Mallory's nursery did the cutest thing today. Their teacher sister Stoffer's (who is amazing!) had costumes for the kids and they all dressed up and did the nativity for the primary kids. It was really cute!!
Mallory LOVES her dolls! She walks around all day saying "wrap baby" (wanting me to wrap her baby in a blanket)..."shhh, baby's sleeping", "hug baby"....
She rocks her baby on the rocking chair for like 15 minutes at a time just singing(babbling) to her. She puts her on the piano bench and plays her baby music. Her dolls have assigned blankets and names...it's really cute. I love having a daughter. Mallory will make a very good mother someday...she is very kind, loving, patient, and nurturing. I could learn from her:)
I read this on a friends blog and thought it was good...it's a letter written by financial guru Dave Ramsey...
I subscribe to a couple of online newsletters. One of them is from Dave Ramsey. He is a voice of reason in the very materialistic world we live in. He puts things into perspective and helps me exercise financial control. When I am tempted to buy something I don't "need," I think WWDRD? (What would Dave Ramsey do?)
I am including a letter he wrote in his December newsletter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
"No matter what your budget is this Christmas, remember to be thankful. Take a deep breath in the middle of all this craziness.
You might have a lot. You might have a little. If you are driving a beater, be thankful for that beater. You would rather drive that than walk, wouldn't you? There is always something to be thankful for.
That's what contentment is all about. When you understand and really grasp contentment, it becomes easier to save money and invest. Stress slowly disappears. Budgeting is easier. Relationships improve.
Be happy with what you have. More than three billion people, almost half the world, live on $2.50 a day. Sometimes we need a little perspective to become content with our current situation.
Without contentment, it's easy to be bitter and apathetic. Happiness is sold to us, especially during this time of year. We think if we can just get one more piece of stuff that "true" happiness will be right around the corner.
We say things like, "I'll be happy when I get that house!" or "I'll be happy when I get that new car!" But happiness cannot be bought. Sure fun—in the form of a house, a car, a new LCD television—can be bought, but fun is temporary. True happiness, or contentment, is lasting.
You can get out of debt, save money, and get on a budget, but until you realize that stuff doesn’t bring contentment, you will always feel stressed and unhappy. Contentment brings peace. And isn’t this time of year about bringing "peace on earth and good will toward men"?
Remember what this deal is all about. It's not about trees, lights, gifts, baked hams, and shopping malls. It’s about a little child who was born in a manger and grew up to die on a cross. It’s about peace on earth and good will toward men.
So if the Christmas frenzy is wearing you out, you've missed the point of Christmas. Make a plan with your money, and make a plan to get back in touch with the true meaning of this special day."
How's this for negotiations? Last night Tanner didn't want to take a bath (strange cuz usually he does). I told him too bad, so sad...that he would indeed have to take a bath. While I was bathing Logan, this note that Tanner had written me appeared under the bathroom door. In case you can't read it, it says, "Dear Mom, If you would let me go to sleep I would be happy to wake up happy, and if you would let me not go in the bath tub I would be happy to go to bed".....basically he was trying to negotiate not having to take a bath by saying he would go to bed right then and wake up happy:)...nice try...it didn't work:)
I saw this on my sister's blog and really liked it
If you see injustice, STAND UP If something needs to be said, SPEAK UP If you make an appointment, SHOW UP If you make a mistake, FESS UP If you’re overstepping, BACK UP If you get behind, CATCH UP If they knock you down, GET UP If you’re out of line, STRAIGHTEN UP When your boss instructs, KEEP UP When your elders speak, LISTEN UP When your teachers teach, SIT UP When your preachers preach, WAKE UP When your country calls, MAN UP Ladies too... WOMAN UP When the fight is over, MAKE UP If you’re being hard, EASE UP If your heart is closed, OPEN UP If you want to buy something, SAVE UP-- If you make a mess, CLEAN IT UP If you drop trash, PICK IT UP If a car is waiting for you to walk across the street, SPEED IT UP If you’re cold busted, GIVE IT UP If people fall down, HELP THEM UP-- If people start fighting, BREAK IT UP If the music is wholesome, TURN IT UP If the message is poisonous, THROW IT UP If your words are vulgar, CLAM IT UP If your words encourage, KEEP IT UP If your pants are baggy, PULL THEM UP If the belt’s too loose, CINCH IT UP If you’re dressed half naked, COVER IT UP If you can’t afford stuff, PASS IT UP-- If you made a promise, you BACK IT UP And you can take your whining and PACK IT UP It’s called personal responsibility, so TAKE IT UP When life gets boring, you SHAKE IT UP When life is good, you SOAK IT UP When life’s unfair, you SUCK IT UP When life is funny, you can YUCK IT UP When life is sad, just LOOK STRAIGHT UP
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"You likewise will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of these meaningful and significant things. Some of them may be funny. Some may be of significance only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." Gordon B. Hinckley was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was delivered on 31 October 2006.
Train up a child in the way he should go...
...and he will not depart from it.
Mallory and Preston's Blessing Day
Babies at 3 weeks old
Tanner loves animals, trucks, dinosaurs, chocolate, the color blue, dogs, pretending he's a firefighter, helping daddy mow the lawn, and hugs!
Our Little Stud Muffin!
Logan loves reading books, telling stories, helping mom clean, the color green, healthy foods, playing at the park, writing words, drawing, and hugs!
Logan and Tanner
Our Sweet Mallory!
Mallory is calm and happy with a peaceful disposition. She is cuddly and precious and doted on by her parents and brothers
Preston is all smiles and is such a joy! He is laid back and lights up at the smallest thing. He is independent and full of energy and loves his mama!
Preston and Mallory
"Twins are a gift from heaven above...two by two they come wrapped with love"
Mother and Daughter...pure joy
Mallory is the daughter I prayed for and always wanted...I am so grateful to share my life with her as my daughter