Since the first day of school last August, we've all heard about this awesome girl in his biology class. For a while he didn't know her name, so we all referred to her as Biology Girl. He really wanted to bust out the return missionary confidence and ask her out cold turkey - but he had made a goal to not even date non-LDS girls. Man, was there excitement in the air a few weeks later when he saw a CTR ring on Biology Girl's hand.In the end Brian didn't need the single's ward, he didn't need institute, all it took was 4 science credits with a lab. Brian Blakley is engaged to Ann Van Beveren. They will be married August 23rd in the Las Vegas Temple. Congratulations you two!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Matt & Ashley went to Phoenix for the weekend to attend the wedding of a friend and relax. That means Ron & I got to play with two of the little people in our life.
I took him on this twirly ride twice. The whole time he would be screaming "I'm flying!" Charlie was again very content hanging out in the stroller.
For now, our limit is definately one toddler and one very content stroller rider.
Next weekend, little person #3 will be here!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Scott is hanging out with Brad, Kara, and Hallie and enjoying the sites and sounds of Tucson. This cute little girl will be running around, talking, singing, and have long hair when he gets back!
Week four will have us starting the power shopping for clothes and necessities...probably mixed in with a few visits to his favorite local places one last time.
The 'group' tradition of going to Geisha Steakhouse the weekend before he leaves...well, I might start crying, so I'll end this now.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
My New Year's resolution was to take harp lessons. There were some logistics involved, the biggest being I needed a harp. Finally, it's here. And I've started lessons. And I can play different variations of twinkle twinkle little star. Woo-Hoo!
This all started last summer when Jenn got engaged. She came in and said, "I'm getting married. Scott's leaving on a mission. What are you going to do?" This dawned on each of the kids as one-by-one they started asking me the very same question.
What am I going to do? Don't worry, I've got a whole list.
I've wanted to play the harp since I was first married. Wasn't even a remote possibility then. And I didn't know anyone in Vegas that played so I just thought about it. We spent a year and a half in Phoenix, and I knew there was a lot of harps there, so I thought maybe then I could look into it. But I was still really busy getting kids to and from seminary, school, practices, dances, parties, movies, friends' houses...
Seems now I have some time free'd up, time to dust off The List.
After some internet searching I found a teacher and bonus, she's close by. Researched all the various types of harps. Figured out what kind of harp music I really wanted to play, which determined which type of harp to get. Found out that you really can't even buy one here in town. The used market isn't very large nation-wide either, so buying one for half of the cost of a new one wasn't an option. Plus you need to 'play' it to make sure you like the tone, etc. Who knew every harp sounded different? Anyway, everything has fallen into place and I was able to get a harp and start lessons.
We'll just see how it all goes from here. But I'm pretty excited. I'll have to take a picture of my harp in my house and get it on here because it's prettier than the stock picture above. But for now, that's the latest and greatest.
Next up - witnessing the Aurora Borealis in person.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I had a great time at Women's Conference this year. My bible buddy, Raelynn, wasn't able to make it at the last minute so Jenn stepped in and went with me. I have over 15 pages of notes, but I'll try and condense it down to some highlights.
- Status quo is uninspiring - it's easier to inspire somebody to do something hard.
- Embedded within our spirit is the desire to become more like our Father.
- Awake and arise (make our lives a ministry) and come unto Christ (walk away from the world)
- Take a little more time to be a little more holy
- We are followers of Jesus Christ and we have loved him for a long, long time.
- D&C 25:10, how do we let the world go?
- What brings me the greatest joy, what are our highest priorities, how do I use my discretionary time, is there anything I should not be doing? Referenced Elder Scott's talk Ensign 5/01
- Allow time each day for helping others
- Leave time each day for prayer, scripture study
- We have God's love, it's our love for Him that remains to be developed
- Careful what you place in your daily pack, material possessions add weight to your pack but may not be for your good.
- Don't just give grandchildren things - but experiences that will bring them close to Christ.
- Begin and end with prayer
- use the hymns
- use quiet voices
- teach by example and training
- make it a house of learning
- make it a household of following ordinances
- Moses 1:39 - our job description
scriptures testifying of our day:
- Matthew 24:6 wars, rumors of wars; v. 14 gospel preached for a witness to all nations
- Timothey 3 perilous times, love of self, despisers of that which is good
- Alma 30:16 remission of sins not necessary, false traditions of the fathers
- Alma 30:18 hearts of many lead astray
- if satan can lead the hearts of women away from home and their responsibilities there, he will lead away the rest of civilization.
- 2 Nephi 28:3 eat, drink and be merry, v. 20 rage in the hearts of men (when something good, true is spoken, people get mad about what was said.)
- Alma 48:7, prepare minds of the people to be faithful
- Alma 48:8 errect places of resort (home, ward/stakes) Have you protected your home or lowered defenses and let the enemy in (mainly through media)?
- Alma 48:9 put most effort where you're weakest.
What do you do in your home to serve?
Making the MTC a review & not a revelation
- missions are hard (and wonderful at the same time)
- spiritual preparation is essential "Those missionaries that come from homes that have FHE, scripture study, and family prayer are far better than those who don't"
- Faith is the heart of missionary work
- Having a testimony of the Book of Mormon is essential
- Obedience is the foundation of missionary work. Be spiritually worthy, ready to work, obedient - the only 3 things you need to be a missionary - the Lord will make up the difference
- No obedience - no Spirit
- Obedience is best learned in the home.
The reality: more people are born in a day on the earth than joing the church in a year. Teach children the value of work.
- Willing heart + cheerful = multifunction service pill
- Promote family discussions
- Encourage children to learn another language
- Exercise together
- Encourage journal writing & note taking during meetings.
- Mail is like manna when you're away from home
- Do your children know how you feel about the Savior, temple, Joseph Smith? Don't assume that they know. Tell them.
- Include Preach My Gospel in FHE
- Help children to seek, recognize & respond to the Spirit.
Common threads that run through all women's lives:
- We all have lives with much to do - don't let important things pass you by, find joy in the journey.
- Adversity - our mortal life was never meant to be easy and pleasant. Scrapped knees and tears are part of our growth & development
- Service, love & kindness to others - pause and reflect on all you do. You learn through your own experiences.