Monday, December 29, 2008
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
As I was working on a talk that I gave in Church this past Sunday I came across this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley:
"We know not all that lies ahead of us. We live in a world of uncertainty. For some, there will be great accomplishment. For others, disappointment. For some, much of rejoicing and gladness, good health, and gracious living. For others, perhaps sickness and a measure of sorrow. We do not know. But one thing we do know. Like the Polar Star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith."
I think that this is my new favorite quote. It has definitely lifted me admist some of the things that we have going on in our lives right now. The Son of God is the rock of MY salvation, MY strength, MY comfort, and the very focus of MY faith. I have spent more time on my knees these last few weeks than I can ever remember. I feel HIS power in my life and I KNOW that He does answer prayers. I grateful for this Christmas season and the gentle reminders that we have to reflect on his birth.
I often think about Mary during this Christmas season as well. I read a website called Segullah. When I went to read the posted essay today it was as if the writer had entered my thoughts. She definitely worded it much better than I ever could. Click here to read the essay and ponder.
I hope that we all take the time to take a step back from the holiday hussle and bussle to really think about the true meaning of Christmas.
P.S. Not to take away from the spiritual-ness of this post but....We are going home to California for the holidays! I CANNOT WAIT!
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Monday, December 15, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thanks to a gentleman from Church we were able to go to the Jazz game on Friday night. Zachary had a BLAST! Everytime the Jazz would score he would yell and clap right along with everyone else. And as you can tell from the expression on his face he loved all of the lights on the trees outside of the area.
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. I am thankful for all of our growing collection of Christmas items. I do have to admit that I wasn't feeling very Christmasy until those got put up.
2. I'm thankful that Zachary will eat anything that I make for him. Thankfully (no pun intended) he can't really tell the difference between Dad's cooking and Mommy's cooking...yet.
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Look at my man....so handsome!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Monday, November 24, 2008
I have thought long and hard about this post....only because I let what I think the judgements of others will be get to me. But I need to learn not to worry about what others will think of me. So here goes...I am not a stay at home mother. I work. I wish I was able to stay home but that just isn't possible for us right now. I read on other people's blogs about how grateful they are that they are stay at home moms. They should be. Right at this moment in time I am grateful that I have a job. With Joe looking for something else I consider it a blessing that I am gainfully employed. When I am asked if I work or stay home I say that I work. But then I feel like I need to go into an explanation of how I only work 4 days a week and why I have to work.
Elder M. Russell Ballard gave a talk in April's 2008 General Conference. In it he said, "There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part- or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else." Click here for the talk in its entirety.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous of those that got to stay home. In fact I often wonder how much of a struggle it is or just how some are able to stay home in these economic times. I struggle everyday with not being home with my son. But I know that he is in good hands while I am away as a very dear friend of ours watches him. But I take comfort in knowing that I am a good mother and wife. I do what I can to be the best that I can. And I know that my husband and child don't love me any less when I'm not at home. I only ask that you not judge those of us that don't have the privilege of being home.
Posted by Kim at 1:35 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1. We all know that Joe is the culinary genius of our family....but I do love to bake! I'm thankful that Joe really does like my baking. I love it when he tells me, "These are so good! When are you going to make more?" Right now he and Zachary are both loving my scrumptious pumpkin cookies.
2. I'm thankful for our food storage. In making said cookies I had all of the ingrediants at home. I love it when I don't have to go to the store. I seriously have issues with grocery shopping...I HATE IT! I dread going. But I do pride myself in our little bit of food storage and am thankful for our good sized pantry and under the stairs storage to keep it all. Here are two awesome websites discussing food storage....Everyday Food Storage and Safely Gathered In.
Posted by Kim at 11:55 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1. I'm thankful for a husband that makes the bed every morning (that's right I said EVERY morning) and that he emptied the dishwasher this morning.
2. I'm thankful for Zachary's hugs and kisses. I get hugs all of the time but kisses I have to beg for. When he runs up to me to give me a hug it is so forceful that he almost knocks me over. I'm glad that he loves me so much.
3. I'm thankful for Thursdays. Two words....Grey's Anatomy...need I say more?!
Posted by Kim at 12:19 PM
Monday, November 10, 2008
We went to the Children's Museum downtown last week...aka Discovery Gateway. I had taken Zachary a few months back when his cousins were in town and he liked it then but it seemed to be a whole new experience this time around. We got a six month pass. I think that it was a bit pricey. BUT...when you weigh in the fact that the snow is coming and I don't want to be cooped up in the house with an almost 2 year old...I'm sure the it will pay for itself real quick. Joe hadn't been before so needless to say we weren't there for nearly three hours because of my son. How do you like the tongues and look of concentration on both of their faces? Priceless.
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
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Friday, November 7, 2008
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here are a few things that I loved about my Kauai Vacation:
-Zachary's mellowness (is that a word?)
-Eating fresh fish nearly every meal
-Saving up the money to actually go on this trip
-Relaxing on the beach
-Watching Joe and Chris reminise about "old times"
-Listening to Joe try to pronouce every street or city we came across
-Joe wanting to immerse himself in the culture
-Listening to island music every time we were in the car
-Eating at all of the "local places" we could find
-And to go along with that...not caring about the scale as we were eating
-Never eating the same thing twice
-Footprints in the sand
-Dreaming up our next family vacation
-Zachary eating EVERYTHING
-Rain only occuring at night
-The beauty of the island
And most importantly...
SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH MY FAMILY!
Posted by Kim at 10:24 AM
It was breathtaking! I've never been to the Grand Canyon (I know hard to believe) but this was amazing. Joe said that this doesn't even scratch the surface of the Grand Canyon.
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