Halfway Through 2020

Hiking and being out in nature keeps me sane.

Well, here we are in July. I have to say, the first half of this year has not been my favorite. Go figure, right? I’ve been keeping an almost-daily journal. I call it my bipolar journal. That’s how up and down my emotions are in my writings. It’s been very therapeutic. I’ve just finished my first 2020 journal and now I’m tempted to burn it, haha. We’ll see how my second journal turns out.

On the chair lift headed to the ziplines.

Fortunately, there have been some joyful times to shake up the abundance of blahs. One Friday last month, Marcus and I went ziplining at Sundance. They have four awesome ziplines (not counting the test zipline) and each one was a blast. We had so much fun. We didn’t take our cell phones with us so we could fully live in the moment. Sometimes you need to do that. In fact, I’ve been disconnecting from social media more and more, which is why I haven’t posted in a while.

Marissa and me at Tony Grove.

We’ve hiked around Tony Grove, twice. Tony Grove is one of my favorite places up Logan Canyon.

The first time was with my sister and her kids, who visited us for a few days last month. (It was great to have some company over.) There was still a lot of snow, but we trudged through and it felt like an adventure! We made it all the way around the lake in twice the amount of time it normally takes.

At home we’ve stayed busy with yardwork and outside projects. Marcus designed and practically built this pergola by himself. His dad supervised him, and his older brother helped with the framing.

He designed it using 3-D modeling software.

It’s not completely finished, but it’s painted and the swings are painted, assembled, and hung up. Now someone is always outside on the swings in the evenings. We’re thinking of adding roller shades on the sunny side and I want to hang some flower baskets, too. Plus, we need landscaping around it and a path from the pergola to the sidewalk leading up to our front porch.

I think my Grandma Ricord would be proud of me. She loved wildflowers.

Some of my wildflowers have finally made an appearance, so that makes me smile. A week or so ago I pulled a hundred sticker weeds out. Ugh! This morning I finished weeding around our pond. I’ll show that off in the next post. The Daylilies around the pond are getting close to blooming. These are the most flowers I’ve ever had in my yard. πŸ™‚ In May I planted some summer bulbs which have sprouted, but haven’t bloomed yet.

I finished reading three of the four books in a delightful series called, Weddings By Bella, by Janice Thompson. I don’t own the fourth book so I need to order it. I’ve also been making banana bread using a recipe in the Magnolia Table cookbook. Yum! And, I’ve been doing a LOT of scripture study. I’ve been writing some of the verses that stand out to me in my journal. Verses such as this one:

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

And this one:

Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.

Ether 2:12
Marcus when he was 11. I loved this art project he did in our homeschool.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I wish all of my readers a Happy Fourth of July on Saturday. May you be blessed in your homes and families.

17 thoughts on “Halfway Through 2020

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  2. I’m with you–less and less social media. I can’t process what’s going on the world and take care of my family as well. I don’t want to have my head in the sand, but I need a limit. That pergola is AMAZING! I’m really impressed with your Marcus and the other men of your family. I wish you a better second half of the year . . . but don’t burn that first journal! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I know how you feel- it really is too much to process. I also know you understand what is going on at the core. How blessed we are to have the gospel in our lives. I hope your 4th of July was nice.


  3. I think the part about serving the Lord has got lost and we are on the brink of losing it. I hope the people wake up and take it back! I will serve the God of this land who is Jesus Christ!

    I will die for him as he died for me. Not often spoken or written by me but here it is online to be saved forevermore. I will stand behind this forever.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. We were my sister’s summer vacation since their trip to Disney World had to be postponed to next spring. It was such a treat to have guests in our home.
      And, I am right there with you, serving the God of this land, standing for Christ forever. God bless you, Deborah!

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  4. You’ve been busy! The pergola look wonderful and the hiking is good no matter what!

    Healthy family coming to visit…priceless! But this…this is what it’s all about.
    Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.

    ETHER 2:12

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