Sunday, November 23, 2014

The friend of mine....!  

Could say a million amazing things about her.    

Whenever I am in a bind or having a bad day, I find myself asking "What would Deanne do.....ie... WWDD?"  I envision what she would say to me if I happen to NOT get a hold of her.  Amazingly after a short phone conversation or envisioning what I think she might say to me..... my day gets better.  

Those are the best friends EVER!!!
She is the reason we are here in Arizona, and the reason (along with Sara, and Becky) I got through my husbands medical training.   We are partners in crimes in all things good, and trivial.  We are each others cheerleaders, advocates and confidants.  I am so grateful for her friendship and example in a million and one ways!  



This picture in particular makes me smile.....




Outdoor Forts, Tents, Cool Nights, Lanterns, Nancy Drew, and these two girls.....


Desert life in November!  


Friday, November 21, 2014

Cath and her Preschool Thanksgiving Feast!

These preschool kids were all ready for a pilgrim/Indian Feast this morning.  






Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I am usually not an impulsive shopper.  Especially when it comes to art.  The other day however was an exception.  I found this beautiful large piece of art by Kent Wallis at an antique shop in Chandler, Arizona.  When I saw the picture, and then the price....I knew it was a must.  

Kent Wallis is a Utah artist who my family has loved over the years.  My Mom especially loved Kent Wallis.  I have memories of sitting in the car waiting patiently or impatiently for what seemed for hours while she perused art galleries where his works were presented in Utah.  I was recently amazed with some of his latest works he donated to the LDS Phoenix Temple.   

Art work makes a home.  Although this is NOT an original........it is surely a beautiful replica and simply reminds me of home!  

I knew it when I saw it.  Just the way a piece of art hanging in your home should be.  




Monday, November 17, 2014

One more....because I LOVE IT.......

The adoration and little smirk ......
Priceless sunlit photo of this loving Grandma.  
Makes me surely miss mine:)  


Humbling.....

I have had a chance to meet some really amazing people over the past few months here in Arizona.  People who have already changed and shaped who I am and who I want to become.  I love the opportunity to take pictures of people who inspire me.  It is always a privilege.
This family is one of those.....


Miss Arlene in the middle is Catherine's favorite preschool teacher of all time.  In fact... Miss Arlene is my favorite preschool teacher of all time.  The fact that she lives three doors down from me is just an added benefit.  

She teaches my daughter how to read through scriptures and hands on learning experiences.  She is thoughtful, kind, and simply quite amazing.  

Her husband passed away a few years back, and it is amazing to me the love that surrounded this family while taking their picture.  They ADORE this mother of theirs, and she has raised some really great children.  I never had the chance to meet Miss Arlene's husband, but I am certain beyond a doubt his presence is felt daily with this family.  

Her son in law is a well known artist, and has studied with some of the best all over the world.  


His works are particularly well known in the LDS community.  He has painted one of my favorite pictures of Christ of all time.  

   
  







Many of his works are in LDS temples across the world today.  He and his wife are moving to Provo, Utah next month to continue his art career for the LDS church and teach at Universities.  


He and his family are examples in a million ways, but the qualities I noticed were humble, sincere, and very kind.     
  
Howard and Shari's daughter Belle is an outstanding vocalist.  




She has a full ride music scholarship at the age of 16 to Brigham Young University for next year.  I didn't even know that was possible.  She is someone surely to follow. 

You have GOT to CHECK her out HERE!
I am AMAZED and her newest biggest FAN!

The best life experiences come through interacting with other people who can lift, inspire, and teach us to become better.  It was a beautiful fall Arizona day for me, and one I will not soon forget.  




Saturday, November 15, 2014

If this doesn't get me in the Christmas spirit I don't know what will.

I know....you look at these and think
HOW in the WORLD did you get your boys to do this...... right?  
Long story short.  We started off with just Sammy wanting to throw snow.... 

Before I knew it Mikey was literally begging me to participate. 

My only request....was he wear a plaid shirt.  He obeyed without delay.


These will forever long make me smile!