well I got one post (thanks scott:)) and I am greatful. Although I expected more, I learned some valuable info from my one commenter and I will follow that info. I shure hope that I will get more comments this time 🙂
today i need suport from anyone who commented my last post. i need to convince my mom and dad to give me an alowence. so I need coments on my mom and dad giving me an alowence. next time I see this post I want to see coments on my alowence.
The last month and a half has been full of both adventure and normalcy for us. 🙂
It has been an especially busy time for Garion. Basketball has been going very well for Garion. We have watched him improve substantially in his defensive manuvers and handling of the ball. He has become good at blocking his assigned person and at stealing the ball. He had a couple almost baskets and he has excellent sportsmanship. Garion also turned 9 last Friday! He had a Poke’mon party with 10 of his friends and it was a blast! It was kinda weird because the boys were so quiet! I am use to Kayla and her friends running around screaming and screeching. But the boys huddled in the middle of the living room floor and payed Poke’mon for the first hour of the party. We had pizza and bread sticks for dinner and then they all ran around playing guns and a few played the Wii. I tried to make a Poke’mon cake in the shape of Garion’s favorite character, Archeus. It wasn’t my fines cake ever, but Garion liked it so I guess that is all that matters. After the party Garion had his cousin Spencer and his best friend Tyler spend the night. They stayed up till 11:30pm and woke up bright and early at 7:30 the next morning. I think they spent the time looking at Garion’s plethara of new Poke’mon, playing the Wii and reading comics. Saturday, Garion played in his last Basketball game, went shooting with Jason, and had dinner with some more friends. All in all it was a fabulous birthday for him! In addition to turning 9, Garion earned his wolf badge! He has worked hard, mainly over the last 3 months instead of the year, to make all the requirements and get his badge. I am so proud of him! Here are some pictures of the events and the many faces of Garion.
Kayla has been as happy as ever. She is working hard in school. Though I struggle to get her to do her homework. She has discovered the fun of makeup and insists on wearing it almost everyday. I am trying to teach her that less is more and how to blend. Some days she listens and others she just looks a little bit clownish. 🙂 Kayla’s newest fettish is baths. She LOVES them! She wants to take multiple baths everyday. Usually I can keep it down to one, but sometimes she won’t even ask, I will just find her in the bath. At least she is clean. 🙂
Brynn had quite the adventure in February. Most of you know already that she decided to take the dog for a walk all by herself. She was coloring on the floor in the living room while I went upstairs to get dressed. I came back down about 10 minutes later, and found that both her and Sophie were gone. The first thing I did was call the neighbors to make sure she didn’t go play. Then I walked down to the park, because last summer she escaped several times to the park and slides without my permission. When I couldn’t find them there, I really started to panic. I got in the car and started driving around the neighborhood. I called m neighbor, Michelle, and asked her to call and start our neighborhood phone tree. After about 20 minutes I called Jason and could barely talk because I was crying so hard!! He told me to call the police to get assistance in the search. I was very impressed with the promptness of the deputies and their thoroughness. They searched the house from top to bottom looking in every nook and cranny they could find. Everywhere from the closets to the dryer to inside the freezers! When they were satisfied Brynn wasn’t hiding in the house, they joined the search outside. I am soo deeply touch by the response of our neighbors! Word got out on Facebook and through the phone tree and people came from everywhere to help look. There were people out driving, hiking up the mountain, and walking door to door all looking for Brynn. I don’t think it is possible to convey my gratitude for all their help and prayers. For an hour, Brynn was out walking. My neighbor Julie is the one who found her a mile away and about to walk to into a huge field. Sophie, the best dog ever, was still with her. She was cold, and very tired, but otherwise unhurt. Her first two sentences to me were “Mommy, I’m cold! Mommy, I got lost!” Needless to say, we are VERY grateful to have her back home safe and sound. I have tighened my grip on her, so to speak. I have learned the hard way, that I cannot let my guard down for even a second. 2 days later, in Joann Fabrics, I lost her again. Only for about 5 minutes and I without much drama, but I about sent myself into a panic again when I realized she wasn’t next to me. Brynn hasn’t been very happy when we go to the store lately, because she has to sit in the cart! 🙂 One last word on Brynn. She has a new phrase that I find quite cute and funny. Whenever she is asked a question that she wants to answer in the positive, she says “I believe so!” In her cute squeeky voice, it is so funny to hear such a grown up phrase!
Jason has started his paintball season and will be making some trips to Mesquite for certain turnaments starting this month. He is also currently taking a hunting course that he is fully enjoying. Jason is also very excited for the spring season. He spent the day yesterday in the yard pruning the plants, turning the compost pile, and starting to get things ready for the spring planting. Fun, fun, fun!
I have started training for a marathon. 2 in fact. The first one is in June in Utah Valley and the second one is in July on the 24 in Salt Lake. I am 3 weeks into my training schedule and feeling very good about it. I am also trying to find to motivation to get out in the yard and help in the spring preparations. I am not the gardening type, but I have high hopes that I will find more enjoyment out of it this year then I did last year. I am starting the season with a better attitude and an pretty sure that will help me. I have been busy with a couple home improvement projects as well. I finally finished painting the closet doors in the girls bedroom as well as hanging up the plates from my grandma, and a couple other pictures in there to give it a finished feeling. I recovered my dining room chairs in a deep red vinyl that I love and I cleaned out and organized the big closet in our basement. All in all a busy and productive couple of weeks. 🙂
I will try to keep you updated on a more regular basis, but as usual, we will see what happens! Love you all!
This has been a really fun week. It started on Monday when I had the opportunity to accompany Garion and one other friend on his basketball team to the Jazz game at the Energy Solution Arena. The Jazz played The Miami Heat and totally kicked butt winning by 29 points. The final score was 118-89, Utah Jazz. We had a great time at the game with Garion and L.J. buying food, screaming really loud and laughing. Garion had his first basketball practice on Thursday night, and his first game yesterday. He missed the game, due to a super fun weekend spent at the cousins house, but will make his official appearance next Saturday.
On Tuesday morning I went to lunch with one of my best friends Jana to IHOP. We had a great time. Talking and catching up can be quite entertaining when your 2 and 5 year old are running circles through the restaurant playing chase with their friend! 🙂 It was really embarrassing, but not quite enough for me to put my foot down and listen to them scream int eh seat. 🙂 That night, Jason and I went to the temple for ward temple night and really enjoyed the time to relax, talk with friends and get away from the world, even if only for a couple hours. 🙂 However, the evening was spoiled a little bit when I got pulled over on the way home and got my first ever speeding ticket. I was really annoyed! I have been driving for 15 years, and haven’t gotten one yet. Until Tuesday anyway. Of course I am completely blameless, and I would never drive 38 in a 25 right out of a stop sign with Jason right in front of me in his truck. But apparently, the Tahoe has a bit more kick then I thought. The cop was “nice” however, knocking my speed down to 34 in a 25 to “keep the cost down” and marking me as eligible to go to traffic school. Whoo hoo!! I can even take it online! I had to stop at In-N-Out on the way home for some comfort food.
Wednesday, Garion and I went to scouts. This was my second den meeting since receiving the call to be a Wolf Leader. It is really fun actually, but on Wednesday I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. The boys were all really crazy! Julie is really good at keeping them kind of in check, but I think I need some serous prayer and inspiration on how to keep them in line. It is hard because I want the boys to know I love them and want them to have fun, but scouts need to be respectful to their leaders too. I am sure that the more I go, the easier it will get. That is what happened 3 years ago when I was a den leader.
Thursday night was my monthly book club night. This month we read “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It was an excellent book that reminded me not to be so stuck on “matters of consequence” that I cannot see the invisible things that are the most important.
Friday we took the kids to Jeremy and Heathers for the weekend. They are the saints in my life that keep me sane. 🙂 IT was soo thoughtful of Heather t offer to have the kids spend a cousin weekend so that they could play and Jason and I could have some time alone. We were suppose to go to Denver in November fora weekend, but the plans fell through when Brynn got Swine Flu. So, this was a make-up weekend. The kids all had a blast. I did feel bad though because Brynn has a cold and it gave her diarrhea throughout the weekend. Not to mention, making her wake up, up to 5 times at night. Why is it that Brynn gets sick every time we have extended plans to go anywhere? I wonder if she has some secret hidden agenda to keep us close to home. 🙂 Other then that, Garion and Kayla had a great time playing, watching movies, swimming in the hot tub and eating. Jason and i had a wonderful weekend attending preparedness classes on wheat and emergency power outages. We mozied through Costco, I got a facial at the Philosophy counter in Nordstrom and we went on a group date to see Avatar. The best part was sleeping through the night with out interruption. 🙂 We picked the kids up today and went right to church which ended up being pretty uneventful, luckily.
Garion and I spent about an hour this afternoon working on his wolf badge. He is very close to getting it! It is crazy to me that he is going to be 9 in about 6 weeks. He is working on his Leave No trace Award and the World Conservation Award. I am really proud of him.
On to another week that is bound to be filled with fun, starting with Robyn’s birthday party! Kayla won’t stop talking about it!
I have made a LOT of Jam this summer. I have come to notice that several of the recipes I use call for liquid pectin instead of powered pectin. I am a frugal person and it pains me to have to pay twice as much for the liquid pectin. So I did some research and have learned that you can use powered pectin in a recipe that calls for liquid pectin, but you have to add the ingredients in a different order. The two pectin’s are not quite interchangeable, but all of my results have been fabulous.
Here’s a simple rule of thumb: When using powdered pectin for cooked jam, add it to the strained juice or chopped fruit BEFORE heating. Next, bring the mixture to a full rolling boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down). THEN add the sugar. Bring to a boil again and boil for 1 minute.
When using liquid pectin, first combine the chopped fruit (or strained juice) with the sugar and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil; (stir constantly so you won’t scorch the mixture). Then add the liquid pectin, return the mixture to a full rolling boil and boil for 1 minute.
I received this letter in my email and I was so impressed by it that I wanted to post it in the hopes that it will inspire others, as it has done for myself, to write to our representatives in our State and in Washington and tell them how we feel. Also, that we are going to do everything in our ability, no matter how limited that ability is, to stop them from changing our country into a third rate country where we have lost our rights and freedoms. We have the right, given to us by our founding fathers, to stop the government if they put our country at risk. I say our country is at risk like it has never been before! It is in danger of being torn apart from the inside out. I will be writing my representatives. Please do the same!
“The following letter was written by John Cyrocki, formerly of the
Orlando, Florida temple presidency. He gave me permission to post it
here for all of you to read. He considers
it public domain so share it all you want. ”
JOHN M. CYROCKI
5400 Lake Street
July 10, 2009
President Barack H. Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Senator Bill Nelson
716 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Congressman Alan Grayson
1605 Longworth HOB
Governor Charlie Crist
Office of the Governor
PL-05 The Capitol
I take this unusual step of addressing this letter to each of my
elected officials. I do so because I hold all four of you as being
derelict in your duties and responsibilities and because you have each
violated your Oath of Office.
Charge One: President Obama, you are either knowingly or because of
your ineptness, initiating major initiatives that are adversely
impacting all segments of our once free society and in the process you
are destroying our nation. Your actions could be attributed to your
lack of experience in not having had any prior management or operating
experience in any significant , free market business. The worse case
scenario is that you know exactly what your objectives are. Sir, your
actions thus far clearly indicate that you intend to transform this
nation into a centrally controlled Socialist state. Regardless of the
reasons, the results of your actions are unacceptable to me and I
would hope to a majority of Americans when they finally awaken to what
is happening to their country. During your campaign, you rallied the
gullible to your promises of change and transparency. You have
certainly kept your promise of change. However, little did your
adulating followers realize that the change you had in mind would
result in a loss of freedom and enslavement. I also credit you with
living up to your promise of transparency. Your objectives have been
clear to those who have eyes to see, ears to hear and a brain to
rationally think with.
President, as of this date, you have appointed 34 CZARS to oversea
most every conceivable aspect of Business, Industry, Finance, Health,
Education, Defense, Energy, Global Warming and a host of Social
aspects of our society. You have taken this action unilaterally
without approval or consent of either House of the Congress. I deem
this action to be in direct violation of Article II Section 2 of the
The horrendous financial burden you have placed upon this nation
resulting from your Stimulus Bill, your Budget Bill, and your request
for a Cap and Trade Bill and for a Universal Government Controlled
Health Program may well deliver a crippling blow to this nation from
which it may not recover and may well consign it to become a third
Your personal involvement and that of members of your staff in the
coercive threats and actions related to the Federal government
takeover of GMAC , the firing of their CEO, assigning 61% of corporate
stock to the Federal Government, and giving 17% of the stock to the
Unions are all actions that I consider to be in direct violation of
the 10th amendment to the Constitution.
I consider the Federal Government involvement in other similar actions
with Financial and Insurance institutions to be onerous actions that
are also in violation of the 10th amendment.
Charge Two: Senators Nelson, and Congressman Grayson I charge you each
with dereliction of duty and with gross irresponsibility.
· You have signed the Administration’s Stimulus bill and the 2010
Budget Bill without having read the bills nor have you provided the
means of paying for these bills. And Congressman Grayson, again
without having read the Cap and Trade Bill. You signed it without
knowing the adverse impact that the bill will have on the public. Nor
were you or others who signed the bill aware of the ultimate cost nor
did you provide a source of funding for the bill. The Cap and Trade
Bill is nothing more than a bill that will levy another layer of
poorly cloaked Tax imposed upon every American. It will also result in
a massive net loss of jobs and will tend to drive industry out of our
country to fiscally more hospitable environments. Sir, I consider your
actions reckless and irresponsible. How else could such actions be
described. You are not worthy of being a representative of the
citizens in your district.
· Senator Nelson, I assume that following your previous voting record,
you will also support the Cap and Trade Bill when it comes to the
floor of the Senate. If you do so, I then say pox on your political
Note: The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that we will be
paying One hundred million dollars per day on the interest on the
current stimulus bill. Where will this money come from?
President Obama is “hell bent” on establishing a universal government
controlled Health Care system. Once again the cost estimates as high
as 1.6 trillion dollars will be added to the deficit. When we include
the interest to be paid on the outstanding debt resulting from the
Health bill added to the Stimulus Bills and the 2010 Budget we will be
faced with a debt burden of over 14 trillion dollars on future
QUESTION : Gentlemen, let me ask a basic question . How do you plan to
pay for this??? You can tax every citizen and every b business
enterprise 100% and you cannot generate enough money to pay for the
deficit. The result will be to shut down our industry and have total
unemployment. Your other option is to attempt to sell US Bonds. What
country has the ability and the naivety to purchased US Bonds that
will have minimal potential of ever being redeemed. The last option is
to do what all other Socialist nations have resorted to, and that is
to have the Federal Reserve to start the presses and begin to flood
the market place with false (fiat) money. This will result in a hyper
inflation or a crippling pseudo tax on every American for every
product or service that they purchases or use. The government will
conveniently shift the blame from themselves (the culprits) to the
falsely accused greedy Farmers, Manufactures , Distributors, Oil
Refineries and Retail Outlets for their alleged greedy price gouging.
This is a typical government tactic which we’ve already seen deployed
in this Administration.
FACTS & QUESTIONS:
Fact : Global warming is not factually supported. There is as much or
more evidence to support that we are currently experiencing global
cooling. The city of Chicago has just reported that in the second week
in July 2009, they recorded the coldest day that they have experienced
in 118 years.
Question: : If we want to become energy independent why are we not
developing the estimated 2,000 Trillion cubic feet of natural gas
reserves that this nation has and could supply our national energy
requirements for the next 100 years? Why are we not drilling for the
oil reserves that we have in ANWR Alaska and in our off shore reserves
instead of continuing to purchase oil from the Mid East at prices
indiscriminately determined by OPEC? Why are we not building more
refineries? Why are we not building more clean and safe Nuclear
powered electrical generating plants? Why are we not encouraging more
research into developing methods of using the vast coal resources that
this country has? Instead, the President has bluntly stated that he
intends to drive the coal related industries out of business by
severely taxing their production. Those who have taken a Freshman
College course in Logic 101 would have to conclude that the evidence
of why we have not undertaken these steps to become energy self
sufficient is because OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER BOTH DEMOCRAT AND
REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS DO NOT WANT US TO BECOME ENERGY SELF
SUFFICIENT!! As absurd as this may sound, what other logical
conclusions could one reach with the overwhelming evidence, except for
possible sheer stupidity ? There has certainly been no lack of mental
deficiency exhibited by many of our elected officials, both present
and past and from both major parties.
Question: One of the preeminent responsibility of the President and
members of Congress is to protect this country and it’s citizens. Why
are we not protecting this nation by closing our borders to illegal’s
who freely enter at will? Again , based upon the action or lack
thereof we must conclude that our elected officials have no desire to
protect us from those who might be determined to take destructive
actions against the citizenry of this country!
Question: Why are we plunging this nation into a debt that will be
impossible to pay and that will plunge us into becoming a third rate
Question: Can any one of you point to the specific clause in the
Constitution that provides the Federal Government with the authority
· Provide loans to Auto manufactures, Banks, Insurance companies etc?
· Commandeer 61% of the stock of General Motors which should now be
called Federal Motors Corporation.?
· Fire a CEO of a private sector of Industry?
· To coerce a major bank to merge with another financial institution.?
· To establish a Government controlled Health care system.?
· To control and dictate the quality and type of medical care a
citizen will have access to?
· To control most all aspects of the Public School systems at the State level ?
· Etc. Etc. Etc!!!!!.
Note: If the Constitution does not specifically give the Federal
Government this authority then does not the 10th amendment to the
Constitution prohibit the government from indulging in this activity?
The answer is obvious !.
Note: Can any of you four gentlemen identify any nation that has
adopted a full blown government controlled Health program that has
provided a better health care system than we’ve had in this country?
Why do the Canadians and the Europeans often come to our country for
major health care if their health care systems are being heralded as
examples that we should hope to emulate?
If Governor Charlie Crist is successful in his bid for the Senate seat
that will be vacated by the departure of Senator Martinez, he will
easily integrate into the group of current members of the Congress.
I have written 3 letters to Governor Crist asking him to meet with the
State Legislators of Florida and ask them to prepare a Bill for his
signature that will place the Federal government on notice that the
State of Florida is declaring it’s sovereignty from the Federal
government in each of the many instances where the Federal Government
is in violation of the restrictions imposed upon it by the 10th
amendment to the Constitution. I’ve received a series of bureaucratic
“mumbo jumbo replies: rather than a simple response of yes I will or
no I will not. The governor has recommended that I contact my elected
Congressional representatives on this matter. How ludicrous, since
they happen to be the very culprits who are aiding and abetting the
President in carrying out these destructive programs. The Governor’s
office obviously does not understand the Governor’s role and his
responsibility in those instances when the Federal government
blatantly and repeatedly violates State’s Rights. Consequently,
Governor Crist is also derelict in his duty in protecting the
interests of the citizens of Florida
Note: There appears to be some similarity between President Obama’s
initiatives and the life of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was
surrounded by scores of consultants, doctors, attorneys and advisors
all of whom obviously did not have the courage to tell Michael Jackson
the truth. Consequently his life became a degenerative whirlpool of
weird and destructive activities that eventually resulted in his
untimely death. Are there no men or women of conscience in Congress
who will stand up and pointedly give the President sound council? It
took the innocent objectivity
of a child to say “Look the Emperor has no clothes” !
1. If either one of the four of you worked for me as an employee
during my career and performed with the same degree of irresponsible
and destructive incompetence as reflected in your current positions, I
would have summarily fired you and I would have canvassed the streets
for your replacements.
2. It appears that the citizens of the United States have no recourse
left except to initiate the legal option provided in the Declaration
of Independence wherein it refers to the unalienable rights of Life,
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and it states: That whenever any
Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right
of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing
its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect
their Safety and Happiness.
I am an 80 year old man who is a first generation American born
citizen who’s parents entered this country legally. They taught me the
principles associated with the work ethic, self reliance, personal
freedom and respect and love for God, Family and Country I was taught
that I had the Right to Pursue Happiness. They taught me that my
future depended upon the choices I made and the effort that I put
forth in carrying out the correct choices I made. I served my country
as a USAF pilot having flown 43 combat missions during the Korean War.
I then flew the six engine jet B-47 Bomber as a rated Pilot,
Navigator, Radar Operator and Bombardier in the Strategic Air Command.
I’ve had a successful career in both Industry and in Government. I’ve
also been successful in establishing and operating a private sector
During the course of my career, I’ve travelled through 32 different
countries and lived for an extended period of time in two of those
countries. I’ve represented United Statesat major International
Meetings ( ICAO) and I’ve provided foreign governments with technical
advice in matters concerning Aviation Safety . I initiated and
operated the largest and longest sustained Civil Airlift Operations
into SE Asia during the Vietnam War in support of Department of
Defense logistical requirements..
My wife and I have been involved in encouraging and supporting morally
based candidates for public office during the last 50 years.
Shame, Shame. Shame on you four men who have chosen to become serf
serving politicians instead of Statesmen.
I shall continue to do all that I can within my limited sphere of
influence to replace you and other irresponsible and corrupt
politicians who currently occupy cherished elected positions in State
and Federal Government.
With deep sadness, and frustration which all too frequently now
borders on suppressed anger for my concerns over the future of my
John M. Cyrocki
cc: email copies to 200 of my concerned colleagues across the country
I can barely see while I am writing this since my eyes are still recovering from PRK. But I couldn’t let the opportunity go by to tell everyone about our little experience this morning. Jason has been taking the kids to Jeremy and Heathers house for the last few days so that I can lay in bed all day with my eyes closed and ice packs on (Thanks Heather!). Except on Tuesday when they played at my friend Michelle’s house. (Thanks Michelle!)
This morning I was trying to help the kids get dressed and the girls to get their hair done so they could leave on time with Jaosn. Brynn is 2 years old right now and ready to potty train. I have been waiting, however, for a time that was convienient to me to train her. A time when we will be home for a week or two with out many places to go. Well, I don’t think I can put it off much longer. Brynn wanted to sit on her potty and “go potty” just like Kayla this morning. When they were finished I had this brilliant idea to just fix their hair while we were already in the bathroom. Even though Brynn didn’t have a diaper on. I did Brynn first, rather quickly. Then it was Kayla’s turn. She wanted pig tails. Slightly more time consuming, but still easy when she holds still. Just as I was putting the last loop on her second pig tail, I hear Brynn start to scream. It started out as a normal I am unhappy scream. This can relate to anything in life that makes Brynn unhappy. Which is usually anything that doesn’t give her what she wants. I wasn’t too concerened. However, in a matter of seconds her scream went from “I am unhappy” to “Somebody save me I am DYING!!” screaming. Needless to say I was very concerned, so I abandoned Kayla’s hair and ran into the bedroom to see what crazy monster Brynn was fighting for her life. Really I excepted to se her hanging from the bunkbed about to fall or something. I almost laughed out loud at the scene presented to me.
Brynn was standing in the middle of three little piles of poop with some on her hand and all over her feet. This was Brynn’s first experience pooping without a diaper on. It scared her to death!! She was completely panicking trying to step away from it, but everytime she tried to walk away she would step in it. Making her panic more. IIt was really quite funny, if you can just not think about the grossness of it all. 🙂 Especially because Brynn has a small case of OCD when it comes to being dirty. She HATES it. It is most apparent at meal times when she stops eating and refuses to contiue until you wipe off her hands and clothes or bib or whatever it is on her person that is dirty. I am not sure if she is this way at other peoples houses when I am not there. But at home, she is very picky about it. So try to imagine if you will a bare butt naked little Brynn standing in poop trying to figure out what is happening to her while screaming at the top of her lungs and trying to run away but can’t because she has poop on her feet and can’t walk.
If I had had the presence of mind to make her stand there in it while I got my camera, I would have taken a picture. But that would have been cruel anyway. I will just have to try to keep my camera more handy so it can be used in emergencies next time.
I have been putting off potty training for several months now. I guess my time is up. Once we cross the poop line, it has to be done. Oh joy!! But the upside is that we won’t have to pay for diapers anymore!
Just a small thought for the day.
Often lately I have felt as if I was drifting and though my circumstances in life are good at this time, I have found it hard to know what to do with what has been given to me. My church has recently started a program to help the sisters read the scriptures and get more out of it. The women in charge give a quote and then we (the sisters) either take that quote or go in our own direction and write down a topic and our goals for that topic for the week or month. The quote they gave this week was “Divine guidance and inspiration are promised to those who “feast upon the words of Christ.”
~2 Nephi 32:3
I decided to study Divine Guidance in the hopes that I can receive direction from the Lord about what to do with what I have been given.
These are the scriptures that I came across before my eyes went kaput. (I had PRK eye surgery yesterday and lots of reading is not in my best interest at the moment. :))
2 Peter 1:3-4 “According as his Divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world though lust.”
Doctrine and Covenants 93:28 “He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.”
We have been promised knowledge if we seek for it diligently and righteously. Not just any knowledge but knowledge of all things. His divine power is there and Heavenly Father is ready and willing to give it to us. Am I ready to take it? I am trying to be.
We are finally getting the major storms we have been hearing about for the last month. All day today it has been snowing like MAD!! I took a couple of pictures to show everyone what it is like. I think this is the most snow we have had at one time since we have lived here. I could be wrong though…but I don’t think so. So, because of the storm, all of my plans for the day have been cancelled. My friend Krissy was suppose to come, but didn’t want to brave the roads! Smart! Then, we were suppose to go ice skating with the family, but I don’t want to brave the roads either. One of my main concerns is that the last time we had anything near this bad of a storm, the two roads in and out of our town both closed and the kids and I were stuck in the car in the storm for 4 hours. A lot of people had it worse and were stuck a lot longer than that. So I count myself lucky that we made it home as fast as we did. That being said, I would rather not get stuck again. So we are having a snow day at home. I am cleaning, doing laundry, and baking. Garion is glued to the computer playing games and Kayla and Brynn are running wild through the house. Gotta love it!! 🙂
This has been a fun week for me, and the family. On Wednesday morning I went to the Temple and it was like a breath of fresh air. I need to go more often because I forget how relaxing and calming and peaceful it is there. I just sat and pondered life and things that have been on my mind for awhile. I came home feeling better and more centered. A very important thing for this time of year. 🙂
As many of you know, we have been trying to get the kids more into the true spirit of Christmas this year and take some of the focus off of the presents side of things. One of the ways we have decided to try and do this is by being a secret Santa. Our neighbor is a trauma counselor and he works with a family of 8. A mother and 7 children who have seriously had the wrong end of the stick. The father is not in the picture anymore for good reason. The mom and kids are in hiding from him and would not have anything come Christmas morning without help. We thought it would be more meaningful and personal to help with a family we have an association with though our neighbor than a stranger off the tree in the mall. So we have combined forces with several other families to provide Christmas for this family. Jason and I elected to buy for the 4 year old girl and the 7 year old boy since they are the same ages as Kayla and Garion. That way, they could really help pick presents for them and better understand the feelings of the kids. This has been a completely satisfying and fun experience for our whole family. The kids (Kayla in particular) had a hard time in the beginning when we started buying things that they would have really liked. But as we explained to them the situation, they have really gotten into the spirit of secret Santa. We finished our shopping yesterday and today after church, we pulled out all the stuff we had gotten for them and went over it again with kids. I asked them how they would feel if Christmas morning they woke up and there was nothing under the tree and Santa hadn’t come? Garion about broke into tears right there. I think he really started to understand what it would have been like for them. It was really neat to sit and explain to Garion and Kayla how this opportunity has allowed us to act as Christ would have us act and share our blessings with others in need. We didn’t wrap the gifts because our neighbor wanted to make sure everyone had about the same amount of things so no kids would feel jiped. But as we carried the items next door, Kayla must have asked 10 times if we are going to go with Jamison to deliver the presents and if we are going to be friends with the little girl and how happy she was that this girl was going to get presents.
I am planning on making secret Santa a yearly tradition. However I am not quite sure we will go in with other families again in the future. It just gets a little awkward. The whole point is to do what your family can to bless another. But all in all, it was an excellent experience and I am soo happy we were able to help another family have a good Christmas and get the things they need. It has really increased the spirit in our home. 🙂
Friday night we had our 2nd annual friends Christmas party/gift exchange with the Laws and the McNairs. This year we changed it a little and added a full blown traditional Christmas dinner. It was Fabulous! The food was excellent, the conversation was entertaining and the presents were fun!
Saturday, I “snuck” out with the girls to do the last of my shopping for Jason. Jason took Garion out do some shopping of his own and around 12 pm we met up at Arctic Circle to have lunch. Julie and Michelle picked me up from there and the three of us went out again for last minute whatever shopping. I am pretty sure all of us are now completely done with our shopping. It feels really good. Now I just need to get things mailed. 🙂 Saturday night, Jason and I took the kids to Temple Square to see the lights, watch the nativity presentation and see the Christis. We had a great time! It took us a while to find a place to park, the traffic was terrible! But once we got out of the car it was awesome. At one of the gates to temple square there was a set of bag pipers. We stood and listened to them play Christmas music for awhile and gave both Kayla and Garion a dollar to put in their bucket. It was funny because they were really
scared to walk in front of everyone to the bucket, but then they saw a couple other kids putting money in. So they very cautiously walked to the bucket together and put their dollars in, then ran back to us. The lights were amazing as usual. I was glad we made the effort to go. Battling the busy streets and the crowds at Temple Square where totally worth it to see the kids’ faces when they see the Christus. Their eyes go wide with awe, and they reverently approach Him and just stand and stare at Him. We listened to the 2 minute presentation and the kids loved hearing the “voice of Jesus”. Garion was the only one who understood it was a recording. But it was awesome. After that, we made the trek back to the car and came home. It was a late night, but a really fun one. And the best part was, that it didn’t snow on us! Although, I don’t think Jason would agree with that. 🙂