Thursday, February 26, 2009

A few things we've been up to.....

Here is Jeremy thinking he is a firefighter. He decides to burn some of the hundreds of tumbleweeds we have, and almost melts our fence! Thank goodness he didn't. That would have really been ugly!

Phoenix Zoo

We went last weekend to Mesa and stayed with my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Joe. Her granddaughter Tessa helped her with the kids while Jeremy and I went to a session at the temple. After that we took the kids to the zoo. Let me just tell you, each one of the photos below cost me a dollar! When we get there all my rechargeable batteries are dead. So Jeremy, the wonderful husband he is, went into one of the shops and bought camera batteries. They were 7.99 for 4 batteries. If any of you know Jeremy he is VERY frugal. So this was a huge expression of love for me. He knew I really wanted pictures.

I myself have been super busy. I have had two enrichment activities to be in charge of and help at. One really big one were anyone from the ward who signed up came to assemble 72 hour kits. One funeral to help with, the pleasure of a wisdom tooth trying to come in, preparing a lesson for this Sunday, (I haven't taught since Morenci) and then just trying to keep up with all the household things. Having a calling in RS has been a very good experience, but it will take some getting used to. It is taking some adjusting for the whole family. New schedules, Jeremy doing a ton more for the kids and keeping them alot at night and on Sundays, and just the fact that now I worry, keep in contact, and pray for over 160 sisters at different times. I never before realized how much our leaders pray and care for each member of the ward. My goal that I set at the beginning of the year was to enjoy the little things with my children and not stress so much about the house and things like that. It has been going pretty good. I still have a long ways to go. But I am trying. And now in my life, it has become so important I do because I am gone more.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Enjoying the Moment

I receive the LDS Gems from the church via email each day. Today this one came. I thought it was a wonderful reminder for such a busy world.

Enjoying the Moment

"What can . . . young mother[s] [do] . . . to reduce the pressure [of raising young children] and enjoy [their families] more? . . . "Recognize that the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction. "Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: 'The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less' (Loud and Clear [1004], 10-11)."
M. Russell Ballard,
"Daughters of God," Ensign, May 2008, 109

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I can't believe it! Fisher has 2 teeth on the bottom. He is only 5 1/2 months old. The youngest the others got teeth were 10 months! He is growing up too fast for me. He is still such a sweet baby. And so good too! He is a blessing in my life. He has made being baby number 5 easy for me. I am able to accomplish all I have to get done. I think Heavenly Father knew what I needed.

I am happy to report Hunter did much better this Sunday in Primary! I am very proud of him. Even without a bribe :) We did make cookies for both primary teachers with a card and he hand delivered them. I think it really made him think. He realized he really hurt their feelings. It was a sweet moment for me. He is growing up so quickly.
I have had a change in my life. I was called to be the 2nd councilor in the Relief Society Presidency last Sunday. This was something I was not expecting at all, (but who does??). I haven't been the Food Storage Specialist that long, and that was going really well. This will mean alot of things for me. First, I will have to face my fear of speaking in front of others. Second, I will really have to get out of my comfort zone and talk to others I really don't know. And last, I know this will be a wonderful opportunity to serve. I have mixed emotions. Nervous, excited, and many others. I just keep telling myself, " The Lord doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called". I really love that quote. Espcially now! It was a special time for me when I was set apart. I was given many blessings that brought alot of comfort to me. I am very grateful for the gospel and the oppurtunity it gives us to grow. The Lord truely does know each of us personally. I am so grateful for my testimony and the part it plays in my life. One of my favorite scriptures quotes is from Sister Dalton's talk in last conference. This will be my motto.
" In the strength of the Lord I can do all things."


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