Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankfulness

Get ready you guys, this week I have a lot to blog about, I just haven't done it yet, So stay tuned. But first since it is Thanksgiving I wanted to write about a few things that I am thankful for.
*I am so thankful for my husband, he works so very hard in a very stressful job, and makes enough for me to stay at home with my little ones. I love him dearly.
*I am very thankful for those people who helped him get to where he is today.
*I am thankful that he is a worthy priesthood holder, and can give father blessings.
* I am thankful for my kids, they bring so much joy, laughter, and love.
* I am thankful for my Parents for always loving me unconditionally, pushing me to do my best, Supporting me through school, This list can go on and on, I still look up to them.
* I am thankful for my Brother Tony and My Sister Tami, When we all get together we always have so much fun, I am thankful for that bond that I have with them.
* I am thankful for my Brother Ricky, always reminding me that someday we will be together forever.
* I am thankful for my Country and the People that protect it.
* I am so thankful for My Extended Family for the wonderful examples they have been.
* I am so thankful for my Calling in church, Being in the nursery, I love those children, they are so much fun and I enjoy it so much.
* I am thankful for the Church I Belong to and the Truth I feel everyday from it.
* I am thankful for so many things and most of all I am Thankful for My Savior and My Creator.
* I am also thankful for all of you guys, believe it or not your blogs can be very inspirational to me, So keep doing it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

FHE Idea- The Birth of Christ

Deseret Book
Family Home Evening Materials

Theme: The Birth of Christ


5 tips for successful Family Home Evenings
1. Pray. Pray about the needs of your family as you consider topics for home evenings, and pray as you prepare.
2. Prioritize. Make Family Home Evening a priority;
learn to say no to other activities.
3. Involvement. Involve everyone in the family;
help little children take part.
4. Commitment. Be committed and be consistent. Set a designated time and stick to it. Holding Family Home Evening on a weekly basis takes dedication and planning on the part of all family members.
5. Relax and enjoy it. The most important thing your children will remember is the spirit they feel in your family home evenings and activities. Be sure the atmosphere is one of love,
understanding, and enjoyment.

The Birth of Christ

Thought:
The most important event in the history of the world was the birth of Jesus Christ. From the days of Adam to John the Baptist—some four millenniums—righteous men and women looked to the day of His heralded birth. Prophets foretold the event, and sacrifices, symbolism, and signs portended His birth.
(Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ: Our Savior, Our God,” Ensign, Apr. 1991, 2)

Song:
“Away in a Manger” Children’s Songbook, p. 42.

Scripture:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
(Luke 2:11)

Lesson:
Invite family members to show with their fingers how many wise men came to see Jesus. Show a picture of the wise men with King Herod.
Ask why they think most people believe there were three. Have your family look for how many wise men are mentioned as you study Matthew 2. Read together Matthew 2:1–11 and discuss the following questions:

• Where was Jesus born and who was the king of Judea? (Verse 1.)

• Who were the wise men looking for? (See Matthew 2:2, footnote a. The wise men were not seeking just a “king” but the “Messiah.”)

• Why were Herod and “all Jerusalem with him” troubled? (Herod was a jealous king and didn’t want anyone else, not even a son, to take his throne.)

• Why do you think Herod really wanted to know where and when this “King of the Jews” was born? (See verse 16.)

• How did the wise men find Jesus?

• Where did the wise men find Jesus? (Invite family members to mark the words house and young child.)

Ask family members if they noticed the words manger or baby or any mention of the number of wise men. What does this tell us about the Christmas story as it is told year after year? Share the following statements by Elder Bruce R. McConkie:
“There came from unnamed eastern lands . . . an unspecified number of wise men. Whether they were two, three, or twenty in number is a matter of pure speculation.”
(Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:102–3.)
“It appears from Matthew’s account . . . that . . . the wise men came two or three years after the birth of our Lord. It was a ‘young child,’ not a baby, they were seeking; he was found in a ‘house,’ not a manger; and Herod ‘sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under.’” (Mormon Doctrine, 230.) Invite family members to look once more at Matthew 2:10–11 and mark phrases that show how the wise men felt about finding the young child. Have family members talk about how they would have felt if they had been the
ones who found the child Jesus.
(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The New Testament, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006], p. 6.)

Story:
The Wondrous Gift
(Spencer W. Kimball)
We set up the evergreen tree with its gleaming, brightly colored lights; we hang wreaths and bells; and we light candles—all to remind us of that wondrous gift, the coming of our Lord into the world of mortality.
We send Christmas cards to numerous friends and relatives, pulling back into happy memories the loved ones who have moved out of our immediate association. Like the wise men who opened their treasury and presented to Jesus gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh, we present to our loved ones things to eat and wear and enjoy.
Though we make an effort to follow the pattern of gift giving, sometimes our program becomes an exchange—gift given for gift expected. Never did the Savior give in expectation. I know of no case in his life in which there was an exchange. He was always the giver, seldom the recipient. Never did he give shoes, [socks], or a vehicle; never did he give perfume, a shirt, or a [coat]. His gifts were of such
nature that the recipient could hardly exchange or return the value. His gifts were rare ones: eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath to the lifeless. . . . His gifts were . . . light in the darkness, forgiveness to the repentant, hope to the despairing. His friends gave him shelter, food, and love. He gave them of himself, his love, his service, his life. The wise men brought him gold and frankincense. He gave them and all their fellow mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life. We should strive to give as he gave.
(The Gifts of Christmas, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999], p. 129.)

Activity:
Pass out Pictures of all the symbols of Christmas to the kids example: Christmas Tree, Color Red, Candy Cane, Star, Candle, Wreath, Gifts, Bell , Bow, and Santa . Have them go around the house and try to find there symbol(s) in the house. After they have found there Symbols ask if they know what they symbolize. Explain to everyone the meaning behind the symbols of Christmas.

* The Green Christmas Tree represents everlasting life and pointing heavenward.
* The color red Symbolizes the Savior’s Sacrifice for all.
* The candy cane Symbolizes the crooked staff of the shepherds.
* The star Represents the Bethlehem star marking the Savior’s birthplace.
* The candle Symbolizes the light of Christ, Our own inner Light.
* The wreath symbolizes the eternal Love, no beginning, no end. Love comes in full circle.
* The Gifts represents Giving, Sharing, Thinking of others.
* The Bell Symbolizes Rings to bring the lost sheep home.
* The Bow Represents Tied in the bonds of brotherly love.
* And Santa Clause, The Spirit of Christmas, Giving and receiving love, Caring, Sharing, Goodness, Cheerfulness, Happiness, Peace, Goodwill to all, Christ-like Giving.
(Kimberly L. Bytheway and Diane H. Loveridge, Tradition, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 89.)

Refreshment:
Make Sugar cookies and decorate them. Use cookie cutters such as a Christmas Tree, Bell, Candy cane, Wreath, Star, or Ornament and then ask the kids again what they Symbolize to see if they can remember what they were just taught.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Colbys Primary Program Day


We got some cute pictures of the kids. Didn't get any of Dereck he is always the last one to get ready.

Tate was so excited because he looked just like his brother and daddy, He finally fits in Colby's old suit.
Colby had his Primary program on Sunday, he had his part memorized for the last 2 weeks and as soon as he got up to the stand he forgot it all. Don't ya just love that. He did do a great job though his Grandma and Grandpa even came to see his big performance.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Payton at 4 months



Payton is getting so big, she can now roll over both ways she is so funny when ever she does it she gets so excited and starts kicking her little legs so fast. Her first word was Dada, it is her favorite word to say. All my kids said Dada before Mama, She is grabbing at everything she can get her hands on, She knows when mommy is walking away and lets me know that she is not OK with that even if daddy is holding her. She sleeps really good at night but I know that will change as soon as she starts to teeth. She is so ticklish and has such a funny giggle. She brings such happiness to our home. We all love her so much.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fun gift idea for Girls

I made these Tutu's for my nieces for their birthday. They are so easy to make. If you dont know how just let me know I will send you directions.

Been Tagged Again

1. Where did you meet your husband?
We met on a dance floor at college in Rexburg Idaho.

2. How long did you date before you got married?
5 months

3. How long have you been married?
Going on 7 years

4. What does he do that surprises you?
Well my husband is not a very creative person when it comes to romance but he does let me sleep in every weekend and makes dinner too. Which I really appreciate.

5. What is your favorite feature of his?
His smile if you have ever seem him he has the most perfect teeth.

6. What is his best quality?
He is a very grateful and humble guy, very thankful for everything we have.

7. Does he have a nickname for you?
Hunny

8. What is his favorite food?
Any of his Tanzanian meals, Rice and beans, Sakumawiki, Mandazies, Japati

9. What is his favorite sport?
Football and Soccer, He is really good at soccer, Very fast runner.

10. When and where did you first kiss?
On our 3rd date

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?
Go to the Temple and then out to eat. Or anything that involves us working on our house together.

12. Do you have any children?
Three little ones!

13. Does he have any hidden talents?
He is VERY good at math

14. How old is he?
Turning 31 this month

15. Who said 'I love you' first?
He did!

16. What is his favorite music?
He likes the good old school R&B, Phil Collins, Oldies, some country,

17. What do you admire most about him?
That he was able to overcome the hard life he had growing up, he suffered through some horrible things that no child should ever go through, And He found the church went on a mission went to college is a wonderful father and husband, that is one of the biggest things I admire about him.

18. What is his favorite color?
Green

19. Will he read this?
Maybe

20. Who do you tag?
Kim

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Witchalena!!!

The Trick or Treaters. If you don't know what they are then your Crazy.

Payton with her serious ladybug look.

Payton's Happy ladybug look.

The boys got a kick out of Daddy, He kind of looks like Prince with an Afro.
Trunker Treating, This was our car.



The loot they Got, But they only got to keep 10 pieces of candy and the rest they put outside for WITCHALENA. She comes and leaves toys for there candy and Guess what She came, they got these fun speed racer cars.





I wanted everyone to see what our House looked like on Halloween.