Sunday, November 22, 2009


For Christmas I am asking for a Kindle. I have wanted one since I first heard about them from Oprah and now I am ready!
I have been looking at all I can on line, but I feel there is so much to learn.
I saw there were hundreds of free books for the Kindle and have picked out a few that I want. I have looked for some titles and found most easily. I couldn't find "To Kill a Mockingbird" so I am assuming that it is not available on the Kindle but and not familiar enough with the site to know for sure.
I also saw that you could categorized the titles you do have so that got me thinking about what is the best way to do that. Maybe area's like "classics", "sci-fi", "adventure", "Court's options", "children's", "romance", and "favorites" is the way to go... but we will see.
If anyone has one or knows a bunch about them that has some advice, I would love it. I can't wait!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Check Them Out!

Check out these pictures of my kiddo's! (On the side bar) I know I am their mother and so maybe I shouldn't say it, but I think they are so beautiful. I am blessed to have such wonderful children. Even more blessed to feel unconditional love for them. I LOVE the pictures. Hope you enjoy them too.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

God is a God of Miracles

On Sunday I gave a short talk in church. I grew from preparing it and want to "live better and love more" so I thought I would share it.
God Is a God of Miracles
I just spent May, June, July, and half August in Chicago. So much has changed in the ward in that time. We have many new families and it is clear that time has passed. Since driving my pregnant self and four kids across the country I have gone through a lot. Gentry needed to stay behind and finish up his work for two more weeks while the boys started school. Then after just over a week of him being home we decided that it would be best for us if he went to Washington DC for the month to take advantage of a work opportunity. Leaving me home to take care of all that needed to be done here. During this time I started a spiral progression down, suffering from depression. I prayed for a miracle.
Today I am going to talk about miracles. What is a miracle? Raising the dead? Walking on water? Man flying? The birth of a baby? Flowers in the spring? A loaf of bread?
The Bible Dictionary defines Miracles in part like this: “Miracles are a response to faith, and its best encouragement. They were never wrought without prayer, felt need, and faith.”
Joseph Smith experienced a truly great miracle. At fourteen he was visited by God the father and his son Jesus Christ. As he shared this and other miracles with others he was met with skeptics and many “non-believers”. He responded as he was instructed in the scriptures. “He that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvation,” (D & C 63:7) “Faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe. … Wherefore, I, the Lord, am not pleased with those among you who have sought after signs and wonders for faith, and not for the good of men unto my glory.” (D&C 63:9–12.) Faith must proceed the miracle, not be the result of it. To some it may seem preposterous that we must believe first and then ask God if it be true.
The bible dictionary concludes its definition of Miracles like this: “Miracles are a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If miracles cease it is because faith has ceased.”
Since faith plays such a big part of this I turned to Alma 32 to help me define Faith: “Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; Ye cannot know of their surety at first… But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.”
As I prayed for a miracle of my own only a few months ago, I knew that my Heavenly Father was aware of me and I hoped that He would answer my prayer. Now that I am through it, I can look back and see that even while asking I was in the mist of just such a miracle. I was able to talk about my struggles. I had great support from many of you. Calls checking up on me, words of encouragement and advice, opportunities of service, dinner brought to me, a loaf of bread to lift my spirits. I took action and called my doctor, and was able to quickly find relief. In my own little world I experience a great miracle.
President Spencer W. Kimball taught us with a book by the title Faith Precedes the Miracle. But there is, of course, an increase of faith that should follow the miracle as well. As a result of the many miracles in our lives, we should be more humble and more grateful, more kind and more believing. When we are personal witnesses to these wonders which God performs, it should increase our respect and love for him; it should improve the way we behave. We will live better and love more if we will remember that. We are miracles in our own right, every one of us, and the resurrected Son of God is the greatest miracle of all. He is, indeed, the miracle of miracles, and every day of his life he gave evidence of it. We should try to follow after him in that example.
Moroni quotes his father in the Book of Mormon:
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven? … Has the day of miracles ceased?” (Moro. 7:27, 35)
“I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men. … [nor will they], so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved.” (Moro 7:29, 36)
God is a God of Miracles. They happen every single day. It is my prayer that we go to Him in times of need and then recognize Him in our lives. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Our family took pictures on Sunday. I can't believe I let someone take pictures of me seven months pregnant, but there you go. Thank goodness our photographer is good at editing.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wicked Spooky Fun

Halloween this year was a bit lower key than other years. I didn't even put up decorations till the week before. I didn't make or stress over any one's costume. We didn't carve pumpkins. But we all had a lot of fun. Thursday Peach had a Halloween Party in Pre-School. She was a very cute flapper girl. If you were to ask her she said she was a "shake shake girl" accompanied with the motions. Friday both the boys dressed up for school parties. Court ended up going as an Olympic skier. Tate a Kong Fu fighter. Friday night Gentry and I attended a party and went as clowns (maybe the nightmare type of clowns even though that wasn't our intention) and Saturday for trick or treating Isabel was a witch. We had so many trick or treaters come to our house I was worried we would run out of candy. I think we had about 200 kids. Very very fun! I am already looking foreword to next year.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I love Gentry's job. I LOVE the people he works with and I am so happy with the way it has changed our life. I know we must look crazy to some when it comes to taking the kids across country for the summer but it is AWESOME!!!

I love that I was able to living in Charlotte for three months. I got to visit my sister in Georgia. I was able to go to events and sights in North Carolina and experience the South in a way I would not have been able to by just visiting. I feel like I got to know people and experience the culture of that region.

This year we were in Chicago for four month. What a great city! I really fell in love with it. I would be happy to raise my family there. We went to museums and even got to go to a lot of the church sites like Nauvoo and Carthage. My week was filled with two "outings", like The Field Museum or The Aquarium, and we would go to the library at least once during the week. Then we had a weekly luncheon and a park day with all the kids. It is the best way to spend the summer. I was able to just be mom and my days were filled with paying attention to my kids.

Platinum Security had their end of year events and then started with the training for this next year. Lots of fun. Dinner and awards. Great guest speakers. Trainings. Even paint balling.

Gentry and I met with our management team from last year. We got then all gifts and compensation for all that they did to make our office the success it was. All of it has led to us thinking a lot about this next year. We have talked to our key players and can not wait to make it what we want it to be. Already we feel more secure and able to combat what lies ahead. I can't wait.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Get Away

I took a little trip just to get away. I just wanted to not have to think about carpooling or dishes, laundry or faces to wipe. I wasn't trying to get away from the kids or hubby, just wanting to get away from all that goes along with it.
So for three days I headed to Park City with Jacey. It was fabulous! We stayed at the Marriott Hotel. Our room was beautiful and the location was central to everything we wanted to do.
Monday we walked main street. We went in the Family History Center and got some great suggestions of places to eat and where the movie theaters were. I got some "stocking stuffers" and a cool shirt from the Harley Davidson store for Gentry. We had a late lunch and then went to "Whip It" the roller derby movie out right now with Ellen Page. It felt so good to be sitting in an empty theater with popcorn and a slurpee at four in the afternoon. (Especially after calling Gentry and hearing Isabel throwing a fit in the background.) We then checked into the hotel, relaxed and then went to dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The night was spent talking and relaxing in bed.
Tuesday we slept in and only got up when we had to in order to make it on time to our pedicures. He had the best pedicure I have ever had with a foot massage and mud wrap. It was a two hour experience of pure bliss. Then off for lunch and some shopping at the outlet stores. I got the kids the cutest Sunday clothes for winter. I can't wait to take pictures of them all in them. Then off for another movie. This time we went to "Fame". I wasn't expecting much from this because it got really poor reviews but I surprisingly liked it. It wasn't realistic in any way but a fun, up beat film that Gentry would never want to see. Perfect for my day off.
Wednesday was another slow starting morning, and then we headed to Salt Lake. I took Jacey to one of my favorite baby boutiques and then we looked for something we could wear to an event we were both going to that weekend. We ended our time together with more food. Lunch at Red Butte Cafe. I had the most delicious fish tacos.
The time left me feeling happy to head home and appreciative of Gentry who thought it was a great idea to take some time to myself while he was Mr Mom. I had the best time and want to make something like this a yearly tradition.