Stormy Peach Orchard...

Master's projects are big, in an epic and ginormous way.  This is what I have learned in the last week and a half.

Many of you know that I went back to school some time ago and I graduate with a second bachelors of science degree in plant science this summer.  However, I was accepted to the graduate program at USU for a masters in fruit production.  I haven't graduated with the BS yet, and I am off and running on the MS.  I started my project a week and a half ago, and it is huge.  Yes, I am certifiably crazy, I still don't know how I will pull all this off, but somehow it will fall into place, and I will settle into the work.  I had a very strong feeling that this path was the right path for my family and for me, I am sure that I will find out why I am so drawn in this direction with time.

This last week and a half has been a whirlwind, I take that back, a tornado.  It's a darn good thing I was blessed with the ability to put my head down and go to work.  My grandpa always said that when life blows storms, do what the cows do, "put your backside to the wind and eat."  In a sense that is what I have done. I have put my head down, turned from the storm, and gone to work.

In the center of this tornado, I have found a piece of calm:

This was Monday, the peaches decided that it was time to stretch open and bloom.  A storm was pushing in, and just looking at this orchard reminded me to breathe.  I work in the most beautiful place!  I feel so blessed to have this as my job.  I can stand at the top of the farm and see peaches and glorious Wasatch Mountains and turn around and see the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island.  I feel that it is a blessed piece of ground, sacred to me in a way.  It is where I feel God most in my life.  This is the calm in my storm. 

Finding that bit of calm can change everything.  One of my favorite words is equanimity, it essentially means stillness when it is difficult to be still; mentally overcoming the challenge of wanting to run in the storm.  The storm can still blow, the hurricane can beat all around, but having that stillness means peace.  It doesn't change the storm, but it changes how I perceive the storm.  Let's all hope I can keep that calm over the next few years and not lose sight of it.  

Here's to a wonderful week in stillness.  Lots of love to you all,


  1. Peace, dear friend. Amid the tornado.

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