Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bedtime...

Sometimes bedtime brings with it
loud noises
reluctant children who are all of a sudden STARVING
arguments
tantrums
sleepiness
heavy eyes
 books
toothbrushes
bathroom breaks
hide and seek
scriptures
stories
back rubs
family time
 and sometimes
ONLY 
SOMETIMES
a little piece of perfect. 


I am so grateful for those little pieces of perfect because they are like
a paycheck sent from heaven motivating me to stay the course and continue
doing the hardest yet most rewarding work.

The work within my home.







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Friday, November 14, 2014

A beautiful gift: The Atonement






I can't possibly imagine my life without the workings of the Atonement.
The Atonement is the greatest gift I have. 
Without the ability to repent and become clean through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I am nothing. 



The lyrics are as follows;


There is a green hill far away,
outside a city wall,
where our dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin,
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has he loved!
And we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.



because of What my Savior did for me my scarlet sins can become white as snow. 
I can be cleansed and restored and renewed and perfected through Christ. 
How beautiful.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

it's snowing here...





The snow started coming Monday.
Small little flurries falling slowing from the sky.
Somehow falling snow always brings with it a sense of wonder and magic.
Entranced; the boys were giddy in the front room watching our neighborhood turn white.


After homework we ventured outside to find the chickens and put them in their coop. This was harder that I had anticipated. After almost an hour and help from Jack and Lizzie we got them in their coop that was being warmed up by a heat lamp but my fingers were icicles and ready to break...but they didn't thank heavens!


It is now day three of our winter wonderland with a high of 7 degrees Fahrenheit; BURRR! It is days like today I realize I wouldn't do well in Alaska...Sorry Lindsey. Sorry Elaine. Sorry Ben. I just think I might die in the cold. Just maybe.


Jack's buddy came over and we played outside for a quick second before the white witch from Narnia turned us all in to stone

AND

of course I made a quick little video:)









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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I think that

  
   
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Monday, November 10, 2014

A hard day.

It was a day that followed a glorious, powerfully enlightening day. 
I woke up after having little sleep but feeling full and joyful. Although I was tired, I was grateful. I was smiling as my boys snuggled me in bed. We took a pictures and our smiles were radiant and true.

And then I discovered a
major mice infestation; 
i'll spare you the details but I'll assure you it was awful. 
I was trying to keep a good attitude but it was just so hard. 
I allowed my negativity to rub off on my kids and fill the house. 

The day ended with me on my knees praying, asking no pleading for forgiveness...
and then I hear a child heaving, "Throw-up" I think. I run into the boys room. 
Poor Lucas is standing there shaking covered in vomit, a puddle on the new carpet and a puddle on the bed. 

Through the grace of God I was able to maintain a good attitude and sort everything out.
Lucas laid next to me in bed and we watched "the fault in your stars". After sobbing through the movie I prayed again and thanked God for my terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. Yes, my day was all those things to me but I was healthy, my body was free of disease, I have a family, an adventure called life ahead of me. I really am living a glorious journey even if it is littered with bad days. I poured out thanks unto God and shamefully admitted my faults though humility. 
Oh how grateful I am for repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

The next morning was better. The sun shined brighter and
I was closer to God. 
I could feel Him sending love and help my way;
for this I am grateful,
SO GRATEFUL.




Lucas fast asleep the day after he was sick. 




Jack and I having movie time and togetherness time.



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Friday, November 7, 2014

October re-cap

Wow what a month October was!

October started with General Conference my post about it is here; a weekend filled with goodness. There was so much excitement in the morning that Jack and Lucas bonked heads and Lucas got a pretty big bulging black eye. 

He didn't seem to sad about it.
See for yourself:






Jack's flag football season wrapped up; it was pretty fun!







It was Ben's Grandpa Carney's birthday.
 We had a beautiful family get together with food, treats and good company. 





Lucas came home from pre-school one day with his mind set on making a bat-house.
That is whats we did.
It is still sitting taped to the tree.





I did a whole bunch of yoga here and here. Spent time outside feeling alive, eating basil, being silly and doing Christmas projects a few months too soon with Lucas.









Jack got his first filling and was quite terrified. check out his hand in the second image. I think he is totally calm...right?







The boys and I went to Hudson Gardens, lots more pictures here. It was lovely and we enjoyed many wonders.





Jack had several play dates with his buddy Tyler, their video of what fun at the park looks like is here and pictures.







The picture of Ben and I, is right before he was taught how to administer my monthly B12 shots. 





I dislocated my knee and tore up my ligaments. I am doing physical therapy right now. I am being the best ever patient so I can by pass surgery:)






we carved our pumpkins here and had an awesome Halloween here






Jack participated in the Elementary school's 2nd grade "Autumn leaves" music program. 
I only got a short snippet but it sure makes my heart fill with light. 











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Thursday, November 6, 2014

be as a little child

I am yet making another giant mess sewing what seems like a bazillion pillows. There is fabric shewn everywhere and thread hanging off my clothing. I'm trying to focus on sewing a straight line (a challenge for me) when Lucas and his buddy walk in the door with a Easter basket covered in dirt. Under the dirt are carrots from our garden, "Can we eat them?" they ask. "Sure" I say.

Then the sweetest thing happened. I am still zoned in on sewing when I hear a little 3 year old suggest, "we should pray" "OK, I'll say it" Lucas responded. I slightly turn to see them sat close together with the arms crossed and eyes squeezed shut;

Heavenly Father
Thank you for these carrots,
please make them taste good
in the name of Jesus Christ 
Amen 

They then proceeded to take nibbles in carrots they quickly lost interest and disappeared into the back yard to discover something else... What a gift this moment was. They remembered their Heavenly Father, their God Almighty, they wanted to thank Him. They reminded me to more frequently talk with my Father in Heaven and to follow Jesus' counsel and be as a little child.


I am so thankful for their example to me.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HALLOWEEN







here are the costumes, parade, parties, photo-shoot and trick or treating


All ready for the church trunk or treat






Kendalvue Elementary school Halloween Parade 









my one and only Jack or should I say Superman;)






Ms. Weiman's 2nd Grade Halloween Party







Halloween photo-shoot

















trick or treating with our friends




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