking food off our plates, and sneaking me his buttermilk at a restaurant. That one kind of backfired on him.
- He has practically done it all: pilot, fireman, EMT, business owner, gardener, hunter....
- Now he is Grandpa!
- I appreciate all he has done for me. I now realize all that being a parent requires. It's not nearly as easy as I thought it was going to be!
This little story is one I tell my children about Grandpa Kearl. I think my Grandma Kearl told it to me as a little girl. I always thought it was very funny.
When my dad, your Grandpa Kearl was a little boy his mother bought him an ice cream cone at the little neighborhood store. He ate it as they walked home and upon arriving he sat on the porch outside to finish it. A few minutes later he came inside and gave the remainder of his cone to his mother. He didn’t want it any more. His mother finished it. A few minutes later Grandpa was asking his mom for another cone. His mother didn’t quite know what to think. “But you didn’t want your cone! You gave it to me!” she said. Little Grandpa replied, “I didn’t want that cone because the cat licked it. I want another cone!”
Thanks for the sacrifices you made on my behalf, Dad!! I love you.
Did I mention Dad can be silly?
Spreading peanut butter is hard work.
Ta Da! Enoch's first sandwhich!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
- Ashley spent many hours during the break working on her quilt. She finished all but the binding. She even was available to take a few babysitting jobs (a rare thing- she usually has to much homework and a full social calendar) and earned some money. Ashley was the only one excited about returning to school, not necessarily to attend classes, just to see her friends.
- Cami spent a lot of time practicing softball, reading Harry Potter, and of course babysitting.
- Josh was fortunate enough to have a Scout trip to Goblin Valley. He did lots of hiking with his troop.
- Noelle, Rachel, and Rebekah played to their hearts content with their friends without homework getting in the way.
- Enoch enjoyed having all of his fans so readily available. He did his best to get in on the fun. Jumping on the tramp is now one of his favorite activities.
Josh is ready to go to Goblin Valley!!
All of the spring break action wore Enoch out. He fell asleep at the dinner table.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
As I've been pondering this tragedy I was reminded of Elder Claudio R.M. Costa's talk in October 2007 General Conference entitled : Don't Leave for Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
Elder Costa quotes a text posted on an airline communication board by the husband of a flight attendant who was killed in a devastating aircraft accident in July 2007 in Brazil.
The text epresses the urgency of not leaving for tomorrow what we can do today. It is based upon a poem by Norma Cornett Marek.
"Tomorrow Never Comes"
If I knew this would be the last time I would watch you sleep,I would hug you tighter.
I would plead with the Lord to protect you.
If I knew this would be the last time I saw you walk out the door,I would hug and kiss you and call you back to hug and kiss you one more time.
If I knew this would be the last time I would hear your voice in prayer,I would record every gesture, every look, every smile, every one of your words,So that I could listen to it later, day after day.
If I knew this would be the last time, I would spend an extra minute or two to tell you, "I love you," instead of assuming you already knew it.
If I knew this would be our last time, our last moment, I would be by your side, spending the day with you instead of thinking,
"Well, I'm sure other opportunities will come, so I can let this day go by."
Of course there will be a day to revise things,
And we would have a second chance to do things right.
Oh, of course there will be another day for us to say, "I love you."
And certainly there will be another chance to tell each other, "Can I help with anything?"
But in my case, there isn't one!
I don't have you here with me, and today is the last day we have—our farewell.
Therefore I would like to say how much I love you,
And I hope you never forget it.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old.
Today might be your last chance to hold tight to the hand of the one you love and show all you feel.
If you are waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
Because if tomorrow never comes, you certainly will regret for the rest of your life
Not having spent some extra time for a smile, a conversation, a hug, a kiss,
Because you were too busy to give that person what ended up being their last wish.
Then hug tight today the one you love, your friends, your family, and whisper in their ears how much you love them and want them close to you.
Use your time to say,
"That was nothing,"
"It's all right,"
Because if tomorrow never comes, you will not have to regret today.
The past doesn't come back, and the future might not come!
My friend's experience has reminded me how precious and uncertain our time together in this life is. We need to make sure we use the time we have to show our love for each other and to do God's work. We should live so as not to have regrets.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Today Josh, Noelle, a couple of neighbor boys, and I decided to hit the trail for the first time this year. The little people had a lot of fun and Josh and I worked on developing more patience. We rode 4 miles to a park strategically placed along the trail, took a play break and after some coaxing to leave the park we pedaled home. With lots of stops to look at a moth, pick up a golf balls (the trail passes through a golf course), throw rocks into the river, use the restroom, take a drink, wait for stragglers, get Noelle's pants out of her chain, rest, and walk up a hill it took longer than I had hoped and Vaughn expected. He ended up coming to look for us. He found us about a mile from home.
Josh and I decided next time we'd do it alone.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Ashley admisisse ad Latinam Honoris Societatem (I think it means Ashley is a member of the Latin Honor Society)
Via praecessi Ashley! Nos es superbus vestrum!
( Way to go Ashley! We are proud of you!)
She attributes her success to the fact that she already knows what everyone is learning in class because she learned it as a homeschooler. Her teachers were none other than my homeschooling friend Karon Knauss, and myself, her mother. We taught ourselves and our children beginning Latin around the kitchen table.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
- I (Holly) am super tired because I stayed up too late reading a book about blogs. It was very interesting!
- Vaughn is home recuperating from a serious toothache. He had to have a root canal.
- Ashley is peeved with us (Vaughn and Holly) because we don't see eye to eye with her on which American Idol contestant should go home tonight.
- Cami is taking a math and writing placement test so she can get into Maeser Prep Academy next year.
- Josh is in for a surprise when he gets home from school because I am spring cleaning his room today.
- Noelle and Rachel are at school hopefully having a great day.
- Rebekah is on a field trip to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point with her kindergarten class! She has been anxiously awaiting this event.
- Enoch is "helping" me spring clean but it is almost nap time. What will I do without his help?
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Ashley was gracious enough to volunteer to tend Rachel, Rebekah, and Enoch, who were too little to attend. (Being able to sleep in was a big incentive for her!)
Even though we were about as far away as we could get from the pulpit on the far corner of the balcony, Vaughn, Cami, Josh, Noelle (who was so excited to be old enough!), and I appreciated being there in the Conference Center hearing President Monson, the apostles, and other general authorities speak. It was a memorable experience.
After the session we walked through temple square and took a few pictures. (This time we had the battery in the camera.)
Here Josh, Cami, and Noelle are posing in the Hall of the Prophets next to the bust of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Being in the Conference Center, especially in this room, reminded us of President Hinckley's viewing. The Hall of the Prophets is where his casket was displayed.
The temple grounds were crowded but beautiful with all of the lovely spring flowers.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
- Indians 10 Braves 15
- My Future Missionary
- Dad's Belated Birthday Spotlight
- Forget About Waiting For Mom
- An Addendum
- I've Learned a Valuable Lesson
- Spring Break
- Playground Fun
- I Love living close to the Temple!
- Squeazing In Some Fun While We Have the Sun
- Don't Leave for Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
- Our First Bike Ride This Year
- Ashley admisisse ad Latinam Honoris Societatem (I ...
- Today's Scoop
- General Conference
- Let's Play Ball!!
- General Young Women's Conference
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