Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Garden

"A kiss of sunshine for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth -

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth."

- Dorothy Gurney

When planting your garden this year consider these things:

Plant 3 rows of squash:

~squash gossip

~squash criticism

~squash indifference

Three rows of Peas:




6 rows of lettuce:

Let us be unselfish and loyal

Let us be faithful to duty

Let us search the scriptures

Let us not be weary in well-doing

Let us be obedient in all things

Let us love one another

No garden is complete without turnips!

- Turn up for church

- Turn up with a smile, even when things are difficult

- Turn up to always do your personal best

- Turn up for your family and friends as needed

Friday, April 8, 2011

Facing my own giants

For years I have dug in my heels, refused to get behind the wheel (literally), and completely and utterly fought against all attempts to do so. Normally I'm not that much of a donkey. Excuses were easily attained to not go for a drive - a manual transmission is too much interaction with the car, for one. Well, that excuse was dealt with (I'll write the story later). I bought a Toyota Camry with an automatic tranny. Then the check engine light came on. :sigh: It turned out to be something noteworthy enough to not drive the car until it was fixed (oxygen sensors are important). Then we're too busy to just go out and practice driving. But then my permit expired. I got myself a date with the DMV and headed down the hill to meet my fate - face to face. Thankfully I passed the driver's test on the first try (PTL! Thank you prayer warriors!). And now I am officially licensed - complete with ugly picture on a plastic card. Watch out world, I'm on the road - driving a mile or two below the speed limit.

Climbing towers

I probably wouldn't do a movie review on a normal day, but in all honesty... I can't help it! I saw Disney's new princess movie, Tangled, at a friend's house last week and absolutely loved it. I purchased it that night and waited patiently (as patiently as I could be anyway) for the package to arrive. It was well worth the wait. I think I watched it 4 or 5 times that week... ;) So here are some pictures to either wet your appetite to see it or to take you back to that wonderful fairy tale world. :) :singing: Flower, gleam and glow/Let your power shine/Make the clock reverse/Bring back what was mine/Heal what has been hurt/Change the Fate's design/Save what has been lost/Bring back what once was mine/What once was mine... :/singing:
Maximus is probably the most amazing horse EVER!
But Rapunzel's pet chameleon, Pascal, is so much better. :)

Something about this movie... something about how it struck such a chord... I had stopped 'believing' in the magic of Disney because of some of the latest films that they have come out with, the message that they were giving, how I felt after watching them (did I really just waste that much of my life!?) and how they really catered to the romantic worldview in us and had poorly developed plots, characters and morals. :-S

Critics have ranted against this film. I don't know why. Perhaps they are just doing what they're supposed to do - be critics. Well, Pshaw with their reviews!

When the movie finished I didn't want it to end. I wanted it to keep going. The evening after watching the film, I just felt so wonderfully happy and elated. The music just sweeps you off your feet, the plot is wonderfully crafted (it makes so much more sense than the original fairy tale!), the fairy tale world that the artists created is simply stunning, and you're left feeling like this is what Disney is supposed to be. This is, without a doubt, my favorite princess film - ever.