Monday, September 29, 2008

Have I done any Good in the World Today?

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things -- a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, or a penny dropped on a newsstand -- I am tempted to think...there are no little things. -- Bruce Barton

Be The Change

Do something "little" today to make a positive difference.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kitchen Trends?

So we have all seen the trend in Home Design where the kitchen is now the hustle and bustle of the home...they make them bigger, add on sitting areas, computer centers, butlers pantry...but I have just added the hottest trend...
a Lake...

What do you think? Nothing like alittle tip toe through a water on the way to the sink eh?
(thanks to my Canadian friends for letting me borrow your phasing)
That is what I found on my way to get a drink at around 3:33
(yes we know how we love times like that)
I woke up and remembered the alarm was on from me working all week...and thought I should turn it off...and then I felt alittle drink was in order...I guess in the long haul...I am glad...but it was not the most pleasant surprise @ that time of morning. DH and I wiped up the mess and quickly tried to figure out where it came from...but to no avail...So...part of my day will be figuring this we don't have any more trends like a Moat.
I think I would prefer to stay alittle less trendy....

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Do NOT Walk

You've seen it..the flashing sign reminding you to not walk. Do you ever wonder what the world would be like without this guidance? It seems like basic common sense so why wouldn't we all just "know". Why wouldn't all the cars just stop?
Common Courtesy is still possible...but do you practice it? (Inside and Outside of a vehicle?)

Has the world really gone so crazy that we need to be reminded to let another have a share the road...or to help someone along their journey? We now even have laws and rules about Road Rage..What is that all about? If we all follow the basic common sense rules filtered with a Christlike attitude...would we really need all the other reminders?

This holds true in all of our lives...We are told to we do it daily and with thankful heart or do we have to be constantly reminded? Do you think this is part of Heavenly Fathers Plan..or have our selfish ways her on earth made it so we need all these reminders?

Here is another example:

Be of good Cheer...are you? Miss Merrilee does the Dance of Joy...How do you Celebrate your day...your miracles...your blessings...?

So do you Wait...or Rush the sign is Blinking the message?

I have found that I have struggled to Wait...for the answers...for the guidance and the path is much harder...Patience, Obedience, Faith...all part of the great plan. To be able to have the Holy Spirit in your life is such a is like our own little blinking light...doesn't it feel amazing to have the loving support with even if your stuck, stop and look for the eternal will make whatever earthly sign, person or problem seem more bearable.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FX in the NEWS

Amazing Reasearch is being done regarding Fragile X and Autism.

Please check out the National Public Radio Story. Mike and Katie Clapp are totally amazing-they set up the FRAXA Foundation in hopes of raising money and awareness for Fragile X. Their son Andy is now 19 and is a Full-Mutation Carrier or Fragile X.

Click on the Listen to me at the top of the story or you can also read more about the research being done.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Golden Plates-This day in History

" The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion-the keystone of our testimony, the keystone of our doctrine, and the keystone in the witness of our Lord and Savior."

Ezra Taft Benson

September 22 is a date closely associated with the Book of Mormon. On this date in 1823. Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith at the Hill Cumorah and showed him the gold plates for the first time. He visited the prophet on the same date for the next four years until, in 1827, Joseph received the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. The primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to testify of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon changes lives as we learn of and draw closer to the Savior. The Prophet Joseph testified that "the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book"

What an amazing opportunity we have before us. We live in times that are troubled but we also have many gifts that have been restored for our days. If you are not familiar with the teachings of The Book of Mormon I challenge you to reach out and get a copy; Read, Ponder and Pray about what it holds.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Those are the words I heard today, from Skyler's teacher...He started at the current school back in January, and overall this is the best week he has had. He has been going all day, (minus a few minutes at the end mom picks him up) Something I never really thought would happen. Much of this is due to his wonderful teacher.


She is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She has a love for life, compassion beyond my comprehension, and the humor to keep life going. I was lucky enough to meet her before I officially moved here, and she confirmed to my heart that this is where Skyler would be able to grow and learn.

We are lucky to have her and the respect she carries in the school district, which made it possible to have an outside agency be the one on one with Skyler at school. People that he is familiar with, and can work with him through the year.

This year, Miss Tassie (such a sweet her), Nathan, and Rick (yes, yes I love them too).

Thanks to all of you who have helped Skyler meet such a great MILESTONE!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Bath Tub TEST

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized? 'Well,' said the Director, 'we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.

''Oh, I understand,' said the visitor.'A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the
spoon or the teacup.

''No' said the Director, 'A normal person would pull the plug.Do you want a bed near the window?'

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beep, Beep..Here Comes Karma

Do You believe in Karma?

I guess without really pondering...I have always thought of the it as a negative word.

As people talk...I am not sure if it is their voice or the actual words but when you hear, "what goes around comes around", it hasn't been a good thing. Here is a story I found which depicts another version of Karma...

A few weeks ago I missed my bus (actually the driver wasn't paying attention and drove past me!). It was really cold that day, so I went to this little diner a block from my bus stop while I waited for the next one. There was only one slight problem: besides my bus money I had a whole 35 cents on me and they didn't take credit cards. The waitress was super-nice and offered to buy me a cup of coffee, and we chatted a little while I was waiting.A week later I missed the bus again, but this time I had money so when I went to the diner and ordered some breakfast. I was able to leave that same waitress a 100% tip.I figured that was that. However, after I got onto the bus, this couple got on. They wanted 2 day passes, but were short fifteen cents and while the woman was digging for more change that she didn't have, the machine spit out only one ride pass. They sat down behind me and were lamenting on how one of them would get home that night, so I gave them the money they would need.I'm really glad I missed my bus that day.

This story has many points which could make someone turn angry, but as the story goes on her attitude changed. How many times I have spiraled with the negative instead of stopping and looking for a reason I needed to be there. I have grew up knowing the GOLDEN RULE...Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How would the world change with this one thing being implemented by people each day? This is a simple statement that can really pack a punch! I think Heavenly Father knew that many of his commandments might fall under this principle.

Heavenly Father works miracles. Many times he works through others to be able to get everything done. If we are lucky enough to stop and listen to the promptings we could be a light in someones day. So whether or not you believe in KARMA or not, I am sure that how we look at things and how we act or react could be an answer to someones prayers.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Music to my ears...♪ ♫ ♫

What a week, it has been busy and definitely had some challenging moments. Today is Saturday, you know a "Special Day", so I am trying to convince the kids cleaning is fun.

I recently bought Jim Brickman's Hope CD and I finally have a chance to listen to it. So far amazing. I love the word


doesn't it just make you feel good? Then if you add a few letters how much the meaning changes... (Hopeless) Kinda drags you down doesn't it? So spin a few different letters...

and you have HOPEFUL, there that is MUCH better!

What gives you hope?

Is it something serious, like faith or family?


Is it something totally distracting or funny?

Maybe a combination of the 2.

There are days, I feel the "less" word but somehow I go on...

I am lucky to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life...I always have someone to turn to...there is never a time I am truly alone. There are days, this is the only light that gives me hope!

My life is so much different than I ever expected that I have had to go through a process of almost like grief...then acknowledge the love and acceptance of a plan bigger than me. I think through this I found a sense of hope as well...I have wavered but I can say when I did my focus was not on Christ it was on myself or the world not on him as it should.

Here is a great scripture...

2nd Nephi 31:20 says:

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

The world does not hold the answer to all our questions as we would like but if we seek after these things...we can keep our hope alive.

More thoughts to ponder....

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
Pope John XXII

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Robert H. Schuller

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
George Iles

My desire is to have hope in my heart and to be able to share that with each of you as well.
May you be able to look beyond the mortal trials, believe in goodness-desire to share your faith-and know that Hope can be found.

Friday, September 5, 2008

What Flower R U?

I am an

What Flower
Are You?

You are a health conscious person, both your health and the health of others. You know all about the health benefits and dangers of the world around you."

I am not sure I totally agree with what Flower I am...but I have been trying to be healthier...and I do worry about others health...

So....the Get Healthier Quest continues....

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We Survived.....the first day of school

School Days...

School Days.....

Skyler ••••Morgan
3rd Grade ~~~1st Grade
Mrs. Brott •••••Mrs. Shirts
Mrs. Critchfield

The day started early for us...the kids had Physical therapy before school. So we were out the door by 7:30 am and on our way. Lucky for us we had clothes and backpacks ready the night before.

Skyler went first and did great job but when he decided it was time for school...he let the therapist know he had to go. I am glad that he was excited and not too the mom I was hoping this wasn't the calm before the storm. So Skyler and I left and drove to his school. The street was filled with cars, parents, kids and extra help from police and fireman directing people. We went in just like any other kid...He proceeded to the door right before his room and came to a stop. He said, "I'm Dead!" and didn't move. I didn't panic but went on in...and started talking...then the teachers daughter Lily came out and said Hi Skyler...and prompted him to come in...he was still reluctant but after a bit more prompting he went in and hung up his backpack. I was trying not to cheer yet...but inside I was beaming...He has made such big improvements from the first day of preschool. Miss Lily keeps talking to him and he was beginning to recognize some of the helpers and some of his friends from last year. He did it...made the whole school day...and had a great day. He made it down to his other class as well...what an amazing experience.

So back in the car I went...As I returned to the PT office. Morgan had been working hard and was smiling. She was taking turns with Miss Ellison as to what she would work on next. (she likes to be in charge) I let them finish up their therapy even though part of me was wanting to rush her to school so she wasn't late for her first day. So we jumped in the car and headed toward her school...(the exact opposite direction of her brothers school btw) I was worrying about how she would do since she didn't have a 1 on 1 with her this year. (moms love to worry) So just as we pulled into the parking lot my phone rang it was a lady wanting to know if Morgan was coming...(pretty popular isn't she...LOL) I said we are in the parking lot. We came in slowly. I felt some apprehension from her (more anxiety than anything). As we walked down the hall, she reminded me that there is Mrs Dean's room. (her teacher for Kindergarten) We walked in to all the kids sitting in a circle with the teacher and listening about Rules...we found her cubby (she had been worried she wouldn't have one) and she sat down. She was pretty good at sitting but still her eyes were taking in things all around her. I was glad that there are about 5 people from her old class mostly girls who she really liked who are in her class. I stayed about 45 min or so...and then I was kinda hard to leave. She had a good day too. She was really cute when she talked to daddy on the phone she said, I saw Mrs. Shirts today and she was really nice. She also informed me that there were alot of recesses. (the important stuff at school)

So we survived. We are hoping that our little ones will find their places and make new friends. So as my sweet dad loved to sing....

School Days...School Days...Good Old Golden Rule Days....


(let the games begin)