Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I believe in modern revelation and that we have prophets and apostles today that receive that revelation for the whole church. I am FAR from perfect at following all of their council, though I do try. Michael and I have had to make some tough decisions, and we often turn to our Heavenly Father and the council of our prophets when making those decisions. This is one example of a talk given that rang crystal clear to me. I pray, honestly pray in my prayers that others can understand this philosophy and support us, as we have counseled together. Sometimes even things that we want and that are really great things, are not realistic at the time. I included the link to the talk if you're interested in reading it, and I included some of the quotes that provided answer to my dilemma. Hi-lights added by me. 

Provident Living  by Elder Robert D. Hales

"All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families in both temporal and spiritual ways. To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior’s example to serve and bless others."

"I have learned that the three most loving words are “I love you,” and the four most caring words for those we love are We can’t afford it.”"

"There is an equally important principle underlying these lessons: we can learn much from communicating with our husbands and wives. As we counsel and work together in family councils, we can help each other become provident providers and teach our children to live providently as well."

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hello Again!

As expected, summer has brought us a lot of good times so far. The only word we can use to describe our lives is: BLESSED. Michael is working at his internship and loving it. I am staying home with Harlow and loving it. We're still up to the same ol' stuff. Visiting friends and family and getting really excited to make Oregon our permanent home. Time is flying and Harlow has been disobedient and keeps growing when I tell her not too. Naughty. 

Michael blessed our pretty little girl on June 3rd. Michael's parents, Darren & Jill, Marc & Connie, and Anessa came for the occasion. It was beautiful and wonderful. She wore a perfect dress made by her Grandma LeAnn and it was a very special day. We had a great visit with all of our family and are so thankful for their support. Shout out to my mom who was terribly sick and still managed to throw a great party and be a wonderful hostess. Love you mommy. 
Moss Adams has assigned Michael to some clients in Portland, so he is spending a week at a time up there this month. Harlow and I went to join him for a couple of days last week and had tons of fun! We got to go to Caleb's pre school graduation, baseball games of Kellen and Caleb (SO ADORABLE), had an adventurous day downtown with Anessa, and stayed in a fancy pants hotel. It as a lot of fun!
 Immediately after that fun week, we went on to our family reunion in Rockaway Beach, OR. We lucked out and got 2 beautiful days on the Oregon Coast. It was so so much fun! I loved introducing Harlow to her extended family, people who are very special to me. We had a lot of fun eating and laughing and catching up with everyone. Harlow's favorite part was getting to spend time with cousin Ivy again. They miss each other terribly when they are away. It's so adorable to watch them do all the same things. Emily and I were quite a pair, always nursing and changing bums together all weekend haha!

 And that's HELLO from the Woodmansees for today.I love reading all of your blogs, so keep posting! Life is a constant adjustment with an infant. But it's an adjustment that I wouldn't trade for the world.