Photo and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you? I’m writing to you from Provo, Utah. We drove across the Nevada desert yesterday and arrived last night. Today, we are helping out with funeral preparations for Ben’s father, and this evening is the viewing. Lots of tender feelings happening around here.

I thought it would be good to share a favorite Olive Us episode today. It’s called Kish and it was written by Ben’s father — he narrates it too! What a wonderful thing it is to be able to hear his good voice. And what a treasure for my kids that they have this amazing project they worked on with their Grandfather.

The Story of Kish - A video by OliveUs.TV

Speaking of my kids, this is the first funeral most of them have attended. We’ve tried to talk them through what to expect, but until you attend one, I think it’s a bit hard to imagine. I still remember my first funeral quite clearly. I was 8 years old and it was a service for Great Gram (her actual name was Rachel Evans, but I only knew her as Great Gram). I used to stop at her place after school and hang out and I was absolutely heart broken when she died. Do you remember your first funeral?

I need to be off now, but before I go, I have a few things I’ve wanted to share. It’s an extra long list because I missed last week’s post. I hope it’s not too overwhelming!

Having it all kind of stinks.

– DIY holograms!

– Now I’m thinking about a moral bucket list.

– Yikes. This study says, “Male students assumed their male classmates knew more about course material than female students — even if the young women earned better grades.”

– This is new — headphones that get you high on dopamine.

– They grow 6000 lbs of food on 1/10th an acre at their Los Angeles home.

– How we used to die, and how we die now.

– Learn a language and change your brain!

Is it worth it?

– School lunches around the world.

– This seems like a no-brainer. I wonder if other states will follow suit.

– Congrats to Cool Mom Picks on 10 years!!

– Does reading more equal less busy?

– Turns out creative people’s brains really do work differently.

– A year of saying yes to everything.

– A collection of resources for teaching social justice.

– The Dowager Countess’ best lines.

– Period pain can be as painful as a heart attack!

– Only a few days left of the Teachur Kickstarter. Will it fund?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be soaking up as much family time as I can and treasuring every memory of Robert Wallace Blair. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.


P.S. — One more thing. There’s another video that Ben’s father helped us with. We based our Little Red Riding Hood on a version of the story he had translated. Here it is if you’d like to see. It’s pretty darn charming: