Friday, August 31, 2012

My Religion

Occasionally I mention things like "relief society" and "the temple" and "general conference" around here and it just occurred to me that some of you might not know what I'm going on about. So, just in case you are interested I thought I'd share a bit about my faith. 

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's a bit of a mouthful, but it means that I'm a member of the Church of Christ in these 'last' days. ("Saint" is used like it is in the New Testament, like when Paul writes to the "saints" in Ephesus.) It's also known as the LDS church (not the FLDS or RLDS... quite an important distinction!) and the Mormon Church.

Once I was a missionary in San Diego!
I believe that there is a God, our Heavenly Father, who listens to our prayers, and in his son Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Ghost, which is a gift you receive after baptism.

I also believe in prophets. Adam, Noah, Moses, John the Baptist, and the Apostles were just some of the prophets who talked to God either directly or through the Holy Ghost and received important directions for their people. They had power (and permission) from God to do important things like set up Temples/Tabernacles, record scripture, and baptize.

Here's a Temple! It's where I got married <3   
Right after we were married :) Can't believe it's been over two years!
I believe there is even a prophet today! The church is set up like it was back when Christ first organized it, with prophets, apostles, teachers, etc, as well as having churches and Temples. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He travels all over to speak to people but twice a year he and the other apostles speak in a "General Conference" broadcast to the world. It's awesome! And it's coming up in about a month!  

Relief Society is a worldwide society of women. It is designed for service, building strong families, and increasing faith. We meet every Sunday after our main service and Sunday School. The President of the Society addresses us in a worldwide Relief Society general broadcast each year, as well as online and in church magazines. I really love being a part of this.  

Here's me and some friends attending the yearly RS conference in SLC last year :)
I really love this church because through it I've come to know God and my Savior. I've been able to repent and change and become a better person. I love the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and hearing the counsel of living prophets because it helps me keep my focus in an increasingly complex society.

There's so many more things I should explain... like how the church was restored today, what the Book of Mormon is actually about, whether I'm voting for Mitt Romney in the coming election, etc, but for now I'm just going to leave you with this delightful picture of myself from when I taught school children in California about the Mormon Battalion:

"Yep... pretty sure I coulda crossed a few plains..."
And if you do have questions feel free! I'm not easily offended and I love talking about this, I just never know if people are curious or not.

If you'd like to check out the Book of Mormon for yourself, you can request a free copy here. You can also read and listen to the Bible and Book of Mormon online.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chubby Little Ninja

Judging by his kicking skills I think Isaac is going to either be a football player or a ninja!

(If you think this is fun you should see him at bathtime! We are soaked afterwards!!)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homemaking Epiphany

50s cook
A couple of days ago I had an epiphany. You could call it a revelation. I suddenly realized that if I want something done, I've got to do it myself.


I don't mean this in an angry I-have-to-do-everything-around-here! type of a way. (I have an extremely helpful husband.) But it really did dawn on me that if I really do want a clean home or delicious meals or a calm atmosphere at home, then it really is up to me to create that. I can't wait for someone else to do it for me.

Today I made a list of some good things I want to always have in my life. They include having a wonderful relationship with Brian, having a happy, well rested baby (and family!), dressing well and looking nice, service, a healthy body, a spirit-filled home, a clean home, helping my family financially through using my talents, lifelong learning, and constantly working on personal goals. These are things I'm committed to work on, and I'm the only one who can make them happen!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Another Video! (No spit-up surprise ending this time:)

Isaac is so cute! He's becoming more handsome every day. This video isn't the most exciting but there are a couple of adorable smiles at the end :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Green Smoothie Tip - How to use the chunky bits

Since my relief society's "healthy smoothie" activity on Saturday, I've been on an amazing green smoothie kick! They are (ahem) can be really tasty and I feel so good after drinking one. Sunday I made Brian and I a "Green Bananas" (Bananas, Kale, cinnamon, etc) for breakfast and this morning I created some cucumber-grape deliciousness.

My only issue with these is the texture. My blender doesn't get it perfectly smooth, resulting in a little chewing after each sip. Gross, right? The simple solution to this is straining it. It works really well and leaves the drink super-smooth. 

But then you're left with a few tablespoons of green mush... green mush that is probably amazingly good for me. I wanted to use it for something. After some experimenting, here are my top 3 ways to use up those chunky, mushy bits:
  1. Dip/Salad Dressing
  2. Soup 
  3. Pasta Sauce
With each of these you just mix in the "mush" with your regular recipe.

Today I had about 3 table spoons of mush, and mixed it with two dollops of ranch dressing. It is delicious, filling, and makes some nutrient-rich ranch!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Isaac is 2 months!

Yesterday Isaac turned two months! Time has flown by, but it feels like we've had him forever. He is so cute and chubby and getting more fun all the time.

Isaac at 2 months:

  • 14 lbs 2.5 oz (he was born 9 lbs 3.5, so he's on track!)
  • Still loves his baths, except now he splashes like crazy!
  • Isaac loves to smile. He'll smile back at us but also at himself in a mirror, sometimes at us without us smiling at him first, and sometimes at nothing at all.
  • He loves to look at lights and they seem to mesmerize him. (We're currently trying to encourage him to look out the window instead of directly at light fixtures.)
  • He likes taking walks in his stroller, but usually falls asleep after about 30 minutes.
  • He's rolled over a couple of times on his own.
  • Still hates tummy time.
  • Is now on a three-hour schedule (which mummy loves!)
  • Sleeps about 6 hours at night, then another 5 or 6 after eating (his record is 8 hours, but that didn't last long.)
  • He likes to grab things and sometimes puts them to his mouth (like a burp-cloth)
  • He sometimes talks to himself which is so cute. He's said "ma!" a couple of times and some other random sounds, but mostly it's "aaah" and "uhhgull".
Here's a side-by side of Isaac at 1 or 2 weeks and then at 7 week in the same outfit:
We couldn't even do it up!
And some more cute pictures we took recently:
I realized one day that I'd dressed to match Isaac so I had to take a picture!

Happy Birthday Melisa! And he's even waving!
Isaac is generally a happy little boy although today he got his 2-month vaccinations (three shots and some drops in his mouth) and he's been either deeply asleep or awake and very upset ever since :(
Hopefully they'll wear off soon!

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