Sunday, January 31, 2010

30 years ... WHAT!

I don't know how this can be,
seeing that I'm only 27 ...
30 years ago tonight Brad and I met for the 1st time.
He and Eager-Sensei greeted the 6 of us:
their new group of students.
My brother, Bruce, dropped me off at the MTC and it was a breeze for him -
a little teary and very much an adventure for me!
I remember that first night in the classroom ...
Carol Dawn Ward and Marcia Flanders were my companions
we were joined by Scoville Choro, Malmrose Choro and Powell Choro.
We learned to pray in Japanese.
Sort of.
And through the weeks I learned that whenever we were sick of studying,
we just had to ask Brad:
"Chapman Sensei, will you tell us a mission story?"
Now, 30 years later, if we want to distract him we use the same technique.
Although I was strictly mission-oriented, I have to admit
I did notice his gorgeous eyes!
Happy Anniversary Brad

Saturday, January 30, 2010

it's a GIRL

We had a great last-shopping-day with Caci.
Brad spent the morning at work;
Bry & Az were in Idaho with Brookie, Steven & Gage;
so of course, the rest of us went shopping!
Caci was on the look-out for a
little black dress
that will serve her well for business functions
in The Ukraine
and will grow with her :)
We found one!
So of course, we needed jewelry to go with it
We ate lunch at Costco
(the samples filled us up!)
then headed out for
We got Trevor on the phone (Trev's in The Ukraine)
so we all heard the tech announce:
At 17 weeks, she's already gorgeous!
What a blessing - to have a daughter-in-law who actually wanted me there for the unveiling!
Thanks kids, and

Friday, January 29, 2010

she's MY american idol

Sierra auditioned for
and participated in her high school's idol talent show
She accompanied herself singing
"A Thousand Miles"
and was
I am SO proud of Sierra!
I'm also so thankful for Caci & Jace's support in being there
very, very grateful for our Campbell family ...
they showed up in full force to support Sierra.
Sierra also had friends show up to cheer her on!
We are blessed :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010


In some ways I think I am so, so lucky ...
i ALWAYS get a close parking spot, no matter how crowded the lot is;
i come from a lucky family: my mother once
guessed the exact # of nuts & bolts in a jar
and won a truck and camper;
i ALWAYS pick out the best chocolates in the assorted box -
no taking bites & putting them back for me!
sometimes I think I am terribly UNlucky ...
take tonight:
We put Bryan and Azure on a plane bound for Idaho
they were to spend 4 days there, enjoying Brooke, Steve & Gage
and filling a babysitting need
(YAY! Brooke got the internship she wanted!)
The babysitting starts tomorrow at 8 am
Being the seasoned travelers that they are, we left them at the security gate
and asked them to call when they boarded ...
4 hours later we were picking them back up and bringing them home
Their flight was cancelled.
Why was I surprised?
1st of all, it included airplanes
secondly, Brooke was involved
all of us Chapmans are unlucky when it comes to flights -
but no one beats Brooke
well, maybe Sierra does ...
but it really doesn't matter:
the combination of Chapmans + flying = delays, lost bags, damaged baggage, cancellations, etc ...
it just does.
luck???? hmmm ....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

actions lead to understanding

One of my conversations with Brooke last week
left me with a topic to ponder...
We know that Adam offered sacrifices long before he understood why
Nephi made plates of ore "... for a wise purpose in him, which purpose I know not."
The scriptures are full of examples of obedience, followed by
understanding, or testimony.
So often
most often
I want to understand why or I want to already have a testimony on a topic before I act. But that's not the Lord's way.
Actions first, testimony later.
Faith before miracles.
In my head, I often know a certain action is the right action ....
I am determined to do better following that knowledge
When I do so, I know that my testimony of that principle will become unshakeable.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

teenage siblings

i just realized last week that this year (2010) we'll have 3 teenagers at home!
What a great year!!!!
I hope Bryan, Sierra and Azure realize that this is the beginning
of the best.
I LOVED my teenage years with my family.
(well, except when the boys were being jerks ...
Bruce & Michael, remember when I sent you to your rooms?)
We loved
dating each others' friends
staying up late talking
sharing music
going to dances & parties together
sports (playing and cheering on the player)
and "on and on" (remember Stephen Bishop's song?)
The pic below is missing our engine & caboose, but we love them anyway :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

the power of prayer

Several things have turned my thinking
to prayer
these last few days.
In Women's Conference, Sister Leavitt said something like:
"What do we do when we don't know what to do?
We drop to our knees and we pray."
Brooke and I were having a phone conversation last week.
(we talk every day ... YAY for me!)
One of the things our conversation turned to was Alma the Younger
and the fact that his big change-of-heart came about
because of the prayers of his father.
It appears that Alma didn't even know that he wanted to change
until his father's prayers were answered.
I use prayer on a regular basis for my personal benefit.
I need to be comforted
I need to be directed
I need to be inspired
I'm grateful - oh so grateful! for the power of prayer in my personal life.
But I also know that there is great power in prayer
when offered in behalf of others.
There are important, even vital things that have
come about in my life and in the lives of those I love
because of the prayers of someone else.
The heartfelt prayers of a parent for a child
seem to elicit a near-immediate, heartfelt response
from our loving Father.
This I know to be true.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

happy birthday BRYAN!

I had a hard time picking just a few pictures of Bryan.
Let me tell you about Bryan ...
Bryan, age 1
As a baby, bryan was so chubby we had to clean the rolls on his neck with q-tips daily!
Brand-spankin'-new, he was a snuggler.
I don't know if he loved his sarongs or his paci-s more.
One thing is for sure:
he has always been completely attached to his parents and siblings.
He was 2-years old before we could leave him with a babysitter without Trevor or Brooke with him. As long has he had some sarongs, a handful of paci-s and a family member, he was always content.

Bryan was a month shy of 2-years-old when we signed his adoption papers.
That was THE LONGEST 2 years of my life!
2 months later, he was sealed to us in the Hawaii temple.
I anticipated a heavenly experience ... I knew angels would be present and I was sure it would be absolutely celestial.
Bryan screamed the whole time.
But we walked out of the temple that day a complete family.
Bryan - age 2 - outside of the Hawaii temple
I can hardly believe 17 years have passed!
No longer rolly-polly, Bryan is still tender-hearted and snuggly.
Babies and animals LOVE Bryan.
Bryan with nephew Gage.
One would think that headphones have actually grown out of Bryan's ears or are surgically attached. (I guess they've taken the place of pacifiers)
I used to kiss that dimple daily. Now I have to sneak a kiss whenever I can ...
but he's still a little snuggler.
Bryan is:
fiercely loyal
amazingly smart
generous to a fault
I love you.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Inspiring Conference

I just came from our Stake Relief Society
Women's Conference.
I have to admit that when I was laying in bed,
revelling in the fact that I could stay there all day if I wanted,
then remembered we had Women's Conference
I was tempted to try to forget.
Boy am I glad I didn't!
This conference was meant for me.
I haven't been so inspired in a long time ...
Our amazing Stake RS Pres'y invited 2 older sisters to speak.
Sister Leavitt and Sister Kesterson must both be in their 80s.
The wisdom they shared was almost more than I could take in.
But at the same time, I felt like I could sit at their feet for days ...
It was a tearful day for me.
It's an interesting thing - to be moved to tears by the Spirit -
not out of sadness or joy or anything other than being divinely taught.
We had 2 musical #s. Both amazing.
But it took only a few words coming from my friend, Rebecca,
in her song
for the tears to flow steadily.
After today I am more committed to:
* Remember the power of prayer
* make time for relationships outside of my home
* recognize the Savior in my life
I am grateful for inspired leaders and friends with talents.

Friday, January 22, 2010

family fitness

Thanks to Brooke's
our family is getting fit!

Besides watching our food intake
(sometimes it looks really pretty!)
We're all exercising.

Every morning after driving the kids to seminary,
Azure and I workout with Jillian Michaels
It's a pretty good 20-minutes
inducing sore muscles and sweat.
(So glad I have a partner in Azure!)
Azure's pretty cute with her fashionable azure-blue 2 lb weights.
Brad does his own workout with 5lb weights later in the day.
Sierra does her 20-minutes on the eliptical after school
and here's what's really impressive:
Bryan gets up at 5am so he can get in 20 minutes of boxing
before seminary.
He's a pretty fast shower-taker, so it works.
Added benefit:
The rhythm of his boxing is my alarm clock.

Here's to hoping we're all VERY fit on April 11th when Brooke's contest ends!
Want to join up?
It's not too late.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

divine currents

Today I am
Elder Richard G. Scott
I remember when I first read this talk by Elder Scott.
I love the thought of divine currents.
We each have them.
We can each identify and follow them.
Elder Scott also said,
"Oh, how I would encourage you
to weave deeply into the fabric of your soul
the recognition that your life now
is a part of a much bigger plan the Lord has for you."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

cute blog, cute name

Brooke introduced me to a new blog
that is destined to be a big hit.
Artistically titled:
the site promises
"all things beautiful, useful and delish"
Nice, huh?!
It's brand new, with only 2 posts ...
can't wait to see what's next!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Quote

"Youth need fewer critics
and more models."
as quoted by
LDS General Conference
April 2008
Elder Johnson said,
"It is ... our responsibility to safeguard the home as a center of learning where these virtues can be instilled in an atmosphere of love and through the power of example."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

what i do after juicing

I've become a big juicer.
Here are some of the benefits:
* the body can quickly absorb larger amounts of nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion that is necessary when you eat whole foods is bypassed.
* it is an easy way to get beneficial enzymes, which are primarily found in raw foods, into the body.
* Enzymes are also involved in metabolism, so one of the more valuable health benefits of juicing is that it can increase metabolic rate.
* Juicing also ensures that the body is getting sufficient amounts of phytochemicals, substances in plants that are considered among the most powerful ways to fight disease.
* antioxidants and other immune enhancing properties are concentrated in juices.
So anyway, I've been juicing a lot.
I've found a way to use carrot & apple pulp that is really yummy!
I've made some substitution to the following recipe:
Carrot Muffins

If you can’t use the pulp right away, freeze it in a plastic bag and defrost before baking. You can also use grated carrots – equal amounts apply. While I switched to whole wheat flour, you might experiment with other whole grains. Either way, it’s a delicious way to get your veggies and a healthy dose of fiber, starting at breakfast:)

Makes 12

2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 Teaspoon sea salt
2 Teaspoons cinnamon
1 Teaspoon nutmeg
2 Teaspoons baking Soda
2 Teaspoons vanilla
3/4 Cup Sucanat or brown sugar
2 Cups carrot pulp

4 medium to large pastured eggs
1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease approximately 12 muffin tins thoroughly. Mix the whole wheat flour, olive oil, water, salt, baking soda, eggs, and sugar first. After the first group of ingredients are blended, add in the remaining ingredients and mix again thoroughly. Put into muffin pan and cook for about 20 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes and serve.


I use applesauce instead of olive oil. I also use equal amounts of apple and carrot pulp.

Friday, January 15, 2010


(thanks for the idea, Brooke)
if i could invite anyone TV or book character/celebrity to a dinner party, my top ten invitees would be...
1. Marcellus from Lloyd C. Douglas' Book "The Robe"
2. Jeeves & Wooster (Yes - they have to come together ... and thanks for letting me borrow your guests, Brookie)
3. Mr. Chips
4. Anna Karenina (but only so I can chew her out and tell her that normal people don't live like that!)
5. Gregory House, MD (remember, it's not Hugh Laurie I'm inviting - it's his characters)
6. Maddie Hayes & David Addison (From the 80's Show, "Moonlighting" ... or they could come as themselves, Cybill Shepherd & Bruce Willis ... either way, they'd be welcome at my dinner party)
7. Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn (just to keep things lively)
8. Pathros & Hafid (the 2 GREATEST SALESMEN IN THE WORLD)
9. Edward Cullen ... the way I imagine him from the book (c'mon ... don't deny that you'd like him at your table!) And I'd really like ALICE to come with him.
10. The Dread Pirate Roberts, aka Westley and Princess Buttercup. Ok ... I would actually enjoy having Vincini, Fesig, Inigo Montoya and the 6-fingered jerk too (From The Princess Bride)

Brooke started this, and I think it's fun.
So post who you'd invite and let us all compare guests!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

healthy eating

My mother heard me saying how much I want a tortilla press ...
so when some friends of hers were traveling to Vegas
she sent one with them for me
(thanks Mom!)
The result:
SUPER yummy homemade tortillas
filled with sliced avocado
and homemade apricot salsa.
(Everyone else had taco meat, cheese, etc)
I just think I might win

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

at Brad's request

Yesterday Brad asked me to write
about my 1st experience SCUBA diving.
I'd copy & paste here,
but would rather send you to his blog
because he's written so many great posts
some of you may really enjoy them.
So check it out at
to all of you!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

super cute ... SUPER affordable!

Hey Girls ...
Check out these amazing headbands:
There's a variety and
they can be purchased at a new Etsy Shop:
(this one is only $7)

Monday, January 11, 2010


Well, I did it.
I passed up temptation.
I knew there would be the usual goodies
at Amy's house when I arrived this morning.
But I wasn't prepared for an onslaught of
chocolate muffins, french toast muffins,
mini chocolate cakes
and all other sorts of Costco yummies
But I had a little chat with myself
and convinced myself that I really wanted a toned, healthy body
more than I wanted a chocolate treat.
Maybe tomorrow I won't even be tempted ....

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Since I don't want to spend a ton of time
on the computer on Sundays
and yet, I've made a resolution to blog as often as possible
I'll share a significant quote each week.
This one is from
President Ezra Taft Benson
It reads:
"Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully.
Live happily. Live enthusiastically,
knowing that God does not dwell in gloom
and melancholy,
but in light and love."
Here's to a cheerful, joyful week
for all of us!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Brooke is sponsoring a friends & family
contest beginning Monday
That's this Monday, January 11th.
You're all invited!
Really. The more the merrier.
Just email Brooke at
and tell her
There are t-shirts and everything
AND a prize for the winner.
No details here ... go check them out on her blog
last night for my
I made a double batch of tapioca pudding.
I ate a little more than 1/3 of it
I ate till it made me sick
To kick off my 3 months of trying to win I made this amazing salad
with spinach, lettuce, carrots
hearts of palm (super, super yummy and almost no calories)
cauliflower, celery, tomatoes
and I sprinkled a few craisins on it.
I ate the entire confection.
by myself.
So, join in friends and fam!
2010 will be the year of GOOD HEALTH!

Friday, January 8, 2010


Here I am, brushing thrice and flossing twice
that's every day, you know
and what happens?
Last night a piece of floss broke off between two teeth
So I unwound more floss and started again
This time to get the little stuck strand out
It broke and left even more floss between those 2 teeth!
This was ridiculous - and starting to get painful
Lots and lots of floss later, and some swollen, bleeding gums
I gave up and went to bed
So this morning I zipped to the store and bought what looked like very powerful floss
It broke.
I zipped in to see the dentist who got the floss out for me.
I'm comfortable now.
Just thought you'd like to know.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

".. one of the joys ..."

I have a great library in my home.
My parents instilled in us a love of reading
(at least, all my brothers and sisters love to read, so I figure it came from my parents)
To digress a little:
my teenage years were spent in "the old-old-house"
in West Chester, PA.
(we don't say "Pennsylvania, mind you, we say "pee-ay")
The old-old-house holds many fond memories.
One room (the family room) was amazing:
wood floors, wood walls with built-in bookshelves
and it even boasts an elevator to the master suite.
More about this old-old house on another post.
But that room was FILLED, I tell you, FILLED
with books.
And recliners.
So, back to the present ....
We have, in our family room, some beautiful wood bookshelves filled with books.
Many of the books are beautifiul hard-cover classics
(yup - I collect them, in case you were wondering about a gift for me)
When I was in High School I skipped reading the Classics we were assigned.
(I think I was intimidated by them ... I don't know ... I liked reading other things, just not what I was assigned to read)
So as a very young mother I decided to read them to my kids.
I think I started with Little Women, or maybe Tom Sawyer.
Right now I'm reading what is destined to become one of my favorites:
Good-bye, Mr. Chips and Other Stories
I absolutely love this book.
In one of his short stories, "Merry Christmas Mr. Chips"
is a beautiful line:
"... one of the lovely joys of growing old was to add to this list of trivial things one didn't care about, so that one had more time to care for the things that were not trivial."
One of the joys, indeed!

Friday, January 1, 2010

... excited ...

I'm so excited that it's now 2010.
You know when you were a kid and something exciting
was coming up, but you couldn't remember what?
And the anticipation kept you hopping around
all day?
That's how I feel.
I don't know exactly what I'm excited about,
or what anticipation has got me hopping,
but I'm pretty sure it has to do
with the start of the new year.
2010 is going to be AMAZING.