Monday, April 30, 2012

Ferris Wheel

At the time, it was also called the Chicago wheel because that is where it first debuted in 1893 to rival the Eiffel tower in the previous world's fair (Source).  They are picturesque whether during the day with a blue sky behind them or at night with all their lights.  If you want to feel like a kid again, ride one.  If you don't have any around, then go swing on a swingset or, if your stomach can handle it, a merry-go-round.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Smile on His Face

Finn.  He looks so much better than he did in Primary Children's Hospital on our birthdays five or so months ago.  That's when he was started on his new Ketogenic diet--which consist of mainly fats and oils.  He's a little trooper to for eating his own food while everyone else around him eats the normal supper for the evening.  Even last night, while we all ate Cafe Rio, he ate his oily cheese in a little packet that he calls his cheesy snack.

With the brain surgeries, "pokies", hospitalizations, special diets, nauseating medications, and pain that we probably don't understand, it's amazing that he still has a smile on his face.  He does though, and that is a lesson that we can all learn from.  Granted, we told him that there was a milk mustache on his face when we took this picture, that is why he was so happy about it, it was fun to see his smile.  Little Finn is an inspiration to me, as well as his incredible parents who are the most patient and loving parents I have ever seen.  I'm amazed with their family.

Even with the everything that might be going on in our lives with work and school and friendships, it's nice to see things in perspective when Finn smiles.  It's similar to seeing a little leukemia patient walking through the hospital with his IV attached and bald head.  No matter my latest test score, or failed experiments, or other stresses, my problems all of the sudden become insignificant compared to those leukemia patients.  By having good health, a great family, and good friends I really don't have anything to complain about, right?

Finally, I love this time of year.  And, regardless of your beliefs, Easter is a holiday that signifies Spring.  I'm not only talking about the season, but new beginnings in our lives.  Seeing the buds on the trees and the grass turning green is a refreshing sign that we don't have to live with a cold, dreary winter the rest of the year.  Similarly, having Jesus rise from the grave shows that the winter of death is not permanent.  It's a message of hope.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Trees by the Reflection Pool

This is another picture from Temple Square.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April's Tulip

This tulip was down on Temple Square.  It's always encouraging to see the signs of spring.