12 October 2009

Little things about our little guy

There are subtle aspects about Jonas that make him incredibly endearing to me.

Like how his hair curls at the back and out to the side


Or how he has no words, but squeaks whenever he sees a dog.


How he is still wearing this same outfit from last year's playoff season


And how he refuses to drink from a sippy cup


Or how he can't have a single crumb touching his lips so he always wipes them away immediately


And of course this bedhead, in case you didn't spot it in the last picture


I can't get enough.

09 October 2009

Missing these boys

A lot.



Especially when they do things like this



And even when they do things like this



I'll be home soon. Love you.

02 October 2009

For My Mommy


Hi Mommy,

I hope you are having a good trip so far and I hope you have fun in far away lands. Dad taught me to blog this afternoon when we got home from taking you to the airport. He said you would be proud of me for updating your blog while you are away. I wasn't very hungry at dinner, so I just threw my food all over the place and then made Margie flustered by bringing her the garbage can several times (she kept putting it in places I couldn't reach, but Dad put it right back on the floor so I could take it back to Margie). After dinner, we went for a walk to the park and Dad put me in the swing; he just smiled and thought I was adorable, like always.

Dad's limiting my blog time and says it's time for bed. Good night Mommy. I love you. Here's a good-night cheeser picture for you.


Conference Week: None Were With Him

The week before conference is my favorite time of year. To get in the conference spirit, I shall highlight one talk from the April 2009 conference each day this week. Ooh, I can't wait for Saturday.

None Were With Him
by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland


"[B]ecause Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path--the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angel in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends." Read None Were With Him in its entirety here.

For me, there has not been a more powerful talk than None Were With Him and I would encourage anyone who is feeling lonely to read Elder Holland's account of the Savior.
Against all odds and with none to help or uphold Him, Jesus of Nazareth, the living Son of the living God, restored physical life where death had held sway and brought joyful, spiritual redemption out of sin, hellish darkness, and despair. With faith in the God He knew was there, He could say in triumph, "Father, into they hands I commend my spirit."

01 October 2009

Conference Week: Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually

The week before conference is my favorite time of year. To get in the conference spirit, I shall highlight one talk from the April 2009 conference each day this week. Ooh, I can't wait for Saturday.

Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually
by Elder Robert D. Hales


"Whenever we [go into debt for things we can't afford], we become poor temporally and spiritually. We give away some of our precious, priceless agency and put ourselves in self-imposed servitude. Money we could have used to care for ourselves and others must now be used to pay our debts." Read Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually in its entirety here.

 Yesterday Kevin the Kirby salesman came over and demonstrated the superiority of his product for 3 hours. The quality of the product was not in question. I love the Kirby and would be very happy purchasing one. But it's not a priority right now. When I mentioned I don't do debt, he told me it wasn't debt--the financing was that good. No money down and as long as we paid everything off within the year, it was "just like cash" because it would be interest-free.

Just like cash. Interesting concept, Kevin. But unfortunately just like cash is not the same as cash. Elder Hales said:
To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving for rainy-day emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior's example to serve and bless others.
Elder Hales also talks about addictions and its relation to provident living, which was beneficial to review. This was the very first talk at conference (aside from President Monson's welcome) and very timely. It provides a lot of practical things to think about and implement in our lives.