Friday, September 1, 2017


I'm having M copy nice stories for her handwriting practice.  This is the one for next week.

One evening a man called his five sheep to come into the shelter for the night. His family watched with great interest as he simply called, “Come on,” and immediately all five heads lifted and turned in his direction. Four sheep broke into a run toward him. With loving-kindness he gently patted each of the four on the head. The sheep knew his voice and loved him.
But the fifth sheep didn’t come running. She was a large ewe that a few weeks earlier had been given away by her owner, who reported that she was wild, wayward, and always leading the other sheep astray. The new owner accepted the sheep and staked her in his own field for a few days so she would learn to stay put. He patiently taught her to love him and the other sheep until eventually she had only a short rope around her neck but was no longer staked down.
That evening as his family watched, the man approached the ewe, which stood at the edge of the field, and again he gently said, “Come on. You aren’t tied down anymore. You are free.” Then lovingly he reached out, placed his hand on her head, and walked back with her and the other sheep toward the shelter.1
In the spirit of that story, I pray that the Holy Ghost will help us learn together tonight about covenant keeping. Making and keeping covenants means choosing to bind ourselves to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. It is committing to follow the Savior. It is trusting Him and desiring to show our gratitude for the price He paid to set us free through the infinite gift of the Atonement.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

happy place

M goes to help with this horse on Tuesdays.  This sweet lady lets her groom, clean up after and ride the horses.  She also gets to give the dog a bath sometimes.  That's heaven for M.

While we were in Virginia my sister Meg took M down to southern VA to visit my niece T.  T has rabbits and a baby.  While they were there a friend of T's had a medical emergency and so T and Meg took M over to help care for the kids and animals at the friends house.  They breed huskies.  Meg sent me this picture asking if we wanted a puppy.  Sorry.  No.  But I am glad M gets to have these lovely moments.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

back seat party

We went to ride the river last week.  My mom came along so we switched up the seating.  I sat in the back with M and G.  What a personality M is.  She is kind and watches out for all the kids.  I'm so grateful to have this funny little girl for my daughter.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Big letter M

M had a birthday.  She's 10!  She made and decorated this cake herself.  She also let me off easy and accepted a new scooter instead of a party this year.  We've got some things going on and I couldn't plan a party and don't know if one was going to happen later...  So we got her a nice scooter with big wheels. 

For M being 10 means she can ride around the neighborhood by herself and take lP along too.  Being 10 is special too because next week she gets to go to Grandma's house for a week and go to a day camp at the museum. 

M continues to grow and do amazing things.  Today she was rotating laundry along and accidentally brought towels out that were still damp and put diapers in the dryer before they had been soaped.  But like a champ she got everything washed properly and we were able to re-fold the towels later today. 

M is so patient with me.  I'm so grateful for this little girl so full of grace and love.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

new swimsuit

A friend told us about some nice swim shorts for girls at Marshalls.  M also found a nice new swim shirt so she's good for another summer of fabulous carefree, sunburn free, fun.  I'm so grateful my girls accept these swim clothes that cover their bodies.  I primarily care about keeping their bodies covered.  I'm also happy that they never have to have a sunburn on their back, shoulders, thighs, or but.  It saves us so much sadness.  No matter how good you put the sunscreen on, the bathingsuits most girls wear shift just enough to leave you with a line of sunburn right on those tender areas.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

punk rock princess

M got a dress with sparkles last week.  We put sleeves on it and she wore it to church.  This week she added black leggings and boots to turn her glittery outfit into a punk rock costume.  It's neat to see P's sense of fashion manifest in M.  I wish I could have seen his face when his punk rock princess came into sacrament meeting.  I was staying home with a runny nose, teething baby.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

the old days

Today I was wearing earrings.  M was impressed and said "So you're wearing earrings like the old days..."  and I said "Do you mean the old days before I had kids that wanted to tear them out of my ears?"  and she said "I don't think I've ever seen you wear earrings."  Yeah, it's been a few years.

M also got a fancy dress yesterday at the RS swap meet.  It's got sequins and a train of navy blue sheer material, but no sleeves.  No worries, I used some fabric from a swimming suit to make some sleeves.  In the end M wore a t-shirt under it anyway because the back was itchy.  I'm glad she understands already that comfort is important and modesty is easy.