Sunday, May 22, 2016

scripture power! mosiah 7:33

Mosiah 7:33
"But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if you do this he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage."

There's that word again - diligence. Oh how we need diligence. The scriptures are packed with promises, promises, promises. And then, of course, there's that BIG if/then statement (thank you seminary) - when you turn to the Lord, then you will be delivered out of bondage.

Bondage... bondage.... what is bondage? I think it's different for everyone. Limhi's people were in physical bondage from the Lamanites - heavily taxed + slaves. There are endless amounts of physical bondage spanning years and even decades - children who are starving, families being torn apart, abusive situations, disease, pain, death. And there's also spiritual bondage that leaves us with very little hope. In our day, the sheer quantity of distractions and access to information provides a quick barrier between ourselves and the Lord. Goodness, it's hard! But His promise is clear, when you turn to the Lord, then you will be delivered out of bondage. Whatever "bondage" that can be faced, the Lord is capable and will deliver us as we turn to Him and serve.

Oh how I'm learning to love the scriptures. They radiate power and peace from the pages. #Truth

Monday, May 16, 2016

warning, warning! dorky pictures ahead

There's a large portion of life where I forget how to have fun, I'm just sort of the serious type - go, go, go all the time. And then, this one time I married a guy who was (and is) exactly the opposite of that (aka me). He's the fun one, the cool one, the overly sarcastic human that is exactly the yin to my yang and we kind of love each other. Usually you won't find me gushing out my love towards many people, but we've been laughing together soooo much lately and it brings much needed relief on a daily basis. He likes when I'm dorky and laughs at my dumb jokes. Like earlier this evening while waiting in the drive-thru at DQ, we laughed about how serious they were about their fry sauce. I mean, they had these legit charts stating how many fry sauces came with different meals and how much it cost to add fry sauce. Stingy. And when they hand us our ice cream, they give us a pile of napkins and we laugh - no wonder they have to be stingy with their fry sauce because their losing all their money with piles of napkins. 

Laughing truly is the best medicine, but laughing with your people is somehow a trillion times better. And so, we'll keep laughing together (and eating ice cream) forever. 


Also, he just showed up with KFC and got extra food by talking about basketball with the guys at the drive-thru window. Plus, in his most serious voice ever, told me that they forgot the gravy for mashed potatoes because he knows that would literally be my nightmare. We get each other, him and I - fry sauce, napkins, take out two times in one night, mashed potatoes and all.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

scripture power! proverbs 3:11-12

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of his correction.
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Change is inevitable in all of our lives, and at times it's easier than others. Lately the need for change has been wildly apparent in my life, but not in the normal sense of the word. Life is soooo good and we are very content where we are, so "change" won't come via moving or new hobbies or new jobs. Working on improving our personalities or bad habits is probably the most uncomfortable because it means that we first have to recognize we have a problem. 

Can I let you in on little secret? When you ask the Lord to show you your weaknesses, he does. And in doing so, this scripture in Proverbs has brought comfort to my life. He knows we can become better and therefore corrects us in our mistakes. Yet, if there's anything I've learned, it's that we have to ask. This "asking" shows that we acknowledge our inability to achieve betterment alone and that we need His help. Our Heavenly Father knows that force-feeding us tips, tricks and guidance does little good unless we are first, willing to listen. Parenting at it's finest, I tell ya. He knows us. He love us. He wants what's best for us. And letting go of that pride to simply say, "Help me become more!" might be the most difficult thing we do.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

happy 4th birthday, sadee!

Today's the day - this daughter of ours has turned FOUR! Four?! This morning Sadee was sitting in the living room feeling frustrated that Cameron was bugging her. She simply said, "Please don't, I'm a big 4-year-old now." Truth. She's owning this new age of hers. Those first few weeks after she was born, I remember randomly crying thinking about her having to ever grow up. How was it possible to love a tiny human more when they were less tiny? And even though it seemed like yesterday, there is very little I remember from way back then. Miss Sadee was tiny and beautiful. Now she is that and so much more, my heart could burst.

A few nights ago as we routinely snuggled in her bed before she fell asleep, she wrapped her arm around my neck and said, "I want to be close to you, Momma!" And that, my friends, was turned me into a puddle. There's nothing more powerful when the love you feel for a human is returned right back to you via that same human, and boy does Sadee know how to show love. At age 4, our sweet Sadee is continuously curious and adventurous. She loves to learn, read, teach and play. She has a smile on her face 99% of the time and is game for anything. She continues to be soooooo obedient and kind, just as she has been since the day she was born. She's both thoughtful and carefree, all at the same time. Truly, she is endlessly patient and forgiving and helpful. Life would not be complete without her and everyday is better because her.

Sadee - we LOVE you! We know that you felt special today and could see it in your eyes. You loved being spoiled and choosing the activities. Everyday you are becoming an increasingly more remarkable person and it's a joy to watch you grow. Thank you for everything you continue to teach our family and for the wonderful example you are to all of us. Happy, happy birthday! We loooooove you!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

weekend getaway, st. george style

We are mega, super lucky to be able to play in St. George often and try to take advantage of any 3-day weekend. A couple of weeks ago we went... and I'm trying to pretend like it made up for our lack of travel over Spring Break, which is only partially working. In lieu of trying to be more adventurous, less controlling, more free thinking, etc. etc. etc. I decided we would go hiking as a family as much as possible. This is like super pushing my limits - I mean... Girls Camp consisted of me wearing lipstick, pink boots and floral leggings. I'm totally the outdoor type #inserteyerollemoji. Alas, my children love to explore dirt and rocks and mountains, so we're trying new things that make me cringe and have mini panic attacks inside (and outside too sometimes).

Thankfully a friend of mine is ├╝ber great at the whole hiking, outdoorsy stuff and she directed us to some hiking for beginners. Check her out at Crayons and Cairns for all the info on adventuring with kiddos. Seriously, the best info around. Anyway, I digress. So, with help - we were directed to some hiking. 

We went to Snow Canyon and attempted to hike on the Butterfly Trail, which was more or less a short pathway to a mountain of petrified sand dunes that I'm assuming, you just climb around on - which is exactly what we did. All the expectations of a "hike" failed me as we wandered aimlessly around these giant rocks. The kids loved it, Dad-man loved it, I tried really hard to love it (and came out feeling like it was a pretty decent experience). Gosh darn those expectations.

The kids had a blast and that's all that matters, right? Right. It's true that change is hard and uncomfortable and trying new things is exactly the same. But, if it does make us stronger and see the world (and ourselves) differently then it's 100% worth it. 

^^ Could it BE any more obvious how new this whole "dirt" thing is to me? ^^

Sunday, April 10, 2016

scripture power! 2 nephi 2:26

2 Nephi 2:26
"Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."

So simple. So true. The Lord loves us and wants us to be happy. Sometimes we all become a little self-involved and even a little self-inflicting - like sometimes we think we deserve bad things or trials. But no, we are were created out of goodness and love. When we follow God's commandments, joy is our reward.

Recently, a friend shared that she feels joy when she knows she is doing what the Lord wants her to do and is where the Lord wants her to be. Later that evening I experienced exactly what she meant. I came across an event that took place that same evening - it looked glamorous, fun and exciting. The jealously of not being there was tangible within my heart, but as quickly as the jealousy came, it left - replaced by surety, peace and joy. If I had been part of this event, I would have missed out on the endless inspiration and guidance I had received earlier that evening. And it was clear, in that moment, that the Lord was happy with where I was that night and nothing else mattered. 

That was joyful. 

Not only did I understand more fully what my friend shared, but also what true joy means. True joy comes from listening to the Spirit, following the commandments and not comparing ourselves to others - Why? Because we are all needed in the kingdom of God, each individually, in different ways.