Sunday, March 29, 2009

Favorite Scripture of the Day

Today at Church we were discussing some of our favorite scriptures from the Doctrine & Covenants and I was reminded of D&C, Section 64, verse 33.

Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.

I love this scripture so much. I have especially come to love this scripture when I became a mother. I am reminded that the little things I do to teach and prepare my children are building blocks in their lives. Raising children is such a far-reaching task. I sometimes need that reminder that the occasional tedious moments are important and vital. I love motherhood. It is so difficult and so overwhelmingly wonderful. I am so grateful to have this experience in my life and that the Lord blessed me with these sweet angels.

(The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of scripture containing revelations from the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith and to a few other latter-day prophets. It is unique in scripture because it is not a translation of ancient documents. It is scripture used in conjunction with the Bible and the Book of Mormon. The text can be read online at

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mystery Anyone?

On the walk back from riding horses, we saw these great trees with the caves below where the ocean had washed away the sand. Fabulous root system.

Then just as we pass where the photo was taken we spot something blue...
Allysha, this made me think of you and how we used to play 'Nancy Drew'.

Jinkees! Is that?!?! Yes! It is! It is a plastic Halloween decoration with a blinking lights on/off switch underneath. Of course inoperable. Hysterical!! Someone has a fabulous sense of humor. They would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!

Island Time

We went to O'ahu, Hawaii for Spring Break and of course Mackenzie got an ear infection. We weren't sure what was wrong, she had a high fever and was very listless. We became concerned after her fever was holding strong after three days. Our insurance company found a pediatrician 'in-network' that was very close to where we were staying. We loaded up the car and I took Mack 'in' while everyone else stayed in the car and watched a movie. I say 'in' because the waiting room was outdoors. It was raining, and there was a large area covered for our convenience. It had been raining for quite some time and the nice padded chairs were a bit damp. (mold anyone) Our appointment was at 1:30pm, 03/09/09. I stood in line to check in and the line was very short but not moving along. So I kindly went to the front to ask if there was some paperwork I could fill out as she was a new patient. A look of surprise/shock greeted me with a "yes, there is paperwork. I will give it to you when it is your turn." Needless to say I meekly tucked my tail between my legs, got back in line and continued waiting. When it was my turn, the receptionist gave me a huge Hawaiian smile and asked how she could help me. I told her and she gave me the paperwork, asked me to fill it out, then asked me to wait in line to turn it in. No joke. Once I finished and turned it in, she asked someone else to input the information as "she was so busy". Some time after 2:30 we were taken to the doctor. He introduced himself, sat down and stared at us. I finally started to explain why we were here and he interrupted and asked Mackenzie if he could tell her a story about why she was there. He read off her chart about a little girl named Mackenzie who had a fever, cough, and a sore throat. She just stared at me confused (I stared right back also confused) Then he proceeded to tell me I should give her butterscotch candy to stop the cough because I said she had a coughing fit the night before that didn't stop until 3:00am. Then he checked her ears and said one had a little infection. More staring. I reiterated the sore throat... More staring. He listened to her breathe. Wrote me a prescription for amoxicillin. Never looked at her throat. Stared some more, reiterated the butterscotch and sent us on our way. Strange, very strange. I figured if she had strep or something the amoxicillin would knock it out anyway... Just grateful to have healthcare when we needed it! :-) Very funny experience. Other fun Hawaii pictures and stories to follow. :-)(I am so far behind)

Picture of the clinic.

Picture of the waiting room

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Katryn at the hospital shortly after birth

Katryn in Hawaii a few days ago, she is so beautiful!

Today my first baby turned eight! Where has the time gone? She is such a beautiful person inside and out. I am so proud of her. Katryn is such a smart girl and pays attention to how those around her are feeling. She is so in tune with others and tries to help whenever possible. I am amazed with her sense of humor, she comes up with the funniest jokes! Lately she has become the queen of an online game called Poptropica. Katryn is so loved and such a joy in our family.

Her Faves:
Colors; turquoise and aquamarine.
Movie: High School Musical 2
Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Food: Dessert!
Subject: Math

Happy Birthday Arlon!

March brings us many birthdays. Most recently my wonderful brother-in-law, Arlon. This is a sweet picture of him holding Nathan last October. He is an amazing artist check out his blog at to see some of his work. This is my latest favorite, "Peaceful in Port Ludlow".

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, we love you and we hope to see you soon! :-)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandmother

Today my Grandmother would have been 81. I miss you and love so much!

Feliz Cumpleanos Matt

Matthew aka Matcha Boy turned one year older yesterday! I loved growing up with you Matt. I loved being your big sister. Matt was and is a great brother. We used to build some incredible forts together and spent hours flipping on the trampoline. I love you!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Thoughts on Freedom

A few quotes I snagged from friend's Facebook posts... I couldn't have said it better myself:

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from someone else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

"A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests." Milton and Rose Friedman in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (Milton Friedman won the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economics)