Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I have been a little MIA this month.  I have SOOO much to catch up on. I took a week or so off because of the "black lung" (that is what I refer to my pleurisy as) returned and I could not do much of anything.  Then my computer started acting crazy and after lots of help from Apple Care they determined I needed to send my computer to the shop to be fixed.  :(  I can't stand being without it!  So in the meantime, not much blogging taking place.  I am on Ryan's computer right now. 

I did get these pictures sent to me from the Librarian at the school.  Michael was one of the top READERS in his grade and so he was able to go on this fun trip with all the other top readers.  First, they were picked up at the school in this cool limo...

Here he is (in the plaid shirt) partying it up inside the limo...(sitting next to cousin, Emmaline).  

Michael and his friend Mason...I think. 

They were driven to Chick Fil-A for lunch...yummy!

Our school really has a great bunch of kids.  Here is Michael and Mason with two other boys from Church...Bryce and Davis. 

Way to go Michael...and Emmaline too!  (And there is Aspen and Jordyn from church as well...we really represented! Yahoo!) 
Now I need to set up a reading plan for the kids over the summer.  I am determined to get LOTS of books read by all.  It is too easy to let the kids brains go to mush on things like Mind Crap, did I say that?  I meant Mind Craft.  Are my boys the only ones wanting to play these games any chance they get? 
And while I am on the subject of reading... there is a really great reader that has a birthday today....

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Flashback Friday

Ryan with his parents and sister circa 1978?  

I love this picture.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sad story

Two nights ago I heard via social media about the passing of a beautiful mother of six.  Her family was close friends with my best friend's family.  I was heart broken.

"Reminded again how fragile life is with the passing of my friend Katrina today (Monday) from complications related to pregnancy. She was a wonderful person and is leaving behind her husband and their six children, the last of whom she gave birth to today. Till we meet again, sweet brown girl."

(Written by my best friend, Danielle.) 

 Here is Katrina with five of her six children.  The sixth (a baby boy) was delivered healthy, and due to her Placenta Accreta, she died during surgery. 

It is so, so sad.  From everything I have heard she was the most positive and happy person.  I believe, like her family does, that she still lives on and will be reunited with her family some day.  It does not lesson the pain and sadness of six sweet children and a morning husband left behind.  Not to mention parents, family and friends.  

It reminds me of the miracle we had two years ago at this time of year with my sister in law, Melissa. 
She too, would have left six children and a grieving husband behind.  
She died and came back. She almost died again a few times. 
She is healthy and back to normal.   

My heart breaks for this family that did not get the miracle they were praying for.  I do not know why.  I do know that they will have their own miracles happen.  

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."  
Isaiah 55:9

I think every mother who hears this story will hug her children a little more, try to be a little better, and be grateful for each day they get to be with their family.  

If anyone is interested in helping the is their information.  Katrina as in the hospital for three weeks and they have lots of medical bills and burial costs.  

Or you can go to this pay pal account.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

I am lioness...hear me roar.

I haven't posted for a bit....

A.  I have been sick for like a month.

B.  I don't have the right cord to download new pictures next to my computer and every time I think I MIGHT blog, I am too lazy to actually go get the cord.  I decide going to bed is a better option.

I am feeling MUCH better.  My case of what I found out was Pleurisy is getting better every day.  My respiratory junk is almost all gone too.  Just a bit of coughing...but nothing bad.  It amazing how it just takes being sick or in pain for a bit to make you really appreciate your health.  I can't believe as humans we just take that for granted so easily!  How quickly I forget once I am feeling well.  My heart really goes out to those who are chronically ill or have chronic pain.  What a nightmare.

When I didn't have any energy to do anything I tried to read uplifting things.  I love this speech given my Julie B Beck given to women from our Church. Here is an awesome quote from it....

"I have said lately that women are like lionesses at the gate of the home. Whatever happens in that home and family happens because she cares about it and it matters to her."

"She guards that gate, and things matter to that family if they matter to her. For example, if the lioness at the gate believes in the law of tithing, tithing will be paid in that family. If that family has a humble little portion of ten pesos coming in, that lioness will safeguard the one peso if tithing is important to her. If that lioness at the gate knows about renewing her baptismal covenants with God, she will be in sacrament meeting on Sunday, and she will prepare her children to be there. They will be washed, cleaned, combed, and taught about that meeting and what happens there. It isn’t a casual event, but it is serious to her, and it will be serious to them. The lioness at the gate ensures that temple worship is taken care of in the family. She encourages that participation. She cares about seeking after her ancestors. If the lioness at the gate knows about and understands missions, missionaries, and the mission of the house of Israel, she will prepare future missionaries to go out from that home. It is very difficult to get a lion cub away from a lioness who doesn’t believe in missions, but if the lioness believes in a mission, she will devote her life to preparing the cub to go out and serve the Lord. That’s how important she is. Service happens if she cares about it. "

The things mentioned above may not be what is important to every lioness.  But I believe it is true...what is important to the mother...the lioness, is often how goes the family.  We have so much power as women and mothers.  I don't see how so many in the world have convinced women that they are "less" then and don't have power.  I think we have the ultimate power!  Makes me think of another favorite quote...

"When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time. The women of God know this. No wonder the men of God support and sustain you sisters in your unique roles, for the act of deserting home in order to shape society is like thoughtlessly removing crucial fingers from an imperiled dike in order to teach people to swim.
--Elder Neal A. Maxwell"

These thoughts come to you just in time for Mother's Day.  
I am thankful to be a mother! 

I think this is me being the lioness of my home at about 5pm each day...