Congratulations Bill!

Congratulations to my oldest son Bill who yesterday graduated from law school. While that in itself is an admirable achievement, the fact that he did it while working full time to support his wife and 4 children, serving in the church and community and doing all of the things a busy dad does is really and accomplishment. We are proud of our our Juris Doctorate and know that he will do his part to promote the laws of “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”

In a few weeks he will take the bar. Well done WiIlliam, well done.

Etching, Drawings, Paintings and Photographs

Drypoint Etching 
 The Light of the World


 Old Ugly Charcoal
 Skull Charcoal

Watercolor Paintings
 Shepherdess after Bouguereau

 Tulips and Daffodils from my Garden
 Autumn at Garden Park Ward

Oil Paintings

 An American Kitchen
 Warts and All
Photos from Manuscripts and Newspaper Articles 

 The cover of A Harvest and Halloween Handbook published as an ebook and currently under consideration at Covenant Publishing
 Gingerbread House from A Christmas Handbook under consideration at Covenant Publishing; an article for the Long Island Pulse, the Deseret News and other newspapers

A holiday window decoration created for the 
City Creek Macys in Salt Lake City made with 100 pounds of candy.

 Easter article for the Deseret News, other newspapers and A Holiday Handbook manuscript under consideration at Covenant Publishing
 Feast of the Tabernacles Sukkah from  
A Harvest and Halloween Handbook
 1 of 32 coloring pages from A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

 Button and scrap crafts from 
A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

Happy Mother’s Day

I say it every year, but I am so very grateful for my wonderful mother. She inspired my creativity, love of family, good grammar and every lovely thing in my world. I wrote this poem about her and my other special women who have loved and taught me so well. So once again, Happy Mother’s Day to my favorite mom! 

A Tribute to Mother
“Mother I love you so,” said the child.
“I love you more than I know.”
She laid her head on her mother’s arm
And the love between them kept them warm.”
Margaret Florence Smith
Happy Mother’s Day to my


and Friends;
The women who give life,
and give joy.

Who bled,
and fed,
and hid Easter eggs,
and wrapped gifts
and dyed Halloween costumes.
Who took me to the zoo

and Disneyland,
and grew pumpkins,
and taught me to play chess
and feed my babies.
Who taught me to write thank you notes
And have good manners
and remember birthdays
and ancestors
(and love them).

And gave me crayons

and dolls
and retainers
and fishnet nylons
and a radio to take to the beach.
Who took me to visit my grandparents
and on road trips
and swimming
and had a barbecue.
Who taught me to pray
and love
and find joy
and set a beautiful table.
And to watch out for little ones,
and spell correctly,
 and feed stray kittens,
and read books.
And to try,
and fail,
and try again.
Who found our great grandfathers were kings
and great grandmothers were queens.  
Who took pictures,
and listened as I learned to read,
and filled a piñata.
And eat Thanksgiving at the beach like Pilgrims,
and go on bike rides,
and read Luke on Christmas Eve,
and sing carols,
and find treats in my stocking.
To share with those in need,
and love art and beauty,
and wear bows in my hair
and shoes that fit,
and remember God and go to church.
Who sewed clothes,
and prayed for soldiers,
and firemen,
and missionaries,
and me. 
Who baked cakes
and arranged flowers,
and made 20,000 meals,
and made me brush my teeth.
And bought sugar sticks,
and made drawings,
and bread,
and Beef Stroganoff.

And soothed wounded hearts,
and took us to movies,
and to the woods,
and the sea.
And played
and prayed
and gave time and love and life.
Thank you.