Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Tribute to Some of the Moms in My Life (AKA my mom collection)...

1. My Mom. What a wonderful person! She is a great example to me of patience, intelligence, figuring stuff out, perseverance, kindness, strength and love. She has always listened to me, talked with me, given me advice (of course, I haven't always taken it), cried with me, laughed with me, and helped to mold the person I am. Sometimes I find myself doing things and realize "I'm turning into my mom!" which is a good thing :)

2. My Sister. If I had been able to have my pick of all the women of the world to be my sister, I still would have chosen her! She has taught me much in my life - in my childhood, teen years, and as the example of a mom now in her life. We can talk all day about all sorts of things, and we laugh and cry together. She is such an example to me of strength and teaches me to rely more on my Heavenly Father when things are rough. Not to be cheesy, but I really feel like she is often the wind beneath my wings and my hero. :)

3. My Grandma. As much as I love being near my sister, I miss my grandma a ton! The older I've gotten, the more I feel love & respect toward her. She has gone through many joys and sorrows in her life and is still adorable and plugging away at 93 years old! I love to hear the stories she has to tell, her wisdom and watch my children grow to know her, too.

4. My Host Mom. When I lived in Germany, I stayed with a host family, and Rafia became another mom to me. It was cool to learn mom-isms from another culture (Tunisian mixed with German) and she always had my best interests in mind. When we went back to visit in 2007, she treated my kids like her own grandkids and I am grateful for the impact that year living with her had on me and my growth.

5. My Aunt. I had the opportunity to live with another mom for a year while at college. They just have one son, and although they've opened their home to many a weary college student, I was the first girl. It was fun to talk about girly things, enjoy the occasional early-morning walk, talk about my day and my life and learn new things from her. After I got married, she even helped me learn more about canning fruit. And she's always been such a great aunt/grandma to my kids! They love to snuggle with her and be tickled.

6. My Mother-in-law. It's pretty neat that all you have to do to get another mom who loves and cares for you is marry her son. :) My MIL is one of the most generous people I know. She is interested in everything we're doing and always finds just the right things for my kids. She has stayed with my kids when I've been at Girls Camp or had new babies. It's been said that DH was a momma's boy as a kid, and I don't blame him! She's a great addition to my mom collection.

There are so many more I can't name everyone - sisters-in-law and so many friends (you know who you are!) who I also look up to as examples and who support me.

So to all you women out there - whether official "mothers" or not - you are all nurturing the children of the world! Thanks for all you do to touch my life and others! Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Easter Dresses (and a Suit)

I LOVE Easter! Probably more than Christmas, actually. I love how we as a family do better at Easter time about remembering and celebrating Jesus Christ and not worrying about presents and hustle and bustle. We don't really do the Easter bunny (just buy the peeps etc to enjoy as a family) and so it's just talking about the life, ministry, sacrifice and resurrection of our Savior. Sort of last minute, I was able to teach my Laurels the Easter lesson as well. Easter brings such a spirit of gratitude, appreciation, and a new desire to do better, be better, strive to live as Christ would have us live. As President Hinckley said (I love this quote):
"Whenever the cold hand of death strikes, there shines through the gloom and the darkness of that hour the triumphant figure of the Lord Jesus Christ, He, the Son of God, who by his matchless and eternal power overcame death. He is the Redeemer of the world. He gave His life for each of us. He took it up again and became the firstfruits of them that slept. He, as King of Kings, stands triumphant above all other kings. He, as the Omnipotent One, stands above all rulers. He is our comfort, our only true comfort, when the dark shroud of earthly night closes about us as the spirit departs the human form. Towering above all mankind stands Jesus the Christ, the King of glory, the unblemished Messiah, the Lord Emmanuel. In the hour of deepest sorrow we draw hope and peace and certitude from the words of the angel that Easter morning, 'He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.' He is our King, our Lord, our Master, the living Christ, who stands on the right hand of His Father. He lives! He lives, resplendent and wonderful, the living Son of the living God."
One of the things I do like to do for Easter is have new (or at least new to us) clothes for my kids. I love the fact that it symbolizes newness - the bright spring colors after a dark winter, fresh and clean and alive, just as Christ rose on the third day. Here's our Easter children (and their cousins)! Oh, and please excuse Sim - he was very sick on Easter - he had a bad rash and I think an allergic reaction to some new soap I used on him...

Happy late Easter!