Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MY TOP 3 - APRIL 2014 CONFERENCE

Conference is always such a fun time for our family and I love listening to the general conference talks. This time, the overall theme that I heard was that we have made covenants and commitments, so we need to do what we've promised that we would do. I also find it fascinating when there are repeats, such as the Martin Harris story. Something that I definitely need to go back and study more.

Although all of the talks are fantastic, I always like to highlight my favoirte. Here are my top 3 conference talks for April 2014.

Linda S. Reeves 


I felt her strength and conviction of protection our families from the evil that is in the world. She truly touched my heart.

From her talk: Brothers and sisters, how do we protect our children and youth? Filters are useful tools, but the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and our Savior’s atoning sacrifice for each one of us.


How do we lead our children to deep conversion and to access our Savior’s Atonement? I love the prophet Nephi’s declaration of what his people did to fortify the youth of his day: “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, [and] we prophesy of Christ … that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”
How can we do this in our homes? Some of you have heard me tell how overwhelmed my husband, Mel, and I felt as the parents of four young children. As we faced the challenges of parenting and keeping up with the demands of life, we were desperate for help. We prayed and pleaded to know what to do. The answer that came was clear: “It is OK if the house is a mess and the children are still in their pajamas and some responsibilities are left undone. The only things that really need to be accomplished in the home are daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening.”

Brothers and sisters, because I know from my own experiences, and those of my husband, I must testify of the blessings of daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening.

Elder W. Craig Zwick

I loved his initial story about the semi cab filling with smoke and his wife jumping out with his infant son before he was completely stopped. He exclaimed, "What were you thinking?" Her reply? "I was just trying to save our son!" I loved how he talked about our communication with each other. I think that this will definitely be one that each family needs to study during family home evening.

From his talk: Paul warned, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but [only] that which is good [and] edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29We all regularly experience highly charged feelings of anger—our own and others’. We have seen unchecked anger erupt in public places. We have experienced it as a sort of emotional “electrical short” at sporting events, in the political arena, and even in our own homes. Children sometimes speak to beloved parents with tongues as sharp as blades. Spouses, who have shared some of life’s richest and most tender experiences, lose vision and patience with each other and raise their voices.

When our truck cab filled with smoke, my wife acted in the bravest manner she could imagine to protect our son. I too acted as a protector when I questioned her choice. Shockingly, it did not matter who was more right. What mattered was listening to each other and understanding the other’s perspective.
The willingness to see through each other’s eyes will transform “corrupt communication” into “minister[ing] grace.” The Apostle Paul understood this, and on some level each of us can experience it too. It may not change or solve the problem, but the more important possibility may be whether ministering grace could change us.
I bear humble witness that we can “minister grace” through compassionate language when the cultivated gift of the Holy Ghost pierces our hearts with empathy for the feelings and context of others. It enables us to transform hazardous situations into holy places. I testify of a loving Savior who “looketh on [our] heart” and cares what we are thinking. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I truly believe that our attitudes affect everything that we see in this world. It's important that we are positive and have a grateful heart. 

From his talk: Sooner or later, I believe that all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone, frustrated, and adrift. Everyone’s situation is different, and the details of each life are unique. Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, more joyful, even glorious. We can be grateful!

It is easy to be grateful for things when life seems to be going our way. But what then of those times when what we wish for seems to be far out of reach?
Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.
So now that I have shared my top 3, share your top 3 with me! Which conference talks stood out to you this time? Which ones are you most excited about studying again? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

MORMON SUPERBOWL

I saw someone say this spring that LDS General Conference is like the Mormon Superbowl and I couldn't agree more! We look forward to this day in anticipation for counsel from our leaders. These talks are modern scripture that we study during Priesthood and Relief Society meetings during the 4th Sunday of every month. And hopefully, we are using these to study personally and with our families often and regularly.

First up was women's conference. This is the first time since September 1992 that all women met together. And this is the first time ever that young girls ages 8 and up were present. Our stake did mini desserts and a photo booth where we could take pictures together. It was a pretty fun night and the messages were great! I can't believe how fast Faith is growing up!

Our famous conference tent the night before

Getting excited to hear from our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson

Of course, we need thumbs up and silly faces too!

This year, I decided that we would write with dry erase with they talked about for conference and hand on our conference wall. Here is what it looked like before we started.

We, of course, had to take a selfie together! It's kind of Kate's thing to do with her momma!

My view watching conference. Yes, Brandon tweaked his neck a bit...

The kids wanting the spotlight.

Each of us put a question that we were seeking during conference. It was cool to put these to paper on our wall.

Pineapple,

raspberries,

and strawberries! Oh my!!!

Our conference spread of treats! A little healthier this year, per request of Brandon and Faith.

During Priesthood session, Brandon and Dawson watched here, so the girls got to listen a bit. We headed over to Kiwi Loco right after. It was fun, but super busy!

We also had the Porter's over for dinner after Sunday's session. 

This year's conference did not disappoint! As always, we felt the spirit and were able to make more happy memories together. We are certainly blessed to be able to watch and listen in our own homes every 6 months! Here is our finished picture frame!

We hope that you took time out to listen to conference and the words of our prophets and apostles!


CUTIES

Here are our 2 cuties pictures this spring!!! Can't believe how grown up these 2 our getting!



Saturday, March 22, 2014

NINJA DAWSON

Dawson is such a funny kid. He LOVES cups. So when we picked up a huge pack from CostCo, we asked him to put them in the storage closet, not knowing that instead, he would take this as a personal challenge to see how tall he could stack them.

And then, he called us down and asked us to record. This is priceless Ninja Dawson!
video

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ALL THINGS GREEN

St. Patrick's Day has always been a fun day!I can't help by dye the pancakes and the milk. This year, I even bought Lucky Charms! Wahoo!!!
 
St. Patrick's Day is also a very special day from my friend Ang, so I try to remember to give her something special. This year, I did a frame with uplifting quotes that she can switch out all year round.

After the rest of the day was quite uneventful, we decided to take the kids to Shrek the Musical which was playing at Century High School. It was so much fun and ended our day with more green!!!


Kate had to go out in the hall and practice yet another selfie.

Faith and peace

The only picture that Dawson let me take. During intermission, I saw this nasty goose egg on his head. When asked what happened, he had no answers!!!

The only part that was missing was Brandon who had to work that night. We still had a great time and I'd love to take the kids again to other plays!!!


Friday, February 28, 2014

PARENT - TEACHER 2014

We were excited to go to the PTA"Parents, Pizza, and Progress Night" that was held at Chubbuck Elementary. I have to say that it was an overall fun and well attended night.

We started at Kate's classroom. She LOVES ... really, really LOVES her teacher Ms. Winder. She has been fantastic for our Kate.

Kate also wanted her picture with her daddy!!! Not surprisingly, when asked to do a report on a famous person while I was in Kansas, she also chose her dad because he makes cakes!

Once we got to Dawson's classroom, it was SO busy that we only had time to catch up on his progress. No pictures for our little man! :(

Thank you Chubbuck Elementary for always being SO awesome! We are glad that we are apart of this great school!

Monday, February 24, 2014

BUDDING ARTIST

Faith has absolutely loved art this trimester.She has learned shading and other very fun techniques. Here are 2 of her pictures that she did.

The owl is colored pencils when they were learning shading.

The turtle is Faith's favorite animal. She created this one on construction paper with paints. I love the end result, though she is quick to point out the imperfections.

Great job Faith! We love them!!!