Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOYS TO MEN

Kyler is one month away from moving up from Cubs to the Boy Scouts.  It's such a big deal...especially when it's your youngest!   I love that he has a great time at his den and pack meetings.  I appreciate all the leaders that have worked so hard to provide a nice program for Kyler and the other boys.  
 I will say that I was thrilled to be done with the Pinewood Derby!!! 
This is the 9th and final car for the House of Steve!
Kyler's Stats
2013 - 2nd Place
2014 - 1st Place
2015 - 1st Place
Congratulations, Kyler!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WHAT A YEAR!

Life is full of adventures!  Last year, Colton was about to turn in his mission papers.  I was excited and nervous all at once.  I couldn't wait for him to get out and serve since he wanted that so badly, but I was nervous.  I didn't know where in the world he was going.  I wasn't ready to let my baby leave the house and our communication would be limited to a weekly email.  By the end of March, he had turned in his mission papers.  
(the day the mission papers were turned in)
The wait began.  It was less than three weeks and the call arrived.  So exciting!!!  Our house filled with tons of people ready to hear the news....Canada Vancouver Mission, English Speaking.  (relive it here)  Well, the next few months passed quickly.  Colton graduated, 
(Goodbye, ACP!)
was ordained an Elder, went to the Gilbert Temple to take out his endowments
(Tony, Colton, Grandpa, Uncle Jean-Jacques)
 and we shopped for mission clothes.  
(this pile doesn't include the suits and extra pants!)
(again, the suits would be picked up later.....
now how are we going to get this all in his suitcase?!?!!)
Just after his graduation, I found out about Pathway through BYU-I.  (learn about it here)  I decided to sign up and had until September before I started.  During the summer I had such strong feelings hit me that I needed to really jump into volunteering full force! Yada, yada, yada.....I now work at Asher's school.  (Find the details of that here.)   Before I knew it, I was working 16.25 hours a week. I kept telling myself that I was finding more to do to help me not miss Colton.  I worked for a few weeks before we took Colton up to the MTC.  
(driving up to the MTC) 
(Saying goodbye at the curb)
I did surprisingly well.  After dropping him off we drove straight home.  By the time we were in Southern Utah, I was calm, but so, so sad.  We stopped to fill up the car and grab something to eat.  I first went to use the restroom, the stalls were all taken.  Pretty soon a door opened and there I was......FACE TO FACE WITH A MAN!!!!  The man looked all around and realized he was in the ladies room.  That's when he looked at me and said "I'm so tired!!!" and then promptly ran out, completely mortified!  All of the emotion of my day finally came out...in laughter!  I couldn't stop laughing.....major laughing.  It was just what I needed to cheer up again.  I know that man ran all the way to his car and back on the road, but I wish so bad I could have said Thank You to him.  The Lord knows just what we need and I consider that a tender mercy ;-)  
Thankfully, I went home and back to my job.  It's just what I needed!  It hasn't been easy to add school and work to my life that already includes a sophomore, 5th grader, husband in college and the bishopric, my young women's calling and a missionary to write. (writing the missionary is fun!)  Let's just say that the first semester didn't include much house cleaning or grocery shopping.  I'm getting into a better routine and am proud to say I am just over half-way done with my year of Pathway.  I can't wait to continue on and get my degree!  
As for today.....it's SPRING BREAK!!!  I go back to work and the kids go back to school on March 24th.  I plan on enjoying every minute of this much needed break.  (I still have my school, but it's much easier to get homework completed with more time on my hands)  I also plan on posting regularly since I love using this blog for my family history.  And who wouldn't want to share for posterity a proud parent moment from Colton's letter yesterday.  He said, "I owe everything to my parents.  They are prime gospel teachers.  THAT is called magnifying your calling.  They could have just been normal and kept me away from the stove and the highway, but instead, they invited me to come unto Christ.  Now I can help others do the same."
 Elder Stock has invited many to come unto Christ, 
but he was able to see these three choose baptism in Duncan.
Judith
 Shawnee
Will

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

YWIE 2014 - WEEK 9

Week 9, our final week, is Virtue, value color Gold.  Rapunzel from Tangled is the last princess.

RAPUNZEL
(Healing Song)
 
I will not remove
My Virtue from me
Fol-low the Savior
When He says "Learn of Me"
 
(holding the scriptures)
Pray and read this book
Give service daily
Our Savior invites
To all "Come Follow Me"
 
"Come Follow Me"
 

YWIE 2014 - WEEK 8

Week 8 was Integrity, value color is purple.  Mulan was the princess I chose for this value.

MULAN
(Reflection)
 
Who is this girl I see
Brimming with Integrity
I am standing as a witness
of the Lord
I'll keep my standards high
Show the world, won't be shy
 
Then my countenance will show
Who I am inside
 
And your countenance will show
Who you are inside
 
 

YWIE 2014 - WEEK 7

Week 7 is Good Works, value color is yellow.  I chose Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, but didn't choose a song that Belle actually sang.  So now I present to you.....Lumiere!

BELLE
Sung by LUMIERE
(Be Our Guest)
 
Ma Chere Mademoiselle
It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure
That I welcome you today
And now I invite you to relax,
pull up a chair
as I proudly present,
Your Good Works Song!
 
It's our quest!  It's our quest!
To put service to the test
It's our privilege to help other
We all know that we'll be blessed
Just start small and observe
Why, we've all been asked to serve
Serve your family, Help your Mother
Watch your sister, Watch your brother
We can clean, We can cook
Maybe read someone a book
Make a dinner then deliver it by 6!
Go on, pick up some groceries
Those you serve you'll appease
It's our Quest, It's our Quest! It's our Quest!
 
(Big Finish!)
Chore by Chore
One by One
Till you service is all done
Then you'll plop into your bed and fall asleep
Next day we'll start it again
'Cause we're strong Young Women
It's our Quest!
Don't Be Stressed!
Do Your Best!
And You'll Be Blessed!!!!!
 

YWIE 2014 - WEEK 6

Week 6 is Choice & Accountability, value color is orange.  I chose Pocahontas as this week's princess.

POCAHONTAS
(Colors of the Wind)
 
I know you think you don't have any freedom
You live at home and follow mom & dad
But if you look around I know you'll see that
You are free to make your choices, good or bad
 
Understand that choices have accountability
It's up to you, be wise for goodness sake!
Everyday take opportunities to choose "Good"
Let's be happy with the choices that we make
Let's be happy with the choices that we make
 
You can make good choices now
To the Father you can vow
And be happy with the choices that you make
 

YWIE 2014 - WEEK 5

Week 5 is Knowledge, value color is green.  I chose Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, as the princess and this is my FAVORITE song!!!

ARIEL
(Part of Your World)
 
(showing off my cell phone and iPad)
Look at this stuff, Isn't it neat?
(showing my pinterest board on the iPad)
Wouldn't you think
My collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has everything
 
Look at this bag, Treasures untold
How many wonders, Can one purse hold?
Looking around here you think
Sure, she's got everything!
I've got lipsticks and earrings aplenty
I've got polish and tissues galore
You want bobby pins girls, I've got 20!
But who cares - No big deal - I want more
 
I wanna be where the people learn
Gaining knowledge, gain knowledge and answers
Turning some pages in.....
What's that word again?
Oh.....Books!
 
Checking your pins, doesn't take you that far
Minds are required to ponder and think
You can't just get by on your....
What's that word?
....Good Looks!
 
Let's strive to learn
Let's strive for more
You'll be amazed what God has in store
It causes no pain
Stuffin' your brain
Full of Knowledge
 
What would you give
If you could learn about the Savior?
(hold up your scriptures)
What would it take
To spend a day reading this book?
Learn of His plan and understand
The King wants the best for His daughters
Bright Young Women, sick of sinnin'
Ready to grow!
 
And ready to know,
What your leaders know
Ask 'em your questions
They'll tell you answers
What's a testimony?
And why does it.....
What's that word?
......BURN!
 
Now it's my turn
I want to learn
All about God's eternal big plan
 
Listen to me
You all can be
Full of Knowledge!!!