Thought by Thought

January 10, 2008

Since he has been commenting on ABEV lately, I wanted to take a moment to introduce my brother, Adam F. (profile top row, right side as you look at it.) Yes, there is another brother, believe it or not. In fact, there are three other brothers and a sister! Before you know it, the bloggernacle will be full of Fowles!

Adam has a EE from Utah State, and is currently working on a joint MSEE/MBA at Utah State. He and his fiancee, Eve (no joke, pictured below) are getting married in May. They will be passing out fruit in their wedding line…

Adam and Eve

Adam has some very good thoughts going on over at his blog, “Thought by Thought“. Go on over and take a look!


Pachelbel Bedtime

January 10, 2008

This youtube creation made me laugh, and touched me in a deeper way. It reminded me that, although night can often be a hectic chore with little ones, I need to be treasuring this special time with the children God has entrusted me with while they are still young and tender. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Next?!?

January 9, 2008

With the exception of the last three years, I have been in school, in one form or another, for my entire life. As I look back over the twelve years since I returned home from my LDS Mission to Leipzig, Germany, they are full of personal growth and accomplishment. During the last ten years, I have (1) learned and taught German; (2) studied Yiddish; (3) learned (some) French; (4) attended (and graduated from) Universities in Idaho, Utah, England, and Michigan– some more than once!; (5) chosen and begun a career that I generally enjoy; (6) helped bring four wonderful children to our family; and (7) obtained a more sure testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ than I ever believed possible (in spite of nagging doubts that always tempt the mortal mind). The last ten years have seen personal growth on a scale that I never imagined possible prior to my mission. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lord’s Promises

October 25, 2007

My wife and I have recently been re-watching the sessions of this last General Conference, which we “tivo-ed”. In my opinion, this is one of the most spiritually powerful General Conferences I have seen. Maybe I am just sorely in need of spiritual enlightenment- which is always true, but I was genuinely touched in life-altering ways by much of what was said over the conference center pulpit at the beginning of this month. I count it among the “tender mercies of the Lord” that so many spoke directly to my soul about real problems and issues I am currently facing and helped me to feel my Savior’s love so clearly. Here are some of the promises and quotes that touched me the most this last conference: Read the rest of this entry »

A Mother’s Anguish

October 8, 2007

Tonight I had one of the worst experiences a person can have. I attended the open-casket viewing of 21 month old Matthew, a dear friend of our family and a frequent guest at our house. It was absolutely gut-wrenching to hear the racking sobs of his distraught mother standing next to him, holding his limp little body and repeating half-coherently “I don’t want to say goodbye” as she stroked his hair and held his cold little toddler hand. It tore a hole in my heart to walk past the cherubic, colorless face with eyes closed, a face that just last week had brightened our home and our lives with infinite color and eyes that then sparkled blue as he laughed and played at our feet with our children. Read the rest of this entry »

Riches for Good

September 11, 2007

I have recently been thinking deeply about some of the issues raised in Matt’s recent post over at Times and Seasons regarding how we might better allocate our resources to helping eradicate world poverty. Although I was admittedly a bit flippant in my initial response to that post (I often am when initially presented with fodder for thought), it is an issue that has bothered me ever since I read his thoughts. I have been thinking about how I can better help. What can I do? Read the rest of this entry »

Convert Ancestor

June 22, 2007

I recently posted about the visit my family and I made on Memorial Day to the cemetary in Pershore, England where my ancestor Timothy Fowles was buried in 1881. As I noted in that post, Timothy’s son John Fowles — my namesake — is not buried in Pershore with his father because he converted to the Gospel as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 16 with his mother Eliza Sanders and emigrated with other Mormon converts to America. Thus, he is buried far away from Pershore in Sanpete County, Utah. Read the rest of this entry »