Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentines Day, My Love!

There is something about your presence. You bring peace to my soul.

I love that you are willing to give of your time and energy so willingly to help me or someone else with whatever we need. No Complaints!

You never pick on me because of all of my weirdness or mistakes. I have always appreciated this and you have gradually healed a few broken pieces of me because of your kindness and love.

No one can make me laugh like you can! Even if it does give me hiccups!;)

You bring music and joy into our home. Thank You!

Very few husbands and fathers work as hard as you do with no complaints and STILL make time for quality family time. You truly amaze me!

Before I met you, I refused to let myself daydream about what kind of man I wanted to marry. I feared that he couldn’t possibly exist, let alone want me as a wife. Father knew my heart even when I hadn’t opened it up to myself. He led me to you and I realized that you were in my heart all along. It felt like coming home. I was complete!

You are so smart! Seriously, how do you do what you do!? How neat that my kids have a part of you in their brains. Looks like there’s hope after all!

I cherish the moments of being in the temple, reading scriptures with you, family home evening, Feeling the Spirit with you!

I feel safe with you around. I know that in an emergency you will have a clear head and do all that you can to keep us safe.

You are a peacemaker by nature. This is a gift and I am the one who reaps most of the benefits of this. As I said to you earlier this week, the kids will not recognize how awesome you are until they are a lot older. But I do and I Love You!

I LOVE when you read to me. Your voice is soothing and the time together is priceless. Someday I hope you’ll find a moment to read to me and record it (Just in case…)

I love being out in the community with you and watching you interact with the children. Their eyes sparkle as you visit with them.

Believe it or not, I love being in primary with you and participating in your singing time. No one does singing time like you. I DO love it even though I can’t keep my mouth shut sometimes. Most importantly, the children catch the vision you are trying to share.

How many husbands would go to work all day, write a school paper in the meantime, and then come home and fix their family dinner? Not very many. But you do! Thank You!

I love the last few minutes of the day when I lay my head on your shoulder and your heart calms my soul and sooths me to sleep.

I love hearing and reading your jokes!

I love that you enjoy Jazz basketball!

I love that you Love my family!

I love your chicken hobby!

It brings me pure joy to watch you playing with our children.

Foto Friday - February Week 2

From Foto Friday - February Week 2

From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
JJ Eating a Rice Husk (yes, that's what they're called:)
JJ Really wants to eat food. I want him to be able to eat food. We gave him this rice husk and he had fun trying to eat it. But it didn't take long for him to start gagging on it. We'll hold off on that a little longer and just stick to the rice cereal. Pretty cute though;)

From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
Jakob and JJ have natural curl to their hair. Jakob's showed up well when we lived in Hawaii. Unfortunately, I have to wet it and gel it for JJ's to show up here in AZ. But I Love it when it shows!

From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
Thursday evening we had some special time reading stories. I could tell Jakob was tired from a long week and he had a cold. After reading I pulled him onto my lap like the good ol' days and sang Blue Skys to him and tickled his face. He almost fell asleep just like he was two years old again. Sweet Moments!

From Foto Friday - February Week 2
While I was giving Jakob special time Caleb enjoyed woking on a "Build" project. He loves Bob The Builder and he loves to try and build things/make a mess and then build with it. Cute!

From Foto Friday - February Week 2
My Precious Caleb!

From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
From Foto Friday - February Week 2
We had a Velentines Day party last night. My sweet husband watched all of the kids and a couple of my friends and I went out to dinner together (no worries, we'll celebrate V Day with our hubbies tonight;) But we had a great time and Leif and the kids had a great time as well! Thanks, My Love!

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Ups and Downs

This weekend and leading into today was full of Ups and Downs.

Friday my parents spent the morning and afternoon with us. We visited a bit and went out to lunch together. But I really wanted them to enjoy the all you can eat pizza and salad at the local Lotza Motza. I knew it would be a test for me to see if the floating flour (gluten) would cause any problems.  It didn't at that point. We had a good time and enjoyed our lunch.  I had salad. MMM! I love a good salad bar!!! After lunch my parents headed home and I took the boys to a birthday party. I really enjoyed visiting with my friends for a while and letting the kids play. I followed my friend home and raided her video collection. That night we watched Toy Story 3 with the kids. Leif and I then watched RED. That was a fun show with a little bit of unnecessary. But mostly fun!  So looking back, Friday was a fun day!

Saturday we woke up, got ready, packed food, and left for St. George for the temple and then a shopping trip.  My sweet aunt Joann watched our kids while we were in the temple. The temple is always a calming experience. We hope to make it a habit to go every month. Once we gathered the kids we began our shopping.  Several hours later we were on our way home, exhausted, and our trunk overflowing.  I did get a Great Gluten Free cookbook though! But WOW! Caleb was a nightmare this trip. It is rare to have all out screaming fits while shopping. Let's just say this was one of the "rare" moments.  By the time we got home, put the kids to bed, unloaded the car, and climbed in bed. I could tell I was in for it the next day. I did not feel good. I woke up with a migraine in the middle of the night.

Sunday the pain kicked in.  While Leif went to church with the boys I searched my brain for why I was having a gluten attack.  I really didn't think a pizza shop could put me down.  The only new thing I ate Saturday was Trail Mix from Costco. I thought I had read all of the label.  However, one of the last paragraphs says that the Trail Mix was milled on the same mill as wheat. LOVELY! Behold, the source! And then we got a phone call last night from my parents. They were in a car accident that night. Luckily they are okay. But it is an extra scary thing for my dad to be in any kind of accident. He has severe osteoporosis. So his bones break very easily. I was shook up over how quickly things can happen. Crazy! A true blessing that they are okay.

And that leads us to today.  Well, last night as we were winding down for bed we actually became quite stressed. Leif realized that he wasn't sure if the Nursing Program we have been planning on will work with the scholarship we're planning. So we went to bed upset and woke up with the same stress. Sure enough, the program won't work (deadlines and start dates don't match.) So we spent the morning scrambling to figure something else out. Eventually we worked out another plan. But it's still very stressful! After we settled down about that I colored my hair. It didn't turn out too bad. So I'm happy about that. I spent the rest of the afternoon taking care of the kids and working on a blogging project. So that was fun. Tonight we had family home evening around the table as I made bread and muffins for the upcoming week. They didn't turn out too bad. So I'm happy about that! It's always nice to sit and read the Children's Friend Magazine. Jakob really enjoys their stories. So that brings us to the moment. I've put Oatmeal in the crock pot for breakfast, I need to pack Jakob's lunch, and JJ is finally acting tired. And So Am I!  So that's The Story. Gnight All! 

Refiner of Silver

Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.'

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to thegroup at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.'

She asked the silversmith if it was true thathe had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you knowwhen the silver is fully refined?'

He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
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