Emotions I can’t explain

I love this list.  I love words that get into the corners of emotions I can’t express.

Emotions

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Graphic designer John Koenig has sought for years to fill holes in language that describe the emotions that we all feel, but fail to communicate. Since 2009, his website: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has been a “a compendium of invented words”, as he calls it. According to Koening, “Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language — to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. Each word actually means something etymologically, having been built from one of a dozen languages or renovated jargon.”

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Claire and Graham in Calgary

Calgary.jpgThese two make me so happy.  The fun for them continues in Canada this week.  They are honeymooning in Banff, the same place John and I honeymooned 26 years ago!

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Days for Girls in Yakima! Filling the world with love

2016-8-20 DfG Yakima (67)Today we filled the world with more love.  Remember that song from Goodbye, Mr. Chips?  I have often thought I would like this song sung at my funeral.  Did I fill the world with love my whole life through?

In the morning of my life I shall look to the sunrise.
At a moment in my life when the world is new.
And the blessing I shall ask is that God will grant me,
To be brave and strong and true,
And to fill the world with love my whole life through.

(Chorus)
And to fill the world with love
And to fill the world with love
And to fill the world with love my whole life through

In the noontime of my life I shall look to the sunshine,
At a moment in my life when the sky is blue.
And the blessing I shall ask shall remain unchanging.
To be brave and strong and true,
And to fill the world with love my whole life through

(Chorus)

In the evening of my life I shall look to the sunset,
At a moment in my life when the night is due.
And the question I shall ask only God can answer.
Was I brave and strong and true?
Did I fill the world with love my whole life through?

(Chorus)

Sometimes I think about all the love and goodness that started in my life when I first met Days for Girls.  Several times each week I get emails and texts and photos of the good that has come from sharing what I learned and it’s quite overwhelming.  The thought often haunts me:  what if I had done nothing?  It makes me wonder, “What if we all did something?”  I believe our Father in Heaven put us here to look after each other and to bless each other.  This is one of the ways I have found to do that.

Here’s what happened in Yakima today:

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A night on the town with the kids

2016-8-11 Lewis family (18)2016-8-11 Lewis family (19)After a great meal with these fabulous kids (where they stole food off tables left by other departed customers), we walked to the Provo City Temple and enjoyed the beautiful grounds.  2016-8-11 Lewis family (26)2016-8-11 Lewis family (29)2016-8-11 Lewis family (40)Sometimes you just want to kiss boys’ faces.  This was one of those times.2016-8-11 Lewis family (32)2016-8-11 Lewis family (35)2016-8-11 Lewis family (36)2016-8-11 Lewis family (38)2016-8-11 Lewis family (30)Saying good bye to these peeps was as difficult as it was a year ago.  Sometimes we get glimpses of heaven and eternal families that bind our hearts together like nothing else can.  This week was one of those times.  I love my family with all my heart. Next time I see them, I’ll be a grandma.

Now it’s time to return to my missionary children.

 

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Dropping in on my Quilt Group

2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (7)Every Wednesday my quilt group meets in Orem.  I’ve been stitching with these ladies for about 20 years or more.  I surprised them this week by dropping by while I was home.  It was delightful.  These ladies are some of my dearest friends:  Seiko Higgins, Sharon Geurts, Melissa Clark, Helen Clegg, Bonnie Bryce, LeeAnn Bang, Karin Crawford, Penny Stephenson, and Joan Browning.  These faces make me so happy.2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (1)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (2)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (3)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (4)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (5)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (6)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (11)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (12)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (13)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (15)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (16)2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (19)And these ladies are avid Days for Girls helpers.  Penny cuts flannel by the boatload and the others serge and sew.  These women are some of my heroes.2016-8-10 Quilt Group Orem (17)

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Dropping in on my Days for Girls Friends at Building Q in Orem

2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (1)I got to spend a couple of hours at our Days for Girls work rooms at Building Q (for Queens) in Orem while I was home.  We were just moving into this space before I left for Washington.  Now it’s a full-feature training center and work room for anyone who wants to come learn about DfG or help make kits.  There is more information on the DfG Utah facebook page.  Hundreds of women come here to learn and to help.  What a blessing this is to women and girls all over the world.2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (3)I feel this work is like the stone cut out of the mountains without hands described in the book of Daniel.  It’s rolling forth and filling the whole earth!  Thousands and thousands of kits go our from our Utah groups. What a thrill to see the progress!2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (9)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (5)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (6)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (7)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (8)

2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (4)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (10)Melissa Clark and Wendy Barton manage what goes on here.  Debbie Young oversees the distribution of the kits and she coordinates the work in Utah.  There are dozens of other wonderful helpers who are anxiously engaged in this work.  I love these women.2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (11)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (13)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (16)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (17)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (18)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (20)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (22)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (26)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (23)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (24)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (25)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (28)Here’s where our Utah kits have gone in the last 3 years:2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (29)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (30)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (31)2016-8-11 DfG Building Q (32)

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Claire’s Orem Wedding Reception

2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (1).JPGI received permission to travel home for a couple of days to be with Claire for her wedding reception in our yard.  I passed by Mt. Ranier on my way!   As soon as I was home Tuesday evening, I was introduced to Claire’s to do lists.  She is the ultimate organized planner.  She and Graham flew in Wednesday morning.  2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (7)We went right to work getting things ready, transforming our yard into a reception center. (There will be 3 wedding parties in our yard this week.)2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (4)2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (6)I took a little break to watch these basketball boys play a little ball over at the church.2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (9)2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (14)

Wednesday morning the fun continued and Claire and Graham arrived from their honeymooning in Seattle.  We worked on photos and flowers and everything beautiful.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (5)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (1)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (2)Claire orchestrated everything!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (7)Friends and family came to help.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (8)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (9)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (10)And then 20 minutes before 7:00 the storm blew in and the heavens opened.  We had thunder and lightening and a downpour of rain.  We raced to pull everything off the tables and out of the yard.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (13)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (14)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (16)And then we waited, wondering what to do as the rains fell.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (17)Everyone moved inside and guests started arriving.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (19)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (20)Watching the western sky, hoping the storm would blow over. . .2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (21)Bishop Smithee called the youth to set up tables and chairs at the church.  We watched the sky and prayed.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (26)The weather channel gave us a bit of hope.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (27)And hugs helped.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (25)After about 20 minutes of downpour, the sky parted and the sun came back.  Our house was full of guests.  Everyone helped put things back together.  We dried the tables and chairs and put the flowers and linens back in their places, and the party was underway.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (29)Below are a few photos I snapped.  I wish I could have captured every friend and face.  It was a continual flow of wonderful people for the next 3 hours!    I loved being there and embracing so many dear friends who I love and who I am missing these 3 years.  This evening was like a little gift from heaven for me, and it was magical for Claire and Graham.  They were surrounded by loved ones.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (28)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (30)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (31)Even missionary parents dropped by to say hello!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (32)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (36)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (39)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (41)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (42)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (43)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (45)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (48)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (50)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (51)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (53)Lorna Wood is the wife of my first Mission President.  She is a first cousin to Graham’s mother, Mary Ellen Wood Johnson.  I LOVE that we are now related!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (54)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (57)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (60)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (62)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (64)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (65)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (66)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (67)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (69)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (70)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (72)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (73)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (74)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (77)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (78)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (79)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (80)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (81)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (82)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (83)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (85)My dear Days for Girls friends and Grace from Nigeria:2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (86)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (91)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (93)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (95)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (98)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (99)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (102)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (104)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (108)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (105)And then these Handsome Missionaries showed up!  It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (107)

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