Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Mum!

Mum your getting old! Well, not that old. You are younger than all my friend parents so "way to go!"

10 things I love about my mum:

1. The amount of love you have for me- it's ridiculous
2. You were my "go to person" my "best friend" as a teenager
3. You always make me feel better when I am sick, even if you are in England. Often you take it to the next level my researching all my symptoms and asking your health friends what is wrong with me.
4. Your laugh is fantastic. I love laughing with you even if it makes me pee myself
5. You always go out of your way to bring me joy
6. You are always a good listening ear
7. You love to play games
8. You have always believed in me
9. You make things happen
10.You have always been willing to share your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraged me to make good choices

Before becoming a mother I had no idea what my mum had done for me, I still don't but motherhood is opening my eyes to a lot that I have taken for granted. Growing up I never remembering hearing my mum complain about being a mother. The sacrifice, the challenges. I always assumed she wanted to do all the things she did for me when I am sure there were times, many times when she could have been developing a career and making more money but she always made me feel so important and special. I hope I can be more loving like my mother, more selfless. I would not be where I am if it were not for you.

Happy Birthday Mum! Have a glorious day, wish I could give you a squeeze:)

P.S You look beautiful in both these pictures I don't want to hear any complaining!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Open your EYES

I am sitting here, with bleary eyes, mascara run, my heart is heavy and I am grateful. Life is so good to me and yet I find excuses to moan and complain. So sure some days are tough but don't we all have those days? Jesus Christ's entire life was challenge after challenge. I think of the scripture "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

I have to open my eyes.

And so I esteem my Savior by testifying that his greatest challenge; the atonement was for us. When we are struggling it is there to be used to build us up, to fortify us with an incredible strength, a strength so pure and bright. I know this because it has changed my life.

Did you ever stop to realize that your body is absolutely amazing? Because it is! I think we need to stop allowing the media to tell us what beautiful is and instead allow the beauty of life to shine forth, the beauty that God intended. When I think of what is beautiful to God I think of family. Parents madly in love with each other. Family time. Laughter. Hugs; lots of them. Tears of joy. Families praying together for each other. People Turning their hearts to God. Good works. Smiles so wide you see gums. Holding hands. Silly games. Listening ears. Willing Hearts.

Today I am thankful.

The ability to see is amazing. I love the color yellow. How blessed I am to see that vibrant color, I think God must love it too because most of the wild flowers are yellow:)

Sometimes all I want is peace and quiet, absolute silence but what a gift my ears are to hear my Jack say, "mummy I love you." To be told that I am beautiful by my sweetheart.

I love working my body hard testing its limits, a pounding heart is glorious knowing that it is getting stronger by the beat.

I love to think, most of the time...isn't the mind wonderful. My quirky thoughts and ideas bring me so much joy and Ben a lot to laugh about.

I am going to challenge myself. When I am feeling negative or irritated I will recite the scripture "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not" and ask myself "what do I need to change to insure my actions esteem my savior?" Simple enough. By reminding myself of what my savior has done for me I know I will be encouraged to be more like him.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Living Water

I had some fun with photography. Water is so amazing and interesting. Tell me what you think.

Do you wish to partake of this living water and experience that divine well springing up within you to everlasting life? Drink deeply of the living waters of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Joseph B Wirthlin

Saturday, August 8, 2009

For all you precious women out there...

I love these wise and beautiful words of our late Prophet President Hinckley they build me up and strengthen me. My heart is full and I am thankful to be a woman, a daughter of God and to have been touched by the angelic women in my life. There are so many. I am so blessed. Let us all spread our wings and embrace the task which God has for us for I know that he will let us sore to heights unimagined.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Once upon a today...
I went to the zoo with this little Guy:

Our experience was a little different as we

Our favourite find was

our favourite animals today were

And the...

We decided that

With love

The End!
Lets Be Happy:)

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Fantastic Monday

Monday morning my dear friend, Elaine and I took our kiddos to the local fire station. It was really interesting. Jack and Ethan were really scared for the first 15 minutes or so. They got to touch all the gear, sit in the engines and wear Junior firefighter stickers. I even got to try on a gas mask. The kids couldn't, their necks are too weak. The mask was crazy, I felt like an evacuee from WW2.

For family night we went into the wilderness to have a camp BBQ with our friends. It was great, we were roughing it with my make shift hamburgers, good job we had hot dogs... Jack fell in the river! He never listens and evidently can't be trusted. It was scary but if he was going to fall into a river this was the one to do it; slow flow and shallow. He was really scared by the incident. I am hoping he will learn from this unfortunate event.


Monday, August 3, 2009

My Wilderness man.

Well, once again Ben got to go on an adventure that I am terribly jealous about. He and some other guys hiked Longs Peak. Longs peak is one of Colorado's talk ones peaking at a grand height of 14,259 feet! WOW! Ben said the hike was intense but the views and overall experience was amazing. They left town at midnight, began the hike at 2am in the morning and got home at 6 pm. I was fully prepared for Ben to be all pathetic and tired for the next few days but he wilderness body is resilient and he has felt great. Sadly, they did not summit as it had snowed the night before leaving behind icky ice which made the last 130 feet terribly dangerous, literally deathly dangerous. I am glad he didn't take the risk! But come on only 130 feet from the top, that is awesome.

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