Friday, July 03, 2015

America the Beautiful

Each year, the Jones family comes to Utah from Arizona to celebrate the 
4th of July with our family. 
 The tradition started in 2008, and it hasn't stopped.
We pretty much do the same actives every year like;
swimming, hiking, ice cream, bike rides, late evening walks, 
staying up late, movies, fireworks...etc etc.
 ("Jonesons" 2014)
Today, we took a very beautiful scenic drive behind the majestic Provo mountains.
As we drove through the lush green mountains, the song
"America the Beautiful" kept coming to mind.
I am so thankful for such a beautiful country to live in.
I am so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy because
of those who bravely protect us.
I have so much gratitude in my heart for the many many men and women
who sacrificed so much and fight for my happiness and right to live
free and happy in this wonderful country.
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! 
 O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 
 Tomorrow we will honor and celebrate the 229th birthday
 of this wonderful and marvelous and blessed country!


Thursday, July 02, 2015

Desire to Inspire

I am honored to be involved in this insightful video with other women who
 write books, create fabric and wall designs from scratch.
These ladies ship their products 
worldwide, market and run businesses that they've built from the ground up.
We are all mothers sharing our insights into how to achieve success and
 progress both in our personal and professional lives.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Embrace the future.

One of my very favorite memories as a child is 
feeding the ducks at the lake in our city.  
My mom would save left-over bread or rolls or buns so we could pinch
 little pieces off and throw them at the quacking ducks. 
I have carried that delightful tradition on with my children, and they love it.
We were in luck this past week, we had 2 packages of old moldy
 buns from a left-over party and when I saw them in my cupboard, 
I knew just what to do.

I really think when I was a child, those simple little 
activities created a ideal childhood for me. 
I want my children to have those simple happy pleasures too. 
 I want them to find joy in the smallest of what life can offer. 
 I hope they take each day and treat it as a gift, because we really never 
know the circumstances of what life will bring.
I am trying to raise my children to embrace the future, 
and to never feel scared or worried about it.
I know with God, everything is under control and if 
we are living to please Him, we will be happy- no matter what.

Also:  Happy July!
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