Still Life With Bread Crumbs

by admin on June 23, 2014

I liked this book – well written – beautiful use of words – an interesting story – with a few surprises!  And it was so easy to relate to – caring for your parents – old memories – solving life’s problems – finding happiness too!

 

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Summer Reading 2014

by admin on June 9, 2014

I have read a few books this summer.  Some have been winners and others not so much.

I enjoyed reading  “Prayers for Sale” by Sandra Dallas.  There are some wonderful stories in this book – the setting is a small mining town in Colorado during the Great Depression.  Hennie befriends a new young wife and helps her adjust to harsh, mining life.  It amazes me how women that gather together can create strength, trust, love and power to endure and overcome.  I really liked reading this book.  Sandra Dallas has written others books – I also read “Fallen Women” – that was a tough book to read – a horrific murder of the main character’s sister found in a brothel.  And I read “The Bride’s House” while I was in Hawaii – pretty good.  But “Prayers for Sale” is my favorite by Sandra Dallas.

I also just finished reading “Stella Bain” by Anita Shreve.  I really liked this book – the time period is during WWI and the book starts out in France with a woman that wakes up with no memory of who she is or why she is in France.  It is quite an amazing story – the main character has amazing courage and such a drive to find out who she is – and where she belongs.  I believe there is nothing stronger than the love of a mother for . . . .  read this book and you will find out!!

I am making my way through “The Wives of Los Alamos”  It is interesting but not my favorite.  The voice of the book seems too flighty and it makes me wonder did the women really think and act like that?  Were they so self-centered?  But maybe women are that way in their 20-30′s.  I know I was somewhat – so worried about what other people thought of me and my children.

And the best for last!  I am finishing up “The Peacegiver” by James L. Merrell.  Excellent Book!!  My mother-in-law recommended it and said she has read it three times.  It is a wonderful book and helps you see so clearly that we desperately need to truly learn how to forgive others for our own salvation.  And the great power Christ offers to heal.  I need a copy of my own to mark and highlight – and read again and again.

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Welcome Home Elder Jonathan Willden!!

June 1, 2014

On May 1st we create some exciting signage to greet our return missionary!!  It was a day long awaited.  Our youngest son, Jonathan honorably returned from serving two years as an LDS Missionary in the Nicaragua Managua South Mission.   Anxiously Waiting!!   And our missionary appears!  You cannot miss him with  his glowing, huge […]

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First Grandchild Baptized!

April 13, 2014

Sweet, beautiful Abby Rae Brown was baptized and confirmed by her father, Tyler Brown on 12 April 2014. She is now a new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.  It was a wonderful event to see!  We just returned from Hawaii and were thrilled to be there!  Vanessa hosted a lovely lunch […]

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Compacflt Boathouse and Pearl Harbor ~~~~~ 10 April 2014

April 13, 2014

On our last day in Hawaii we went to see Pearl  Harbor.  Some wonderful friends arranged for us to join them on a special boat tour.  We arrived in the morning – it was a cool and cloudy.  We were greeted by two Navy officers that gave  us a very respectful and informative tour.  We […]

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Goodbye Beaches of Hawaii

April 13, 2014

We will miss the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.  The lovely breezes, sand, sun and of course the fun of surfing! The waves and currents are bigger and stronger than the pictures show. 9 April 2014 – David’s last day to surf – for now….

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One Long, Good Day.

March 29, 2014

We took a vacation day on Friday, March 21st.  This was our schedule: Go to the Gym, Drive to the North Shore and do some surfing, go to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and end the day at the Laie Temple.  And we did it all! Kroc Center Hawaii Truly, this is the view as you […]

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Makapuu Point Lighthouse

March 27, 2014

One Sunday afternoon (March 16) we set out to enjoy the Windward side of Oahu .  Our destination was The Makapuu Point Light.  Besides the lighthouse and awesome views – you can see humpback whales from the trail.  NO sighting  luck for us.   The Makapuu Point Light on the island of Oahu has the largest […]

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West Side of Oahu

March 26, 2014

One afternoon we drove to the west side of Oahu searching for the perfect beach with waves just the right size for surfing.  We drove past many beaches – but they were just not right – too rocky, too busy, too big of waves, too little of waves.  But I so enjoyed the beautiful views […]

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific or Punch Bowl

March 25, 2014

We had the opportunity to witness a memorial service at the National Memorial Cemetery. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (informally known as Punchbowl Cemetery) is a national cemetery located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii. It serves as a memorial to honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, and those who have given their lives in doing […]

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