general conference | october 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Every six months our family gathers together to watch the prophets and apostles of the LDS church speak during General Conference. It's the best excuse to stay in your pajamas all day, eat lots of junk food and do basically nothing except absorb spiritual goodness for two days straight. I've been wanting to do better about sharing my beliefs on social media, so here we go.

The last couple months I've been struggling with understanding why the gospel of Jesus Christ is important in my life. Church is a combination between a wrestling match and an animal chase that often leaves me spiritually lifeless. Every General Conference I try to approach each session with a question that is concerning me. Most of the time the question is centered around what is ONE thing I can do better in my life. It's always been helpful in keeping me grounded to reality since I'm one of those "I-can-do-anything-and-everything-all-at-once" type of gals!  

This time around I couldn't bring myself to wonder what I should be doing better at, because the answer would be that I need to improve on everything... seriously, everything! And so, I decided that the one thing I wanted to gain from General Conference was to feel hope that my daily efforts are worth it and to feel the spirit one time. Lofty goals I tell ya! 

Needless to say, my simple prayer was answered. We had the opportunity to sustain three new apostles in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Three apostles passed away last month and they were deeply loved by members of the church and myself. It's always hard to know what it's going to be like when new personalities enter and they have their own way of speaking and teaching gospel doctrines. It always makes me feel a bit anxious. As the new apostles spoke in the press conference on Saturday afternoon, their love for Jesus Christ and his gospel was evident. They discussed the witness they received that they had truly been called of Christ. I wanted that, to know that they were Christ's apostles. Over the remainder of the press conference and even when they shared their testimonies on Sunday morning, my heart was filled with love for these men. I'm sure my "witness" is different than theirs, but the spirit spoke to my doubtful mind and heart that they are men called of God to minister to the world of Christ's divinity and mission.

I wish that I could give people a piece of my heart so that everyone could feel a fraction of the surety I have felt. It was easy to recognize their faith, strength and humility -- which are all attributes I wish to strengthen. The life calling of serving as an apostle to the Lord must be terrifying, but they are up for the challenge because they have been prepared to serve in this capacity. I'm thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who, even when I'm confused or hurt or broken, can touch my heart and mind to remind me that there is always hope, the the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that I am not alone.

With that, my new goal is to be more open and honest about my religion and spiritual progress on social media. I posted a few quotes on Instagram that were meaningful to me. I totally used to think it was annoying when people posted religious quotes and scriptures, but as I've found it more and more difficult to open my own scriptures, others posts have softened my heart and opened my eyes to how well Heavenly Father knows each of us. I have often had prayers answered and hope spoken to my soul as I've read uplifting messages on Facebook, Instagram or blogs. And so, I'm not that spiritual and I'm struggling with my doubts, but I know that God lives. I know that God loves each of us. I have felt his love in my life and felt his love for others as well. I believe that we have a living prophet who has been called of God to guide his church. I believe that when we pray for help, our burdens will be made lighter. I believe that people are placed in our lives to build and strengthen us.

Here's to sharing our beliefs and making the world a better place!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Seen this hashtag? #ldsconf

Join us, and million others around the world, for LDS General Conference - Saturday, October 3 and Sunday October 4.  You can watch online HERE.

General Conference is something we look forward to every 6 months. I feel like I learn a lot, mostly because I come prepared to learn (unlike church when wrangling little ones). I will always have a firm testimony and belief in a living prophet on earth. It provides great comfort in troubling times when raising a righteous family is harder than ever. We try and fail daily in our efforts, but listening to the living prophet and his apostles brings hope and encouragement.

I love President Thomas S. Monson. I hope that you will find words of love and be reminded of our Father's love for you personally. That is something that I personally look forward to being reminded of because heaven knows I need it.

Happy general conference-ing!

breakfast at our house

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Morning is not my best time of day. I like to sleep, what can I say?  Breakfast at our house is nothing fancy. When we lived in our basement apartment, our grandparents (who lived upstairs) would cook full breakfast - french toast, eggs, juice - at least 3 times a week. Sadee was always invited upstairs and it was something she looked forward to everyday.

Now that it's just our little family in the morning, it's rarely a "hot" breakfast... maybe some toast. Typically it's yogurt with chocolate chips and granola. Yep, chocolate chips in yogurt. It's delish! Cam loves yogurt too, although he insists on eating it himself. As you can see, it's quite the mess. Mostly I'm grateful he eats because he doesn't eat a lot... but, yogurt he eats. 

Just look at that sweet smile.

Also, in keeping life transparent, breakfast is normally a fairly miserable experience.  Cam usually throws everything on the floor, S spills everywhere and I'm normally pretty grumpy to have been woken up by the demanding 3-year-old saying, "Mom!  I want beh-fast!"  This was one morning where everyone slept in and ate "beh-fast" together. Good thing these sweet faces are worth the effort.

see ya, summer!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Is anyone else feeling like summer should never end? I would do well living in California with perfect 75-80 degree whether year-round with access to pools and the ocean and beaches. I'll do my best to pretend like I'm loving the leaves changing, hot chocolate and cooler air - the reality is that I'll be dreaming of the pool, splash pads and snow cones.  

Labor Day treated us well. We traveled to St. George with our families. We tried a few new restaurants that did not disappoint, did a little shopping, went swimming and had a delicious BBQ. After eating out soooo much, we were ready to get home and crack down on eating healthy. Although, why does Swig have the best dirty Dr. Pepper's in the universe?! Sadee's school is right next to a Swig and it's all I can do to NOT stop there twice a week.  Bless my heart....

Over the weekend (and the last 2 weeks...) we had to turn off our cellular data. Oops! Last time we went to St. George I let S watch cartoons on my phone. Word from the wise (or not so wise), don't let your kids watch cartoons on your phone without internet. It's bad news, peeps! Anyway, my point was that we have been a little unplugged for the last couple weeks. It was different to be on vacation and not be able to post about what we were doing or the funny things that happened and it was kind of okay.  

I'm learning that documenting everything is mostly exhausting. My kids are still cute if I don't share all the hilarious things they do. My husband is still the best father and husband for our family. I still put make-up on and wear dresses. Life happens, and I'm trying to find the balance between enjoying life and sharing it with others.  So... I have 1 or 2 pictures from Labor Day 2015 and that's okay because we had a good time.  Long weekends are never quite long enough!

family date night | 03

Monday, August 31, 2015

We were recently introduced to a really neat place. It's a man-made beach in a tiny town by the mountains. The sand is super soft. There are ducks. It's not too far away. Best part? It's free!  We spent a whole afternoon there and the kids entertained themselves 99% of the time.

We left with sand all over us - Cameron even ingested a few sand covered Cheetos (boys.... #sigh) and it was totally worth it. If you're a Utah resident and feeling a little beach hungry, this little nook will cure all your cravings - it's just perfect. Plus, look at these tiny, happy faces and sandy Saltwater sandals. I always appreciate a break from the norm and this was just that!  

Here's to beaches in landlocked states!!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

It's official, we have a preschooler in da house! She tells me constantly, "I big mom!" Yeah, yeah... I know. You're big. I'm still going to do your hair for a few more years, sorry kiddo. I'm not ready to release that much control.  Sheesh, threenagers are a real thing peeps - sassy, independent, strong-willed. 

We've been trying to see what she's been enjoying about school. I even encouraged her to find one new friend and remember their name so she could tell us at home. So far, her answer to, "What did you do at school today?" was, "I'm not allowed to tell you." Ha! Okay.... She's all about the drama (as you can see).  

My heart was pounding as I dropped her off that first day. She hopped out of the car like it was her job and pranced inside like a pro. I'll forever admire her adventurous spirit, bravery and ability to make friends anywhere she goes. When one of the preschool assistants came to get her out of the car, Cam started crying because he thought they were taking him out of the car. Thankfully, he was the only one that cried. Kindergarten might be a different story.

Happy first day of school to all (and to all a good night)!