Wednesday, March 11, 2009


In Primary this month we're learning a song about being a builder.
The words are as follows:

I am a builder working each day
To build my family.
And I will do the best I can
To serve them lovingly.
I am a builder growing so tall
And learning every day
To speak with kindness in my home,
To help at work and play.

My Heavenly Father sent me here
And he knows I can be
Strong and righteous as I build
My eternal family.

I am so blessed to have grown up with a very special builder in my life. He literally built the house that I grew up in with his own hands.

Under construction, around 1976

I felt so safe in this house. I was always so proud to call it home.

But so much more important than its physical construction is the building that went on inside its walls: half-awake scripture studies; piano recitals and dance performances; Father's blessings; basketball hoops and tetherballs hung from the ceiling for easy practice; heartfelt and understanding discussions; prayer, prayer, and more prayer; yes, some forced Johnny Mathis listening and Lawrence Welk watching; hard work and early mornings; apple peeling and coring; picture-taking; celebrating; schoolwork-helping; family-history digging; and so much more!

Thanks, Dad, for not just building our house, but--with Mom--building our Eternal Family.
I love you. Happy Birthday!


  1. What a beautiful tribute to your dad.

  2. What a beautiful house. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful dad.

  3. You have the BEST dad in the whole wide world!

  4. I love this post, it is so thoughtful and sweet! Your Dad is such a great man! I hope he had a wonderful birthday. I love the photo of your house and the one of you and your dad!

  5. i just looked at your adoption profile, and they have really changed it up! I love it. It seems so much more personal with the photo album and such. hope things are going well for you.

  6. These are great pictures. That house is just beautiful and you were such a cutie little girl!

  7. I loved this post and your Sharing time lesson. It must've been the meeting last night but I've had this song in my head all day. I was singing it all around the house this morning and had a mini one on one lesson with Alex and then again with Izzy. This evening Alex was going around singing the first line over and over again. I love it! I love being in Primary with you and am really going to miss it when we leave. You are amazing!

  8. Awww Sal! That was such a great tribute to your Dad. I have great memories of that house:0) No using wooden spoons on Sundays. Remember that?? Ha!Ha!


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