Mother’s Day

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photos and bunnies in the orchard

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my favorite trees (Bechtel Crabapples) bloomed in the parking strip

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brilliant, beautiful cards from my brilliant beautiful children. We didn’t hear from Stefan since missionaries can’t call from the MTC, but he sent a lovely letter.

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Not a shopping at the mall sort of of gifter, Erik prefers to DO something(still, I’m curious about the women opening purses on mother’s day: does your husband actually go to the store and pick it out? there must be some other explanation?). Saturday, after the boys and I wrestled the arch out of the overgrown roses and trimmed them down, Erik dug trenches and cemented the crossbars to the ground. Never again will my wild Zephirine Drouhin lift and twist the arch at will. Zephirines are thornless roses (perfect for garden seats) so our scrapes were minimal. But the 12 ft. Peace Rose on the left has thorns like small daggers.

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ah, so nice and civilized

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Sunday evening, Benj serenaded us with made-up songs, including, “everything is better when I’m around.”

This post almost seems too simple– nothing profound, nothing grand— just sweet, beautiful, hopeful life.

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  1. kara jayne

    May 15, 2013

    i’m one of those that opened a purse. my husband is all sorts of awesome…but not perfect, and gift giving is not his strong point. yes, he is always very generous when it comes to $$$ spent, but i’m more like you and would prefer acts of service.

    i’m 99% sure that the girls in his office told him to go to coach and buy me a purse and that i would love it. he DID actually go himself and pick it out himself. the lady at the counter actually complimented his choice and told him that he chose their most popular purse this season and got the last one in that color.

    it is a beautiful purse, but i’m not really into purses. problem is that after he told me that story i don’t have the heart to return it. so…there is a long explanation to my Mother’s day purse story. funny thing is that i’m sure there are plenty of women who think i hit the gift jackpot!! i’m going with, “it’s the thought that counts”, and that’s what i will think about each time i use my new purse!

  2. Michelle

    May 15, 2013

    Thanks for the explanation, Kara. I’ve just always wondered…and I’ll admit the lack of gifts here is mostly my own fault. I always tell him not to bother.

  3. Chocolate on my Cranium

    May 15, 2013

    No gifts to open here. Instead my husband drove the whole family down to Vegas for our NV AMI brunch on Saturday. Being willing to actually leave the farm and be stuck in a van with 10 children for 8 hours each way – HUGE for him – and it was a gift. He told the kids, “We are driving all the way down to Babylon to support your mom because we love her.” They were all good so it was a great trip. 🙂

    “Everything better when I’m around” made me laugh!

  4. chococatania

    May 15, 2013

    Beautiful post. My husband also loves to serve, and I love it, too…He does things like have the kids make cards, and then he makes his lasagne (which he learned while he was on his mission to Milan.

    I’m a lucky mom.

    And beautiful pictures, as always. The trees are gorgeous. As much as I love Arizona, I must admit that I miss trees…

  5. Anne Marie

    May 16, 2013

    Beautiful pictures as always. Your Segullah post has been so powerful. Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely thoughts. Have you ever listened to Marie Hafen’s talk “Repairers of the Breach” from 2010 Women’s Conference? It really was a balm to my soul today….all about healing, forgiveness, and mending relationships. xo

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