Posts Tagged ‘Forever Families’

I love my kids! They truly are wonderful! I can’t believe the amount of joy they bring to me, on a daily basis. God sure knows what he’s doing with this whole family thing! It’s the best!
The following are some pictures of my little ones, bringing huge smiles to my face!

The boys were playing in the backyard for something like 3 hours the other day. They had a blast making and playing with mud. I mean, come on, what’s better than that? Life was good, and I just had to smile. Just complete and total joy for them. It’s awesome. (They are washable, after all.) I love it!
Top to bottom: The boys both sitting in their mud puddle and smiling for the camera; Logan standing on the picnic table doing some kind of Tarzan thing; Gavin showing his happiness, and his dirt.

Daphne and her best friend, Sydney, had a craft and play day. It was great fun. First a trip to the craft store, where great fun was had by all, then they got to color these nifty flowers and butterflies. They are so cute together, and they love spending time with each other!

Top to bottom: Sydney taking a picture of Daphne; Daphne coloring her butterfly magnet; the girls working with their respective crafts.

Genevie got a loom I use to make knit hats and somehow got her head through it. After that, it was stuck. I tried every which way I could to get it off, but we had to have Grandpa come cut it off with some super strong pliers. (I’m just glad we didn’t have to call the fire dept. to come get it off.) So, while we were waiting for Grandpa, I decided I might as well get a few pictures. So silly!

Top to bottom: Up close of Genevie with the loom necklace, looking happy as can be; Genevie looking at a book while we waited; the loom after it was removed.

Just a few miscellaneous pictures.
Top to bottom: Logan was giving a family home evening lesson, and he was showing us all kinds of different things that Jesus and Heavenly Father made for us; Gavin was showing me his awesome scooter tricks; Daphne and a huge smile; Grandpa and the kids reading stories together before bed; another one of Grandpa and the kiddos, reading to them like he used to read to me (I’ve definitely got THE best dad in the world!)

The Lord has blessed me with the most wonderful family! I love them more than I can possibly express! How grateful I am that we have been sealed together forever! What more could I ask for?!

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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.


Very touching!

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Taking Comfort in My Faith

On Friday night, my dad called and told me that my great-uncle Nick had passed away. When you hear that, it kind of hits you like, “Whoa! What did you just say?” But then, it hits you, and sinks in.
This was something we knew would be coming, as he had been pretty sick for a while now. But knowing the death of a loved one was coming, seldom offers any comfort to those faced with that loss. I think it may have hit my dad pretty hard, as a matter of fact, and I tried to offer him what comfort I could.
After I got off the phone, I really began to reflect on this. Why was it that I wasn’t so sad? I knew the answer instantly. It’s because I know where my uncle Nick is. I know that he’s not in pain anymore. I know that we can all see him again. This is such a comforting thought. Death is not the end. It’s only part of the journey; only part of the plan. I take such great comfort in that knowledge! What a peaceful feeling to know that this is all part of Heavenly Father’s plan. People mourn and experience great sadness because they don’t have this knowledge. I’m not saying that I don’t miss people, or mourn the loss of having them here with me, I just don’t dwell on it.
When I was 14, my Grandpa died. It tore me apart! I had no idea, at the time, about what would happen to him. I didn’t really believe that was the “end,” but I didn’t know that I could see him and be with him, as a family, again. Shortly thereafter, I learned about the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This gave me such joy and comfort; more than I can really put into words! That summer I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then, when I was 19, my step-dad died, after a painful battle with cancer. I was very sad to not be able to have him in my life anymore. I was sad because I knew that my mom was totally destroyed. But, I didn’t react the same way I did with my grandpa. I knew where Jim was. When my grandmother died the next year, I was again very sad because she wouldn’t be here with me anymore. Sometimes you just want a hug from grandma. But, I didn’t mourn like with my grandpa. I knew where she was. Then, a couple years ago, my other grandma died. Again, I didn’t cry hysterically, or mourn a lot. I knew where she was. And now, while I am sad that he’s not on this earth anymore, I know where my uncle Nick is.
I know that I can be with all of them again! Oh, what joy this brings me! Families are an eternal institution. They are central to the Lord’s plan. We can all be with our families for eternity! What a wonderful piece of knowledge! Jesus Christ loosed the bands of death for all of us. Because of this we will rise again, in a perfected state, in the resurrection! We will have the opportunity to be together forever with our families. This is truly the most wondrous thing!

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I love Easter! It is one of my favorite holidays! Not because of all the chocolate and jelly beans (which I definitely enjoy), but because of the glorious meaning of Easter.
On Easter we celebrate that Jesus Christ broke the bands of death, and was resurrected. We celebrate that because of Christ, we too can have Eternal Life and Exaltation. Because of His glorious sacrifice for us, and then His resurrection, we can be made whole. This is a wondrous time for me. I love to think about what it must have been like to be there, looking for the Savior’s body, and then told by angels that He wasn’t there; that He had risen! Can you imagine? It must have been a wonderful thing! I just love the story of Easter!
It’s been said that without Easter there would be no Christmas. I believe this is absolutely true. If Christ hadn’t died and been resurrected, we would have no reason to celebrate His birth. It would have been for naught. But, because he did, we can be resurrected too. We can return to live with Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father again, in a beautiful and glorified state. What could be more spectacular than that?!

I wish everyone a very happy Easter!

I want to include the Easter story, found in the last chapter of Matthew, verses 1-10.
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Also, I have a favorite Easter song, taken from the Primary Songbook – Did Jesus Really Live Again? Check it out.
Here is a picture of us ready to go to Church this morning. Adam was behind the camera.

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They grow too fast

This last week, we celebrated both Logan’s and Gavin’s birthdays. Logan turned 6 and Gavin 4. It is amazing to me that it has already been 6 years since I had Logan. They just grow too fast. It really seems like such a short time ago that we brought them home from the hospital. It is just incredible how big they are getting! Everyday is something new, too. But it’s great, and though it is going by incredibly fast with all the kids, I am still able to cherish everyday. They truly are a wonderful gift and blessing, and I can’t imagine life without my four wonderful children!

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