Thursday, December 31, 2009

Call to Action

Many have heard of the Health Care Reform Bill. Do you know what's in it? The bill is supposed to make health care affordable to all US citizens. From the research I have done, this is not the case. What this bill really does is chip away at our precious constitutional freedoms. It also chips away at our pocketbook. Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General, and 9 other State Attorney Generals are working together to check in to the legality and constitutionality of this bill. We often say to ourselves, "what can I do?" What we can do is make our voices heard. History shows us that citizens must stand up and fight. We can no longer just stand back and hope that our elected leaders will do the right thing. Those elected leaders that are voting "for the people" need to be supported. Bob Bennett has a petition to help stop the Health Care Reform bill. Find out for yourself what is in this bill and others. Decide for yourself if what is being passed is good for our country. Does it support our constitution? If you feel inclined, sign the petition and think about becoming a delegate for your state.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Planning for a new year

This coming year, I am hoping to fulfill three main goals, maybe four, I'm still thinking about exactly what I want these goals to be. There is one goal, a family one, that Brent and I are already working on. It is to strengthen our home by doing things that allow the Spirit to be in our home as often as possible. We have already seen a huge change happening. I recently learned of the Peck family. They live in Tooele Utah and hosted two teens from the UK for a show called, "The World's Strictest Parents." (warning, BBC does not edit swearing and such in this video). I was quite impressed by the Peck family and wanted to learn more about them and their parenting style. I found out that Nicholeen Peck has a website, Teaching Self Government, and recently came out with a book called, "A House United, Teaching Self Government." I am still learning how to implement self government in our home, but already it is making a huge impact on our family. We had an appointment set to take one of our sons to see a sought out child phsychiatrist (or is it psychologist?). We set this appointment months ago but don't feel the need for it any longer. Our home has a great deal less stress going on and my children are learning to work together and get along with each other. I have tried many systems of discipline, some have put me on the right path, this one seems to combine the best of many programs.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


It was a lovely Christmas. Mckenna was the most fun. Her shocked little face and the stuff that came out of her mouth like, "so pretty," "oh my gosh," "it's my princess." Mailaya telling me quietly that her favorite gift was the treasure chest that Kellie got for her. Kellie enjoying every moment of the other kids opening the gifts that she spent so much time thinking up for them. All of the kids really tried to find gifts that the others would find so special. Connor anticipating all month for me to open my gift from him so I could add it to my Christmas village. Jacob trading in his sugar candy for sugar free. It really was wonderful. I walked past Karlyn's bed last night and watched her little face while she was sleeping. So perfect and peaceful. I am so blessed.
I can remember so clearly the Christmases without children. We tried very hard to find the perfect gifts for my brother and our neices and nephews. It was fun, but there was a hole in our hearts that has now been filled with having children. Parenting can be very difficult at times. There are so many ups and downs. Sometimes I wonder about my kids. Are they going to be happy? Are they going to be active in the church as they get older? Are they going to want to be around? I hope it is yes to all three questions.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

One more calendar page!

I have to post one more page. It's one of my favorites.

I FINISHED the calendar!!!

I had until midnight yesterday to finish the calendar. I finished just under that, PHEW!!! Brent and I are keeping it simple for each other this year. I wanted to make sure that I did something special for him. He is always so thoughtful of me. Last week, I forgot about our anniversary. He came home with roses and a wonderful gift and I still didn't realize it was our anniversary (embarrased laugh).