Happy Halloween!

From a “blue sky fairy” and a witch!  (More Halloween pics to follow later!)

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Fall pictures

I absolutely love the fall colors!  Last night we went out to a park to take some pictures of the girls.  I wanted them to wear pants for the pictures, but Katie insisted on wearing a dress.  We compromised on a skirt.  And I admire all you photographers out there that can get the kids to look at the camera with a somewhat normal look on their faces!  Does it get easier when it’s not your own kids?

Downer Days

Occasionally I will have a really downer day (or few days, or week!)  I feel discouraged and usually not good enough in so many aspects of my life.  The following tips help me come out of it:

1.  Count my blessings.  I have so many, but sometimes I forget when I am feeling sorry for myself.  My family, my warm house, the food I eat, my healthy body are just a few.  There are always more blessings in this life than burdens.

2.  Read about:

  • Jesus Christ
    He descended below all and suffered all, so He understands my pain and can heal it.
  • Job
    Even his friends left him and he still glorified God.
  • Joseph Smith
    Even with all the happened to him, he still kept the faith, his testimony, and endured to the end.  And for a woman’s perspective, I will think about all that happened to his wife, Emma.
  • the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl.  If this man can find meaning through his existence in a concentration camp, I can find meaning in my little trials.

3.  Service.  Nothing helps you get out of the doldrums like finding someone who has more needs than you and serving them.  It helps you accomplish #1 more easily.

Beware of Pride

I have decided to change the focus of my blog a little bit…I want it to more accurately reflect who I am and what I am learning.  Right now, it just reflects good pictures I take of my girls (as opposed to the thousands of bad ones 🙂  And I will continue to post pictures of my girls.  But I am taking a really awesome parenting class from a lady named Carleen Tanner.  Before I forget all this great information I am receiving about being a great mom, I thought that I would write it here so that you could learn from our class as well.  Some of these thoughts are directly from Sis. Tanner, and some are thoughts that were inspired by the Holy Ghost applicable to me and my family.

A few weeks ago, we talked about President Spencer W. Kimball’s talk “Beware of Pride.” (Click on the title to go directly to the talk).  We discussed how pride can be a “I’m better than thou” feeling or a “I’m not as good as so-and-so” feeling.  My favorite quote from the talk is the following:  “There is, however, a far more common ailment among us—and that is pride from the bottom looking up. It is manifest in so many ways, such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous.”

Sis Tanner told us, “Satan doesn’t care how much or how little you think of yourself, just that you think of yourself.”  I loved that!  When I start feeling discouraged, I start comparing myself to others and I start thinking that I am not good enough.  The cure to this is service.  That’s when we start forgetting ourselves and when the Spirit again testifies to us that we are good enough and that we have a purpose here.

Six quirks

So Jen tagged me to post six quirks about myself.  Hmm…I’m sure Scott could tell you about all the many quirks I have, but here’s my version.

1.  I have to have the bed made just right.  I have to have the sheets tucked in at the bottom and my side and then the quilt has to be tucked just right so that there are no wrinkles and it doesn’t look messy.

2.  I dislike balloons.  I worked at a party and wedding store and probably blew too many up in my face.  I am working to get over this one, though.  Katie and Rachel would love to have balloons at their birthday parties.

3.  I like to have scheduled days.  I like to know what is coming and I feel like I get more done when I know what’s happening everyday.

4.  If I have to wake up before my alarm goes off, I really love waking up at least an hour before it sounds.  Then I think, oh I don’t have to get up yet, I have another hour left to sleep.  Unlike waking up two minutes before it goes off.  Then it isn’t worth it to go back to sleep.

5.  Scott says I’m quirky because I think running is fun.

6.  I can’t think of a sixth quirk…so if you know of one, leave it in the comments.  🙂