Thursday, March 27, 2008

As you watch the slide show consider this question: How can I get Jack to clean his teeth? He used to love it until I forgot to do it for a while and now he throws a fit whenever I try to clean his teeth. Any ideas????


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter is one of those holidays that seems rather different here in America. Back home we recognize Easter Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday plus they are all holidays; no work or school! I never really believed in the Easter bunny, it's not something we recognize back home, so its rather odd talking about what the Easter bunny left. We also don't have Easter baskets full of candy instead we receive a couple large chocolate eggs. In my family we received the eggs on Easter Friday leaving the Sunday as a day of reflection on our Redeemers sacrifice and resurrection.
As the Easter season was approaching I really wanted to create some traditions that would bring our family together and create good memories. We decided that the Saturday before Easter we would go on a hike and enjoy the wonderful world which God has given us. We find that whenever we are in nature we are happier and healthier. Then on Easter Sunday we would make ice cream as a family and share it with friends that we love. These traditions might seem a little different but I think they will provide opportunities to strengthen each other as we spend time together.

On Saturday we took a hike up rock canyon here in Provo, my friend Lisa let us borrow a backpack carrier for Jack; it was awesome, I just wish they made them big enough to carry me. Sunday we went for a walk in Diamond Fork canyon with Ben's cousin's family, the weather was glorious. I just love the beauties each season has to offer and of course we ate a lot of delicious homemade strawberry ice cream with some wonderful people in our ward.

As I reflected on the sacrifice my savior made for me I realize that the family is the core to happiness and I need to magnify my role as a wife and mother, as I do this I will be worthy to receive the flood of blessings God has in store for me. I am so thankful to have a wonderful husband who loves me and treats me with great respect, he is an inmovable force in my life, and to be blessed with Jack who teaches daily how to be kind and loving. My life is too full of goodness to ever be exchanged.
There are many questions I have about life and the character of God and Jesus Christ, how and why certain things happened; but regardless of my questions I know that there is a God and that he sent his only begotten son to this world to fulfil the role of a savior. I feel such happiness as I live the gospel of Jesus Christ it is the greatest source of joy, comfort and peace. The song "consider the lilies" expresses my thoughts perfectly:

Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow, how they grow.

Consider the birds in the sky,
How they fly, how they fly.

He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky.

And he will feed those who trust him,
And guide them with His eye.

Consider the sheep of his fold,
How they follow where he leads.

Though the path may wind across the mountains,
He knows the meadows where they feed.

He clothes the lilies of the field.
He feeds the birds in the sky,

And he will feed those who trust him,
And guide them with his eye.

Consider the sweet, tender children
Who must suffer on this earth.

The pains of all of them he carried
From the day of his birth.

He clothes the lilies of the field,
He feeds the lambs in His fold,

And he will heal those who trust him,
And make their hearts as gold.

I know that as we come unto Christ our hearts will be made as Gold and our countenances will radiate light and goodness.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Jack's St. Patrick's Day Transformation.

Stage 1: The Jack Attack with his slithering tongue trying to resist his Irish urges to sing his Irish heart out.

Stage 2: Unleashing his Irish vocal talents Jack serenades the family with his wee tunes.

Stage 3: The Irish singing has zapped his body and the transformation begins. Ben is amazed at Jacks ability to grow thick green facial hair.

Stage 4: Jack has forgotten that he is American and now speaks with an Irish accent; where has my son gone?

Step 5: Jack has developed an unusual appetite for Irish cuisine.
Stage 6: Where is the boy I once called my child? Who is this leprechaun?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Oh, what a beautiful Sunday!

Today was great! After a wonderful morning at church we went on another one of our famous drives up into the mountains. The sun was brilliant, its rays touched everything in sight. We were surprised to see so much snow in the mountains; looks like we will have a lot of run of this spring, which is great. I just hope there not too much flooding. We were lucky enough to see another moose scamper up the side of the mountain and settle down in the brush - totally cool!

When I first moved to America I found the mountains huge and odd. To me they looked like massive naked rocks casting shadows in my way. Now I love them! I believe the true beauty of the mountains is found when you are in them, exploring their intricate details. I love the simple wild flowers, the animals, winding creeks, dripping waterfalls, the fresh smell and the never ending sky. What beauties!

Yesterday my sister in law, Kim, was so kind to lend us some of Joshua's old toys. Jack's play time is now his very favorite time! She lent us a walker and Jack buzzes around the apartment bumping into everything.
Thanks Kim!!!

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is
to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with
the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and
that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple
beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace
in all troubles."

--Anne Frank

Saturday, March 8, 2008

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