Monday, February 23, 2009
My little Savannah has had a fever all day today!! aarrrggghhhh! We made it all last winter without anyone having a runny nose for more than 2 days and now it seems 'the sickness' is running my cup over. Her fever spiked twice at 103.5. My poor little peanut, and those of you who know Savannah, multiple naps in a day are not the norm. She had a blessing and is doing better. I told her that while she is sick she can't be by Jessa and that makes her sad. :( I am being a hand washing and sanitizing natzie because I want the rest of us to be healthy. Michael was sick on Sunday, so he doesn't count. Well he does, but you get my point. Anyway, to the rest of you and your health, may we all get over this collective conscious of being sick this time of year and move on!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
It is amazing the way things happen....fast or slow they seem to not be expected, or at least one doesn't accept the expected.
Michael's dad passed away early Thursday morning. I was fortunate enough to have taken Savannah in to see him one last time for a few hours on Wednesday. He greeted Savannah's drawing of him, Michael and her holding hands by flowers and mountains with his signature...hmmmm.
The feelings taht are felt when someone passes, can at times be confusing. I feel peace and awe. The first time I met him, Floyd, he talked to me for 4 hours while Michael sat around watching TV and eating Oreo's. He was a doer, always something. His hobby was doing new things.
I am grateful that he is in a place now that he can be free of pain as well as move freely. I am also glad to know he can be fully aware of his son's love for him, a place where healing can and will occur.
His funeral services are on Wednesday, and will no doubt be an emotional day, but I know that we will see him again someday and be able to hear his words..."Exactly" and "Hmmm"
Love you Dad Morgan :)
Love Me, Michael, Pigmy (Savannah), Dechlin and Jessa
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Last night, after being told I had to stay at my parents until I was told I could leave, I receive this text message;
" This is a complimentary text message confirming your reservation at Mike's Seasoned Heaven. Thank you for dining at our fine establishment. And remember to enjoy yourself!"
I was really excited, I told my "host" that I made those reservations in my dreams and he didn't really get it..oh well, I did. So I was told to pull in the "driveway" and wait to be escorted in to the afore mentioned establishement. We walked in and it was dark with Jack Johnson playing softly in the background. There were 2 plates, 2 glasses and a candle on the table. I took my seat and was served a most delicious serving of a Mike original. Chicken, potatoes, greenbeans and rotel tomatoes fried in a Wok to perfection! Then after our meal, we danced in the center of the " dining area" our kitchen.
We were going to go to Cold Stone for desert but I was feeling a bit cold so we decided to go to WalMart and get one of their bakery's brownies (Michael's Favorite) They didn't have any so we found frozen brownie batter, vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. We went to my parents, made the brownies and had an early VDay treat with the kids and grandma and grandpa.
I know it was really simple...but that is my style and totally romantic. I have to say, last night was the best Valentine's day ever for me!
Love you Michael! Thank you for a great night and making me feel so special!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
For our new beginnings in YW's we are using the theme of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So for mutual we watched it with the girls. They don't know why, but we were all watching for ideas and it is so amazing how many things are comparable to the Gospel. I compared each of the rooms and experiences with the 8 values (there are now 8 this year...Virtue is gold) Let me jot my notes for you:
Coat room, waiver, and room with no apparent exit: Faith
" There are surprises around every corner but nothing dangerous" To me these first few experiences were like when we chose to come to earth. We had faith we would be able to stick to the agreements made. We might get nervous and say "there is no way out" and the Lord will reply "are you sure?" And where we least expect it the door opens for us. Nothing is what it seems. As we continue to have faith in him, the hall might seem to narrow but by being believing another door opens into a whole new world of Knowledge.
Chocolate Room: Knowledge
"Come with me into a world of imagination" The Lord invites us to "feast" on His knowledge. Gain an education, "everything is edible". Be careful of what "knowledge" you induldge in as it may make you "sick". Everyone commented on the "dirty river" not knowing it was chocolate. How often do people believe that the gospel and it's rules aren't good for them before they even know what it is?
Boat in the dark Tunnel: Choice and Accountability
Chaos can be and is all around us. We can choose to partake of it, complain about it or enjoy our lfe's journey. Choosing to be happy with ourselves won't take the trials away but will make the outside influences seem lesser and although we may not see or know where we are going, we know we are choosing the Lords path.
Secret Invention Room: Divine Nature
This is where all of Wonka's best kept secrets are kept and the ones he hasn't quite perfected. No one else has them such as our individula talents and qualities. Continue to develop them and share with others.
Bubble Room: Integrity
Although mistakes are made forgiveness is always there. Charlie and his Grandpa reestablished their integrity by being honest at the end and choosing to " keep their feet on the ground from now on"
Golden Eggs: Good Works
There are good eggs and bad eggs. Veruca Salt was a bad egg because she wanted everything for herself and didn't want anyone else to have anything. The Geese were were working hard giving a service without any special compensation. A bad aegg is also service done with only the intent of recieving a reward.
T.V. Room: Individual Worth
Don't allow the world to brake you down into little peices and then leave you smaller than you were originally created. Stand firm in who you are.
Willy Wonka's Office: Virtue
Virtue pretty much sums everything up. If you are virtueous, honest, repentant you receive the greater reward. Charlie knew that he had "forfeited all" by drinking the fizzy drink, and still chose to give up the 10,000 by giving the everlasting gobstopper back. In return he recieved the entire Wonka Factory.we receive our mansions that have been prepared. We Won!!!
Slugworth was of course Satan, tempting us with powers and evils for a small amount of so called happiness to give up our mansions.
I don't know if I am stretching any of this, but it really hit me last night as we were preparing this for our girls. So if you have nothing else to do, watch the movie and see what you might be inspired with!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have been having so many experiences lately that encourage me to be more grateful for what I have, especially the things I take for granted on a daily basis like my husband and kids. It seems that this same lesson is being taught to more than just myself. I am finding people commenting on it everywhere I go and I believe that it is telling me to stop focusing on the painful things that have transpired and to really live in the now and the happiness I do have and will create.
So thank you to my sweet husband who really does his best everyday to make me happy and is still here through all of my grumpiness.
Thank you to my little kiddies who love me and want to spend time with me anyway, even though I just got done hurting their feelings with my mouth.
And thank you to my Father in Heaven and Brother Jesus Christ for holding my hands and being there for me even when I am not very accepting of their love.
This truely is one of the best times of my life and it is only getting better by the day and I want to enjoy every minute of it!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Here are my February Habits I am creating:
Serving of fruit everyday
1 raw meal
eat every 3 hours
Yoga 3+ times weekly
Gym 3+ times weekly
Mental: Read out of the Harvard Classics
Emotional: Donna Eden's Daily Energy Routine
Spiritual: Morning Scripture and Prayer