Monday, January 28, 2008

President Hinckley

We got a call last night from Steve's sister Kim telling us that President Hinckley passed away. I was so surprised when I heard the news, I think there was a part of me that thought he would be our prophet forever. I can't imagine not seeing him speak at general conference. I'll miss his humor, confidence, and optimism. It always gave me such a feeling of peace when he taught us to live with hope and joy. Though I have complete faith that the church will continue to grow and thrive with our new prophet, I will miss our prophet, President Hinckley. It brings me such joy to know that he lived such a wonderful life and that now he is reunited with his lovely wife. What an amazing reunion that must have been. What a great life to live, what an example to us all.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New Years Trip!






We went up to the coast this New Years and stayed at a little cabin for the night. We went sledding, hiked up a sand dune, and went swimming in their heated pool. It was fun and I'm glad we did it even though I was feeling very nauseous!! I'm glad Steve pushes us to get out and have fun together!! One of the many reasons I appreciate him so much in my life!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

My 18 Month Old!!

HOW THEY GROW UP SO FAST!!
Taken her first week.
Recent photos, almost 18 months.
I can't believe my baby girl is 18 months!!! I was so sad yesterday realizing that my baby is growing up!! At 18 months is when we stop giving bottles. We are pretty good from a year on with not giving too many bottles and using the sippy cup a lot, but we still will ocassionally give a bottle. I love how much comfort my babies have received from bottles. It seems to relax them and it is such a "baby" thing to do to drink from a bottle. So last night I put Isabelle to bed for the last time with a bottle. I just watched her drinking her bottle while she cuddled with me. Loving the way she was so relaxed, happy, and content and knowing that my little girl was growing up! So sad when I think these moments will never come again. This morning I read a quote that I wanted to share. I think it is very fitting for the way I feel at this moment.

" A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary."
--Dorothy Canfield Fisher

In these moments as a mother when I wish to keep my babies small I realize that my desire for this is not what I truly want. I want my children to grow and thrive. I want them to experience all the joy in this life that I have had the priveledge to experience. I want them to contribute and be all that they are meant to be. I know in this that they have to grow and though these moments may pass without ever coming again I know other moments will replace them, that will be just as precious to me. I will always be their mother no matter how independent they are or how big they get. I know every stage brings new moments to enjoy and new experiences to share together. And though my goal is to teach them to be able to stand on their own, I will always be there when they need me.

I just hope the moments pass slowly, that I can savor the time I have with them at every precious stage. They truly grow up too fast. I love this baby girl so much and I'm so grateful for her in my life!!


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sunday!

We started this first Sunday of the new year with church at 9am. I LOVE IT!! Even though I had a lesson to teach, even though my morning sickness actually is worse in the morning, and even though we had to get ourselves and two kids out the door before 9am I still really enjoyed meeting early. Isabelle was heaven compared to this last year and trying to keep her awake and happy during her naptime. She also starts nursery this next week so we will actually be able to listen in class. It was so nice to wake up, get ready, and go. I never knew what to dress the kids in when we had 12:30pm church, they either had to wear their jammies all morning or I had to dress them twice. We also were able to eat breakfast before we left and lunch when we got home. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but it was so hard to feed the kids lunch right before church as we were trying to scramble and get out the door. And, of course, I love coming home just after 12:00, knowing we have the rest of the day to enjoy as a family. I love Sundays and I know that I love them so much more when I feel I get real quality time with my family. So, I better get off this computer and go spend some time with them. I've got lots of pictures to post, just haven't felt motivated and haven't pushed myself to do much. I will post them eventually!