“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else’s happiness and well being ahead of your own. To teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when your not sure what the right thing is….and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.” –Donna Bell
I’ve decided that scripture study works while my kids eat their breakfast so I made room for the study console that holds our study materials to be put by the kitchen table. Plus I’ve been trying this new idea of having morning devotionals with the chart below we shall see how it goes.
I’ve got scriptures, church magazines, For the Strength of Youth pamphlets, gospel art kit that has pictures of the scripture stories, family history books, preach my gospel, and church music books.
The kids and I came up with an idea to have a gratitude tree outside on our front door and let our neighbors “leaf” their mark on our tree of what they are grateful for.
All you have to do is pickup a leaf on your way over and I have a marker and tape next to the door and you can tape it up.
I still have plans to do our own personal family tree inside but we wanted to spread the idea around to others to participate.
I’m ready to tackle this value this month. It’s appropriate for the holidays coming up and making sure we are disciplined enough and use all these in moderation.
I added “Methods” to my board because I was finding that we weren’t applying the value as much and weren’t being reminded of it enough even though I have this ginormous chalkboard in my family room.
Sis Jorgenson in our ward did a RS night on Mothering Deliberatly
I wanted to be sure I kept the PDF document because of the great content
October is breast cancer awareness month. The gym I go to asked us to find someone who suffers with this now or previously and to share their story.
My gym is Lyceum in Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. I love that they continue to challenge us and this week I will be swinging a 35lb kettlebell 2500 times.
Here is my neighbor Libbie Ferguson’s story:
“I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the first time in August of 2001. As part of the tests I went through, they found a renal carcinoma of my left kidney as well. After four surgeries in five weeks I began chemo followed by radiation. I went into remission for nine years and then it returned. Again, I went through treatment and was blessed to go into remission again but it only lasted a year. I’ve been in treatment since 2010 and are holding it at bay, though not curing it. At this point, I am dealing with metastatic breast cancer that has gone into my lungs, lymph nodes, and bones.
I’ve decided that it is like moving into a new and unfamiliar city. Your not sure about the neighborhoods or what you will find as you journey through the unknown territory but you must go anyway. It is surprising what you can learn about yourself as you face what is around each new corner. You will find that you are much stronger than you think you are. It helps to get directions and comfort from those who have been there before. I have learned so much about myself and about the love of God. Time means more and those I love know it.
I’ve always thought that they need to hand out a cancer basket like they used to hand out welcome baskets when you move into a new neighborhood. It would contain all the prescriptions you will need along with all the over the counter medicines and other things needed to deal with all the many side effects that come along the way, and there are many. One night I decided to write down that list and I had seventeen items on it. Really though, I would like this neighborhood to become so exclusive that no one would ever be able to move there.”
I love the way she made the comparison and seeing cancer through her eyes. I stand in awe of these women who battle it day in and day out and are fighters. This challenge is nothing compared to what they have to go through and I feel honored to do it for such a great woman.
Only 5 exercises in our workout today however we need to do 100 of each. 30 seconds work 30 seconds rest until you’ve done all 500 reps.
Wow! It was intense but I worked along side some motivating people so I was able to get through it.
Surround yourselves with positive and motivating people. You can do anything you put your mind too. I’ve come along way and I’m so impressed with the mind shift I’ve made in regards to exercise.
I used to work hard at exercising consistently for 3 months then I’d take a 3 month break cause id get burnt out and bored.
But Lyceum keeps it fresh and I’m addicted to this workout. I love coming eachday because I don’t know what to expect and they push me to my limit.
My parents came out for the afternoon today to go with us to Thanksgiving Point Gardens. Today was the last day it was going to be open because it’s seasonal.
This was my parents first visit here so it was great to show them such a magnificent place right in my backyard. I wish I would have taken better advantage of this place in the spring and summer months.
I did however come here when I was having a really hard mommy day. It is such a place of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to see it all again come spring!
Trent and I went on a double date with Jesse and Trish Allen, the owners of the gym we go to. They raved about this place in Orem called Pizzeria 712. It was soo good.
We ate 4 different kinds of pizza and my favorite was the white sauce with sun dried tomatoes which I’ve never really ate before and then a sweet potatoe appetizer with this French cream sauce. Yummy.
We had great conversation over some great yummy fresh food and I snapped a picture of this awesome quote on the wall of the restaurant.
Thanksgiving Point right behind our house does amazing activities for families and children all year long and we get to benefit from it because of our passes.
This year we did Barnyard Boo instead of Cornbelly’s because it’s too crowded. Barnyard Boo is in the Farm Country area and they have Halloween festivities there as well. Scavenger hunts, obstacle course, wagon ride, pony rides, and lots of other little games for the kids to enjoy.
Kaylee came along with us and Reeghan was at a play date.
I’m not a big fan of Halloween and in the past I’ve only decorated with pumpkins on the porch. However this year I was talking with my neighbor about how much I dislike it and she said well at least do it for your kids. She made a really good point so I decided to get creative with supplies I already had and make a few things.
I started with the wreath and I used my 4th of July wreath I made and cut up strips from a garbage bag and tied it into the wreath. Super simple and the added a few white feathers and hung it from some burlap.
The second decoration was I took white fabric and cut into squared and took a cotton ball for the head of the ghost and tied with twine to make little ghost ornaments to hang from my awesome trees.
The girls wanted to participate in some way so I printed off bats onto card stock and then laminated them and the girls cut them out and we placed them on the trees and hung a few on our front door.
I have a plan to make a banner but I think that’s enough for now. I think I have a good start to my Halloween decor. What do you think? Now onto figuring out costumes.