Thursday, October 5, 2017

She's Growing Up

I did a little photo shoot of V Girl today, and I found some oldies on the camera I never posted.

You're welcome.

(11 months)

August 4th: 1st Birthday!

(14 months)

Friday, September 15, 2017

August: Service

I'm always a little late in posting these, but I still want to make sure that I do! 

In case you missed it, I made a New Year's resolution to pick one gospel topic each month and study it in depth. So far...

A few things stood out to me this last month.

1) I am doing better at service than I thought.
  • I am a wife.
  • I am a mother. 
  • I serve as a counselor in the primary at church. 
  • I serve as a patron in the temple. 
All of these things require sacrifice. They require my time and my talents on a daily basis. I honestly used to think I was TERRIBLE at doing service, but I'm actually doing okay, and you probably are too!

**SHOVEL** Keep doing what I'm doing.

2) Service takes us down the better path to a happier life.

"A selfish person is more interested in pleasing man --especially himself-- than in pleasing God. He looks only to his own needs and desires. He walks 'in his own way and after his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world' (D&C 1:16) and from the mortal friendship and assistance we all need in these tumultuous times. In contrast, if we love and serve one another as the Savior taught, we remain connected to our covenants and to our associates."
-Dallin H. Oaks
Unselfish Service, April 2009

We all want and need connection. What better way to get that than to serve? We are fulfilling our covenants, serving God, bettering ourselves, AND helping others. 

3) Some final/favorite scriptures.

D&C 4:7- "Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you."
Service is sometimes hard. People don't always ask for help. We might feel like we are imposing. We may feel embarrassed. We may even just be lazy!
Excuses, right? Ask for help, then do the work.

Judges 6:14- And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might... have not I sent thee?
 That last part- "have not I sent thee?" When we are on the Lord's errand we will always have his help.

D&C 42:29- If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments.
If we truly love Him, we should serve him (and of course, serve others - Mosiah 2:17).

Friday, August 4, 2017

12 months

V: YOU ARE ONE!! We can't believe it... You took your first steps this week! Yayyyy! Your favorite foods are bananas, hummus, watermelon & cheese. You point at everything and say "Dad." You like to mimic things we say. You LOVE to dance. You are headstrong and stubborn at times. You love to hold our hands and walk around the house. You also love to climb on anything you can reach. Your top two teeth are coming in, which means you're a little more grumpy and you sleep a TON. We have your one year check up next week, but our home scale says you weigh 17 lbs on the dot, fully clothed. You are still just a tiny thing. You hate sitting still and love to explore everywhere we go. You love the bath, pool, and splash pad... our little water baby! We love you so very much!!

Me: I am training for a half marathon! It takes a lot of time and energy. Sometime I regret signing up but I know I will be happy when I finish. I think it would be fun to do some type of race after each child I have. So... 10 races! JOKING. We know we want more kids, but for now we are enjoying spending time as a family of three.

Happy Birthday,
V Girl!

We LOVE you!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

June & July: The Infinite Atonement

It's August... I know. WHOOPS! I have been SLACKING these last two months with my studies. We were traveling a bunch in June, and I never really got around to picking a specific topic to study. All excuses aside, I'm going to do better this next month.

I have been reading the book "The Infinite Atonement" off and on. I made an effort to finish it in the last month or so. Previously, I studied the Atonement of Christ in depth. This book turned out to be an extension of that learning. I want to share a few of my favorite quotes/ideas from the book.

Understanding the Atonement:
The Atonement is so far reaching and comprehensive, sometimes it's overwhelming. Occasionally it seems easier to give up trying to understand and just have faith instead. The following story was motivation to never give up trying, studying, and learning.

The Reach of the Atonement:
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the best news anyone could ever hear. As long as we are willing to repent and do the work, we're going to be okay. 

The Savior made the promise or covenant to complete the Atonement long before he came to earth. The power of that covenant and the covenants we make today hold real power in our lives. 

I love that we can look to Christ as the perfect example for everything. This little snippet about leadership is perfect. 

I'm getting back on track for August and studying service. Be on the look out!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

11 months

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

V: You are growing up by the day. We can't believe we basically have a toddler!! You are crawling everywhere, standing on everything, and walking with the help of boxes/chairs/etc. You still just have the two bottom teeth. You are very vocal these days. You still say "Dada" the most, but "Mama" comes out occasionally as well. You know "dog" and "ball," and try to say them all the time. You are a great eater. You are sleeping 12-14 hours a night and we love it. You are taking two naps during the day. You love bath time and swimming! Your favorite toys are piles of blankets, rags/wipes, paper, and boxes - all the stuff we didn't buy you for toys haha. We can't believe how fast you are growing up. One more month and we will have a 1-YEAR OLD!!

Me: I signed up for my first half marathon! I am currently training and extremely excited. Summer is in full swing so we are spending a lot of time outside, at the splash pad, pool, hiking, you name it. V is at a fun age to experience summer activities for the first time. We love it! Lots of family are going to be in town for Vienna's first birthday, so I am looking forward to that. 

Prepare for a BUNCH of pictures this month. I just really love this 4th of July outfit. It also gives of a Snow White, Disney Princess vibe.

Proof that she doesn't always love our photo shoots: