Tuesday, October 28, 2008

~A much needed visit~

One fine Sunday afternoon...we went and visited my Grandparents who are living in Raymond, AB about a 20 minute drive from where we live. My grandparents are so fun and full of life and they make me want to live every day to the fullest! Speaking of longevity my Grampa Williams will be 99 this December, just look at him doesn't he look awesome. Grama has always been a firecracker and I love spending time with her, she is 84 and looking amazing too!

It brings me such joy to be close to family again and to be able to share in these wonderful relationships with Grandparents! What an important role they have played in my life, I love them so much.

Grama shared an experience about her conversion to the church with us while we were there that Dad hadn't ever heard before, I thought it would be fun to record it for family to read.

As my Mom and I asked Grama when she joined the church she told us it wasn't until after her and Grampa were married and they had a few children. I asked her to tell us about her conversion, she said, " A bishop (I can't remember his name) was visiting with her and asked her specifically 'Doris, when are you going to be baptized', she replied, 'Bishop I don't think I'm good enough to be a member of your church.' The good Bishop continued and said, ' Doris you were a member of this church before you came to earth and you need to be baptized!'" She was baptized a short while later.

I thought this was such a neat story. I love my Grandparents and we had such a wonderful visit! The kids couldn't get enough of all her little trinkets and of course the chocolate and candies she had for them. FAMILY IS EVERYTHING

my Dad with his parents

the whole CREW

just look at those two love birds!
a truly cherished moment for me!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My birthday surprise! CHOP CHOP

For my birthday my Mom and sister sent me to the salon for some pampering...but it was a SURPRISE!
Jenny showed up at the house and put this funny necklace around my neck that said "Its' my birthday...30, 30, 30! And then placed this flower wreath on my head~ She told me that I had to look on the card to find out where I was going and I absolutely had to wear this where ever I was going!



What do you think.....good change?
It was long overdue!

the reflections of my heart---on my birthday

This past weekend was such a spiritual feast as I and many of my family and friends of my faith had the opportunity to watch and listen to THE 178TH GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. What a special opportunity we had to hear a prophet of God speak to us, teach us and express his love and encouragment. President Thomas S. Monson is so dear to all church members, we respect and love him as God's servant upon the earth. As I watched I couldn't help but ponder the churches humble beginnings 178 years ago as Joseph Smith and a handful of saints organized the church in its fulness on the earth once again!
How grateful I feel to the Prophet Joseph for his leadership and for his example of faith and obedience to a loving Father in Heaven, and for giving his life for this great work! I love the words he spoke.."Shall we not go forward in so GREAT A CAUSE." And forward this church has gone, it has grown as Joseph prophecied and become a great force for good in the world. I FEEL SO HUMBLED AND BLESSED TO BE A PART OF THIS GREAT WORK. I know that as I live as I have been taught that I will be able to do my part, no matter how small or how great. I have a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God the Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith when he was just a boy. That he received specific instruction to join none of the churches but that God had a great work for him to do, even in establishing the true church on the earth once again. I testify that Joseph saw and conversed with angels. To so many this seems impossible, but I know that with God nothing is impossible. And that he loves his children enough to give them truth, light and knowledge.....if we but ask in faith.

I testify that the Book of Mormon was translated by the power of God, as I read it's pages the holy spirit fills my heart and I know that it is of God and not of man. I thank a loving Heavenly Father for preparing a young boy to be such a magnificent instrument in bringing forth all the fruits of the restoration. The Book of Mormon, the priesthood restored to the earth, temple ordinances, the organization of the church of God on the earth with the truth of revelation to his servants the prophets, and the organization of the Relief Society, and so many more fundamental principles and doctrines that have blessed my life and brought me joy!

Today I am 30! And it is my tesimony of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that has made me who I am. How truly blessed I am to know that what I am doing every day matters, as a wife and Mother! I understand that in this great work mothers are the Lord's secret weapon. I have days that are discouraging and yet when I look at my beautiful children I begin to understand the breadth and depth of my Heavenly Fathers love for me. I am his daughter and because I have that knowledge I know that I can do "ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST, WHO STRENGTHENS ME!"

Today as I am one year older, I give thanks for the many privileges I enjoy as a daughter of God, as a wife and mother. God's sacred trust and confidence in me is the greatest gift!

BETTER late---than NEVER!

Back to School

my cute little preschooler!

so grown up and ready for school! The big grade 1

the leader of the pack...starting grade 2

i love the first day of school, the excitemtent, the crisp smell of new clothes and school supplies AND OF COURSE THE CLASSIC PICTURES INFRONT OF THE HOUSE!

Just look at that cute little staircase of kids--from 2-4-6 and almost 8!