I have been having a hard time keeping up with the demands of life.  There are so many good things to do that I want to do them all.  I have been having an especially hard time with spiritual things.  There are so many good books to study and articles to read and things to learn to grow spiritually that I can't keep up with it all.  Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that I just sit down and do nothing because I don't know where to begin. I have been praying about it and several times I have felt  I need to completely simplify and go back to the basics.  Then two things came into my mind:  Scriptures and Prayer.  That's it.  Those two simple things were where I was to start.  I didn't need to worry about reading conference talks, reading good books, writing in my journal, getting in depth with my scripture study or even going to the temple.  These were all things on my daily or monthly list that I have been struggling to do.  All I needed to do was make sure I was reading my scriptures and saying a morning and evening prayer everyday.  I could do that, right?  Well, I haven't been perfect, but I am trying my best.  Sometimes, I say my morning prayers with my bedroom door locked and children crying to come in, sometimes Jack is crawling all over me, pulling my hair, sometimes I say them in the bathroom, but I usually can do it.  (Why is it the children know exactly when you need a minute to yourself and need your attention right then?  It happens without fail.)  I am feeling really good, like this is where I am to be right now in my life.  I am hoping to start incorporating the others things soon so I can reap the full benefits of the gospel.  I am so grateful for the guidance of the spirit and the knowledge that Heavenly Father does care for me and all his children.



Lainee had a dress rehearsal for her music class in Daybreak, so the other 3 kids and I headed over to the lake to feed the ducks while we waited.  It was the perfect day.  The weather was beautiful and there was something so soothing about being out in nature.


Joy in the Journey

I was feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks of motherhood and as I tried to just relax and not worry so much, my thoughts wandered to times when I was a child.  My Dad would pick my sister and I up from school every so often and take us out to lunch- usually Taco Time.  This was something that made me feel special and loved and I remember really looking forward to it.  Another memory that came to my mind was when my family and I would go to Waterton.  We would always stay at my Dad's friends cabin there.  One particular time my Dad took me fishing.  We were gone most of the day, walking through a stream while we fished.  The stream led to a big lake where a big moose chased us to shore.  Good times!  Life was so much more carefree and it made me think of my children's views on life.  They have this simple view of life.  If they are fed, exploring something and feeling my love through my time, attention, and cuddles, they are happy and content.  Oh, how sometimes I wish I could go back to those times for just a day!  I think finding that balance between being a carefree person and being a responsible person is key.  Not taking things too seriously, but addressing things that need to be addressed.  Laughing and exploring with the children, but teaching them responsibility and accountability as well.  Not being so worried about how clean the house is, but making sure it isn't dangerous to walk around in!  Not fearing so much that your children won't learn everything you want them to by the time they leave home, but trusting in Heavenly Father to help and guide you and them. President Monson's talk, "Finding Joy in the Journey", is a great source to help me remember to enjoy the now and not be so worried!  Here is a quote from it:

"This is our one and only chance at mortal life- here and now.  The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief.  Opportunities come, and then they are gone.  I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not.  I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistant future when you will have time to do all that you want to do.  Instead, find joy in the journey- now."

Pictures from the Cabin in Waterton


Family Home Evening

Lainee asked to do the family home evening lesson.  She even assigned people to do things for it.  She asked if Violet could do a scripture on Lehi and his family and she asked me to make apples and dip for a snack. She was so cute! She even set up the room cute with a blanket and chairs and a little coloring table with a craft for us to do.  She started the lesson with a question. She asked who the two most important people in our family were.  Everyone guessed and Violet was right when she said Mom and Dad. She said we were the most important people because we take care of the children.  Then she got out a container and inside were little figurines representing our family  members.  She said she couldn't do people so she drew us as slices of bread (this was my favorite part).  The craft was cutting a frame out of paper and drawing things we like on it.  Then we all bore our testimonies and finished with dessert.
I love how she really thought about it and put a lot of effort into it.  She worked for the majority of the afternoon getting ready for it.  I love her so much and am so grateful for her example to me and what a leader she is in our family.



I taught the girls how to sew on a button.  They have been begging me to teach them to sew.  I taught them how to do a basic stitch and make a pocket a couple months ago and now we are moving on to doll clothes.  They did really well and other than a little frustration and Jack coloring on the tile with the fabric markers, it went pretty smooth.


Mother's Day

I had a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday.  The children had decorated around the fireplace with pictures they had colored and little books and notes they had written for me.  Danny got me the perfume I have been wanting for a long time (Ralph Lauren Romance and Ralph Lauren Romance Summer Blossom).  That evening we went to Danny's parents for a delicious dinner including some of my favorite foods- barbecue steak and salmon.  It is so fun visiting with everyone and hearing about everything going on in their lives.  I am so happy to live near family and be able to have my children grow up really getting to know their grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.  That was something I always thought would be so neat because we mostly lived pretty far from relatives when I was growing up.

I am so grateful for all the mothers in my life and women who have nurtured and loved me.  I am so grateful to be a Mother and to have the opportunity to raise these amazing little children and help them find their missions in their lives.  It is a responsibility that is overwhelming and humbling, but it brings so much happiness.  It has brought me closer to Heavenly Father as I seek his guidance to help my sweet children reach their potential.  I love them so much!

"Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life.  The mother's image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child's mind.  It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world."

David O. MacKay


My Mom

This is my Mommy (with me at 7 months old)...I love her so much!  I am so grateful for her love and influence in my life. One of my favorite things about my Mom is that growing up I could always go to her and tell her anything and know she wouldn't judge me or get mad at me.  She always wanted to help me and build me up.  I love calling her almost everyday and chatting about our lives and receiving advice from her.  She is a strong woman who has overcome many obstacles.  She is a talented genealogist, dessert maker and RN.  She doesn't let life get her down.  She has sacrificed more than I even know for her children and only wants our happiness.  I am so grateful to be her daughter and have her influence in my life.  Thanks Mom!  Happy Mother's Day!



I truly believe recording our thoughts, feelings, struggles and joys can not only help us, but help others.  I have been inspired by many women who share their stories on blogs and I hope to not only share my life with others, but maybe help somebody along the way.  This is a record of me and my family and our journey through this life.