Saturday, January 29, 2011

Open my EYES!

2nd Kings 6
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his aeyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and bchariots of fire round about Elisha.

 I love this scripture. It's easy to get overwhelmed with life and forget...
forget who we are,
who our King is,
and that we are never, ever have to do it alone...WE HAVE AN ARMY!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Worth the risk

Mom's of teenage boys will understand, while they don't have the hormone up and down issues of girls they do have a code of silence that must be adhered to or you risk all communication being shut off for an indefinite length of time.So sharing the joy and gratitude I feel for my sons, is a risk, but hey every once in awhile you've got to walk on the wild side, right? but shhhh don't tell them about it if you see them. ok!

Last night my boys went to their first church dance. Big, Big Deal!
(total bonus: it was multi-stake!)
Both were nervous, but very excited.
Gary had to go as leader and ever so sweetly asked me to come too.
The boys were fine with that (thankfully)
We set the standard that they had to dance with 3 different girls they didn't know.
They were not thrilled with this, but we stood firm and they negotiated a no teasing zone in return.
Half way through the dance they both sought us out to tell us they'd danced with over 10 different girls.

Zac even won a candy prize for dancing with the most girls.
They were having the time of their lives.

On the way home they proudly let us know they danced with around 18 girls each.
Then...then.. they started telling us different things about the girls they'd danced with.
"A lot of them like to run", says Zac, our runner
"The girls were a lot like me", says Will. "They like the same things I like."
and it went on and on.
It was truly one of those moment where your heart is so full you could burst.
Where you look at these children who you love but sometimes make your head want to explode
and you think
I really, really like you!
You are the kind of person I want to be around!
and it makes everything
all the long nights
all the hard converations
all the tears and frustration
worth it
because these children are become amazing adult.
They are choosing to sons of a Heavenly Father who loves them.
You glimpse the missionaries they will become
and my heart cried out in a silent prayer of thanksgiving
to a loving Heavenly Father who loves them even more than we do!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
for letting us be their parents.
It is an honor and a privilege and I am humbled to my core.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Message recieved...

Today's scripture is Leviticus19:17 ¶ Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
18 ¶ Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

 So, it's been a difficult holiday and I haven't always had the right attitude. Don't you just love when Heavenly Father sends you a personal message in a book written thousands of years ago?

Our Christmas in 3 photos

 December 25

December 26

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm reading the bible in 90 days

Just a couple of days into the new year I found the blog Mom's Toolbox. Without much thought I just decided to join in. I've never done anything like this before. I know I've read the Old Testament before, but it was way to long ago for me to actually remember it (high school was a lifetime ago).I do remember the new testament, but that was a long time ago too.

Occasionally I'll share a scripture that caught my heart.
Today's scripture is from Moses 40:15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

Thinking about my sons, especially Nathan, I hold tightly to God's promises!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pink Miracle

and I don't even like pink,
but my daughter does.

We moved her stuff out of her big room 
and into her little brother's small room.

It's traumatic to lose your "place" in your home
but she was pretty good about it
One request was to paint it pink and brown.
We only had time to paint a shelf pink.
And the pink paint we had was this:
From another pink painting adventure a few years ago.

Now she wanted a light, more mature pink.
She couldn't find her paint chip to show me the color 
So I just started mixing.
And I came up with this:
After we were done she found the chip
Not bad, huh!
I know it's not earth shattering or life changing, 
but it made a difference to us.
 Some may say it's just luck, but I know better.
I believe it's vital to acknowledge the tiny miracles, so
Thank you Heavenly Father 
  for our pink miracle.

(ps these pictures brought to you by my Christmas present from my adorable husband and angel daughter..he bought it, but she found it for him to buy)