Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Scripture: Miracle Sunday

Alma 7:23

"And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive. "

Today was what I will call a miracle Sunday, it came in 4 stages, first, my husband and I were both able to sit during the entire Sacrament meeting with our children sitting quietly and reverently. You see, James fell asleep just moments before church began and stayed that way, in my arms the entire time, a miracle in the lives of parents with small children.

The next part came in the speakers and music in Sacrament, the spirit was so strong and enabled me a long needed lift from my Father in Heaven. Thirdly, as I sat in Sunday school (the second hour of church) I was pulled from class in order to speak with a member of the Bishopric and be set apart for my new calling as "Ward Photography Specialist", the blessing that was given was as if I had placed an order and all the desires of my heart were answered. I felt the Saviors love for me, His desire for me to do good, to be good and to live righteously.

The fourth stage was during Relief Society (when all the women meet) as my sweet friend Melissa gave a beautiful lesson on 'Patience'. I again was filled with the spirit, and the words seemed tailor made for me. These kind of Sundays are rare, where every moment seems to be perfectly scripted and placed just so, in order for me to feel the spirit for 3 straight hours!! In fact I don't know when the last time I had a Sunday like today.

Ok I lied, there was actually a fifth stage when our Home Teachers came for a visit after church and then we sat as a family and had a wonderful meal. It feels kind of perfect really, I almost don't want today to end because I know that this mini glimpse of peace on earth will not last.

I believe that the Lord gives us these kinds of days to keep us going, knowing that there will be another down the road, days, weeks or years down the road, but so worth the wait. It felt a little like I was the lamb that He came to find and carried me back to the fold.

There is gratitude in my heart for all those that participated, added to, and supplied me with a Miracle Sunday.

Happy Sunday

All my Love,

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flashback Friday: Bit 'O' Vegas

I really haven't had the time that I would have hoped for to post all the pictures from Vegas, well you don't have the time to view ALL the pictures from Vegas, since there are over 1000, anyhow I came upon this picture and it instantly made me smile! It took me right back in that moment and that is how I knew it should be the one I post for tonight!

The kids were playing outside (since we had brought some cooler Mt. temps with us) in my parents backyard and the girls were looking so sweet and I thought "Perfect moment to get a couple quick pics!", that is where James objected, he really had ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST in getting his picture taken! Instead he chose to laugh demonically and throw his head back to emphasize his own hilarity in it all (he is sooooo his Dad), and those 2 perfect angels in the foreground, well they take after their Mom, of course!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Well I am an awesome mess right now, yesterday I woke up with a kink in my neck! You see, it happened like this, for some reason Grace and James decided that 4:30am was a good time to start the day. They were making quite the ruckus so I went to check the little jabber babies, they had turned all the lights on in the girls room and were pointing flashlights in Lexi's sleepy eyes. I ever so "patiently" directed Grace back to her bed and brought James with me to my room when he then said "Foood, pweese Mom." in which case I headed down stairs with him got him some crackers and we sat on the couch watching Go Diego, Go. After a little while my eyes were becoming quite heavy and I told James I was gonna go back to bed, he then responded "James, mom's bed." so we both headed back up stairs and cuddled in my bed, well his favorite way to sleep in my bed is with his face on my face and you see, this my friends, is where the kink began.
I woke up to kiss Jimmy goodbye at 6:30am and that is when I felt it, the pain was debilitating and I wanted to cry! I found a more comfortable position and that is where I stayed ALL day yesterday and most likely ALL day today, other than a few trips to the restroom. This kink forces me to keep my chin to my chest, so when I decided to try and take a shower last night I nearly drowned (OK not really, but kind of). I mean just imagine how silly I look when I try to stand, it's like the Hunch Back of Kelley Dame, and the worst part is that all I see is how badly the floor needs to be vacuumed !! Thank goodness for Lexi or I would be in real trouble because she is totally taking over care of the younger two and brings me water, grapes, cereal, yogurt, whatever I need!! Eating is also a challenge, since I can't extend my neck up I have to lean out like a turtle to put anything in my mouth and then it often dribbles down my chin, just check me into an old folks home OK!!

So here I lay in my bed with my husbands laptop on my stomach, my pillow propped behind my head so all I see is how far down my boobs sag, and the computer screen, again, I am an AWESOME mess!! Ibuprofen doesn't seem to help and we don't own a heating pad, and the attempts by an 11 year old to make one were unsuccessful, sweet, but unsuccessful. Lexi has taken the kids down the street to the park so the house is quiet for now, seriously I highly recommend everyone get an 11 year old, especially for times like this, they are so handy! I will have to really do something nice for her once I am able to meet her gaze again.

Oh wait!! I almost forgot, in an effort to boost my spirits yesterday, my husband surprised me with really good tickets to see LADY ANTEBELLUM (my fave) and Tim Mcgraw the end of July, it totally worked until I shifted my head in the excitement and then I had to cry a little.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Scripture: Father's Day

“Fatherhood is leadership, the most important kind of leadership. It has always been so; it always will be so. Father, with the assistance and counsel and encouragement of your eternal companion, you preside in the home. It is not a matter of whether you are most worthy or best qualified, but it is a matter of [divine] appointment.”

(Taken from a talk by Elder L. Tom Perry "Fatherhood, an Eternal Calling" in the Liahona May 2004)

Today is Sunday and Father's day and I have been dearly blessed in my life in having an amazing Father and an amazing Father to my children. I am not quite sure how I was seen as fit to have both in a single lifetime but I am eternally grateful!! I hope that today you celebrated, appreciated, called, hugged, any man in your life that has been a "father" to you or your children. It is a role that can be walked away from, turned down, neglected, or abused, and has been by many, so for today I pray that we all acknowledged those that have embraced, cherished, reveled, and exemplified this calling. Here is the two most important Fathers in my life, Love you and could never replace you!

All my Love

Happy Sunday


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Scripture: A Little Bit from the Heart!

I have been thinking all day about what scripture would be great to share. I have been reading in The Pearl of Great Price (Abraham), recently and I took notes in church, yet I don't have a single thought that feels like escaping my head right now. So, I will speak from my heart and I pray you will be able to connect with me.

I am HOME! The kids and I had a wonderful visit to Vegas, we spent lots of time with my parents and I was fortunate to see some amazing friends while I was there. We drove into our driveway on Wednesday evening and it was the biggest feeling of elation, just so happy to be home, to see my husbands sweet smile and sleep in my own bed! As I am sure most of you can relate to the feeling of being happy to be home, there is also tons of work to be done, ya know: Laundry, cleaning, unpacking, grocery shopping, all of my most favorite things (enter sarcasm). Since we were gone nearly a month, and I brought back things that had been left in Vegas from our move, the work is ten fold!

Alas, I am exhausted! I have so much to do to get caught up, and the days still only have 24 hours, can you believe it, after all these years??? I have TONS and TONS of pictures to edit, thanks to some fantastic photo sessions, I still have several sewing projects, and my house and large booty need some attention (speaking of which it is sticking to my chair, hold on......perfect, someone was eating fruit snacks in my computer chair)!!!!

I can't wait for you to see and hear about some of the fun things we did while in Vegas, and eventually I will get to them, but for now I must go to sleep. Ok, ok, if you insist, here is a little sneaky peaky!

(above) Grandpa giving the kids a ride!!!

Some time at our favorite park!!

James and Sarah giving me some action shots!!

Grace enjoying the pool


Happy Sunday

All my love


Saturday, June 5, 2010


I came across this FANTASTIC blog that has all sorts of GIVE AWAYS and thought I would share!! GO HERE and check it out!!