High Zygomatic Bones

Day 21~

Wow.  This one is kind of vain, I guess.  I can’t seem to find a lot of information on what cheekbones are actually for…. other than the structure of our face, which again is another thing that makes us each unique.High-Cheekbones

I guess, in considering what I like about my body, being grateful for things that I naturally have that help to make me look more attractive is an OK thing to state.  It just seems like cheekbones is a funny thing to pick!

I have been told over the years that I have high cheekbones.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

“High cheekbones refers to the zygomatic bones in the face of primates, which in certain individuals may be more pronounced than others, causing the upper part of the cheeks to jut out and form a line cut into the sides of the face. High cheekbones, forming a symmetrical face shape, are very common in fashion models and are considered a beauty trait.[1] High cheekbones develop with maturity and are a sign a woman is old enough to be capable of reproduction.[1] According to Cartwright, in males prominent facial features such as high cheekbones and a strong jaw and chin are a sign of a high level of testosterone and are considered attractive physical traits in many cultures.[2]”

So I guess I like my zygomatic bones!  (LOL  Sounds like I’m bragging about ‘Greased Lightning’!)  But I think I’m long past that reproduction phase they mentioned in the definition…..

cameo sketch
This is a sketch of myself and the women I sing with. I’m in the center. As you can see, the artist felt my cheekbones were very pronounced and sketched it as such.

Though I’ve never thought myself to have really pronounced cheekbones, I do try to make them more pronounced when I apply my makeup.  You can see by the sketch I attached, that the friend that drew this saw my cheekbones as quite pronounced!  (I’m the one in the center)  Though this was drawn several years ago, I don’t think we’ve changed much.  (wink wink….)

I’m grateful to have another feature on my face that I feel makes me attractive.  But from now on, I’m calling them my zygomatic bones!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?


I Have Hair… and I’m Grateful!

Day 2 ~

Most people are pretty vain about their hair.  At least, most women are.  We seem to think it kind of defines us.  When we lose our hair, we lose our confidence.  Sound kind of like a Samson story?  Ha ha… maybe.

Having gone through chemo and the emotional tram of losing my hair after growing it out to a length it hadn’t been in quite sometime….. I can say that I’m truly grateful to have hair!  It’s taken me a good 18 months to get it to a length I’m happy with and yet it’s still not as long as it was when I lost it.  And it’s not quite the same.

I was excited when it first started growing back in.  I had heard stories about hair coming in after chemo that is almost kinky curly.  I really didn’t want that…. but a little curl and body?  Yeah.  That I could handle since my hair had always been straight with no body.  And that’s just how it came in at first!  The texture was completely different, but it had a little body and curl to it!  I was quite thrilled.  Unfortunately… that didn’t last long.  The longer it grew, the quicker the body was leaving.  Oh well!

Hair growth over several months.   See that great curl and body in the last pic?  Yeah.... now it's straight again and about chin length, but I'll take it!
Hair growth over several months.
See that great curl and body in the last pic? Yeah…. now it’s straight again and about chin length, but I’ll take it!

I’m just so grateful to have a head of hair again!  It’s not something I take for granted any more.  If only it hadn’t grown back in in all the unwanted places that women work so hard to get rid of it!  That was a pleasant part of losing my hair!  No shaving!

But I’ll take shaving any day over not having hair on my head and eyelashes and eyebrows.  I have lots to learn about trying to make my hair always look the way I like it… but hair is hair.  And I’m grateful for it!

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

PS.  Side note.  Since recovering from chemo, I have to say that I have noticed a LOT of women own up to their bald heads and just wear them out in public.  And they are beautiful!  I was not confident enough to do that, but I SO admire women who are!  I wish I had been brave enough to do it and hope that others who are going through it will be!  Own your head ladies!  You’re beautiful!

For the Beauty of the Earth

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is listening to Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (lovingly referred to by me and others as the MoTabs).  Sometimes I have a hard time just listening without actually watching it too.  Why?  Well… not only do I know several members of the choir and I like to look for them…. but quite often during a song they show some of the most beautiful cinematography of nature!

The pictures they capture are stunning!  I’m left in wonder and awe of the beauty of this Earth.  It makes me want to travel and see these places.  So many of them are perhaps even here in our beautiful mountain home of Utah, but often they are of other places I have never been.  Nature is stunning to me.  When you take the time to really look at what was created by our Heavenly Father, I’m astounded.  Including the life of all things.

It makes me wonder what the beauty of things in the Celestial world must be like!  In my faith, we believe that in the life following this (the Spirit World), there will be 3 Degrees of Glory (Telestial, Terrestrial, Celestial)  in which we may live based on our righteous living here on this Earth.  (See Doctrine and Covenants 76: 50-113).  While I believe that our surroundings will be beautiful in ALL of those degrees, I feel that each degree will be much more beautiful than the next.

We believe that the state we are living in here on this Earth now is the Telestial state of Glory.  If things are so stunningly beautiful in this state as we see them now, can you even imagine how beautiful things must be in the Celestial state?  It’s almost unfathomable to me!  What a wonderful experience to look forward to!

Today’s broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word was wonderful.  Beautiful songs and a wonderful message about loving and supporting those we love.  I was struck in particular by one song they sang today.  It’s a song I’m familiar with because I love musical theater.  But, as I listened to the words as they sang them today, it made me think of it in a different way.  Since my mind was on the beauty of the cinematography and how much more beautiful nature will be in the after life, I thought how the words to this song can be applied to us.

The song is “Come To My Garden” from The Secret Garden.  The song is sung by Lily, the mother of Collin, who passed away at his birth. Without going into more explanation of the story (perhaps you’ve read the book or seen the musical), let me just say that I want you to read the lyrics to the song in this way:   Read the words as though the words Lily sings are being sung by your Heavenly Father to you, and the words Collin sings are you singing to your Heavenly Father.

Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

LILY: (Heavenly Father)
Come to my garden, 
Nestled in the hills. 
There I’ll keep you safe beside me. 
Come to my garden. 
Rest there in my arms. 
There I’ll see you 
Safely grown and on your way. 
Stay there in the garden, 
Where love grows free and wild. 
Come to my garden. 
Come, sweet child. 

COLIN: (You)
Lift me up and lead me to the garden, 
Where life begins anew. 
Where I’ll find you, 
And I’ll find you love me too. 

LILY: (Heavenly Father)
Lift me up and lead me to the garden Come to my garden, 
Where life begins anew Rest there in my arms. 
Where I’ll tell you, There I’ll 
where I’ll show you See you safely grown 
A new life, I will live for you. And on your way. 
I shall see you in the garden, I shall see you in my garden, 
Where spring will come and stay. Where love grows free and wild. 
Lift me up and lead me to the garden. Come to my garden, 
Come, sweet day! Come, sweet day!

We all want to return to our Heavenly Father and feel his love and comfort.  I know we will be surrounded by gardens there…. gardens of the like we have never before seen!  Even as beautiful as this world is today, we will be amazed!  I look forward to that day!  I also feel that by surrounding ourselves with beautiful nature today, we can feel his presence  and peace there too.  What a blessing it is to tune into nature and His love.

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?