Wednesday, November 3, 2010


This will seem random, but...

I am convinced I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world! And lately I have been just completely overcome with that beauty. Like on the verge of tears with it all of the time. It seems almost every day I am calling Jeremy or he is calling me, or the kids are running in the room saying, "Look out your window!" The clouds, the colors, the mountains, the trees, the sunsets-- they have all just been taking my breath away. I was taking Jessica to dance the other day and literally had to pull over and just STARE at the sun's rays bouncing off the mountains. I was in tears. I was a moment where I felt completely connected to my Heavenly Father and so aware of His majesty.

I was just talking to my friend, Heather. (Yes, the Heather as in "everyone needs a Heather.") (: She said something that I could totally relate to. She said that all she has to do is walk out her front door and take a deep breath of air, look around, and she is high for two hours! I am the same way-- I feel drugged by the beauty surrounding me! (In a good way!)

I googled "Utah images" to try to get some pictures of what I am talking about. I found some good ones. VERY good ones. But even they can't portray the majesty of it all.

One of my favorite hymns:

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

If I were a writer, I would have written this song! (: It describes perfectly what my heart feels when I see this kind of beauty:

And I know that Utah doesn't hold a monopoly on beauty-- so everyone, go out and breathe some air and get high! (:
While you're at it, pray we'll be breathing China's air soon!! Still waiting for the darn TA...

Feeling so grateful tonight...


PS I couldn't find the names of all the photographers, but here are a few: Greg Busley, Danny Burk, Bruce Barker, David Schultz, and Willie Holdman. Credit to them!


  1. How Great Thou art was one of they hymns we used last Sunday - and yeah - having backpacked much of NM and AZ (Rocky Mountain High?) I can relate!

    Waiting on that TA with you guys - thinking Christmas in China...but the songs (once translated) just didn't quite work for me! ;)

    hugs - love you guys -

    aus and co.

  2. We are anxiously waiting for that TA too. has some of the most breathtaking photos in their photo section. There is nothing quite like Fall in Utah. The sky is a different blue, the sun is coming from a different angle and everything contrasts with those colors. I love it!!! I also love the weather right now--nice and warm for this time of year. I don't care if the snow waits until Christmas to show up.

  3. So glad in the midst of your crazy life you can still take time for some of the best things in life! LOVE our beautiful Utah!

  4. Just reading your feelings makes me feel your testimony! I love you! H


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