Saturday, December 27, 2008
In this dream, everything looked real and normal, it was the middle of the night and our home looked just like it does now (which was surprising to me since I don't know if I have ever dreamed about our home, it is usually my parents home). Clark had just helped David back to bed since he woke up for some reason, when I felt I needed to go check the front door to make sure we had locked it. Clark and I walked through our dark home to the front door. What a shock I had when I felt the door and not only found it unlock, but open ajar! I pushed it closed and went to lock the door when suddenly I felt pushing and snarls and growls on the other side of the door! Clark reached out and helped me and we were able to hold the door closed and finally lock it. Well, this really creeped me out, and we peaked out the window by the door to see what kind of animal was out there (we could still hear it) but there was nothing there. We realized it was invisible. (I hope I am not creeping you out, I will come to an explanation of why I am sharing this)
I woke up from my dream and at that point went in to feed Benjamin since he was hungry. As I fed him I had time to think. This beast reminded me of the beast we need to protect our families from, that of evil in the world, it lurks around waiting for a door to be left open. Christ has made it possible to keep our families safe, he has given us power to overcome, he has given us the priesthood and we gain even more power through the covenants that we make and keep. Through these we can be protected, but it isn't enough just to protect ourselves, we need to teach our children how to keep themselves safe. Teach with all our might. And what about our friends and family? We want them to be safe too.
As I was thinking about all these things and how the dream had scared me and worried me, I couldn't help thinking about Lehi from the Book of Mormon worrying about his children and people because of his dreams. I can't imagine how hard it would have been for John the Revelator to see the destructions and pains of people in the last days because of wickedness. I am very grateful to have the scriptures that teach me, comfort me and guide me. I am thankful for Christ and the power he gives us to overcome that evil one. I am thankful for our Father in Heaven who lovingly watches over my beloved little family, my treasures, and who has given us the Holy Ghost as our guide. He has blessed us with the restoration of the gospel in these last days. Joseph Smith did see the Father and the Son in that quiet grove of trees, and that is what started that small stone cut out of the mountain that rolls forward today. It is true, and I know it.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
If you look closely you will see our little friend Rabbit that likes to take naps just outside our window. The children love going to look out the window every day and see if he is there. Sometimes he is, sometimes he isn't. When he isn't there, David says he is off eating somewhere.
And the Winner is...
DAVID! The University had a, would you call it, contest at a Christmas activity we attended. We received a phone call the next week saying our names were drawn for the little boys bike. Yeah! David is an expert bike rider and often scares the other mothers at how fast he can ride. (scared because they are afraid he will fall down) He has been riding a bike since he was three, he really is fast!
Benjamin has really started falling into a sleeping pattern now that his he almost five months. I needed to go somewhere the other day and was sad to have to wake him up. I just had to snap a picture while I had the chance. There is something special about looking at a sleeping baby.
Also, a note about the blanket. I used to be the Primary teacher for the girls that are about 11, once I had Benjamin they released me from that to give me time with my baby. One of my sweet girls made me this blanket, and it is the cutest softest blanket. Benjamin loves it.
Three in a bed, and the little one said...
From the time we had David as a baby I have taken a picture of my children snuggled up in Mommy and Daddy's bed. They love being all cuddled up together.
Grandma sent some fun holiday clothes for the children. They love these clothes and look festive wearing them. Thank you! We love you!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Clark out like a light, and Benjamin wide awake.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Last night I had a meeting and arrived at the location ten minutes early and was about to get out and go into the person's house when I decided that I would take that time and just sit in the silence. (I noticed that no one else had arrived yet) I sighed and listened to the sounds and quietly filtered in from outside. It felt better than taking a nap!
I just finished reading a set of books ("City of Ember, and "The People of Sparks") that made me think about the night sky and lights and all that we use in a different way. As I thought about this I was realizing how much the world go by so quickly during the day and we are so caught up in our lives; and when night comes and we can't see our busy little world so well any more, we gaze up into the sky seeing the endless sea of stars and realize that man is so much smaller in the whole of creation and that there is so much more to life and the world than the busy little tasks we do all day.
The quiet of the night turns my attention toward heaven and my Father in Heaven. He is there, he does love us even through all the noise and chaos of our little world. I am thankful for the chance to quietly listen.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1. Do you like blue cheese? No, I have always thought it was kind of gross to think about what it is.
2. Have you ever smoked? No
3. Do you own a gun? No
4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite? Grape has to be the best. Clark has introduced some fun new flavors but Purple is always the best!
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes! I get so nervous I think I give the doctor ideas that I need more done to me than I really do!
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I love when they are grilled, but otherwise they are not that good to me.
7. Favorite Christmas movie? I don’t think I have a favorite.
8. Favorite thing to drink in the morning? Milk or water.
9. Can you do push-ups? I haven’t tried in a while. I might be able to do one.
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring, which is about the only thing I wear now days.
11. Favorite hobby? Playing the piano and painting. I don't get to pain very often, but I love trying to picture how I would paint the things I see around me.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No.
13. What’s one trait you hate about yourself? I am always so tired.
14. Middle name? Frances
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. It is raining outside. I hope Clark and the children are having fun and are safe. I should be getting to sleep right now while I can…
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Water, milk, apple juice.
17. How many siblings do you have? Three.
18. Favorite place to be? Home
19. Current hate right now? Trying to get ready in the morning and keeping the children out of trouble at the same time. (Clark goes to school at 4:00 a.m. so I have to squeeze in my time to get ready since my children wake up at 6:30 and I will not be waking up earlier right now in my life.)
20. How did you bring in the New Year, 2008? I was sleeping.
21. Where would you like to go? Anywhere if only I could go with only my husband. Another honeymoon would be nice.
22. Name three people who might complete this: ----
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, at least five. (I just can’t get rid of the old ones.)
24. What shirt are you wearing? An “Environmental Science Institute” t-shirt Clark got from a conference he went to.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I don’t know, but probably not.
26. Can you whistle? Yes.
27. Favorite color? Red and all the Autumn colors.
28. Would you be a pirate? No, I always end up wanting to be a princess.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Religious songs, and church hymns.
30. Favorite Girl’s Name: Rebecca
31. Favorite Boy’s Name: David
32. What’s in your pocket right now? No pockets…
33. Last thing that made you laugh? I think I had a pretty hard day today and can’t remember, but I do remember laugh pretty hard yesterday at something the children did. (Probably David making his silly faces)
34. What vehicle do you drive? Van
35. Worst injury you’ve ever had? I was hit by a car when I was 14 yrs. old. I didn’t have many injuries, but it was the most tramatic.
36. Do you love where you live? I do love it here, but it doesn’t feel like “home”. Perhaps someday I will live in a place I consider "home".
37. How many TV’s do you have in your house? One.
38. Who is your loudest friend? My husband.
39. Do you have any pets? No.
40. Does someone have a crush on you? My husband.
41. Your favorite book(s): I really like the “Chronicles of Narnia” and there have been lots of books I have liked that I read with the children like “The Runaway Pumpkin”.
42. Do you collect anything? Children’s things.
43. Favorite Sports Team? None.
44. What song do you want played at your funeral? “Somewhere My Love” my Grandpa used to sing this one.
Somewhere, my love,There will be songs to sing
Although the snow covers the hope of spring.
Somewhere a hill blossoms in green and gold
And there are dreams all that your heart can hold.
Someday we'll meet again, my love.
Someday whenever the spring breaks through.
You'll come to me out of the long ago,
Warm as the wind, soft as the kiss of snow.
Till then, my sweet, think of me now and then.
God, speed my love'til you are mine again.
Francis Paul Webster
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today is the big day we have been preparing for all these months! We decided to start a fun family tradition when it comes to voting. I waited for Clark to come home and we WALKED to the elementary school just a minute away. (I emphasize "walked" because they just changed our location and it is now in walking distance!!! A big thing here in Texas--no pun intended.) The children loved getting to see the school David will attend next year, and we loved getting to vote.
Now for the tradition. We went out for ice cream afterwards to celebrate the chance we had to vote and to talk about what voting is. Our children were so happy! They would tell people that "they" voted, and they wore their stickers proudly.
Life is always a fun adventure when Clark is home with us. He makes everything so fun!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
One of our first purchases in our marriage was a hair cutting kit, and I have been the official barber of the family for many years now. If only I could cut my own hair too!