Thursday, September 25, 2008

Count your many blessings name them one by one.

Lately I have been told certain things that have caused me to reflect upon the everyday blessings that fill my life. I really want to focus on my senses that are encased within my body. The human body itself is a testament that God lives! There is no instrument or machine that is as resilient and adaptable as the body. Not only is it resilient and adaptable it experiences life through seeing, touching, smelling, hearing and tasting.

The blessing I see daily...
I see Ben and Jack playing, loving and caring for each other and for me.
I see Ben praying, reminding me to always put God first and with his power anything and everything is possible.
I see Jack learning and trying to share.
I see smiles from so many people who interact with me.
I see Carlee Tulett, a dear friend who demonstrates love and service constantly.
I see myself as a daughter of God, with the potential to become like him.
I see my own healthy body.
I see the mountains and the beautiful fall colors.
I see determination in Ben as he strives to work hard and accomplish school, work and most importantly fatherhood.
I see actions of love carried out by neighbors, friends and strangers.
I see the light of Christ in my life and through others.

The blessings I feel through touch...
Arms hugging me, assuring me that they love and care.
I know Jack needs love when his sticky fingers tug my apron.
A goodbye kiss.
The warm clothes that embrace my body.
Jack's head in my arms remind me of the responsibility and joy attained through motherhood.
A tired body is an indication that I have worked hard.
Blood rushing through my arteries sending needed oxygen to my body let me know I am alive and have a healthy heart.

Smells that bless my life are...
Cinnamon rolls baking in the oven.
The smell that is blown though the canyons of the mountains is like a breath of life to me.
The smell of rain reminds me of my home in England.
The smell of a clean diaper gives me a break and a big smile.
Homemade nutritious meals carry the smell of a healthy diet and a healthy body.
The smell of summer excites me and fills me with energy.
Homemade bread rising in the oven takes my mind back to my Grandma's home and all the fun adventures that were made in her much loved home and garden.
Pumpkin and cinnamon spices make me hunger for Christmas caroling and Christmas decoration.
The smells of horses, hay and straw fills me with anticipation and excitement, tons of memories of my sister and my horse Shrimp flood into my mind.

Sounds that are blessing...
Hearing the words I love you always bring me peace, joy and it increases my determination to overcome my challenges.
Laughter is one of my favorite sounds. I love it when Ben, Jack and I share laughter, it is so infectious.
Piano music takes me back to being a young girl sitting by the piano or laying in bed listening to my dad express his feeling through the black and white keys of our piano. The music played by my Dad helped me open my heart to the spirit of God and all uplifting music continues to do this. The word "mummy." Jack doesn't say it often but when he does I treasure it because I am his Mum and that is amazing.
I love hearing people testify of Christ it fills my soul with the spirit and I feel stronger.
I love hearing the words of Christ in scripture or through song, His words bring me comfort, strength and power beyond my own.
I love to hear the voices of beloved family members who live so far away and yet seem so close at times.

Our amazing ability to taste
I love fresh beautiful strawberries and pineapples. They make me feel fresh and alive.
I love the taste and feel of clean teeth it promotes a feeling of alertness.
English chocolate tastes SO good and reminds me of my family sitting in the lounge watching a movie, playing a game or chatting while enjoying a box of chocolates.
The taste of a snowflake melting on my tongue makes me giddy. Where I grew up snow rarely fell. The snowfalls here in Utah are amazing and I can't wait to introduce Jack to it.
I love the taste of fish, especially halibut and salmon. I am glad God made fish.
Cool water satisfies my thirst perfectly after a vigorous workout.

Too often I only count the big blessing like being married, being a mum and having the gospel and as wonderful as these blessing are I neglect the simple pleasures that fill my daily life. I am thankful that God gave me a body that allows me to experience life in so many glorious ways.

I thinks its time to adopt an attitude of Gratitude.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Filmstrip of events...

For our anniversary Ben and I went on a beautiful walk up the south fork of the Provo river. As we were walking along the path Ben noticed a road 30 feet above us and mentioned it. Due to the curious nature of Ben we climbed our way through the brush up to the new road. After following it for a short while a huge, glorious meadow appeared; it was breath taking! We walked through the meadow and can to the end, which happened to be a tiny animal trail down the side of the mountain. Well of course we slide our way through the trees and stones. It was quite entertaining, both Ben and I slipped and almost ate it several times.

The other day I decided to try a diaper on and discovered that it made a great helmet, so we all wore diapers and giggled about how silly we looked. I personally think they were quite comfy.

Jack really has developed a very strong will and Ben and I are presently trying to understand how we can best channel his stubbornness into goodness.

The other day Jack said "mummy," he never says my name so this was really special for me.

I am learning so much from the twists and turns that fill my life. Oh, what goodness fills my life.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Photoshop fun...


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

3 Years ago I was walking down the Aisle....

Yes, it has been three great years since the day that Ben and I gave ourselves to each other in marriage. It is crazy because it feels like it has flown by and yet I can't imagine my life without Ben being my husband.

Marriage is a funny thing. It brings two people from different families and cultures together. It makes you tolerant of loosing the bed covers each night (sorry Ben) and find the humor in smelly gas (Ben has been producing a lot of this lately) and helps cultivate a life long ability to share everything (Ben and I have differnt perpectives of this).

Yesterday, I read my journal entries leading up to our wedding and my words were filled with excitement, giddiness and love. After three years I am filled with wonder as I look back on the small journey Ben and I have taken and I recognize that our love has grown tremendously. Our love has not grown out of the frequent extravagant get aways we take (nope, we don't have the budget for that) but it has grown out of being with each other. Hand in hand we have walked through our challenges, tears have been cried on each others shoulders and laughter has filled our home.

It is the small daily things that have strengthened our marriage. Praying together before Ben leaves for work, sending and receiving a thoughtful email, eating together, enjoying not having to make the bed, being told your beautiful and sharing a kiss goodnight; these are small and simple actions that bless our marriage.

This was taken after 2 weeks of dating and we are just as crazy 3 years down the road.

Well, being married three years is hardly nothing in the long scheme of things. So, I look forward to many more years of enjoying the craziness that marriage brings. I love you Ben!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Hair Cut and Puckered Lips

So, I got my hair cut by a gentleman who didn't speak English every well: I don't advice this. He was super nice but the hair cut was not! Lets just say that he cut the back way to short and there were ridges were the layers were, it looked like I had a staircase on the back of my head. Before this experience I have never had a truly bad hair cut, so I guess it was coming sooner or later. I got home and Ben agreed that is was not too hot. After flirting with idea of taking scissors to my hair I decided to wait it out and get it rectified in the morning. Well, a lovely hairdresser Pauline saved my pride and patched my hair up for free, bless her. This experience has made me realize how materialistic I am. I felt terribly vulnerable with my hair looking scary. Grr, I have too much pride!

A couple funny stories about Jack.

He gets into everything!
This morning, I was doing my hair and make-up (this is becoming a rare occurrence as of late because of Jacks mischievousness) and I look to the side and Jack is holding my blusher brush and dipping it in the toilet water and them sucking it! Yeah, lets hope he has a strong immune system. The more I think about it my insides squirm.

A week ago I had accidentally left the bathroom door open- big no no. I walk into the living room and Jack is twirling around, like on the video I posted, with the toilet bowl cleaner as a magical wand. Little splashes of germs were flying all around the room, more specifically pee and poop germs, I understand if no one ever wants to come to house now. It is these instances that keep me constantly cleaning.

With faces like this I easily forget the mess and germs and just end up laughing.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


School has been reality for a week and although it's been busy we survived and are still smiling. Ben's has quite the semester ahead of him- 18 credits - youch! I am taking one on-campus class and an independent study class. This will be our last semester here at BYU as Ben graduates in December and my last class I will take as independent study, this enables me to finish in Colorado. As I look forward I am nervous and excited. BYU has been a wonderful experience and I want to make sure I sap up all the goodness while I am still here.

Today was our stake conference. I really don't know what was spoken but I am strengthened by the great examples of other young couples struggling to teach their children obedience. I figure this is the season of my life to teach Jack and that often means that I miss out on learning from the words of speakers but instead I am learning from the sweet experiences of motherhood.

Jack is terribly funny! Although he has the ability to drive me crazy he warms my heart with twinkling eyes, cheeky smiles and funny dance moves. He really loves to wrestle with Ben and play hide and seek. Also, he is developing a love for reading, there are a couple of books that he absorbs every word with eager eyes. I love reading to him and yes, of course I do all the voices.

We took a drive up Hobble Creek Canyon after dinner and enjoyed the mountains; we want to get as much of it as possible before the cooler weather sets in. We saw some cows and Jack was mooing to them, and them he began growling at them. We wandered off the path to explore more and saw lots of animal foot prints: deer, elk, moose and we think bear!

Ben is my match fair and square. Before his influence I appreciated nature but his enthusiasm for God's creations is infectious and I love it. One of our favourite things to do is explore. Ben has opened my eyes to see. What I mean by see is to look beyond the pretty landscape and discover the details that give character. When we are out exploring and discovering new places we have the hardest time packing up and leaving. There is something empowering about being together surrounded by awesome beauty. As we train our eyes to see in nature we increase our ability to see each other as God would have us be.

Check out my photography blog for more hobble creek photos and lots more:

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Jack's dancing consists of:

Spinning, falling, arm flinging, smiling, occasional giggles, sporadic leg lifts...

We let Jack watch the video of him dancing on the TV and he seemed rather critical of himself but I think he is a natural mover!
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