Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I do not know what else to do. I am at my wits end. If you have any suggestions, please, please, please pass it along.
One good thing has come out of this. When she gets older I will have some great photos to embarrass her. Payback.
I thought that the debate last week would help me resolve some issues. I appreciated that they took the first half an hour to talk about the proposed bailout. Although the bailout didn’t pass in the end, I feel like I better understand the issues.
I thought that McCain was going to score higher in this debate on foreign policies. Mainly because of his experience, this is clearly stronger and better than Obama’s in this field. Watching the debate didn’t leave me with a feeling that there was a clear winner. Obama did a good job of showing that he did have a good handle on foreign policy issues. One thing I did not like concerning Obama was the eye rolling and laughing to himself when he disagreed with McCain. Come on, how old are we? I would think that a law school professor (BIG PLUS in my mind) would be more respectful when another was talking. McCain did take the more aggressive attacking stance much like his background as a fighter pilot.
So I guess I will look forward to the debate between Vice Presidents. Biden has much more experience than Palin does. I wonder if she will be able to hold her own the way Obama did. One thing is for sure, we will be seeing more Saturday Night Live skits from this whole thing.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I have been checking it out for a month or so now and have decided to be a part of it.
They asked me to write an introduction post telling about myself. I never realized how difficult this could be. It is hard to define oneself. I was asked to "talk about your life, family, church experience, and what you hope to find/contribute to Modern Molly Mormon". So here goes.
About Me, Maudlin Molly
If you were to look up the word maudlin in the dictionary you will come across something like this:
Maudlin: cont. of Magdalene, originally surname of Mary, the repentant sinner forgiven by Jesus in Luke 37. In paintings, she was often shown weeping as a sign of repentance. Meaning "characterized by tearful sentimentality"
I am much like the name describing a sinner (mostly sins of omission) and a weeper. I cry about everything. Plus I want to always be associated with the Savior.
As a Mormon woman, I spend my time reading, raising two boys and two girls, checking out others blogs, volunteering at my child’s school, fulfilling my calling, keeping up on yard work and house work, cooking, and trying to make friends.
I got married at nineteen in the Manti temple, to the man of my dreams. Twelve years later I still get butterflies in my tummy when I remember how much he means to me. My oldest is nine years old, he plays the piano, tries hard at everything he does, and loves to read. My second boy is five. His personality is bubbling over. He wants to be the center of attention always and wins everyone over with his cute mug. My third is a girl. She is almost three, into Little Mermaid and baby dolls. And I have a baby of a few mouths who recently has gotten her first two teeth.
I am really comfortable with who I am and where I am at. Don’t get me wrong. I want to be better and do more, but I am on the right path and I like where we are headed. I want my children to grow up with memories of a happy family that worked and played hard together. I dream about one day having the time and resources to travel the world. I want to be a support to my family and friends.
I have roots in the church back to Hyrum. My siblings are all (basically) raised and still active. When I try and decide when I first gained my testimony I cannot define a time. I have always had a testimony of Jesus Christ. There have been great moments of growth. While attending seminary in high school I had teachers that helped me learn how to study the scriptures and teach me how to prey with my Heavenly Father. Soon after having my first child, we lived in New England and I relied heavily on the spirit for guidance in my calling and my desire to grow my family. I have a firm foundation rooted in the gospel of the church. I am always questioning and studying the gospel and through this process I continue to grow.
I am grateful to Modern Molly Mormon for the opportunity to contribute and hopefully I have something noteworthy to add. I hope through my contributions my testimony grows and so might others. We all have struggles. I believe that this type of forum can help us to lift each other’s burdens and that weakness’ can become strengths.
How would you define yourself?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
About a week ago, Gentry and I went to Lake Powell with some friends. We had a great time. We camped, knee boarded, tubed, did some sightseeing, swimming, cliff jumped (I will have to tell you more about this in my next post), and ate some good food.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I was talking with a friend of mine this last weekend who has been married for two years. She told me that she still didn't have her thank yous out from her wedding.
I guess I am not alone... but I don't think that it makes it alright.
When I give someone a gift, I am certainly not checking my mailbox for the thank you, but I do appreciate the gesture when I do get one.
Which leaves me with my current dilemma solved. I guess I need to go and write thank you note. If you haven't gotten one yet, it isn't because I wasn't grateful, just lazy.
They are putting it up for sale because
a) “it doesn't have any specific connection to Muskegon” (Michigan)
b) “ it needs costly protection and security because of its value and frailty and”
c) “it should be more accessible to scholars and researchers and others who would truly value it.”
Others that would truly value it. Reading this hurt my feelings just a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that they are selling this book. It is something that should be in the hands of someone who really wants it and will honor it. I just wish that we lived in a time that all would truly value it. This got me thinking, do I TRULY value The Book of Mormon?
I got my own copy of the Book of Mormon when I turned twelve and started Young Women’s. I read through it some and used it on Sundays in lessons but I didn’t read it until I started seminary in 9th grade. I was so lucky to have an amazing seminary teacher who loved the scriptures and tried hard to pass that love on to his students. That year I read The Book of Mormon (mostly) through for the first time. I loved it.
I continued to take my scriptures to and from school almost every day until graduation. I kept hand outs in between the pages and glues in quotes. I marked passages and really beat those scriptures up. I spent a lot of time trying to learn from them and ultimately, really did. But that set of scriptures started falling apart from my lack of care. For my eighteenth birthday I asked from my parents for a new set of scriptures and a nice framed picture of Jesus. The set I got that day, I still use. I read them to my children almost every night. I go to them when I am struggling. I depend on them to bring me the spirit. I pray about prompting that come while studying them. I try and instill values to my children by using example from the Book of Mormon. I hold them dear.
So although I will not be bidding on the first edition BOM that Hackley Library will be selling, I will hold my own copy in my hands and think a little bit more about how much I truly value it.
I think of the MasterCard commercials here.
new BOM for sale today: $24.08
first edition BOM: $70,000
having a testimony of the Book of Mormon: priceless
Friday, September 12, 2008
This was made crystal clear to me one visit to her house when Court was little. It snowed a ton during the days we were there and we wanted to go hooky-bobbing. I only had Courts coat for him and was worried about him getting cold. Robin looks through the coat closet and found an old coat. Disappears into her sewing room for three minutes (no exaggeration) then comes out with snow bibs made to tailor fit Court. We all went and played in the snow, stayed warm, and had the best time.
Other sewing feats that have amazed me are the prom dresses for her daughters. She even made Kisper's wedding dress, and altered Kayla's.
This last weekend she amazed me again. By calling and getting Peaches measurements she made three beautiful little dresses for her granddaughters. It was fun to see them all dressed alike.
I really need to improve my own sewing skills, but I never think I will be able to live up to this.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Isabel has had a couple mile stones lately, and I haven't recorded them. She has really gotten the sitting up thing. She had her first tooth break the gum surface. No longer breash feeding. All a sign that she will not be a baby forever. Growing up, I have told all of my children, is not allowed without my permission first. I would just really like a pause button sometimes (and a fast forward button too please.)
While my children seem to breeze through milestone after milestone, I wonder, how have I grown lately? How have I progressed? I recently got my temple recommend renewed and it was a privilege to be able to answer those questions to the Lord. I do feel worthy to enter His house and I consider it a privilege to be able to do so.
The first time I went through the temple, I have to admit, I was a bit freaked out. There was no "temple prep" class in my stake, and I didn't have any close friends or family members who had gone through recently to somehow guide me. I was struggling with my mother at the time so even if she had wanted to talk with me about it, I would not have been open to what she had to say. I learned only days before I was married that I would need to cover up my wedding dress for the ceremony. It upset me because I wasn't prepared mentally for that and not mature enough to just go with the flow and not let it bother me. The afternoon I took out my endowments was overwhelming. It was nothing like I expected. I didn't have a flow of spirit. I was shocked at all the symbolism (like I said, completely unprepared). I left that day feeling a little uncomfortable and scared. I wondered if I had made a mistake. Was the temple really something I wanted to return to again and again? At the time, no. Gentry and I went once again on our honeymoon. Then probably only one other time that first year. I still didn't have a testimony of the temple. I certainly did of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But I struggled with the temple. I thought to myself, if my parents have a testimony of this, and my husband has a testimony of this, there must be more to it. Thankful there was.
After twelve years of going to the temple I have gone from going because it is the right thing, to going because I want to. The parts of the temple that I struggled with the most in the beginning are now, believe it or not, my favorite. I feel peace and comfort there. More than that though, I feel my Heavenly Fathers love for me. All the blessings He gives me are because of His love.
As I sat through Kayla and Ryan's sealing I was touched by the gift that my marriage is. Eternal marriage. I am so grateful to have Gentry. I am thankful for who he chooses to be each day. He honors his priesthood and because of that our whole family is blessed. Our children were born under the covenant. They are being raised in a home with so much knowledge of eternity. They are being taught a blueprint to live their lives with joy. For all that I lack as a mother, we are doing this right. Gentry is a great father. He has become a man that I hope my boys will grow up to be.
I think I have grown quite a bit.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
For most of these past three years I have only made dinner on average two times a week for my family. Don't think for one minute that we eat out a lot or spend most days with macaroni n cheese. In fact it is quite the opposite. I cook once during the week days and then we usually get pizza or BBQ hot dogs once on the weekends and of course something yummy on Sunday. Let me explain how this is possible.
I have been privileged to be part of a dinner group with three other women. Each of us cook for each other's families once a week. We get together once every two months and come up with a menu. In order to make sure that we all aren't planning chicken all the same week. Then we make the main dish for four families. It is awesome! By buying in bulk we save money. We eat a much bigger variety. We try things we wouldn't normally and end up finding new recipes. I think one of the best benefits is each day I am not stressing over what's for dinner. I already know.
Thank you Shari for bringing this opportunity before us so long ago. Thanks to Melissa, Holly, Shari and now Megan for all the yummy meals. It has been an honor to cook for you and to enjoy your labor.
We really do eat so good and have tried and tested many recipes. We have decided to start our own cooking/recipe blog. We are happy to share these recipes with all of you. http://recipesyum.blogspot.com/
We would love for anyone to try any of these recipes out and welcome your comments. If you have a variety of something or think that some of these could be improved upon, we would love some suggestions.
Happy cooking to you.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monticello is beautiful, isn't it?Gentry grew up in Monticello. It is a small town in the four corner area of the state. We always have such a good time when ever we are there. Saturday we all went to Loyd's Lake and then Monticello Lake. Monticello Lake is about the size of a pond but I always have thought that great things come in small packages. Everyone had a good time throwing rocks in the water, taking pictures, and hanging out with family.
We had a little celebration for Kayson and Jason (birthdays). Later we went to the farm and then dinner.
Kayson turned one!
Peaches wondering why Daddy put her in a hole
Monday, September 8, 2008
My house is such a mess right now.
I can’t concentrate. I am so distracted by the mess around me. I can’t seem to get anything else done. I tried to do some laundry, I thought about making something other than a sandwich for lunch but because my house needs to be cleaned so badly I get distracted and start cleaning “just this little area first”.
So today I will spend the day cleaning and wishing I had a maid.
Don’t drop by unannounced today unless you would come in completely unjudgmental and be willing to lend a hand to help.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Congratulations you two! We sure look foreword to getting to know Ryan better. I know from experience, he couldn't be marrying into a better family!