For Today: It's tradition round our house, like most of ya'alls- to make and decorate a special cake for the Birthday person. I yield some of my perfectionist reign to the exploratory skills of my children. Usually makes for several adventurous hours. Jericho's cake making this year was a hoot! You see, My Morzy- despite my best sugar rationing efforts- is admittedly "in love" with treats. Watching her have to spend hours with her hands drenched in her greatest temptation was like watching an alcoholic at a wine tasting event (since I've seen that before...ha). I could tell it was all she could do to not dive into the cake. The next day, Spence and I watched this Saturday Night Live clip and it so reminded me of her. I admire people who live with such excitability and uncontrollable passion. http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=CA&client=mv-google&hl=en&v=4hQlH0Uo7Xw
For today: Have you ever seen one of these? I hadn't. Totally made my running-around-with-my-three-little-duckies day. Felt like someone was acknowledging me in my Mothering efforts, a little tap on the back of encouragement. It was gratifying to park here, and I proudly unloaded my crew into the shopping cart. It seemed too good to be true. I looked around me feeling as though some secret camera were recording me for a "mothers in action" segment. Someone at this store understands. It just felt good. (Despite the fact that I got my wallet stolen at the same store, but that's another story- let's enjoy the sign)... :)
When I realized my last post was announcing the arrival of our precious boy and yesterday we celebrated our first year with him, I nudgingly thought it due time to dust off the 'ole blog and get to postin. It sure helps that I discovered a simple email method of posting from my phone so I no longer have the excuse of the "no computer with internet". So...here I am! Nearly a year later with many a topics and adventures to discuss. Expect the post to be a comin! For today: One of our new favorite Joy School songs that we dramatically sing around our house declares "Oh boy! I got Joy, I do, I do"! We relish it in all it's cheesy glory. We sing it mostly because of our little Jericho. "Ko", "Koz", "Kozy", "Bruds" (brother), of all his nicknames, the most appropriately given him is "Joy Boy". The girls decided to call him that, and rightly so. Never in my life have I been around anyone who emits so much light and joy. He beams. It seems to come right out of those glossy big blue eyes and grab at you. It is impossible to be truly down in his presence. Like all children, he loves so purely with out judgment. I know I'm his mother so I am terribly biased, but there is something different in this boy. He seems to see the soul. He unravels me in a way that helps me forget worries and embrace my blessings. Having him in my life has added an entirely new dimension to my ability to love and feel love from others. He is one of God's greatest gifts to me and I pray that I can cherish him enough to show my gratitude. Thanks to Heaven for this past year with my angel boy Jericho.
" As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done...My point is to urge you tofind ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies"(President Henry B. Eyring. General Conference Oct. 2007) I consider myself urged. So, in my own small way I venture on a personal journey to a more grateful life...taking some time to think and write about the miracles I see. I welcome you along on my journey and more importantly, invite you~as President Eyring has~to continue (or begin) your own. A journey of Remembering: filling our lives with GRATITUDE, strengthening TESTIMONY, and coming Closer to God... NOTICING LIFE'S LITTLE MIRACLES... one day at a time.
“Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 349.)
~I want to be better than I am today. I mean really. I want to be as good as some of you think I am. I want to match up with myself, with my possibilities. What shall I work on today?
~I love the entire process of having children. I so much enjoy pregnancy (I'm one of those that doesn't really get sick),and I think child birth is absolutely unreal. I sincerly would love to go through the process as many times as I could.
~My husband and I have said a prayer together every night of our married life
~We bought dish network for 2 reasons, in this order: #1 BYU TV, #2 College football (namely BYU games) Extras include CNN and HGTV.
~I want to get old. I am proud of each additional year I add to my resume of living.
~One of the greatest days in my life was when I stayed up all day and night to read the book of mormon, my last prep day in the mission
~I know a lot of songs. I have sung every song in the hymn book at least twice (I did it on my mission)
~I love learning why people like things that I don't
~My brother Jabbs and I could stay up all night talking about anything. He has such a strong desire to do well with his life...and I love his music
~I hope my children will love their names
~I love my name. Sara Ann. No H, no E...I want to be as simple and hard working as I feel my name is. Thank you Mom and Dad
~I wish that anyone I've hurt, ever, would tell me. It's the worst feeling to think you could've hurt someone and not known it.
~Why do I love football so much! I mean I really love it. I could watch NCAA football all day if I didn't have babies. There's something about the strategy, the team versatility and diversity, the ready set-will they pass, run, sack, defend, turnover, penalize possibilities! It makes me feel like I am at home. That's weird to say about a sport, I know, but I really feel, although I've only played back yard ball (remember that one game Mckay at the park when we dominated) it is a part of me and I love it! GO COUGARS! and even (in small caps) hookem horns!
~Winter is so wonderful...because we have summers. I'm actually liking the Texas humidity. It makes me feel like I am on vacation
~I can have long fingernails if I choose too.
~I think I make great first impressions. The trick is maintanence afterwards.
~I'll never forget the day I made the part in the musical. My sister Jamie was more excited than I even was. What an amazing thing to hear her coming down the hallway at school shouting that I made it. She has been the best big sister to me
~I would love to go to Hawaii every weekend of my life
~Working in Labor and Delivery is the second greatest job (other than the eternal ones) one could have on earth. The first is teaching at the MTC. I feel so grateful for my life.
~My Brother Nate and I have so much in common. He is much better than me in many ways (although I think he doesn't know it). We are the only 2 in the fam with the green and brown ringed eye color
~I love hard candy. Jolly Ranchers etc.. Oh' and sour stuff too. Greatest part, only 1.5 cavities in my life ( I say .5 because the dentist said "and this isn't exactly a cavity but we'll fill it just to be safe).
~I am afraid of cats. They are too sly. At a young age I started watching my back, looking over my shoulder for them. I even lived on a llama ranch with like 8 indoor cats. Ya, big challenge for me. I faced it, but am still afraid. I don't mind being afraid because I much prefer dogs
~I am grateful I have my sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste
~Flowing water is theraputic. It reminds me that I can be still and know that God is. Peace like a river
~I believe that although you may remember sins you'v repented of in this life, you won't in the next. Just the growth and learning.
~I enjoy delegating but then struggle with actually letting someone else do something for me. I would much prefer to do it all myself and run myself to the ground. Is that a trust issue, or pride?
~I am an all or nothing kind of gal. It's usually feast or famine for me. I am learning to balance my life and be alright with just getting something done even if it isn't perfect
~I lose track of time when I'm cooking. I really enjoy the process and product. Probably because my husband is overly complimentary.
~I love my comfortor. I got it on clearance which, I believe, makes it feel even more comfortable. Thanks Mom Lake for the sheets. Everyone deserves to have good sheets. I mean like 400+ thread count
~I can't believe I am a Mother. I've dreamed of, pretended, prayed for, hoped for, planned/prepared, for this my entire life. I am a MOTHER! Wow. I still feel like me.
~My brother Seth is like a cadaver/specimen of youth. I wish people could pick him part and study him so they could learn from his example
~I worked for Walt DisneyWorld and some of my job desciption is to remain confidential. Even my husband doesn't know
~I once heard a 5 year old child in missouri start a prayer saying "dear heavenly King, God" She knew who she was talking too.
~Somedays I wish I could be out knocking on doors in the rain as a missionary again...other days I dream that I am on a mission and wake up so happy and relieved that I am in a different season now
~I think scars are beautiful because they are proof of a memory...that you've lived. I really honestly love my stretch marks because I am so happy for what brought me them
~I wish everyone on earth could have a conversation with my dad. Not only is he wise but he has truly been developing charity. I wish I would've heard more of what he was saying/meaning when we shared a roof
~I wrestled and won a greased pig when I was 14
~I can't take "scary". I am overly sensitive to anything remotely ( even pretend) evil. I had to stop reading Harry Potter on #4 because the only time I can read is at night and It was too much for me. Not kidding. Movies are even worse
~I love writing. I love exploring thoughts and expressing words that give meaning and remembrance to life and its moments
~Like everyone it seems, I long to write a book. And hope that someone else might find it useful
~I am not one of you who is blessed with small ankles. I guess I failed that test.
~I never want to think or say another negative remark about anyone (isn't that my constant battle. I am always feeling like I need to be better at this. I hope I am improving).
~I love fresh fruit!
~While I don't prefer the term "soul mates" I feel my love, Spencer, is the mate for whom my sould is eternally connected...and that makes me rejoice!
~I could never doubt that I married the right person because of the profound promptings I received (which the spirit can remind me of whenever I ask)
~I never want to have a tv in my bedroom (but I never wanted a huge tv or one in my family room but my sweets has won out on those already. I'm firm about the bedroom one though)
~I would love to be a full-time student for the rest of my life. There are so many majors that interest me
~I have never sworn. (see*below)
~*I have not experienced anything that has been very hard, at least it doesn't seem like it. I really feel like my life has been full of delight.
~I have a talent that I actually think is a weakness now. It's a strange debating/convincing ability that I noticed once when I was playing maffia and decided I didn't enjoy
~If everyone else on earth turned against their belief in the Restored gospel, I would still know it's true. My testimony is my very own now.
~I have big pores..oily too.
~I believe those who struggle with infertility probably have greater faith than me.
~I cried the first time I said "MY children" and realized I was living a dream
~I don't feel I deserve all the blessings that children bring. Children truly are an inheritage of the Lord
~I've always loved being tall but wished I could've done more with it
~No-one could have married into a better family (unless maybe you're my husband)
~I don't have my ears pierced
~One of the worst things I've experienced in life is to be falsely accused.
~My Mom can match my feelings more than anyone else on earth
~I'd love to go back to school and study English
~I anticipate some difficulte challenges to come my way because I need the growth. I am not afraid.
~For most of my life I have tried to "tone down" my enthusiasm because I worried that I would make people feel badly or come acrossed as fake. My Mission President helped me to learn that I shouldn't hide my joy.
~My favorite books (other than church/doctrinal)are historical fiction
~I am not obsessed with weight. I feel really good about myself although I am by no means a small girl. It's all about being healthy! That's what feels good.
~Sometimes I feel like I am looking at myself when I see my sister Kaylie-only she's not apologizing when she fouls someone
~I'd love to go back to school and study design
~I wish heels were more comfortable because I really like wearing them. But, since they aren't, my life can only handle a few pairs
~My brother Mckay is one of the most sensitive people I know...but he hides that under a crazy, fun, sports obsessed- big guy.I love you!
~I wish whole wheat products were as cheap as enriched white
~I am grateful every day that I had the opportunity to serve a mission
~I love to hate what is in style
~If I had it my way I'd have at least 10 children, but I'll take what Father gives us.
~I'd love to go back to school to study journalism
~We rarely go out to eat without a coupon/savings card
~I just had my toe nail removed for the 2nd time. 1st time a basketball stand fell on it, 2nd time a heavy box flattened it
~My hair has gets darker when I am pregnant
~I've always wanted to have darker hair...when I was young I would cover my hair in the sun.
~Natural Childbirth is one of the most amazing emotional experiences and IS the most amazing physical experience I have had.