Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Christ Centered Life

By Michelle Sim
The Savior Serves Us

Jesus Christ is the Son of God our Savior and Redeemer who died so that we may live again.
Let us not forget that Jesus Christ not only died for us but he LIVED! - For us- to serve us, to love us, to teach us.
What would Christ’s redemption be without an example to follow?
The scriptures say Jesus “grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him."
President Monson described the way he lived best and said:
Baptized of John in the river known as Jordan, [Jesus Christ] commenced His official ministry to men. To the sophistry of Satan, Jesus turned His back. To the duty designated by His Father, He turned His face, pledged His heart, and gave His life. And what a sinless, selfless, noble, and divine life it was. Jesus labored. Jesus loved. Jesus served. Jesus testified. What finer example could we strive to emulate? Let us begin now… to do so. Cast off forever will be the old self and with it defeat, despair, doubt, and disbelief. To a newness of life we come—a life of faith, hope, courage, and joy. No task looms too large; no responsibility weighs too heavily; no duty is a burden. All things become possible.
John 10:10 reads “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”
Jesus Christ has given us a path through his example and when we follow this path we can live life more abundantly and find the true beauty, joy, and blessings of life on this earth.
Although Jesus is not on the earth now he has given us the Holy Ghost to guide us in his teachings:
 Again in John we read “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26), and “he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).

Following the Savior

Little Mitt Neilson in his Primary talk last week said the Wise Men followed a star to Jesus.  A star is like a light and if we follow the light of Jesus we will never be lost.

The most joyous times in my life are when I follow the Savior.  I have realized that the principles we call small and simple such as reading the scriptures, praying daily and serving others are truly the great and mighty principles that if followed regularly will bless our lives beyond measure.  These principles allow the spirit to dwell in our hearts giving us constant guidance, support and love.

Elder L Tom Perry shares an experience he had right after the peace treaty was signed for World War 2 he was among the first wave of marines to go ashore in Japan as occupation troops.  Seeing the destruction of the city was one of the saddest times of his life as part of the city was completely gone and some of the dead had not yet been buried.  This gave Elder Perry and some of his companions the desire to do more.  During their time off he and the other soldiers helped rebuild some of the Christian churches so that they may hold Christian services again.  They found the ministers and encouraged them to return to their pulpits.  Elder Perry Continues “We had a tremendous experience with these people as they again experienced the freedom to practice their Christian beliefs.  An event occurred as we were leaving Nagasaki to return home.  All the marines were ready to board the train that would take them to their ships to return home.  Some of the marines started to tease my companions and I, these marines had their girlfriends and were saying their goodbyes- they laughed at us saying we had missed the fun and wasted our time laboring and plastering walls.  Just as they were at the height of their teasing up over a little rise from the train station came about 200 of these great Japanese Christians from the churches we had repaired, singing Onward Christian Soldiers.  They came down and showered us with gifts then they all lined up along the railroad tracks and as the train just started to pull away we reached out and touched the tips of their fingers as we left.  We couldn’t speak, our emotions were too strong but we were grateful that we could help in some small way in reestablishing Christianity in a nation after a war.” 

This story touched me deeply as Elder Perry and some of his marine companions saw a need and took action to fill it.  They sought nothing for themselves, only for the people of the community and had faith that by rebuilding these churches it would help bring people unto Christ again.  And what greater reward can we receive from service than heartfelt gratitude by those we have served.  When Elder Perry spoke of the marines teasing them at the train station it made me think about the times in our lives where maybe we have been teased or made fun of for doing what we feel is right or good.  Maybe we have even felt embarrassed at times for believing in God and hesitant to show our devotion to his teachings.  This reminded me of a talk President Monson gave last year called Stand in Holy Places (and this is a fantastic talk I wish I could read the whole thing) he says:

It may appear to you at times that those out in the world are having much more fun than you are. Some of you may feel restricted by the code of conduct to which we in the Church adhere. My brothers and sisters, I declare to you, however, that there is nothing which can bring more joy into our lives or more peace to our souls than the Spirit which can come to us as we follow the Savior and keep the commandments. That Spirit cannot be present at the kinds of activities in which so much of the world participates. The Apostle Paul declared the truth: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”4 The term natural man can refer to any of us if we allow ourselves to be so.

I know that there is no greater peace or comfort that can come over us than when we are following the Savior and what better time to begin or to do better than this Christmas season.

Continuing another talk Pres. Monson gave at the Christmas Devotional last year he says
(President Thomas S. Monson, 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotional):
“When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.
 “There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.
“Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.
“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
“Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.”

 As Jesus taught the people of Israel and all around he found there were so many to teach that he, even being Jesus Christ, could not teach all of them and so he appointed some of his most faithful disciples as apostles to spread his work and glory.  Today we too are like the Disciples of Christ in his day.  There are so many who have yet to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and feel his spirit.  President Spencer W. Kimball with the Doctrine and Covenants says “We are ‘to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite [others] to come unto Christ’ (D&C 20:59), as the Lord said in his revelations.  Your testimony is a terrific medium.”  As we testify of Christ and his gospel we will find a closer connection to our father in Heaven along with those we have shared the gospel with.

The Savior Knows Us

Brothers and Sisters I would like to testify to you today that our Savior knows each and every one of us.  There are those who may feel abandoned by their family or friends maybe because of religion, lifestyle choices, hard heartedness and the like but as Our Savior said:
“For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee…I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands…1Ne 21:15
The Lord knows each of us.  He has proven this to many of us even when maybe we weren’t looking for him.  I have shared this story with some of you and it is a very personal experience I had but I felt inspired to share it with you today. 
  A little over four years ago I was pregnant with our 4th and likely last child.  We were excited to go to the ultrasound as we already had 3 beautiful and healthy girls and thought maybe this one would be a little boy.  My husband is the last living male in his family and we had hopes of carrying on his name (and let’s face it he needs someone to wrestle with too).  As you probably know we found out at the ultrasound we were having a healthy little girl.  We didn’t say much and went on our way home.  I did not call my family to tell them the joyous news of our healthy baby instead I stayed in feeling sad and in a way that I had let my husband down. 
  The next day my dad called me and asked how I was.  I said I am doing better today.  He said Oh, I am sorry I didn’t know you were not doing well.  I hear you are having a baby!  He said.  I started to cry a bit and said yes a girl.  He said I need to tell you something.  Last night I had a vision, a premonition if you will.  I saw your baby girl and she is amazing.  The Lord chose her for your family and she’s very excited to come but she needs to know she is loved because she can feel that, she is very choice and is like to our family as Nephi was to his family.  You must teach her to pray so that she will know and remember her Father in Heaven and her purpose.  She is a great spirit.  I just cried the whole time and thanked him greatly for sharing that with me.  My dad said he has never had a feeling like that about a grandchild before, and knows she is of great importance.  With that I got over myself and was ready for the baby to come. 
  I gained a great testimony of many things from that experience.  One of which was that God knows me and my child coming to this earth.  God did not have to share those things with my dad and with me, I obviously wasn’t asking for it, he just did it and this testified to me that God knows us loves us and has nothing but the greatest desire for us to be happy.  I may have been human for a moment and forgot the importance of all his children, but he did not forget.  And now I will never forget.

Lucy Mack Smith said “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction that we may all sit down in heaven together.”
The Holy Ghost is sent to you and to those you care for. You will be strengthened and yet inspired to know the limits and extent of your ability to serve. The Spirit will comfort you when you may wonder, “Did I do enough?”
What greater example did Christ show us than that of service?
I love Christmas stories and a few years ago some good friends gave our family a Christmas story that I would like to share with you.  It is called “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect”
They say that deep in the forest the evergreen trees whisper to one another the older ones telling the younger ones why they will never be perfect.  They will always have a bent branch here a gap there.  But long ago evergreen trees were perfect.  Each one took special pride in branches that sloped smoothly down from pointed top to evenly shaped skirt.  This was especially true in a small kingdom far away.  Here the evergreen trees were the most beautiful of all.  Each year as Christmas approached, the Queen’s woodsmen would search the royal evergreen forest for the most perfect, most beautiful tree.  The one chosen would be cut and set up in the center of the great hall and there it reigned in honor for all the Christmas celebrations. 
Out in the hushed forest every evergreen hoped for this honor.  Each tree tried to grow its branches and needles to perfection and strained to have the best form and appearance.  One tree, Small Pine, promised to be the most beautiful of all and as a seedling had listened careful to the older trees who knew what was best for young saplings.  Everything about Small Pine, from its deep sea green color to the curling tip of its evenly spaced branches was perfect.  There were even jealous whispers from the other trees.  Small Pine paid them no mind, it knew that if one did one’s very best, what anyone else said didn’t matter.
One cold night, a little gray rabbit came hopping as fast as he could through the snow into the grove of evergreens.  The rabbit’s furry sides heaved in panic frantically searching for cover from the howling wild dogs that were quickly approaching.  The dark, cold trees lifted their branches from the snow and frowned.  They did not like this interruption of their quiet evening when growing was at its best.  The rabbit circled again frantically and then Small Pine’s heart shuddered.  When the terrified rabbit ran near, Small Pine dipped its lower branches down, down, down to the snow.  And in that instant before the wild dogs broke into the grove, the rabbit slipped under Small Pine’s evergreen screen.  He huddled safely among the comforting branches while the dogs galloped by and disappeared into the forest.
In the morning the rabbit went home to his burrow, and Small Pine tried to lift its lower branches back up to their proper height.  The branches had been pressed down too long through the night.  Oh well, Small Pine thought, no matter.  Perhaps the woodsmen wouldn’t notice a few uneven branches near the ground in a tree so beautiful.
Several days later a terrible blizzard lashed the land.  A brown mother wren had become lost in the storm.  With feathers so wet she could barely fly, she went from one large evergreen to another looking for a shelter.  But each tree she approached feared the wren would ruin its perfect shape and clenched its branches tight, like a fist.  Finally, the exhausted wren fluttered toward Small Pine.  Once more Small Pine’s heart opened and so did its branches.  The mother wren nestled on a branch near the top, secure at last.  But when the storm ended and the bird had flown away, Small Pine could not move its top branches back into their perfect shape.  In them would be a gap evermore.
Days passed and winter deepened.  The deer in the forest could not reach the tender ground moss, which they ate to survive.  One little fawn had wandered away from his mother.  Now he was starving.  
He inched into the pine grove and noticed the soft, tender evergreen tips.  He tried to nibble on them, but every tree quickly withdrew its needles so the tiny deer teeth couldn’t chew them.  Thin and weak, he staggered against Small Pine.  Pity filled the tree’s heart and it stretched out its soft needles for the starving fawn to eat.  But alas, when the deer was strong enough to scamper away, Small Pine’s branches looked very ragged. 
Small Pine wilted in sorrow.  It could hear what the larger, still-perfect trees were saying about how bad it looked.  Small Pine knew it could never hope for the honor of being the Queen’s Christmas tree.
Soon the good Queen came with the woodsmen into the forest to choose the finest tree for their Christmas celebration.  As the royal sleigh drawn by two white horses slowly passed through the forest, her careful eye scanned the evergreens.  Each one was hoping to be the royal choice.
When the Queen saw Small Pine, a flush of anger filled her.  How could such and ugly tree with so many drooping branches and gaps be allowed in the royal forest?  She decided to have a woodsman cut it to throw away and nodded for the sleigh to drive on.
But then….she raised her hand for the sleigh to stop and glanced back at the forlorn little pine.
She noticed the tracks of small animals under its uneven needles.  She saw a wren’s feather caught in its branches.  And, as she studied the gaping hole in its side and its ragged shape, understanding filled her heart.
“This is the One” she said, and pointed to small Pine.  The woodsmen gasped, but they did as the Queen directed.
To the astonishment of all the evergreens in the forest, Small Pine was carried away to the great hall in the castle.  There it was decorated with shimmering, silver stars and golden angels, which sparkled and flashed in the light of thousands of glowing candles.  The Queen’s family and all the villagers danced and sang together around Small Pine.  And everyone who danced and sang around it said that Small Pine was the finest Christmas tree yet.  For in looking at its drooping, nibbled branches, they saw the protecting arm of their father or the comforting lap of a mother.  And some, like the wise Queen, saw the love of Christ expressed on earth. 
So if you walk among evergreens today, you will find, along with rabbits, birds, and other happy living things, many trees like Small Pine.  You will see a drooping limb, which gives cover, a gap offering a warm resting place, or branches ragged from feeding hungry animals.
For, as have many of us, the trees have learned that living for the sake of others makes us most beautiful in the eyes of God.
(The end)

Jesus Christ saw the beauty, joy, and satisfaction in living for others.  I am grateful for my Savior not only for his redemption but for his life.  I testify that our Savior lived for us, he knows us, and there is no fuller life we can live than that of following our Savior.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation

Divine Design of Motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation
By Michelle Sim given 6/13/2010

There are some lines attributed to Victor Hugo which read:
“She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness.
‘She hath kept none for herself,’ grumbled the sergeant.
‘Because she is not hungry’, said a soldier.
‘No,’ said the sergeant, ‘because she is a mother.’”
Elder L. Tome Perry said, “I believe it is by divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation.”
We learn from this that mothers are designed to nurture and teach the next generation.  And I think not only that, it is imperative for us to do so.
But how do we go forth in teaching our children, and knowing what is best for them?

-Mothers Intuition-
I remember many years ago my mother teaching me about intuition, more importantly, mother’s intuition.  She taught me that as mothers we do have a special connection with our children-in knowing what they need and what is best for them.  Mother’s intuition partnered with the Holy Spirit can be a powerful tool in raising our children.
My brother was born with a kidney infection.  Through fasting, prayers, and a few miracles he made it home to us.  A short time later my mom had a feeling she needed to take him in, that he may have an infection again.  The doctor was a little cocky and did a basic test on him and said, no, no everything is fine.  But she knew what she felt and said NO you run a full test on him.  He rolled his eyes and agreed to do more testing.  He came back a short time later and said well, you were right he does have an infection again.  He never questioned her judgment after that.
I think many of us have had these experiences and we see how important it is to follow the spirit and what we feel inside.
In a two-year study conducted at the Birth and Women’s Health Center in Tucson, Arizona, researchers asked 100 pregnant women to predict whether they would give birth to a girl or a boy.  Women who claimed to have an intuition about the gender of their child made the right choice over 70 percent of the time.
“One of the interesting findings to come out of this study,” explains the researcher, “is that women who have a preference for one gender or the other don’t tend to have accurate intuitions.  The point is that there’s a big difference between what you want to happen and what your intuition tells you is going to happen.  When a woman really wants either a girl or a boy, her desire gets in the way of her intuitive ability.”
I think this can also relate, to what we want or hope our children will accomplish.  As mothers we naturally want the best for our children in every way.  We have many hopes and expectations for them to live up to.  Sometimes we compare our children to others children.  For many it starts early on-when will they start crawling?  So-and-so’s baby is already crawling and mine can’t even sit up yet and they are the same age.  When is my child going to read books with more substance?  So- and-so’s child is in preschool reading Pride and Prejudice and my 4th grader is reading Horrible Harry.
Of course these are silly situations but on some level I think we have all experienced these feelings.  However, we need to make sure that first, we never compare our children to others as they are so vastly different.  Second, what we want for our children and what is most important for them to accomplish should be guided by the spirit.
I read an article recently of a girl who graduated from NYU.  Her mother pushed for her to get into the best college she could, no matter the cost, and she thought they could figure out the money part later.  Now, her daughter has $100,000 in tuition and school debt and no way to pay it back and no end in sight.  If we are so focused on what we want for our children and go our own path we will miss important promptings and guidance from the spirit on what Heavenly Father wants for his children.

-God’s Children-
I had an experience recently that made me realize…although these are my children on earth and I cling to them as all my own, they are Heavenly Father’s children of whom I have stewardship over on this earth.  He has entrusted me-us as parents as mothers to rear his children, to teach them of him, of Christ, of Prayer, that they may remember him and have the desire to return to him.
Many feel afraid or nervous to have children in these latter days.  There is so much wickedness and obstacles for them to overcome.  But they need to come, to gain a body, and fulfill Gods’ plan for them.
It is clear from birth, children of today are naturally strong-willed, smart, eager to learn, and determined.  If they are given no guidance they will most likely be overtaken and fall from the wickedness we see around us.  But as women of today we have been set aside to raise the next generation just as they have been set aside to come to earth in these days.  And if we teach them by the spirit, nurture them, and watch over them, they will be mighty and they will be able to conquer all of the trials that come down their path and return with honor to their Heavenly Father.
I have heard our prophets and apostles many times speak about their experiences of childhood and their mother’s example.  From making plates of food for every widower in the ward, to teaching the importance of reverence and respect in our prayers to our Father in Heaven, what wonderful examples these women are to us in showing that diligence in teaching their children important values and principles, most times by example, can help these children come to do great things.

-Am I living how I want to teach my children?-
Elder M. Russell Ballard said, “There is no one perfect way to be a good mother.  Each situation is unique.  Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children.  The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family…What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else.”
Family A Proclamation to the World-“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve on another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live….by divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.  Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.   In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.”
Although we as mothers were born to fulfill this duty, it does not mean we are always going to know what to do in every situation, or always make the right decisions, or have all the answers.  Sometimes we will make mistakes, our children will make mistakes.   But when we fall we get back up again and tell ourselves I will do better.  I will keep trying. Through prayer and scripture study we will never be alone and we can always find the answers if we ask and search diligently.
I quote Elder Jeffrey R Holland: Like the woman who anonymously, meekly, perhaps even with hesitation and some embarrassment, fought her way through the crowd just to touch the hem of the Master’s garment, so Christ will say to the women who worry and wonder and sometimes weep over their responsibility as mothers, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith had made thee whole.”  And it will make your children whole as well.

Jacob 5:54 And, behold, the roots of the natural branches of the tree which I planted whithersoever I would are yet alive; wherefore, that I may preserve them also for mine own purpose, I will take of the branches of this tree, and I will graft them in unto them.  Yea, I will graft in unto them the branches of their mother tree, that I may preserve the roots also unto mine own self, that when they shall be sufficiently strong perhaps they may bring forth good fruit unto me, and I may yet have glory in the fruit of my vineyard.
The Lord did not graft into the natural branches, branches from a father tree, or a babysitter tree, or a government tree, he grafted unto them the branches of their mother tree that they may bring forth good fruit unto Him.
Elder L. Tome Perry said, “Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time.  They know that the influence of righteous, conscientious, persistant, daily parenting is among the most powerful and sustain forces for good in the world.  The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity, and their peace all find common roots in the teaching of children in the home.”

I testify that motherhood is a divinely designed role.  It is a great challenge, I know we will have to overcome many obstacles, but it is also a great blessing and service to our children and Father in Heaven.  I am grateful for my mother and her example to me, for teaching me the gospel and how to make right choices.  I know that if we follow the good examples of our mothers and if we live our lives in a way that will help the spirit to dwell with us always, our children will be greatly blessed.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Halloween Finally

 Jada was a kitty.  I bought an inexpensive "kitty ear" pack and luckily found this halloween outfit that had been hanging in the back of her closet to go with it the day of!
 Kya was a kitty too.  Fabulous yeah?
 Zoe was Padme from Attack of the Clones
 Mia wanted to be Neytiri from Avatar

We had a Halloween Trunk or Treat at the church.  And thank goodness because it totally rained.  We had carnival games inside and the children got to trick or treat down the halls.  It was a big hit!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicken Update: Dog Bites, Molting and More

Dog Bite
About a month ago I happened to go in the backyard right as I hear one of my chickens squawking like crazy.  Scanning our yard I see chickens fleeing away from our fence which then brought my attention to one of ours on the OTHER side of the fence where a DOG lives and it's flying frantically across the yard.  Then the dog leaps and catches the chicken right in his mouth!!!!  I scream and yell at the dog and he lets go and the chicken comes running toward the fence trying to get through.  It's Oreo, the mischievous one, what a surprise.  She finds a small opening under the fence and gets about half way under before getting stuck.  I frantically dig her out and can't believe she is still alive at this point.  Our neighbor's yard was covered in feathers.  I pulled her through the fence.  The bite wound was deep and her flesh was grotesquely torn and she had a limp.  I hoped for the best but expected the worst.  My daughters and I rushed to the store and got bandages and neosporine.  I doused her wound with it and covered it with gauze and then wrapped it around with that stretchy band wrap.  

 After a few days I couldn't believe she was still alive!  But her wound had turned a horrific bright green color.  I figured she must be doomed at this point but I'd give her a few more days.  After all she was walking and eating and foraging like normal.  The other chickens didn't even peck at her like they normally do.  They were actually being really nice to her.  I think the biggest help was when I poured hydrogen peroxide on the wound.  The green went away.  It cleaned it out, dried it up, and closed healthily.  She grew her feathers in over a few weeks and was back to normal!  I cannot believe how resilient chickens are!  

So here are my wound tips:  1)clean wound with soapy water  2)use neosporine and gauze bandage and wrap 3)replace bandages twice a day for 2 days 4) day 3 use hydrogen peroxide and let wound air out.  I think Oreo's wound turned green because there was too much moisture and the bandage wasn't letting it air out.  I am no vet by any means but this worked for our situation and there is no one around that wants to stitch up a chicken.

Broken Leg
A few months before that Oreo broke her leg, who knows how.  It healed all on it's own.  She limped for a few days, sat for a few days, limped some more and then it was all good.  It took a couple weeks to heal.  In the mean time I brought her food and water and moved her around the yard to be with the other chickens.  Apparently broken legs are somewhat common.
With our abundance of eggs I felt charitable and have been giving our excess away to friends and family.  Well, about a month ago I noticed an increase of feathers...all  over   the   yard    everywhere.  yeah they are molting.  (molting is when birds shed their feathers and grow new ones).  And did you know they molt for about 2 months?  And did you know chickens don't lay eggs when they molt?  Yeah, now I'm out of eggs.  When I was out of town my husband threw away our last carton because he left them out on accident.  I shoulda told him they'd probably be fine, but I figured we'd get more.  Yeah, not so much.  I miss my organic eggs soooo much.  Store bought ones are such a let down.  And I can't bring myself to buy the organic ones because they are 4 bucks.  So I guess this is a good lesson for me to keep my stock pile up for the fall.  They usually molt every fall, it's warm enough to lose feathers and there is still an abundance of food for them to prepare for the winter.

Pigeon is our brooder.  Brooding is when a chicken wants to hatch her eggs.  She'll sit on her nest all day and may come out once or so a day.  It's about a 21 day cycle.  Even if you don't have a rooster, they'll brood anyway.  She gets all fluffy puffied up and squawks around the yard when she finally emerges from the coop once a day.  They can brood about twice a year.  They do not lay and become a nest hog.  It's rather funny.  I usually bring her food and make her get out to drink water.  Brooding can be onset by a nest full of eggs or just the season or some are just more inclined to brood.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Point Gardens

We went to the Thanksgiving Point children's Discovery Garden.  I highly recommend this place.  They have added so much in the past few years and it is really cool.  They have $2 Tuesdays for the month of August so we definitely had to take advantage of the sweet deal.  In the front entry of the garden is a giant Noah's Ark fountain area and the kids can go in their swimsuits and cool off in the water.  With the deal this month it is super busy so you will get a wristband and time slot on when your kids can play in the water.  We arrived at 12:30 and our time slot was 3:40.  Bring lots of snacks and water and your camera.  We were there about 4-ish hours and didn't even get through all of the gardens!!
There is a wooden xylophone instrument area.  Very shaded with lots of benches to sit and rest on.
From what I have read Thanksgiving point has the largest man made waterfalls in the US.  There is a long pathway that wraps up and behind the waterfalls revealing many cool water spots.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Faith is knowing...

...I can return when my life ends on earth.  That's a big faith thing.  But why do I struggle with the little faith things?  Like asking the Lord for something and having faith he will answer.  Is it because I am afraid of disappointment?  Or I feel like I'm asking too much of the Lord?  Or asking for something he doesn't want for me?  Or asking for something so inconsequential he won't even dignify it with a response?  I guess all of those.  So how do you do it?  Make that leap in prayer and faith that says, this is something I want or need that I know is right and know the Lord will answer...

Jada's Two

Happy bday Jada June 25...sorry a little behind.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mia's Hip Hop Recital

Here's Mia's hip hop dance for the year, so cute "Air Force One and Vans" mix  called "Kixx" I don't know how to upload the video if anyone does let me know otherwise you can see it on my facebook wall, here are some pics!  Also she worked sooo hard the last two days practicing I am so proud of her!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cluck Cluck Cluck more from the Chicken Lady; so I've been dubbed by my family

Roosting on the garden boxRoosting on Joe's ghiaEggs!  The larger one had 2 yolks!Twins Basil!
Just some fun pictures I wanted to share.  I need to take a picture of the coop!