Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hello Spring!

Image from Sarahjanestudios.com/blog

One of our favorite elements of the early days of spring (even those like today where snow is layered upon our daffodil blooms and tulip starts), are the sweet sounds we hear piping down our chimney.

Each year that we have lived in our Utah home (now 5 and counting), we have been graced with a family of birds that nests atop, or perhaps inside, our chimney. First the mother builds the nest, and lays the eggs, then eventually the sounds grow as baby chicks hatch and are nourished. The chicks love to tweet throughout the day. And the pipes of our chimney enhance the sound so that we can hear it throughout the entire upstairs!

This year especially, the nest-building occurring atop our roof is a sweet reminder of the ways in which Steve and I are working to build our nest and enhance the sweet sounds emanating from the protective walls of our springtime cottage.

Friday, March 20, 2009

First Day of Spring

Today was a beautiful day for many reasons: one being that on this first day of spring, together, Ella, Steve and I attended the 4th session of the Draper Temple Dedication.

We sat in the Celestial Room (thanks to our brother-in-law Monte) at the foot of the prophets.

About the experience Ella said, "I even got to shake President Monson's hand! He sought me out from the other side of the room, he asked me my name, and he told me I was beautiful. I want to remember this moment. During the dedication, I could hear more than I could see; meaning there was only a choir of 30, but we could hear thousands singing beautifully. And the Hallelujah shout was great because you could really feel the Spirit. Today I learned that temples always are peaceful places and the Spirit of God can come and attend with us."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009

We are Blessed Beyond Measure

March 8th, 2009 was a beautiful day for a darling girl to be baptized.