Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Letter from Tara


So... I'm on the bus, headed home from institute tonight and thought I'd just share part of the class discussion because... Well...you came up...




We were in 3 Nephi chapters 5-7 ish where, basically, the people start out in prosperity and strong faith but, in a matter of just 6 years, they've turned so far away that government crumbles and they go back to a tribal society where church is broken.



10 But it came to pass in the twenty and ninth year there began to be some disputings among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions;

11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers.

12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks...



Anyway.. So in class, our teacher always points out that the story has been included in the Book of Mormon for a reason, specifically for us to draw comparisons in modern day... And how we all first thing " oh how stupid those people! How do you lose faith so quickly?!" So, naturally, we discussed the possible realistic ways these righteous people changed...

Always little by little... Like "there's nothing wrong with having a nice car.. It shows how I've been blessed with talents in my work... And how I value hard work..." slowly changes to "I have to have that car to show that I work hard and to have a legacy to pass on to my kids..." then to even sacrificing actual needs just to have the car so we can look like we've got it all right. And, obviously, the "car" can be anything... Job title, home, education, etc etc...



...which all leads to the actual topic of the lesson, right?... The importance of eternal perspective.



So this part hit home to a lot of people here because, "rank" means a LOT here. Like, which school you go to could end up making or breaking the success you'll have in the future. And not just as far as academics, but also in reputation. If your parents paid x of thousands of dollars a year to send you to a top school, for example, you'd be able to get a job somewhere because the CEO also went to that school. Or if you were Hawaiian and got to go to those schools, you're accepted in a society here that no one else can be. Etc etc.



Anyway, there's stories of parents working so hard and so much just to afford those schools and in the long run, the kids didn't learn much (because honestly, even the top schools here are about the same as Idaho falls high school) and they didn't get time with their parents, which also means they didn't learn the importance of values.

So... Eternal perspective... Since EVERYTHING temporal (house, job, etc) can and probably will be taken away from us, by natural disasters or thieves or just bad luck or whatever... It's our knowledge and faith that we get to keep and it's all that really matters.

And none of that was news to you... I'm only rambling on that so you're mentally on the same page as me right now after class.... These are the things brought up in class and these people were emotional, and seemed like they were only really learning this now in their lives.

Which, I'm not saying is pathetic on their part... I'm only saying it because what I realized is that you guys have taught us this concept all along. You've never been caught up in name brands or what may or may not be prestigious in the world. You taught us... Or I guess I should only say me and not put words in my siblings mouths... That people are more important than things; that character matters more than title. You've taught me that it is damaging to succumb to "exclusivity" (whether it's something like, we only do home school because public school is for the poor/uneducated; or something on the other end of the spectrum like, saying we wouldn't want to even step foot on a country club because rich people are snobby and evil). I shouldn't think myself better than a rich guy or better than a poor guy... I'm not better than a black guy or an Asian guy... Etc etc. And I think it's BECAUSE you taught me this my whole life, that I have learned to be adaptable. I'm not afraid when I'm the minority in the room, and I can relate to PEOPLE instead of bogus social "ranks". You taught me that I can be whoever I want and have whatever I want (if I work for it) because I'm worth it, I deserve it... But that the same goes for everyone else in the world. I can't exclude someone for being different than me because they can't do deny me. You taught me this; that I can expect fairness from life, and because I've expected it, I've got it. And I feel bad for others because apparently they weren't taught that, and life hasn't been fair to them. I wasn't raised to think because I'm a girl I can or can't do whatever... Or because I'm white.. Or middle class.. Etc. I think I have an objective personality because you taught me eternal perspective.

I'm not sure that even made sense... I hope so, but It's just where my mind wandered during and after class, so I thought I'd share.

Too much time to kill on my way home I guess. :)

Point is: if we did life over again, I wouldn't pick any parents but you! And I honestly feel bad that others didn't get the parents I did. I am one lucky ducky...spoiled, really. And I love you!

Uhhh meanwhile... Happy Wednesday! :)

~Tara

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ian - Junior Year

Ian' junior year in High School.  What a cutie. He is in the Pep Band, banging on the Big Drum. He is a Dixie High Ambassadar, part of the E & E team (elections and eligibility) and on the Debate Team. Go IAN!


Friday, April 5, 2013

Outside of the house

Here are some of the different plants and trees around our yard.
 Bamboo


 The Bloomington Bluff from the courtyard by my bedroom.


 View across the back yard.


 Big Tree.


 Dunno. We have lots of these, though.



 Flowering Tree... lots of little white flowers that bloomed for just a short while.


A dozen Junipers.



 Pear tree.


 Fig tree



 This looks like a mug shot of a plant. In the courtyard.


 Little nasty hedge, I don't know what it's called.



 Farthest back tree against the wall.


 More courtyard.


Pitiful Pomegranate - 2/3 of it was dead and we cut it out.


 Our big tree started "snowing" last night and left a carpet of these things all over the lawn.



 Privet.


 Rose Garden



 Tree by the back wall.

Big nasty hedge surrounds a giant cedar in the front yard.


Fig fruit
And, oops, I forgot to take the Purple flowering plum tree in the front yard. The bees love it.  And finally, this beauty... We have some kind of Asian bush with big thorns, and beautiful flowers.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Joshua House

These are the "BEFORE" pictures:

 3rd bathroom

4th bedroom

 Bonus Room

 Bonus Room other view

 Dining Room

 Entry


 Family Room
 Hallway
 Hallway into Main Bath

 Ian's room

 Jared's room

 Kitchen

 Living Room

 Living Room other view

 Main Bath

 Master Bedroom looking into hot tub room (which we will turn into an office/library)

 Master Closets

Master Bath

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ian's such a cutie pa-tootie

Sophomore year at Dixie High School.
Playing drums in the Band.  Won 1st place Marching Band in St. George.

And the Football team took State.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

School Pic 2011

Here's Ian's school picture for this school year, 2011-2012.

What a handsome kid!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Instant message exchange

sford: feeling really old today...
not only am I missing a tooth, but I can't see out of my left eye.
did it all day yesterday too, so I called the eye doc and have an appt for Friday.
Going to the dentist today.
So here I sit, BLIND AND TOOTHLESS.

dsccoord: wow.

sford: LOL
now I just need to borrow someone's cane.
Later:
sford: Do you remember a few weeks ago when you said to me, "At least you still have your teeth?"

dsccoord: WTH?
Yes. Weird

sford: hahahha

Sunday, August 7, 2011

keepers

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self." ~Aristotle
Linda Voelkel On a small scale, I get an opportunity to practice this concept every first Sunday of the month.

"There can be no fullness of life where there is slavery, and the man who is subject to his appetite is the most abject slave. He who can rule his passions is greater than a king."
-- David O. McKay

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oh, So True

The girls got Scotty this card for Father's Day. I thought I should post it, since it is oh, so true.