Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
1. Honors his priesthood—dresses in his Sunday best to give blessings even if it’s 3:00 a.m. or Christmas Eve
2. Has a testimony of the gospel and loves the Lord
3. Loves musicals and can sing along to most of the songs too
4. Is my best friend—I can talk to him about anything
5. Doesn’t get mad when I start a sentence with “Promise you won’t get mad . . .”
6. Is very athletic, is great at most sports and loves anything about them
7. Extremely patient with me and the kids
8. Is totally funny—even “ha-larious” at times
9. Picks up after himself (without being asked)
10. Is a GREAT dad
11. Will turn off sports center or ESPN if I ask—which is a huge sacrifice since he watches anything on ESPN—including the spelling bee, basketball, table tennis, baseball, etc.
12. Coaches his kids in sports and does a fabulous job
13. Still pretends he speaks Russian and has a dragon named Zantha
14. Makes great waffles whenever the kids ask
15. Tries to come home early if I need him
16. Is really smart
17. Is a good provider for us
18. Never complains about being sick
19. Sees the blessings or “silver linings” in ALL things
20. Likes to go see plays with me
21. Went with me to American Idol and pretended to enjoy it
22. Has gotten really good at birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas gift giving
23. Doesn’t get frustrated when I read a book the whole time on road trips and never take a turn driving
24. Watches So You Think You Can Dance with me and make comments like he really cares about it
25. Love to wear and collect baseball hats from everywhere
26. Loves me no matter what, in fact he loves his whole family unconditionally, and I love how he treats his mom
27. Took me to the temple to be married and still takes me there often
28. My proposal was a surprise
29. Works hard at everything and teaches my boys that “a job worth doing is a job worth doing right”
30. Can fix pretty much anything
31. Keeps track of the kids when I’m talking with friends or playing games
32. Explains the scoring system of tennis every time we watch it on TV without complaint
33. Never acts worried, especially when I am
34. Cleans the house without being asked to—and does a good job too
35. Thinks it’s important for our boys to learn how to clean/work in the house AND in the yard—and works right along side them as he teaches them
36. Says he’s sorry first
37. Fulfills any calling he has whether it’s primary teacher or Elder’s Quorum President
38. Still insists he was raised by cheetahs
39. Plays tiger with the kids
40. Has a great singing voice even though he won’t admit it—and pretends to sing opera for the kids
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Charlene, me, and my mom
I am so glad I have this opportunity to tell my Aunt Charlene Happy Birthday--she just turned 70! Her kids had a big celebration for her up in Utah yesterday, but I wasn't able to attend. They put together a little scrapbook of memories as a special gift and I wanted to share a little bit of what I wrote to her. I just love my Aunt Charlene, and I have great memories from times we spent together. I loved going to her house to spend a month every summer as I was growing up. It was great having her family live up the street when I was in high school. I remember going over to her house every day after school. Having all those cousins around helped me feel like I had brothers and sisters.
One of my favorite memories of her is when I saw her sitting at the piano, with a pencil behind her ear, as she wrote a song. I love that she wrote a song—just for me—for my wedding. She is so extremely talented in music, and I have always been so proud of her music accomplishments. I get a big smile on my face every time I sing “zip-a-dee-ay and heigh-dee-ho.” (One of the reasons why I love this song is because she wrote it!! Aren't you all impressed now!?) I love that I got to sing with her recently and hear our voices blend, even though it was a sad time for all.
She is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know. Even though she always has a million people around her, she always makes sure I get individual attention from her. I know that she loves me and my family, and we love her.
I can’t think of a more appropriate thing to “sing” right now than:
“This month is such a special one; it’s birthday time for you.
We’d really like to celebrate your happy day with you.
Zip-a-dee-ay and heigh-dee-ho, here’s something we can do.
We’ll sing a song that we all know, Happy Birthday to you!”
Knowledge with labor is genius."
Gordon B. Hinckley