Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Family Pictures

I feel so blessed and grateful for these two boys and my little family!







Friday, October 3, 2014

General Conference - The Perfect Start to Fall

It is my favorite time of year again - fall! The changing colors, pumpkins, candy and sweets, and the start of the holiday season. Probably one of my very favorite things about the start of fall is General Conference. It is Marshall's first General Conference and he is pretty excited about it too.



General Conference is where leaders of the LDS church hold a conference to talk with it's members about the gospel. Members from all around the world can participate. This is the one time where we can listen to what the Lord wants us to hear, directly from the living prophets. I encourage everyone to listen and feast upon the words that will be spoke. Write down impressions that come, and be open to the counsel that the Lord has for you. 

Make a goal. My goal this conference will be to pray individually before each session starts. I feel like this will help me focus more on the speakers and invite the Holy Ghost to impress to me the things that I need to know. What goals will you make?



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Prayer is a Scary Thing

A couple days ago when I was feeling pretty low, I felt impressed to pray to my Heavenly Father. I don't know if it is  like this for other people, but sometimes praying is a scary thing for me. I know that it should not be scary, but I guess sometimes I fear what my Heavenly Father thinks of me. Almost like I always want to be "perfect" in his eyes. I don't want to show him that I am not perfect and that I need his help. I don't want to show him that I am vulnerable. . .

As I started to pray, I felt an immediate peace and comfort. I wondered why I was so scared in the first place. I soon realized that I have been setting unrealistic expectations of what He thinks of me. My Heavenly Father does not expect me to be perfect, and he actually expects me to need help from him. I truly believe that this is what he wants.

Now that I am a mom, I understand how much Heavenly Father wants to help me. I understand that he knows that I am not capable of being perfect, and that that is okay. He is ready and he is willing to help.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the first presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gave a talk titled, "The Love of God".
In his talk he says:
"Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount - that is the measure of God's love for you.
"God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn't care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely.
"He loves us because he is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our resume but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God's love is so great that he loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
"What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us."

President Uchtdorf says it perfectly. Let me quote him again:

"... Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us."

We do not need to be perfect. He does not expect us to be perfect. He wants us to come to him no matter what our state is. He wants a relationship with us. The more that we pray to him, the more our relationship will grow with him. He is the one person that we can turn to who will love us unconditionally. But, we can only develop this relationship if we first come to him. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Summer Update

So I decided to give you all an update of the things that we have been doing for the past couple of months, especially now that summer pretty much has gone to an end. . .

MAY

Below are some of Marshall's newborn pictures. The whole experience taking them was pretty fun and also funny at times too. Tiffanie, our sister in law, took them at my in-laws house. (Thanks again!) She had tons of props and backdrops! He had the hiccups a couple of times which made it hard for Marshall to fall asleep. Both times that he had the hiccups he ended up pooping all over the blanket or whatever he was on. . . But the pictures turned out so cute!






Having a newborn in the home was definitely a new experience. There were times where Marshall would cry and cry until his face got tomato red. It was definitely hard to console him, but it was such a good learning experience. He has never been a baby before, and I have never been a mommy before. So we were just trying to figure things out together.




Jake was able to be home for the first week that Marshall was home. I felt like the timing could not be more perfect being his break in between semesters. He took a few classes over the summer semester and also got a job at UVU being a delivery man around campus. Whenever he was frustrated with school, he said he would not mind just being a "mailman" for the rest of his life instead of going to optometry school for another four years.

We also celebrated Jake's 26th birthday at the end of May. We dropped Marshall off at my parents house and saw "The Amazing Spiderman 2". Before the movie we went to our special look out spot and were able to just talk about life. It was nice getting a break from the little boy, but I sure did miss him by the time the night was over.

JUNE

Marshall turned 1 month old!



We bought a bouncer for Marshall. Whenever I tried to put him down in his crib, he would end up waking himself up. The bouncer has been nice to put him in when I am doing things around the house and also for naps!


We celebrated Jake's first father's day! I am so grateful for Jake and also for my own dad.



Just some more pictures of my cute growing boy!







JULY

My birthday was the 3rd and coincidentally I pulled out Marshall's 3 month size clothes. Just a day of 3's I guess you could say!



My sister, Natalie, also sent me some butter gloss for my birthday. I have loved using them since I got them! It was such a good surprise.


Jake surprised me with this necklace for my birthday. It is a present for me and also Marshall because it is a teething necklace. The beads are soft and squishy for Marshall to chew on and it is also dishwasher safe. Not to mention it is pretty cute!


My sister, Nicole, took me out to lunch and then I just hung out with Marshall until Jake got home. Jake and I went to go see a movie and then my parents took me out for dinner. I always love this time of year because I feel like I get two holidays in a row. For the 4th we visited with Jake's family. We had a parade in the back yard with all of the grandchildren which was pretty fun too. Definitely my kind of parade. Marshall also turned 2 months old that day.



Later, we went to see the Pleasant Grove fireworks. I was kind of worried about Marshall with how loud it was going to be with the smoke and loud booms. He did great though! I just had him sit in his car seat with a blanket covering him and held his binki in his mouth. He wiggled a lot, but never cried!

A couple days later, July 6th, was Marshall's blessing day. It's kind of funny the things that you worry about before an event happens, but then while it happens your nerves just wash away. Jake and Marshall did so good! The spirit was definitely in the meeting and an overwhelming feeling of love from our Heavenly Father washed over me. I knew that he loved Marshall, and that he loved our family. Below are some pictures of that special day.


Marshall wore Jake's blessing outfit. It was a little big, because Jake was even a chunkier baby, but it still worked great and was super cute!


Four generations picture. I am so grateful for my grandparents for making the trip down here!






Marshall grew a lot during July! Below are some pictures of his new adventures!


It's moments like this that I live for.



One of Marshall's favorite toys - Mr. Caterpillar. 


Oldest cousin and youngest cousin bonding. So cute!


Sporting the shoes, just like his dad.


I love his tired face!



Waking up daddy.



AUGUST

Jake and I went to the demolition derby in Nephi. It was so much fun! I had only been one other time before. I don't know what is so cool about cars running into each other, but it is very entertaining. I especially love watching Jake get all excited about it. The same way how I love watching guys watch sports. How much they get into it is just super funny!



I also realized that I have slowed down when it comes to taking pictures of Marshall. Don't get me wrong, he is super adorable and I still take plenty, but I guess we are just getting used to each other now. Below are some pictures of his August!







At the end of the month, Jake started his last year at UVU. Only two more semesters to go until he graduates! Because he is majoring in biology, he is taking classes that are way over my head. They seem pretty hard for him too, but I have been so impressed with him this semester so far and how hard he has been working. He is also the president of UVU's Pre-Optometry club which also takes a bit of time. And speaking of optometry schools, we have narrowed it down to five schools that Jake is going to apply to - Phoenix, San Antonio, Memphis, Indiana, and Oklahoma. It's crazy to think in just a year we will be off on a new adventure!