Entries in Hurray (49)


The party just got much better!

I am jumping up and down for joy! My tip-top-tier friend, Jenna, just started her own blog! 5MfM gals, please go give her a hearty welcome to the blogosphere. But make sure you come back and visit me, even though she's much smarter and wittier than I am. Prettier, too. Plus, she knows Latin. And if you heard her voice, you'd swear you were talking to Ashley Judd. It's uncanny.


Party On!  Excellent!

If you are dropping by from the 5 Minutes for Mom Blog Party, welcome! It's nice to meet you! With five lively kids and a crazy cat, Patrick and I feel like we live in a perpetual party. The photo above is from a couple of summers ago (we're bad about group pictures), but you get the general idea.
I'm a writer just coming back from several years of maternity leave. I had a YA novel, Shannon's Mirror, published when my oldest was a baby. Twelve years later, I feel like I have finally paid down the sleep debt enough to spare sufficient mental energy for writing. Look here at a couple of things I did in the meantime.)
I am working on two manuscripts at the moment: ZF-360, a modern fantasy novel, and The Holly Place, a ghost story of sorts. Knitting friends of mine have meters posted on their blogs showing the progress of their current projects; maybe I should find something like that for my books.
I'm celebrating the blog party by indulging the big boys and myself (the three littles are in bed, and P is driving home from the City) in one of our favorite treats: Sheer Bliss Pomegranate/Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Bars. Delish; why don't you pop down to your local grocery and see if they can order you some?
Please leave a comment so that I can return the visit. Enjoy!


Beautiful Garden

Yes, it's St. Valentine's Day, but as usual, we're ignoring that fact. Assuming we still have electricity this evening, we plan to cosy up with the kids on the couch and watch an episode or two of Star Trek, then head to bed early and fall asleep watching the snow fall.

It's not that we're not romantic. It's just that a far better celebration waits in the wings: on the 16th, we'll celebrate 17 years of marriage.

Here's a photo of us that Patrick's brother Marc took outside the Salt Lake Temple. It was so cold that day that the rest of the family refused to go out in the weather for group pictures, so we braved the elements alone.

We've braved a lot of elements since: chronic illness, law school, law firms, not to mention the five forces of nature we brought into the world together. Patrick has made me either laugh or swoon every day (on great days, both) of the over 6,000 we've been married; that fact has gotten us through an awful lot. I'm keenly aware that not everyone gets to be married to his or her best friend; I wish I could share what we've got with the whole world.

Last Saturday, in his capacity as Bishop, Patrick officiated at the wedding of two members of our congregation. (The photo above is of the cake I made for the occasion.) In his counsel to the couple before he pronounced them husband and wife, he quoted a favorite song, one that has inspired us through the years:

We're neither wise, nor kind, nor good;

We'll do the best we know.

We'll build our house and chop our wood,

And make our garden grow, and make our garden grow.

Thanks, hon. It's a beautiful garden. I look forward to many more years working in it together.


Hurray for Jane!

Good news! Let's have a parade! My blogging idol, Jane Brocket, has gotten a publishing contract for her book The Gentle Art of Domesticity. It's due to come out in the U.K. in October; I can't wait until it is available here in the States. She'll be preaching to the choir when it comes to me (and to you), but as a perennial choir member, I've always enjoyed receiving preaching.

Jane is such a lovely writer--contemplative, articulate--and has the all-too-rare gift of not taking herself too seriously. Her devotion to her family comes out very clearly in all she records. She's also quite talented when it comes to many of the domestic arts--plus, she loves Cary Grant. She's pretty near perfect, in my book.

She has my warmest congratulations. If you want a treat, spend some time going through her blog archives. You won't be sorry; if you're like me, you'll come away inspired and renewed.

I'll update you when the book is available; I'd love to help make it a bestseller here, so that she'll be forced to make a U.S. book tour, and I'll be able to meet her in person (yes, shades of the Brent Spiner encounter). Keep your fingers crossed!

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