Monday, August 16, 2010

Sammy and the Sewer by Natalie M. Weston

Chapter 1: The Hole
Once upon a time, there was a dog named Sammy. And Sammy loved to catch gophers. One day, Sammy found a mysterious round hole. The hole had no dirt around it, so Sammy put some there. On his third load, Sammy got too close and fell into the hole. "Help!" Sammy barked.

Chapter 2: The Rat
"Yuck!" Sammy said as he fell down the hole. "It stinks down here! And, oh, how will I get home?"
"Home?" asked a rat nearby.
"What are you?" asked Sammy. "A gopher from outer space?"
"No!" said the rat. "I'm a rat! And what are you?" asked the rat.
"Why, I am a dog," said Sammy. "Would you please show me a way out of here?"
"No!" snapped the rat. "Go and find your own way out."

Chapter 3: The Ocean
"Rats!" thought Sammy. "How will I ever get home now?"
Suddenly he spotted a female rat close by.
"Excuse me," he said. "Do you know the way out of here?"
"Of course I do," she said. "Every sewer rat knows that."
"Sewer?" asked Sammy. "Nobody ever told me this was the sewer!"
"Yes," said the female rat. "This is the sewer, and anyway, the exit is that way." She pointed to a small hole.
"Thank you," said Sammy.
"You're welcome," she said. "But you'll have to swim."
"Why?" asked Sammy.
"Because the ocean is on the other side," she explained.
"Oh," Sammy said.

Chapter 4: Home at Last
In the ocean, Sammy swam through the current, his breath held tight. At last he reached land. Then he climbed out of the water and shook himself. "Finally!" he thought, breathing fresh air. "Now all I have to do is sniff my way home." So he sniffed here and he sniffed there and soon he reached his home where he belonged. Then he raced through the doggie door into the living room and out the screen door and barked, "Home at last!" Then he caught all the gophers he wanted.

The End

Sammy--the inspiration behind the book.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happily Married for 12 Years!

Dear Abe,

Today, August 15, 2010, is our 12-year wedding anniversary! Twelve years ago, we were sealed together for all eternity at the LDS Oakland temple. We were young, we were in love, we were enthusiastic about the life ahead of we are twelve years older, still in love and still enthusiastic about our future together. Only now, we have been through twelve years of adventures that have strengthened the bonds between us--the birth of each of our three beautiful children, purchasing our first home, graduate school, parenthood, new careers, and exploring the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area have taken us to new levels as a married couple! Together, we have endured the stress and hardship while experiencing the success and blessings that come with living life to the fullest...and that, my friend, is something to be proud of!

There are many things I love about you. Here are just a few:

* I love watching you play with the kids. Hearing their laughter is like music to my soul!
* I love getting foot massages every night after a long day...helps me get up the next day to do it all over again!
* I love that you encourage our family members to follow their dreams, whatever they may be.
* I love that you like to save money as much as I like to spend helps to balance us out!
* I love that you take the time to teach our children, helping to answer their questions and build their knowledge base.
* I love that you are willing to listen to my suggestions, and implement my ideas into goals for our family.
* I love that you are an excellent provider, always learning more and moving forward.
* I love that you are always up for an adventure!
* I love that you wash the dishes, cleaning up after my cooking tornadoes in the kitchen.
* I love that you are concerned about your health, exercising and eating right.
* I love that you make your family a priority when you get home from work, setting aside the concerns of your day and focusing on the people you love.
* I love that you strive to grow spiritually, and that we can follow your example as a worthy family leader.

Happy Anniversary, Abe. I love you!

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