Sunday, June 28, 2009

I think this article by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is so inspiring in this months Ensign
I want to share a little part with you

"One of the things I loved most about flying was departing from a dark and rainy airport, climbing through thick and threatening winter clouds, and then suddenly breaking through the dark mist and steeply gaining altitude into the bright sunshine and endless blue sky.
I often Marveled at how this physical act parallels our personal lives. How often do we find ourselves surrounded by threatening clouds and stormy weather, wondering if the darkness will ever pass? If there were only a way for us to lift ourselves up from the turmoil of life and break through to a place of peace and calm.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know that such a thing is possible; there is a way to rise above the turbulence of everyday life. The knowledge, understanding, and guidance we receive from the word of God and from prophetic guidance in our day show us how to do exactly that."

Then he talks about the "Lift"
"In order to get an airplane off the ground, you must create lift. In aerodynamics, lift happens when air passes over the wings of an airplane in such a way that the pressure underneath the wing is greater than the pressure above the wing. When the upward lift exceeds the downward pull of gravity, the plane rises from the ground and achieves flight.
In a similar way, we can create lift in our spiritual life. When the force that is pushing us heavenward is greater than the temptations and distress that drag us downward, we can ascend and soar into the realm of the Spirit.

He then talked about how Prayer was one of the gospel principles that help us achieve this lift.
for some reason this article touched me so much. Maybe it's because I have a strong testimony of prayer and I know it works. I have had to use it so much in my life, and can't imagine living without this wonderful gift of communicating with my father in Heaven. Even this week I have turned to prayer time and time again. On Wednesday McKay started getting sick again. His fever went up, he started to turn pale, started vocalizing and swinging his arms and legs around. You could tell he was not feeling good at all. I had a prayer in my heart the whole morning. I often stopped to say a little prayer. Then John gave him a priesthood blessing. I wanted everything to be better right then and there.... but it didn't go away immediately. He struggled in my arms for a while and then John noticed something. He was calming down. John took him from me and held him. I just kept praying that we wouldn't have to take him to the hospital again. then in John's arms he fell asleep. FINALLY! He was comfortable. It was the greatest feeling. He slept the rest of the day, and has been fine ever since. I know it was because of the priesthood and all the praying that I(we) did. I know he hears and answers.

"Prayer helps us transcend the stormy times. It reveals to us another vista-a glorious spiritual horizon filled with hope and the assurance of the bright blessings the Lord has promised to those who love and follow Him."

This Week.....

This brought a smile to Matthew's face. My Mom sent the cutest care package about 3 days into the week. The timing could not have been better. He was starting to get really bored and this helped so much. In it were several activities and little treats that kept him preoccupied. That Silly putty that we used to get for Christmas when growing up (I now have passed on the tradition to my children) It came in so handy. He just lays there making different animals and shapes. The bubblegum...... well, grandma Linnea know it's his favorite. When he saw the gum his smile grew 2 times in size. It was the cutest thing.

Hannah and Tyler watching Annie for the 3rd time!

Yes it's been a rough week but if you switch over and look at the positive side of it all, here is what you get:

~More one on one time with each other
~get to watch some great movies
~I get to get caught up on my laundry
~We have to slow down a bit
~Save on gas money
~Get to spend more quality time with John (They did not want to get sick so they told him to stay home) Lucky me! I have to say it has been good to have him here- I know I would have gone CRAZY without him here.
~Some good reading time. I was able to finish two books, read the ensign and the scriptures.
~We would all get up and get ready.....and have nowhere to go.... It was great!
We got to sleep in our own beds...unlike the rest of my Mother's side of the family at the family reunion that we missed out on.
~Save money- I did not run one errand this whole week. at least once a day I'm out running some kind of errand- so this was good for our bank!
~I've personally met all of Sparkle's (Hannah's) dolls- I've known them before, but now I really know them. We have played house all week.
~Got to go to bed early
~worked on our Annie, and Mary Poppins songs, and the 50 states song. (singing helps the day go by quicker!!)
~we don't have to suffer from any bad sunburns...unlike the majority of you!
~spent much time on the tramp.... there not a hour that goes by that Hannah does not ask if daddy or I will go jump with her. So many fun games you can play on the tramp!
~We've also had to turn to our Heavenly Father so much. I know he has helped us through this and I am so grateful for that.
~and having pop cycles and ice cream daily is not to bad either!
We are alive!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Poor little boy

If you were to go in Matthew's room right now...this is what you would see. He's got
Influenza A / Swine Flu. He got it on Sunday night. Found out on Tuesday that he was REALLY sick. Doctors orders are: stay quarantined in his room for 7 days. family- wear masks, wash hands, sanitize hands- especially if we have to go into Matt's room. stay in our house as much as possible- an occasional trip to the grocery store might be okay.... but than again that depends on who your talking too. It might not be safe to go anywhere. but anyway..... the kids all got put on Tamiflu last night. that was a wopping 300$$ Seriously- who's got that much money laying around. WE DON'T!! The doctor ordered that John and I go on it too- but I'm not sure if I want too if it costs that much. But we have to be so careful with this. We don't want little McKay to get it worse- well and really...I don't want to get sick. We're making that decicion today- so who knows....we might be on it tomorrow. John is not going to work- of what I know of he took 3 sick days- and is just working from our bedroom. so here we all are. McKay is laying over there. Tyler is playing beside me. Hannah wanted a little nap so she's in her room. Then in the next room over you've got the "do not enter room- or die" room with Matthew laying there. and then accross the hall you've got John at his little desk working on his laptop. I feel like we are running a hospital. yep... the Roe Hospital. The only thing missing here is the nursing wages!

Paint Job

April 2009

We changed things up just a bit!
This is my first wall- ever that I've painted in my own home.
It makes me want to paint more! John left one week to be up at USU- and so I told my friends- and we stayed up one night...doing this! Jamie and Megan also did my room- absolutely amazing- I haven't taken pictures of that yet. Let's just say when John came home - he thought he just walked into a hotel. I love my home now...I've always loved my home but now I actually really like being here. As a wife and mother- a lot sure happens at home- you better like it right?!

My friends helped me rearrange my whole house. Here you see the top of the cupboards. I was a little bit old fashion- but they quickly got me back up to date!

ooohhh yeeaaahhh!
bring on the Paint!!!

What awesome friends to do this for me. Here we all are- Sarah, Me, Jamie and Megan.

Matthew even got to stay up a bit to paint-
Awesome job he did!!

This is what CRAZY FUN looks like!!
Thanks again you guys!
Here's for many more projects to come.......