Divine Guidance

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.

Snow Storm!!

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!! 🙂

Secret Santa and Christmas things

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. 🙂

The greatest thing about having kids…

My sister-in-law Heather, has a lovely theory about what the greatest thing about having kids is.  I have to say, I think I agree.  She says the greatest thing about having kids is finding out what matters the absolutely most to them, and then taking it away!  🙂  Yesterday was a hard day for the children in our house.  When it came time for Kayla to go to pre-school, she started to flip out because she didn’t want to leave her friend Grace’s house.  She ended up hitting me, which in turn got her a nice hard spank as a consequence.  She then was refusing to go, so I got to threaten to take away candy AND TV.  Needless to say, she left without a further word.  Last night it was Garion’s turn.  He came home from school and had his afternoon snack.  Which, on a side note, takes him FOREVER to eat.  I think he uses it as a stalling method so he doesn’t have to start his homework.  After his snack, he got started right away on his homework.  He did his journal writing without a single complaint and he worked hard to keep it legible and put spaces between the words.  It was great.  He even wrote a whole page when the assignment was only half a page.  He then had to move on to his spelling list.  All he had to do was write the words 3 times each.  Which is a break because I usually make him write them 5 times each.  After I “thought” he had started I went upstairs to keep an eye on the girls who were in the bath and to clean the bathrooms and do some laundry.  I came down an hour later and not only had he only written one of his words, he had his friend over who was sitting at the table joking and laughing with him.  Over the next 45 minutes I gave him 3 different warnings to get his work done or his friend would have to leave.  After the 3rd warning, I told Tyler he had to leave so Garion could do his homework.  At this point, Garion completely broke down in tears and said he hadn’t had any time to play at all that day.  I told him that wasn’t my  fault because if he had done his words right away like I asked him to, he would have been done and playing a LONG time ago.  He didn’t like that.  He walked over to his shoes, kicked them at me (at which point I told him to go to his room) , and then ran up stairs saying he wasn’t going to give me kisses anymore, ever again when he leaves in the mornings for school.  Once he was in his room, he ripped all his covers off his bed and then sat there for another hour crying.  Once things calmed down and he talked with Jason and apologized to me, we tried his homework again.  For 40 minutes after dinner he sat there.  At the end, he had written 3 more words and half of them were spelled wrong.  So the end of the story is, he is grounded from friends today and has double spelling and reading to do, since it didn’t happen yesterday.  The best part of it all is that he woke up happy and ready for his consequence and didn’t complain at all when I reminded him of it.  He wants his friends back as soon as possible!

Leverage is a beautiful thing as a parent. 🙂

Lessons Learned

Garion had an experience over the weekend I wanted to blog about, but forgot yesterday.  He was in charge of taking care of our neighbors dogs over the weekend while they went away for the holiday.  He had to let them out 4 times a day, feed and water them and then feed the fish at night.  I assumed he was old enough to do it without my supervision, but there are always extenuating circumstances!  Thursday, as we were trying to load the car and leave for our families house, he went over to take care of the dogs.  Without my knowledge, his two little sisters followed him.  I took care of the dogs that night and Jason helped the next morning since Garion was staying the night at his cousins house.  Friday afternoon, he went back to finish the job.  He came home and said everything was fine.  After my neighbor got home late Friday night, she called me to inform me that he couch had been drawn on with marker and apparently the dogs had peed somewhere and when Garion wiped it up with a paper towel, instead of throwing it away in a garbage can, he placed it on the table on top of a needle work Julie’s great grandmother had made.  Which is now stained yellow and smelly.  I didn’t know what to say.  The next morning, I asked the kids about it and Garion said he couldn’t find a trash can and instead of bringing it to our house to throw away, he placed it on the table.  He agrees that next time he needs to find a garbage.  The marker on the couch was another mystery.  Garion didn’t know anything about it.  But interestingly enough, Kayla did.  Apparently, when the girls followed him over Thursday morning, Brynn had a marker in her hands and decided to decorate the couch.  Garion wasn’t watching her even though he knew she was in the house,and Kayla didn’t feel it was necessary to tell me.  I guess that’s what to expect from a 4 year old.  I was really proud of Garion though because he got the cleaners we have on hand and went over to Julie his first opportunity (with a little push form me) and apologized for the pee on the needlework and marker on the couch and he offered to help clean it all up.  When Julie mentioned his pay, he told her he didn’t feel comfortable taking it because of the things that were ruined.  He gave up $14.  That is a lot of money for a 7 year old!  He showed a lot of bravery and integrity.  Despite the loss of money, he said he felt good about how things ended.

The next lesson I learned last night.  Jason and I cuddled up to watch Oceans 13 after the kids went to bed.  About 20 minutes into the movie, I asked him if he wanted some ice cream.  He said sure, but when I asked him to get it, he said no.  So we went without ice cream.  About 3/4 of the way through the movie, Brynn woke up and Jason was kind enough to go take care of her and comfort her back to sleep.  While he was gone, I took the opportunity to read a blog he sent me about a Pink Hello Kitty AR-15.  I had some questions so when he got back we started talking about it.  I asked him to go get our AR-15 so I could compare and he jumped right up without hesitation to go get the gun.  I asked him later why he refused to get me a little bowl of ice cream, but when I asked for the gun, he didn’t hesitate.  It must be a testosterone thing.  Lesson learned: The way to a favor is weapons.  Ask for the gun first!

The Rootbeer Explosion

It is not unusual for my kids to want junk food or soda for a snack.  Today we had rootbeer in the fridge from a dinner last week.  Kayla was insisting on a “treat” that I didn’t want to give her because she is always eating junk!  So, in an attempt to comprimise with her, I offered her a small glass of soda instead of candy.  Though I realize it probably isn’t that much better.  When I opened the fridge, the whole bottle of rootbeer fell from the top shelf to the floor.  It didn’t rool or even really bounce.  So I figured it would still be okay to open.  I held it in the sink expecting it to fiz over a little bit and maybe go down the sides of the bottle.  What happened was completely unexpected.  As I unscrewed the lid, it bubbled with such force that the lid exploded off teh bottle before I had it all the way unscrewed with a loud “POP” and flew to I don’t know where.  The rootbeer followed the lid.  It went everywhere.  And when I say everywhere.  I mean it.  I was standing at the kitchen sink.  The rootbeer covered my face and hair, arms and shirt.  It covered the sink and window in front of me.  It splattered all the way up to the celing.  It covered the bar and the wall and the cabinets to my right.  Including Brynn who was standing on a stool at the end of the bar.  It covered the barstools on the other side of the bar and the floor beyond that.  To my right, it covered the counter tops, the walls, the cabinets, all the way over to the stove top, oven door and the microwave above them.  Behind me, the floor was covered all the way back to the pantry door and spread from the fridge to the table on the other side of the room.  WHAT A MESS!  I was so shocked, and dripping that I couldn’t do anything but stand there stunned for a minute.  Then I just had to laugh.  Kayla was in the garage getting cat food when this happened, and when she came back in she looked at me and asked what I was laughing at.  Then said “Mommy, what happened to you!?”  That made me laugh harder!  I am so glad I have reached a point in my life that I can find humor in the messes!  Especially because I now have to leave, somewhat sticky still, with stiff hair, to go run some errands and go to my friends house.  I am running late because I had to clean the kitchen and, thus have no time to shower.  Oh well.  At least I will smell yummy.  🙂  By the way, the lid to the bottle is still missing.

Halloween Hangover!

Hello!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Ours was really fun.  In my last post I told you about the costume parade and the spider, but I thought I would put up a picture of the house finished with the webs, etc.  After Garion’s parade, the girls and I spent a little bit of time at our neighbors house and then loaded up in the car to go to Jason’s work Halloween party.  Garion was thrilled to get out of school early to go.  He told me it was the second time in his life to get checked out of school early.  The first time was last year to go to California and then this year to go to the party.  I had completely forgotten about last year, but it apparently made an impression on him!  Jason’s party was super fun!  There was a costume contest for any employee and/or member of their family.  The grand prize was $500 cash!  Crazy!  We didn’t win, but there were some really great costumes!  Next year we are going to get really creative.  I got an idea from a friend for this costume that looks like the person is riding on the shoulders of a dwarf.  It looks awesome!  I am going to try to create my own impression of that for next year.

Anyway, After the work party, we came home and decorated the front of the house with spider webs!  My

Garion and half his horde of candy!  He is dumping it out to sort it all!

Garion and half his horde of candy! He is dumping it out to sort it all!

skin is still crawling.  The webs were fake, but every bit as sticky as the real thing!  At last, the trick or treating came.  We did our usual route through the Harry Potter neighborhood.  If you haven’ heard about it in the past, it was in the paper this year.  There are several people in the neighborhood who do “Harry Potter houses”  for Halloween.  The whole neighborhood seems to be getting into it!  Unfortunately, it started to rain on us and the girls were done long before Garion was.  I have discovered that Trick or Treating is somewhat frustrating for me.  Jason likes to stay home ans scare the kids as they come to the door.  Garion likes to go really fast from house to house and Kayla goes unbelievably slow saying her legs don’t work.  (Although, you would think for candy she would be running as fast as Garion is!)  And Brynn is everywhere trying to see everything and follow all the kids running around.  So, I took the kids home and Jason took Garion out for an extra hour of trick or treating while I put the girls to bed.  After a bunch of candy of course!

Saturday was the hangover day.  I expected everyone to sleep in, but no one did.  Go figure.  I was actually surprised because the hangover was much less this year then in previous years.  Usually tempers are high and everyone is tired and no one wants anything but candy to eat and they all throw continual fits to get it. 🙂  But this year, everyone was pleasant and happy and we even got chores done and healthy food into our bodies!  Last night, we went to Garion’s end of season football party!  It was a blast.  There was yummy pulled pork and beef sandwiches with all the sides and cake at the end.  The best part was when the boys got their trophies.  They were so proud!  Of course, I forgot my camera, so my good friend Tara took pictures for me.  As soon as she emails them to me, I will post some of Garion getting his trophy.  The coaches were saying a few words about each boy as they handed out the trophies, and for Garion he said he was one of the most improved kids on the team.  Then as Garion was about to walk away, one of the other coaches said “Yeah, and he is the funniest too!”  Afterward I asked the coach about it and he said, for example, during one of the practices, they were in a huddle and very serious talking about the play they were working on and all of a sudden Garion says “Hey coach!  My dad has that exact same shirt!”  I just had to laugh, because that is such a Garion thing to say.  He had a great season though and is looking forward to playing next year.

Today is Sunday and it is raining.  I just want to take a moment to blog  a little bit more about Garion.  Tonight is the “Eight is Great” program for our stake.  Garion turns 8 in March!  I am looking forward to the program tonight and to spending some time with Garion talking about baptism some more.  I am feeling too young to have an 8 year old, but I have to say that Garion is turing into an amazing young man.  I am not jsut saying that because I am his mother either.  Though I know I am somewhat biased.  He is gentle, kind, sensitive, charitable, spiritual, funny, smart, and imaginative.  It is intimidating thinking of all the things we

Brynn and I snuggin' on the couch Saturday afternoon.  Taking a rest before Trick or Treating!

Brynn and I snuggin Sat. before trick or treating!

are responsible for teaching to our children, but when I look at Garion I feel like I am doing an okay job. 🙂

Sorry to go on and on today.  I just had a lot to say.  Talk to you later!