Happy Independence Day!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Happy Independence Day!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Her first word was, "Wazz-up?" (Daddy taught her that)
Another evening we were having chicken pot pie for dinner, and he said, "Mommy, can I have some of that chicken cake?"
In an attempt to encourage the kids to drink V-8, we all pound our fists on the dinner table and take turns downing it as quickly as possible. We all chant, "Go, go, go, go!" (I hope this one doesn't screw them up too bad...)
I feel better now. :)
Monday, June 23, 2008
20 years ago:
I was 7 years old. My parents, my two brothers and I lived in my grandma's basement in Bothell, Washington. My parents were both school teachers and our whole family was very involved in the performing arts. I was blessed to have a happy childhood.
10 years ago:
It was kind of a dark time in my life. We had just moved to Orem, Utah at the end of my junior year of high school, and I felt really lost and alone. Like most teenagers, I wondered where my life was headed. Deep down I really wanted what I have now, I just didn't know when or how that was going to happen. However, it wasn't all bad... I do have some great memories of fun times with friends there. But I think the reason I have no issues about getting older is because I remember that my "glory days" of youth weren't all that glorious.
5 years ago:
I was 8 months pregnant with Celeste in Killeen, Texas (yes, that was brutal summer!!) I was so excited about becoming a mother, but I was pretty naive about what I was in for. I had NO IDEA how much it would change my life! I was heavily involved in church there serving as the gospel doctrine teacher and the choir director in that ward. I loved our simple and happy life.
3 years ago:
We had three months off before Jon started work in Ohio, so we bought a motor-home and traveled all over the country, visiting major church and historical sites. It was probably the most amazing experience of my life (other than childbirth). It was also around that time that I really started getting serious about finding a vision for my life. I started making some very specific goals (teach myself piano- 10 hymns, complete 2 scrapbooks, run half-marathon, etc). I developed a personal mission statement, and then worked with my family to develop a family mission statement to get a clear idea about who we are and what we want to do and become in this life. It was probably the best thing we've done as a family.
1 year ago:
We were experiencing a great trial with Jon's work situation. We were all set to move to Virginia, when some unforseen events happened that kept us here. One thing after the next kept happening to get in the way of our move. It was all so frustrating at the time, but it turned out to be such a blessing because the following month I was called as the Young Women's President, a calling that has been a wonderful growing experience for sure.
So far this year:
The sweetest event of course was welcoming our fourth little bundle, Jakey, into our family. He has been such a blessing to us already. We bought a hybrid car so Jon can commute to Indiana every day to pursue his 2nd Masters degree in the fall, and we've built some wonderful memories as a family.
My dayplanner/wallet was stolen. :(
I went to the YMCA with the kids in the morning, went to look for my wallet in the lost and found (to no avail), cleaned the house (but it's a mess again), stayed true to my commitment of eating only healthy foods, went for a family bike ride to the park as part of our family home evening, and took care of 4 kids, and a hubby.
I'm not sure... I don't know what I'm going to do without my planner!
In the next year:
Well, I'm hoping to read at least 12 classic books (one per month), send our sweet Celeste to kindergarten :(, become a certified aerobics instructor (if I don't get pregnant again), start writing a book, and most importantly be a wife and a mother.
I tag Michele, Sarah, Jill and Jennifer
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
21And now as I said concerning faith—afaith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye bhope for things which are not seen, which are true.
22And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God is amerciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word.
23And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, anot only men but women also. Now this is not all; little bchildren do have words given unto them many times, which cconfound the wise and the learned.
24And now, my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye are afflicted and cast out—now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true—
25For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe that there are some among you who awould humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.
26Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.
27But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than adesire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28Now, we will compare the word unto a aseed. Now, if ye give place, that a bseed may be planted in your cheart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your dunbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to eenlighten my funderstanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
29Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
31And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own alikeness.
32Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
33And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
34And now, behold, is your aknowledge bperfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your cfaith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your dmind doth begin to expand.
35O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is alight; and whatsoever is light, is bgood, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
36Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.
37And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
38But if ye aneglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
39Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your aground is bbarren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
40And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the atree of life.
41But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with apatience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree bspringing up unto everlasting life.
42And because of your adiligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the bfruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43Then, my brethren, ye shall areap the brewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth cfruit unto you.
Monday, June 16, 2008
But today... that became a possibility. The California Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriages went into effect today at 5:01 pm. And unlike in Massachusetts which was the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, California has no residency restrictions. So the county courts are expecting floods of same-sex couples coming in from all over the country to legalize their unions. I found it interesting that the wording on the licenses has been changed from 'bride' and 'groom' to 'Party A' and 'Party B'. It is truly a sad day for supporters and defenders of traditional marriage.
Don't get me wrong. I grew up in the Seattle area, a very gay-friendly city, and was active in professional theater. I have many dear friends and acqaintances who are gay. I have nothing but love and compassion in my heart for them. But I wholeheartedly stand by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their declaration that marriage is between a man and a woman and that they recognize no other pattern for marriage. It's so clear that traditional marriage is what God intended for his children. If everyone followed the practice of homosexuality, the entire human race would be wiped out in one generation!
It's becoming increasingly unpopular to have such an opinion, but I'm just grateful that we have modern-day prophets to guide us in these timely and controversial matters. The Proclamation on the family makes it so clear that "gender is an essential characteristic of individial premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." I think I feel so passionately about this issue for the sake of the children, because they "are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother."
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The wonderful father of my children got to enjoy royal treatment today. The kids and I crowned him "King for a Day". I thought I'd share the details in case any one wants to try this out on their hubby next time, cause it was a blast and he really felt special! I can't take all the credit though, I got the idea from the family fun website. http://familyfun.com/
So first thing in the morning, we brought him downstairs where we had laid out a red carpet leading to his 'throne'. Then he was presented with a 'scepter' with a remote control taped to the top. We had decorated the throne and placed a few magazines, a selection of his favorite movies, treats, popcorn, etc. and we even put the gong within reach in case he needed anything! Then we made the following declarations...
Happy Father's Day to the wonderful men in my life!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
And the miracle about all this, is that on almost ANY other day, the kids would have been outside around the time that this happened. Our mornings around here are pretty structured. The kids have a routine consisting of snuggle scriptures, breakfast, learning time, and then I let them play outside before lunch. But since we had company over, the plans changed a little and the kids were inside. And THANK GOD (truly) they were! I'm so grateful that He is watching out for us. Here are a couple more pics of the freak incident.
The kids didn't know what to think... they were pretty freaked out by the whole thing! Luckily, even though the power line was ripped off the house, we still had power the whole weekend, and it didn't disrupt our plans too much! Crazy though, huh?!