Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Love for the Garbage Man

Yes, I am in love with the garbage man! And especially because he has to separate all of our garbage into specific little bins and then take it all the way outside to the separate garbage area with at least 20 slots for different garbage. I am especially thankful this Thanksgiving for this missionary companion of mine! And the garbage man.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dill Art Gallery

This is our next missionary picture. I especially like Divine's womanly details!

Pearl's beautiful heart!

Olive's lovely abstraction

Azure's incredible color combination

And Clover's first step as an artist!
Thank you for enhancing our apartment with the best artwork ever!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Site to See

I wonder if my eyes will ever stop being over stimulated. The area where I get my whole wheat flour, nuts and other goodies I can't find anywhere else, is also full of other treasures that we find by usually getting lost. And the nights bring on a whole different feeling. Katy, here are the TRIM STORE pictures I promised.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Where's The SAGE?

Thanksgiving is coming next week with a possible 26 missionaries in our apartment. I am a little worried about the sage. The dressing is NOTHING without the sage. I am waxing a little nostalgic about 2000 North and missing walking on the crunchy, frozen, grass to get my fresh sage in the garden. Oh well, missions are all about sacrifice, right? As you can see above I do have ROSEMARY and THYME.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Korean Man Hole Covers

I am fascinated by these man hole covers. I am sure the Koreans think I am crazy taking pictures of the ground and the missionaries are patient as I tell them to wait while I grab another man hole cover photo. They are beautiful and each city has their own design. Sometimes they paint them. So as we visit the missionaries in a different city I an anxious to FIRST get my man hole picture and then I can chat with the missionaries!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Please Bless America

Although I would not vote for Obama I am praying that he will make a difference to this nation. I am impressed with his wife and her dedication to her family. I do remember the prejudice of my grandmother saying she would never want a black man as the President of the United States. This is truly history making. But I pray it is more than that.
Proposition 8 just barely passed in California. This is a proposition that never would have appeared on the ballot when I was child. I think the tide is turning where we are going to need to stand up for what we believe. There has been much persecution of the LDS community in Califoria. Read this quote from Elder Neal Mawell.
"Make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters, in the months and
years ahead, events are likely to require each member to decide whether
or not he will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more
difficult to halt longer between two opinions. President Marion G. Romney said, many
years ago, that he had 'never hesitated to follow the counsel of the
Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional
or political life.' "This is hard doctrine, but it is particularly
vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short,
brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ
includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. . . Your
discipleship may see the time when such religious convictions are
discounted. . . . This new irreligious imperialism seeks to disallow
certain opinions simply because those opinions grow out of religious
convictions. "Resistance to abortion will be seen as primitive. Concern
over the institution of the family will be viewed as untrendy and
unenlightened.... Before the ultimate victory of the forces of
righteousness, some skirmishes will be lost. Even in these, however,
let us leave a record so that the choices are clear, letting others do
as they will in the face of prophetic counsel. There will also be
times, happily, when a minor defeat seems probable, but others will step
forward, having been rallied to rightness by what we do. We will know
the joy, on occasion, of having awakened a slumbering majority of the
decent people of all races and creeds which was, till then, unconscious
of itself. Jesus said that when the fig trees put forth their leaves,
'summer is nigh.' Thus warned that summer is upon us, let us not then
complain of the heat."

Monday, November 3, 2008


Do you have any idea how excited I was to have Ashley? That is pretty much all I wanted in life was a baby. And she didn't disappoint! I am so grateful that the joy of having her has never stopped. She is gentle, obedient, sensitive, a very hard worker, a good organizer and a great wife and mother. I love you, Ashley. I miss you so much. I wish I could fix your favorite meal, maybe egg rolls, maybe in 18 months? Have a wonderful celebration of your birth. Much love,