Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hailey is Six Days old

We went to Fayetteville to see them on Sunday.  What a sweet little pair of daughters!

Tara is 21

This is a great picture of Tara, but unfortunately I don't know how to crop out Wayne's tummy or the dirty dishes or the aluminum foil.  I wouldn't even attempt to crop out Elizabeth, it is a tradition in the family for her to be front and center in every birthday-cake-blowing-out picture.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Three Amigos

L to R:  James, Zac, Quin

Our son Zac has been friends with these boys since he was born.  He and James were born in the same hospital two days apart.  I went to see James' mother, Anne, in her hospital bed as I was checking out of the hospital.

Quin was born about a month later.

Our three families have been friends for more than 19 years, and were all in the same ward for most of that time.

Last night, Zac and James went to the temple for their first time.  Quin was endowed previously and came along too.  It was lovely to be in the temple with them and many members of their families.

James leaves on his mission to California next week, Quin leaves the week after that to the Philippines, and Zac leaves in May to Florianopolis, Brazil.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Welcome, new baby Hailey!

Seth and Janette's 2nd daughter, Hailey Elizabeth, was born yesterday.  We are so happy for them!

We have had a broken wireless router for more than a week, so either Wayne or I have to plug our computers straight into the modem to get them to work.  Therefore, only one of us can be on the computer at a time.  This puts a definite cramp in my style.  Sorry I haven't blogged more, I was actually trying to get back in the habit of putting stuff up more often.

Friday afternoon and evening we had a short lived ice/sleet storm here.  The roads were quite impassable so we just stayed home.  This morning I was supposed to teach quilting in Chapel Hill, and since it was icy in the morning, instead of cancelling, the shop just made the class start later, so we were still able to have the class.  Our long gravel driveway and our gravel road were icy, so Wayne was so nice to get on the tractor and scrape a bunch of the ice away so I could have traction.  Then he drove me to the end of the road, and then he walked home.  (He is my hero!)  I drove to the shop, Thimble Pleasures,  at 11:00 a.m. and there were just a few scary icy spots, and then everything melted by evening when I came home.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Meanwhile, back at the Farm

When we moved to our new house, I immediately decided to take these pictures and send them out with our Christmas cards.

 (If you want to google "American Gothic painting" you can see if we copied them well or not.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I agree with Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama's executive actions:

"The Vice President's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there.

"Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.

"There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

"In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."

Monday, January 14, 2013

Amy's New Baby: Long Arm Quilter

I just went to a two-day class, training me to use my new long-arm quilting machine.  It appears that most of the long-arm owners give their machines a name.  I have named mine "Trixie".

Here is a picture of me quilting on Trixie at Virginia Longarm Network.  She will be delivered to my home next week.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Florianopolis, Brazil mission

We are excited that Zac will be entering the Brazil Mission Training Center on May 22, to serve in the Florianopolis, Brazil mission.

Out of our five sons, three were called to Brazil.  Isaac to Sao Paulo North, Seth to Curitiba, and now Zac to Florianopolis.  That will be fun for the three brothers to speak Portuguese to each other.

(In case you  are wondering, Adam went to Ventura, California and Bryce to Oaxaca, Mexico.)

Mormon Tab. Choir: Newtown children

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to dedicate Sunday program to Newtown shooting victims

By Joseph Walker , Deseret News
Published: Friday, Jan. 4 2013 5:00 a.m. MST
Associate Tabernacle Choir music director Ryan Murphy, a native of Newtown, Conn., will direct this Sunday's "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast, which will be dedicated to the victims of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. (LDS Church) Associate Tabernacle Choir music director Ryan Murphy, a native of Newtown, Conn., will direct this Sunday's "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast, which will be dedicated to the victims of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. (LDS Church)
SALT LAKE CITY — Under the baton of a Newtown, Conn., native, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will dedicate this Sunday’s “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast to the memory of the victims of the recent school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ryan Murphy, associate choir music director whoattended Sandy Hook as a boy, will lead the choir and orchestra in a program that will include his own arrangements of “’Give,’ Said the Little Stream” and “I Am a Child of God.”
“One of the great roles of the choir is to bring peace and hope through music,” Murphy said, adding that the Jan. 6 “Music and the Spoken Word” program is filled with poignant music that is “hopeful and encouraging.”
“That’s a great tone to set at the start of a new year, especially for those who are healing,” he said.
In addition to Murphy’s two arrangements, the Sunday program will include “Sweet Peace,” “Children of the Heavenly Father,” “Jesus Loves Me” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” At the end of the program it will be noted that “this week’s broadcast is being dedicated to the memory of the students and staff taken from us too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.”
"Music and the Spoken Word" is broadcast live locally at 9:30 a.m. MST on KSL-TV and KSL Radio. Nationally, the program is carried live by BYUtv. The broadcast is available live online at BYUtv's website and KSL Radio's website. Links to both can be found at the choir's website:
The show also is carried by more than 2,000 local, regional and national radio and television stations and cable and satellite systems. A full list is available here on the choir's website. ___________