It is our year for family history. So thrilled the girls get to go and get a glimpse of what some of their ancestors endured for religious freedom.
They had fun making their dresses, bloomers, and aprons. These are the "ugly set" (for everyday use) and their Sunday dresses (which will get just as dirty) I will have to photograph when they come off the trail.
I miss my girls, we all do. One of the boys commented that dinner just wasn't the same... "it's too quiet". I can't wait to hear their adventures from the trail.
Some days just need to happen. The sun needs to shine, birds need to sing, and you need to spend most of the day at the tennis court. The beauty of summer vacation... everything except having your mom try and take photos of you.
We just returned from spending a week with my parents as they continue their mission in Nauvoo. We have been able to go every summer for the past three years and it has been a truly wonderful experience.
I was thrilled to see that I have accomplished the first one on our list.
1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
This is definitely true. I can't imagine my life without my darling husband. He is a rock, he brings peace and joy into our lives. He provides, protects, supports, and loves. He would rather be with us than any place else. That is huge, especially because it's wild and crazy most days around here.
As we approach another anniversary I'm so thankful that we are on this journey together.
Here is the rest of the list. Quite a few things I still need to work on.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent. 3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. 5. Be forgiving of yourself and others. 6. Be generous. 7. Have a grateful heart. 8. Persistence, persistence, persistence. 9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary. 10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. 11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. 12. Commit yourself to quality. 13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. 14. Be loyal. 15. Be honest. 16. Be a self-starter. 17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong. 18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. 19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did. 20. Take good care of those you love. 21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud.