Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Song

Anna's First Grade Teacher sent an email over with a link to a few of the songs they have been learning, so I copied this one to share...... SO CUTE!!
What Are You Going To Be On Halloween Night? There are some other songs in the album at this site, take a listen! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ems First Day

More of my extremely organized self, this too was over 30 days ago.... But soo cute I had to post it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

David's First Birthday

Here is how organized I am..... posting a picture of David's birthday bash, just 30 days later.

He really was darling opening his presents. It makes it so fun when the kids have enthusiasm!!

Now, honestly, David has been the neatest of our children eating their First Birthday Cake. I have pictures of the others with cake all over, but David wasn't in to being that messy. :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Out Of Control

Abby had some friends over today and one of them (who is the youngest in her family, but still, 11 years old) said to me….. “Is it hard to control little kids?.....when you have so many of them?” I stammered for a moment wondering who was out of control -- as Anna was reading a book to Ems and Jacob, and David was sitting contentedly looking at a toy in his hands. And then she said, “y’know, I just wondered, when I saw THAT!” pointing to the bright red and brown marker coloring on the carpet. I replied lamely, “…..ahem….oh,….that was….a….Jacob did that....” :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Play Piano

So this is what Jacob meant when he said, "play piano."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Note To Abby

Anna left this note to Abby on the wall by her dresser...... after a "spirited discussion", I'm sure. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Scissor Ventriloquist

Some things take all our concentration! ;)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

John Rowe Moyle

Recently our family had the opportunity to learn about Geoff’s Maternal Great, Great, Great Grandfather, John Rowe Moyle. On September 29th, we watched a DVD about his life and then went up to visit his home in Alpine. We had a picnic dinner and then a private tour of his homestead (Moyle Park). It was a unique experience to be in his home and hear stories about his life. It was on this tour that Geoff received inspiration for an excursion he would take with Abby and Farrell the following Friday…..

….John Rowe Moyle was a skilled stone cutter and builder, he was personally called by Brigham Young to work on the Salt Lake Temple. He lived in Alpine and every Monday morning he would rise at 2:00am walking over 22 miles to arrive at the SL Temple by 8:00am for a full days shift. He would stay with his son in Salt Lake during the week and then return, walking home to Alpine, on Fridays starting at 6:00pm, usually arriving back home by midnight. He would only have just the short weekend to do the chores and maintain his farm. He did this for many years, until an accident which caused his right leg to be amputated just below the knee. Shortly after the misfortune, he fashioned a wooden leg and was eventually well enough to once again walk to Salt Lake and back on a weekly basis so he could continue to fulfill the calling extended him by Brigham Young, as a stone cutter. He did this for years. John Rowe Moyle was the person who carved the plaque, “Holiness To The Lord, House of the Lord” on the east side of the Salt Lake Temple.

…….okay, so Geoff’s inspiration was to take Abby and Farrell on the same hike/walk that his Great (III) Grandfather did. So, the 3 of them began their journey in the wee hours of the morning (literally 2:00 am) starting at John’s home and walked, and walked, and walked….. As they were moving over the top into Draper, Farrell became sick (and released the sickness) so they trekked 6 miles back to the truck, Geoff piggy-backing Farrell & Abby piggy-backing Farrell's backpack. They returned home around 5:00am….. If you were to ask Abby or Farrell, and certainly Geoff, if they’ll try again – the answer is a resounding ‘YES’ – but maybe a little later in the morning, I wonder?

Geoff came home from the priesthood session that Saturday night and said that President Uchtdorf talked about John Rowe Moyle in his talk Lift Where You Stand. That was the icing on the cake for our family. :)

BTW, if you want to see a really neat family film (only 16 minutes) watch T. C. Christensen's Only A Stonecutter.

At the cemetery, gravestone of John Rowe Moyle.

Monday, October 6, 2008

General Conference

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know who I am. I know God’s plan. I’ll follow him in faith. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. I’ll honor his name. I’ll do what is right; I’ll follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.

How grateful I am for this wonderful weekend of listening to our beloved Prophet and Apostles. After two days of conference, Abby and I were talking and she said, "I wish we had one more day!" We enjoy the time together, we enjoy the yummy snacks, we enjoy resting our eyes for a bit ;) -- but mostly we enjoy the testimonies born which strengthen us and our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I know President Thomas S. Monson is our living prophet today and am so grateful for that quiet witness that the Spirit gives me; that our Father in Heaven loves us and that He is mindful of each of us and our needs…….