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Monday, June 15, 2015

A Family Night to Remember

Tonight, for Family Night, the kids and I learned about keeping the Sabbath Day holy. We had a great discussion on the blessings that the Lord has promised those who honor the Sabbath and the things that are expected more than just "not working" to keep the Sabbath Day holy.

Then, since daddy was working tonight, we got some dinner and took it to eat at work with him. We shared a summary of what our lesson was about and then ate our yummy food. While eating, Ariana, who was sitting on my lap, suddenly reached forward and grabbed the container of warm sauce. It spilled a little on the table and onto my hand as I reached to stop her, and I jokingly exclaimed, "Who said you could have hands??" I think I meant something more along the lines of, "Who said you could have such quick hands," but the first is what actually came out. Joseph, never missing a beat, calmly set me straight with a single word.... "God."  

I love my children! There are a lot of moments when I feel that I am at my wits end with them, but then I am reminded that I am literally living my lifelong dream of being a wife and mother every single day! I couldn't be more blessed. I have an amazing husband and 4 of the most incredible children ever. And I am sealed to them for eternity! Today and every day is just a glimpse of the forever joy and happiness that we get to experience together. I'm grateful for the reminders that make me pause long enough to cherish the small moments of these years that are going by way too fast.

When's the last time you stopped to smell the roses of your life?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"That's a Really Funny Story!"

Alright. Funny story time. After a much needed bath (we roasted hot dogs and smores at a campground tonight), the kids were getting pjs on and getting ready for bed. Jopes went back to the kids' room to check on their progress and came back with this story:

The camping pads have been pulled out for a few nights, and the kids had slept on them and the floor last night. Jopes told the kids he wanted them to each sleep in their own beds tonight though, and Everlit said, "Here's the thing. I'm gonna sleep here (on the camping pads) and Eva sleeps up there (on Joseph's top bunk)..." and she didn't get to finish because try as he might, Jopes just couldn't keep from laughing and she stopped when she heard him.

Yes, our children get away with way too much. We know. But you know what? Sometimes you've just gotta laugh and go with it because all too soon, they will not be 4 years old anymore.

Have a happy rest of the week!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Little Moments

Recently, Jopes and I were talking about our favorite parts of family get-togethers and reunions. Almost always, we agree that the best parts are the small moments when we're casually visiting with someone, rather than the big events. I've been thinking about those small moments in the home lately as well. As I was looking through some pictures tonight, I happened upon some and thought I'd share.
The time my mom went sledding with me and the kids. 
It was probably the last thing she wanted to do, but I'll always admire her for it.

The times my hubby and I get to snuggle each other or the kids.

Time with extended family.

Spontaneous family adventures.

The girls and the boys.

And especially these moments when my children are helping each other and playing happily together. 

"[Families] are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Long Overdue

Joseph (6) - Everlit (4) - Elizabeth - Eva (23 months) - Jopes - Ariana (7 months)

I'm sure everyone's forgotten all about us and this blog since it's been so long since I last posted, but we're still alive and I'm back. I thought I ought to start with an update:

We are happy!
Jopes works hard for us and is great at his job. He's good at what he does and is even better at working with people, both coworkers and customers. He was just released from his church calling in the Elders Quorum presidency and looks forward to the next opportunity he'll have to serve.

I am still in school part-time. It's a slow process, but I'm closer than I've ever been to finishing! For a class project last semester, I wrote a song. It turned out great (with help from my family) and I loved doing it. I look forward to writing more in the future as a new hobby. I am the second counselor in the young women presidency and love my calling. I work with wonderful women and love each of our girls. Most of all, I love being a mother. Having four has been by far the hardest for me and I've struggled trying to figure things out all over again. I just keep trying to be a little better mom every day and I hope I am making progress. I love my family so much!

Joseph is in kindergarten and has absolutely loved it. He has really grown in confidence and it has been so neat to see him learn and read and grow into such an amazing little boy. He's made friends at school, he can read, do math, and has such a clever sense of humor. He's a great help and a fantastic older brother. He loves all things superhero, fishing, camping, outdoors. He rides a 2 wheel bike like a pro.

Everlit can't wait to start school just like her big brother. She also wants to do dance and ballet and play at the park every single day. She has so much energy and enthusiasm. She's my earliest riser in the mornings and loves having her breakfast right away. She doesn't consider breakfast complete without a bowl of cereal, even if we've had something fancier for breakfast that day. She is an incredible helper, especially with the baby. She loves to carry her around, even though she's half her size. She's gotten really good at wearing her glasses and they help her a ton.

Eva is a tough little girl. She thinks she's invincible and does some crazy stunts. She gets hurt a lot because of them, but nothing seems to keep her down for long. She is addicted to her binki, and if hers is lost she has no qualms with stealing the baby's. We can't keep shoes on her for two minutes whether we're outside or inside or on the way somewhere. She has a way of making everyone smile and laugh.

Ariana is adorable. She wants to be mobile so badly but just isn't quite there yet. It makes her so mad. She's a big time momma's girl. I've gotten pretty good at doing most things with one hand since I am holding her constantly throughout the day (and night). I know I "spoil" my babies, but I don't know how else to do it. Ariana has a really cute laugh and a smile that makes both mom and dad do her every bidding. She is always happy to be outside and wants nothing to do with baby food. She must have whatever we're eating.

We were blessed to be in the presence of a bunch of family last weekend in Utah. We even got to go through the Payson Utah Temple open house. It is a beautiful temple and it was wonderful getting to go through with my little ones and explain some of the special parts and blessings of the temple to them. The three oldest were all so excited that they could to go inside. Joseph and Everlit are often asking about when they get to go through the temple when they get older and they always start singing, "I love to see the Temple" whenever we are able to see it as we drive through town. Walking through the open house, Eva insisted on walking almost all of it, even the many flights of stairs we took. She kept saying, "Temple!" in her cute, binki-muffled voice. The above picture shows us all in our booties that we wore through the temple to keep the floors clean. The kids loved them and we all loved the experience. I know that Heavenly Father has given us temples and sacred ordinances so that we might be together as families for eternity, not just life on earth. I know that they are Houses of the Lord, and are truly sacred and dedicated for His purposes. I am grateful to live near one and to have been married and sealed to my family so that we can look forward with joy and confidence to our days as an eternal family so long as we keep the covenants that we have made with the Lord in temple. Families can be together forever!

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