|My amazing little Max left this ephemeral art peace for me one day. It filled my heart with such joy. He is SO creative!|
I have to say that life has been a little crazy lately! I can handle pregnancy sickness, and I can handle pregnancy pain and discomfort. I am having a hard time dealing with the pregnancy crazies. I have to focus on all of the beautiful wonderful in my life--and there is A LOT! Elder Uchtdorf's talk in general conference* (click here to watch it!) was such a great reminder to me right now. It has been the first General Conference change that I have implemented in my family. We had also JUST finished listening to Pollyanna on audio. If you have never read/or listened to the book--DO it!!! It was such an inspiring read. By the end I was bawling every time we were in the car. Inspired by these two events, we instituted "Happy Thought" at our house. Here is the story of happy thought.
|My boys snuggling during family scripture study.|
|The passion my oldest has for North American River Otters.|
|Cooper told me one day that he wanted pizza for dinner and he wanted his own pepperoni pizza. We told him it was all for him, he was SO excited!|
|My Max and one of his best friends. I love that he was willing to put on her girl things to play outside in the snow with her.|
|Miss Amelia loves all things princesses. I love that our dear friend was willing to play the white stallion.|
|My sweet Stephanies. Here is one, I have another Stephanie (not pictured) they put up with me and my kids at least weekly while we teach our children together. Love these ladies!|
|Amelia on her trusty steed.|
"'Thank You,' Betsie went on serenely, 'for the fleas and for--'
The fleas! This was too much. 'Betsie, there's no way even God can make me grateful for a flea.'
Give thanks in all circumstances,'' she quoted. 'It doesn't say 'in pleasant circumstances.' Fleas are part of this place where God has put us.'
And so we stood between piers of bunks and gave thanks for fleas. But this time I was sure Betsie was wrong." (pg. 210) Later in the book they find out why God and blessed them with the fleas, but if you want to find out--read it!!It is hard to be thankful for hard things, but keeping my mind on the things that I am thankful for is helping me to endure the pregnancy crazies. As an added bonus, my kids have fallen in LOVE with the tradition. Prayer and scriptures has been renamed (but not replaced--we do all three before bed now.) Happy Thought. Every night my kids remind me that it is time for Happy Thought.
|My super funny Coopy, always doing crazy things for a laugh! Love this kid :)|