Thursday, May 29, 2008
On Sunday I taught my Mia Maids class a great lesson on Eternal Marriage (see Elder Cree-L Kofford’s Ensign articles, from June and July 1998 Ensigns, I think). After my lesson I picked up James and after we were finally ready we drove north of Seattle, this time, to meet my family at Kayak Point. They had already set up camp and we joined on in the fun. We walked along the beach, ate delicious food, played with Leah, took ONE MILLION pictures and made so many memories…One funny thing was that our campsite only allowed 2 tents and since we had married people and an assortment of single people we had a boy tent and a girl tent, that was pretty cute. Thanks James for enduring the boy tent!
On Monday we had a little rain, but that did not stop us at all from enjoying the holiday. I spent the morning being lazy under the covers before heading down to the beach to kayak with James and my parents (BIG shout out to my mom who kayaked for her VERY FIRST time! WooHoo!). James did great for his first time, he way out-kayaked me. It was sad when it was finally time to take down camp and head home to reality. Thanks Mom and Dad for a great weekend, lets do it again! I love my family and I feel so blessed that they are my good friends too. Jacob, Lisa and Monica we missed you. It was wonderful to spend so much time with James. He is a great fit with both of these groups; he is a great camper and fun to have around. I hope I get to keep him around as long as possible.
***Pictures on the next 3 posts!!!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Quigley boys and me:
Grey is almost 7, my favorite thing about him is his sweet smile. He is a great big brother, he is thoughtful, reserved but also likes to talk and tells stories when he is comfortable. My heart melts when he takes my hand or cuddles with me.
Aidan is 3.5 and has a perpetual runny nose, which is somehow endearing. He loves superheros and plays hard. James calls him "Impetuous Aidan," I just think he is pretty sweet. I love when he says my name.
Fishing on Saturday:
These are some of my notes (mingled with my own thoughts):
1. Prepare to Enter- our homes should be set apart from the world, our homes can be dedicated for nurturing souls including our own, when we go home do we leave our worldly cares outside?
2. Welcome at the Door-how do we want our home to feel to people who enter? Is it a place where people want to be? Do people enter and sense your love and concern? Does the Holy Ghost visit often
3. Concern for the Individual-Salvation is an individual matter (Elder Nelson May 08 Ensign), never loose sight of the individual’s needs
4. Present in the Moment- be still and appreciate the moment, the Savior’s ministry was never hectic, relationships should come before tasks, everyday activities have opportunities to build friendships and memories, approach our responsibilities with reverence
5. We Leave Strengthened- (Cheryl Lant “Righteous Traditions May 08 Ensign) How do our practices strengthen us or others? Draw upon the powers of heaven trough fasting and prayer
6. Christ as the Center- “If the Savior stood beside me” (Primary song) a home focused on the Savior will naturally be a house of order where first things are put first, “The best place to prepare for Eternal Life is in the home” (David O. McKay)
*I love this concept, it is not really new. We all know these things, but I guess like anything the trick comes in the application of the principles. I love this topic! If you want to discuss it future or would love more ideas email or call and we’ll talk. Honestly I think this talk has changed my life….especially the part about a house of order , I can have my priorities in order even if I am not the best housekeeper on the planet. I love you all, I was so excited to share this with you and maybe make your life better too.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Last Friday was Leah Rose's special day- she turned 2!!! Can you believe it? I can't. I was able to spend a couple of hours with Leah and Nat including Leah's birthday lunch to McDonald's! We ate and played in the "paypace." A couple firsts even: Leah's first ice cream cone and my first time going down the big slide. Tonight we are having a birthday party to celebrate our favorite girl! I am excited to see Leah so excited, she is really getting the idea that it's her birthday. So fun! I love Leah and I feel so blessed to have her in my life. Leah makes me so happy, she is such a sweet girl.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Dad in the middle of a brain freezeHey James let's do this again, k?
I like this picture of James, he's a pretty handsome guy
Hanging out with Leah:
For real, how cute is she?
James and I during the dessert part of our fabulous fondue feast, we ate so much food (thanks Nicki)