May 28, 2014

Music Muse Tues: Sara Bareilles, I Just Want You

Years ago, as a pre-teen, my sisters and I would gather our best sleepover friends, set up an amateur backdrop made of bed linens hanging from the walls, shine our bed side lamps and sing our hearts out to audio cassette tapes of recorded radio music. This became a trend. We tested out different types of music and different friends to fill in. Most nights, we promised our mother we were going to sleep and would often get caught recording our un-trained voices with my mom's huge VHS tape video camera.

Since, I have trained my voice, love to sing and reminisce long ago when my care-free, somewhat timid spirit would sing my heart out in front of friends. This song, is one of those that carries those thoughts into the forefront. This song is pure talent. I love each and every word. I dedicate it to my love, (although he has blue eyes). Maybe I will record it for him one day! Enjoy.


 I Just Want You By: Sara Bareilles

{My favorite part of the lyrics listed below}

Give me your heart to hold a God-like truth,
Give me one good soul I can tell it through
Give me good reason to believe in you
And give me strength if you have time

Give me two hands that'll hold this up
And don't you give me no more than just enough
You gave a pair of brown eyes that can call a good bluff
And somebody who thinks they shine

But you, I just want you
I just want you

So take it all away
If it isn't meant for me
I don't want the easy way
I just want you
They can give me everything
But at the end of the day
The only words i'll say
Is 'I just want you'
I just want you

It's all so simple when I break it all down
Two roads converged on a hallow ground
It's taken all my life to hear the sacred sound
Of sweet simplicity





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May 27, 2014

Holy Tabbs GIVEAWAY

Today is the day my friends! I have teamed up with Holy Tabbs to bring you my very first Giveaway! I initially discovered this product when browsing Pinterest. It was so colorful and attractive, so I clicked on the picture for a closer look. I found their website and began researching! This is what I found:


"HolyTabbs comes in a carefully crafted kit that brings all the tools you need into one convenient package.  The kit includes a thick, durable skin that adheres perfectly to the inside cover of your scriptures, a transparent straight edge to easily mark scriptures, 384 adhesive dots that fold neatly over the edges of your pages, a user guide that clearly outlines the HolyTabbs system, and a list of 495 useful scriptures that do not include the ones already listed in Preach My Gospel."

After getting the product, I have enjoyed going to my scriptures to look up topics, and actively searching through them. This skin that adheres to the inside cover is like a Table of Contents that correlates with Preach My Gospel. It does take some time to mark the scriptures and attach the tabs, but I loved going through the scriptures listed and reading each one. I thought of my sister Abigail who just started her mission and told my mom about Holy Tabbs. She told me that she already purchased a kit for Abby!!

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May 17, 2014

Baby Gord

{Photo credit: AmyImages Photography}
Last night, everyone was aware of how much Gordon needed to sleep. Once his eyes closed, as I rocked him to and fro, I leaned in to kiss his soft cheek. He fought for sleep most of the day because his schedule was off. He sacrifices so much as the littlest of three. As I kissed his cheek I realized that his baby smell was drifting away. I didn't want to lay him down. I just wanted him there in my arms forever. He fit perfectly after all.

"We would do well to slow down a little, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most. Strength comes not from frantic activity, but from being settled on a foundation of truth and light. It comes from focusing on the divine things that matter most. Diligently doing the things that matter most, will lead us to the Savior of the world," Elder Dieter Uchtdorf.

Here is a little update on this sweet babe:

  • Almost 11 months
  • Six teeth (4 on top, 2 on bottom)
  • Blue eyes still
  • Strawberry blonde hair color
  • Loves almost any food offered (sweet potatoes=favorite, lettuce=not so much)
  • Loves Lucy (the dog)
  • Loves the WATER (pool, splash pad, ocean, lake, bathtub, shower, toilet) 
  • Loves the "Itsy Bitsy Spider, Pat-a-Cake, Popcorn Popping)
  • Loves reading with family
  • Loves watching fish swim
  • Loves to get our tupperware, pots, and dishes from the dishwasher
  • Loves to try new things (like food bits, paper off the floor)
  • Enjoys playing the piano and making music with family
  • Cruises around furniture
  • Walks while holding on with one hand
  • Sleeps easily
  • Wakes to feed once in the night
  • Wakes in the best mood
  • Transfers from the car to the bed or the bed to the car
  • Smiles constantly
  • Laughs often (especially when being naughty)
  • Has a simple easy-going attitude like his daddy
  • Says words/phrases like "mama, dada," and what seems to sound like, "wuv you" 
  • Waves with one hand
  • Beginning to play alone for short periods of time
  • Opens and closes inside doors
  • Stands by the window and observes nature
  • Rocks back and forth with upper body, to dance
  • Does not like to go into his car seat all of the time
  • Fusses when brothers try to overpower him
  • Is beginning to throw fits
  • Is not entertained by TV

May 14, 2014

We're Going to Legoland!!!

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May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Series: Having Children in Faith




I agree with this blogger mentioned in Elder Anderson's talk. It seems as a mother, the world would like to bring you down. If I show my face in public with more than one child, I am always confronted with passersby that may innocently wish to congratulate me or maybe just wish to voice their own opinion about my family while sharing facts or advice such as,

"You have got your hands full."
"Wow, three boys. I bet you're busy."
"You know what prevents that, right?"

The list goes on. I usually just push right past to avoid showing any dismay in front of these special spirits we have been blessed with.

Hopefully, as time marches on, I will have this blog to reflect upon how much encouragement young moms need. Maybe after I am retired, I will go out in public just to search for those young moms, juggling children, anxiously looking for the checkout line and offer a smile or words like,

"You are doing a great job, momma!"
"You have such beautiful children."
"Keep up the good work."

I hope this season of Spring and Mother's Day, we can all be more aware of those who are mothering around us. Be patient. Be kind and strive to be whatever support a mother may need.

May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Series: Love Her Mother




I get chills while watching this video because it is so true. I believe it is important for Fathers of sons, to show love for their mother, as well. I read a research study recently which proved that sibling relationships thrive upon how the parents treat each other.

We are still sickly around this household and the day was going smooth until after dinner. I learned that my husbands car wouldn't start (due to leaving the headlights on two days in a row), our middle son was screaming to be held in pain from his illness, the baby had a dirty diaper and the eldest was wanting my attention to look at how big his belly was. While trying to completed dinner and care for myself, I felt so bombarded. I love being needed, we all do, but that moment was built up and I was needed too much. Just when I thought I would burst with exhaustion and frustration,

Oliver said, "Mommy?"
 "What?" I answered sharply.
He paused until I looked into his big, round eyes,
"I love you," and he held my hand.

When all else fails, when the days seem far too long, when simple tasks turn difficult, the Lord is there to help encourage me and my soul to push a little longer. Oliver made me feel so appreciated in a moment of despair. That is the epitome of motherhood.

May 8, 2014

Mother's Day Series: An Eternal Partnership with God

{First born and Momma}
{2nd born and Momma}
{3rd son and Momma}

Sometimes, motherhood can be tough. Sheer exhaustion is apparent for the first couple years. Some people are blessed with children who sleep through the night early on. We were blessed with good healthy babes that did not like to be apart from us, even in the middle of the night ;). 

I looked back to find pictures from almost five years ago, when I became a mother. They brought joy and happiness to my heart as I scrolled through each one. How difficult the change was, but looking back now I think I had it pretty easy. 

One thing that I am grateful for is the memories preserved by photos. I take countless pictures. This is due to my mother, who always took photos of us as children, even if she had to wait weeks or months to develop the rolls of film until she had enough funds to cover it. She made sure when the family was gathered together to get a family photo to preserve the memory. I haven't been great at creating photo books, but one day I will devote some of my time to preserving these memories for our family history. 

Mother's Day is just around the corner! Don't forget to make her feel special this Sunday, or just every day because she has put countless hours into your care and well being. 



May 7, 2014

Becoming a Mother



To every mother.

When this video first appeared in my inbox, my heart exploded with gratitude for being a mother and having one. Becoming a mother changed my life. Today, I lay sick in bed with a gracious husband who stayed home from work to be by my side. To be "mom" for the day. My head pounded, but I wanted to be out where the children were to observe them.

Once I entertain the thought that I have everything figured out, things change. Change can be great. It can be difficult and great simultaneously. Being a mother means sacrifice. Sacrificing your needs for someone else. I have been mothered by so many in my life along the way. Women have a natural capacity to fulfill this attribute.

Being Mothered

As a teenager, I spent the night at a friend's house and ended up sick in the middle of the night. My friend had gone to sleep, but her mother was still up. Cleaning away. I told her how I felt and she brought me to the bathroom with a soup pan and said, "You will be okay. If you need me to take you home, I will." Her words comforted me so easily. She was mothering me.

After bearing two boys, 17 months apart, I found it difficult to adjust to my additional duties as a mother. I got the courage to go to the grocery store alone. Put the 18 month old into the front of the grocery cart and 1 month old in a baby carrier that strapped close to my body. I was ecstatic to avoid any fits and felt empowered when we rolled into the checkout lane, only to notice that there was something dripping from my sons seat onto the floor. I was mortified and went straight to the bathroom. I pushed the full cart into the small bathroom and attempted to change our older son's diaper while our baby was still in the carrier. I couldn't put him in the cart and he was in danger with big brother kicking while I tried to change him. I felt such despair and failure as I was just trying to accomplish grocery shopping with two kids!

Just then, the most comforting voice behind me said, "Can I hold that baby for you while you change his diaper?" I felt like angels were surrounding me. I was so grateful to my Heavenly Father for sending this sweet old lady to me that morning. Once I turned around, I recognized this caring woman as someone I grew up with in church. I hadn't seen her in years, but felt comfort in knowing that my boys would be fine with her help. She mothered me.

I hope I can be an influence to others in the world daily as I come into contact. I hope to be more positive so I can help others as well.

May 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday- Mother's Day Series: Motherhood

Because She is a Mother


Elder Holland seems to always honor women, listen to this inspiring message HERE. I love Elder Holland and this is my favorite part of this message, 

  • "Moved by that kind of devotion and determination, may I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you. He knows that your giving birth to a child does not immediately propel you into the circle of the omniscient. If you and your husband will strive to love God and live the gospel yourselves; if you will plead for that guidance and comfort of the Holy Spirit promised to the faithful; if you will go to the temple to both make and claim the promises of the most sacred covenants a woman or man can make in this world; if you will show others, including your children, the same caring, compassionate, forgiving heart you want heaven to show you; if you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do.
  • Sometimes the decision of a child or a grandchild will break your heart. Sometimes expectations won’t immediately be met. Every mother and father worries about that. Even that beloved and wonderfully successful parent President Joseph F. Smith pled, “Oh! God, let me not lose my own.”8 That is every parent’s cry, and in it is something of every parent’s fear. But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying. You have every right to receive encouragement and to know in the end your children will call your name blessed, just like those generations of foremothers before you who hoped your same hopes and felt your same fears." 

Motherhood

After watching this touching video, tears streamed down my face. I have the honor of a child waking me almost every night. It is good to know that I am not alone and to remember that many babies in the world, do not have that privilege. Motherhood is difficult, but so rewarding. 

This morning, my sweet son threw a tantrum for almost an hour. I did as always and attempted to ignore him, while wanting to just make it stop at the same time. I was rooting for him on the inside, hoping he would get over whatever issue he was struggling with and move on. Being a mother is more than nurturing, it is setting boundaries as well. Setting boundaries for momma and baby. 

I am thankful to be a mother. I am thankful to you, my readers! Leave a comment, send me an email with your thoughts. 




May 5, 2014

Video Monday: Mother's Day Series: Mothers and Daughters

Although I don't have any daughters of my own yet, I am a daughter to my Heavenly Father, my mother and mother-in-law. What a special bond mothers and daughters share. In my deepest sorrows, moments of physical and emotional pain, I have yearned for my mother to chase my cares away.

 A day I anticipated my whole life, full of anxious thoughts, worries and pain. I was going to be a mother. It was a scheduled time. I knew I needed my sweet love by my side, but there was a silent comfort that engulfed me, knowing that my mother would be close by to seek out the best care. And she was.

It didn't matter if it was a science project that I failed to mentioned until the night prior to deadline or crying over a broken heart, my mother has lifted me when the weight of world buried my happiness. Motherhood came naturally to her. My mother always made it look simple and never made me feel like I was in the way. She loves nature and the beauty of art. She gave us the opportunity to appreciate those things.

Thank you mother!




May 4, 2014

Mother's Day Series: Celebrate a Mother

I don't think just one day in each year can encompass the sacrifice that exists among mothers and those who mother. What a life changing event it becomes when a child is born to a parent. A child who was with our Father in Heaven just moments prior. A child who is here on this earth in our care. Motherhood is transforming, a process that includes all weaknesses laid out in front. Motherhood has taught me respect for all mothers, including my dear mother. It has taught me patience and a greater perspective that this life isn't all there is to living! That this life is a time to prepare to meet the ultimate example of parenthood, our Heavenly parents.

What a blessing it was to watch the dedication of the Ft. Lauderdale Temple today. I was uplifted and fed spiritually, but also filled with gratitude for all those who prepared and worked so diligently to make those services possible. The gospel is real. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. We believe in Eternal life, living forever with our families, which isn't automatically inherited. We believe that physical death does not break the bonds and relationships we work so hard to build on earth.

I challenge you to watch this video about the life of Mary, the very mother of Jesus Christ. What an exemplary mother she was, knowing that her Son would face such unimaginable suffering in His short life.



Be inspired today! Inspire others and appreciate a mother that may be around you and all mothers this week!!!
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