Monday, November 24, 2014

Three Rubies

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“It is my firm conviction that there has never been a period in my many years of life when our Father in Heaven’s children have needed the guiding hand of faithful, devoted parents more.” - Elder L. Tom Perry

When the challenges of parenthood seem to overwhelm me, I try to take time to capture moments like these and remember that these three babes need me now more than ever.  The spirit of sacrifice takes root and encourages me to press forward.   

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Diaper Free/Girls' Room

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 Hi everyone!  How has your week been?  School was cancelled today which was nice.  It’s been really cold outside and the freezing temperatures have turned our neighborhood into Ice-ville.  

I’m really excited to report that Gabe has been diaper free for almost three weeks now...including nights.  I had him in diapers for three nights after the first few days of success, but he kept waking up dry, and he started insisting on “undies” during nighttime, too.  I consider it a miracle because I haven’t done hardly anything to instigate this.  In fact, I’ve been fully preparing myself to have two little boys in diapers.  He basically woke up one Monday morning and said “No Mommy, No!” to diapers.  He’s a little obsessed with using the potty (like every 30 minutes), but he’s very consistent, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  We all praise him like crazy every single time though, too, in high hopes that we won’t have a regression here in the near future. ;)

With the new baby coming, we’ve decided to put both girls in the same room.  So far it’s been going better than I thought it would, and I’m really happy with how it looks which is a major plus.

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the amount of housework required to sustain a family, especially since I’ve had helping hands in & out of my home the past few weeks - allowing me to rest and get better.   More often than not our days as mothers tend to feel like a giant blur of preparing food, picking up little messes, folding laundry, doing dishes, making beds, mopping floors, wiping down something, on and on.  I came across this quote the other day that struck a chord with me.

  “Housework is constant.  It doesn’t stop when you’re having a bad day.  It doesn’t always feel fun.  It doesn’t always result in Hallmark moments.  However, if we look at housework as family work, and focus on how it encourages love, togetherness, and essential opportunities for meaningful conversations, we’ll find so much more joy in this process of motherhood.”  - April Perry

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Darker the Night, Brighter the Stars

I am not afraid of the dark, but I do not like it.  As a little girl, nighttime was hard for me, but on clear, dark nights, I found comfort while focusing on the stars, especially the bright ones.  Sometimes darkness is thick - it’s impossible to see the stars - but regardless, they’re there…even when we can’t see them with the naked eye.

I know there will be times in each of our lives when darkness ensues, tempting us to feel engulfed by it’s heaviness.

But darkness always passes, beauty remains.  Light will always win.

I have so many things to be grateful for.  

I’m recovering from pneumonia right now which put me in the hospital last week (darkness), but my mom came to the rescue (bright star)!  She left this morning (darkness), but my house is spic ’n span and we’ve all been rejuvenated with good rest and delicious homemade food (major bright stars).  

 Despite my poor health the past several weeks (darkness), we still made memories that are worth blogging about (bright stars). :)

Pumpkin Patch Outing:

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(I know I shared these once already, but my Halloween post somehow got deleted.)

Halloween 2014 Collage

Jared took the kids trunk-or-treating in our church parking lot and trick-or-treating along our street.  I stayed in where it was cozy and answered the door for all the ghosts & ghouls & Elsa princesses that came to our door.  After that, Jared’s brother’s family came over that night for a fun visit.  Notice the monkey nose picker.  Lovely.

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School Pictures (two bright stars):


^^^ I can’t believe she’s a 2nd grader! I love her so much; she has been an amazing helper to me, and I love how her hair matches her eyes. ^^^


^^^ Our cute kindergartner.  She’s about a foot shorter than everyone in her class, but she never lets it hold her back.  The other day she told me, “I’d be bragging if I talked about being small.  Not everyone is small, mom.”  ha, ha!  She is really big on organizing everything and loves learning how to read.  I absolutely love her and her fun perspective on life. ^^^

Double Rainbow:

A double rainbow surrounded our house early one morning last week.  By the time I grabbed my phone to take a picture, the second rainbow was almost gone.  It was nothing short of remarkable, and it brought me peace that day; I knew we were being watched over.

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“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the LOVE of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are HAPPY."

- Author Unknown