Monday, September 24, 2012

Rachael Ray Show

Hi all, in case you missed this on facebook, the Rachael Ray show that I am part of is airing this Friday.  Go here to see when and what channel (if you don't already know). So excited. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Mantra

Do you ever have days where you feel like you're hanging onto sanity or hope by the skin of your teeth?  I have those days every now and again. It is usually when I am bedraggled with compare-itus.  So and so has such and such and I want that.  It's usually not material good, it is talents that I desperately want.  I want the ability to understand and interact with people with amazing tact like so and so. I wish I could have my home be immaculate like so and so and have the endless energy to get and keep my home in excellent order.  Blah, blah blah. You've heard it all before.

But the thing is, I have got the essentials well covered.  I mean I have a knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me. I know that my life has a plan and I have an end goal for my family and I.  I know I have a purpose. I have a family that loves me and that I love so dearly.  I have a roof over my head and food to eat.  So what's my big deal?!

When I get these severe cases of compare-itus I pull out the old, "I am really grateful for . . . " And I try to be like the gratitude chain that some families put together at Thanksgiving time. I'm grateful that I emptied out that thing at the bottom of the sink, that I made dinner.  These may seem insignificant, but to me they are small victories.

But then, sometimes even getting these little victories seem like obstacles--especially at six when my husband walks in the door and again I feel totally unable to do anything because the dinner I had planned would take too long and I procrastinated too much. But gratefully I have a loving patient husband that celebrates my small victories with me (by waiting to eat a lot so he can eat what I've fixed even if he's starving--usually).

While I fix the food or do the tasks I repeat to myself, "I can do hard things! I can do hard things!"


When I think this the scripture echoes in my head  from Philippians 4:13 that states "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  That whole chapter is pretty inspiring.

Then after I think this, I remember that God can do all things.  I just need an ounce of faith and a ton of determination and I can do anything. Oh and I need to eat, because that my mantra changes to "I need a snack ten minutes ago" if I'm too hungry.

The following is my mantra for tomorrow.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rachael Ray

I'm going to be on Rachael Ray on Tuesday. I'm filming a blip about something. I don't think I can give you the details yet, but I just want you to be aware. I'm really excited.   Also, if you're up for babysitting, let me know. :) Okay, that's all for now. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Adventures in Scripture Study

Last night as we were reading the Book of Mormon together all the kids were really getting into the epistles (letters) between Moroni and Pahoran.  I mean really.  I was describing it as I read over the big words and their eyes were big.  S even picked up the cover of the book to make sure it was The Book of Mormon.  

After reading Moroni's letter I paused and asked, "What do you think is going to happen?" I asked if they wanted me to keep reading and they all said, "Yes!" in unison.  So we read another chapter. What?!

They though Pahoran would be upset. I loved that they were shocked that Pahoran was nice, even joyful even when Moroni had pretty much threatened him.  Then Pahoran asked for help to retake Zarahemla?!  Whoa! Hold the phone!

Our family scripture study was awesome, last night any way! Yes!

Afterward we read Harry Potter and they ran around the house while I was reading.  Then . .  . this.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Little Funny Haha

Telling a story. Little cousin knows it's going to be good.

T leans in for the punch line. Little cousin can hardly wait.

And yes, the joke is a success. It is sit back and guffaw hilarious.

Mission accomplished.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happiness is . . .

I love it when T calls me "Mudder."
It happens at least 20 times a day and it still makes me smile.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Additions to the Family

It must be baby season in our family--this is not an announcement. I am not pregnant.

I'm just saying that because since we were visiting last year there have been 7 new nieces and nephews added, and my dear cousin had a baby too.

They are in the order that I met them. :)  They are adorable!!! 

This is my cousin and her baby--but they count right?! 
Especially if you're lucky enough to have cousins like mine. :)

I am one happy auntie.