Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Donuts and orange juice

This morning number 2 cuddled up to me in bed. He was all ready for school, and waiting for breakfast. I was just enjoying snuggling with him. He even got to feel number 5 "saying hi". It was a good morning. Not rushed. Finally we got up. We went out to the kitchen to find some breakfast.
Last night after a last minute carnival meeting for the PTO, I stopped by the store. I picked up some cupcakes for number 3's "un-birthday". While I was there I bought some donuts as well. A couple days ago I found half gallons of OJ for $1 a piece. I had those on hand.
Number 2 had a donut and a glass of OJ for breakfast. He started with the donut and half way through took a drink of OJ. He said it was "SOUR" and I forgot to add the sugar. We talked about how life is like that. If we always have it easy, then when we have something hard come in to our lives it will taste extra bitter. But, the OJ was actually the only part of the breakfast that helped us grow. And after drinking the orange juice, the donut tasted even sweeter. Number 2 then related that to "Lehi's Dream" found here- http://seminary.lds.org/manuals/book-of-mormon-seminary-student-study-guide/bm-ssg-02-1ne-1-6.asp
He mentioned how some people already tasted the sweet fruit, and wanted others to taste it. But, the only way to get to the sweet fruit was to do hard things. Some people chose not to do the hard things. Some people did all the hard things, tasted the sweet fruit, and then gave it up to try something that looked sweeter but wasn't.
Then number 2 reminded me that our AMAZING Aunt/sister-in-law is "tasting the sour" (she has breast cancer) but it is helping her to be able to enjoy the "sweet" even more.

Lesson learned
-God gave us families to help become what he wants us to be
-eating meals together-even if it is just a donut- is worth it!
-6 year olds are full of great wisdom
-family scripture study actually does sink in- even hanging from the curtains and free falling from the top of the couch.
-praying for others increases awareness of blessings and our loving Father in Heavens hand in our lives
-you can learn a lot by starting with dessert- no wonder I am so smart ;)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Repost From January of 2010

I know the Lord rose again. It seems the birds knew it this morning too. They were chirping louder and the sun seemed to be shining brighter on this wonderful day that we celebrate when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. I celebrate his miraculous birth, his life, his atonement, his death, and his resurrection from the dead. I know he Lives. Last year I posted this poem. It is a comfort and an affirmation of my testimony.
With Love.

The Sun will rise

In this life we have rare glimpses of Heaven
the touch of a hand as we say good bye
An answer that seals Forever
A baby's first cry
the shadow of a baby that never cried
Each one a glimpse
The Heavenly Father that loves
The Son that gives all
Each brings a family closer
To one another and our Eternity

As I thought of what you might be going through
I wished that I could think of something to say
that would take your pain away
This poem flowed and as I cried I knew
What He would say
Don't take your eye off the Sky line
Keep Watching
The Sun will rise

When pain is too hard to bare
When all seems troubled
the light impossible to see
When families are far
Never forget
The Sun will rise

Life is lived
Death comes
just another season
Easy for the ones who leave us
Those left search for a reason
Tears fall, hearts feel empty
hard lump in your throat
In the darkness
One we know calls our name

Please don't cry, My dear one
I love you,
that's why I have come
I know what you're going through
Because I went through it too
I did it just for you
I bore your pain
I felt your grief
As I knelt and begged for relief
I did it because He asked me to
And I did it all for you
The Sun will rise

So during this middle hour
When morn's light seems so far
When all is dim and unclear
When pain and doubt seem to sear
Look to the sky
And hear my reply
Clear your eyes
The Sun will rise

I know for I am the Savior of All
I love you
I came, lived, died for you
I carry your burden
Through me it is light
Making your way through this dreary night
Never forget
I am the Son
I died
I rose again

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Loving my new swim suit!

For years I have been searching for the perfect swim suit. I love swimming, and HATE being immodest! It is a tough balance. For a long time I have worn a t-shirt and basketball shorts over my suit. But, recently I did a triathlon and decided that was just too much excess. So I was back to the bathing suit. I felt so immodest. I hated the feeling. I bought a new suit a few months ago, that covered a little more, but it was not a maternity suit, and I have now grown out of it.
Our family has a lovely little vacation at a resort in Texas coming up. We are so excited. But, this meant I needed a new suit. So, I searched online on Monday, looking for the perfect suit.
First I found these
I didn't get it-just not me. Though I love the mission of the site. http://aquamodesta.org/
Next I googled Modest Swim suits. I came up with all sorts of images that I didn't feel were so modest. Then I realized I should be searching for Maternity. And finally I remembered that my boys wear these rash gaurds- we call them sunscreen shirts. So I googled Maternity Rash Gaurds. I am so happy I did!!
I found a site called Mermaid Maternity http://www.mermaidmaternity.net/
I loved the rash gaurd, and bought the matching swim shorts. It is oh so comfortable-flattering- and modest. They shipped it to me the same day, and I got it today! Monday-Wednesday! Wow!! The rash gaurd is made to wear something supportive under it. The short have a built in swim suit bottom. Here is a picture of what I got in the mail today.
I am not sure if later I won't buy a long board short. But, at least now I feel mostly covered. I feel like I can chase boys in and out of the water all day, without feeling uncomfortable or self conscious. Not to mention, my shoulders and back will be covered, no more sunburns! The shorts come to the end of my fingertips. The shirt sleeve goes about half way between my elbow and shoulder. The neck is really high. I touched my toes and touched the ceiling and there was no gapping between the shirt and shorts. I have had a maternity tankini before, it was long enough out of the water, but floated up as soon as it got wet. There is a tie on the side of this, so it won't float up!
I noticed that they just started a non-maternity line (horizons) on their site.
Any way, this is my plug for modest swim wear.
I am so excited for summer in this land of 10,000 lakes, and I am so excited to be modest!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I am a Triathloner

I am a Triathloner

Today I am 28 weeks pregnant. Today I finished my first sprint triathlon. I Ran a 5K-45 minutes, biked 12 miles-45 minutes and swam 400 yards-10 minutes. It took me 1 hour and 40 minutes. I love to set goals and accomplish them!

I know this goal is small compared to my "no empty chairs" goal, but it is a goal none the less.
Goals are great because you can break them up in to small steps, to come up with a big out come.
Any way that is a different topic altogether. The important thing for today is I did it I did it I did it. I am a triathlon-er!
Woot Woot!

Pictures will follow later.