Sunday, March 30, 2008
So, the Sunshine girls are having a challenge, and want to get to know us all a bit better. The rules were, create a page about yourself, with 14 different facts, post it in a gallery, then give them the link and your email address. I get a free kit for it! So, here's my page about me :)
Yes, there's more Easter pictures, but they're still on my camera. What with my WordArt going to the store and all, I've been a little preoccupied this weekend :) But, I do have more pictures coming eventually.
By the time Jacob woke up and found his basket, the camera card was full. It's his fault, really, since the day before he decided to take movies of silly random things :) hehehe. Poor Jacob. I got some pics of him at the Egg hung, thankfully :)
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
So, we got to go to an Egg Hunt at a friends house. It was a lot of fun. They had TONS of filled plastic eggs, with candy and dollars and prize tickets. It was so awesome. But, with all the rain as of late, my suburban (1990) got stuck in the neighbors muddy grassy yard. I was just trying not to park in the road, but I guess I got over a little too far, and slid a tad. Yeah, that was real embarrassing. The neighbor down the street had a tow package and a HUGE chain, which they attached to the undercarriage of my truck, and pulled it out.
OK, so don't tell Captain America that I'm telling you all this story. He doesn't read my blog, so he won't know I'm telling stories about him :)
Later that day, we went to Boy Scout camp to get the rest of our stuff from their storage shed. See, when we first moved to Ohio, we stayed at camp for 2 months, thinking our house would sell. Well, the house didn't sell, and we decided to get a rental. ANYWAY, it was quite muddy out there too, and I told Captain America that we should park on the gravel part, and not try and take the truck and trailer up by the cabin.
But, did he listen? Nope. He drove straight up by the cabin, and got us stuck in the mud. Guess what? No men with trucks and tow cables to get us out this time! So, we had to take the trailer off the truck, and push it down the slight hill (very muddy) without letting it get away and roll WAY down the hill. We managed, but my poor white jacket didn't. Note to self: don't wear white to Boy Scout camp.
Eventually, we did get the truck un-stuck. Then, it was off to to the storage garage. Some very nice friends here in Ohio have a piece of propery out in the country with a nice 2 car garage on it, that they've let us keep our stuff in. And guess what. The ground looked a little wet. Captain America sent me out to look and see if it was muddy. Yes, I tell him. It looks muddy. So, he decideds to try it anyway. And guess what? We get stuck again! More unhooking of the trailer, and more trying to put rocks, or sticks, or stuff under the wheels as leverage, and we're unstuck again.
Goodness, what a day. It was crazy, but we did have a lot of fun.
Happy Bunny Day to all!!!
OK, I know that you are all SOOOO disappointed that you won't get to hear me talk at church this Sunday, and that you're so sorry that you can't come and sit with my kids while I talk (yeah, that should be fun), so I decided that, being the nice and kind person that I am, that I would post my talk on the internet so that you wouldn't miss out! It's taken from the most recent Ensign (the one all about Christ) from the talk of Jeffrey R Holland. Enjoy!!!
Elder Jeffrey R Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said:
In it, he dreamt that he was in the
He says, “As He prayed, the tears streamed down His face, which was turned toward me. I was so moved at the sight that I wept also, out of pure sympathy with His great sorrow. My whole heart went out to Him. I loved Him with all my soul and longed to be with Him as I longed for nothing else.”
He goes on to explain that after Jesus was done praying, He arose and went to see his Apostles, who were sleeping. He awoke them, tenderly reproached them, and asked them again to watch and wait for him. He again went and prayed, and again came back to find them asleep. This happened three times.
Next, he says, the scene changed, and he saw the Savior and those same 3 apostles after the Crucifixion, as they were about to ascend into heaven. He described wanting to go with the Savior into heaven, and running to him, catching him in an embrace. The Savior told him that he could not go with him, because Elder Whitney still had work to do.
Elder Whitney said “Well, promise me that I will come to You at the last.” The Lord smiled and said “That will depend entirely upon yourself.” He awoke after that.
What a great dream that must have been to have, to see the Savior, to experience being in his presence. And also, how sad it must have been for Elder Whitney to see the Savior in so much pain and agony. I know, from being a mother, that it’s extremely hard to watch my children when they are hurting. I always want to take away the hurt, and make them feel better. I can’t even begin to comprehend what Elder Whitney must have experienced.
The Atonement is so very important. Elder
The literal meaning of the word Atonement is – at-one-ment, or bringing together the things which have been separated or estranged.
When Adam transgressed the law, two kinds of death were in effect. First, physical death, when the body is separated from the spirit at death. Second, spiritual death, when the spirit is separated from the presence of our Heavenly Father.
In the Council in Heaven, we knew that this would be the case, and we knew that something would have to be done to overcome it, or bring those things which were separated back together – the Atonement. Christ volunteered to be our Savior, and help us all come back to our Father in Heaven.
“Some gifts coming from the Atonement are universal, infinite, and unconditional. These include His ransom for Adam’s original transgression so that no member of the human family is held responsible for that sin. Another universal gift is the Resurrection from the dead of every man, woman, and child who lives, has ever lived, or will ever live on earth.”
These are the “free”, on our part at least, gifts from the Savior. There is nothing that we need to do in order to enjoy them.
While we are given exclusion from
Doctrine & Covenants 19:16-17 says : “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I.”
What a great gifts the Savior has given to us. We now have a way to return to live with out Father in Heaven. But, we must do our part. We must repent when we make mistakes, and try our best to follow him.
Christ suffered in the
Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for all of us. For each of us. Each individual, and all of their pain. All of their hurt. All of our sufferings. He experienced it all. He knows what we feel like when we are hurting. He has already paid for all of that pain.
Elder Holland concludes the article by once more quoting from Elder Whitney, then adding his owns thoughts :
I was so moved at the gift that I wept…out of pure sympathy. My whole ehart went out to Him. I loved Him with all my soul and longed to be with Him as I longed for nothing else”. Having already offered the Atonement in our behalf, Christ has done His part to make that longing a reality. The rest will depend entirely upon ourselves.
I really enjoyed this article from the Ensign, and am glad that the Bishopric assigned me to talk about it. I know that sometimes I forget about all that the Savior went through for me. How he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, how terrible that must have been. It makes me want to be better, and to try each day to do the things that are right. I hope that each one of us can try harder each day to take advantage of the Atonement, and of all that our Savior has done for us.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
They had corn dogs and fruit with dip, and veggies with dip, and brownines and ice cream. Yummy! They opened presents, had an egg hunt, and the older brothers and I even got to play bowling (on the Wii). All in all, it was a great time!
Lori promised the cub scouts that the kid who sold the most popcorn could throw a pie in her face. Hehehe, how funny :)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
WordArt by ME!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
WordArt by ME!
WordArt by ME!
WordArt by ME!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wow, you can see the kids uvula!
This is called being resourceful! They were playing Marco Polo, and used Jimmy's jeans for a bandana. Nice :)
Here they are on voting day. Yes, I took all the kids to vote. They thought it was a lot of fun, but were a wee disappointed in mom for not voting for Ron Paul for dad. Sorry dad. Poor little Jimmy had just woken up, and was in no mood for picture time.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Joe, watch out, those cars will run you over, I said
No mom, I'll just jump over them.
But they are big, Joe.
Mom, I don't have getting run over skills. Just running over cars skill. I'll just jump on it and run over it.
She's gonna go back to Childrens' hospital in Columbus for an echiocardiogram (like an ultrasound of your heart), to make sure the Strep still in her system hasn't hurt her heart. She seems healthy and normal to me, so I'm sure her heart will be just fine.
So, that's her update. She's feeling fine and healthy and doing great in school, just can't get sick for a while. So, while the rest of us are fighting off the bacteria (or catching them), she'll be fit as a fiddle, and germ free, for 1 year!