Monday, November 17, 2008

Third Day of Thanksgiving

1. Kelly
2. Family
3. Potential for motherhood

My thoughts have been directed towards motherhood often these days --not because it's less than 9mos. away! --but because it's possible. In an email to my friend Kristen I wrote, "It has been a sacred experience to begin to ponder about what motherhood really means (and entails). . . The most meaningful lesson I've learned thus far is that the pairing of sacrifice and grace is the essence of motherhood." In her reply, Kristen added, "We are offered the chance to understand the Savior and develop attributes he has, through the most demanding of relationships-- being a wife and mother to children."

I am grateful for the eternal nature of family, not just that I can live with my family eternally, but that "family" is an eternal principle --a thread of continuity from our former existence, through this life, and into the next. In each stage of our existence we find meaning and growth through our roles within the family. Family and motherhood are divinely instituted and we can be divinely directed and supported as we grow into our roles. I am grateful for the opportunity and the grace.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Second Day of Thanksgiving

1. Kelly
2. Family


The rest of the family takes a close second to Kelly. We love them (even if I don't have any good pictures on hand!)

We are getting the best of both worlds for Thanksgiving-- we're driving to Boise to be with Kelly's family, but stoping in Utah on the way up and back. -Just wish we would get to see everyone.

We are so blessed to have TWO great families.
* Mine is young and still growing up.
* Kelly's is older and provides a good example to follow.
* We have 8 fiesty nephews and 4 beautiful nieces.
* We have 4 amazing parents that are an inspiration and support to us in many ways.
* We've got most of the western United States covered-- and one casting the net wide in Michigan!

We LOVE you Petersons, Wilsons, Gaskins, Johnsons and McDonalds!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

First Day of Thanksgiving

I’m kicking off a holiday series I call the “12 Days of Thanksgiving”. Feel free to participate by making your own lists.

1. Kelly

Of course Kelly is at the top of my list! Here are a few reasons why:

A few more reasons:
* Makes me popcorn and/or smoothies on Sunday nights.
* Keeps flowers blooming at my feet—literally.
* Runs with things—for example:
~I say I want to learn letterpress, he transports a press from Boise!
~I bring home a couple succulents from my sister’s yard, he fills our home with lovely, interesting succulents (we’re up to 8 planters).
~I say I want a dog I can run with, he researches to find the perfect breed for us and learns all about them.
* Loves to attend the temple.
* Notices people and things he can do for them. Then does it.
* Enjoys being with kids more than anyone I know
* Does the laundry (Yesterday he folded a queen-sized bed full of laundry 1 foot deep. We were behind!)
* Maintains my car.
* Worries about me.
* Knows how to make me laugh—and does!
* Calls me to meet for lunch every now and then.

Kelly is the numero uno thing that I am grateful for!

Friday, November 14, 2008


Welcome to The Sweet Life. The transition of my blog is inspired by a few factors:

*It doesn't make sense to have 2 blogs when I'm not very good at updating 1.

*Now that I'm married, I feel a bit less ego-centric about posting pictures of me/us. (But don't expect too many pictures before kids arrive—having his picture taken is not Kelly's favorite thing.)

*I know most of my readers are interested in updates about us, more than the "stuff" I often post about—although I will continue to post about pretty things as inspired.

*I'm tired of switching google accounts every time I post!

*And finally, I am launching The Sweet Life because my life is sweet, and that deserves to be celebrated. The inspiration for the new title comes from a little book, given to me by my sister: The Sweet Life: Reflections on Home and Garden, by Laura Stoddart. During a recent re-reading, I concluded that the book captured the essence of a thought that had taken seed in the back of my mind. I didn’t even realize it was there until I read this book, which flirts with the edge of being so sweet it can’t be real. It does so by drawing heavily on 19th century adages for high society such as—

The landscape from an eating room is of less consequence than any other.


There is no furniture so charming as books, even if you never open them, or read a single word.

—the book and its perfect illustrations remind me of my own pleasant surprise to wake up each morning in my life. It’s almost too good to be true! Of course there is still some daily drudgery and at least 8 hours of work away from home, but all in all, things couldn’t possibly be any better!

So, welcome to the sweet life. I’m so glad you’re a part of mine!