born on Tuesday, 10/10, at 11:03 a.m.
Seven pounds, twelve ounces, and 19.5 inches of perfection.
If anyone needs me, here's what I'll be doing for the next three months! I don't want to miss a single moment. :)
|Senior pictures with my neice|
|I fell down the stairs, landed hard on a twisted foot and got a huge baseball-size bruise. I couldn't walk the first day, hobbled the second, but by the end of a week, I felt great again. Such a blessing, because I thought I might have broken it!|
|Day One of Family Vacation: Exploring the City of Rocks National Monument in Idaho.|
|Day 2: Floating the Boise River (Benji and I went to the zoo instead)|
|Day 3: The oldest five and my husband floated the Payette River. The younger ones wished they could have gone, but the rafting tour we chose was for twelve and up.|
|Day 4: McCall, Idaho. We stayed in a little cabin near the lake and rented a jet ski for the afternoon.|
|Day 5: Canoeing|
|Day 6: Day hike|
|Beautiful Payette Lake|
|Harmony wanted a picture with her eyes all dilated; we took her to an eye doctor to check on her occasional lazy eye. He says it is not anything to worry about.|
|First Day of School for our High School students|
|First Day for the elementary (Kindergarten started two weeks later)|
|First Day for the Middle Schoolers|
|Provo MTC tour|
|Playing dolls with his sister Cami|
|Leading the music for Family Home Evening|
|We drove to Idaho for the total eclipse. Stunning experience.|
|These three accompanied my husband on nearly all his runs this summer. Here they are, gearing up for his 20-miler!|
|A feast prepared for Lillian's last day at home.|
|Moving into the dorms|
|"Mom, what are you doing here?"|
"Women who have repented change the course of history. I have a friend who was in a car accident when she was young, and from that, she became addicted to pain medication. Later on, her parents divorced. She became pregnant from a brief relationship, and her addictions continued. But one night, she looked at the chaos and mess of her life and thought, “Enough.” She cried out to the Savior Jesus Christ to help her. She said she learned that Jesus Christ was stronger than even her terrible circumstances and that she could rely on His strength as she walked the road of repentance.
Sister Linda K. Burton told the story of a stake Relief Society president who, working with others, collected quilts for people in need during the 1990s. “She and her daughter drove a truck filled with those quilts from London to Kosovo. On her journey home she received an unmistakable spiritual impression that sank deep into her heart. The impression was this: ‘What you have done is a very good thing. Now go home, walk across the street, and serve your neighbor!’”3
What good does it do to save the world if we neglect the needs of those closest to us and those whom we love the most? How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don’t notice? Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us closest to us, knowing that we are best suited to meet their needs.
"Some of us question whether Heavenly Father can use us to make important contributions. But remember, He has always used ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things (see 1 Corinthians 1:27–28; D&C 35:13; 124:1). “[We] are agents,” and “the power is in [us]” to “bring to pass much righteousness” (D&C 58:27–28).3"
"The symbolism of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is beautiful to contemplate. The bread and water represent the flesh and blood of Him who is the Bread of Life and the Living Water,12 poignantly reminding us of the price He paid to redeem us. As the bread is broken, we remember the Savior’s torn flesh. Elder Dallin H. Oaks once observed that “because it is broken and torn, each piece of bread is unique, just as the individuals who partake of it are unique. We all have different sins to repent of. We all have different needs to be strengthened through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we remember in this ordinance.”13 As we drink the water, we think of the blood He shed in Gethsemane and on the cross and its sanctifying power.14 Knowing that “no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom,” we resolve to be among “those who have washed their garments in [the Savior’s] blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.”15 . . .
This suggests the need for a mighty striving on our part. We cannot be content to remain as we are but must be moving constantly toward “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”17 Like King Lamoni’s father in the Book of Mormon, we must be willing to give away all our sins18 and focus on what the Lord expects of us, individually and together."