"Motherhood is not a burden to be borne, it is a privilege to be enjoyed. It is not a trial of endurance, it is a time of celebration." Winnie Dalley


Fan the Flame

This is our Sunday box. A while back I was praying ( and I continue to do so) about how to teach our kids the importance and the sacredness of the Sabbath day. I found in my mom's old files a handout that had activities for Sunday on it that you could cut out and put into a box. So my little B and J and I made our own Sunday box that we put these different activities in. I found little pictures of Jesus and the temple from old Friend magazines and pasted them on the box, along with pictures of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

A few Sundays ago when I got out the box, little B looked at the back and asked about the pictures of the Apostles. Then he asked me to tell him a story about one of them. Then he wanted another one, and another one...he kept asking until I had told him a story about each member of the First Presidency and each Apostle. I told him a story about their own life, or a story that I could remember from one of their talks. Well little B and J absolutely love these stories. They will bring me the box and ask me to tell them an Apostle story.

Tonight they built a 'bed fort' in the living room with all of the blankets and pillows from the whole house :) and brought me the box and asked to hear some Apostle stories. My heart is filled with gratitude for the way Heavenly Father answers all of our prayers, because He most definately does, and I am also filled with gratitude for these precious spirits who are being sent to the earth in these last days. Notice in my story that little B took the initiative and asked to hear the stories, and then he loved them and wanted more! His little spirit recognizes truth and loves it. I am so grateful to be a mother and have the opportunity to teach these little ones, and to be taught by them.

I came across the awesome talk tonight by Elder Neil L. Andersen titled "Tell Me The Stories of Jesus". Here is just a snippet of it's goodness:

"President Thomas S. Monson has described the rising generation as "the best ever" and has said to our youth: "You have come to this earth at a glorious time. The opportunities before you are nearly limitless." But he also warned, "We have been placed on earth in troubled times." "It is a time of permissiveness, with society in general routinely disregarding and breaking the laws of God." We are surrounded by so much that is designed to divert our attention. "The adversary is using every means possible to ensnare us in his web of deceit."

"We hold in our arms the rising generation. They come to this earth with important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. We cannot be casual in how we prepare them. Our challenge as parents and teachers is not to create a spiritual core in their souls but rather to fan the flame of their spiritual core already aglow with the fire of the premortal faith."

Truly I can see the bright flame of faith that each of my children have brought with them to this earth. I will fan the flame as best I can, and I know that with the help of a wise and loving Father in Heaven that He will show me how to do it. There is so much hope and goodness in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for it! What a blessing it is to be a woman and a mother!


Excited To Read This!

Diversity and Strength of Mormon Women Highlighted in New Relief Society Book

Love Julie B. Beck. Love her! So excited to read this book that I know she had a lot to do with. We definately need help as women to remember who we are and why we are important. Hope it comes out really soon!


There Are Refugees Among Us

I think that this song has a beautiful message, especially for women and members of Relief Society in particular. Truly this is what we as women should be all about! Love it.

The Book of Mormon

This book has been the subject of slander and misrepresentation time and again since it was published in the 1800s. I am one who has been so blessed to receive a witness from our Heavenly Father through The Holy Ghost that this book is true. I know that it leads me to Jesus Christ and that is the only way to find happiness in this life or in the next. I know that anyone who reads it with a sincere and honest desire to know of it's truth can also receive such a witness. God is not dead! He lives and He speaks to us today, if we will only listen.


Me Too

Do you ever stop right in the middle of your day, when calling your kids in for lunch, and realize that you are living your dream and it is sweeter than you ever thought possible? Yeah, me too.


Click Here

...to read my friend Tracy's blog. I picked this post because I love this poem about motherhood...totally made me cry!... but I just love this woman. Her blog is very inspiring. Hooray for a woman who loves and embraces her womanhood! Have a fantastic day and embrace your womanhood!