Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy 5 Months, Luke!

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Luke Boy!

What a joy he has been these past 5 months!  He is officially rolling over, scooting backwards when he’s on his back, and sleeping for about 8 hours every night.  He raises his little eyebrows when he smiles at me, and it melts my heart every time.  He does pretty good sitting in his bouncer seat while I work in the kitchen, but not for long before he gets the stiff back and tries to scoot out.  His red coloring certainly brings a new feel into our home.  We love it and feel so blessed to have him in our family.

I like how this picture shows our CD player in the background.  Lately when he starts showing me that he’s ready for nap time, I turn on my Calee Reed CD and hold him upright as he looks over my shoulder.  I sway back and forth and stare out the window while I sing along for about 3-4 songs, reflecting on heaven and such, then bam, his whole body goes limp and he's out like a light. Is it even possible for him to have a favorite song?  Maybe not, but if he did it would be "Better Than a Hallelujah” because he starts cooing during that one every time.  

So...thank you, Calee Reed.  My baby seems to really like you, haha!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rising Together

I used to think of charity as love’s companion:  a giving heart, unconditional acceptance, service, a heart warming story about a person showing an unusual amount of patience or care, taking the higher road, or simply being kind no matter what.  

But as a wife and mother I’ve been learning that charity is much much more.

I see it every day in my husband's willingness to leave for work at 6:30 am to provide for our family.  I see it in my daughters as they forgive each other time & time again (after little tiffs that happen daily)!  I see it in my 2 year old son's excitement to show his little brother every single one of his dinosaurs…and I see it in my baby’s smile, especially the ones when his whole body gets into it!

I’ve also experienced charity as a recipient of little acts of love on days when I needed them most.  Often times it’s the little things that make the biggest difference...texts/phone calls/messages of love and encouragement.  I am so grateful to those individuals and family members who have consistently helped, lifted, and rejoiced with me in my effort to become my very best self through my grief.  

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior”  (Boyd K. Packer).  I am so grateful for the enduring power of charity…that we can better ourselves as we lift each other and rise together.  

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Seven (but almost eight)

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Miss AM is growing up too fast, and oh, how I love watching her mature into a beautiful young lady…so full of ideas all the time, wanting to start a new club every month, lover of books and magical tales that “aren’t totally true, but still really really good!!  I just love it so much!” (as she’s jumping up and down 100 mph)!  

And so curious lately about money and jobs and how much things cost.  My goodness, she anticipates doing those money jobs every Saturday just so she can plan out what to spend her spending money on.   

She loves jump-roping and bike riding and “chasing Carlie around” and baking…yessiree, this girl loves to bake.  And I can’t forget all the note taking (her latest thing as part of the Spy Club she started last week.  Everyone is AIT - agent in training - so better beware) and journal writing, letter writing…ANY type of writing!  Just hook her up with a pen and a diary and this girl is good for hours.   

I could go on and on, but what I love most about AM is her innate ability to be happy for others’ successes.  I truly believe that it’s literally in her DNA to KNOW that if you are happy for other people, you simply get to be happy more often!!  She steps into the sun with the understanding that there is enough sunshine for everyone, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Let’s hope it lasts!  In a world that’s full of self glorification, cheering for others’ successes is powerful, and it’s one of the most valuable lessons I think she can learn.

I’ve learned a lot from her example, and once again recommitted to “become as little children.” 

Have a great weekend!