Sunday Musings

This photo was taken in City Creek Canyon.  The stream is in the background and the leaves have turned a stunning lemon-lime, chartreuse color.  The stream was quietly trickling on its own path as we stopped for a few moments to devour the moments of peace which became intensely profound as we lingered.

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#124 Be Still, My Soul

Lyrics:

1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Text: Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697;
trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

As I reflect on the Sabbath Day my thoughts definitely turn to a greater power than myself.

I love to see God’s handiwork in nature.  We live in such a wonderful state with beauty engulfing our being.

I love my family and spending time with them.

Today, I learned that a fellow scrapbooker lost her husband after a  17 month battle with cancer.

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Below are a few words from her blog, Teresa Collins

“…..It is with the saddest of hearts that I write this. Last night, November 15th at 8:34 pm my best friend, my husband peacefully passed away after a valiant seventeen month battle with cancer. He fought to the end and did not want to leave me and our kids. He awoke yesterday morning and told me that he was dying today. I knew that he was going home. We were alone and I knew he had accepted God’s will. Our family surrounded him all day and as many of us that could were there to send him HOME. Right now, my heart is broken to say goodbye….”

I am in awe of her tremendous strength and unmovable faith.  I love her willingness to share her emotions and love for her family and the atonement of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She is an amazing example to all of us.  I pray that Teresa might feel the peace of comfort from those around her and the love of her faith which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on.

Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22).”

More can be found at Mormon Beliefs:

“….Family relationships can last forever—not just for this life.

Just as some of life’s sweetest joys can come through family associations, the loss of a beloved family member can be a source of our deepest sorrows.

Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).

Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2).

Family members who accept the Atonement of Jesus Christ and follow His example can be together forever through sacred ordinances performed in God’s holy temples. These ordinances seal a husband and wife together for all eternity and children to their parents as an eternal family. (See: “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”)…”

I pray that all of us may have a peaceful and still soul and enjoy the everyday miracles that surround us constantly.

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Halloween October 31, 2014

 

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Alec and Emmett were so cute this Halloween.  Emmett was the cutest tiger ever, even with his most recent wound which was on his forehead. Ouch!  His brother pushed him into the television and poor Em needed stitches, the 2nd time in 2 weeks.  We hope to get past this phase very soon.

We went up the canyon to capture a few photos to document this year’s Halloween.  The boys would not sit still because they were so worried about the next task that awaited them.  Trick-or-Treating!  I managed to get a few photos but not as many as I would have liked.

We went to Lana’s delightful Halloween party.  The boys were so excited to see candy and treats everywhere they looked.  They seriously took home two heavy buckets of candy.  I am so  glad that I am just the grandmother and won’t have to deal with the “sugar rush,”that his parents will face in the next few weeks.

The cutest thing that Alec did was as follows:  We went trick-or-treating in Lana’s neighborhood which was pretty quiet.  We could only find about 5 people home to give the boys treats.  Finally, we went to a dark cul-de- sac and found one person home.  After Alec had thanked the man for his candy, he walked back to the candy giver and declared, “I better give you a hug!”  The man told Alec he was fine and didn’t need a hug.  Now, I don’t know how anyone could turn down a hug from that smokey-faced fireman!  It just broke me heart.  At another house, as were walking away Alec yelled out, “I love you.”  Alec just melts my heart!

Emmett walked for a quarter of a block and then that awesome tiger roared that he needed to be carried.  It is such hard work walking to get your candy on Halloween.  What a rough life, yes?  We had a fantastic Halloween and are so grateful to be blessed with adorable grandchildren who remind us all what life is all about.

Everyday Fun!

 

We need to document everyday life.  The new Becky Higgins Project Life App lets you make scrapbook pages in just a few minutes.  I am thankful that whenever I have a few minutes that I spend waiting in line at the grocery store, or waiting at the doctor’s office, etc., I can make a super fast scrapbook page to document what is going on in life.

I love spending time with my family.  In my opinion there is no greater blessing than my family.

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“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” — Desmond Tutu

“...Desmond Tutu, retired South African Anglican archbishop, talks about his book “Forlatelse”, or “The Book of Forgiving”, written in collaboration with his daughter Mpho Tutu, at a book fair in Goteborg…..”

I am thankful for my family!

What the Fox Say?

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What Does the Fox Say?  Author: Ylvis Illustrator: Svein Nyhus

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Ylvis is a comedy duo from Norway consisting of brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker. They debuted as professional variety artists in 2000 and have since had a string of highly successful variety shows, humoristic concerts, TV shows, radio shows and music videos. They are currently the host of popular Norwegian talk show, I kveld med Ylvis (“Tonight, with Ylvis”). Their song “The Fox” went viral on YouTube in September 2013 with over 230 million views, which brought the brothers to international attention.

The lyrics to the song are as follows:

Dog goes “woof”
Cat goes “meow”
Bird goes “tweet”
And mouse goes “squeak”
Cow goes “moo”
Frog goes “croak”
And the elephant goes “toot”
Ducks say “quack”
And fish go “blub”
And the seal goes “ow ow ow”

[Pre-Chorus]
But there’s one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?

[Chorus 1]
“Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”
What the fox say?

“Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!
Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!”
What the fox say?

“Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!
Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!”
What the fox say?

“Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!
Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!”
What the fox say?

[Verse 2]
Big blue eyes
Pointy nose
Chasing mice
And digging holes
Tiny paws
Up the hill
Suddenly you’re standing still

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Your fur is red
So beautiful
Like an angel in disguise
But if you meet
A friendly horse
Will you communicate by
Mo-o-o-o-orse?
Mo-o-o-o-orse?
Mo-o-o-o-orse?
How will you speak to that
Ho-o-o-o-orse?
Ho-o-o-o-orse?
Ho-o-o-o-orse?

What does the fox say?

[Chorus 2]
“Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow!
Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow!”
What the fox say?

“Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!
Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!”
What the fox say?

“A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!
A-hee-ahee ha-hee!”
What the fox say?

“A-oo-oo-oo-ooo!
Woo-oo-oo-ooo!”
What does the fox say?

[Bridge]
The secret of the fox
Ancient mystery
Somewhere deep in the woods
I know you’re hiding
What is your sound?
Will we ever know?
Will always be a mystery
What do you say?

[Outro]
You’re my guardian angel
Hiding in the woods
What is your sound?
(Wa-wa-way-do Wub-wid-bid-dum-way-do Wa-wa-way-do)
Will we ever know?
(Bay-budabud-dum-bam)
I want to
(Mama-dum-day-do)
I want to

want to know!
(Abay-ba-da bum-bum bay-do)

Here are my fall nails that inspired this blogpost.

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w fox nail art borderSunday night we turned the clocks back.  Even though it is fall, it gets dark so early that I am constantly reminded that winter is not far behind.  So, I choose to focus on fall while time is on my side. Happy Fall to all!

 

 

Halloween Memories……….

Image-1It has been a beautiful fall season in Utah this year. Yesterday which was Halloween, we set a record for the warmest temperature on record, a blissful 77 degrees.  It was so warm that you didn’t even need a sweater.  We enjoyed driving around and seeing the children in their costumes, houses decorated for the holiday, attending my sister-in-law’s annual Halloween party and seeing Alec and Emmett in their costumes.  Alec was a smoke-faced fireman and Emmett was a very cute tiger with real war wound stitches on his forehead, pictures to come.  I am still recovering from invasive oral surgery of bilateral mandibular tori removal and bone fragments with smoothing under general anesthesia. I have been on a diet of soft ice cream, puddings, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, smoothies, smooth soups  and will continue to be for a few more weeks.  I am gaining weight because I usually have lots of vegetables and many delicious fresh salads.  However, I have to keep doing what I am doing so I can recover before the next surgery which will be of the upper section of my mouth.  I guess it was pretty fitting that I had such a gruesome surgery during the Halloween month.  LOL!

I definitely don’t like the gruesome nature that Halloween brings out but I do enjoy the fantasy aspect of the holiday and especially the children’s costumes.

“This is Halloween”

Goblins on the doorstep,
Phantoms in the air,
Owls on witch’s gateposts
giving stare for state,
Cats on flying broomsticks,
Bats against the moon,
Stirrings round of fate-cakes
With a solemn spoon,
Whirling apple parings,
Figures draped in sheets
Dodging, disappearing,
Up and down the streets,
Jack-o-lanterns grinning,
Shadows on a screen,
Shrieks and stars and laughter –
This is Halloween!

Author: Dorothy Brown Thompson

I hope everyone had a “spooky” and safe Halloween!

Walking in the Air

Peggy de Azevedo has organized The Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir which is a nondenominational, volunteer choir inviting singers 18 years and older to join.  The first performance will be in The Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah Campus on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:30pm.  I joined the choir and it has been so fun to sing a variety of holiday songs with others who love to sing, just as I do.  I guess I am out of the loop but I had never heard about the animated show called, The Snowman.  We will be singing the song from the film called, Walking in the Air.  It is a beautiful song and one that is fun to sing.

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We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

I’m holding very tight
I’m riding in the midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams

Children gaze open mouthed
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We’re surfing in the air
We’re swimming in the frozen sky
We’re drifting over icy mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low
On an ocean deep
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep

And walking in the air
We’re dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

We’re walking in the air
We’re walking in the air

Singing really does make me happy.  I remember last year when I lost my voice and couldn’t literally speak for about 3 weeks.  I remember it was around the holidays and I couldn’t sing any of my favorite songs.  The holidays just weren’t the same when I couldn’t sing. Yes singing really does make me happy  So, I did some research about singing.  Part of the article is below and a link to the article is here:  Does singing make you happy?

“In this article, we’ll find out what effect singing has on mood, outlook and general psychological health. We’ll look specifically at choral singing, which is where the most recent and surprising research has been done. Apparently, choral singing, whether with a church, city or private group, really does make people happy.

The physiological effects of singing are fairly well-documented. For those who doubt its power, just look at songbirds: When male songbirds sing to female songbirds, it activates the pleasure center of the male’s brain. In fact, scientists have discovered that the effect of singing on the birds’ brains is similar to the effect of addictive drugs on human brains.

 But there’s a caveat. That effect doesn’t happen when the birds are singing alone.
As it turns out, singing’s effect on humans has a similar caveat.”

Here is another quote about why singing makes one happy:

“Singing releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation, it’s also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer. Plus, people who sing in choral groups might feel a lift from their social connection and working in unison.”

I am so thankful to be in the choir and meet with neighbors who share the same joy that singing brings me.  When I sing, I feel inner peace and absolute glee in my heart.

 

Harvest Time!

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We took a drive along the Alpine loop, the leaves were blazing with vibrant colors of golden, gleaming aspens, green pine trees and the brilliant hues of orange-rust scrub oak foliole. The Alpine Loop scenic backway is on SR-92 American Fork Canyon, Utah.  We had a picnic with Kaylin, Jade and Emmett in the back of the car.  The kids thought that it was the best idea ever.  Emmett wouldn’t get on the tractor at the pumpkin patch and gave me a serious “crusty” when I took his picture.  We affectionately call Emmett, “Our little grump!”

Alec didn’t go to the pumpkin patch because he was at school.  He loves his school.  Don’t feel too sorry for Alec because he is going to have 5 Halloween parties this year. LOL!

Kaylin and Jade had a great 2 days of cousin time.  The girls don’t get to see each other very often due to proximity challenges and school conflicts.  The fall weather has been beautiful this year.  The temperature has been in the mid 70′s which is very unusual for Utah.  I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful world.

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