Looking Back to Kauai……

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We went to Kauai with our dear friends the Pacinis.  We had a fantastic time.  A lot has happened since our trip in September.  Life gets in your way and the best intentions of blogging and focusing on the many photos that I have taken soon are overrun with mundane tasks of each day.

We went on a boat ride that took 3 hours plus along the Na Pali coast of the island of Kauai.  We had all types of weather that day.  We experienced lots of rain, choppy seas, high winds and a only a couple of minutes of sunshine.  The coastline is very rugged and lush green in color.  It was an amazing experience. We went snorkeling on our trip and had a nice lunch as well with fresh island food.

I am thankful for the beautiful world that we live in and that I am able to visit so many places.


Looking Forward To Christmas………

November layout Image-1Thanksgiving was an enjoyable day.  We went to a restaurant for our Thanksgiving luncheon.  We have decided that going out for Thanksgiving at this stage in our lives is awesome!

Our tradition is to go to a movie on Thanksgiving Day.  We went to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014).  We enjoyed it but don’t want to wait for a year for next and final movie to be released.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

We are very thankful for our many blessings and love the chance to reflect on them this holiday season.

“……Gratitude for blessings received from God. Expressing gratitude is pleasing to God, and true worship includes thanking him. We should give thanks to the Lord for all things.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord:Ps. 92:1;
Come before his presence with thanksgiving:Ps. 95:1–2;
Be thankful unto him, and bless his name:Ps. 100:1–5;
Cease not to give thanks:Eph. 1:15–16;
Be ye thankful:Col. 3:15;
Blessing, and glory, and thanksgiving, and honor be unto our God:Rev. 7:12;……”

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I hope you have a blessed holiday season.


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


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.


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?


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



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”

But there’s one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?

[Chorus 1]
What the fox say?

What the fox say?

What the fox say?

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
How will you speak to that

What does the fox say?

[Chorus 2]
What the fox say?

What the fox say?

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

What does the fox say?

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?

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?
I want to
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!




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