Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tears and Jumping for Joy

This is what our morning has looked like today:

Is it nap time yet? 


Well, at least someone is happy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Book of Mormon: Comfort Through Jesus Christ

     A few nights ago we finally finished reading The Book of Mormon for the first time as a family. It took us quite awhile since we can only read a little bit per night, you know, since toddlers aren't that great at sitting still for more than about 10 verses.

     At the end of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, if offers this promise:

     "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost."

     I have taken this challenge - several times, actually. I have asked my Heavenly Father in prayer if what I have read in the Book of Mormon is true, and I have received an answer. I know, without a doubt, that it is true.

     As Jeffrey R. Holland said in his talk given in 2009, Safety for the Soul:

     "Love. Healing. Help. Hope. The power of Christ to counter all troubles in all times...That is the message with which the Book of Mormon begins, and that is the message with which it ends, calling all to 'come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him.'"

     I love this message from the Book of Mormon. No matter what our struggles are, we can find comfort through coming to Jesus Christ. He loves us. He is always listening, and His arms are always outstretched, waiting for us to come back to Him. No matter how far we feel we have strayed from His love, it is never too far.

photo from here.
     To request a free (no strings attached) copy of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, go here. Or you can read it online here.

     To learn more about "Mormons," or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go here.

     To read about why I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, go here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jonah is Growing Up!

Our little Jonah will be 6 months old at the end of this month. Where has the time gone? 

He is so much more round than my other kids, (gotta love the dimpled little hands) and I'm not used to how quickly he is growing out of clothes. For example, he currently fits into a shirt (that will be too small soon) that Nathan wore when he was almost one. It's just funny because the shirt is size 3-6 months, so of course he should be growing out of it soon.

He was introduced to the high chair and Cheerios this weekend, and he is quite happy with the whole thing. I told Sam yesterday that it is amazing how much a baby can learn in 6 months. He started as a helpless newborn, and now he can almost sit up on his own and eat Cheerios? Wow.

If you know Jonah, you know he is literally the most mellow baby ever. He usually only cries when he's hungry or tired, and those things are easily taken care of. Right now he is getting his bottom two teeth, so he has been crying quite a bit more than he usually does, and it breaks my heart to see him so sad. Thank goodness for Tylenol.

Two days ago this little man learned to army crawl. He had been rolling all around the house up until then, but I guess something clicked and he all of a sudden started his cute little crawl. He's got two older siblings to keep up with, so I'm sure that had something to do with it!

This video cracks me up because it basically showcases our life: two toddlers trying to help with whatever Sam and I are doing, a barfing baby, fighting kids... yeah. That's our life, and we love it!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shaving With Daddy

No matter what Sam is doing, these two want a part of it.

I'm glad that they have such a great dad that allows them to do pretty much everything with him.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Holy Temples.

Last weekend we went down to Provo. On the way we stopped in Ogden to attend the temple open house. When a new temple is built, (or in the case of the Ogden temple, a significant remodel occurs) the temple is open for public tours before it is dedicated. We took this opportunity to share the beauty of the inside of the temple with our children. We especially wanted our children to feel the unique spirit that can be felt there.

The temple is such a special place for our family. Because of covenants Sam and I made there when we were married, our family can be together forever, not only in this life. 

To learn more about what Mormons believe about family relationships, go here.

I brings me great peace to know that I can be with my family forever.

For more information about Mormon temples, visit this post.

The Ogden open house is now over, but a temple was recently built in Phoenix, Arizona. They will be providing free tours to the public starting on October 10, 2014. If you will be in the area, I urge you to attend. Find more information here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Sam took Ellie to work with him last Friday. She was beyond excited when he told her to get ready that morning. She kept telling me, "I have to hurry so me and Daddy won't be late to work!"

She got to do all of her favorite things:

Wear her backpack,

visit Daddy's office,

color on the whiteboard,

ride on the elevator,

and just generally walk around being big like Daddy.

She thinks he has the coolest job ever, and she wishes she could go to work with him every day. One thing's for sure - she definitely has the coolest dad around.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Life Is to Be Enjoyed.

     This morning as I was nursing Jonah I took a little scroll through Facebook (Don't judge. I know you're supposed to have all of this uninterrupted eye contact time while your baby is nursing, but sometimes I look at Facebook, a'ight? Don't tell me I'm the only one.) and I saw that one of my friends from nursing school started a new job. When I saw it I started to tell Sam how awesome it was for her, but I (embarrassingly) began to get a little bit emotional. Maybe it was that potty training was getting to me, or that I had found yet another dried remnant of the purple play dough we made yesterday stuck to the bottom of my foot. I could have sworn I got them all.

     Either way, I was feeling a little put out. I worked so hard to get my nursing degree, and I see all of my classmates getting their dream jobs: Primary Children's Hospital, Phoenix Children's Hospital, NICU, Surgery, Labor and Delivery, Cardiac. I wondered if I am wasting what I learned in nursing school by choosing to stay home with my kids.

     Then I looked over at my little Nathan, working so hard to pull down his new big boy underwear so he could go potty. My Ellie, dancing around in her pajamas. My Jonah, looking up at me with his big brown eyes while he finished up his breakfast. And I had no doubt that this is where I need to be right now.

    I'm sure that one day I will get to work in the NICU or Labor and Delivery like I have always dreamed. But for now, I get to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a mom.

     I'm going to enjoy the kids dirtying up the blankets and dish towels from the monstrous pile of clean laundry I have to wait until naptime to fold by using them as capes.

     I'm going to enjoy rolling out playdough with my kids, because who else will be ridiculously proud of the ugly dragon Ellie insisted that I make?

     I'm going to enjoy impromptu dance parties to "Happy" and "Let it Go," even though I have been sick of both songs for upwards of three months.

(sideways video... sorry!)

     I'm so blessed to be a mom, and I'm going to enjoy every second of it.

     Well, maybe not every second...