Sunday, January 23

Update for 2011

Today has been a good one.  Our family has all been fighting strep this past week, and since most of us weren't feeling our best, I decided to go with Angela to Church.  But, about a half hour before it started, I decided we'd all better go to Sacrament Meeting at least.  I had to run the library, so I had to stay.

I'm beginning to realize how short our time is here.  About five months before the kids and I head to Utah to stay with my parents while Dan gets the house all ready to sale while finishing up his PhD.

Right now he's got a paper that went through peer review, and it was not rejected, but he's been busy making revisions, and is about to re-submit it.  If it gets published, his advisor says he's golden.  So we're keeping our fingers crossed.  After that, he pretty much has the remainder of his dissertation to write, and then to defend in August.  I'm so proud to be his wife.  He works so hard for our family and is such a good husband and father.  And although this time seems to be dragging on forever (we've both been overwhelmed to say the least with our current loads), I know that soon enough, there will be big changes in our family life.  So, we'll do all we can to truly enjoy it while it lasts.

Angela is potty training herself for the most part.  Sarah is feeding herself with a spoon, and starting to stand up for a few seconds at a time on her own.  Ginnie is getting into chapter books, and Hyrum is loving his new super mario galaxy game (still the motivator for getting his school work done every day)...still obsessed with Mario.

I am enjoying working out on my wii fit plus, sewing church bags for some kids in our ward, and cutting up old clothes to make into new and look forward to my trip to my parent's house with the two little girls at the end of February.  My sister just older than me will be having a boy around that time (first grandson in nearly seven years for my parents!) so I look forward to meeting him, and to experiencing the simplicity of only two children to care for while there.

Ginnie and Hyrum will be staying with friends every day after school until Daniel picks them up.  I have to admit that I will miss them, but it's time for a break.  Recently, they've been getting into a whole lot of mischief.  So maybe me leaving for a while will help them to appreciate having Mommy around a little more.

How blessed we are to have these beautiful children to raise and to teach, and a stable income, as well as all the benefits and adventures of military life!

Next month, Ginnie turns five.  The following month, Sarah turns one.  In April, Ang turns 3, and in June, Hyrum will be seven.  Then it's goodbye to Ohio for a vacation at Grandma's, followed by a move to New Mexico!  Lots of exciting things to look forward to this year.  Oh, and not to forget my little brother and sister coming out for the summer to help me get things ready and to drive with me to Utah.  They are great workers (courtesy of my mother), and I took care of them a lot when they were really little, so I feel the same about them as I do my own.  It will be a partay!

Thursday, January 20

Here's Angela's new church bag.  Got some new trim and iron ons.  It's so much fuN!

Sunday, January 16

Ginnie's First Post

i love you.
you   ur   um  a champein.? mommy r yoo a champen? (typed by Ginnie)

Daddy, are you a champion?
And now, Daddy says, "NO".

"And now, What can I do without anybody?" (typed by Rachael, recited by Ginnie)

Okay now - "What can I do now?"

"I can't believe I have nobody!"

"I just can't stand it."

"Why can't I have anybody to play soccer and to be a champion?"

"What can I do?"

"I think I can call on Angela."

"Oh yes!  That's it!  I can call on Angela...that's what I was hoping to be doing."

And that's the last part.
The end.

by Virginia Ann Wheeler

Wednesday, January 12

Things I've made

I've been having fun lately.  Both of these were my old shirts.  A whole new outfit for Ginnie and a dress for Angela.

I did leg warmers out of the long sleeves then added a little white belt.
And these are Ginnie and Hyrum's Sunday bags for scriptures, activity pages, crayons and little laminated figurines (book of mormon and bible characters)  which I printed out for them.

Sunday, January 9

Potter's Clay

In high school and college, I took many art classes.  For one assignment, I painted what I like to call 'Potter's Clay'.
I have it hanging on my hall wall, and often notice it when I pass by during the day.  I was quite familiar then with the concept of us being like clay in the Potter's hands, being molded and shaped to become something magnificent and beautiful over time.  I remember that with each stroke, my focus was solely on our Creator.  And although I was a beginning painter, I wanted so much to convey this powerful image in a way that would let the Lord know that I desired more than anything His influence, His touch in my life.
  There is an ensign article that brought even more meaning to my painting.  I'd like to share a few things that really struck me tonight as I studied further into the subject.
  President Heber C. Kimball spoke about many vessels being destroyed after being molded and shaped because of their misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the design or purpose - and their desire to go their own way, to meet their own ideals.  He mentions how the Lord speaks through his servants, and works through us to bring change for the better into other's lives~and that it would be wise for us to learn to be perfectly limber, teachable, moldable in the Lord's hands in order that he may work with us more easily.
  He then puts the question out there, what makes clay snap?
His answer...when it is pulling it's own way, or not being submissive (meaning: ready to conform to the authority; meekly obedient or passive) in the hands of the potter.
In Isaiah 29:16 it says,
"'Shall the work say of him that made it, 'he made me not'?"
Chapter fourty-five:
"Wo unto him that striveth with his Maker!
Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, 'What makest thou?'  or thy work, 'he hath no hands'?"
[my interpretation - questioning God or being skeptical of his design, and then going one step further and denying his very existence or his ability to have power or influence in this world]
"Thus saith the Lord, the Holy one of Israel and his maker,
'Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands-command ye me.'"
He is beckoning to us, that if we have any question or concerns about His plan for us that we'd be wise to go directly to Him about it.
verse sixteen ~
"They shall be ashamed and also confounded, and all of them they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols."
"But Israel shall be saved in the shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end."
"In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory."
And the last scripture that sums it all up for me, and if I were ever to enter my painting into an art show (which won't happen), this would be it's caption:
"But now O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay and thou our Potter; and we all are the work of thine hand." Isaiah 64:8

So beautiful, this message, and so important for us to acknowledge His hand in all things.  Now I'll be sure to ponder a little more deeply, and let it affect me in a more profound way as I glance at the painting on the wall.  I want to be submissive and limber in His hands ~ because although I may not understand the meaning or at first recognize the beauty in the design, I have faith that whatever He's making out of me will be beyond anything I could be on my own.

Saturday, January 1


We've had a great break in the past couple weeks.

I didn't think to take many pictures, but here are a few.

First off, we said our goodbyes to the sweet sister missionaries who served in our ward.  We've really loved having a change (normally Elder's).

Dan's youngest sister Sharon came to visit for Christmas from BYU.  We had lots of fun with her here.

The kids stayed up watching Yogi Bear re-runs and other movies for New Year's Eve.  Daniel and I watched Avatar.

Sarah's two new loves are:  the piano and her bouncy horse.

Oh, and of course Ginnie was 'Mary' for her preschool program.  When her teachers told her she would be Mary, and then told her who Joseph would be, she thought for a moment-and then with a concerned look, said, "I'm not allowed to have a boyfriend."

It seems like Christmas snuck up really quickly.  But, for me, I think I enjoyed this Christmas and even our family New Year's Party more than any previous years being married.  It's probably that my kids are finally old enough to make it really exciting for us boring adults.

What a wonderful year this has been for our family!
Hopefully this new year will be equally as good.  I am learning more and more who my husband is as each year passes.  And I have to say that he is my biggest treasure.  I cherish him!

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