Tuesday, August 15, 2017

school is back

My kids love their teachers.

Darby has a teacher that has pet snakes that he feeds in the class.  It is quite the hit.

Luke is gone now from 6:15 a.m. in the morning til 6:15 p.m. at nite.

Which made me realize we need to rethink that chore chart of ours because he needs to get out off it and maybe just stick to mowing the front yard and taking out the trash when he can? How time is changing.

Spiritual wisdom (still from stake conference).  Pres. W said that faith is choice.  He spoke about my favorite parable currently, the 10 virgins and the 5 who had oil in their lamps.  How do we get our oil?  Much of our precious oil is about charity.  We can pray for charity, but mostly charity is found in the doing.

A cute little (ok not so little) YW spoke Miss M and she said, if its important to us, its important to God, so we can ask him for help.

Going to pick up Darby now, the little girls got out early today.  Painted my nails, went grocery shopping and on a hike this morning in beautiful cloudy weather that teases us!  I want rain and it green again!

I think I still have a hand cramp from all the papers I had to fill out on the first day of school. Wow.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

so much to say its overwhelming

ok if i just don't start writing i will keep putting it off!


and then school started!!!  for big kids, and school starts tomorrow for the last three.



AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE BEST PART?  I'M NOT PTA PRESIDENT ANYMORE...which actually is a million times better because the PTA doesn't have to pay for the music arts program this year which is like the thing that made it so hard the last few years!!!  huge news people.

and my kids all got good teachers and my total terror and fear of the new year is being more manageable .

Could help that I had a superb day on Saturday when I got to chaperone the young women's disneyland trip which was amazing.  i'll take that kinda of 'service' any day!  but seriously it was really cute to see how much Darby has been working towards earning her goals so she can go.  Even late in the nite in Alabama she would be reading her scriptures and writing in her journal so she could have enough 'points'.  such great great youth leaders my kids have and primary teachers.  very lucky.  especially since my sister tells me at this point in my older kids lives statistics show they listen to their parents less and less and listen to their youth leaders and other adult influences.

Okay, so funny stuff.

Darby said that on the first day of school.  (Darby was excited/nervous by the way, I think Luke was just terrified) her history teacher did a get to know you game where you divide yourself into three groups....no chores at home, little chores at home, or lots of chores at home.  Can you guess which group darby put herself into?  Yes the LOTS OF CHORES AT HOME!  haha which I think  is super funny because for all she knows maybe its the same as the little chores but she views it as lots?  Who knows?  Maybe it really is lots compared to others?  Anyway, she said the LOTS OF CHORES only had 5 people and she was the only girl.   She said the NO CHORES had the second most, pretty close to the LITTLE CHORES.

okay, girls came in so now I can't remember what I was gonna say.

But went to adult session of conference and it was really great.  One woman spoke about how she had a really amazing career and how she chose to be a stay at home mom and the challenges and how her husband got baptized and she reactivated in the church.  It was so good for me to hear.  Like her awesome job was doing really good work, meaningful things that impacted lives (she worked in news television), but that how much more important was her work as a mother and impacted their lives and the world so much more.  Was like validating having a crappy car for me with the sacrifice of staying home with my kids.

Another woman spoke about having a truth filter for thoughts that come in your head.  Like to decide if a thought should stay, you ask yourself...Is it loving?  Can I feel the spirit?  She talked about how her prayers had gotten a bit monotonous and how she caught herself and chose to make them more meaningful and she had the distinct impression....OH HOW I'VE MISSED YOU!  from God as she talked with Him more.  Not, wow, you lazy slacker, where have you been.  You are not celestial material.  Nope that would have not passed through the truth filter.

Such such good stuff. President Lindberg spoke about how he planted these huge trees too close to his house and while they were so beautiful and provided shade for his house, it was wrecking havoc unground which he couldn't see.  And how tedious and hard it was to dig them up and out, but like sin, we must do that so it doesn't wreck havoc on our lives.  And then he read Mosiah 3:19..

 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a childsubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

I having been praying for Elder Hamula's family this week and have felt great love for them.  Anytime someone is trying to dig out the giant trees in their yard that have been planted too close to their home their efforts should be applauded and compassion extended.  

Then we sang the closing hymn "I Believe in Christ" and I was touched by verse 3 it says, 'from Satan's grasp...he sets me free.'   So grateful for my eternally merciful and loving Savior! 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

funny stuff my kids won't see till its too late

Luke got home from scout camp and wow it felt like a long time.  between darby and him this summer, this is really testing my motherhood having them gone so much!  how can I last a mission if a week feels forever.


lukes funny stuff.....
no shower all week and allllll that entails

but he said he was really proud of himself because he brushed his teeth twice a day and put on deodorant the first two days.

and i think he missed us too.  but he got his horsemanship merit badge and looooved it.  did you know you don't really love something unless you type it out looooove.  true story.

our house is still hot but fixing is coming soon.

i convinced jason to finish a project i have wanted done for a loooong time today so I can't complain that we are staying in hot house all day because he is doing it.

alabama in less than a week we cannot wait!!!!

oops which reminds me why i got on the computer but immediately forgot.  ivy has a talk tomorrow in primary on reverence????  uh man i really wish we could pick the topics because reverence will be a hard one from me ahahah ;)

seagulls stop it now is in my head.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Holy hotness

It's been hot in our house this summer. We are getting our ac fixed on Saturday. It will be a big job but will be so wonderful when it's finished.

Darby got to go to the Newport Beach temple with the yw! They had such a fun day and I'm so grateful for her wonderful leaders (aka my friends :)

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