Dec 7, 2010

Sisterly Love


Lea and Chayanne are great sisters. Even though they may fight some of the time, you can tell they love each other. I can see as they are getting older how lucky they are to have each other. Dan and I were going through some old photos of them and boy have they grown. Even back then, they were found laughing and giggling with each other. I can't help but think that they were like that in heaven before joining our family. So I dedicate this blog to them, because I love them so much and I just love watching them grow up individually and together. Lea and Chay, you are the best 13 and 11 year old daughters anyone could ask for.

November milestones


Elijah takes a shower only with his big brother.

Daddy using clean fishing line to pull out Ella's loose tooth.

Ella looses her first tooth.

Nov 12, 2010

Feed My Starving Children

Last month Lea and I had an great opportunity to do a service project. We helped package a rice meal for starving children around the world. It was a great way to help those children who go to bed hungry. What was even amazing we were able to meet some of the players from the Phoenix Cardinals. Tim Hightower who is a running back for the Cardinals made this day the frist day to volunteer. I should mention that this is his first foundation to partner up with. Lea and I had a great time.



































Nov 11, 2010

Agency & Accountabilty

On Oct. 17, Lea gave a talk. She did an excellent job as always. I am very proud of her. Here is her talk:
Hello for those of you that don’t know me, I was asked to give a talk about Agency & Accountably. When I hear of Agency and Accountability I wondered why those two were always said together and I guess I didn’t really understand the meaning of it till now. They are said together because they kind of help each other be explained, now agency is the freedom or ability to choose right or wrong. Accountability is the consequences of your actions. In the New Era in May 1973, Thomas S. Monson wrote a talk in the three called the 3 r’s of agency. They are the RIGHT of choice, the RESPONSIBILITY of choice, and the RESULT of choice. That is kind of self-explanatory, You have the right to choose or your agency, the responsibility of choosing right , and the result is your consequences. In this passage he also says, We also have the responsibility to choose. We cannot be neutral. There is no middle ground. The Lord knows this; Lucifer knows this. There is a great contest being waged for the souls of men. On the one hand Lucifer has attractively painted his road signs. Have you seen them? They are bright and most enticing. They read like this: “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” “It’s the popular thing to do.” Another one may read: “Just this once won’t matter. “On the other hand the Lord has prepared his road signs for our guidance. They read: “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.” Which basically is saying “you get what you give” . Now you were sent on this earth to prove your love for god through choosing the right to get back to heaven with him, he wants to see us all back there. We weren’t sent to earth with no guidance, we have the scriptures, church, and the Holy Ghost. They are here for us to choose the right and to make good choice.. Agency is a wonderful thing it helps us prove our love for god. in the Strength of Youth pamphlet it say under Agency and accountability , wrong choices delay your progression and lead to heartache and misery , right choices lead to happiness and eternal life . In Doctrine and Covenants section 101 verse 78 it says “That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the Day of Judgment.” Although you are free to choose for yourself right or wrong, you are not able to choose the consequences for your actions. We are all lucky to have are Agency here on Earth, in Moses chapter 4 verse 3 it says “Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;” Satan wanted us to be sent here on this earth with no Agency not able to choose right from wrong, he wanted us to only have the choice of right . We also have to take the consequences of actions good or bad. Like it said in D&C 101:78 on the Day of Judgment were all accountable for are choices. But I know if we make good choices and follow the lord we will be with heavenly father again. I know this church is true. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Nov 2, 2010

Going Private

I will be going private on the 5th of Nov. If you enjoy reading my blog, please email me your address at jcworking75@gmail.com... Thank you for reading my blog.

Oct 20, 2010

Purple

The Gay and Lesbian community has dedicated the color purple on this day to stop the bullying in schools. Lea wore purple today. I asked her why she was wearing that color and she told me that it was to show her support in the efforts to stop bullying in school against gay students. I told her that being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we don't choose to live that type of life style. She had no idea. I then explained why and it made since to her. I also said that because others choose to be gay doesn't mean we shouldn't be their friends. Our Heavenly Father loves them just as much as he loves each one of use.
I am proud of Lea for showing support in a cause that is really important. No matter who is bullying who, it needs to stop. This is of the things I love about my Lea. She has a good head on her shoulders. She knows right from wrong, and she is a friend I would love to have because she supports them in anyway she can. Way to go Lea. Love ya lots.

Oct 15, 2010

Fall Break 2010

Today was the last day of fall break for my kids and their friends who attend the local school district. I decided that I wanted to invite my friends and their children over to make sugar cookies and frost them. It was a wonderful day. My friend Julie and her 3 kids, Kylee, Megan, and Tyler came over as well as my other friend Cami and her 4 kids, Dallin, Hannah, Sarah, and Addean. My sister-in-law also came over with her 2 kids, Alexa, and Zach. Also my niece Kiana came over. I had so much fun and the kids all did great. I am glad that all our kids are old enough to play nice, and follow directions. My kids all grew up with my friends kids and of coarse hangin with the cousin are always fun. I am looking forward to doing this again next year and for many years to come. Thank you all that came and had fun with me and my kids.


L: Lea, Kylee holding Addeon, Alexa. Sitting down: Dallin. Right: Hannah, Chayanne, and Kiana. This is the big kids table.


Left standing: Nathaniel and Zach. Right standing: Sarah, Ella, Elijah, and Tyler. Megan is behind Nathaniel. This is the little kids table

Yummy Cookies waiting to be frosted.

Elijah was eating the cookies after he cut them out. But we found some for him to frost. He was so excited to have all his friends, big and small over at his house. I think he frosted those cookies really well.

Some of the finished product. All the kids had their own plates to put their cookies on.

Oct 11, 2010

FHE


Nathaniel & Ella showing off the flowers

Lea planting flowers

Chayanne planting flowers

Dan pulled out the dead bush so we can plant flowers
I am was getting fustrated with posting the pictures after writing my post. I kept cutting my pictures out. That is why they are first and out of order.
For Family Home Evening we planted flowers in the front of the house. I have never ever planted flowers in my entire life. When my husband and I were at Home Depot to pick out the flowers I felt so overwhelmed. I love to look at the flowers wherever I go, Home Depot, Wal Mart, Lowes, etc. but to pick them out was hard. I kept asking my husband if this color would match this color or should I just get the same flowers. Well this is what I picked out with the help of my wonderful husband. We had a blast planting. I t was great to get everyone (except Elijah because he fell asleep) involved. They look great and I love watering them every day.

Oct 6, 2010

Microburst 2010

We had a few days of storms here in Mesa AZ... We had a micro burst that gave us hail and wind and rain. It was the most beautiful storm I have ever seen. I only say that because I have never really seen this type of storm. Sure I have seen hail storms and rain and wind, but this storm was different. The wind was blowing the rain sideways. Boy did the rain blow hard. I think the wind was blowing at the speed of 75 miles. Because of the wind, my dead evergreen lost most of its needles. It sure did make a mess of my back yard. The wind also broke the side of my gate. Also due to the wind all my pretty flowers were blown off of my oleanders that line the back of my yard.
It rained hard. After the rain my street was flooded to the sidewalk. It was great. My back yard was also flooded. It also hailed and some were the size of golf balls. When it was hailing, it was so loud on my roof I could hear a thing. Elijah was taking a nap and slept threw the whole storm.
This storm moved to the north where it was reported as tornadoes that touched down. I think they counted six tornadoes. Amazing weather for a place like Arizona where we usually don't see this type of weather.
Here are some pictures.









Mar 8, 2010

Sacrament Meeting

I love to attend sacrament meeting especially when it is fast and testimony meeting. I love the warm feeling I get in my heart when I hear others bear their testimony. This week was real special for me because I was able to hear everyone who talked. This is the first Sunday in a very long time that I am able to do that. I sat with my family and the children were so well behaved. It was wonderful. Since we moved into this new ward, my children have been really good. I can't even believe it and I sit with them every week. I was thinking about how grateful I was to hear everyone bear their testimony even if I don't know them. I was thinking that my children are getting older and they can sit and be quite for most of sacrament meeting. I was also thinking that if I could feel the spirit so strongly, so can my children. that could of been why they were so well behaved.
This day in church was an answer to my prayers. We are still a little knew to this ward and it amazes me how every ward is different. I really loved my old ward. I had a great calling and great friends. I know it will take me a few months to get use to this ward and to make new friends.

Memories in the new house












I finally took a picture of our new house. Even though we are just renting this house, we have started making memories here. Memories that will stay with our family forever. These memories are both spiritual and physical.
One of the memories is of Nathaniel. When we lived in the apartments he broke the training wheels off of Ella's bike. Dan took the training wheels off and told Nathaniel he would teach him to ride a bike. Learning to ride a bike in an apartment complex is quite dangerous especially when the tenants don't slow down even if there are kids playing.
If you know my Nathaniel, he is a little scared to try knew things. He is very careful so he doesn't get hurt. Nathaniel is scared of heights and fast things. He did not like to swing. He would scream bloody murder if you dared to push him just a hair. Yeah. Can you believe that!!! He is scared to go fast because he feels out of control. Anyways, Nathaniel taught himself how to ride a bike. We kind of showed him the basic and he would fall. He kept falling so he decided he didn't have to learn to ride a bike, after all he is a super hero who can fly.
A few days ago I looked out the window and saw him riding the bike. He keeps going faster and faster and he says he likes the wind in his hair. I am so proud of him for being brave enough to learn to ride his bike. I think now my super hero can finally hang up his cape and ride like the wind.

Mar 1, 2010

Familiar Smells

Do you have a familiar smell that reminds you of something from your past? I sure do. A few weeks ago my dear husband was preparing for his business trip to New York. He bought some shoe polish. Yes shoe polish. When he opened it to polish his shoes, it brought me back to when I was a little girl and my dad was polishing his work boots. My dad was always some sort of policeman during my 21 yrs. When I graduated from high school, he was a deputy sheriff. He always polished his shoes. I think this was a monthly ritual. When my dad would polish his shoes, I would sit on the floor and watched him and he concentrated on polishing his shoes. I would look at how strong my dad's hands were. I would look at his handsome face and think that I would marry a man as handsome as he is. I loved the smell of the polish and I also loved the sound of the shoe brush brushing against his shoes. When my dad was done with his polishing, I was so excited to see his sparkly shoes. As far as I was concerned, my dad had the sparkliest boots in the county. When Dan, my husband, opened the shoe polish, I had no idea I had these memories. I love when I have memories flowing from my mind. Tell me of a familiar smell that brings a happy memory to your heart. Thanks for sharing.

Still Alive

I am still alive. I have been either to busy to write or I have had nothing to write about. We had a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas. We went to our friends house for New Years. We also moved last month.
I will post pictures of our house later when I can find my camera. We moved the week before Valentines Day. We found a 4 bedroom house to rent right by our children's school. I found the house on Craig's list and I drove by it on accident. We love all the room we have in this house. We are slowing putting all the pictures up on the walls. We love the fact that our older girls can have friends over and we don't have to hear them giggling or screaming. They can also have more than two friends over each. We have a huge backyard. There is also poles for a volleyball net. I can pitcure v-ball games through out the summer. We can also have parties. We love to entertain and living in an apartment we were not able to do that. So we are excitied to host several summer parties at this house.
That is what we have been doing since my last post. I will try to post more.