Thursday, April 28, 2016

Awesome kid

This kid amazes me. He works hard at school, sports, and in any calling at church. Not only that but now that spring is here he will come home and on any random day decide the yard needs a little work so he'll edge, weed, mow, or till. He's even sprayed the weeds and the roses! I love how self starter he is and that he does it with out demanding money from me (although I paying for his phone and car insurance. ... ) he just does it. I just hope he knows how much I appreciate him and all the hard work he does around here. It's only a short time till he will be out on a mission and I'll be crying about the fact that no one else wants to do all the work he did! I hope his siblings appreciate him. They probably won't till he's serving his mission and I'm nagging them to do the yard work!

Big catch

Last summer we had a possum getting into our garden and eating my tomatoes so we set a live trap.  We never caught it! 3 weeks ago Ethan was spraying the weeds in the garden and reset the trap with no bait. He went back out to find momma possum with 9 babies clinging to her! It was very exciting for the kids. We took them out to the country and let them free.

New driver!

Ethan turned 16 last month, and got to take his drivers test today. I would have taken him sooner but I had no idea that getting an appointment would take so long! I'm proud of him for passing on his first try!

Friday, April 15, 2016

April birthday party with the Workman's

I have 4 nieces with April  birthdays! 2 of them share the 6th, one the 7th,and one the 12th. In fact I'm the only one of my siblings with out a kid born in April! We had a big party at Pietro's in Beaverton. The kids all had a blast! It was the first time all the grandkids had been together since Christmas. Larry didn't get to go because he had the flu.

Monday, April 4, 2016

General conference trip to Utah

Last January I challenged my kids to read the "Friend " magazine or The New Era magazine cover to cover every month and if they did we'd have a big prize! They ALL did it.  So we took all of them to Utah to attend the General Conference for our church. Ruth isn't old enough to go in so while we were in the meetings she spent time with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin with her daughter. She had a wonderful time!  Which made it so much easier for us to enjoy our meetings.  Friday we toured Temple Square, This is the Place, and the Church History Museum.  (I did part of temple square with just the little girls while Larry took the older ones to do baptisms in the Salt Lake Temple).  Saturday was filed with conference, we were lucky enough to get tickets to both general meetings and the boys attended the priesthood meeting.  Sunday too and time with my cousins and aunt and uncle. We even ran into the White's  (a family from our ward who live around the corner) our stake President and dear friends that live in the other ward here in town. Such a small world! Everywhere we went we met people who knew friends of friends, or had some kind of connection. We truly are one big family and I find sisters everywhere I go!  It was a wonderful weekend and the kids traveled great!
Then also while we were gone we had our hard wood floors refinished. They are beautiful! I'm so excited to have beautiful floors!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter egg hunt and coloring eggs

We had brunch and an Easter egg hunt today at grandma and grandpa's house. It was lots of fun. I love getting to see Myka play with her cousins. It was also the first time my kids have ever had "brunch" so that was fun! We had cinnamon rolls, fruit, and mom made this biscuits and gravy with eggs casserole it was sooooo yummy!

Last night we colored our Easter eggs. It had become less work for me which is nice. The kids did all the coloring while I made pizza. They even cleaned up!  

Ruth's glasses

Monday I got a letter from the school saying Ruth's eye test showed she was far sighted. I figured I'd try to get her in during spring break. I got her on Tuesday. The doctor said she was really far sighted. They ordered her glasses and said it would take 5 to 7 days. They came in 3! I'm so glad she'll have them when she goes back to school! I'm hoping this will help her focus on school more.  (No pun intended.) But her attention span is not long. ... I think she looks totally cute and is loving getting use to looking at things and how different it all looks!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Title of Liberty

A few months ago I took a class called "Eternal Warriors". I learned so much about how to more effectively combat Satan. It has changed my life in so many amazing ways and I feel so much closer to my Father in Heaven because I can hear his voice more clearly, among many other things.  At the end of the class we were challenged to create a family "title of liberty" to help our families be like Captain Moroni, from the Book of Mormon. This will help us remember why, and how to combat the adversary.  For months I've taught about it. .. then I got serious and prayed about it and as I read my conference issue of the Ensign from April I read a talk from President Monson and I read "...in order to gain and keep the faith we need, it is essential that we read and study and ponder the scriptures. Communication with our Heavenly Father through prayer is vital.  We cannot afford to neglect these things for the adversary and his hosts are relentlessly seeking for a chink in our armor, a laps in our faithfulness. .." I knew this was what I needed to focus on!  It's what we HAVE to do to fight the enemy pray and hold to the word of God. Then came to my mind a scripture our family "ponderized" a few weeks ago.  (Ponderize comes from another talk from last conference. We pick a scripture to recite each day discuss what it means and think about it through it the week so it becomes more meaning full to us. ) I had chosen 1 Nephi 15:24 because of similar reasons. I wanted us to remember how important it is to hold on to, apply, and follow the teachings of the scriptures and our prophets. It says "and I said unto them that it was the word of God and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish, neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary over power them unto blindness to lead them away to destruction. " I just knew these two together would be a powerful reminder.  But I also wanted to have a place where we could put "the words of God" that we were focused on that we were holding fast to. ...so we have our scripture that we will ponderize each week posted at the bottom.  I also envisioned an actual iron rod on it as a reminder to hold to it...and it looks cool...
I presented my idea to my family at family home evening. We had been taking about it for months.  Most everyone was exited, some gave input like making the words diagonal  (which I love because it's more interesting), colors. ...we were all excited about it and so the next morning I asked my amazing friend Heidi Davis to help me make it happen. She is an incredible sign maker and did an amazing job. It's exactly what I wanted. She suggested putting a title at the top which I love! We just hung it last night!

Monday, March 21, 2016

First try

Ethan did this on his first try!

Resurrection garden

I saw this "craft" on pintrest and really wanted to make one with my kids. We put it together last week. The grass grew much faster then I expected.  What I also didn't expect was what I would feel about it. ... each morning I watered the grass seeds and as I did  my mind would automatically run through the words to the hymn "There is a Green Hill Far Away" which says. ..
There is a Green hill far away,  without a city wall, where the dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.
We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains her had to bear. But we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there.
They're was no other good enough to pay the price of sin. He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in
Oh dearly dearly had he loved! And we must live him too,  and trust in his redeeming blood, and try his works to do.

This is one of my favorite Easter/sacrament hymns. And my heart has been turned to Him more as I have these thoughts each morning.