Saturday, March 22, 2014

Helping Friends Move

We are starting to prepare Kal'el early for his Priesthood responsibilities, including helping people move.

Okay, so technically it doesn't say in the D&C that "helping neighbors move" is a priesthood responsibility, though that responsibility often falls to the dudes of the ward.

Glen Canyon Dam

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kal'el's Birthday

 Kal’el’s school party with super hero cupcakes

Card from Grandma

 Kal’el’s home party with a superhero cake

Favorite present: Hunting Bow

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ANWA Conference

We took a trip to Phoenix where I taught two classes to a bunch of amazing authors.
Time Management for Creative People (soon to be a book)
and Creating a Children's Book

Here are a few pictures I snapped:

·                                 This is our friend Adam Sidwell who wrote Evertaster. See Website here:

We will be getting together more often 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Treasure Hunting with Hubby

Had a surprise adventure today with Hubby. TREASURE HUNTING! We found a cashe of gear and relics including books on slaying paranormal creatures and this really cool WWII bayonet knife which, more than likely, has shed Nazi blood. Nate says he thinks this might have been a Skinwalker's stash. There was a TON of werewolf paraphernalia and Native American spiritualism stuff.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Baby Avalon and Family Pictures.

See, I haven't just been eating too many Twinkies.

 Proud Daddy and Mommy

The Boys


 Proud big brother

Photos by Stacia Klemas Photography

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rain in the Desert: Thoughts on the Gilbert Cultural Celebration

I just watched the Gilbert Cultural Celebration clip here:

My first thought was, "Why is everyone sweating so much at night?" Followed by, "Why is everyone wet?"

"This must be part of the event. Everyone is soaked. They are dancing in mud. What kind of a celebration is is?"

Then I saw the full shot and could see the massive pouring rainstorm in the surrounding lights.

Then my thoughts were:

Wow, and they are still smiling.
Everyone looks so happy despite the storm around them.
They are so dedicated.
Even the sister missionaries are out there singing in the rain all for the chance to sing to the prophet.

Once I got over the whole rain in the desert shock, I started looking at the themes behind the celebration.

I loved how many different types of cultures they showed. That's one thing I've always loved about the Mormon church.

There are so many different types of Mormons, not only culturally as it is a world wide church, but it embraces personality differences as well. This is evident in the "I'm a Mormon." videos seen here:

"While our backgrounds and experiences are diverse, we share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, to each other, and our neighbors."*

The whole song with the thousands of white flags was amazing. I couldn't help but think of the traditional flag of Zion. Its a white flag marked by a gold sun with twelve rays of light.

The whole field seemed bright with those flags, which to me, is a sign of peace, strength and safety. We create our own sanctuary when we come together.

The rain really added its own beauty to the whole celebration. 
I loved the way it sprayed off the ballet dancer's white skirts as they pirouetted. Each droplet capturing the light like enchanted fairy dust, adding a mystical element to their praise.

I loved when the "Army of Helaman" charged out onto the muddy field, despite the storm. The lack of hesitation reminded me of the valiant the Army of Helaman. Without hesitation, they served their God and country. They did not doubt, they did not fear, they did not question when they saw what they would have to face.

The performers were soaking wet, the ends of their clothing covered in mud. I can only imagine how many of them slipped and fell. Anyone who spent anytime on hair and makeup had their work ruined, which for a bunch of teen girls is kinda a big deal, especially since this was being filmed.

This reminded me of life. There are going to be spiritual storms all around us. EVERYDAY. Sometimes we are going to slip and fall in the mud, but with God's blessing we can be clean again. Anytime it rains in the desert like that it's a blessing from God.

Despite the adversary who beats down on us, we can smile, be genuinely happy and turn our trials into something beautiful and inspiring.

What were some of your thoughts on the celebration?

*Quote from
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