Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful For Our Bounty.

There's so much to be thankful for in remembering the history of thanksgiving when the pilgrims and the Indians joined in unison to share their bounties. That is is what this season is all about. To give and to share, and attending Noah's thanksgiving feast this year was the perfect setting to witness both of those things. The kids were all dressed as pilgrims, and indians, and the kids were so excited to have their parents join in to share with them this wonderful food!
Noah was a pilgrim and I loved his little costume. The kids did a good job in making their hats, and jackets out of construction paper. I love seeing him interacting with his friends, and how they all get along. Their teacher calls them the three musketeers, and I just love their enthusiasm...especially when I tell them I want to take a picture of them! Silly boys!
It was such a treat to have been able to be a part of this special time in his life where he is learning all about the purpose of Thanksgiving, and extremely thankful for this time that I had to spend with my boy. I didn't have any kind of feast with my two older daughters at their schools when they were younger, and because Noah was two weeks old when Chelsea had her feast I wasn't able to attend. So being here with him, and looking at the big smile on his face made my day, and made me appreciate all that I have been blessed with. All while enjoying a delicious meal with other adults!

Here's wishing y'all a beautiful day in this season of giving! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful for Books & What Noah Is Reading Right Now.

Books have become the main source of entertainment in our family. Whether it's reading to do a book report, or just to escape from the world for an hour or two books are something that we love, and can never get enough of. I am so thankful to all the writers, and authors out there who make this happen. Everyone in our family is a reader, and while I wish I had more room for bookshelves in this house for books, the girls wish they had more money to buy books. Although there are Kindles, and iPads in which you can download books for free or at a discount there's nothing better than holding a tangible book while inhaling the smell of those brand new pages! 

Noah and Chelsea love it when we read to them. They have become a bit spoiled having stories read to them at night, and no matter how tired Jon is from work he will go upstairs and read to them both. I guess you can say he's taken over that role in the evening, but during the day I still manage to find time to read to Noah. He's learning more words, and can read easy books, (don't think I'll be escaping the Dr. Seuss genre anytime soon), but still has a lot to work on. I know that reading more to him will help him pick up the pace, and that he will soon start reading entirely on his own. 

Here are some of the books that he checked out at the library including the one he's holding in his hands in the picture above. Martha speaks is not only one of his favorite cartoons, but he loves the Space Dogs book as well. I think it's because of the astronauts. 

Anyway, here are the list of books I have on my long goodreads list that I still want to read! I am currently reading a few books, but my favorite ones right now...
Noah has been on a binge of wanting me to read all the "If you give a Mouse" books, and all the Miroslav Slasek books such as "This is New york, Paris, London, Texas books. But the one he loves taking to school to read while waiting for the bus are Space dogs, and The Story of Ferdinand the Bull.
I'm so thankful for books, and to have kids who love to read, and I hope that they will never grow out of it! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful For Sierra, & A Mission Call Update.

Just wanted to give y'all a quick update on Sierra's mission call. Apparently there was some mixup in her paperwork, and due to a tiny medical condition it didn't get approved by the mission department. Now that the doctor approved it, and all has been rectified, her paperwork will be resubmitted, hence getting her mission call a little later. So for those of you who have been wondering about what's going on, and why it's taking so long, well there you have it. So because of that she probably won't get her mission call until after the holidays, or even well into the new year. That's okay because we get to hear her voice more often, and because we can't get enough of talking to her via FaceTime we'll definitely be overusing that until the day she leaves. Luckily we get to have her home in time for the holidays, but because she does have a job in Utah, and deferred her college plans she will be working around the holiday, but will be visiting us for a short time in December in time to take a family photo. 

We are so proud of her, and for whatever reason the Lord has caused this delay I know it's all for a good reason. I am grateful to her, and for her patience in understanding why these things happen. Maybe it could have been a test to see if she was fully prepared, or really wanting to serve. Whatever it may be, she is anxiously waiting as patiently as possible to serve the Lord. She is an amazing young lady born at the right time, and for that I am eternally grateful. The Lord blessed us with an extraordinary daughter with a beautiful personality, and we are so thankful to have her in our life. She truly is one of a kind!  

I'm just happy that her medical condition is nothing too serious, and as soon as she hears something I'm sure she'll post it on her blog before I do. So have a great holiday season, and we'll keep you updated as the weeks fly by. So looking forward to seeing her in a few weeks! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful For The LDS Missionaries.

^^^This is one of Sierra's childhood friends from Utah. Jordan Watchman served in San Diego where he recently returned home from his mission with honor. We are very proud of him. And soon it'll be Sierra's turn! ^^^ 

In the church I attend we have what you call missionaries that go out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although we believe in the bible we also believe that there is another testament of Jesus Christ titled the Book of Mormon. 23 years ago I became a member of this wonderful church and my whole heart became more focused on the Savior Jesus Christ. Without the help of the missionaries of the church there would've been no way that I would've been strong enough, or taught proper enough in learning true principles of the gospel. To love, cultivate compassion, forgive, and most of all turn my heart over with sincerity to the Savior and leave my old life behind, and turn to a new one. To turn my heart over to Him so that in the end I can have eternal life, and reign with my Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ for eternity. So these wonderful missionaries are important in today's society, and whether they are 18 or 80 these missionaries are dedicated to sharing the gospel to anyone who may be searching for truth in a happier way. They are the ones who help those who want to learn about eternal happiness and the purpose of life. They are the ones with the knowledge of Christ's teachings, and His restored gospel. 

I am extremely thankful for the sister missionaries that had a huge part in my conversion. I will never forget them, and will always appreciate their kindness, love, and the patience they had in putting up with my stubbornness and all. It's been a pretty great life for me and I am so thankful to be a member of this church. I know that this church is true, and that we are guided by living prophets. I know that it has helped my family become more bonded than ever. It truly is the way to lasting happiness. No matter the trials we've faced as a family, I know that leaning towards the Savior will help guide us through a better life, and help us to be more Christlike. 

So here's to the missionaries who have served, who are about to serve, and who are currently serving all over the country. You are amazing, and even if you find one family, one person to come unto Christ, you're mission will be worth it. The Lord knows your hearts, and your reasons as to why you are serving. Keep on keeping on with finding those lost sheep who were on the same wavelength as I was 23 years ago. They're out there, you just got to have the patience, and faith to seek them. It may be tough at times, but I know that with sincere prayer you will find those who want so desperately to belong to a better world with light in it, and want to change. To have a new life, and be cleansed. 
First I want to recognize Hermana Schmidt who I met on the internet when I wrote about this post in regards to our former stake president. Turns out that she is serving in the Dominican Republic where he is currently serving as her mission presidentDefinitely a small world, and she is lucky to have President Corbitt as her president! 
^^^ Daniel Poaletti returned home from his mission earlier this year. He dedicated two years of service in Brazil. ^^^
^^^ Elder Hubner is currently serving in Missouri, and Elder Dapp is currently serving in California. They both grew up in the church together, and are the best of friends. How awesome it is that they are both serving missions at the same time! ^^^
 ^^^ Sister Alexandria Spears is currently serving in California. ^^^ 
^^^ Sister Vogel (the one doing the peace sign) is currently at the MTC, and will soon be serving in the Vanuatu/ New Caledonia which are the islands in the South Pacific! ^^^ 

There's a few more missionaries that I'd love to put on this blog, but don't want to make this a super long post! Know that I'm thinking of y'all! I love these people so much! I would say kids, but they are almost 19, & 20!! So never ever give up on the work! You will be so blessed for doing so!

***If you are interested in learning more about the missionaries, or want a free Book of Mormon please don't hesitate to contact me! You can also log onto our website at to find out more about the missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thankful For The Temple.

Nine years ago before we moved to the east coas, long before driving 75 minutes to two and a half hours to a temple I once was going to the temple once a week. 

Ever since I received my endowments, and got sealed to my family in Utah back in 2003 I immediately began attending the temple weekly, and the feeling I received from going was incredible. The temple is indeed a holy place filled with so much inspiration, and desire. A desire for me to continue to strive to do better. It is a beautiful building that I just cannot live without, and I'm extremely grateful for the Lord to give me that continued desire to attend when my time permits. 

When we first moved out here it was pretty tough not being able to go every week, but I bridled my passion and gave thanks to the Lord that it's only a two and a half drive, and not two days to get to a temple. Heavenly Father knows my heart, and is aware of my desire to serve. I"m very thankful of the times that we are able to go by ourselves, with friends, and yes...even our children. There have been times when Jon will go on temple dates with the girls, and in all honesty I think those are the best daddy daughter dates! He hasn't done that in a while because of time, and the kids being in school, but it's definitely on his resolution list for next year. 

Resolution: Taking our daughter to the temple more often even if it's once every three months. 

We always make the best of our temple trips when we take the kids, and I'm so glad we bring them. I know that by bringing them the example we set off as parents is a good one, and they will see the happiness on our faces as we arrive, and even more when we exit the building. 

It never fails that when we leave our kids to enter inside the temple my love for them is solid. And when the time comes for us to leave the temple, the love I have in my heart is even stronger, and all I want to do is hurry up and get to my kids and shower them with never-ending hugs and kisses. What a blessing it is to be able to feel that! 

My hope is that as they get older they will remember these temple trips, and that they will be able to do this with their future posterity. So attending the temple is important to me, and it is at the top of my list in my life of priorities. It strengthens me, my family, and particularly our marriage. It is such a beautiful place to be, and no matter the distance we will always make the time to go. 

Once we have a temple  close to us next year, you better believe I'll be attending in a weekly basis. I'm an adventurer, and a lover of temples so even when we have one that's 20 minutes away I will still drive hours to various temples. I never want to take them for granted, and the driving distance helps me appreciate that even more. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thankful for Being A "Work-From-Home" Mom.

Being a "work-from-home" mom has been the best choice that I made, and knowing that I'm going to be home when all my kids come home from school puts me at ease with less worry.  

Especially Noah. 

After reading this post, I feel even more secure knowing that my position as a work-from-home is crucial to my children. Since Noah started Kindergarten I have only had two people in my life who have asked me, "now that Noah is in school are you going to work?" I'm like, "uh, no." 

Just because my kids are all in school now doesn't mean I have to work. Besides...Noah is only in school for three hours, and I honestly don't think there is anyone out there who would hire me to work for three hours. Even if he was in school all day working outside the home at this time is not something I all. I realized a long time ago that my role in this life, and job is to be a work-from-home mom. 

And here are the reasons why...

Teenagers tend to forget things at times, and I am glad that I can be able to drive to Lexie's school anytime she's forgotten something from home such as a work folder, lunch, even her violin. If any of my kids aren't feeling well I am always available to pick them up from school. It's also nice to be able to schedule any doctor's or dental appointments in the middle of a school day without trying to coordinate with a boss as to needing time off for those things. I'm grateful that I am able to pick them up from their school activities, and help give some of her friends a ride home. I love that I don't have to stress about picking a time for a parent/teacher conference. I can go anytime the teacher is available for me. I love that I was able to go to most of Lexie's tennis matches. Some of them started at 3:30pm, and had I been working, there would have been no way I could have gone. I'm also happy that I can be able to take Chelsea to her piano lessons after school.  I love that I can be able to visit someone from my church because the only time they're available is in the morning. I love being able to help out my neighbor who works a lot pick up her kids anytime she needs me too. I also love being able to help out at my kids elementary school, and chaperone anytime they have a field trip when needed. 

There's many more reasons why I am so thankful to be a work-from-home mom, and be there for my kids. My children come first before any job, and whether they are five, or 15 it is so important for me to be there for my kids. I can tell that they love having me around knowing that I care about their day. I know that Sierra loved that part of me. There were days when she would have half days of school, and was grateful that I was immediately home so she can vent, and talk about her day. I missed the first five years of her life raising her, and after having Lexie I had that burning desire in my heart that my job was going to be in the home raising her, and her sister. Now that I have four it has been such a blessing to be at home with them. 

Being a work-from-home mom is a choice, and I admire those moms who work all day, and do everything that I do during the day as a work-from-home mom. I've been in an eight hour, working outside the home mom's position before, and remember how hard it was for me to be able to balance, and work around schedules. I missed out so much on Sierra's activities when she was little. Luckily I have photos of her that were taken from other parents scrapbooked for memory, but it's wasn't the same. I wasn't there, and that was different. 

Motherhood is a treasure, and every outburst of frustration, tears, and worry that comes from being a work-from-home mom is worth every moment. 

And because I'll be there throughout every tear, and outburst of frustration, joyful, fulfilling, and sad moments with my kids no matter how old they get...those are the memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thankful For My Husband.

Most of us may assume that a wife's role in the home is to raise kids, do lots of laundry, clean, and cook. Well, I'm all for the top three except the last one. Although I don't mind cooking, truth is I choose not to, and so I let my husband take over. Don't get me wrong, there are times when I have cooked meals, but my husbands therapy is cooking. Some men fish, write, go to the gym, shoot guns, play golf, drink...mine, he cooks.

And he loves it!

He also loves golf & tennis too! 

Just the other day I was about to make hamburgers for the kids when all of a sudden I got a text from Jon that read, "heading in" which means "come pick me up." I then asked him if he could hang for a few minutes so I can make these patties for the kids, but he told me not to worry that he would make them. I can totally tell by the text that he was looking forward to letting his hair down (no pun intended) by coming home to whip up some patties. And so I let him take over the fort. 

I am soooooo lucky to have a husband who absolutely loves to cook, and go out of his way in finding unique recipes, and adding secret ingredients to a dish he just made up. He totally takes after his mom in the cooking department, and I'm glad that as a young boy observed her while she was cooking in the kitchen. If only time allowed him to go to a culinary school he'd probably be a chef by now working at a fine restaurant in the city, but it's nice to have him cook for us in the comforts of our home. 

I am extremely grateful to have a hardworking husband, that after driving for nine hours delivering at least 275 packages, loves to cook and that he doesn't expect dinner on the table like a soldier at 0600. I feel that as long as I'm doing all the other things, and because I'm a mom I don't mind, he doesn't mind doing the cooking. 

He's not only an amazing cook, but a great tennis player, father, and a great teacher. All his callings in the church have been teaching the youth, and that is a great talent that he has! His personality, and through experiences of his own while he was young has helped him reach out to some of the kids at our church. Teaching seminary for four years really helped him appreciate what it meant to wake up at 5 in the morning, while I was pregnant, and when Noah was born, but to see these kids in action waking up because they chose to made him appreciate it even more! grateful I am for having a teachable, fun, geeky, star wars loving, 6'3 laid back kind of guy,  in my family that the kids love, and that I'm proud to call my husband! 

We're a pretty lucky bunch!