Tuesday, May 1, 2012
First of all, let's say that Bryan, Isaac and I are now living in Lovelock, Nevada! Bryan graduated and finished his Student Teaching in December 2011, and now he has a job here teaching music for grades K-12. Definitely a full-time, busy schedule job. He had been applying for jobs the whole time he was student teaching, but nothing had been working out. All of a sudden, in January, this job came up in Nevada. We drove out for an interview, and got the job the same day. They asked us if we could be moved and start the job in a WEEK! It was crazy! All of a sudden we weren't Idaho residents anymore. We just kinda left. And now here we are! The reason they needed us so quickly was because it was the middle of the school year (sadly, their previous music teacher was killed in a tragic car accident. Very sudden...very sad and hard on the community), and the students had already had a substitute for about a month and they weren't getting much done. Festivals were coming up, and the kids really weren't prepared. So, really, there was no other way to do it. They needed him right away. So it was super fast, but it was a blessing for us in a lot of ways.
This job has kept Bryan extremely busy! Picking up a job like this in the middle of the school year has been very difficult. For now, it seems that he's just treading water. He's just trying to finish out the school year the best he can until he can get things set up more as his program for next year. On top of that, he spends a couple of hours after school each day giving private piano lessons as well. So usually he goes to work around 7:00 a.m. and doesn't get home until 6:00 p.m. or later. In a lot of ways it has been a really rough move. But overall I think it has been a good growing experience for our family. And with Summer approaching, things are looking up!
I just finished all the requirements for my Associates Degree in April! Now I'm going to focus more on my growing family and figure out where to go with my schooling in the future. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with our second child! We're expecting a little girl to join our family at the beginning of July. We're so excited to have a girl and a boy. I can't wait to see how Isaac handles being a big brother. We're trying to prepare him as much as possible, but so far it is hard to tell how much he really understands. We've tried to talk to him about there being a baby in mommy's belly, but I don't know that he gets it. Sometimes he gives my belly kisses or rubs it like he sees daddy do, but usually he likes to punch it or push on it or sit on it and bounce...not very gentle...and not very comfortable. So we'll see how this goes!
Speaking of Isaac, he is over a year-and-a-half now! On the 19th of this month he'll be 21 months old. I can't believe that the last time I wrote he was only 9 months old. I thought for sure that I had written about his first birthday, but apparently not! He says a few words, and sometimes you can tell that he's trying so hard to copy things your saying. Sometimes he looks at me and is speaking babble, but he looks so serious and expects me to understand what he's saying, so when I'm still trying to figure it out he gets a little frustrated sometimes. But his vocabulary is definitely growing. We're also starting to get into the age where he doesn't always like to do what we ask him to, and sometimes he needs to take a time-out. It's hard for me sometimes to realize that he's old enough to know that what he's doing is not what we're asking, and that he needs to be disciplined. But he really is, so I'm trying to remember that and be consistent with the rules. But I find it quite difficult sometimes. At least now that I've finished school I can focus more on him and being a good mom. I love having the time to take him outside and just let him play. He's such a character! Gotta love that cutie pie...
Well, that's the basic update! Of course, a lot more has happened, but it's hard to write about it all in one post. So maybe I'll leave it at this for now and just do better to keep it up from now on (haha....lol!). Really, I want to be a lot better at this, especially now that we're away from a lot of our friends and family. So wish me luck! Happy May, everyone! Hope your year is going swell so-far! Until next time...love to all! <3
Saturday, May 21, 2011
He's been crawling for quite a while now. I wouldn't be surpised if he starts walking really soon. He's been "cruising the furniture" for a while too, and he can even stand all by himself for a few seconds before losing his balance. It amazes me how quickly he's learning and developing! Since I last posted he's also gotten two teeth in on the bottom! (Which actually happened back in, like, February...so it's been a while.) They both came in within a day of each other. So there were a couple of days where he was quite grumpy and not sleeping well. And then his teeth popped up and we knew exactly why. :) No more have come in since then, but sometimes he acts like his teeth are hurting him again, so maybe we'll be seeing more again soon. Until then, he's been exploring lots of new foods. I've been making him baby food at home (just pureeing steamed vegetables and squashing fruits and stuff). So for a little while that was all he was eating (along with nursing). But he was doing really good with it. No complaints about eating, and he has a lot of fun with it. He gets really excited. He's always watched us while we're eating and kinda had a longing look in his eyes. Now, he really begs for our food. I started giving him little peices of some of the things I eat, and now anytime Bryan or I am eating he comes right up to us and stands there staring, babbling, whining, and sometimes panting, until we give him some. And he stays there until he can be sure that the food is all gone.
A few weeks ago our ward boundaries were changed, so half of our ward was moved to a new ward. We were part of that half. So we're now in a new ward that has a whole new Bishopric, Elder's Quorum Presidency, and Relief Society Presidency. It was a HUGE change. So both Bryan and I are currently calling-less. We'll see how long that lasts. I'm kind-of excited to see what is next, you know? I was in the Relief Society Presidency in our old ward, and I LOVED it!!! So I was really sad to be moving wards and not have that calling anymore. But I am honestly really excited for the new opportunities coming our way! Can't wait to find out what the Lord has planned for us next.
So anyway, that's all I can really think of to update. I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting...but oh well! 'Til next time! Love you all! <3
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Lately I've had A LOT of migraines again. Since Isaac was born I hadn't been having too many. But in the past week or so I've had 5, some lasting more than one day. Some have been more intense than I've had in quite a long time. It's really sudden, and really strange. But having Bryan home more often has been such a blessing when it comes to that! It's made it so much easier to deal with.
In November, Isaac and I drove to Oregon with Chanel for Thanksgiving. Bryan couldn't come with us because there was no way he could get work off. I really didn't want to leave him here alone for Thanksgiving, but he told us to go anyway. Isaac actually did pretty well on the drive! He slept most of the time (especially at the beginning). When he'd wake up I'd feed him a bottle, and he would go straight back to sleep. We only had to stop a few times to change him. By the end of the drive, he began to get a little restless, but overall he did better than I expected him to. We got to be there for James' birthday(video below). I can't believe he's 10 now! In fact, everyone's getting so old! It's so different visiting home now. Chara and James are both getting so much older every time I see them, it's sometimes hard to recognize them at first. And I still have a hard time believing that Chanel is in college. But anyway, it was great! The whole week we were there, Isaac had a lot of fun playing with (and getting spoiled by...haha!) his aunts, uncle and, of course, "grandma and grandpa"(It's still really weird for me to think of them that way. haha!). We had a really great time! I'm sad I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted to. Who knows exactly when we'll see the family next. But it was still a great time! The weather made us have to leave a little earlier than we had planned. But we eventually got back to Rexburg safe and sound. :)
Bryan's parents and little sister, Hannah, were able to come visit us here for Christmas! I was so glad they could come and meet Isaac for the first time. Even though it's a LONG drive, and can be pretty scary during the winter. Again, Isaac just loved getting spoiled by them! And opening Christmas presents with him was a lot of fun! He loved pulling on the wrapping paper, and the sound it made. Once the gift was out of the paper, he usually just wanted to eat it! But since then he has put most of those gifts to good use! While they were here we got to make some wonderful food, take a nice little trip down to Idaho Falls, and just enjoy each other's company! Sadly, some of our plans fell through...the weather caused them to have to leave early too. But, in the end, they left at the perfect time! They just beat the snow. It was really sad that we didn't get to finish the visit like we'd planned. But what a blessing that they were able to come in the first place, and then make it home safely! Again, I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted to. But it was a wonderful time!
Other than that, I don't think much else is new. I'm sure I'll think of something later. Haha! But again, I'm sorry it's been so long! I will try to do better now that we're through the holidays. Love you all!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
“The office of bishop is in administering all temporal things, … having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth.” (D&C 107:68, 71.) In his calling he is to be endowed with the spirit of discernment to detect those “professing and yet … not of God” (D&C 46:27); he is to search “after the poor to administer to their wants by humbling the rich and the proud” (D&C 84:112).
“Thus to the bishop is given all the powers, and responsibilities which the Lord has specifically prescribed in the Doctrine and Covenants for the caring of the poor, to him go the funds necessary therefor, and to him are given the gifts and functions necessary for carrying on this work. No one else is charged with this duty and responsibility, no one else is endowed with the power and functions necessary for this work. UAdd a Note
It's the Bishop's duty to be over the storehouse and be fair and equal.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- Christ’s second coming had already occurred and he had appeared in the form of a woman, Ann Lee
- Baptism by water was not considered essential
- the eating of pork was specifically forbidden, and many did not eat any meat
- a celibate life was considered higher than marriage
Now the Lord gave direct revelation through Joseph Smith about these doctrinal issues. On a side note, Leman Copley had converted from the Shakers by this time but was still having issues adjusting. Here are some things the Lord said in Section 49.
- V7- I, the Lord God, have spoken it; but the hour and the aday no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes.
- This is the Lord saying that no one knows when He is coming until He comes.
- V13-14-aRepent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, according to the holy commandment, for the remission of sins; And whoso doeth this shall receive the agift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of the bhands of the elders of the church.
- Baptism is the ONLY way to receive the Holy Ghost and full cleansing of sins.
- V15-17-And again, verily I say unto you, that whoso aforbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for bmarriage is ordained of God unto man. Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one awife, and they twain shall be bone flesh, and all this that the cearth might answer the end of its creation; And that it might be filled with the measure of man, according to his acreation bbefore the world was made.
- Marriage is Ordained of God. It is part of God's plan to have us marry legally and lawfully someone of the opposite sex.
- V18-19-And whoso aforbiddeth to babstain from cmeats, that man should not eat the same, is not ordained of God; For, behold, the abeasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which cometh of the earth, is bordained for the use of man for food and for craiment, and that he might have in abundance.
- This is the reason why I eat lots of meat...just kidding. But in all seriousness, God gave us animals to be used for food and clothing, but not for abuse. In verse 21 we are commanded not to waste but to only kill as much as we need.