Russell was also a great friend to my own daughters throughout the years. Whenever we would go to Malad, Russell would lead the group on a number of farming adventures. Such a good guy. Such a good man. I miss him.
Why am I a "bad aunt"? I realized that I don't have any pictures of this guy. It doesn't mean I love him any less...it just means I'm a bad aunt.
Russell is now married with a cute little family of his own. I'm proud of him. I know for a fact that his mother is proud of him too.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUSSELL! Please forgive me for my lack
A talented mechanic!
(pssstttt.....I need you to come work on our bad cars. I'll feed you!)
Russell handing the truck keys over to LeAnna's son Kade.
On September 28th the girls and I had our portraits taken by Mr. Justin Hackworth...one of Provo's finest (if not THE finest) photographer. We had a blast. It is always so hard for me to look at photos of myself. There is the "me" that I see in the mirror everyday. There is the "me" that I see in snapshots of myself. There is the "me" on the inside that I know and usually keep secret.
there is the "me" that Justin told us about. It is the person that others see. The "me" that is sometimes hard to look at and realize is truly ME. You may recognize me in these portraits but I don't necessarily see me that same way. Am I making any sense?
Anyway, take a peek. If you need a good photographer and even if you don't please check here. Not only is he very talented, but he is extremely personable and funny. What more could you want?
(Always laughing behind my back!)
I like to call this one "Canadian Gothic".
I cannot even begin to express how much I love these two.
The following series of pictures were taken of the girls laughing at me.
I absolutely loved this book. Perhaps it is the Canadian-living-in-the-states self talking here, but it made me long for my home in Southern Alberta. Growing up, my father was the maintenance supervisor for the schools in the area. This included the school at two or three of the Hutterite colonies in the area. He would often take me with him on his visits to the colonies. I loved it there and was mesmerized by every nuance of the colony. The baking bread, the chickens roaming free, the homes, the smells, the polka-dots, the braids. I loved going with him. My mother made trips as well. We would often go to purchase eggs, knitted booties and slippers, pick up newly upholstered furniture, and chickens. Every time, we were invited into someone's home to sit down for a visit. Secretly, I wanted to BE a Hutterite just so I could twist my hair back and put on a handkerchief. This book was a trip home for me and I adored it. Mary Ann Kirby is a gifted writer who was able to capture growing up on the colony and later outside of the colony in a way I will not soon forget. I can't wait to make the drive to Canada this summer and visit a colony.
Reading Right Now...
The Alloy of Law: The fourth book in the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. Something tells me it isn't going to have the same effect on me as the trilogy!
The Kitchen House
Just Finished Reading
Oh my goodness! I owe Jessica Romney a HUGE thank you for recommending this series. I was skeptical at first. But, am so glad I chose to give the Mistborn series a try. Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author. I am now open to a new genre...fantasy. This series though, had even more than fantasy. I felt some strong spiritual undertones throughout this particular (#3) book. I even got a little "misty" at the end. I loved these books. Thanks, Jessica. I owe you and will never question your recommendations again! :)
Also Just Finished Reading...
The author, Sue E. Peterson, is a friend of mine. She sent me this book shortly after the heartbreaking loss of my own husband. It had many wonderful points for me to consider as I read about death and making sense of a new/different life. I appreciated so much of what she said and the metaphors regarding "running" throughout the book. I've never read a book by an author I know (and know very well) personally. Nor, have I read a story based on a person I know and have had conversations with. It was an odd feeling in some respects. Reading different names for each character and each setting sort of messed with my brain a bit. Finally, I put that out of my mind and read with the purpose of gleaning insight about losing a spouse and recovery from grief. I have many turned down pages I'd like to revisit as a result. Thanks for the book, Sue!