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Q is for Quiet

Encyclopedia of Me Meme 

 Which seldom happens around this house.  Not silence mind you – silence is heavy and can be lonely, but quiet is blissful.  In the quiet you can hear so much more and better.  I can hear the click of the keys as I type on my computer. The distant sound of a neighbor’s lawnmower.  The giggles and squeals of the kids as they play in the yard.  My daughter reading to herself in the distant bedroom.  These sounds are quiet.

My quiet is interrupted when the sounds turn harsh and mean – but for now all is calm and all is quiet and I just lean my head back and enjoy listening to the wind as it rustles the trees outside the window and Elizabeth’s pencil as she scratches away at the poster she is working on.

My quiet never lasts very long, so it must be enjoyed in the few precious moments that are granted.

A respite for the frazled soul to calm the nerves and to remember that while life has its chaotic and crazy moments, its temper tantrums and stress, it also has many wonderful happy moments – sometimes we just need to look for them harder than others.


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7 Little Facts

I’ve been tagged by two of my friends, Alyson and Nancy, – I hope that doesn’t mean I need to come up with 14, cause you would all be terribly bored. 🙂  Actually, I just found out another friend tagged me too,  Jenni – I definitely don’t think you guys want to hear 21 obscure facts about me – heh.  *Garsh* I feel so loved guys! 🙂

 1. I have been to 45 of 50 states (approx – I might have forgot 1 or incorrectly remembered 1)

2. 5 is my favorite number, after all I was kid #5 and I thought Short Circuit was a really cool movie – #5 Alive!  Maybe I should have 5 kids….

3. My siblings and I used to have wall climbing races in the hall. With a hand and foot on each side of the hall (like straddling it) we’d climb up and see who could hit the ceiling the fastest.

4. I’ve never a broken bone – which is quite amazing considering my knack for…well, you know. 🙂

5.  When I was a kid I used to stick my feet behind my head and turn my eyelids inside out… well until my sister told me they would get stuck that way forever and then I stopped doing both.

6.  I painted my toenails for the first time in my life not quite 5 years ago.

7. Oh yeah, and speaking of #5……

Anyway, as far as who I tag (on one of my taggers, they said I had to tag 7), I’ll tag Stephanie (since you said on your last post you  needed something to write about), Deb, Laural,  Allrie, Perpetual Chocoholic, Sariah, and Sariah. 🙂  Knock yourselves out…or don’t – it might hurt. heh 🙂


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Just when you thought you’d heard enough…

some one goes and asks me another 5 questions, and you have to suffer through all the answers here. 😉

Deb sent me these questions a while ago and I’ve been procrastinating, so here we go:

1.  From one accident prone person to another:  What was your most memorable “lack of grace” moment?

Gee, there are just so many to choose from. 😉 My most memorable, huh? (This is the main reason I’ve procrastinated, Deb, I just can’t choose one out of the millions, heh).  I suppose I could tell about the time I accidently nailed one of our church leaders where it counts with a snowball, or then there are the jillions of times I’ve cascaded down stairs, or crashed into doors.  There’s the time I dumped (accidently of course) gingerale all over my best friend’s homecoming dress, or when I body slammed one of those door posts that stands in the middle of a double door.  Oh, and there’s the lawn mower toe and all the times friends have hauled me back off a curb as I’ve stepped off, twisting my ankle and trying to plunge into the oncomeing cars.  But, no, I think I will tell the epilady story.  I may have told this one before, so bear with me if I have. . . .

I was on my mission in Chile, I had been in Chile for nearly 6 months and was getting a very good handle on the language.  We had a number of people we were teaching and seeing regularly.  It was so easy to get to be close friends with the Chilean people quickly, I loved my time there.  When we are on a mission we are always with a companion, mainly for safety reasons, I can sure tell you I wouldn’t want to wander the streets of Chile alone being a young blond American girl (shudder) who speaks spanish only semi well.  At this particular time I had a companion from Bolivia, and she was so sweet.  One particular morning she was shaving her legs with an epilady.  “You, should try it,” she tells me in spanish, “you don’t have to shave for a long time.” 

“Doesn’t it hurt?” I inquired.  She assured me that it didn’t hurt much and me, forgetting momentarily my very sensitive skin gave in and gave it a whirl.  Most of you know that an epilady basically plucks out all the hairs on your legs.  It hurt some, but what was worse was the reaction after wards.  Because of my super sensitive skin I had red dots and splotches all over my legs – it looked like I had some horrid rash.

We had no time to worry about that however because we were off to visit a family that was very close to us.  Now, it was not an easy feat for me to traverse the sidewalks of chile, as often they would be broken and uneven, and just calling to me for some klutzy disaster.

As we approached the family’s house I saw that they were all outside, and I was excited to see them.  I flung my arm in the air to wave a hearty hello and started to shout a hearty “Hola!”  Right at that moment with my arm in the air and the word barely begining to escape from my vocal cords I hit an uneven piece of sidewalk and my ankle gave.  My “hola” turned into an “Holaaaaaaaah!” as I flew forward with such force that my backpack disengaged from my body.  I watched as it soared, almost in slow motion, over my head in a beautiful arc.  It’s flight to freedom ended with a dull thud at the feet of the papa, as the whole family stared at me in open mouthed horror, or most probably bemusement, because I must have looked terribly funny.  So there I was, on my hands and knees gasping for breath, blushing furiously, and staring at my backpack in the distance when I felt the Paps hand on my arm helping my up.  With a worried voice he asked, “Hermana (sister), Hermana, are you ok?”  I mumbled something somewhat incoherent about being fine when he caught a glimpse of one of my freshly epiladied legs (I was wearing a skirt, just past mid calf, so they were plainly visible).  “Hermana! Your leg! What did you do, are you sure you are ok?”  In horror I stared at my companion, trying desperately not to dislove into a puddle of laughter right there on the sidewalk.  I don’t remember what excuse I came up with, but I just know I managed to leave out the epilady, for how do you explain that to a man?  Aye, aye aye! 🙂

2.  You wake up one morning and find a time machine in your back yard, fully operational.  What era would you journey too and why?

Garsh, there are so many to choose from – but having just past Easter, I would love to transport to the time the Christ was on the earth.  It would be something amazing to have been hear and to see and hear the Savior in person, could you imagine?  I would have loved to sit at His feet and be taught by the Son of God.

3.  What’s your favorite song, and what special meaning does it hold for you?

I don’t know that I have a favorite song, or maybe it’s just that I have a lot of favorites.  There is one song that is very very old called “Lullaby Land” that I just love.  you probably wouldn’t ever find a recording of it, but the song has been in our family for years.  I remember my mom playing it on the piano when I was a little girl and she would sing the words to all of us, and to Grandma.  As I got older I learned to play it and mom and I and all the rest of us would gather round the piano and sing that song along with numerous others.  It holds so much memory.  I think that song has to be one of my favorites.

4.  Your favorite genre of writing?

Children’s of course! 🙂  In children’s I like to writing commical fiction about children getting into one scrape after another (sound familiar?), I also like to write fantasy/fairy tale type stories too.  I more recently have really enjoyed poetry, as with kids it is easier to finish a poem which is usually rather short in length, rather than an entire story.

5.    What teacher impacted you the most in your school life?

There are three teachers that impacted me the most.  First was my third grade teacher, Mrs. Trask who taught me that school and learning was indeed fun and that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to.  Second was my 6,7, & 8th grade science teacher, Mr. Blanchard.  He was funny, challenging, and loved his students – and let us eat crickets, how cool is that? 🙂  heh  Last was my band director all through highschool, Mr. Elliot.  You learnd a lot more in music than just music. 🙂

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Well, you asked….

There’s been this fun little interview game floating around – I saw it first on Stephanie’s site and then on Awesome Mom’s so I joined in to play… I’ve been running short of  blogging ideas and inspirations so maybe this will help get the flow going again. 🙂

Anyway it’s simple, really, some one asks you five questions and you answer them on your blog.  So, Awesome Mom asked me five questions and here they are (if you have a desire to be interviewed just say so, and I’m sure I can come up with some rather intriguing questions for you…if you dare…. heh)   🙂

1.  Knowing what you know now about Jacob’s heart defect if you could have chosen his birth order would you have had him first or not changed things at all? 

This is kind of a tough question because I can see the benefits to having him first.  The struggle and guilt of needing and wanting to be in two places at the same time was terribly difficult.  I couldn’t bear to be away from Jacob in the hospital long, but I couldn’t bear not being with my other three children at home.  I wouldn’t have had to worry about arranging school transportation and places for them stay, and it was rather traumatic for them as it was the rest of us.

However, on the flip side I wouldn’t have had three very helpful (though young) girls at home who really did a lot when we came from the hospital.  Jacob wouldn’t have the examples of his sisters, and I think that is one reason why he isn’t behind developmentally, because he wants to be just like them and sees them walk, talk, go potty, etc.  Also (not knowing if we are going to have more or not here), it seems to me that subsequent pregnancies would be rather stressful and full of worry that there would be something going wrong , and who knows if we decided to have another sometime down the road I won’t let that deterr our decision, but it will definitely be harder. (if that makes any sense at all.)

So, there you have a long and complicated lesson, but I think I would leave the birth order just the way it is – I think there have been a lot of benefits, both seen and unseen.

2. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

I have two: Breyer’s (has to be Breyer’s) Mint Chocolate Chip and Dreyer’s Rocky Road.  Paul introduced me to the deliciousness of Dreyer’s Rocky Road, but the Mint Chocolate Chip stems from my childhood.  It was my father’s favorite and he would often have a carton of it stashed in the freezer.  It was a luxery for us, and so he would get it out after everyone was in bed and eat a few spoonfulls at a time.  I remember feigning bad dreams and restless sleep, sneak quietly up the stairs to the kitchen where I knew dad would be snacking on the icecream.  He’d pop me up on his lap and slip me a few delicious mouthfuls and send me of to bed, savoring the delicious flavor of the best icecream in the world.  In fact, I think the reason it is so good is the memory of those special moments with Dad.

3. If you could be a character in any book which book and which character would you choose?

Yikes! This is a tough one, there are so many awesome books and great characters.  At first I thought of Anne, from Anne of Green Gables because of all the trouble she gets in, but then I realized I don’t necessarily like being in fixes, we just happen to share that commonality. 🙂  So, I chose Eillonwy from The Chronicle of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander.  She is awesome, grand adventures, battling undead with a sword, you name it she can manage it.  I’ll be her – but the only draw back is that she never sails on a pirate ship – Arrrrr! 🙂 heh.  But she does manage to find true love, so I suppose that makes up for the pirate part – see I can be all girly and swoony sometimes.  🙂
4. Do you have a favorite pen?

I do, and I bet you could never guess what that favorite pen happens to be….

Ages ago Paul got me a cool Goofy pen. It’s metal (rather heavy actually) and blue, with a goofy head at the top. It’s very sheik and I love it.
5. What is your earliest memory from childhood?

I honestly don’t know what is my eariliest memory – the order of things starts to get jumbled as to what happened when, but I suppose one would be a Halloween from when I was about 3 or so.  My brothers and sisters decided to make a haunted housein the garage. On the farm, the garage was separate from the house and was quite huge.  I don’t remember a whole lot. I remember they had a whole lot of decorations and witches and things that would fly down from the ceiling.  But the coolest part was that I got to be the mummy.  They wrapped me all up in toilet paper and laid me in a red sled.  They had attached another red sled on top to make a sort of coffin and when people came by they pulled a string that opened up the top sled and I sat up and moaned.  It was pretty cool – but very vague. In fact sometimes I wonder if really happened, but there are pictures, so I know it must have. 🙂


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Three Songs

Nancy tagged me, and I figured I’d better get going on this before she hunted me down. 🙂  Then the three songs I list really could be my last – heh. 🙂  So, the point of this was to list 3 songs you would listen to if you knew that you would never be able to listen to music again. 

Let me just say that this was super hard.  A lot of you know I am rather odd in my music prefreneces, so many of you might not know these.  It is impossible to pick just three, but I will do my best….

I think one song I would listen to would be “Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini” composed by Rachmaninoff – one of my truly favorite classical pieces (of course that doesn’t narrow it down much, I have about 20+ favorite classical peices, heh).  I’d put a recording of it on here but it is a good 20-30 minutes long. 

My second song would be “I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” sung by Danny Kaye, because if I’m not going to able to listen to any more music then I’ll want some comedic relief – heh. 🙂

And lastly I would listen to “I Believe There are Angels Among Us” by Alabama because I figure that I’d need to remember that if I couldn’t listen to music because it would be really tough not to have music – becuase that would mean I couldn’t play (most likely, or just not hear what I am playing).  Another reason would be to remind me of all the angels that I have met in my life and have surrounded me through life’s challanges.  I hope I can be such an angel in someone’s life.

 Sorry, no recordings today, youtube didn’t like me :).  So you will just have to put up with yourself singing them in your head – here, let me get you started…

“I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts, (deedily dee do)
There they are a standing in a row (bum bum bum)
Big ones small ones, some as big as your head
Give them a twist, a flick of your wrist, that’s what the showman said!
Oh, I’ve got a lovely……” (go on, keep singing, you know you want to)

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A Book Meme (that was too cool to pass up)

Found this at Awesome Mom’s place and just had to snatch it up 🙂 

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?   Paperback (the cheapest I can find – used is great) unless I just can’t wait that long, then I by the hardcover.  But, that is rather rare.

Amazon or brick and mortar?   Definitely the brick and mortar. I could never give up meandering through the aisles of books – I can loose myself in bookstores. 🙂 Though I like Amazon when I am trying to find a used book that is out of print.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?   Neither – there is an amazing book store in Portland called Powell’s – it take up an entire city blog and is many stories tall.  That is the place for me. And it sells new and used books, which is even better.

Bookmark or dog ear?   Both, though most often bookmark, or I just remember what chapter I was on.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?   Defintely by author(according to genre), well at least until my kids or friends mix them up, it’s about time to alphabetize again.

Keep, throw away, or sell?   Never throw away, rarely giveaway or sell (if I couldn’t stand it, or if it is inappropriate, etc), just about always I keep the books.  I usually re-read them anyway. 🙂

Keep dust jacket or toss it?   Keep – would you throw away your jacket just cause you didn’t wear it all the time? heh 🙂

Read with dust jacket or remove it?   On until it bugs me, or until I am afraid it’s getting dogeared.

Short story or novel?   Novel

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?   I’m not really a short story kind of person, but I do enjoy a number of them, so it just depends on my mood.  If they are recommended to me I will definitely read (and usually enjoy) them.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?   Harry Potter – at least in her books the plot line varies some (sorry to the Lemony Sicket fans).

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?    At the end of the book? I have a hard time putting down a good book, always going for “one more chapter”. Drives my hubby nuts. 🙂 I never stop in the middle of a chapter, that’d be like stopping halfway through eating a piece of triple chocolate mousse cake.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?   Both, as long as the dark and stormy night doesn’t get to stormy or greusome.

Buy or Borrow?   Buy most often, but I frequent the library a lot too.

New or used?   Used, unless I am dying to have the book and can’t find a used copy of it.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?   Browse and reccomendation.  If someone recommends a good book I will always give it my best shot.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?   I like tidy endings, but I am not objectioned to being left slightly in the lurch. I have a great imagination, so it is nice to have some imagining left to do.  But I don’t left being left completely hanging.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?   I’d read all day if I could 🙂 Most often I end up reading at night though.

Stand-alone or series?   Both.  Somtimes I enjoy a good series, unless they get to drawn out – I prefer series to be 5 books and under.  I really like stand alones though, and sometimes I just don’t understand why people think everything needs a sequel.

Favorite children’s book?   That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child.  There are just way too many to choose from.  One of my favorite fantasy books is the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander, and one of my favorite regular fiction books has to be Anne of Green Gables. But I have many, many, many more favorites. but, I think you want to finish reading this tonight, heh. 🙂

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?    Mr Pudgins (I don’t recall the author right now). It is just a short little children’s book, but I loved it as a child and have fond memories of my parents reading it too me.  I just finished reading it too my children this last fall.

Favorite books read last year?    I read a lot of books that were really good last year, but one that is sticking out in my mind right now is Enna Burning by Shanon Hale.  I love it.

Favorite books of all time?    Again, ask me to shoose a favorite kid why don’t ya?  Among the favorites are: Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, Robin Hood, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre

Least favorite book you finished last year?    I honestly don’t recall, probably a Lemony Snicket book.

What are you reading right now?     The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pile

What are you reading next?     I have a bit of a list that I want to make my way through.  I think I will read The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill next.

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Just too funny for words…

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Venerable Lady Julia the Bovine of Melbury Bubblewick
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

It was just too funny, really, considering my “cow history“. So, I just had to bring back my ol’ friend, the cow, from my beginning blogger days.


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What Can I Say??

I suppose it was always meant to be…. and I promise I didn’t cheat! 🙂 So, which character are you? (Though to be fair, I suppose I did tie with Peter Pan, in fact I had to answer a tie breaker question which resulted in me being Goofy, heh.)

You scored as Goofy.

Your alter ego is Goofy! You are fun and great to be around, and you are always willing to help others. You arn’t worried about embarrassing yourself, so you are one who is more willing to try new things.

Peter Pan
Sleeping Beauty
The Beast
Donald Duck
Snow White
Cruella De Ville

Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
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What’s In A Name?

Awesome Mom tagged me for the Name Game – the reasons I named my kids what I did:

Elizabeth Ane:
Elizabeth means “God is my oath” in Hebrew. I have always loved this name, though I don’t care for the typical nicknames. Paul had a distant relative that was very special to him and he has fond memories of her. They always addressed her as Cousin Ruth, her middle name was Elizabeth. Ane means “full of grace” and is after me. Nope, I didn’t spell it wrong; it is the Danish spelling of the name. I pronounce as in “Anne” though it is probably more correctly pronounce “Anna”. The name is not just after me though, I received the name because of my Great Great Grandmother who was a Danish immigrant and was a pioneer who walked in the Christianson Handcart Company to Utah. (Obviously my parents didn’t name me for the ‘grace’ part of the name, heh) 🙂

Dorothy Louise: Dorothy is Greek and means “Gift of God”. I love the meaning of this name and that is a main factor for the reason we chose it, the other (aside from I love the name itself) reason is that it is my Mother’s name. My mother is a wonderful person who is a wonderful example to many. I thought it would be and honor to my daughter to receive her name. Louise is old German for “Famous Warrior.” When you look at Dot’s personality it makes me chuckle to see how well it fits. She definitely has a warrior spirit. 🙂 Louise is another family name that I love. I love the sound it makes as it rolls off the tongue.

Emily Bernice: I have found origins of Emily listed as German, English, and Latin. And with meanings just as varied. I prefer the German meaning of “Industrious”. But the reason I chose her name once again relates back to my name. My first name was after one of two sisters, Julia and Emily. They came across the ocean from England and made the pioneer trek to Utah in the Willie Handcart Company. The Willie Handcart Company is one of the groups famous for becoming trapped in the snow and facing much hardship. I always felt honored to be named after my other Great Great Grandmother and in awe of the marvelous legacy she left me. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to name one of my daughters after her sister, Emily. While Julia was sometimes ill and had to ride in the cart, Emily walked and pushed/pulled that cart every step of the way until they were trapped and could go no further in the harsh winter. Bernice is after Paul’s mom and is Greek, meaning “Bringer of Victory”. Though and older name, and not often used, I like the combination it makes with Emily.

Jacob Paul: Jacob means “Supplanter” (Hebrew) but the reason we named him Jacob originally was because it was one of our favorite boy names, had family meaning, and was a sound scriptural name. The name was brought to a new light and gained new meaning to me while he was in the hospital. One day, after surgery and after he had been re-intubated because his lungs had collapsed, I was praying and reading in the Book of Mormon. I picked up where I had last read and found myself reading the words a prophet name Lehi told his son Jacob: 2 Nephi 2:1-4 (especially, but the whole chapter is wonderful). I cried as I thought about the special relation I could make between the words in the scriptures and to our own Jacob. It brought me much comfort and solace, and made the name even more important to me. Paul, ‘small’ in Greek (and Jacob is in no means small, heh), is obviously after my husband. The name has been passed down through the family for some time switching from first to middle. I believe Jacob is the 4th or 5th generation (at least) to carry the name onward.

Well, there you have it. 🙂 Each name is very special and dear to me. I hope each one of my children will love their name, know how special and important each name is, and follow the wonderful examples of those that have forged the way before them.

Oh, and I tag anyone who wants to do it, I love knowing meanings of names and why parents picked the names they picked. 🙂


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Probably More Than You Ever Wanted To Know . . .

This was at Deb’s, and though I’m not much of a meme girl I am feeling low on creativity, so I went with it . . .

Juliana Hossenfeffer Jingle Heimer Schmidt (My mom’s pet name for me)

Favorite Drink:~
Berry Smoothie in Summer, Hot Chocolate in Winter

No. Well, unless I count the blue mark from where I was stabbed by a pencil as a kid like Perpetual Chocoholic did. 🙂

Body Piercings:~
I am not a leaky sieve, though I do have one hole in each ear

How much do you love you job 0-10:~
A perfect 10

Birthplace:~ Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Spot:~
Vacation? I’ll have to figure out where my mind goes and then I will let you know

Stolen any traffic signs:~
Nope, just used them for gathering information to send to the enemy

2 door or 4 door?~
3 door (our van is the stone age style that still only opens on one side, heh) unless the kids decide to use the backend for an escape hatch

Salad Dressing:~
Honey Mustard Poppy Seed or Caesar

Favorite Pie:~
YUMMMMM I have never met a pie I didn’t like

Favorite Movie:~
Ever After

Favorite Holiday:~ Easter (It has a whole new meaning, especially now) and Christmas

Favorite Food:~
CHOCOLATE and anything I don’t have to clean up after 🙂

Favorite Day Of The Week:~

Favorite Soap:~
(Now this says soap. Deb answered Tomato. ??? Does she like tomato soup or soap . . .) I’ll go with soup (I don’t have a favorite soap) Rachel Soup (She’s a lady in my church that makes it, it is soooo yummy, she brought us some after Jacob was born and we have called it Rachel Soup ever since) Nothing like a complicated answer to a simple question

So that’s where Elmer’s glue comes from, I always heard it was ground up horse hooves (that’s probably not right either, I just remember thinking that in elementary school)

What do you do to relax:~
Read, hide from my kids, and play the piano

Where do you see your self in 10 years:~
If I’m still alive by then, not tied up in a closet, or not in an insane assylum I’ll let you know, but figuring that I will have three girls ages 17, 16, 14 there is a good chance that one, if not all, of those senarios will apply

What do you do when bored:~
memes heh 🙂
No really, bored? With this rabble? You’ve got to be kidding. . .

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