Friday, April 24, 2015

Prayers are always answered


 This past week I have been praying for little things; things that are not huge and that really only matter in the lives of me and my children.  Things like Clark's tooth getting loose and coming out even though the tooth behind it was already in and my children almost always have to have their teeth pulled and it hurts and it's expensive and I just didn't think Clark could handle that right now.  Sure enough, three days after I started really praying about it he woke up one morning and it was completely wiggling.  I feel so thankful for all of these little things that happen on a reguar basis that remind me that Heavenly Father listens; he cares; and that even little things matter to Him.

Sheffield has had that tongue hanging out constantly and we are hoping for some teeth in his mouth as well since he has decided that he will only eat table food and NOT baby food.  This is the problem with having 6 older siblings.  He watches them do some many things and he seems to be in a hurry to keep up.  He is trying to stand up anytime he can grab on to one of us and he is growing up much too rapidly. 

Faye just makes life fun.  So does 8 inches of snow in April.  Now things are turning green and the garden is looking promising and I love that!


 It's funny to me that I didn't realize that the sun was reflecting so brightly off of Savanna's blonde hair when I took this picture.  Poor Kurt, it's bouncing back right on his face!  It reminded me that there are things that are there all the time {answered prayers, the love of God} that we sometimes don't see until later.
I love this photo and I wish that Clark hadn't been so grumpy so that he would have stayed in it.   I guess we will just try again next week :)
Sailing On, 
E


Monday, April 13, 2015

Be Still

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:  God shall
help her.
Be Still,
and know that
I am God.


Psalms 46: 5, 10

This week I will be still inside my heart.  I will get quiet and listen to what I need to hear.  Most likely it will not be earth shattering or new.  But it will give me strength and I will carry on! 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Glory

We celebrated the birthday of this great man and my children had the best time putting on ALL of the candles.  He was a great sport about it. 

I think the rabbits stopped eating my garden last year because they now know that if they dare to enter our yard a child will either shoot at them or catch them.  


It's funny how the parts of the yard that are misshapen and have annoying slopes where water sits are the favorite places for them to play.  That just goes to show that you can find greatness in what is imperfect and broken if that is what you are looking for.  Also, a certain three year old can be quite opinionated about what she wears.  Especially when it does not match whatsoever.






Ye cannot behold
with your natural eyes,
for the present time,
the design of your God
concerning those things
which shall come
here after,
and the
glory
which shall follow
after much tribulation.


Doctrine & Covenants 58:3

The weekly family photo this past week consisted of cousins and Grandparents beginning the annual Easter Egg hunt in between General Conference sessions.  

"I'll just close my eyes while I reach so this tree doesn't poke me"

If you were wondering how Sheffield got this awesome oval mark around his eye; that is what happens when a baby faceplants on an open plastic easter egg.  Ouch.



I've been feeling like I just keep making the same mistakes; struggling with the same old weaknesses that I've been trying to overcome in myself for years and years.  I've been feeling a little bit like I'm stuck in my own form of 'tribulation' so I loved printing out this scripture for me to read.  
Glory.  
That's where we are headed.  Not because I deserve it but because the grace 
of Jesus Christ
allows for it! 
Sailing On, 
E



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Break



Someone is loving sitting up at the table like a big kid and eating some solid foods!
The weekly family photo project continues! 


For Spring Break we went to Garden of the Gods with the Tsuchimotos.  It was so much fun.  I'm so glad we went and of course the children loved climbing around on the rocks.  Spring Break can be a little tricky because I still expect my children to do school work but all of our friends are out of school and we want to get together with them.  So it takes some creative scheduling to work it all out.  Which is how life works anyway.
Sailing On,
E

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunshine


Colorado gives us the most beautiful sunshine almost every day.  I love it.  It makes me so happy to see the sun and to know that spring is coming! Sheffield doesn't like the sunshine in his eyes as much as I do.  :)


The thing about having 4 siblings older than you is that you know a lot more about rules in sports and how things work.  You've watched enough to know that your mom should have put you in a more challenging soccer program.  Clark told me 'Mom, I know this isn't REAL soccer because I don't have a uniform and we don't play games on Saturdays!'

I realize this may look like torture, but rest assured that Clark likes to be Faye's pony.  


And then there are some weeks when we try to take our family photo and this is as good as it gets.  When it just isn't working I just roll with it so that they will be willing to try again the following week.  I still love to look at them even when they are less than ideal.

There never was a baby so loved.

Sailing On,
E

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In this house

Just in case I ever forget what a day at our house was like when they were all young.
We do balloons.  We play with the baby.

We practice bull riding in the living room.

Much to the dismay of the mother, we help the baby to grow up faster than she wants.  We make messes and leave piles on the dining room table for days at a time.  We try not to worry too much about the messes.  We still have Valentine's Day decorations up in March and we try not to worry too much about that, either.

We make skirts out of old sheet music.  Because we can.  And it counts as recycling.

We play with the baby because we were gone all day and we missed him.  
We dress up like the Cat in the Hat for the day and learn about Dr Suess.
And we smooch the baby because we all love him and we just can't resist. 



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Worry

We continue to swing between 70 degree record breaking days and snow.  It's a pretty great combination.  

Faye really really really wanted to trot this week and she tried to trot AND do her 'bull riding stance' at the same time.  It turns out that trotting and only holding on with one hand when you are three means that you fall off.  Choo choo is such a good pony he stopped immediately and stood still and he's not very tall so all is well.  It was actually pretty funny.  She just slid off and then said 'Um, Mom, I need some help getting back up there!".  

Christian was so proud of himself for cathcing this tiny baby mouse and then for some strange reason he was surprised when it bit him.  Even babies know how to fight back!  The kids were laughing so hard watching it scurry around.  I confess I had no desire whatsoever to touch it.  Not one. 
These eyes.  They get me every time.


What is it about a vending machine that is so alluring?  My children are mesmerized.  

This awesome dad has been on two snow camp outs so far this year.  I am seriously amazed by his willingness to freeze and camp in order to have fun with his children.  I stayed home warm in my bed.  They slept in hammocks and had a great time.  Kurt said he was 'mostly warm'.  The kids, of course, had the time of their life.

We had a great stake conference meeting.  It's always fun to get to sit with our cousins because they are in our stake!  Because they were with us I made them get in the photo too! 

I love this boy.  I love his snow boots with church clothes combination.  There was a time when I would have been worried about how this looked.  Now I just love everything about him.  I love that he got dressed and ready for church by himself and on time.  I love that he wears his suit coat.  I'm still working on the tie.  I'll take it. 

It amazes me how much play a 36 cent pack of balloons brought to our home.  Hours.  Coloring with sharpies and hours and hours of balloon games.  Amazing.  
Sometimes I worry about the things I'm not giving my children.  Sometimes I worry about the things I am giving them.  Then I worry about if we are doing too much or not enough or are even close to doing ok.  And then sometimes I look back through photographs and in my mind I can hear them laugh and talk and have fun together and I think maybe, just maybe we will all be ok.  In the mean time I pray and think a lot about the grace of Jesus Christ. 
Sailing On, 
E