Saturday, November 18, 2017


 M had so much fun at the Zoo.  She loves animals so intensely and loves to be an expert on their names, and characteristics.  While she was standing at the fence this tiger almost marked his territory.  Yikes! 
She spent more time looking at these spider monkeys than she did at the playground right next to it.  She loved their antics and playing games of imitation with them.  She had a name for several different ones and enjoyed them so much.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Last Sunday M played "I believe in Christ" on the organ as a special musical number for Sacrament Meeting.  She's very poised about it.  She gets up and plays from memory.  Then she sits down.  I'm so glad she handles her feelings of nervousness and gets the job done.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


These girls drive each other crazy and I get dragged along too.  But sometimes they are so delightful and kind to each other.  I think they were holding hands because I told the kids to hold hands crossing the road.  But here we were well past the road and they were still holding hands. 

M is a great older sister.  On the park she's willing to cast her eyes about from her perch atop something/everything when I ask her if she's seen a sibling recently.  And occasionally when I can't find a sibling I'll ask her to stay with one of the littles while I go search.  I try to not ask her to straight up watch the littles at the park and I am grateful that she still loves to climb and help so much.

Today she unloaded grandma's dishes and my dishes. 

Today she didn't let lP get lost in the book sale. 

Today she watched out for small children getting pushed at the playground that were not even related to her. 

Today she self advocated for fried eggs instead of the rather bad pineapple pancakes I had made.

I love this girl and love being her mom.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


M has a fascination with feces.  So too, apparently does the person who wrote these books and created this match up display of animal pictures and silicone scat. 

For several years now M has been happily cleaning rabbit, dog, and horse scat whenever she had the opportunity.  She definitely doesn't like human fecal mater having 3 younger siblings, she knows.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Boundless Enthusiasm

M has gone out 3 days now for hurricane clean up.  She loves her yellow shirt and she has earned it.  P took her to a muck out on Friday.  The homeowners caulked their doors, put plastic over them and sandbagged them.  They kept the water out, but their house flooded from the inside out. 
 She is covered in brown liquid that came out of a toilet... 

Today P took her and G to a yard clean up and she hefted large logs with zeal.  That's our special M and we love her.

Friday, September 1, 2017


I'm having M copy nice stories for her handwriting practice.  This is the one for next week.

One evening a man called his five sheep to come into the shelter for the night. His family watched with great interest as he simply called, “Come on,” and immediately all five heads lifted and turned in his direction. Four sheep broke into a run toward him. With loving-kindness he gently patted each of the four on the head. The sheep knew his voice and loved him.
But the fifth sheep didn’t come running. She was a large ewe that a few weeks earlier had been given away by her owner, who reported that she was wild, wayward, and always leading the other sheep astray. The new owner accepted the sheep and staked her in his own field for a few days so she would learn to stay put. He patiently taught her to love him and the other sheep until eventually she had only a short rope around her neck but was no longer staked down.
That evening as his family watched, the man approached the ewe, which stood at the edge of the field, and again he gently said, “Come on. You aren’t tied down anymore. You are free.” Then lovingly he reached out, placed his hand on her head, and walked back with her and the other sheep toward the shelter.1
In the spirit of that story, I pray that the Holy Ghost will help us learn together tonight about covenant keeping. Making and keeping covenants means choosing to bind ourselves to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. It is committing to follow the Savior. It is trusting Him and desiring to show our gratitude for the price He paid to set us free through the infinite gift of the Atonement.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

happy place

M goes to help with this horse on Tuesdays.  This sweet lady lets her groom, clean up after and ride the horses.  She also gets to give the dog a bath sometimes.  That's heaven for M.

While we were in Virginia my sister Meg took M down to southern VA to visit my niece T.  T has rabbits and a baby.  While they were there a friend of T's had a medical emergency and so T and Meg took M over to help care for the kids and animals at the friends house.  They breed huskies.  Meg sent me this picture asking if we wanted a puppy.  Sorry.  No.  But I am glad M gets to have these lovely moments.