Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Cute Girls!

The other day we were getting ready to run some errands and was not feeling like "doing" hair! I thought about it and the girls hadn't worn hats in some time so it seemed the perfect opportunity to do so! And then they looked so cute I had to take a couple of pictures! I ended up handing out 3 cards that day! (Thanks mostly to my wonderful husband, who wouldn't let people get two words out before he had told them that I had made then and did, in fact sell them! He is so cute!)

Emma has on the "Lace and Scallops" hat and Maycie has on the "Newsboy"

Aren't they just adorable?!

And I wonder why my children are in no way shape or form humble! =)

Potty Training Rewards!

Before Maycie started potty training she got very interested in Emma and my earings. So I told her she could get her ears pierced when she went on the big girl potty all the time. I knew she was really ready when one Sunday we were over at Jeron's parents house and she started pointing at a barbie doll and saying pee pee and poo poo and pointing to the correct places and then pointing to the Barbie's ears. It took me a minute but I finally got that she was telling Grandma that when she went pee pee and poo poo she could get earings! It actually took her a little while after she was potty trained to want the earings again. But the beginning of March she was all for it! She did really well. She cried for a minute. The best part though was for about the next day or so when you would ask her where her Minnie's were (she got Minnie Mouse studs!) she would point to her ears and say owwiee! After that though she would point to her ear and stick her hip out in the cutest way! I kept telling her we needed to take pictures of her earings, and wouldn't you know it, she just would not let me forget! One Sunday after church she reminded me and we got these pictures!

She is a real poser!

This picture didn't turn out the best but her smile was so cute I just had to put it in!

She turned one way and then the other so I could make sure to get both sides!

And she just knows she is the cute!

Job Update!

I should have done this blog post awhile ago! Jeron will be starting a permanent position on May 2nd at Wells Fargo! We have felt all of your prayers through this time. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! The job is going to be good for him. He is excited about it. The hardest part now is waiting! As of May he will no longer have to work on Saturday's! (Yippee) He will get a raise and there is an opportunity for good bonuses every month! And we will have insurance as of June 1! We feel really good about the things that are happening for our family and again we thank you! We have truly felt your love and prayers as we have faced this.

Our New Addition!

Yes, we have added a new addition to our family! We are very excited about this and have been waiting and wanting it for some time now! And this weekend it finally happened!

We bought a Suburban!

It is beautiful and everything we were wanting to find!

All the fun features (even if the DVD player is super small!) we wanted and even some extras!

Just the right year and millage.

But most of all it was the right one at the right time!

Some of you may remember a post I did last year about one we almost bought. We thought it was right, but it just wasn't. It was a little older then we wanted to go and had more miles, but... It had this and that, but...

I think we knew it wasn't really right the moment we drove it off the lot! I felt more peace giving it back then I did having it!

This time we drove it a couple of times. Talked to the dealer a couple of times. But most of all we went home and prayed about it, a lot! Jeron and I both felt a lot of peace. Not that it was going to work out for sure, more that the right thing for us would work out. If it wasn't this one it would be another one. When they called and told me that the payment had come even lower then we asked for I knew it was right! It was still more then a little nerve racking! We hadn't bought a car in more then 7 years! And that time we had to because the other van had been totaled!

I am very excited about our new addition! It is fun that it has all the bells and whistles! But it is even more fun thinking about all the places we are going to take it! All the things that we will be able to do with it! The memories and fun stories I hope my children have to share when they are older. I hope it does for them what "Big Blue" did for me as a kid!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hymns From The Heart: I Know That My Redeemer Lives

My Hymns From The Heart posts have gotten a bit behind! I know! Some of that I was sick but most of it I have just been lazy! Now I'm having Hymn overload! Just in the first session of Conference today there were so many Hymns mentioned that touched me I was amazed! It was wonderful to be reminded how the music we sing is a wonderful window to our spirits! So, now I have a list to draw from if I ever have need. Today I am going to focus on the rest Hymn from the morning session, Hymn #136 I Know That My Redeemer Lives. I used to take this song for granted. But I can no longer sing it without my heart swelling and threatening to take over my whole body! I'm not sure when it happened, or if there was some specific reason. All I know is that I am overwhelmed with the spirit by the words of this song.
I Know That My Redeemer Lives

I know that my Redeemer lives.

What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

He lives, he lives, who once was dead.

He lives, my everliving Head.

He lives to bless me with his love.

He lives to plead for me above.

He lives my hungry soul to feed.

He lives to bless in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply.

He lives to guide me with his eye.

He lives to comfort me when faint.

He lives to hear my soul's complaint.

He lives to silence all my fears.

He lives to wipe away my tears.

He lives to calm my troubled heart.

He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.

He lives and loves me to the end.

He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.

He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

He lives and grants me daily breath.

He lives and I shall conquer death.

He lives my mansion to prepare.

He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives! All glory to his name!

He lives, my Savior, still the same.

Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:

"I know that my Redeemer lives!"

He lives! All glory to his name!

He lives, my Savior still the same.

Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:

"I know that my Redeemer lives!"

I could have gone through each line and verse to tell you of personal experiences of why I know that particular line is true. But then this post would be a hundred years long! What I can say is that I testify that the words of this Hymn are true. All of them! I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that when I go to Him my hungry soul will be fed and He will bless me in my times of need. I have felt His comfort many, many times! I feel the joy of this knowledge even now. I know that my Redeemer lives!

Priesthood Power

On March 4th Connor turned 12. On March 6th he was ordained a Deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood. I have been humbled and blessed to be able to watch him pass the sacrament for the last 3 weeks. We have church at 1:00pm right now. I know this should make it easy to be to church on time. But on the weeks that Jeron and I both have meetings throughout the morning it can get a little tricky! Most of the time Jeron's meeting are early so he is home while I'm gone to help the kids stay on track. With Jaxon now being a Teacher we have set the goal to leave the house by 12:30pm so he can be there early to help prepare the sacrament. I have come to really enjoy this time. At first I worried it would be hard on the girls to have to sit still for so long but it really hasn't been. If anything it has been helpful to all of us to have that quiet time to prepare ourselves. As I listened to Conference this morning I was touched. I think it was Elder L. Tom Perry (I can't even remember now - how sad it that!). He talked about our young men preparing and blessing the sacrament just as the Savior did. I called the kids into my room and did a little rewind and pause! This was something I wanted to make sure they got! I had them listen to what had been said again and we talked about their part in the sacrament and how important it is. I was grateful I had taken this teaching opportunity when Connor looked at me with those big eyes of his as big as they would go and says to me, "Mom, I didn't know I was passing the same way Jesus did." I am humbled with the responsibility I have to teach these young men. With helping them understand the responsibilities they take upon themselves with the Priesthood. I am even more humbled as I watch them preform their priesthood duties with a reverence that shows not just myself, but their Father in Heaven as well, that they do understand.