Wednesday, July 23, 2014

God bends to His bent world.

He weeps for all its wailing: 
Feels every stick and stone, 
Each broken heart, each broken bone,
And gathers every fragment home.

Jonathan Penny

Friday, May 30, 2014

Surprised By Joy...

The hardness of God is softer than the kindness of men and His compulsion is our liberation. ~C.S. Lewis

I have been interested in reading this book for quite some time. When I finally got it, I gobbled it up. All I knew was that a friend of mine uses the title as an expression. I didn't realize that it was secret code for finding the love of God in all kinds of places.

What surprised me is that C.S. Lewis made his conversion to Christianity largely from the writings of great Christian writers. I don't know why; had I thought about it, it makes complete sense.

I feel like this book was put in my path in this time to complete a thought of my own that has been materializing over the past two years of my personal battle with Common Core.

One issue with Common Core Standards that is causing me greater angst as I speak with parents and students is the 50/50-70/30 ratio in favor of "informational text". History is being taught and tested as "informational text". When we do that, we are teaching history out of context as a piece of writing. It won't be learned that way. And, because it is replacing a piece of literature, that won't be learned either. This is effectively the quietest, but most resourceful book burning scheme in history. #stopcommoncore #utahleg #utahpol

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tea with Lee

This was such a fun event. Sharon's talk about what we do in Utah, lovely. 5.28.2014 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Monday, September 09, 2013

Ombre Indian Wedding Dress

Custom Wedding Cake Toppers
Peg Doll Portraits 

The Soundtrack to your Life...

Have you heard that before? I love the idea of having a life soundtrack. People really do. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Utah Symphony & James Taylor are all part of the soundtrack in our family which made Saturday, September 7th a night to remember when all three were together for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. They played so many favorites. The evening was magical and unforgettable.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

~John Gillespie Magee WW2 Pilot & Poet

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Married in Japan

Custom Wedding Cake Toppers

Where's My Zucchini Bread Zucchini Bread

Ingredients: 1-1/2 c. all purpose flour 
1/2 c. sugar 
1/2 c. brown sugar 
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 egg 
1 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium) 
1/3 c. canola oil 
 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
1 c. shredded zucchini 
3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips 
3/4 whole pecans 
Directions: Heat oven to 325°F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, beat the egg, bananas, canola oil, banana extract, and vanilla extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips. Pour batter into 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake approximately 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool almost completely before removing from pan to wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf

**you can easily double triple and quadruple this recipe and I recommend it :)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny

If your patriotism is a little rusty in light of "Scandalpalooza" and celebrating Independence Day is feeling a little marred, this is the book for you. The Berlin Airlift was one of America's finest hours.
After the Allies defeated Nazi Germany in a total war, Berlin was a heap of burned rubble. When Germans heard the sound of American planes, they cowered. Americans and Germans were afraid of each other and there was a lot of hate. It is important to understand that in the recent war every American had lost a son, father, best friend, husband or brother to the Nazi's and America's anger ran deep. The Germans were crushed in every possible way.
Then, the Berlin Blockade: (from Wikipedia.12 May 1949 "was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–World War II Germany;  the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies; railway, road, and canal access to the sectors of Berlin; under Allied control. Their aim was to force the western powers to allow the Soviet zone to start supplying Berlin with food, fuel, and aid, thereby giving the Soviets practical control over the entire city.") This was literally a fight for the German Soul, would they turn to Communism and Slavery or would they begin to understand Republican government and choose liberty?
Enter, Hal Halvorsen who meets some starving German children near a fence while the children are watching the planes. He realizes that these children are so poor, that the pack of gum in his pocket could make their day. Breaking rules that could have had him court martialed, he promises to drop them some sweets. Realizing that dropping candy from a plane could literally make it dangerous, he devises little parachutes from his collection of handkerchiefs. Operation Little Vittles is born.
It is kindness that wins the hearts of the German people who suffer greatly through the days of the air lift and it is kindness that changes the city from the crime capitol of the world to something else entirely.
As you read the letters to the Candy Bomber from Germany's children and even some of their parents, you will weep and you will remember what a great nation America used to be and I believe, can be again.
 Fun NPR Story: HERE...

My car is in Mobile, all my handkerchiefs are in Berlin, and my heart is in Utah 
~Hal Halvorsen