"Choose you this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I had a wonderful Mother's Day, thanks to a wonderful husband and children!

As we were planting fruit trees, we found one way to keep a toddler out of the water and out of trouble!

Marriage-by Benjamin Franklin

"Marriage is...the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which you are most likely to find solid happiness....It is the man and woman united that make the complete human being. Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason, he, her softness, sensibility, and acute discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the world. A single man has not nearly the value he would have in the state of union. He is an incomplete animal; he resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors."


“There is a great work for the Saints to do. Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations. In the mean time continually seek to adorn your minds with all the graces of the Spirit of Christ.”
President Brigham Young
The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Happiness, Your Heritage”

Chopping and irrigating May 2010

Jared's Mission

Thanks to my wonderful husband and children, I had a great Mother's Day. This was definitely one of the highlights-talking to Jared and getting to see his face at the same time. What a treat that was for me!

Wow! What an incredible view! Good shot, Jared!

Above: Jared went on a service project to gather buko's, from which they drink the juice.
Below: A rather large "resident" in Jared's apartment! Yikes!

Cabbages and lettuce are beautiful, too!

These are cuttings taken from a friend's garden and put in moist soil with rooting hormone. Jane helped me cut some bark off the twigs so they would have more space to grow roots. I was surprised when I saw them one day and there were little blossoms on the lilacs. I have since moved them outside and have yet to see if they will actually grow into plants.

I tried something new this year. I planted these cabbages and lettuces in February or March. I got some old wire hangers, cut off the hook part and bent the rest into a "u" shape. I put these over the plants I wanted to protect, and then covered the bed with plastic. In this way, the plastic didn't smash the plants, but was still able to keep them warm and cozy. It seemed to work good-the plants are doing really well (except for the basil, it was not cold-hardy enough to survive it's first frost).