July 30, 2009
July 28, 2009
Wow, I am so excited to receive my first award. Sunday night, when I got the email about Carol's comment. I was so excited I wanted to sit down and write a post about it. But, it was really late at night so it had to wait.
Carol, from Songberries, gave me this award. You should go over and check her out. She talks about her family, her dog and her brand new puppies, about cooking and crafts and tips. Be sure and check it out.
I'm passing the award on to some of my favorite websites...
1. Fuller Family Blog-ish -- Kat
2. Churnings and Burnings -- Cass
3. A Little Sass -- Sari
4. Tenderness and Toil -- Emily
5. Blinding Moments of Unconviction -- Vanessa
6. Awfully Beautiful -- Amy
7. JulieTopham.com -- Julie
8. Living the Dream -- Chandra
9. The Jet Set -- Azúcar
10. Better in Bulk -- Lolli
11. Acte Gratuit -- Acte Gratuit
The rules of accepting and sharing this award are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude
3. Link to your nominees within your post
4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award
5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award.
Tell us how you've come to have an attitude gratitude.
I have so very much to be grateful for. I am actually very overwhelmed by this award and the opportunity to share what I cherish and what swells my heart and soul.
My greatest blessing is to know that Christ's Atonement has made it possible for me to spend forever with my wonderful family. I can't imagine a day without hearing my little girl's voices and their sweet giggles, seeing my husband's big gorgeous smile, or a day without the love and support of my family that Scott and I are raising together and the family that raised me.
On Sunday, our lesson was on adversity and more importantly, how we may feel abandoned at our most difficult times but that we are not alone. Even Christ as He was on the cross, dying for us, He called out to God for forsaking Him. This lesson really made me think about how blessed we are. Today I feel like I can look at my future trials and know that because of Christ's Atonement, we can get through anything. I know that the Lord loves us and will help us through the challenges (whatever they may be) and most importantly, we WILL learn from each of our trials. We will be a closer family and will learn to lean on one another and be there to lift each other up. The challenge will be remembering this when in the midst of adversity.
I am so grateful for every day that I get to spend with Scott and the girls. I love them each so much and love the difference in each of their personalities. It is delightful for me to see which of my traits and which of Scott's traits each of the girls has now and which will stay with them forever. Even when there have been horrible days, in the end, these three are what get me going in the morning and keep me going all day. When I have to travel for work, I long for the moment that I get to walk in and give my girls "huggies and kissies."
My family is my reason for everything in my life. They are my joy, my sorrow, my light, my dark, my loves through good and bad. I was raised by wonderful parents and grew with fantastic siblings. They are my best friends and always will be. I love you all.
That is what I am most grateful for (and for this award that helped me share).
July 26, 2009
Here is my entry for this week's contest at http://www.iheartfaces.com/ The theme this week is "at the beach." Living in Utah, we don't get enough beach time. Something we will have to work on.
Check out the other entries!
July 25, 2009
July 24, 2009
Thank you to all of our ancestors that made the painful and dangerous trek across the plains to settle Utah. We are grateful for the sacrifices that you made for us to gain a place of prosperity and freedom. Our family is here today because of you.
July 23, 2009
I really liked that they had an individual meeting for each child that was being baptized. When I got baptized, in the same church, we had maybe 5 or 6 other kids being baptized. Which meant I had no say about who gave the talks or said the prayers. I really liked that she got to pick and that the program was all about her and her family.
Cass and Dan did a wonderful job with the service and then with the family feast after. We are so glad we got to be part of her day. Congratulations and we are very proud of her!
The four in the middle picture are quite the group. Youngest kitten and Jade are so excited for summer, because that means Dilia and Asher will be in town for several weeks of play time. Jade is the youngest and doesn't get to play as often. The other three all live through the backyard from each other- at least during the summer.
The bottom picture is of all but one the girl cousins. 3 of them are my cousin Cass', 2 are my cousin Em's, 1 is my brother's and of course the remaining 2 are mine. Ezzie wasn't in the picture. (I'm not sure why).
July 22, 2009
One of the important lessons that we have learned from her scooter skills is that her dance lessons are paying off. Check out her form while holding an arabesque and gliding across the street. So, if I ever question whether or not to keep her dancing, I have my answer. YES YES YES. Plus, she's a bit of a klutz, so the dance will help with that.
July 21, 2009
July 20, 2009
Check out Colin's video for an awesome recap of the events... here.
Here are some other blog posts about the event...
Kat- hasn't posted yet- so I'll update when she does
Cass (It links to her Celebration Tag- there are several posts about the 4th)
Emily- hasn't posted yet- so I'll update when she does
July 14, 2009
I took off a couple of days before the 4th, to spend with my girls. I had a few things that I wanted to accomplish, but my main purpose was to play with them. So, we tried hard to play. On Thursday morning we got up at the crack of dawn. Okay- 6:00. We headed down to the Freedom Festival Balloon Launch. It is really an amazing site. It would have been better if the balloons would have actually gone in the air higher than 20 feet. Hopefully next year.
The girls had a blast and were really glad that we got up early and went.
Funny little story about the differences in our two girls. Jade was the first one that I tried to wake up. To wake her takes several tries. She is soooo my daughter- in that way. She tossed and turned and moaned while keeping her eyes closed. Then I went in to Ivy's room and said to her the same thing I said to Jade. "Honey, do you want to wake up and go see the balloons?" She sits straight up in bed and says, "Yep, let's go and see the balloons" -- proving that she is her father's daughter.
I sent both girls with their own camera. The first collage shows pictures from my camera and the bottom collage is a group of their pictures. Ivy's would be better if she would quit touching the lens with her sticky fingers- but we'll pretend it is a filter.
My mom came with us, but I don't have her pictures to include in their own collage. I may have to get them and do another balloon post.
We enjoyed the Kiwanis breakfast- an absolute must. 13 years ago, I was one of the Kiwanis serving breakfast for the balloon festival. I miss those days, but would pick going to watch the balloons with Jade, Ivy and my mom over going back in time.
I am so grateful that we have two girls that enjoy doing things and like to experience life as much as they can.
Next year hopefully we will get pictures of the balloons in the air.