Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Eternal Family

Today was our ward's annual Primary Program. I have had the opportunity to teach the 7 year old class this past year and I love it! They are so cute and I have learned to love each and every child for who they are. They have certainly taught me so very much.

The theme for our program was "My Eternal Family". What a great church we have that is centered of eternal families. As we were singing some of the songs and listening to the sweet, pure testimonies of different children, I could not help but feel the spirit and begin to get a big lump on my throat. When I hear the words to songs they really seem to touch my heart. One song that has really had an impact on me this year is "Love Is Spoken Here".

The words that really spoke to me are:

I see my mother kneeling with our family each day.
I hear the words she whispers as she bows her head to pray.
Her plea to the Father quiets all my fears,
And I am thankful, love is spoken here.

Mine is a home where every hour
Is blessed by the strength of priesthood power.
With father and mother leading the way,
teaching me how to trust and obey;
And the things they teach are crystal clear,
For love is spoken here.

What a beautiful image this made in my mind. How thankful I am that I can be part of the restored gospel and to also have my family sealed to me forever. I can think of no greater happiness than to have an eternal family. As I was pondering this, it came time for Emma to give her short talk. We had practiced it many times so that she would have it memorized and she was more than ready for her moment. She was the last speaker of the program and I said a silent prayer to myself that she would be able to do her best. When she started to speak she began to cry and I realized that she was feeling the spirit. What a sweet moment. She told her simple story and touched my heart so very deeply. What a priviledge to partake of her testimony. I will always remember that feeling I had watching her testify of eternal families with such humble power. How thankful I am for the opportunity I have had on this earth to be a mother and be part of an eternal family.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Harvest Time!

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) said: “With the arrival of spring we hope all of you will put in your gardens and prepare to enjoy their produce this summer. We hope you are making this a family affair, with everyone, even the little ones, assigned to something. There is so much to learn and harvest from your garden, far more than just a crop itself”

I love my garden! This year we had a rather successful one and I am still busy canning and freezing much of the produce. We planted pumpkins, corn, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, radishes, carrots, tomatoes (LOTS of tomatoes...24 plants to be exact), green and red peppers, jalapenos, black eyed peas, crook necked squash, zucchinni, spagetti squash, green beans and both red and golden potatoes-whew! I decided this year to freeze a good portion of our crop because of the ease of the process...SO much easier than canning. I still have apples and grapes to deal with, but I will think of that another day :) How grateful we are for all the Lord has provided for our family.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sun Valley Idaho

A couple of weeks ago my sister, Dayna and my Mom and myself were able to spend a couple of nights in Sun Valley Idaho. Dayna had a work conference there and invited me and Mom to come along and relax in the hotel and enjoy the pool while she attended to her classes. We had a great time! This is a quaint, quiet little place that is actually like a small college campus. It was really nice! Thanks again Dayna!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

First Date!!! Homecoming 2009

Ahhhhhhh! Josh had his first date last night. He turned the magic age of 16 in August and got up the nerve to ask a cute girl to Homecoming. They had a great time and had a lot of fun. Hard to believe that we have another child in the dating arena.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Christopher and Sam

I keep forgetting to post a picture of Christopher and his cute little fiance, Sam. Here they are!!! She just seems to fit right into the family. I really am still in shock that we will have two weddings exactly five months apart. CRAZY...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Birthday!!!

Friday will be Greg's 47th birthday and sadly, I will be out of town. What kind of wife am I anyway??? Dayna invited me to come with her to a work conference in Sun Valley Idaho, and Greg was very gracious and thought that I should go have some fun. What a great guy!!! Unfortunately I will be gone over his big day, so I thought that I would do this post early and surprise him. His birthday is on September 11th and I distinctly remember him calling me the day of the terrorist attacks on the east coast. He was devastated. Greg is probably the most patriotic person I know. He LOVES his country and was a little depressed to think that this tragic event occurred on his birthday. When President Bush proclaimed it to be remembered as "Patriot's Day" my first thought was "How appropriate that Greg have a birthday on Patriot's Day!" I love you!!! I will be thinking of you :)