Farnsworth Sisters

Sherri

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all my sisters. Thanks for your great examples of mothering.  I could easily go down the list of each of you and tell you what I love about both your kids and things you d0 so well in raising them.

Instead I wanted to share a few points that I have appreciated about Mom lately.  I have more, but as I think of where I am in parenting right now, I appreciate these things about mom most recently.

  • Mom sees and says the positive.  I use to think this was a weakness or pollyannaish.  Now I see it as strength, wisdom, and one source of happiness.
  • Mom never asked me to do something she wasn’t willing to do or already doing in her life.  Even more, she asked very little and just did.
  • I can’t ever remember Mom engaging in a “battle of wills” with me.  But she was no pushover.  I think she redirected kids well and avoided a lot of contention by always being on top of her life.  (Actually, I’m not sure how she did this.  But she did stay on top of her life and laundry well.)
  • I love mom simply because she gave me life, and that is no small gift.  She also gave me the gospel and then consecrated her life to raising her family with her heart, might, mind, and strength.  I can’t think of one of those that she left out.

I still consider her my best “google” resourse, a true friend, and a great source of love and wisdom.  Thanks for everything MOM!  I love you.

We Interrupt This Broadcast

At dinner time I have tried in the past years to read current event- type of things.  Not a lot, just enough to introduce what is going on.  Or I have a book regarding a topic Kevan and I want everyone to hear — most recently one about preparing for college.  I don’t read every night, and it isn’t long.  But I like things that bring up topics that don’t naturally come up.  When I found this book, We Interrupt this Broadcast, which I stole from the cabin, I was so excited.  (If you gave it to mom or dad, I plan on returning it.)
It is really interesting.  I had forgotten we had swiped it.  It highlights big news events in chronological order.  It tells what is going on in that decade and why it was such big news.  I guess it comes with 2 CDs that weren’t with the book, that actually let you here the breaking “broadcast interruption,”  and the book has great picutres.
So, I found it and decided to try it out on Nate and Grace during their lunch.  I started with the Hindenberg — the 10-story German luxury blimp.   It kept their attention completely, telling all about the size, the description, etc.  Then I turned the page, and it shows it all in flames.  Nate got sick looking.  He asked how many died.  And then he said, “I don’t want to talk about this anymore.”
The rest of the book is all about things just like this — the Kennedy assassination, Reagan attempted assassination, John Lennon assassination, Pearl Harbor, etc.  I think our family will have to be a few years older to get this angle of history.

Aspen Grove Family Camp

Aspen Grove . . . Again

 

Because I was towards the end of the family I had a chance to travel with mom and dad a little.  I went to Victoria, Canada, the South, back East,  I even went to Europe with them — and Beth.   Great trips, as both Mom and Dad are very organized and are good at packing things into every minute.  I loved those trips and am thankful for them.  However, when I think of traveling with the family I think of Aspen Grove.  I probably went there about 8 times growing up.  Maybe more.  I looked forward to it as a child — every day was an adventure.  I remember loving the cool weather, squirrels, meeting up with Charlotte Wood and LeeAnne Shepherd, water fights, hiking to Stewart Falls, the relay races, talent shows, meeting general authorities, playing shuffleboard, sunburn icecream cones, family dinners, A-frame cabins, shared bathrooms, late night games, and the swimming pool competitions.  I loved everything about that place.  I think it gave me a great amount of freedom and adventure while still feeling safe with parents and having tons of family activities.
It wasn’t exactly spa treatment for mom and dad.  I picture the ride up and back to Utah like the Normal Rockwell of the travelling family– add in twice the people and throw-up bags, take away the cigar and bubble gum. The trip took tons of preparation and packing. The rustic cabins had to have had terrible mattresses. And did I mention shared bathrooms? Imagine the laundry upon returning.  But I am thankful they found a retreat that included all the kids, was full of wholesome recreational activities, (before that was a guideline) and brought us into contact with other families that had similar values.  Fun, fun times!