Our yard is a very pleasant place to sit and talk. We have been asked frequently to use the yard to host this or that. It is a pain to get ready, but in truth, we love having the kind of yard where people enjoy getting together for special occasions in their lives. So, having a wedding reception in the yard is nothing new. A couple of weeks back we were asked to host a wedding for a family that had just moved in the neighborhood. We were flattered and accepted the role of host. Most of the yard was in for the season but there were still a few details like the ponds that hadn’t been cleaned yet.

Shortly thereafter, my father-in-law who had Alzheimer’s took a unexpected turn for the worse, with significant pain and increased disorientation and disturbance. Like most big things in our lives, we got a sense something significant was about to change. In a few short weeks, he passed away and was given a beautiful funeral. Afterwards, family and friends [click here to read more…]

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Memorial to Sacrifice

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I spent some time on Memorial Day weekend reading the many posts acknowledging those who sacrificed all they had, their time, their families and all too often, their lives for this country. I wanted to post the same sentiments but found it difficult to put what I was feeling into words. Days have not changed [...]

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Advocate

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The clock tells me it is past time to go to bed; my brain tells me the clock is wrong. Before I make my third attempt to wander off to Dreamland, I thought I would share this newly-finished painting. It was a delight to create, and also a challenge. However, I am thrilled with the results. [...]

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Often is Enough For Me

I hope all of you had a nice Memorial Day weekend; I certainly did. I spent it with family in Idaho and that often makes for a nice time. You will notice that I said ‘often’ and not ‘always’. I don’t know a single soul that gets along with family members one hundred percent of [...]

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What Dad forgot to mention

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In the living room of my home growing up, there hung a large framed photograph of a country road in a canyon somewhere. My father loved that piece of art. It must have reminded him of a place he’d been or wanted to go. I remember him standing in front of it from time to [...]

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Being part of something when it begins is so rewarding

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I have a problem, one I wrestle with every year about this time. I need to be in the studio painting and I need and want to be working in my yard. year I feel like I am running behind because I spent a week at BYU Women’s Conference which usually comes around mid-to-late April. [...]

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Blogs and Blessings

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One of the blessings of a signing is I get to meet the people that are interested in my art and who have been touched by it in some way. I did a signing during General Conference in October. This was Ladies Night at the Deseret Book flagship store in downtown Salt Lake City. As [...]

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Mother’s Day and Daughters

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Viewing Facebook last night it was clear that Mother’s Day was enjoyed by all (or nearly all). I look forward to the day when I will see my own mother again. I delight in the women that my sons have chosen to be the mothers of their children. I am delighted to see

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I Know Thee Not

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In the parable of the Ten Virgins the Lord compares His Second Coming to a wedding feast in which ten virgins are invited to wait for the arrival of the newly married couple. Knowing that the wait might stretch into the night each virgin brought a lamp, but only five brought extra oil. When the [...]

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Discipleship

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Joseph of Arimathaea was a wealthy and respected member of the leading council of the Jews. Like Nicodemus before him, he was afraid of the counsel, unwilling to publicly declare his discipleship. Most of us are not that different from Joseph. We know what we believe—but we haven’t quite come to the point where we [...]

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