Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Atonement

I have been thinking about the power of the Atonement a lot the past couple months and especially the past week. I feel like I have been on the verge of tears so often lately with family members who are dealing with illness and really hard things in life, things I can't make better for them. Then hearing about the shooting in Conneticut has just made me want to cry all over again. I am amazed at how much a heart can hurt for others. Knowing how much I hurt, even for those I don't know, I can't even imagine how much they must be hurting. Anyway, I have been struggling to put my feelings and thoughts and testimony into words. It is not one of my talents so I decided to sum it up into one simple statement.

I believe in the power of the Atonement and know that, when applied, it can heal and change and comfort all who look to Christ and put their trust in Him.

I am so grateful for the tender mercies of an all-loving Heavenly Father.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Just got these pictures back from my sister-in-law Michelle. Thank you so much for doing them for us Michelle. They turned out great! If any of you have a suggestion as to which pictures and edits to use please share. Oh, and Livi, "You're welcome." :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I don't know what has gotten into me tonight but I just felt like putting a post on my blog for some unknown and unexpected reason. I have just been feeling so grateful for my home and my own little family today. We headed out of town for a quick visit down to Casey's parents' place in Mt. Pleasant and his sister Diana's new baby boy's baby blessing in Spanish Fork today. We got there at about 6 last night and had to leave by 2:30 this afternoon for Casey to get back to a meeting by 7 so it really was a quick trip for being 5 hours one way. Anyway, what all this babbling is leading up to is that as much as I love my family and my husband's family and going to visit and spending time with each of them and as much as I wish our stays could be longer at times I am always so grateful to come home to my own home with my 3 beautiful boys and a wonderful husband! I am so blessed! I truly have a wonderful life!

Friday, February 25, 2011


So I got brave yesterday after years of debate with myself. Maybe it was having the 3rd that made me realize that there is nothing to fear. Maybe it was me simply being ready for something new,or realizing that I can be confident regardless of this one element of life, or maybe it was just something in the water yesterday, I don't know, but I finally did it. I chopped my hair off--really chopped it! And guess what...I am liking it so far. I am not in hair shock or anything like that--so far I have not cried or even been close to it. I am excited about the change and even though I may not keep it THIS short I think I will be wearing it short for a while. I was really able to get ready, from the time I got into the shower to hair and makeup done, in a matter of 20-25 minutes. It was wonderful!!!
Posting this is another manifestation of the fact that I am brave! :) So Taffy, this is for you. You can thank me later.:)

Before: Always in a ponytail. I think I actually DID my hair maybe once a month!

How the hair stylist did it yesterday: blow dried and a straightening iron.

How I did it today: hop out of shower, run some mousse through it and let it air dry-all the while playing with it because of the newness of it all and then putting a headband in.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First project since baby

So I have been itching to do some sort of project but decided to start small with my first one since Owen was born. These are some growth charts I made this morning. I think they turned out pretty cute although I think they'd look better against a different wall color. I made one for each boy so they would be easy to move with us and for them to keep as they grow up and leave home. Might be fun for them to be able to pull it out when they have kids of their own to compare height at different ages.
Anyway, I got the idea from the internet and a few different crafting blogs, but this is a copy of Miss Natalie's Growth Chart that she sells on Etsy. It was fun to make and since I didn't have any cards to record their heights on I just used some left over red foam and wrote their name and the date and safety pinned it on.

Life with 3!

I had fair warning from most people of the difficulty in going from 2 kids to 3 kids. I was really nervous about having 3 kids ages 3.5 and under. And, although it has been somewhat hectic and my house is never as clean as it used to be...laundry left undone even longer than before, dishes still not done by the time Casey gets home from work, as well as the toys still scattered throughout the house come bedtime...we are surviving and enjoying our new little Owen. He is a good baby and doesn't cry too much. He fusses for quite a while lately after eating but hopefully that will tone down a bit as he gets a little older.
Here are just a few pictures of the boys from the past month. We have had fun playing and especially with making forts. They love making huge forts (I am the one who actually makes them):) and having pretend campouts or hooking up the portable DVD player inside and watching a movie.
The fancy hairdos you see on the boys are courtesy of Aunt Olivia.
The pictures of Owen are taken at 3 weeks and then today--one day shy of 1 month old.