Our 4th!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th! We definitely had lots of fun and were able to check out the local festivities, fireworks, and food! St George had a carnival downtown, which Lily was still a little too small to enjoy, so we headed over to the Children’s Museum which had great crafts for the younger kids. She got to make this cute necklace!

She loved it and we’re going to have to get some more jewelry making kits for her. We also got to ride on the carousel and walk around the park area before heading out to see what grandma had come up with for the day.

Turns out Grandma had been busy all morning making these festive dishes! A flag bean dip and a flag cake (one of the grandkid’s favorites!)

tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olives, avocado, beans, sour cream!
vanilla/white cake, cool whip frosting, strawberries and blueberries! so good!

After that we headed out into the warm sun for some fun. It was a perfect day for bubbles and sprinklers!

Later that night we headed to the fireworks. I didn’t get a good picture of Lily there, but it was a lot of fun and she really enjoyed it.

I am grateful for this country we live in. It may seem torn at times, and even broken in a lot of ways, but it still is full of good people who pray for the leaders and strive to do what’s right. I am grateful for the men and women who have dedicated their lives to ensuring we maintain the comforts of life we enjoy. I think it’s something we often take for granted. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and had time to reflect on the blessing it is to be in the USA!

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Grateful

We got a calling in our ward finally! We are teaching 11 year old Sunday school, which I was a little nervous about because I haven’t taught that age before. They are so fun, though! We are excited to work with them. I’m thankful I have the chance to do a calling again, as it’s been a while since I’ve had one. The kids are very positive and happy, despite some major challenges. One kid just went through a house fire and their family had been moving between places to live while it was getting fixed. They still showed up every week since in their Sunday best. Another girl was back from being with her mom and was now in our ward for a few weeks with her dad. It seems like separated families are becoming more and more common. I understand it’s necessary sometimes, it just is sad to see kids deal with it. Some handle it better than others. I think the Lord and angels help a lot in these situations. Both these kids were very polite, willing to listen, and participated in class. I already love them. I found this quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf from his talk that I really liked- “We can choose to be grateful, no matter what”. Gratitude is a choice and an attitude we can have when our heart is in the right place. Maybe that’s why kids seem to have it more, they are closer to God in many ways. I hope I can be more grateful for the things I enjoy and blessings I have. Not only do I want to be grateful, but I want to use my blessings to bless others whenever I can. That is kind of the thought of Latter Day Box. We wanted to bless people’s lives. We could have done any business, but we wanted to do something positive that would help people want to grow their testimony of Christ. Any growth like this is sure to help in life, and we need all the help we can get!

Eternal Families

Spencer and I were able to go to the temple and do sealings this week. We’d been pretty good about going every week, but when Lily got sick it seemed like we had things just pop up in the way every time we intended to go (that’s always how it goes, huh!). So we finally got to go again and it was so nice. We don’t normally bring names for sealings because we realized that almost everyone does. This is excellent! It’s great to see so many people doing family history and sealing their families together. Unfortunately, there are a ton of names in the system at the temple that don’t get done because everyone brings their own names. We feel really good about being able to go and help with those names. The sealers are always so thankful to see us and we love being able to serve in that way. We do have family names to bring, and I’m sure we will, but for now we are enjoying serving others that may not otherwise be noticed. All families will eventually be sealed if they accept it, so it’s great to take care of that ordinance for so many! We are grateful for the temple and the knowledge we have of eternal families. I know I’ll have my daughter with me forever, and I’ll have my parents and husband and in-laws. Some people probably aren’t that excited about the in-laws part… but I am! I hope you have a chance to visit the temple. I hope you can walk the temple grounds and feel the sacred spirit that resides there. I hope you get the chance to be sealed as a family, do the ordinance for others, or participate in other temple work. The service rendered in the temple will bond you with those on the other side of the veil. What a blessing!

Sweet Hour of Prayer

These last couple weeks have been challenging with Lily being sick and trying to keep up with making some changes to the business. I am grateful for good people around to help when things are difficult, and I am also thankful for the power of prayer. Spencer and his dad gave Lily a blessing last week. I have always had a love and respect for the power of blessings. I feel like it’s a special prayer magnified by the power of the priesthood. More comfort has come from blessings in my life than any other type of prayer. Lily got over her sickness (finally!) and we’re getting back on track now. She also got her first bad skinned knee. She took it like a champ!

I really enjoy being her mom, even though I’m at my wits end sometimes trying to keep everything together.

I have found I pray a lot more as a mom. I pray for Lily. I have a deeper love for family, so I pray for them more. I have a deeper love for other’s children, so I pray for them, too. I’ve seen some of the horrible things the world can do to kids and I just don’t get why they have to suffer so much sometimes. It breaks my heart, so I pray for them. I pray for my husband more than I used to, because I know how much he means to Lily and his happiness is important to both of us. Overall, I have found I pray more.

I’m sure many of you pray a lot, too, and this download is perfect to hang to remind you of the gift and power of prayer. It is sweet to commune with our Heavenly Father, and I know He loves to encircle us in love and comfort when we turn to Him.

Faith in Every Footstep

Mother’s Day is upon us! I am blessed with a wonderful mother, mother in-law, sister, sisters in-law, and tons of other women who are examples to me of Christlike love and charity. I am especially grateful for a mother who taught me so much as I was growing up and even still today. Moms have many Christlike attributes, but one that has stood out to me the most recently has been that of faith. Mom have so much to think about, worry about, and deal with, that utilizing faith is the only way to keep sane it seems! Moms show faith in Christ as they try to teach children correct morals, work to be examples to others, and in handing over worries or trials to Christ. Trusting in our Savior has become more necessary in my life as a mom. I worry about Lily’s health or if we’re making the right decisions for her. I try to seek inspiration to be aware of her needs. I feel like those who don’t have children do this with others, which is amazing! Many women do this with those they minister to or even with those they’re neighbors with. I hope I can display that type of faith with those around me as well as with my own children. I have a download for you that is perfect for a closet or entryway that has the quote “Faith in Every Footstep”. I love the song, and you can listen to it here or watch it below!

Be Still

This week we celebrated Easter with a wonderful program from our ward choir at church, then got back into the swing of things with Spencer starting up school again. Things get pretty chaotic with school, a toddler, and a business, especially with the load Spencer is taking on to finish his degree as fast as he is. I am thankful for the opportunities to grow and learn through the business and being a mom.

We started taking Lily to the pool recently, too. The first time we went, school was out for the day and there was a birthday party. Let’s just say it was busy. When we went today, it was much less crowded. The water was calmer, it was easier to navigate around with Lily and not have her get splashed or knocked over. Even though we can find joy and even fun in the chaos that comes along in life, I savor those still moments (as most parents do, I think!) where you can relax a little and enjoy the present.

This week, the digital download is of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite hymns, “Be Still My Soul”. I hope you like it and can find joy in the chaos of life, but savor the lack thereof we are sometimes offered other times.

Easter

I am so looking forward to Easter this weekend! We were able to enjoy a family get-together here where the kids got to hunt for eggs just yesterday. It was a lot of fun, but it was rainy and cold, so the egg hunt went pretty quickly! We have over 30 people in Spencer’s side of the family, so it was a lot to fit into the house and a lot to have all inside (usually the kids just play outside!). We were glad to have everyone around, though, and Lily loved her first egg hunt! Like I said, it was rainy and kind of a mess, but we had fun!

I am so thankful for this time of year and it brings me back to the reverence I feel when we recognize the Savior’s birth. His birth was joyous. His death was not. But His death was the final service He completed in His ministry. He was able to overcome all Satan threw at Him during His short life. He was tempted beyond what we can imagine. This has allowed Him to understand and love each of us and our trials. He knows every little thing we deal with and He cares. He isn’t just a listening ear, He is able to ease those burdens and help us. Because He died, we can lean on Him for everything. Because He died, we can have joy in our lives with an eternal perspective. Because He died, we can live as He does. I am so grateful for that gift we’re given and thankful to be aware of it. I hope you all enjoy your weekend and take time to reverently reflect on the love the Savior has for you individually. Happy Easter!

Enjoy a download this week to remind you He lives!