Monday, August 3, 2009

Busy Days

Dear Friends,

Happy August to you! We are still trying to believe that the summer will be coming to an end soon, since it seems as though it had just begun. With August comes the yearly realization that all the things we had hoped to accomplish in the summer are probably not going to come true.

It is with a sense of urgency that we begin harvesting herbs and greens in earnest, and enjoying as much time outdoors as possible, since we know that fall is just around the corner, and with it, six months of boots, gloves, coats, and hats. Summer is the mother's friend, an easy time of bare feet (no socks to look for or wash), living and eating out of doors, with lots to eat from the garden and from the wild.

Last weekend we enjoyed visiting with cousins, both the children's and mine.

My niece Andrea (middle) learns to enjoy swimming in green pool water :).

My cousins Natalie and Aubrie, who were my closest friends growing up, were up from California visiting other relatives. They stopped by with their children at my mother's house for a bit. I hadn't seen them for eight years, so it was a real treat to catch up a bit.

Natalie, Aubrie, and Me

Natalie's girls loved playing with our kittens.

Meanwhile, the chickens have been enjoying the summer, too, when they can finally wander about the place without scratching up seedlings!

And WE are enjoying the sunflowers that the fairies planted, both the tall and the small!

May you and your family be blessed today, and kept in the hollow of His hand.


"Let love, peace, and the Spirit of the Lord, kindness, charity, sacrifice for others, abound in your families. Banish harsh words, . . .and let the Spirit of God take possession of your hearts. Teach to your children these things, in spirit and power.. . .Not one child in a hundred would go astray, if the home environment, example and training, were in harmony with. . . the gospel."
~Joseph F. Smith


  1. You have a beautiful blog, it's warm and cozy, I enjoyed the visit.

    I look forward to revisiting. Have a great day & God bless.

  2. Everything is blooming lovely~ Have fun enjoying the rest of summer keep those socks off as long as you can!!Blessings Heather

  3. I would love for you to watch the life of our little butterfly unfold through the pages of my blog!

    It took over a year of tending to our butterfly garden before we finally saw the furits of it! ... keep letting your butterfly weed grow :O)


  4. Dear Marqueta, what lovely pictures! It sounds like you had a nice visit with your cousins. I have cousins like that, and it's always fun to catch up. You are so tiny, you don't look as if you've ever had a child!

    Yes, summer will end before we know it. Where did it go???

    Take care, and I promise we'll work on letters soon. The days here are so busy lately, and with some work projects going on, it'll only get busier for me the next couple of months.


  5. Dear Mama,
    It was fun when Andrea slept over!
    I like the post!
    I love you and I like you!

  6. I adore kittens so I wish I'd been visiting your cousins also. That little grey ball of fluff is adorable. Love the sun fowers but I would have wanted to put smily faces on them all!!

  7. Awww, those kittens! Love!
    What lovely photos! We have a huge renegade sunflower that found its way into a crack in the garden and is now sunning itself higher than the roof of our house! Those flowers are so hardy and beautiful!


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