Friday, December 24, 2010

a stable place sufficed.....

As Mark and I are looking at all the features of potential homes for our little family, we've been considering all the features... granite counters, hardwood floors, square footage... but stressing over those details really seemed quite vain when I really listened to one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, In the Bleak Midwinter. Especially the line that says,

In the bleak mid winter, a stable place sufficed... for the Lord Almighty, Jesus Christ.

In the bleak midwinter frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.
Snow had fallen, snow on snow
Snow on snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter oh so long ago.

Heaven cannot hold Him, nor the earth sustain
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter, a stable place sufficed
For the Lord Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and Archangels may have gathered there
Cherubim and Seraphim thronged the air
But his mother only, in her maiden bliss
Worshipped her beloved with a kiss.

What then can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb
If I were a wiseman, I would do my part
What then can I give Him? Give my heart.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lazy Laz about the Bloggity Blog

Um.. I guess you've converted to the great FACEBOOK when all you can think to say on your blog is:

Facebook killed the Blogging Star.

Well, I was never a STAR... but I had my times of consistent blogging. Hopefully those days will return, but we shall see!

Friday, March 26, 2010

still geekin' out over these cookies

My little guy is becoming quite the cookie monster! "Cookoo? Cookoo, Mommy?" Yes. Mommy is cookoo.. over this recipe!!! This is one of those, "Yes!!! Something can be good and healthy at the same time" recipes! This will restore your faith in online recipes!

Here's the link.

I only add 1 cup of rolled oats and I put them through my coffee grinder along with the almonds and dried coconut because I like a less 'oatie' cookie. If I do put in the full 2 cups of oats I add 4.5 bananas instead of 3. I use the Ghiradelli Extra Dark chocolate chips you can find at any grocery store. I love these!!! Yum Yum!! And I feel much better about giving these to my little tot than those yummy but loaded cookies you get from the bakery.

I'm actually so crazy about these that I prepare a bunch of baggies of the dry ingredients at once so when I want to make them I just add the bananas, vanilla and coconut oil and bake 'em up! Delicioso!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

January Recap--New Year New Home

So... for those of you who might be wondering if deciding to move and being out within two weeks with two babies is fun... let me just spoil the discovery for ya... NOPE!!!

Moving. Finding a place that allows pets, that isn't nasty, isn't too expensive... nightmare! Although I try to be an optimistic person I can honestly say I hate moving. Especially when I 'm sick and especially "speed moving." Everything everywhere. Nothing "packed" just shoved in the closest box or laundry basket to hold it, thrown in a trunk or truck- and now the joy of going through everything I own. It is good for us to cull away at all our crap but....Barf!

Ok... sorry about that little whine session. My new place is darling but a mess and I can't help feeling like the part in Mr. Mom where he wears flannel, gets fat and watches soaps all day.

'Member this part?

Yeup, that's me these days. In a bathrobe, hairy, dirty... ironing some kid's cheese sandwich. Thank goodness our tv's broken so no soaps- but junk food gallore since I haven't made friends with my new kitchen yet. Oh my! Don't worry, I'll get my act together soon. Thanks to all our wonderful family members and ward members who helped us out! We really couln't have done it without you! Having no orderly place for awhile really made me realize how important it is to have a space where our children can be safe and be able to play! Thanks so much to everyone! Muah!

But aside from moving, my January was still quite packed.

New Year's Eve- Hallelujah we went to Noa's birthday party. That was the only one we could hit because Isaiah completely lost it around 7pm. My babies are just not the night-out-on-the-town type.

Pooping out on my first resolution--- it took about two weeks this year. Impressive.

Girl's dinner with.. you know, the girls. It was so great to see everyone and to get the update on their lives. I honestly feel so blessed to have girlfriends that I've grown up with still in my life. Girlfriends to laugh and cry with. To freak out over turning 30 with. To have awkward moments with. To "Remember when you told me off at cheer practice?" with. I love you girls!!! Thanks for all of you who made it!

Easton's Third Birthday. They loved the K-Zoo and I was happy to host one more party at my home.

Ezra's First Birthday. Hooray for Chuck-E-Cheese!

Our last dance class was so fun! Amber did such a cute job. I will really miss my dance studio and my cute dancers. Especially Mady, whom I've taught for years now.

Moving day.

Benjamin's Fourth Birthday. What a dino-riffic time we had!!

This month Sawyer has really started to talk!!! He's back to imitating every word we say.. (I'd better watch my mouth!!!) and my favorite things he says are, "Doos! Pees! Moon! (Juice Please More). He was "ba-bye" to you when he knows he's got something he shouldn't have. He always wants to go in "cool carrrr" and go wave at everyone at the grocery store. He knows the entire alphabet and creates letters all the time with blocks, bend-a-roos or just with crayons. He's drawn a pretty mean b, H (ach), M, W(duba), C, and A if I do say so myself.. What a smarty! He knows quite a few signs for the letters, and a few numbers.

He's definitely having to learn a lot about being 'soft'. Whoa! I really can't leave Isaiah alone with him. In one second it goes from giggling and smiling to screaming and that blank look on Sawyer's face like, "What did I do?" So far, Sawyer has bruised poor 'Saiah's head, bitten him, wrestled with him.. tried to 'feed' him with a spoon shoved down his throat...poor little man. Only six months old and so roughed up already. Sorry, little guy! The latest game is, just as Isaiah is falling asleep in the carseat on a drive, Sawyer yells, "Saiah!" to wake him up. Great game, eh?

Despite his little brawls with big brother, Isaiah loves Sawyer so so much! He loves watching him explore what he can't yet. Thank heaven! He's already six months old!!! This month has been a big one for him. He started on some rice cereal and oatmeal, and has had some peas and green beans. So far, green beans are his favorite, but he still pulls the, "This is so disgusting" face and dry- heaves the food down. He is so so cute!!! He really make me so happy just by smiling at me. He has the best laugh and says Dada. He just got cut his first tooth on the bottom left... I can only feel the tip of the little iceberg... so hopefully it won't be chomp city for awhile. He wakes up in the night and I honestly don't mind it. It's our special time together. I only wish I didn't need sleep at all, then I wouldn't get so moody because of it.

So that was our busy January. Pictures will come. I hope you all had a wonderful first month of 2010. Mark and I decided to start celebrating New Month Eve at the end of every month so we can refocus our energies- because, let's face it... some months are a complete wash!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Resolutions for 2010!!

So... for some reason I like to make goals that all start with at least the same phonetic sound... (last year was finances, photography, and food storage) and so this year, apparently the letter is S... So I will be

Serving through sharing my talents.

Saratoga Springs Sprint Triathlon.
june 5th

Singing somewhere.
( I know, specific, eh?)

I actually have pretty specific details on how I'll tackle these quests.. but hopefully these will help me refine my character and bless others too! Wish me luck and best wishes for you and your 2010 resolutions!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Scripture of the Day

"O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised form the dead, and be saved at the last day...." Alma 22:18

I love this scripture. It makes me think realistically about my sins, weaknesses and transgressions. Some I honestly have grown to almost like because they seem part of my personality. I love Lamoni's father's humble prayer... What am I willing to give away to know my Heavenly Father?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My Testimony

I realized the other night that I've never shared my testimony with my blogging buddies and it's such a huge part of who I am that I thought I would take a moment to do so.

These are the the things I believe...

I believe that every person that has ever existed or will ever exist is a precious creation of God. Our Heavenly Father deeply loves His children. I know that this love is greater by far than any of our imperfections. When I personally feel or see evidence of inhumanity, injustice, and cruelty to any degree I can't help but feel utterly disturbed by it. But then I have to think that not only is His love greater than the faults of His people but it's GREATER BY FAR. The complete sum of human imperfections is a mere thing in comparison to His love. His love squashes out the totality of evil and wickedness in all of us. He loves the vilest of sinners and weakest of saints with a perfect, Fatherly love. Each soul is truly of great worth to Him who created them.

For this reason I'm filled with hope. Hope for my weak, tired and wondering, simple spirit. Hope for humanity despite the tears that I shed when reading or watching the news. I know that because of His love for his Children, He made the ultimate sacrifice, in allowing His Only Begotten son, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins.

I love Jesus Christ. I know that He is the one who understands me completely. I know that He is familiar with my pain and my joy. He knows the darkest and lightest parts of me and loves me unconditionally. I know that if I have faith in Him, and then demonstrate this faith through my actions, then, no matter how many failed attempts I make, no matter how many negative feelings I have, I know I can return to be with my Heavenly Father and Mother in my Heavenly home, where I really belong.

I know in this Heavenly home I have a Heavenly Mother. And especially since becoming a mother I've thought of her often. I've pictured her a hundred different ways, but regardless of her outward appearance, I know that my divine mother is my ideal. She is full of love. She is a steady, powerful companion to my Father in Heaven. I really can't wait to be in her presence again and to feel her smiling eyes on me. Thinking of her inspires me to rid myself of all the petty, selfish, negative feelings I have. I feel blessed when I feel I can feel a closeness to her through the Holy Ghost.

I'm so grateful to have the Holy Ghost in my life. I know that through the blessing of his companionship and through faithful living I can know of my Heavenly Father's will for me. I can be warned of danger for me or my family, I can be taught the things of the spirit. It is because of the Holy Ghost that I've come to have a testimony. What a blessing personal revelation has been in my life!

I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is restored to the earth. It was restored through His beloved servant, Joseph Smith, who had the courage to do as the Lord commanded despite any persecution or hardship he may have endured. I'm grateful that Joseph so readily admitted to his own weaknesses. He was an ordinary man who was a devout and dependable servant for the Lord.

I'm grateful for what the gospel has brought to my life. The gospel is such an integral part of my existence that I don't really feel a distinction between it and the person I am. The gospel has taught me to focus on the spiritual things of life. To serve my God with all of my ability. I'm especially thankful that the gospel focuses so much on the home and family. I love being a mommy and my sons are the sunshine of my life! For me, nothing in this world could ever compare to the opportunity of raising them.

I feel so blessed to have the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price and the Bible along with the Joseph Smith Translations. I feel so blessed to have living prophets acting as the mouthpiece of the Lord. These words truly are His, and bring me a lot of peace in a turbulent world and from an unsettled mind. I know the Prophet, Thomas Monson speaks the truth and is leading so many to the Savior.

I believe we are commanded to 'lift up our hearts and rejoice'. We have the agency to choose happiness. At any point in our circumstances we are able to act for ourselves and choose to take steps that we know will lead us to happiness. Because of all the blessings the Lord has freely given me.. I truly should be full of happiness and gratitude. I believe the measure of our gratitude often is the measure of our happiness.

I'm thankful that in the enormity of the universe, God, the Creator of all things within that universe and beyond is aware of me. In God's omnipotent love, small, insignificant me in comparison to the whole of creation is simultaneously the most treasured, beloved creature within it. That is the greatness of my Father in Heaven. I know these things are true. If any haven't come to personal understanding of these things, I know that truth will cut it's own way, and if you seek to have a testimony, you will find it. I say these things in the Holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Classic January 2nd... almost blew it!

So the scripture for today is:

And because of your diligence 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 fruit 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. Alma 32:42

I don't really know why this scripture stood out to me today, but maybe it's the part about being filled, that ye ye hunger or thirst not.... I'm always hungry!! Physically and emotionally. I'm always wanting to feel more complete, to be better, purer. I love this scripture because it reminds me that it will be a slow process, but if I'm diligent, the scriptures will fill me up with the sweetest, purest and most precious feast ever!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolution... to post!!!

Yo! what up du? I think this year I'm going try and share a scripture or quote from the prophets on my blog or facebook. This is inspired by a comment made in Sunday school from a guy who felt guilty for spending his free 15 min. on facebook rather than reading the scriptures. To be honest, my scripture study has gone down... down... downhill so it's pretty much something to force me back into the habit and I'm taking y'all with me!!!

Anyway, we'll see how long it lasts but the quote for today was given to me by my sweet visiting teacher, who, despite being pregnant and on bed-rest still brings me cards and treats... What a sweetheart! The quote she shared with me made me cry yesterday. I was having one of those... "what is the point of my life?" moments when I read this so I really appreciated it. It also gave me some perspective on what my goals should align with.

"To help another human being reach one's celestial potential is part of the divine mission of woman. In partnership with God, her divine mission is to help spirits live and souls be lifted. This is the measure of her creation." Russel M. Nelson

So to all you spit-up on mommies that had to stay home with screaming babies last night... there ya go! A wee bit of inspiration. All these tiny sacrifices are for a greater and bigger purpose than we'll realize even in this life. So, stick to it and don't moop like I did last night!