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I recently heard a song on the radio that made me stop, and reflect, and smile. In a world so filled with anger and bitterness and anti-religious sentiments, I found this a welcome refuge from the storm. I Saw God Today, by George Straight, is a song about a man who stops to notice all the amazing things around him, and realizes that what he is really seeing is the work of God. It was beautiful.
After listening to that, I began to reflect. Truly, everywhere we look, we can see the wondrous works of the Lord. Indeed, all things testify that there is a God. It is so comforting to know that we have a loving Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who created this earth. When I really stop to think about it, and observe the little things, my testimony grows.

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“All about us there are many who are in need of help and who are deserving of rescue. Our mission in life, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be a mission of saving. There are the homeless, the hungry, the destitute.”
~President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Our Mission of Saving,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 59

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
~Matthew 25:40
Today I went and worked for the second time in the Humanitarian Service Room over at the Deseret Industries on Craig and Allen. It was really awesome! I just wanted to share my experience with you all, and encourage you to go, if possible.
Today we worked on making quiet books that will be sent out to orphanages. It was a blast. Not only did I get to work on solving some problems they were having with the books, but I got to do a fun and creative activity, have fun, and be spiritually uplifted. Last time I was there, I worked on finishing a baby quilt and worked on making handles for school bags. I thought that would be disastrous, as I was working on a commercial sewing machine, but the Lord must have been with me because it all worked out well. It was good practice, too. I have to tell you that these two experiences have been so rewarding, I can’t wait to go again! It’s just really gratifying to know that what I am doing will help a child somewhere. Sometimes we get so caught up with all that we have, that we forget how truly blessed we all have been. We have so much. It just feels so right to give something, even if it is just my time.
They have a picture on their wall there of a sweet little girl holding a little towel like she would a baby doll. The towel had been wrapped around something that had been sent over there. Since she didn’t have a doll, she just used the towel. That story touched me so much. I want to do whatever I can, in my own small way, to help people like this little girl and her family. There’s just something really right about it.
Both times I’ve gone, I haven’t wanted to leave when I needed to. I would gladly stay there all day and more, if I could. I have had a ton of fun, and been very gratified. I would really encourage anyone who has a spare hour or two to go down there, and help. I think most of us could probably find and hour or two a month. There is so much stuff to do there, and you can kind of pick and choose what you want to work on. They have all the materials, and all they need is the manpower. I believe you can even get stuff to take home and work on and bring back. You can also donate things there to be sent to Salt Lake, like hygiene kits, newborn kits, etc.
They are open right now on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, but according to their newsletter, they are looking to add Mondays and Fridays soon. You can also schedule an evening if you wish (649-8191 ext 134). They ask that you schedule for big groups, but individuals can just go in whenever. Go and try it. I promise you’ll love it!
For people that are not in Las Vegas, click here to find out how you can help. (And, you do not need to be a member of the Church.)
For more information on the Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, click here.

 

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A friend directed me to this wonderful tribute to President Hinckley. It was done by Glenn Beck, a conservative talk show host who is LDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPaZ65FDBAA

Very touching!

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Another Christmas gone by, and I feel bit strange about it this year. We really didn’t have much in the bank for presents, and made the smart decision not to use the credit card this year. We got the kids 2 things each, which is less than we’ve ever done. Oddly, though, they were all just thrilled with those 2 things, and couldn’t care less that there weren’t more. At first it was hard for me; I wanted to get them so much. But, I soon came to realize that the amount of presents doesn’t matter. Santa still came. The kids were ecstatic Christmas morning, and quantity didn’t matter. It was really very touching to me, and the big slap in the face I needed.
I’ve always loved Christmas! As a kid, I just knew it meant presents and a big dinner. But, my parents always taught me about the real meaning of Christmas. As I grew, I learned to appreciate it more and more. After I joined the Church, my testimony of the Savior and the glorious events of His birth grew even more. Over the last year and a half, I’ve gained an amazing testimony of the Atonement, and my appreciation of and love for Christ has grown to levels previously unimaginable for me. I have such gratitude in my heart for Christ and ALL He gave to me, and all of us!
Sadly, I’ve lost sight of all that over the last couple Christmases. Not my conscious decision, but by getting carried away in all the gift business. I’ve commented to a few people that this year and last year, it just hasn’t “felt like Christmas.” I’ve had this longing for something that has been missing out of the holiday. At first, I thought it was missing those family members that aren’t with us. While that may be part of it, I realized that my problem was I was focusing most of my attention and energy on things that really didn’t matter. What I needed to do was focus on the Savior, not just His birth, but His whole life, death, and resurrection. What magnificent events!
Once I re-focused on what mattered: Christ and my family, I felt at peace again. I had no stress, no worry, no sadness about Christmas. I felt joy in my heart, and wanted to shout from the roof tops, “Glory to God in the highest!”

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
~Luke 2:8-14

To learn more about the Savior, please click here.

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I love Veteran’s Day! I think it is so very important to celebrate and remember those who have fought and those that have given it all, for us to be safe and free. I have veterans of Vietnam and Korea and both World Wars in my family. Before he died in 1997, my grandpa was Nevada’s oldest living veteran, having fought in WWI and WWII. I believe it was in WWI, that he had his nose blown off by a grenade. My uncle joined the Army Rangers and went to Vietnam. He received three Purple Hearts from his service there. My great-uncle (dad to the Vietnam Vet uncle) and my grandfather were both in WWII. My step dad, Jim, and Adam’s grandfather both served in Korea. I also have letters written by ancestors that were part of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. A friend of mine also did a tour in Iraq.
I don’t think I can really express the depths to which those in the military (past and present) mean to me. They were willing to sacrifice their lives for me, and my children. These are some of the most courageous and valiant people we have among us. I really just can’t express my appreciation for all that they do. And let’s not forget about their families, many of whom send their loved ones off to war, never to see alive again. I am truly grateful for all veterans and military personnel. They are real heroes!

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What amazing friends!

I’ve never heard of a group of friends such as the ones I have. We have been friends since high school, which makes it about 12 years or so now. Despite our distance from each other, at times, we have managed to stay extremely close. I would say we are really family. Through the years, we have seen people come and go, and have been honored to welcome “newbies” into our circle. But, we have always had a bond holding us together. It truely is remarkable. When one of us needs help or support or even just a word of encouragement, everyone else rallies around them. When one of us comes upon success in something, the others are there to help celebrate. When we are bored and need something to do, we can always count on our friends to do something. What is comes down to is that we are always there for each other and we really do love each other. We can laugh with each other, cry with each other, pick on each other, and enjoy each other. What else could be better? These people have been there for me at times many other would have just turned and run. They are some of the most wonderful people I have ever known, and that I ever will. I just wanted to express how grateful I am and how blessed I feel to have these wonderful people in my life!

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A tired happy birthday baby girl!

Yesterday was Genevie’s 1st birthday! Holy cow, that came so fast! It really doesn’t feel like it’s been a year since she was born. But, it has. Now she’s climbing and walking and trying to talk. It’s crazy how fast the time goes by! But, I love it all! Genevie is so wonderful and I just feel so blessed to have her in our family! The same can be said for all of my children. It amazes me how much love I have for each of them, and when I think I can’t love them anymore than I do, I find that I do love them more–everyday my love for them grows! They are wonderful and amazing children. So sweet and innocent. Children are the essence of purity and they are so close to the Lord. They are wonderful. I firmly believe that the most important thing I will ever do is raise these children. Parenthood is such a tremendous blessing!

We had some friends over yesterday to play, and Genevie was feeling very tired around lunch time. I thought I’d give her lunch, then have her take a nap, but she had other plans! This was too precious!
    
    
    
    

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I am a Child of God


Yesterday brought to mind the famous line from the movie “Gone With the Wind”, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
There have been many, many Sundays where it is just the kids and me at church, without Adam. While this can be extremely aggravating, I do my best to go and do the right thing. I know that the kids need that in their lives and they need me to show them that even though it is hard sometimes, we still go to church, because that’s what we’ve been commanded to do. There are many times when I wonder why I even bother because we are late and miss sacrament completely, or we spend all of sacrament in the mothers’ lounge, or I just spend the entire block of meeting wrangling children. I go though. I know I need to go. And usually, I feel the Spirit. Once in a while, I actually catch the message or a lesson.
Anyway, yesterday was one such day. However, this time it was different. One reason was because I changed my attitude. I decided that I was going to have a good day. We got up at the same time we normally do, but this time, we were ready on time. I didn’t rush us or anything, we were just ready. So, we ended up getting there during the opening song. I don’t even know when the last time that happened. So we sat in the chapel instead of the mothers lounge. I had recently made some new file folder games for the kids, and we brought those. Even though I told them that they couldn’t get them out until after the Sacrament had been passed, they did really good. We all left the chapel to go an feed Genevie, and the kids did good then. When we went back in, Gavin got in trouble and started screaming, so I had to scoot him out of the chapel fast. I had Genevie in one arm and I took him out with the other, promptly putting them both down on chairs in the foyer. Gavin was screaming, but I held his arms (this is a new time-out technique we are using on advice of a counselor). I didn’t yell at him or anything, just stood my ground with the time-out. All of a sudden behind me came a sweet sister who asked if she could take Genevie while I was dealing with Gavin. Normally, I probably would have said no and that I could handle it, but I’ve learned to accept help when I need it. So she walked around with Genevie. Then, another sister came out and said she came to help too. I just asked her if she could sit with Logan and Daphne, who were in the chapel. It was wonderful because I knew the other kids would be fine, and I could focus on what I needed to do with Gavin. After the time-out ordeal was over, we all went back in and finished sacrament in the chapel. The kids were a little noisy at times, but it all worked out well. After sacrament, I took them all to class, and went to relief society. Genevie was very cranky during the lesson, but I did my best to participate and I would take her out if she got too loud. After relief society was over, another sweet wonderful sister came up to me an told me that she loved me and gave me some wonderful words of comfort. Then we had Sunday school, which Genevie slept through. Afterward, on my way to get the kids, I was stopped by one of the counselors in the Bishopric. He told me he admired my tenacity in bringing all 4 kids to church on my own week after week. While he was talking to me, the relief society president chimed in and they both offered some lovely words of encouragement and comfort. I went and got the kids and we went home, all of us in a great mood.
This Sunday was the best I’d had in a very long time. It was wonderful! Even though I had problems with the kids and we drew attention to ourselves during sacrament (things which not long ago would have sent me into a horrible mood), I maintained my good attitude (and it really wasn’t hard to do so, surprisingly), and I received help from others. I really felt like the arms of the Savior were around me! I just felt so much love and compassion, and it was real and genuine. I am fighting back tears right now because it just meant so much to me.
The Lord knew what I needed yesterday, and he provided for me through others. It was so wonderful!

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Genevie Walks!



On Sunday, during Sacrament meeting, Genevie stood up and took a step all by herself! Everyone in the family saw it and it was very exciting! She’s since done it some more, but no more than two steps at a time. She’s very shaky on those legs. But she keeps trying, and she’ll be going steady soon. Then she’ll be running – UH OH!

But I’m very excited for her!

Where has the time gone? Seems like such a short time ago that we took this picture of her in her blessing gown. She was about 6 weeks old then. In this other picture, that we took just a few days ago, she’s 11 months old, and climbing all over the couch. It’s going way too fast!

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7 years!


Well, today is Adam’s and my 7th wedding anniversary. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like that much time could have passed so quickly! It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were in high school. But now, we have 4 beautiful children, and we celebrate 7 years! Gosh I feel old. 🙂

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