Thursday, August 25, 2011


We are all familiar with the famous poem entitled "Footprints" in which a man is distraught about seeing only one set of footprints in his most troubled times. He feels the Lord has forgotten him and left him to wander by himself during those heart-breaking moments. The Lord then reveals to this man that not only has He been by this man's side, but He has carried him the entire way. Thus, the one set of footprints.

Tonight, I played with my children, and we made a lot of footprints. Some big, some little, some faded, some perfect, some smudged, some overlapping. It made me reflect upon the footprints we leave in our lives. Some are big, and have impacted a lot of people. Some are little, in that they aren't noticed or important, but still there. Some are perfect - we do something right! Some are smudged, and overlapping, and it is hard to tell whose footprint belongs to whom.

But no matter who we are, no matter our size, we are always going to leave footprints behind. My small children leave large footprints for me to follow. They forgive, they ask questions, they laugh and find joy in obscure things, they remind me to have FHE and family prayer, and they love unconditionally. Isn't this what life is all about? Relying on each other's footprints for guidance and direction, while trying to leave some of our own. But most importantly, looking for the Savior's footprints in our lives, and trying to emulate them.

Monday, August 22, 2011

We LOVE Preschool!

"Mom, you're not going to stay this time, right? You can take me in, give me a kiss, and then I can find my number all by myself, right?"

This is what Sariah was telling me this morning as we were driving to preschool.

I LOVE that she loves preschool. Am I sad? Nope ! She's ready, she's been waiting, and she loves to learn and play. Life is about growing up, learning, and playing. What fun would life be if you were 2 or 3 your whole life? I love that she loves life!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Buy a Bow For Ruby

Can you imagine what it would be like to have your 3 month old baby diagnosed with liver failure?

Can you imagine what it would be like to put your tiny baby on the transplant list, hoping and praying that someone else loses their life so that your child can be saved?

Can you imagine what it would be like to be at the mercy of fate/God/whateveryoubelieveasahigherpower and watch your infant child's life slip away from you and not be able to do a single thing about it?

Can you imagine what it would be like to have the spirit whisper to you that your now 7 month old's life here on earth is over, and to allow her to return to her Father in Heaven?

I can't.

But tonight, I can say a prayer for this sweet family.

I can buy a bow for Ruby.

I can give my two children an extra hug, and an extra kiss. Because I still have them. And I will thank my Father in Heaven one more time tonight for the gift they are to my life.

Friday, August 5, 2011

What would it be like to have twins?

Every time my niece comes to visit, I get a tiny glimpse into what it would be like to have twins. It interesting what the Lord chooses to bless us with. Some moms get blessed with twins, some with triplets. I personally don't know that I could handle twins, and I think that He knew that, so I have been lucky to have my two singletons!

I think that moms who have twins are given extra strength, stamina, creativity, insight, love, patience, tenderness, and compassion. They have to in order just to survive each day!

With Kenzie here, it was fun, time-consuming, frustrating, silly, rewarding, and something I would do all over again in an instant! And James loved having her you can see. They were quite the pair. At only 3 months apart, they were just the right compliment to each other!