Monday, October 26, 2009

A Love Story

Want to hear all about how Zach and I met and fell in love? Listen in this Thursday at 1:40 PM EST on NPR. (I'll post a link to the podcast for those of you who can't listen live.)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Two Kids

Whats the difference between the two "kids"? One loves to eat vegetables and one loves to eat candy.

Yesterday we went to the North Carolina State Fair. Thousands of people drive from all over NC to participate in this annual event with its over sized pumpkins, barn yard animals, arts and crafts contests, and fried EVERYTHING! Not just fried dough or potatoes. You name it, we can fry it in the south: coke, bacon, Twinkies, candy bars, oreos, all manner of meats and vegetables, corn bread etc.

High lights of our venture included a dirt bike stunt show, giant turkey legs and watching David Hyrum ride his first roller coaster unassisted by an adult. Every time the little dragon came around the corner both boys were thrown forward.As a mother on the side lines I'm having second thoughts about putting my one year old on this semi-safe contraption.

David Hyrum still LOVES anything motor. He is thrilled to find tractors to sit on, school buses on the road, and all things construction. I'm guessing its a little boy phase but its lasted a good 10 months now. Gabe went through something similar and isn't completely out of it yet.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sgar and Spice

So we fed the missionaries tonight and I made them some pretty standard fare- spaghetti with home made meat balls, salad, and a cake with chocolate frosting. Nothing fancy, but it fills the stomach. But apparently mine is not the first or even second house they have sampled my deserts however. We gave a pie to the bishop's family a few months ago and then a pie to another family last week and where did these pies end up? Being served to these same elders. Does that say something about my deserts that people just want to give them away? Hummm.... I'll just have to come up with something really scrumptious that people can't bare to part with, any suggestions?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Snips and Snails and puppy dog tails

A package arrived in the mail the other day from Mom H.- Thanks Mom! Ain't it cute.

(The baby sweater is on top of one of Zach's sweaters. Our babies always look tiny when he holds them too.)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Shepherd in Israel

This month in the October Ensign there was an article by Elder Daniel L. Johnson entitled "Me? A shepherd in Israel." In Luke 15 Christ tells the parable of the lost sheep saying, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing." I immediately thought of Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 saying, "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;"
I love thinking of Christ as a shepherd figure watching over us and leading us in the right direction. He is not the only shepherd however. In Ezekiel 34 God is chastising His under shepherds for not doing a good job feeding His flock. Well, who are my sheep that I've been assigned? Those I visit teach, the girls in activity days, my family... Are there any that are lost? In our stake we have been specifically counseled to go seek after those that are less active this year and try to help them find their way back to church. A number of people came to mind and more have come across my path since.
"We are shepherds watching over Israel. The hungry sheep look up, ready to be fed the bread of life... Our task is to reach out to those who, for whatever reason, are in need of our help."
President Thomas S. Monson, Nov. 2006 Ensign
We invited a couple over for dinner a while ago where the husband is only partially enjoying the blessings of the gospel. He was at church this past Sunday with his wife and stayed for two hours, I'm not sure if that was in any way due to us but hopefully it helped. I've exchanged some emails with friends that have fallen away. Have they come back yet- no, but should I give up- no. I even found out that my OBGYN was baptized a member of the church but now no longer attends. What can I do for her? I think the key phrase is, "until he find it." It can't be a one time effort and must involve real love.
"May we remember our responsibilities as shepherds so that we can give a good accounting to the Lord regarding our stewardship over the sheep He has assigned to each of us." (Elder Daniel L. Johnson, same article)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I See the Sea

One of the reasons I love my husband is because he teaches our 3 year old words like:
Homonym. Do you know what a homonym is? If I am quite honest with myself, I had forgotten too. Homonyms are words that sound the same but mean different things and are spelled differently. For example:

Sea and See
Too and Two
I and Eye
Red and Read
So and Sew

You get the picture. Two that Gabe came up with on his own after Zach had explained it were:
High and Hi
Bye and Buy

Gabe wouldn't be able to spell them for you, but he knows they sound the same and mean different things. I wonder if he'll remember what a Homonym is on Monday.