Last night I spent a couple of hours with my favorite people.

“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” (George Bernard Shaw)

“I do some of my best thinking while pulling weeds.” (Martha Smith)

“’It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em,’ said Captain Jim. ‘When I ponder on them seeds I don’t find it nowise hard to believe that we’ve got souls that’ll live in other worlds. You couldn’t hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn’t seen the miracle, could you?’”   (L. M. Montgomery)

“As I leave the garden
I take with me a renewed view,
And a quiet soul.”  (Jessica Coupe)



Monday was Memorial Day and we went to the American Fork cemetery with our Johnson cousins to visit the graves of family members. We met (for the second year in a row) a distant cousin named Robert Macdonald who goes to the cemetery every year and plays a bagpipe.

Sunday evening we drove to Provo (making it there and discovering we had a cracked radiator) to be part of a non-denominational program to close the Utah Pasifika Festival. Tufa sang in a choir (she is fourth from the left on the front row) from the Pleasant Grove 10th Ward. One of their songs was the beautiful “Consider the Lilies of the Field.” We enjoyed the cool evening–especially Sadie, who did at least 100 cartwheels in the grass.

First blog post

“Any time you tell [the story of the life] of a person, there’s a connection with another person.” Ken Burns

I treasure the connections my life has to the lives of others. I hope this blog will help tell some of the stories of those connections. I love to hear my mother read from her journals about my brothers and sisters and I growing up and hope that my children will enjoy stories and pictures of their childhood and adolescence.

I keep sporadic records for my children–vignettes from their experiences, snippets of advice, quotes that may have a future relevance and application–but have not been a regular journal-keeper for some time. I am hoping that the convenience of technology will encourage me capture things as they happen and document them–however briefly–so that I can preserve what is dear to me: the joys, challenges, and growth that come from family.

“Simple truths are often the most elusive, overlooked, and forgotten,” says Jesse Tevelow.

This record is a place for those simple truths.