Saturday, September 26, 2009
"[That which] we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: 'tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price up its goods" -Thomas Paine (An American Crisis)
Patricia Holland promised in "A Quiet Heart"
Patricia Holland promised in "A Quiet Heart"
Believe me when I tell you that God is a God of
goodness, mercy, and justice. Ultimately, he
cannot treat his righteous children differently.
Whatever blessings you have gone without will
be made up to you in divine and glorious
fashion. I give you every assurance, they will be
made up to you to the point where you will not
be confident that God treated you fairly but
embarrassed that he treated you so very generously.
"God knows how to give good gifts to His children. As a loving Father, He will not give His child a stone if He is asked for bread. Always, the gifts are given in His own due time; if we are required to wait for some blessings, or even do without some blessings here on earth, we can look forward in faith knowing that our righteous desires will be fulfilled."
-Maria Covey Cole (Contentment)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
My grandma gave me this amazing book titled "Contentment, Inspiring Insight for LDS Mothers" by Maria Covey Cole and I love some of the little quotes that are in it so I'm going to post them on my blog... This is one about comparing yourself to people.
Spencer W. Kimball and Harold B. Lee were
close friends. They went into the Quorum of
the Twelve just a few weeks apart. President
Kimball said he always admired this friend so
very much; in fact, he almost envied President
Lee for his talents. He took every occasion to
tell President Lee how he felt. Often he would
say " Harold, I wish I could play the organ as
you do." "harold, you speak so well. I wish I
could so as well." "Harold, you can see the gist
of a problem in such a short time. I wish my
mind were so clear." Then, related President
Kimball, in one of their weekly meetings in the
temple President Lee made a fine presentation
to the other members of the Twelve. As they
walked out of the temple together, again
President Kimball turned to his friend and said,
"You did a magnificent job with your report this
morning. I wish I could do as well as you do."
"Well," said President Kimball with a twinkle
in his eyes, "I guess Harold had had enough. He
stopped, put his hands on his hips and looking
me straight in the eye, said, "Spencer, the Lord
doesn't want you to be a Harold B. Lee. All he
wants is for you to be the best Spencer W.
Kimball you can be." 'With a smile on his face,
President Kimball said, "Ever since then I have
just tried to be the best Spencer W. Kimball I
"All the Lord asks of us is to be the best we can be with what we have...As Spencer W. Kimball was taught, a copy is never as valuable as the original. Each of us is an original made by God, and we diminish ourselves and our Maker when we question our worth." ("For Such a Time as This," The best of Women's Conference, 17-18, Norma Ashton, wife of Marvin J Ashton)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
As many of you know, Ava Kate has officially been born! Yay, she was only 6 days late :). She was born September 3, 2009 at 1:35 am. She weighed in at a healthy 9 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches. And she's adorable! So, here's the story. I actually went into labor around 4 pm Wednesday while at work. However, I wasn't completely sure because the contractions weren't too bad and since I hadn't had any braxton hicks, I thought these might be them. But..just to be safe I decided to go over to my parent's house so I wouldn't be home alone for 2.5 hours before James got home from work. Around 5, mom and I decided to start timing my contractions and they were about 3-5 min apart, but I was so paranoid about going to the hospital and being sent home that I was going to make sure I was in labor before driving to the hospital. Around 5:30 they actually started to hurt...pretty bad, so mom said, "We're going to the hospital!" I was admited just after 6 pm, but they were so full that I had to wait in the hall until they had a triage room open. P.S. James didn't arrive to the hospital until conveniently I was getting the epidural, therefore he missed the "hard part". But don't worry he makes up for it a thousand times over later on in the story....So by this time I had mom, dad, and James as my support. We then waited for about 5 ish hours during which they broke my water and there was meconium in it. Also, my Dr. was out of town... I pushed for two hours and then once she started crowning they called in the Dr. and the NICU (because of the meconium) and then it just took one push to get her head, and then the next push and out came her body! easy peasy japanesey! James cut the cord and NICU cleaned out her lungs. As for me I had a 2nd degree tear (no episotomy) and developed a lovely rare complication (as in so rare my Dr. hasn't seen one in over 15 years) that we call helga the hematoma. (there's a lot more to the story, but this is a novel already) Here's where James turns into superman...I have been bed ridden for the past 16 days and for the first week James took care of two babies (Ava Kate and myself). I also have to thank my neighbors, Ashley, my mom, and grandma for all their help. I'm still recovering, but thanks to a priesthood blessing I received in the hospital, and the enabling power of the atonement of Christ I was and have been able to take care of Ava Kate since the day James had to go back to work. And there ya have it, and believe me that's the abridged version. Also, thanks to Annika for taking amazing pictures for us. If you want more e-mail me.