Friday, October 5, 2012

Following Her Pattern

Back in February my dear Grandma B. passed away.


My aunt and uncle were out of town, so they had asked us to come down to stay with my Grandparents and cousins for the weekend, just to “be a referee.” So, on Friday evening after work Brooke and I took off and started driving straight down to Orem, where they live. I got a couple of texts along the way, but didn’t pay any mind to them. However, once we got off the freeway and to a red light, I got a call from my mom, who was crying on the other end and told me that my Grandma had died a short while earlier.

I was totally shocked. It had come so suddenly! I had just talked to her the evening before! She had called the night before to ask what we would like for dinner when we arrived. I remember clearly her saying “Now, I heard that Brookie doesn’t like meat, so I want to make something special for her. How about soup and bread-bowls?”

When we arrived nobody was home, the cousins having gone over to a neighbors house to see some puppies to take their minds off things. We let ourselves in, and walked downstairs. And then it hit me. On the couch downstairs stuffed into a canvas bag was the afghan that she had been working on just earlier that day. When I saw that all I could do was hug Brooke and cry.

Now this afghan was kind of special. The colors were inspired by the afghan that I had made for my sister, and my Grandma had promised me last time that I had come down that she would show me how to make the pattern for this kind of afghan, and in return I had promised to show her how I made a pillow for Taci.


Later that night, after the Bishop had come over and had a good talk with all of us, and after had had a few more sad moments seeing where she had set set out bread to rise for our dinner earlier that morning, we were sitting downstairs and talking. I asked my Grandpa if I could finish the afghan that Grandma was working on and he said that he would like that. But I had no idea how to start! So, I looked up the pattern online, and made a sample baby blanket for Alexis (who we had just learned a few weeks before was pregnant).

Once I got underway in earnest, I had another special moment. I had noticed earlier that there were a few miscellaneous items in the bottom of the bag, but I had never really paid attention to them. Now that I pulled them out, I had another sweet moment knowing that my Grandma had been thinking of me. On an envelope for a magazine subscription renewal that she thought I might be interested in she had written “Taylor?” For me it was a tender mercy, a sweet little message from beyond the grave that my Grandma was thinking of me.IMG_7834


I kept working on the afghan on and off. Sometimes I was too busy, sometimes I was bogged down trying to find the same color (or a close match) to the yarn that she had been using, and sometimes it was just to hard to pull it out because I missed her too much. Gradually I got working on it regularly though, and I set a goal to have it finished by October General Conference. I finished it just the other week, right on time.


I learned several things from this experience. I learned that I have an absurdly tight crochet stich compared to my Grandma (I had to switch up to a larger hook just so that I could make it match- although the middle is a bit differently shaped than the rest). I learned that small mistakes can be hidden in a larger pattern. Above all I learned that a part of mortality is that we are going to leave things unfinished in this life – that’s just part of mortality. However, we can leave behind a pattern and the tools necessary for those who come after us to finish what we have started. I’m grateful that my Grandma left me such a great pattern to follow for my life, and that she left me a legacy of testimony that I can use to work on my own life.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Lincoln City to Newport

After we spent the night in Lincoln City, we spent some time on the beach again in the morning.  We found a cute little hermit crab and watched him crawl around for a little while and looked at lots of sea lions and driftwood.  Then we went to look at Devil’s Lake, which was really pretty!  After that, we went down to Boiler Bay.  We enjoyed looking at the nice views from there.  Then we went to Depoe Bay.  We decided to stop to go look at some beautiful views and see the “World’s Smallest Harbor” there.  On our way from the car to a viewpoint area, we walked by a shop called Channel Bookstore and Taylor saw some cats in the windows!  So we went inside to see the cats and then spent a long time looking around at the store!  It was so full of awesome books!!  And there were lots of cute little cats all over the place!  I found the coolest book ever there!  So I bought it.  It’s an 1875 edition of a book of poetry called “Yesterday, To-day, and Forever” by Edward Henry Bickersteth (it was first published in 1867).  I love it!  After that, we went down to Cape Foulweather and Yaquina Head.  We toured Yaquina Head Lighthouse too.  It’s Oregon’s tallest lighthouse at 93 ft and is supposedly haunted.  We went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and had fun looking around at all of their cool exhibits there and then went to Agate Beach.  We went and looked at the Japanese dock that floated over from there and washed up in June after their big tsunami last year.  It was really cloudy and windy in Newport that evening and there were lots of cool drifts of sand on the beach!

cute little hermit crab
Taylor at Devil's Lake in Lincoln City
Boiler Bay
Yesterday, To-Day, & Forever
World's Smallest Harbor in Depoe Bay
beautiful view from Depoe Bay
beautiful view
fresnel lens in Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Japanese dock on Agate Beach in Newport
Agate Beach
cool sand formations on Agate Beach
view of Yaquina Head

So we stayed in Newport that night.  Then the next day, we went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, another lighthouse, hiked Mary’s Peak, went to Ona State Park, and ended up in Florence.  I’ll write about it later!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

And the Next Day on the Coast…

We stayed in Tillamook one night and then the next morning, we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory!  We got to see how they make their cheese and then we sampled a bunch of cheeses and ate lunch there.  I also ate a sampler of a bunch of flavors of ice cream.  Then, we went on to drive along the Three Capes Loop.  First, we hiked down some trail that I don’t remember the name of near Cape Meares and then we stopped at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and saw Three Arch Rocks and toured Cape Meares Lighthouse.  We also stopped at Netarts Bay.  After that, we went to Lincoln City and enjoyed the rest of the evening walking around on the beach there.

Oregon Coastgreen leavesOregon CoastOregon coast trailView from Cape MearesView of Three Arch Rocks from Cape MearesView from Cape MearesLincoln City OregonLincoln City OregonLincoln City OregonSunset in Lincoln City Oregon

And that was day 2 of 6!  It was nice, fun, and relaxing.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fort Clatsop and Cannon Beach

After we went to Cape Disappointment, we headed to Fort Clatsop National Memorial.  It was really cool!  There was a replica of the original fort.  Fort Clatsop was the winter encampment for the Lewis and Clark Expedition from December 1805 to March 1806. 

Taylor at Fort Clatsop

After we looked around at Fort Clatsop, we went to Cannon Beach to visit Ecola State Park! That place is so beautiful! We loved everything there! We walked on some trails and enjoyed amazing views. We even saw an adorable little rabbit! We also saw Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.  Then we walked around on Indian Beach which was, of course, gorgeous.  There were quite a few people surfing there!

view from Tillamook HeadTaylor at Ecola State ParkTillamook Rock Lighthousecute little rabbit at Ecola State ParkTillamook Rock LighthouseBrooke on Indian Beach

We went over to Tolovana Beach to watch the sunset.  It was such a wonderful evening!  The sunset was so beautiful and the weather was so nice!  There were lots of birds swarming around Haystack Rock, which was fun to watch.  Oh, and Haystack Rock is supposedly the third largest monolith in the world!  It’s also a protected Marine Garden.

sunset on Tolovana Beachbirds swarming around Haystack Rock

That night we stayed in Tillamook and then had a really fun day the next day which we will write about later!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cape Disappointment

Last week, we went on an awesome trip to the Oregon coast!  We had so much fun.  We started at the very most southwest corner of Washington to go to Cape Disappointment.  Members of the Lewis and Clark expedition reached Cape Disappointment after trekking about 3,000 miles!  We walked along a beach area and saw lots of seagulls, dead crabs, and pretty ocean waves.

We walked up to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse too. It is the oldest lighthouse still in use on the West Coast! It was built in 1856 to help prevent shipwrecks on the Columbia River bar.

There were also some really interesting ruins of Battery Harvey Allen, a bunker that housed three gun emplacements. The battery was built at Fort Canby in 1904-1905 then was transferred to the Army in 1906.

beach at Cape Disappointmentseagull on a beach at Cape Disappointment seagull tracks in the sand on a beach at Cape Disappointmentbeach at Cape Disappointmentbeach at Cape DisappointmentTaylor on the trail to Cape Disappointment LighthouseCape Disappointment Lighthouseview from Cape Disappointment LighthouseCape Disappointment LighthouseCape Disappointment LighthouseBattery Harvey Allen

After we left Cape Disappointment State Park, we drove through Astoria and Warrenton, then went on to visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial, Ecola State Park, and Tolovana Beach that day.  We’ll have to write about those later!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Taylor and the Bear

Last month, Taylor made the bed and decided to put my teddy bear [one of the gifts that he gave me for my birthday when we were just dating] on the bed as well.  He had it all tucked in under a blanket very cutely and when I noticed it later that day, I thought it was so adorable.

Then, the NEXT day, I found the bear on the bed again, all dressed up in my pajamas!!  I thought it was totally hilarious!  I took a picture of it with my cellphone to send to Alexis so that she could be entertained by it too.

Now, pretty much everyday, the first thing I do when I get home is look to see what the bear is doing for the day.  Here are some of the extra amusing ones!

crocheting bearshower time bear
pajama bear reading bear
cat bearharry potter bear
athlete bear indiana jones bear
missionary bearpirate bear

Isn’t Taylor just so fun?!