Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Morning Scripture Study

This week I wanted to study something that was still within our lesson plans for the month, marriage and family.  However, I also wanted to study something a little closer to my heart.  I feel very strongly about the roll of women with in a family.  As I was pondering things this week, I was thinking about my kids going back to school and all of the time I would now have.

I thought about how truly blessed I am to not have to go through what our forefathers went through, thank you Lord.  I thought about how the roll of women hasn't really changed over the course of history.  My job is to take care of these children of mine, even when they are older they will still need me.

I am always meant to care for Matt, as he does so much for me and the and the kids.  Even in the days of Lehi and Nephi, the women's job was to care for her husband and family.  I feel for all of these women how have to work (not that they always want to), and aren't able to care for their children all day.  How do they do it?

There is definitely wisdom in the Church's stance on women belong in the home (if at all possible).  I feel like I have more time to accomplish the things that I need to, I also have more time to sit down with my kids and teach them what I need to.  Because I am able to be home I can also make awesome meals for my family.

I feel that a woman's role is central to raising a family.  Women are so important in every thing that they do, they bring a certain softness to a situation.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

52 weeks of Gratitude Challenge: week 4

Next up is a specific family member, last week I talked about my kids.  This week I have to show my gratitude for my Grandma.  My Grandma (my Dad's mom) has always been a major part of my life.

Growing up I spent a huge chunk of my time staying at her house.  Every domestic thing I know how to do, I blame on her.  She taught me how to cook, sew, crochet, and clean.

My Grandma spent so much time fostering our relationship and working with me.  She has also been there for me through everything.  I love her so much.  She was always so patient while teaching me all of the things that I know how to do.  She is so great.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

First Day of School 2015

I know this may sound crazy, but I am so excited to say that all three of my kids are now in school.  Cheyenne is in the 3rd grade, Dakota is in 1st grade, and Austin is in kindergarten.  I know she is only in for a half day, but that is three hours a day that I can get some stuff I need to, done.

Cheyenne has always done great in school, and this year she gets to start learning cursive and multiplication.  Honestly she is so good with spelling and math.  Her very favorite subject is science. I think Cheyenne is the type of child who could finish college while in high school.

Dakota is my difficult one, he is very intelligent and that is the problem.  Last year he snuck out of class several times (because he gets bored), he also stole school supplies from his teacher.  Dakota has ADD and possibly Asburgers, which makes a lot really hard.  I love Dakota so much and am actually really nervous about this year.

Austin is actually smart enough, she could potentially go straight to 1st grade.  Already having Kody in 1st grade, we decided to keep her in kindergarten.  Austin has picked up on it all from the other two.  She is doing math and reading small words.  She understands calendars and patterns.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Oh, So Much Better

We have lived in our home for about 8 1/2 years, and in that time the yard has been a major pain.  Part of the problem was deciding what we wanted to do, the other part was having any money.  Then an extremely cheap opportunity fell into my lap.

We have already put in a better sprinkling system, a new (a few years ago) lawn, and better trees (we got rid of an ugly pine tree and put in maples).  I still want to put in a sidewalk and a fence, and of course an actual driveway.

The area that has really been bugging me were the flower beds.  How do we keep the weeds out?  How do we border them inexpensively?  What do we put there?

This isn't a great before photo, but this is the best that I have of the beds a total mess.

Enter the cheap opportunity... Bricks!  Matt is redoing our roof and removing an unused chimney, meaning loads of free bricks.  Yay, and most of it matches the house.  I was so excited to have the financial problem out of the way, but I still had to do the work...ugh.

I buckled down and got the work done.  We used layers of newspaper for the weed barrier (a trick I learned years ago, about four layers of wet news paper keeps weeds down for about 12-18 months) also free.  I edged it in my free brick and put down an inexpensive mulch.

Yes, they are bare and desolate but I am not sure what I want to plant yet.  The weeds will be kept at bay until next year when I can decide, and have more money.  For now, they look so much better and I can breath easy.

I am so pleased with how they turned out.  I love how good the red mulch matches the house.

There is always more work to do, but it is looking better.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Morning Scripture Study

In Genesis 6, Noah was told to save his family, throughout the rest of the Old Testament we follow the family lines.  The entire Old Testament is a book of Genealogy and the stories of what happened to their families.  It is a bunch of journals from these families.

In the Book of Mormon, Lehi sends his sons back into Jerusalem to retrieve the gold plates which contained his families genealogy.  The entire Book of Mormon is based on the journals of many people.  Apparently the plates were of great importance to him.

In the LDS Church we are told to do our genealogy, sometimes our forefathers were great at keeping records other times they weren't.  I feel that it is important to know where you come from and to know the stories of our families.  I love the thought of being able to tell the stories of my family, I also love being able to do the temple work for my relatives who have past on.  Being able to do the work for past family members is important, because they never had the opportunity to do it themselves.

I really feel strongly about genealogy.  This week for our Sunday school class, Matt taught a lesson on genealogy (since it has to do with marriage and families) he was able to go back to before the time of Christ at least.  I was amazed to see how much of his genealogy was done, it was just crazy.  I haven't logged into see how much to the LDS Church's genealogy program to see where my family goes to.

I really love to see all of the different names, and how many children people had back then.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

52 weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 3

Last week was spouse/significant other, this week is family.  Well I don't know about other people, but I consider my husband a part of my family, LOL.  However I would have to say that I am very thankful for my babies.  They are all so different.

I am so thankful for all three of them, but I will mention Cheyenne (who is the oldest) first.  Cheyenne has become a super mature and obedient young lady.Cheyenne is so beautiful and caring.  She is the most unique little gal, she has such a love for insects and arachnids (I don't share her love of gross things).  I am so thankful for this amazing little girl, she has reignited my love for learning.

Dakota is up next.  Kody is not the easiest child to care for, he has always been a lot more work.  However even though he is a lot more difficult, he is my most thoughtful of the three.  Anyone who is having a bad day, he goes up and gives them a hug, I am so thankful for this.  Kody is also the most imaginative, he sees things as something completely different.  He always turns toys into something else.

Austin is the last, for now.  Austin is hilarious, she is always making people laugh.  She has always been the comic relief.  Austin my most excitable too, she is never not excited, (unless she is mad).  She is definitely my drama queen.

I love them all so much and probably don't tell them nearly often enough.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Birthday My Sweet Chey!

This amazingly sweet gorgeous girl just turned 8 this week.  I can't believe it has been that long since she made me a Mom.  Cheyenne is such an interesting character, with her love of all things creepy-crawly.  She has wanted to be an entomologist since she was four.  Crazy kid, I love her so much.

Cheyenne is such a strong silent person, she is generally really tough on the outside.  On the inside she is such a soft person.  I love to see her grow and become more herself.  I think she is the most beautiful little girl ever (other than her sister), I am pretty biased though.