Monday, July 16, 2018

Headed for a grocery shop

Today I found myself grumbling as I headed out the door to do my every-two-week big grocery shop.  But then...Ashley's post came to mind and I decided to change my attitude and remember my service to my family is service to my Savior.  And also...that I am so lucky to have a family to serve.

Then two hours later, I was finally home, and in full swing putting away groceries and feeding lunch to my little boys.  It seemed to drag on forever...another request for a drink, food on the ground, a quick break to change two poopy bums, a request to play..."I am tired!" I thought.

I get the baby down for a nap.  I put a show on for Ollie.  I take some time to rest for a second, and then after finishing my daily Pilates at an attempt to get my body back, I remembered the stressful time it was on Sunday entertaining both boys alone in our pew.  I remembered a few things I'd found on Amazon that will hopefully be exciting for a while, then also remembered something I'd pinned and am hopeful once I pry out some of my non-crafty efforts, that that too will be helpful during church.  While on that webiste...I stumbled across this post and this quote.

One hundred years ago F.W. Boreham made this observation,  “A century ago [in 1809] men were following, with bated breath, the march of Napoleon, and waiting with feverish impatience for the latest news of the wars. And all the while, in their own homes, babies were being born. But who could think about babies? Everybody was thinking about battles. . . .

In one year between Trafalgar and Waterloo, there stole into the world a host of heroes! Gladstone was born at Liverpool; Alfred Tennyson was born at the Somersby rectory . . . Oliver Wendell Holmes made his first appearance at Massachusetts . . . and Abraham Lincoln drew his first breath at Old Kentucky. Music was enriched by the advent of Frederic Chopin at Warsaw, and of Felix Mendelssohn at Hamburg. 

But nobody thought of babies. Everybody was thinking of battles. Yet which of the battles of 1809 mattered more than the babies of 1809? We fancy that God can only manage His world by big battalions when all the while He is doing it by beautiful babies. When a wrong wants righting, or a work wants doing, or a truth wants preaching, or a continent wants opening, God sends a baby into the world to do it.” (F. W. Boreham, Mountains in the Mist: Some Australian Reveries [1919], 166-67, 170)


I've mentioned before that when Jared and I were dating we found we both had a common desire to change the world.



Little did I know how my future role as wife and mother would allow me to be a hand in that.

Being a woman is powerful and good and needed.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Family Newsletter June 2018

Hi family!

We were able to visit Utah last month. It was so fun to see our families and many of you. Jared came for the first week then flew back for work and the boys and I stayed for another week. One of my sisters flew back with me and we loved having her with us for four days. Two days after she left the boys and I accompanied Jared to a work conference in Naples, Florida. We enjoyed the pool and not cooking dinner and watching Carter officially get the hang of real crawling instead of the army crawl. The boys are so fun and I love watching their interaction as Carter gets older. As he grows and gets more mobile he gets into Ollie’s business more and thus I feel like I break up a lot of bullying and squabbles, but all the giggles and brotherly moments make up for it. Jared is doing well and this summer has been better at work than last due to good staffing. The ward is doing well and we have witnessed a lot of miracles. We wish we could joi you all at the ranch next week. We love you!

Jared, Carly, Oliver, and Carter


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Educating myself so I can empower my boys


I cannot get enough of this website.  It severely hurts my heart thinking my little boys will one day be exposed to pornography (I know it's impossible to avoid completely), but hope fills my heart when I think of all the tools we will have equipped them with when that darn time comes.  They will be strong, confident, and sure.  They will look away, close, and come to us.  I will pray every day for them to put what we've taught them into practice.  (Well, I'd love for there to be no practice...but)  And I'm learning that what it really comes down to is "layering."  This quote sums it up:

We hear a lot of sad stories of people that were completely blindsided. We have learned that people are not talking about it enough. They are still unaware of what’s taking place around them. People want a step by step plan for what to say. They love the CAN DO Plan from Protect Young Minds because it gives them a place to start. But it feels like some people want a Band-Aid – they want the answer that’s going to fix this problem. But our whole presentation is about layering: layer your protections, layer your filters, layer those conversations. You just keep building those layers to protect children. That might be a little intimidating for people, but that’s why we’re talking to them about it.”

That quote is from this article that I loved:

How a Fearless Mother-Daughter Duo Teach Parents to Protect Children from Porn

And this is very empowring too:

Safe Playdates:  3 Strategies for Setting Media Ground Rules


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

April 2018


We started out the month with the best and most important day of the year!  Easter Sunday.
I am so very grateful to my Savior for volunteering Himself and allowing this mortal life to happen, for being the ultimate sacrifice which will allow me one day (after a lot of hard work and sacrifice in this life!) to take these eternal loves of mine with me into eternity, and that His grace is unending and always propelling me forward when things are hard.  I love Him!

And them!  So so much.


We celebrated with our Florida family - the Barwick and Bench family.
Only the two kids on the far left and far right existed when we all moved here five years ago.
Tayli, Ayden, Ollie, Seth, Matthew, James

These two ladies will be two of my best friends forever and have helped me in more ways than I will ever be able to describe.  I love them so much!
Lindsey, Carly, Emma

Jared, Carter, Quinn, Ronnie

We played the "hot, cold" game to find Ollie's Easter basket!

Loved seeing my cute sibs and their Easter fun back home.

We (I) made Resurrection Rolls inbetween General Conference sessions and they were delicious!
I thought for sure Ollie would be into making them but...nope.

This little sneaker is so mobile now and will army crawl into naughty places so quickly!
Like the sliding door floor pane thing that has dirt and bugs and other things that a baby shouldn't eat...

That little tongue and that cute belly!



Ollie really wanted to go to the library and how could I deny that cute face?


My heart.

Mostly he just wanted to play on the big kid computers :)

Another normal day here:



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Yes, that would be nice!








A churro funnel cake that I really would love to eat.

A Sunday walk and Ollie was SO excited that someone's sprinklers came on.  Cutie!

A yummy peach pie!!  It was sooo yummy.  And storebought crust 🙌🏻


Daddy took Ollie to Sea World.  
I went there all the time as a child so it's so fun to see him go there!



Ollie, you melt my heart.



I am already witnessing sibling love and I just can't get enough of it!
(Although the many moments where Ollie takes Carter's toys or maneuvers him from one place to the next by grabbing by his feet and dragging him backwards while Carter screams often make me crazy, BUT, these moments here make it all worth it :))


One day we were outside and the sweetest garbage truck man waved, stopped his truck, came out, and invited Ollie to take a look inside his truck!
The man then turned to me and said, "You're welcome, mom.  Now he'll never bug you about the garbage truck again." 😂



I really really loved this article.  What an amazing woman!

Loved throwing a baby shower for our sweet friend Ashley.
She will be such a great mom!
Aren't those flowers Emma made unreal??



My little bro got his EAGLE SCOUT!
So proud of you, Jacey!




Love that last sentence. ^

When you ask yourself, "HOW did this happen?" ^


Love this sight. ^





Ollie is really into superheroes these days.
Each morning he asks me to tie on his superhero cape (his blanket) and to "Pull it down so I can zoom, mom." (Pull the blanket down so it's tight around his shoulders and goes down as far as it will go so he can have more material to fly in the wind 😊)



I love how he slaps the highchair repeatedly as he waits for his food.



Love this duo so much!!
Power couple.

We thought we'd made Ollie's dream come true and let Amazon Prime make us a superhero family.
Ollie loved the idea for a few hours then asked me to tie his blanket back on and hasn't touched the masks or new capes since. 😂

A pouting time post-church.
He was sad he couldn't get chocolate from dad's office since someone was in there with him.




Inviting people over for Sunday dinners are so fun.  I love getting to know people better and connect with people and form deeper friendships.
But I also agree with my mom that hosting dinners/parties are a three day event.  The day before to plan and prepare, the actual day to serve and host, and the next day to clean up. 😂







Can't get enough of his pre-bedtime happiness!


He is so in need of a haircut and I just love his Chinese bangs right now 😂



Cici's!!
A whole new experience with two kids instead of one.  But still worth it and so fun :)



Pure joy!!!

Pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw on top may be my next favorite meal second to pizza.  
But to make it even better??  
Make this glaze and put it on top of the pork before you put the coleslaw on:



Ollie was so excited to go back to "the jumpoline place."  It's so fun there!

So funny ^

Jared's Uncle Dave, Aunt Tracy, and cousin Kyle flew from Dallas to Orlando one morning, went on an airboat ride with Jared at Wild Florida, then flew home that night.
How fun is that??  

This beauty of a gal graduated from BYU.
I am so proud of her!!
College is HARD and she did it.  She found her passion in sociology and has such a caring and inclusive heart.
Also, boys, look out.






Yep



His tongue and his cute panting will always be a favorite memory of mine.

💚