Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Day


One of the ways that Laurel and I stayed busy while Luke was gone was prepping for a fundraising bake sale at the library. But do you know how much time it takes to make decorated cookies with a toddler? I had the brilliant idea to space the entire process out over 3 days. When I was finally ready to decorate I couldn't figure out how to keep Laurel's hands busy - I gave her a separate work station with two large sugar cookies, a glob of frosting, and sprinkles - she was happy for an hour. I was quite impressed at how pretty my creations turned out; I know that presentation is important, especially for a bake sale. I even raided the clearance ribbon bin at JoAnn's Fabric for this! (Got to work on my sprinkle-sprinkling technique though!) Incidentally, I had so much time on my hands that I actually made 3 different sugar cookie recipes. Good thing Luke is back in town!
Sunday morning Laurel and I made heart-shaped flaky biscuits with scrambled eggs for Luke and dinner was pork chops, asparagus, and a killer 2-person German Chocolate cake from Whole Foods. Delish!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Loss

A week ago we received the phone call that Luke's father had passed away unexpectedly. There aren't words to express our sense of loss and sadness, but as I've spoken with people, I've been amazed at how much death has touched every one of us. The first two days were the worst - I discovered that grief is very much a physical pain - to be "heartbroken" is not a misnomer.
Church today was a very tender experience, and I am grateful for the Savior's Atonement and the knowledge that His sacrifice for all mankind allows Him to succor both those who move ahead beyond this earthly veil and those of us who stay behind. We've also become even more grateful for the principle of the Resurrection; Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays, and this year it will be especially poignant. I know that Robert Peterson still lives just as well as I know that my Savior lives.

Luke is in Utah now with his family, and very pregnant me is staying busy with Laurel. The outpouring of support from friends and family has been so humbling as they have truly mourned with us. God bless all of you!