Posts made in May 11th, 2015

Costa Rica Here We Come

“Why Costa Rica and why for 2 months?”  “How are you making this possible?” “You don’t have to work?” “What’s the cost of living down there?” These are the questions I have been getting from many of my friends who are curious as to why we decided as a family to move away for 2 months this summer. The summer of 2009 we found ourselves in the same situation we are now.  We were in between housing and so we took advantage of the opportunity and stored our belongings and packed our car with what we needed for 3 months and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. to be by my family for a period of time.  We had lived in California since 2001, when we got married. This was a great window of opportunity so we acted on it.  It was such a fun, spontaneous adventure that we wanted to make sure it happened again. Fast forward to a couple of months ago when we finally decided again that the timing was right to now take the family abroad and leave the U.S. to give our children the experience of living in another culture and lifestyle for more than just a few days. We are finally out of the baby stage and diapers!  Its an exciting, new time period for our family.  Our oldest, Reeghan, will be 12 and our youngest, Stratton, will be 4.  Our children are old enough to have an experience like this that they will always remember. For some of you, I’m sure you can think of a time in your childhood that had an impact on you.  I want to create an experience for them that they will look back and easily identify this experience as one that shaped their lives. Trust me, this will not be their only experience, but the first of many.  We have plans for each summer to do a similar “family adventure”.  Maybe one day we will settle down somewhere, but for now we are enjoying the journey.  Why not? I have no fears about this. Last year when we set the goal to do this, Trent had originally suggested we go to Mexico because that is where he lived for 2 years as he served as a missionary for our church (long story, but because of his mission, we met, married and have our beautiful little family).  When we would tell others, often their first reaction was, “Aren’t you scared and nervous to take your family down there?” Ask me a few years ago and I would have had second thoughts, but now I don’t think twice about it because I’ve decided I don’t want to live in FEAR.  Just like the trip I just got home from in Uganda, Africa.  I got the same question.  Sure bad things are out there and yes we need to be aware and take precautions to ensure we aren’t intentionally putting ourselves at risk, but if I think only about the fear and the bad things, then I will likely not do anything out of fear of what “could” happen. What if we all looked at life through LOVE?  Love for others, love to serve and to lend a helping hand, love to share who we are and our families.  That’s what I want.  I want to live out of LOVE and not fear.  So to answer that question, “No I am not scared!”  I have finally come to a point in my life where I’ve decided I don’t want to sit back and watch from the sideline.  I want to participate and I want to create experiences...

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Mother’s Day 2015

We were in CA for Mother’s Day this year due to Trent’s Grandma June’s funeral.  We got to spend it with his side of the family therefore my mother-in-law felt extra special because all of her children were surrounding her except Travis who is serving a mission in Finland but she did get to talk to him on the phone. We spent our church service with the San Pasqual Ward in Escondido with Sean and Allie and Tory and Orchids.  We had a great message about the importance of temples and using the Atonement more in our lives.  One of the speakers shared this powerful poem written by Dr. Robert Morehead titled, “The Fellowship of the Unashamed” “I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear for “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..” (Romans 1:16). Trent went to go talk with Travis on the phone during sacrament meeting so I had the 3 younger ones with me at the sacrament meeting by myself and they couldn’t sit still.  So I began to laugh at first but then I lost my patience and began to become frustrated.  Usually when I prepare to go to church I have to mentally get ready and to speak good things to myself about my children but today I felt rushed to get to church so I didn’t take the time to do so this time.  So I payed for it. But as they went happily to the next two meetings with the children I looked forward to just being by myself and reflecting on motherhood and what it means to me.  I continue to work daily on my skills as a mother and to recommit each day to work on my patience and understanding them in their individual process. One thing I to do with my children is sit down with them...

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