Monday, May 11, 2009

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Attitude makes all the difference.

Practice makes perfect sense.

When you make fresh bread, always give at least one loaf away warm.

Always pray before performing, or before doing anything else, for that matter.

Love your husband and always hold his hand.

Keep your temple clothing clean, pressed, and ready to wear.

Each and every freckle is worth a million bucks.

Own a dog.

A dog is sometimes a woman's best friend, especially when it's hard to get your husband to lick the plate clean.

Don't be too quick to take the car; it's okay to walk or ride a bike.

Music is something that you cannot keep to yourself.

The conductor is always right... especially when he's your husband.

When you go out to eat, share a meal.

A "good-night" kiss is very important.

Run a tidy ship but not a sterile environment.

It's good to have a well-balanced meal ready at dinner time.

Turn and give your husband a kiss after the food is blessed 

A ready smile warms the home.

Everyone loves hot rolls.

Take the smallest piece and serve yourself last.

Wrestle with your boys.

Have a good water fight at least once a year.

Cold fresh-water swimming is best.

Don't cry over spilled milk.

Trust your children.

"Good morning, Merry Sunshine" makes a pleasant wake-up call.

There's something extra special about being a "Gammie."

Stop and smell the pine trees.

Bruises will eventually disappear.

Plant Seeds.

Share your testimony.

Ruth Julienne Hill Slaughter
May 1930-February 1998

My mother, Julienne Slaughter, passed away at the young age of 68 after twenty-two months with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Her name is synonymous with love, courage, compassion, selflessness, enthusiasm, dedication, testimony. I attempt each day to be more like her, but this is a daunting task because she is honestly one of a kind. I received the best compliment imaginable when, after taking a walk with my father last week, he stated, "You remind me most of your mother." I can't think of a greater honor.


  1. I sure miss Gammie. Thanks for posting her great advice :)

  2. What a beautiful tribute. I love the advice. You are so great, Kathryn, so I can only imagine she was a success as a mother.

  3. Jenni has told me about your mother and I know her influence will be felt for generations, and in so many ways. I gasped when I saw that picture of her playing the violin. I can see you and Emily and Jenni all in her face! What an amazing legacy and a wonderful family--even I am benefitting from her example by knowing Jenni, and your mother never even knew me!

  4. I loved reading this blog and looking at the photos...I just happened upon it. My name is Gay Surcliff Dixon and I was a student of your Mom's in the 60's. She was a real mentor to me, not only for the violin, but in life. I joined the Church, much due to her influence. My husband and I live in La Jolla, California...have five children, all married in the
    San Diego Temple, and six grandchildren. I still play the of my great joys. Are you in Salt Lake? Please give your Dad my warmest greetings...your parents set such a wonderful example for me to follow!

  5. P.S. email address is