Thursday, August 30, 2007

One of My New Favorites

Geez, I've been doing a lot of quality reading lately--read no sarcasm into that. I mean it. Last night I finished "Cry, The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. This was Sean's suggestion. The book was incredibly moving, rich and filled with gentle portrayals of compassion. While the book was written in 1948 and set in South Africa, the social ills, misteps, broken hearts, love, generosity, and tenderness depicted throughout the book are basically the same in our world today, sixty years later. I am reminded by this book that people can be very kind and selfless in this truly difficult and selfish world of ours. I am inspired.

I love to read! It opens people's hearts to other's suffering; it opens people's minds to greater things; it motivates people to reach for better; it fills people's souls with emotions or experiences they may have never had before. If I am passionate about anything in this life, reading surely rates in my top five. It is almost a miracle the way that people can convey their sincerest and heartfelt thoughts to others through the written word. (This is gooey and sappy and verbose, I know, but I call it like I see it.)

A recent study revealed that one out of every four adults in the United States has not read at least one book in the last year! Wow! I know people are busy and all, but still. Wow. wow. To each his own, I guess. I'm not here to judge, I just know that I am in heaven when I have a good book on my bedside table. I am lost if I can't read my book in bed EVERY SINGLE NIGHT OF MY LIFE!

This, then, got me thinking about the books I have read just in the last six or seven months. As near as I can remember, here is my list (hoping I'm not forgetting any):

Cry, The Beloved Country
The Road
Til They Have Faces
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Train to Perestroika
These Is My Words
Pride and Prejudice
Twilight
New Moon
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
The Great Gatsby

I'm up for some great reading suggestions! Let me hear from you! I've got to get something good on my bedside table, and zippy soon!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Like Father, Like Daughter


And so the noble tradition of becoming a BYU graduate continues! As Ashley showed Dave the "proper" way to wear his mortar board on the day he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from BYU in April of 1986, so she now proudly wears her own tassle upon her graduation from BYU with her Bachelor's Degree in Integrative Biology. How very proud we are of Ashley! And so she continues on to obtain her Master's Degree, always the sweet, compassionate, caring, talented, and adored daughter of ours. How very lucky--no, how very blessed we are to be her parents!



Go Ashley!



















Ashley always will be my "Sweet Pea."


















The Three Musketeers!














If I wasn't already a part of this family, I would be so jealous!

























Ashley certainly has reason to jump for joy on her graduation day!


















Sweetness!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It's a Book! Three Words! First Word: "Let's"









Second word: "Play."
Third word: "Charades!"

I adore playing games, and thank goodness my family indulges me once in a while! Occasionally, they even let me win . . . just to keep me quiet, probably.




Saturday, August 04, 2007

Man, She's One Hep Cat!

Mom took her turn on the throne to show us her sweet skills on the drums, demonstrating that she hasn't lost her touch of keeping the beat acquired on the timpani in her college days. Gosh! What hasn't Mom tried? Piloting an airplane? Check. Teaching college? Check. Working for Mr. Marriott when he was a no-name? Check. Starting her own business? Check. Raising six wild and crazy little rugrats? Check. The list goes on and on. This is one extremely remarkable woman, my Mom. And I'm glad she's mine.