Saturday, September 20, 2014

under the pews

when i was a little girl there was a blind lady who brought her dog to church. in the halls we were told that the dog was working so we shouldn't bother him. so during sacrament meeting i would climb under the pews to pet him.
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our babies live under the pews on sundays.
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they say the most amazing things, you know. things about life. about Christ. about love. especially at bedtime. we live in a remarkable time with incredible and strong children coming to this world. we're surrounded with young spirits the likes of Peter and Stephen and James. i meet them volunteering in the schools and playing in the neighborhood. talk to the kids around you and you'll find that strength. they're just special.
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you know, i love the book of Acts. i love the examples shared of the way that the church was led and guided by the Savior, Jesus Christ, even after His death. i love the way that the spirit descended on the people who heard the words of the disciples.

sometimes i feel like i'm living in Acts. the church is growing so quickly now and through so many miracles. i can see the Savior's hand in this work. i feel the spirit and see it touch the lives of others.

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i feel so saddened by the stories of Christians being killed for standing true to their convictions. in that way the world today is that of Acts as well. but still the peace of the Savior rests on His disciples.
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there's still that haven under the pews.

scabbers

when she tripped we heard the melon-on-concrete thud. the kid always goes face first. the other day she fell and actually put her hands out in front. we had a party right there to celebrate that milestone.
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they're slipping into childhood from baby-land. i'm soaking in the glory of it, like today when evy asked, "can we watch whinny the shampoo?"
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plenty of milestone to go. a friend of mine just told me that her son came running out of school yelling, "MOM, I WIPED MY BUT BY MYSELF for the FIRST TIME! I GOT SOME ON MY HANDS, THOUGH!"
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oh, children. you make life awesome.

Monday, September 1, 2014

let's camp, ya'll.

snakes and sleeping bags. wegies and wistles. tug-of-war and trees. glow-football and grandparents. crossbows and camping. photo _DSC8575_zps25bcf0e7.jpg photo _DSC8855_zpsd9b1fffb.jpg photo _DSC8625_zpsf12a12e1.jpg photo _DSC8634_zps237d9197.jpg photo _DSC8621_zps203a3145.jpg photo _DSC8894_zpsa3c79a7a.jpg photo _DSC8901_zps367fb1ac.jpg photo _DSC8909_zpsa9c6e58a.jpg photo _DSC8923_zpsf3f1ecee.jpg photo _DSC8904_zps4b4dce85.jpg photo _DSC8889_zps64295486.jpg photo _DSC8892_zpsf05fba6e.jpg photo _DSC8877-1dragged_zpsa7b8cea4.jpg photo _DSC9070_zpsa3d2bdf7.jpg photo _DSC8983_zps7d9da286.jpg photo _DSC8947_zpsec9f7400.jpg photo _DSC8938_zps49de7571.jpg photo _DSC8982_zps2c59c035.jpg photo _DSC9191_zps6e3a2f59.jpg photo _DSC9080_zps7d73f6cf.jpg photo _DSC9162_zpsf408d64b.jpg photo _DSC9109_zps1391efa6.jpg photo _DSC9123_zps42743ee2.jpg photo _DSC9292_zpsf0f697a4.jpg photo _DSC9296_zpse5cd190d.jpg photo _DSC9280_zps7ffeca57.jpg photo _DSC9254_zpsb80fef83.jpg photo _DSC9259_zpsbe684c2f.jpg photo _DSC9207_zpse653c408.jpg photo _DSC9345_zps7ed376a0.jpg photo _DSC9369_zps33ded8ad.jpg photo _DSC9351_zps739d7b6d.jpg photo _DSC9359_zps36ac2af7.jpg photo _DSC9308_zpse1e57bfb.jpg photo _DSC9316_zpsfa89de14.jpg photo _DSC9375_zpsb4c98fb5.jpg photo _DSC9384_zps14305524.jpg