Monday, November 29

My Beautiful Sarah Diane

Sarah has discovered what she likes and does not like.
Here are some things she enjoys:
-taking baths
-playing with little balls and big trucks
-looking at story books
-crawling all over the house
-pulling herself up and cruising along
-studying everything thoroughly with her hands and mouth
-eating everything in sight
-drumming with her hands to music
-seeing Daddy come in the door after work
-giving kisses, pulling hair and biting
-studying her hands
-teasing sisters and brother-making them laugh
-thinking deeply about everything
-being held by Daddy (he is so good at getting her to sleep)
Here are some things she does not enjoy:
-having to sleep in her own crib
-being strapped into her car seat
-not being able to find mommy
-feeling left out

She is a happy, calm baby and I'm so grateful for her presence in our home!

A Few of our Favorite Things

Some of our favorite things to do are; playing at the mall, at the park, and visiting the Library.

Ginnie's first Crush

   About a month ago, the girls and I (Hyrum was in school) went to my friend Adrianne's for a little play date.
   Usually, Hyrum plays with Will her oldest, while Ginnie joins in quietly.  This time, Ginnie had Will all to herself.  She was in heaven.  
When we were all finished, on the car ride home Ginnie let me know that she really LOVES Will, and that she never wants to be away from him.  She went on and on about him...some intense feelings for a four year old.

Angela and Eli are best buds as well.  They are so much fun to watch play together because of their similarities in personality.  Anyway, I'm so happy these wonderful boys are getting a sister of their very own in a few months.

Sunday, November 7

Faith ~

 It's unbelievable to me how things have just fallen into place lately. Somehow, struggles that used to vex me day and night seem to have been lifted for the time being.
  The more I experience life, the more I'm convinced that many of our greatest worries are simply a test of our faith. Once we can live with sufficient faith in these areas, they seem to become a window to God's intended purpose for us.

Faith is absolutely necessary in order to allow God to work in and through us.
  Opportunities are coming that I never imagined possible for me - with my many weaknesses and limitations. I am beginning to believe that anything is possible. All our dreams CAN come true with faith.

" Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." 

(Doctrine and Covenants 123:17)

   There are areas in which we have control, and areas in which we do not.  If we can learn to recognize and follow through with our part, and then simply stand still and watch Him work ~ we will experience a taste of what He has in store for us.

"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."  "And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."

if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

(Ether 12: 4, 6, 27)

   I know that my Redeemer lives. When this life is through, these things that we struggle so deeply with, will seem like little to nothing in comparison with the glory of God. 

Stellaluna and Cardboard Butterflies

  My thoughts have been turned to a famous LDS blogger.  Josh Weed is his name. He had come out with a post about four years ago decla...