Posts Tagged "Sarah"

Chapman Sister Getaway

My SIL Allie had the brilliant idea to mommy nap our MIL, Kelly, for her birthday and take her away to have some girl time. We were able to go stay at Allie’s father’s yacht in Newport Beach and can I just say that was beautiful and something I have never experienced before. We didn’t pay for a captain so we didn’t take it out for a spin but we didn’t need too it was just magnificent to look at it docked. We met up at Kelly’s and walked in and took her away and headed on up. We made a stop off at Cafe Rio in Lake Forrest because for some reason San Diego county doesn’t have one yet. We made it to the yacht and unpacked and took a tour of the beauty. This is what we used to haul all of our belongings to and from the yacht. While we were there each sister was assigned to share something in regards to motherhood. Susan spoke of the importance of our patriarchal blessings and how we can use them to find out what gifts the Lord has blessed us with as his daughters. She asked us the question, “When do you feel the most satisfied and fulfilled? Then she had us read through it and to find our gifts and talents and list them. Then asked, “What can I do right now with these talents or gifts for an everyday setting? It was a great exercise to look at this letter specifically to me and what I can do as his daughter. Then she asked each of our husbands to write us a letter about our gifts before we met up and then she gave it to us to read. This was my favorite part because it was my love letter from Trent. Go here to read if you’d like. I spoke of this book and how we can benefit our families by looking at them with spiritual eyes. Amy shared with us an audiobook she has about pornography by Jill Manning find out more about her here. It was quite the topic of the weekend because of just how serious it is in our society. I wrote more about the topic here. Allie shared with us her most recent book that she is enjoying Why Gender Matters. I am still in the process of reading it and will report about it on my Reader page soon. After our discussions we went to the Cheesecake Factory and then went to watch because it was in theatre in Orange County and its an LDS film about a true story about our pioneer heritage. Luckily Stratton got to hang out with us and was such a trooper amongst all of us and was passed around and smothered. The weekend is going to be a tradition for us girls and I can’t wait until the next one. I just need to get my side of the family to do something like...

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A Gift of the Human Body and LOVE

A new perspective on the gift of the human body was brought to my attention today as I listened to a conversation here. As I listened to their story and the strengths and trials they’ve had to endure and are still going through today I became just more grateful for my body. Even my pregnant body which continues to change and change each day. I was hoping with this pregnancy that I would keep up with my exercise regimen but that hasn’t quite panned out the way that I wanted it to and so the last few weeks I have been complaining to my husband who gets the grunt of all my complaints. But each time he reminds me that I have a life inside of me and to be grateful that I am healthy and can carry one full term. Then I listened to this today and just a wave of emotion set in and each time I sit down on my computer I have this picture set up in front to remind me that I can’t do it alone and when I start to feel those awful feelings and start to doubt that I need to rely on him for strength to get me through my day as a wife, mother, and friend. Stephanie Nielson in her conversation was asked about what she is trying to teach her girls about the importance of beauty and she said something so profound to me. She said that inner beauty was created before their mortal body or shell was created so she tries to teach her girls to find that beauty within themselves and then their outward appearance will shine no matter how it looks to others. So this Valentine’s Day I just felt the need to write about this today to remind me that I am beautiful and loved and that I have a wonderful body that God has created just for me! Thank you Nielson’s for sharing that perspective with me today. Also to my Valentine, Trent, who puts up with way more than he should and loves me more and more despite my weaknesses and short comings. He wants to be sure that I am well taken care of and tells me everyday that I am beautiful. The one special thing that I love about my Valentine is that each Sunday while sitting in our meeting he will lean over to me, even when the kids are being naughty and laying all over me and coloring on me, and whisper that he loves me. I love that and it melts me each time and I know when to expect it and its just a small simple act that I love about my...

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An Announcement

I had to take the pictures with my phone camera because my doctor ran out of paper. For the past two months if you hadn’t noticed I have been a little sluggish and its all in part of the fact that I am prego with Baby #4! The #4 is expected to come sometime at the end of May or early June. Still don’t know due date due to the fact that #1 I don’t know when my last period was and #2 my doctor’s office on my first visit was with her nurse practitioner and she decided to tell me that my doctor wasn’t delivering babies anymore. What! Who does that to someone without telling them on the phone when you made the appointment a month ago! Obviously it was just decided that the doctor wasn’t going to do prenatal care anymore but still. To make a long story short Trent has a friend who just so happened to have his wife deliver a baby with this same exact doctor back in September and got a hold of her about me because he has personal contact with her because he does some marketing consulting for her. But I knew deep down that she would take me despite all that has gone on so far. I just saw her in April and had a great visit and told her alot of personal things and so I knew that once she heard my name she would take me. Sure enough I got a personal phone call from her telling me that she was sorry for all that had gone on and to come in and see her. I don’t know when my last period was so we were going off an estimated date and was told that I was 15 weeks but then she hooked me up to her ultrasound machine to start measurements and the baby was pretty active but she was able to calculate that I am 18 weeks! Wow that’s a big difference but she wants me to go to a special ultrasound place to find out for sure my due date and to finalize all of this madness. My doctor could also tell the sex of the baby so I’ve got to be this far along but she didn’t tell me because Trent wasn’t with me and I didn’t want to find out myself so now I have to wait until the 10th of January. What a whirlwind of an experience but all I care about is that I am healthy and the baby. The first trimester was awful and I got night sickness and it was just so different from the first 3. The only thing that made me feel good was to eat which was different as well from the others. My kids were well aware of my favorite seat in the house it was the very corner of my couch! I sat there alot and slept alot. This one has really tuckered me out maybe because I have 3 others to care for as well but man I can’t wait to feel energized again. Its slowly coming back and I actually have a desire to...

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5 Love Languages

Susan did an absolutely great job presenting the “5 Love Languages” session. Right at the beginning she took us through the emotion of having our first child and the first few moments of the baby being placed into our arms. She delivered it with so much passion and conviction it was incredible. She was so concerned about it but she did wonderful. I’ve read the book and have been aware of the love languages particularly the last 2 months but I still learned more about my own, Trent’s and our childrens’ love languages yesterday as she went into more detail and posed many different situations that I hadn’t even thought of before. It was another eye opening experience for me. Sarah Mine is definitely, without a doubt, Acts of Service! My secondary however is Quality Time and those two just go hand in hand in my opinion. I feel and show my love by doing kind deeds and acts of service to those I come in contact with. I tend to be the first one to volunteer myself for a lot of things, but I do it in moderation because I don’t want to juggle too many projects. I’ve concluded why I struggle so much to prepare meals and cook in the kitchen… I want to have someone right by my side with me helping me and serving right along with me! Is that funny or what!?! I give and give, and love to fill my bucket, but its hard to see my children not understand my love language. I wish I could just tell them that cleaning their room all by themselves would show me that they love me but I’ve tried and it didn’t work. I wonder what age that will happen?? When will they recognize that they need to be of service to me or others to show that love language to me? Trent Trent’s love language is Physical Touch and his secondary is Quality Time. As his wife, in order for me to show him I love him I need to grab his hand when he least expects it, rub his back, etc. For both of us we really enjoy just being together and it doesn’t matter what we are doing. That is why we travel a lot especially alone as a couple. Reeghan and Paetan My girls are both Quality Time and their secondary is Gifts. Reeghan always uses the line when every she gets frustrated with us that she wants to leave our family. I know its not a good line for her to use, but I finally figured out that she just needs me to spend “time” with her, which I have really neglected to do, especially the last few weeks. She’s growing up so fast that I want to take this time to show her that I really do love her. Its also important to use eye contact while spending time with them as well. Paetan, on the other hand, is only 5 and she can still change her love language(s). As Susan talked about her daughter Emma, who is a very well rounded person and responds well to all 5 of the love languages, I thought of Paetan. Paetan enjoys all of them and I’ve recognized that she feels love in all 5 of those areas, which is a good thing. At times I wish I really enjoyed Physical Touch or Gifts but those two are at the very bottom of my list. How do you figure out what your child’s language is? First, ask yourself this question: What are...

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