Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Yesterday for part of my birthday we went to you pick tulip place. Because I absolutely love tulips.
Each of my family members picked a flower just for me. (The red wrapped bunch). CK picked orange, K picked yellow, C picked white, J picked red, V picked purple, and Little C picked pink. Love love love.
The bunch of flowers that is wrapped in purple I picked. I have a dear friend, J, that knew I wanted to go to the tulip place, so she gave me a gift certificate for my birthday.
What a great afternoon we had. The kids got out of school early because it was an early release day. We went to lunch at a random place that we'd never heard of, but we stopped there and ate at this mom and pop sub shop. It was very good. Then we went up to the tulips and enjoyed time together picking tulips and taking a couple of pictures. We even ate my birthday brownies there. We attempted to have me blow out the candles, but the wind did it for me.
Then, we came home. The traffic was horrible, because there was a lot of construction. We picked up the babysitter on the way home and then hurriedly changed. We took the kids to their dad, then CK and I went to see Star Wars. Then we had a quick dinner late and came back and took the babysitter home.
What an amazing birthday! I felt loved and blessed all day long.
Friday, February 26, 2016
I seriously have such a wonderful life. I love my family and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. My life is overflowing with blessings and I feel so loved and taken care of by those above.
This morning, K decorated three doorways (notice that I am old enough that it took THREE doorways!) in our home with streamers about me (I don't know how she even thought of 39!). But, they will soon fall and I wanted to remember them...so these are what the streamers say:
- looks out for others
- good to talk to
- always learning
- the life of the party
- good listener
- willing to sacrifice
- great smile
- hard worker
- willing to serve
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Being sick, I have spent much of the day resting on the couch. And looking at my phone to keep me entertained. I realized that 6 years ago today was the big huge snow storm. I went back on this blog to look at the pictures. Then, I just had to keep reading.
LOVED it! I loved seeing pictures of my kids (that have changed dramatically in 6 years!). I loved reading about CK and seeing our love develop. I loved it so much. I have done a disservice to myself and others by not keeping this blog better up to date! Again, I want to try harder.
I did work on and order a photo book with our January 2016 pictures. I intend to make a book each month. The kids absolutely love to go through them. I do, too! And, I love pictures sooooooooooooooo much, but where are most of them? Hidden somewhere in a digital format. Pre-digital, I was very good at printing photos, dating them, and putting them into albums. I even dipped into scrapbooking. I decided it wasn't really my thing. I am not really crafty, but it didn't hurt to try. But, with digital, I became the mom that took multiple photos of the same event and then couldn't choose which one to use and then just gave up because the thousands of photos can be overwhelming.
I did not do New Year's Resolutions this year, but beginning in December, I choose to focus on three goals to help make me a better person:
- Drink more water (did great at the beginning....now not so great.)
- Work on pictures and make them a priority (I did, in fact, work on and order a book!)
- Don't complain. (I think I wrote already about this...I have discovered that I am a closet complainer! Time to change!)
Monday, January 25, 2016
But, I did finally get this picture uploaded on on the blog. Woot Woot! Our primary has asked each family to take a picture of their family doing family scripture study. We study every day, but it has been hard to add taking a picture to the study time. Finally, we did it last night. Sadly, A isn't with us so our family is not complete, but this is what our study looks like much of the time. The calm toddlers is deceptive, but other than that, this is how we roll at our home.
I love that we study the scriptures together. We do three days a week of Doctrine and Covenants and four days a week of Book of Mormon. We are almost done with both, but we will just continue the Book of Mormon reading by starting again as we always do, but we will also read the New Testament. I am soooooooooooooooo excited about this. I long to know my Savior more and have my kids know Him more too. This is a great way to do it. :)
It would take a while to catch up on all that goes on in a busy household of 8, but a few things include...V cut her own hair necessitating a haircut, C is playing basketball and last Saturday they only had 5 players, so he played all of two back to back games, Little C will turn 2 in 12 days. Crazy!
We are in the middle of trying to schedule many things. The planner part of me is screaming in agony that we just cannot get things planned (trying to work with many others). But, this will all work out too.
I am happy. Life is good. I love my life. I love my family. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my home. I love my cars. I love my relative good health. Life is good. I am blessed.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Being a mom of six means a lot of crying and screaming, at least at my house. Tonight was even more than most nights.
CK, K, and C are at the temple. A is in St. Louis. I was here tonight with J, V, and Little C. And...there was a lot of screaming. I think V and Little C are just exhausted. We had my nephew, E, here today. They had so much fun and it was awesome, but I think their little bodies were just worn out. In addition, we ate after CK, K, and C left so dinner was later. That didn't help.
Sometimes I truly wonder what I am doing being a mom at all, let alone to six kids. I love each of them so very much and my heart is overflowing with gratitude that I get to be their mom, but I still wonder if I am up to the task. At the same time, my heart aches that they are growing up. I am so proud of them and pleased with their choices in life, but the thought of them leaving home is already leaving a non-fillable void. I am trying to remember "The Best is Yet to Be." This means that as I lean on the Savior, the years in front of me will be amazing. Life with children-in-laws and grandkids will be glorious. I think I will always miss the littles at home, but I will also be grateful that I don't have nights of screaming sometimes. It is all up to me and my attitude.
I am currently downloading pictures to my computer. :) Maybe next post will be more fun!
Saturday, January 2, 2016
I still haven't put pictures on the computer...but that will come...hopefully.
As a follow-up from yesterday's post, I just feel so blessed by the Spirit witnessing to me that indeed The Best is Yet to Be. When I see my failings and I have regrets, I just remember that I am a work in progress and the Best is Yet to Be!
For instance, I regret not spending time with our beautiful Christmas Tree. Silly, I know, but it was in the piano room and life was crazy and we rarely gathered near it at all. But, as I was feeling down about this, I remembered that the Best is Yet to Be and I can be better next year.
I also had the opportunity to go to a dear dear friend's son's baptism this morning. As we waited for the ward in front of him, they played some Mormon Messages. I didn't do well this year at sharing those on Social Media. I have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. I just didn't share it this year very well. But, as I again felt regret and remorse, I remembered that the Best is Yet to Be and I know that I can be better. Not all at once, but little by little.
The Spirit that has accompanied these realizations helps me remember that this Eternal Progression is all because of our Savior. His atonement helps me to become better and to be more than I ever could be on my own.
What a great way to begin 2016!
I have no doubt of the Lord's tender mercies for all. I know that includes me and I feel blessed to know this.
So, I may not have any pictures up yet....but...The Best is Yet to Be! :)