Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Austin made me cry today...


When I got off work today Austin told me he wanted to play me a song on the piano. His own arrangement of “what child is this.” I sat down and listened as he played his heart out. 

Our nativity happens to sit on top of the piano..as Austin played this touching rendition I couldn’t help but look at Joseph...looking down on baby Jesus with a deep and abiding love. Tears filled my eyes. Tears didn’t stop until the song finished. 

I feel such gratitude for our Savior. He loves us all no matter who we are, what we are, where we’ve been...or what we’ve done. His love is in everything and everywhere. I feel so blessed to know that I’m never alone..

I know Mary loved Jesus with all her heart but after today..I’m going to remember that Jospeh loved Jesus also...

Oh Christmas tree...

Decorating the tree. Even when you’re a grown up, nothing beats the excitement. We sang carols around the tree and drank hot chocolate afterward. A good time was had by all...







Monday, November 27, 2017

A portrait of perfection...

Scarlett is such a creative artist. She can draw just about anything and give it a certain kind of zest. This is her picture of Halee and Jared. She definitely captured how they look at each other...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

It’s that time...

And I could just scream with joy because this time of year brings out the screamer in me...

Oh my...

I never realized how much having dogs could affect a child’s (children’s) lives. Our children love these dogs with all of their hearts. As much trouble as it is having pets...this fact alone makes every effort involved, worth it.

Checking in...

Austin recently suggested that we start a group text (Chris, Halee, Jared, myself and Connor.) where we all “check in” after reading our scriptures for the day. What an inspired suggestion. What’s even more inspiring is the example of a child....I’m not always feeling the “scripture reading” vibe. I’m busy...I have other things I’d rather be doing. I’m tired. It’s just like my husband always says “any excuse will do if you need one to.” But this has helped us all be a little better. And in a world where doubt is literally at every corner, I have felt a sense of safety (like a warm blanket) whenever I open the scriptures. I could never do this “living” thing alone. I’m grateful I don’t have to.

Never too old...

They like to pretend they’re grown ups but once in a while they still like to play with toys (as long as their motorized) and they still like hugs and cuddles. My boys are everything good to me...