Monday, May 5, 2008

This is for Laurel...

So Laurel tagged me. This is not why I blog, but, I always enjoy reading about details revealed when someone is tagged! Although this feels a little strange, I am doing this because Laurel is not just the friend of our three daughters, but my friend as well! So here it goes!

8 Things I am passionate about:

My Husband.
Our family.
Living the gospel.
Serving in the Church.
Reading a great book.
Spending time with friends.
Teaching and discussing the scriptures with anybody, of any age, any time!
Having new adventures.

8 Past books I have read--only 8? (this is in addition to the scriptures)

A World Lit only by Fire by Michael engrossing read about the advent of the Renaissance
Fire in the Bones by Michael S. Wilcox--read this book and introduced to about 25 or more people--Deseret Book should thank me!
The Plan of Salvation and The Infinite Atonement by Tad Callister--Superb!
John Adams by David McCullough: inspiring and enlightening!
1776 by David McCullough: this was a borrowed book...when I get my own, I shall read it with a yellow highlighter pen!
Strapless by Deborah Davis....this is about John Singer Sargent and the painting that almost ruined him and how it destroyed the life of the woman he painted. Wonderful!
The Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke: a delightful imaginary tale about a girl, her father and their love of books. Can't wait for the third book to come out in October of 2008!
The Jan Karon Series about Father Tim: Funny and inspiring!

Things I often say!
That is stunning! (Said mostly to Irene!)
BJ, Airee, Bear, Breezy
It's raining cats and dogs...I am lovingly referred to in our family as the Queen of cliches!
What is there Not to love about Hong Kong?
You have to have that!
Anything new in your life?
Let me do that for you.

8 Things I look for in a friend?
Sense of humor.
Teaches me.
Opens my world to new adventures and insights.
Loves to share on any subject!
Opens their heart to yours.
Always ready for an adventure!

8 Things I want to do before I die.
Live in Europe.
Write my personal history.
Take our personal family file to the temple.
Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Take cooking lessons.
Visit the historical sights on the East Coast.
Take a Cruise.
Visit the Holy Land.
8 Things I have learned this past year.
Studying and teaching Isaiah for 8 months was life changing.
The gospel brings light and joy to families in the most challenging of circumstances.
Senior Missionary Couples are gifts of gold to those they serve.
It is more blessed to give than receive.
Count birthdays by friends, not years!
Being a 'Nana' is sublime!
Making new friends brings joy and greater insights into my life.
Shopping in Hong Kong for children or adults of any age is pure delight!


  1. Super proud of you!
    And let's not tell "the girls" about our secret friendship!
    (can I be you when I grow up?)

  2. I loved reading this--you really are so interesting mom, I love reading about you. Even if you and Laurel have a secret relationship. :)

  3. I don't know why but i was smiling the whole time reading this list. I think it is because you rarely talk about yourself. I loved it!

  4. Aunti Di! You have a blog! It's nice to have a peek at your adventures. We send hugs your way- Jill

  5. Let's not forget the crowning moment for the queen of cliches:

    "It's like opening up your shirt and shooting your head off!"

    I loved this mom. And I love you!