Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Leah!

Just recording the moment.  I love Leah.  She's so perfect in her personality.  What I mean by this is that she just operates day-to-day true to herself.  I love that about her.  She is six years old today.  My how time flies!  I remember when this little thing was brand new to the world.

Leah LOVES all things relating to fashion.  She is a diva in the true sense of the word.  She'll need a job before she's 10 to pay for all the clothes she's going to want.  And don't get me started on the shoes.

I love that Leah loves to wear dresses and skirts.

Leah sings all the time.  It's quite cute.

Leah is determined to keep up with her older brothers and sisters.  She does quite a good job of it too.

Leah's learning to read and do math.

Leah's excited to have her own room (sharing with Lili) in the new house.  She picked lavender for the wall color.

Leah is a very social child.  She can't hardly wait for her party on Saturday.

Leah is thoughtful and considerate of others.  She's wonderful with her little sister.

I'm so grateful for Leah.  I'm grateful for her patience with me and how she makes our family perfect.  I'm so grateful saw fit to send her to us.

Happy Birthday Leah!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dinner Calendar

I'm kinda under construction right now.  I'm trying to figure out a way to imbed a calendar into my blog to record what I made for dinner.  I'm not a very good menu planner, so I thought I'd do it backwards.  You can click on the menu item for a full description or name.  Other than it being extremely rudimentary, tell me what you think about it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last Week

Because I'm not going to write this in my journal because I'm lazy, I'll record it here.

Last week was a doozy!

Tuesday - Earthquake--epicenter about 20 miles from my parents in Virginia. We felt it up here in NJ.  Crazy!
Wednesday - explained "where babies come from" to Lucy.  She thought I was kidding. :)  So funny.
Thursday - worked at the new house for hours, pulled staples in the girls' new room for hours.  First I heard that Hurricane Irene was going to threaten our area.  Emergency Stake Welfare Meeting that night to discuss needs for member who would have to evacuate the coastal area.  Stressful!
Friday--Prep prep prep for the impending hurricane.  Stressful!
Saturday - more prep for the hurricane.  The rain started around 11am.  We were about as prepared as we could be.  Some holes in the preps but mostly it was pretty buttoned up.
Sunday - no church, hurricane moves up the coast and leaves us with a lot of wind but a beautiful sunny day.

No wonder I'm so tired.  Glad it's over.  Glad we all survived.  God is good.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lessons I'm Pondering and Learning Part II

I wrote the first part of my "lessons" about a week ago and have just been kind of sitting on them and pondering.

I had a little smidge of a breakthrough in my quest to understand God's dealings with me/us.  

As I was praying/pondering last night, I was reminded of Jesus's words from the cross when he said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

I think this is some sort of clue.  Jesus was specifically talking about the Roman soldiers that were performing the crucifixion.  They were not Jewish or Christian; they actually worshipped the Roman gods we learn about in school.

I think Jesus was actually speaking about us all.  I have a wonderful teenage daughter who is on the cusp of graduating high school.  She's been offered a couple of options for a job (she's chosen not to pursue a formal education) and is having difficulty deciding on what to do.  It's so interesting to be in my shoes and actually see clearly the path she should take that would be the easiest for her in the long term.  She's flirting with the easy road but will most likely choose the road that will ultimately be harder.  Alas, that is her choice and consequence, whether good or bad.

But, I'm brought back to Christ's plea to the father to forgive, because they don't know what they're doing.  It's the "they don't know what they're doing" part that is causing me to linger and ponder.  My daughter doesn't know what she's doing.  She's doing her best, seeking out counsel and trying to figure it out logically.  I have no doubt she'll work hard at whatever choice she makes.

I think the same goes for me.  I often disappoint or anger another.  MOST of the time I do it out of shear ignorance or with great intentions.  I do admit I sometimes do things on purpose.  :)  But, really, I'm often shocked to hear how a person perceived my actions or intentions.  I didn't know what I was doing. :)  I thought I was doing the best I could.  But, this causes disappointment and anger in others.  Some are quick to forgive, others-not so much.

I need to adjust my perceptions and remember the words of Jesus when someone offends me.  Regardless of their intentions.  MOST of the time they'll think they were doing the best they could.  Sometimes it'll be intentional.  Either way--"they know not what they do."

I could ramble a bit more, but I think I'll stop for a moment.  

Lessons I'm Pondering and Learning

I'm going through a growth spurt.  I've been learning all sorts of lessons about myself and how God interacts with me....us, really.

I don't know a lot yet.  I'm still in a pondering phase.  What have I been pondering?  Godly emotions.  Huh?

Recently I found myself VERY disappointed in a situation.  That sent me to ponder.  How does Heavenly Father deal with His disappointment in me (us)?  Then I thought, does God get disappointed in us?  Because that doesn't seem to be a very godly reaction.  Disappointment seems to be a selfish reaction.  As I wrote in my journal about my experience I realized that I was interjecting my "contribution" to the scenario, looking for appreciation and acknowledgement of a job well-done.  I got none of that.  But, I was never asking for it or outwardly looking for it.  But, I learned that deep inside my sweet little spirit was the selfish desire to see the good fruit of my works.  Yep.  We call that pride.

So, once I figured that out....I was ok with the "awakening" if you will.  I immediately set out to repent.  Not a bad thing.

The harder part was the acknowledgement to myself that I had wasted some time not taking better care of myself and accomplishing my own goals.  I'm NOT by any means saying that I regret a single minute of my efforts, I had just gotten side-tracked and lost myself.

I've never been one to take good care of myself.  That's too selfish.  That's the bad habit I'm trying to change.  I've been raising up a brand new baby for the last year so that definitely took up a lot of my time as well.  But, I find myself resorting to the same behaviors that kinda got me stuck in a rut.  ie....turning to the heavenly chocolate chip cookie vs. my Heavenly Father.

My pondering continues on how to react or not react to disappointment or anger like my Father in Heaven.  I'm sure that His all-encompassing love and omniscience helps a lot. A true understatement.

To be continued....

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's Official!

Liliana's been walking around the house for a while now, but mostly holding onto furniture with timid steps in between.

I'm going to declare Cinco De Mayo 2001 as Lili's official walking day.  That's about all she did all day.  Just walk around.

I can't believe my baby is a year old now.  Last year this time I had just gotten home from the hospital with this little sweetie pie.  I love her!  Couldn't imagine my life without the joy this child has brought into my life.  I'm sure glad God knows better than I do.  What a relief. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Leah and Bad Words

Just a quick note about little Leah.  She makes me laugh.  She's obviously becoming more aware of her surroundings because she can pick out a bad word when there isn't one.  It's cute but can be a little frustrating.

Sam was out working on our new shed last weekend when Leah came racing in the house.  She asked me with all seriousness if "damage" was a bad word.  So cute.  She heart "dam" and assumed the entire word must be bad.

That'll be a sweet memory for me.  Especially when she tries to use a few of those words in her years to come. :)