Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Oh, how we need each other.  Those of us who are old need you who are young.  And, hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old.  It is a sociological fact that women need women.  We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Don't do whatever you like, like whatever you do!" 
-mary engelbreit

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I know i've posted this quote before, but i was thinking about it again tonight while i was putting Louise to bed.  Just before i put her in her crib she became very chatty.  She is only one so i'm not sure what she was saying but i thought of this quote and so i listened to her and talked back and we had a little conversation.  She went to bed happy.  i hope i will keep listening to her and never tune her out because to her it is important.  Also, I loved hearing about my husband's conversation in the other room with our four year old at the same time.  He asked "Daddy, why is money so important?" and my husband took the time to explain to him that money helps buy things we need but that he and his sisters are more important than money. Also, our two year old is good at reminding us we need to listen, not just with our ears but our eyes too and give her our full attention when she is talking. She says..."I have to tell you something..." and keeps saying until we get at her level and REALLY listen...and we actually find that she usually does have something very important to say.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

to give ourselves totally to another person, as we do in marriage, is the most trusting step we take in any human relationship. it is a real act of faith—faith all of us must be willing to exercise. if we do it right, we end up sharing everything—all our hopes, all our fears, all our dreams, all our weaknesses, and all our joys—with another person. -jeffrey r. holland

I remember reading this quote about the time we got married (and even years before that) but recently came across it again somewhere. anyways, it is so true. so so true. i'm so grateful for marriage. i'm so grateful for a way for two imperfect people to learn and grow together. it's hard, and it does take faith. and humility. and it is so so worth it. i remember when i was engaged and i was so incredibly grateful there was a way to make our relationship last forever and that was through marriage in the temple. i am still so grateful for marriage, it is truly ordained of God. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

the reason i posted this is because it reminded me that we rarely, well actually never, buy raisins. i'm not a big fan of them and neither is my husband. whenever we make cookies we almost always add chocolate chips.  our kids only eat raisins when they get them at nursery, grandma's house, or treats from aunt lynn:)  I forget how much our kids do like, maybe i should buy some just for snacks, however, i think i'll still leave them out of cookies;)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(traditional gaelic blessing)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace. We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up. And He always keeps His word." -President Henry B. Eyring

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the future is as bright as your faith.
-thomas s. monson

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

a normal day! holding it in my hand this one moment, i have come to see it as more than an ordinary rock. it is a gem, a jewel...normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. let me not pass you by in a quest for some rare and perfect tomorrow. let me hold you while i may, for it will not always be so. one day i shall...want more than all the world your return. and then i will know what i now am guessing: that you are, indeed, a common rock, and not a jewel, but that a common rock made of the very mass substance of the earth in all its strength and plenty puts a gem to shame. 
-mary jean irion
Whenever we go on walks, our 2 year old loves to gather rocks and put them in her pockets to bring home.  She loves the pink ones, white ones, gray ones, striped ones, speckled ones, and even the rock colored rock ones:)  When i read this quote i thought of her and her finding joy in each rock no matter how ordinary.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

President Thomas S. Monson, stated: “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.” 

Monday, March 3, 2014

“Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.” -David Ben-Gurion

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"what, therefore, may seem now to be mere unconnected pieces of tile will someday, when we look back, take form and pattern, and we will realize that god was making a mosaic. for there is in each of our lives this kind of divine design, this pattern, this purpose that is in the process of becoming, which is continually before the lord but which for us, looking forward, is sometimes perplexing."
-neal a. maxwell,
but for a small moment

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Joy is nondeductible; it is an addition to one that does not require subtraction from someone else." -Neal A. Maxwell

"Too much anxious opening of the oven door and the cake falls instead of rising.  So it is with us.  If we are always selfishly taking our temperatures to see if we are happy, we will not be." -Neal A. Maxwell

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too!" -anne frank.