Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sickies and a Surprise

These scrumptious treats were brought to us curtesay of one Ann Sherry. She's amazing! Our family has been sick - really sick, long and nasty don't even call or you may contract it through the phone, sick. Chris was the last one to get "it" and is just finally feeling better today. So, most of the family have missed 3 weeks of church (2 for me) and some have taken us for dead.
Anyway, I was so surprised to open the door this evening to find Sweet Ann bearing gifts! She is our Relief Society Presdient and embodies all that is kind, compassionate, loving, thoughtful, gentle, faithful, meek and humble. I'm so grateful for her thoughtfulness - and the goodies were FANTASTIC!
We love you, Ann!

What Color Are You?







Take this test!


You're brown, a credible, stable color that's reminiscent of fine wood, rich leather, and wistful melancholy. Most likely, you're a logical, practical person ruled more by your head than your heart. With your inquisitive mind and insatiable curiosity, you're probably a great problem solver. And you always gather all of the facts before coming to a timely, informed decision. Easily intrigued, you're constantly finding new ways to challenge your mind, whether it's by reading the newspaper, playing a trivia game, or composing a piece of music. Brown is an impartial, neutral color, which means you tend to see the difference between fact and opinion easily and are open to many points of view. Trustworthy and steady, you really are a brown at heart.



Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Praise to This Man, he was MY Prophet!

This past Sunday, January 27, 2008 our beloved Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley passed away. Hearing of his passing was one of those moments in your life when time stands still and you know that you will always remember exactly what you were doing when you got the news. Chris had gone to bed early as he has been extremely sick. The kids and I had just settled down to read scriptures, when my mother-in-law called to tell us the news. I finished the phone call and then explained to the children what had happened. My sweet Laethym burst into tears (it didn't help that I was sobbing by this point). Christopher started to cry as well and just kept repeating, "He was such a righteous prophet."
We finished our scripture reading and then knelt together. Avonleigh (and Mommy) offered a prayer of thanksgiving for President Hinckley and the incredible life he led. We stayed up a while longer talking about him and thinking of his family. I can't help but smile knowing of the glorious reunion President and Sister Hinckley had as he passed through the veil. I have no doubt that his family could feel her presence as he slipped on from this life and into the next.

All day yesterday BYUtv did a special tribute to President Hinckley. It was wonderful to have it on all day long, listening, feeling, remembering, crying. Loving this man so much and wanting my kids to know how special he truly was. I know that the Lord will call another prophet for myself, for my children and all children of men. I know that someday my children will be of an age where they will feel very connected to one specific prophet. For me, that was President Hinckley. He is MY Prophet! He is the one who I came into my own testimony with, whom I set my standards by, whom I looked to on child-rearing, teaching, serving, working, etc.
He and Sister Hinckley were just about the most amazing couple I've ever watched. They loved on a celestial level that so few have the opportunity to observe on earth. I cried with he and his family as his beautiful wife was taken Home, leaving him several years to carry on without her. I'll never forget what he said about her when asked what kind of mother she was. He said, "She made our children feel well." I thought, "What a funny thing to say." But after having children that are growing faster than I want them to, at the end of the day, they NEED to feel well, they need to know they are loved, they need a soft place to fall.

So to this Man of God who did so much for so many and prayed for ME and all his brothers and sisters, here's to YOU, President Hinckley...you're cleared for take off. Forever in our hearts.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What is a "date?"

So as we were sitting down to read scriptures tonight...

Just before Avonleigh turned off the tv, there had been a commercial for McGrath's Fish House (LOVE it!) and I mentioned to Chris that we'd have to go on another date soon.

Christopher said, "What is a date?"

And Peanut piped up, "It's where a boy and a girl go out to dinner and get married! DUH!

I'm not lovin' the "duh" thing, but it was pretty funny! My sassy little girl.


Friday, January 18, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AVONLEIGH

Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl! I can't believe it was just 3 years ago that this little firecracker joined our family...it feels like forever. I can't imagine our family without her. I was looking back at some pictures of her and laughing at all her different nicknames (we are a BIG nickname family): Rooter, Tooter, Little Toot, Choo Choo, Choochie, Roochie Bear...all hold a special place in our hearts.
On Christmas morning 2007 (notice the chocolate already on her face...nice.)

Typical Avonleigh...dancing in the living room in her panties and mommy's socks!

Playing in the backyard last summer (and another dirty face)

Avonleigh turns 1!

"Look out world, I have arrived!" I say that now, because it TOTALLY fits her wild personality, but for the first several months she was so quite (hardly ever cried) and so happy to just sit and watch things that my mom commented that she was NOT typical 3rd child and she had better find her voice or her brother and sister would walk all over her! Thanks, mom, I think you cursed us! Avonleigh is by far my most outspoken and headstrong child! I love her strong personality and I know it will serve her well one day.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Personality Test

You Are An INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you truly see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.
You enjoy relationships as long as they are improving and changing. You can't stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy... as long as you are working toward a dream you support.
You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable