Stay-at-home-mommy to my sweet three kids, professional chef wannabe, list-making fool.
Ethan (Birthday - September 7, 2005)
About Ethan: The best big brother to his two little sisters; loves tigers, zoos, doesn't meet a stranger, and just started the second grade!
Sara Katherine (Birthday - March 7, 2007)
About Sara Katherine: Little mama to her baby sis; loves all things pink and princess, but loves to play in the dirt. Excited to have started kindergarten! She is a wonderful artist! Prissy; persistant; percocious, precious.
Clara Elyse (Birthday - January 10, 2010)
About Elyse: Loves to play with her bubba and sissy. Loves to color and draw (on my walls and carpet when I'm not looking - ugh.) Has the best sense of humor!
"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life."
"Follow your bliss." Joseph Campbell
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." Robert Frost
"The Lord will bless us and watch over us, sometimes dramatically. At other times, He will leave us to cope with the challenge rather than removing or diverting the challenge. He will not let us be tried beyond that which we can bear, but He will chose to push us at times. We can expect to be tested." Spencer W. Kimball
"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?" Christoper Marlowe
"If a June night could talk, it would boast that it invented romance." Bern Williams
"Children are made readers in the laps of their parents." Emilie Burchwald
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation stand still."
"The secret of happiness consists not of having, but of being, not of possessing, but enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart that is at peace with itself." David O. McKay
"The Lord is not interested in our abilites or inabilities as much as He is interested in our availability. If we show him our dependability, he will take care of our capability." Spencer W. Kimball
"Patient endurance permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord and our faith in His timing when we are being tossed about by the surf of circumstance. Even when a seeming undertow grasps us, somehow, in the tumbling, we are being carried forward, though battered and bruised." Neal A. Maxwell
"Among the greatest blessings in life is to be safe with someone." Hugh B. Brown
"The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul." David O. McKay
"In order to exercise your faith, do something every day that scares you to death." Mary Ellen Edmonds
"Work like the devil; he's such a good example." Marion G. Romney
Thursday, January 17, 2013
New York City - World Trade Center Memorial
We took a subway close to the World Trade Center Site and got off at what we thought would be the closest stop to it. We were wrong. We walked for blocks and blocks and blocks. It's a neat way to see the city, I guess. We ended up walking through Wall Street on accident and passed the big bull. Probably wouldn't have seen that otherwise so it's all good. Lots of busy, busy, busy people on phones and drinking large cups of coffee, especially around those parts. And New Yorkers LOVE cigarettes. Holy cow, so many smokers.
You have to register ahead of time and get tickets to visit the memorial and go through lots of security to get into the site. They have two huge fountains that were built where the towers stood and they are building a museum in between that won't be ready for about another year and a half. There is construction going on around the site, I think they are building another tower, but it will just be one tower instead of two and supposedly is supposed to be taller than the other WTC towers. It's in the very beginning phases it looks like though.
It was a sobering experience being there. I wondered how many of the people around me may have been family members or friends of the names etched on the memorials.
The lone surviving pear tree.
NEW YORK—A lone Callery pear tree stands among the 400 oak trees at the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan.
The trunk is dark and scratched. Knots and jagged wood dot the middle of the tree, scars from branches snapped off long ago. As the eye wanders up the tree, the bark gets lighter and smoother; lush, green leaves pop out of the branches.
“This tree actually has a timeline etched into its bark,” said Ron Vega, director of design and construction for the 9/11 Memorial. Vega pointed out the pre- and post-9/11 growth on the tree. “She is her own time capsule,” he said.
The tree, aptly named the Survivor Tree, stands roughly near where it was planted in the 1970’s where it greeted guests in the plaza of the World Trade Center for decades. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the tree was buried for weeks under the rubble of the Twin Towers, the buildings that once surrounded it.
In October of 2001, the tree was dug out of the rubble; the last living thing pulled from ground zero.
“She represents so much more than just the resilience of the city. She represents the resilience of that event,” said Vega. “She represents the ability to come back after so much trauma.”
My family. All I have ever wanted to be was a good wife and mother.
Sunday afternoon naps
Digital photography (how did we ever survive on 35mm film?)
Good books, though I don't read nearly as much as I used to these days.
Cookbooks. I read them like novels.
Organization, of anything. I like order. The cans in my pantry are stacked by type of food (beans in this row, canned vegetables in this row, soups in this row), the files in my filing cabinet are in Alphabetical order, and things fit in my purse the same way, all the time. Madness, you say? I find that it makes my life easier when I know exactly where things are.
Being the one to get them out of their cribs in the morning/after naps
Rocking my babies to sleep
Hearing Ethan sing literally ALL the words to the Alabama fight song (I honestly don't know how he learned them all because we didn't make it a point to teach it to him)
The way the hair on my arms stands up when I see the video montage they play before kick-off at Alabama Football games