Things I Appreciate Right This Minute

  • Energetic school teachers
  • A garage free of mice and clutter
  • 82 degrees by day 62 degrees by night
  • Birthday lunch Plans with my sisters mom and maybe my brother(Felicia your on the sister list)? !!!
  • fresh salsa and peach crisp

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cat er un

Thats the phonetic way I often call out for Kate. Its silly and suits her. By now many of you have received "the letter." Monday I went with Kate to get her passport. Due to the timing of things it cost a fortune to get it expedited. I suggested she change her date of departure for India to October. What was I thinkin ! She was resolute, what ever it takes she is gonna be face forward with her dream in September. Last year Kate came to me and said she had been up all night thinking and praying about her life and she wanted me to hear her out. Peace Corp... Service Abroad... I have everything they have nothing... children..... Im an adult.... let me express how I feel threw this song mom.... Then she turned on You Tube and played what was already one of my favorite anthems with a video. Sarah McLaughlin's World on Fire. If your a social worker or just a humanitarian its a song of the heart

World On Fire Sarah McLaughlin
The worlds on fire its more than I can handle Ill tap into the water try and bring my share Try to bring more, more than I can handle Bring it to the table Bring what I am able
Hearts are worn in these dark ages Youre not alone in these stories pagesThe light has fallen amongst the living and the dying And Ill try to hold it in Yeah Ill try to hold it in.

Ok so I get it and with much discussion and begging her to not go for 6 months to Uganda we comprimised on 2 months to India. All on her dime, not surprising to me. But if you dont know my Kate heres some little truths from her mother.

Kate makes people laugh usually till they cry or loose control of bodily function. This is her as Benjamin Button and a character from Fiddler on the Roof

Kate loves culture and customs she has a room full of symbols from other countries. This is the Color Festival at the Hari Krishna Temple

Kate loves people she is a great friend generous to a bank fault.

Kate is so ok being Kate and ok with you being you.

Kate can work ask the Boys at Nestle who tried to keep up with her heavy lifting, labor intensive 12 hour days.

Kate is driven if its one of her priorities nothing will hold her . Like paying of her first truck in one year.

Kate is greatful she is very aware of a world beyond her privileged life.

Kate lives with energy. She loves to hike and climb and do anything that makes her sweat.

Im so excited for her to have this experience. The tears the pain the fear the adreniline the expounding knowledge the ever growing heart and spinning head. I hope she is desperately home sick and then cant bare to leave. India is so lucky !!!

Love you Katie Did

I love Katherine she is a gem of a girl

Friday, June 12, 2009

Family Reunion 2009

I LOVE family reunion. I love it more after the fact then during Scotts video blips help with that. I love it way more following the event than when Im creatin games or gathering blow up mattresses and bottled water.

I Love the simple things like seeing Tay and GJ pick up right where they left off talking 5 months ago. I love it when Eli and Bailey are finally comfortable enough to come over and wake me up to ask if i know where Eli's shoes are. I love the exagerated efforts we make to provide fun meals made with excess of love and ingredient. I love that I dont ponder who will help with dishes and kids because I know everyone will. I love my mothers tears that turn into mine as she revels in having everyone together happy and safe and then sadness because Boo isnt here. I love uncles who go out of their way to be kids again with nieces and nephews in the sand under a rock or at a fishing hole. I love the laughter of the talent show . Children who are honored for front rollovers and walk the dog tricks on a yo yo. Their belief in themselves and people who will never fail them is everything to me. I love talkin turkey with Tristan and making fun of our government jobs with Jared, sweeping with Mike and debating if Byu is better than that other Utah School Scotty attends ( its not Scotty its not!). I love saying shhhh into the wee hours while people play heartily together. I love my sisters to many reasons to list but how about because they are sincere in everything they do. I love that I have never seen my dad any different than when I was 15 and he was 45 . Now we are both nearly 45 he is my unstoppable giant. I do have a family here on earth and they are so good to me I want to spend my life with them through all eternity. Thank you for making that an easy desire and a critical goal.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Tay's gonna kill me

Ya I have taken full privilige here. I m reporting that on May 30 at 7:20 pm Shawn Taylor Rowley had his first date. His friend Josh called to see if he would go with him and make it a double date. I heard him say I cant I dont have any money. Eagerly but hopefully without to much zeal I said " Yes you do I owe you $20.00 for workin in the yard and with dad in the basement." He said " crap" So he has been 16 for 7 months and isnt overly thrilled about the dating world and the whole pay to go out with someone who doesnt act normal all night thing. But He has been friends for years with Jana Lisa and they talk all the time. ( I think she was the reason he needed a cell phone, so he could talk in his room when I think he is asleep. Any way he called her and the date to see Night at The Museum( 2) was on. He wouldnt say what time because Kate kept threatrening to come to the movie and sit behind him. " Knock it off Kate!!" He spent all of his money because it was necessary he purchase popcorn and drinks. Then he called and asked if thery could all come to our house and play video games. I said " It better be a game girls will play" He said super smash brothers and could you all vacate the living room or even the whole house. I made more treats and picked up the room. The girls got a ride from one of their dads to our house Taylor drove my 10 year old van and Josh had his beater. Shawn and I went for a ride and by grace Gabby was exhausted from a day at 7 peaks and asleep. I came home in time to take these pictures and hear them all laughing and teasing each other. I remember my first date with Kyle Carnahan. I had lots of green eye shadow and a new perm. He wore a red suit and said one sentance to me the whole night. " Do you want a stick of gum" I think Tay did much better. They seemed comfortable with each other. Ill let the pictures speak for themselves.