Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mothers Who Know

Okay, I was just visiting a friends post and she and a friend were talking about this talk. I didn't remember the details of it, so I went back and read it again. It was so good, I thought I would post it here. Here is the link to it.

I like the whole thing, but here is a quote I really like.

Mothers Who Know Do Less

Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all. Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world. Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years. That is influence; that is power.

One one more quote

Mothers who know desire to bear children. Whereas in many cultures in the world children are “becoming less valued,”2 in the culture of the gospel we still believe in having children. Prophets, seers, and revelators who were sustained at this conference have declared that “God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.”3 President Ezra Taft Benson taught that young couples should not postpone having children and that “in the eternal perspective, children—not possessions, not position, not prestige—are our greatest jewels.”4
Faithful daughters of God desire children. In the scriptures we read of Eve (see Moses 4:26), Sarah (see Genesis 17:16), Rebekah (see Genesis 24:60), and Mary (see 1 Nephi 11:13–20), who were foreordained to be mothers before children were born to them. Some women are not given the responsibility of bearing children in mortality, but just as Hannah of the Old Testament prayed fervently for her child (see 1 Samuel 1:11), the value women place on motherhood in this life and the attributes of motherhood they attain here will rise with them in the Resurrection (see D&C 130:18). Women who desire and work toward that blessing in this life are promised they will receive it for all eternity, and eternity is much, much longer than mortality. There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.

Okay I could really quote the whole thing, please click over and read it. It will be worth your time!


My husband is the best! We were making all the travel plans and arrangements for me to go with him to Europe and all that, and he found a way to do it and have a voucher left over. (The only way we can afford for me to go on these trip are frequent flyer miles and plane vouchers from Lee taking bumps on his flights.) So he said why don't you just go to Alaska to visit your aunt while I am on my Hong Kong/Singapore trip. I thought that was a wonderful idea. So I called my aunt and she was more then willing, so the flight is booked and Abby and I are going to Alaska on the 3rd-10th of September!!!! I am so excited. My aunt started babbling things off that I can do, go whale watching and flying up to see the glaciers and something about a tram. I am sooooooooooooooooooooo excited. More excited then the Europe trip oddly enough. Probably because I've always wanted to do this. So we are going to have a very busy next few months to say the least. And it will be nice to get one trip under my belt with Abby before the long flight 'across the pond.'

Other then that things are moving along. So that's it for today.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

WHAT!!! You're kidding right?

Well it looks like I will not be going to Education Week. The specifically forbid any child under the age of 14. I called and asked about and yep ... I would not be allowed in the classes with Abby. Considering this is BYU we are talking about I find this very odd, but since there is nothing I can do about it I guess I am not going.

I thought I would give you an update on Abby's growth. She has gained better control of her hands and has started reaching an grabbing things intentionally. From her stuffed animals to dangling toy on the car seat. She has also moved to the more tradition 3-4 hr feeding schedule. So mom was up at 1 am and 5 am for feedings. She does go right back to sleep though, so that is nice. She is trying to take naps, but seems to sleep lighter and wake easier from them. She is about 11 lbs by the home scale and into the 3-6 month clothes. She is also very squirmy and has mastered turning onto her side. She HATES tummy time, so it doesn't last very long, but hopefully that will get better. She holds her head up without any trouble now and can sit up for short periods of time. She loves to ride shotgun (facing out) in the Moby Carrier. Like this.

It is so cute when Lee wears her and I need to get a picture of it. She is still as talkative as ever, following her father's example. Well we are off to find shoes for mom and dad.


Friday, August 8, 2008


Well it has been decided.... Abby and I are going with Lee to Europe and Orlando this October. We have sent in the paper work to get Abby her passport. Her passport picture is soooo cute, but alas, I have no scanner at home with which to scan it ... sorry. We are expecting that back the first week of September. Lee is making the plan reservations this week and I am starting to ponder ways of doing long plane flights with an ifant, but at least I will have Lee with me.

We are looking at things to do while out and about and Lee found a program where you can swim with the Dophins. This is the package we are looking at https://www.discoverycove.com/vi_dcpackages_pricing.aspx
I have to give my aunt a call and see if she is interested in going with me. Lee will be working, so he will not be able to go, bummer for him, and they don't let anyone under six in the pool with the Dolphins. So Abby will just have to watch. The day is expensive, but includes everything, click on the all-inclusive link to see what I mean.

I also need to research where we will be staying in Haag, (I think that is how it is spelled). I need to figure out what the weather will be like and what I will need to bring to keep the family happy.

I am also going to look into Education Week at BYU. Now that I don't work, I might actually be able to go!! Speaking of which I am going to go do that right now.