Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Miracle that is Google

I was playing around with google the other night, trying to search the remotest things I could think of. I put in my Grandpa Vances name and, lo and behold, this picture came up. It was taken in 1965 at a BYU football game. He was the team physician for quite awhile and spent a lot of time putting the players back together during and after the games. He passed away when I was about six years old. I don't know if I'm more amazed at the technology that makes this possible, or the unexpected feeling of excitement brought on by seeing a familiar face that I've missed for a long, long time.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Girl in a Whirl by 'Dr. Sue' a.k.a. Vickie Gunther

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do If you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms! I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice! I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano! I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)
I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.
I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed!My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too.
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children! I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)
I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each "lost lamb" on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all.
I write in my journal! I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write "thank you's" to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A's! And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car's tires! I fix the sink's leak!
I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard; 'tis good if you do them;
You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
It's easy!" she said
and then she dropped dead.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Mercy me - I can only imagine

I've come across this song several times in the last few years, and I finally looked up the music video. It took me a few times through to figure out what was up with the picture frames. It's basically the Christian rock version of "I Wonder When He Comes Again."

Bum Scooch

Does anyone know how to teach a baby to crawl? How about how to get black dirt spots off the seat of her pants? I guess she figures she can get around alright this way. In any case, we think she's pretty cute.