"...the joy of motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times. But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction." --Daughters of God Elder M. Russell Ballard


>> Thursday, October 6, 2011

I have missed this blog so much!  I love to look back at all of my joyful moments, so........ I have decided to continue with my 1000 moments of joy on my family blog.  You can find the link here:  Finding Joy in the Journey

I plan on posting not only the joys in my life that come from being a mother, but also from being a wife and the joy that comes from living the gospel of Christ.  I can't wait to get started!

 Feel free to join me in finding the joy in your life.


Moments 76-80

>> Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  --Proverbs 22: 6 

76.  Peek-a-boo

77.  Having 15 extra kids at our house today for a giant water fight!  It was a lot of fun!

78.  Giving Hannah a reading lesson when all the other kids are in bed.  She can now read:  "Oh, oh, oh, look Jane. See Sally.  Funny funny Sally."

79.  Making homemade strawberry, rhubarb jam for the first time, and my kids telling me they love it.
80.  Noticing that my recent piano practicing, is inspiring my children to practice the piano. 


Moments 72-75

>> Saturday, June 12, 2010

"It is upon the mothers of the present that the future depends." --Charlotte Mason

72.  Tabetha coming home after being gone for 4 days to "Girl's Camp" for our church.  Things are never quite right when someone is away from home.

73.  Mya had a 3 hour nap today!!!  That may be her longest nap ever.  She never has taken very long naps and, she has been so ornery lately because she is teething.  Believe me, this brought me A LOT of joy.

74.  Listening to my kids say their evening prayers tonight.

75.  Listening to Shawn sing Brightly Beams  to the girls each night when he tucks them in their beds.


Moments 66-71

>> Tuesday, June 8, 2010

 66.  The kids all did group clean-up this morning so good, and my house stayed relatively clean the rest of the day.





71.  Everyone outside watching the dark clouds approach, and then getting so excited over the rain and the thunder and lightening.   

"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 their premortal faith." 

I love this quote.


Meet Another Great Mom

>> Monday, June 7, 2010

"Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth."

                                                              --Gordan B. Hinckley

This is the quote I think of when I think of my friend Jody (you can check out her blog here).  Jody is an incredible example to me as a mother and a daughter of God.   She has such strong faith and it shows in all areas of her life.  Jody has  4 great kids, 3 boys and 1 girl, and they range in age from 11-4 years.  

If you could only teach your children one thing what would it be?
To be a friend of God!
In John 15, Jesus tells us that He doesn’t call us servants but as friends. A servant doesn’t know what his master’s business is, but He has told us all that He has heard of His father. I love that we can know what God’s business is.
Psalm 25:14 says that the Lord confides in those who fear him. As they progress through all of the changes that come with growing up, I want my kids to practice being God’s confidant! Isn’t that an awesome thought?

How has your faith helped you as a parent?
I often think of the multiple verses in the Bible that tell us to make the most of every opportunity. I try to use these when prioritizing my use of time. How much time am I spending on the phone, on the computer, or reading? Am I letting important teachable opportunities slip by? Am I filling our time up with activities that distract us from learning and developing? I don’t want to look back with regrets because I didn’t make the most of every opportunity to prepare my kids for the many situations that they will face in life.
I also take comfort in remembering that these are God’s kids, not mine. I want to be a good steward for the time that He has entrusted them to me, but ultimately it is His responsibility and within His power to keep them safe and to draw them back when they wander.

What do you want your kids to remember about you?
I would love for them to remember me as never raising my voice, always patient, always pleasant……..
Since I’ve already missed that goal, I’ll settle for them to remember me as living by principles and always loving them.

What is some of the best parenting advice that you have received?
I can’t think of any.

What is your favorite parenting book/books?
I have recently found Parenting with Love and Logic. I recommend this to everyone who talks parenting with me.
Of course, I can’t forget the Bible.

Thanks Jody, your faith is an example to me again, as always!


Moments 61-65

>> Thursday, June 3, 2010

61.  These silly girls

62.   Late night talks with my big kids.

63.  Watching the little girls play dolls together.

64.  Getting a very nice compliment about one of my children

65.  Hannah went to a friend's birthday party today.  It was the first one she has ever gone to by herself.  She has been so excited for days.  We gave her friend a card with money in it, and then Hannah added some of her most prized possessions, some loose change, and a fake, cardboard credit card. 

Thank you to all of you that have been posting your own 1000 moments.  I have loved seeing and reading them all.  You have all inspired me to be a better mom. 

Check back tomorrow for another "great mom" interview. 


Moments 55-60

>> Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"I had expected my children to capture my heart and occupy my mind, but I was surprised to find them possessing my whole soul-completely, unequivocally". --Beverly Campbell , The Mother in Me, p. xiv

55.  Spending time together as a family this weekend.  We worked in the yard together, went to visit Grammy, and Uncle Tony, and today we had a picnic with all the cousins.  It was great just being together. 

56.  Husband built me some garden boxes and the kids helped me to plant vegetables.

57.  Mya got her first ride on a motorcycle with dad and she loved it. 

58.  At the picnic tonight Katie licked all the pepper off her corn on the cob, because she was sharing it with Piper, and Piper doesn't like pepper.

59.  My boys giving their little sisters rides on the motorcycles.

60.  Logan volunteering to wipe the table off for me.  (He never volunteers for extra work)

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