Jacob celebrates his 8th birthday on Tuesday of this week. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, turning 8 is a big deal. It's the age children are old enough to choose to be baptized. We are so proud of Jacob for making the choice to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ and enter the waters of baptism. It has been such a blessing this past year to help prepare him to make this important step.
I want Jacob to know that I have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it is true. I know that the greatest happiness we can attain in this life can only be found by following Him. The step Jacob is taking is the first of many important steps he will take in his lifetime to become more like the Savior. We love you Jacob!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Posted by Jen at 11:24 PM
At our house, we love Christmas Eve just about as much as we love Christmas Day. A few of our traditions include:
Family feast: This year's dinner included a delicious beef tenderloin (filet mignon) roast with Bearnaise sauce, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, freshly steamed asparagus with cheese sauce, raspberry jello salad & homemade rolls. Plus, to top it all off, Mom made delicious fudge and her popular strawberry tart for dessert.
Stay tuned for our Christmas morning post. Lots of smiles.
Posted by Jen at 12:30 AM
Friday, December 25, 2009
Posted by Jen at 3:35 PM
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
We feel so lucky each Christmas season as we pause to think about the year gone by and how our Father in Heaven has tremendously blessed us. Our lives are not perfect and challenges and trials still persist, but we are reminded constantly of a loving Heavenly Father who knows us, knows our names, our strengths, our weaknesses, the desires of our hearts & tailors blessings perfect for us.
We are so grateful for our knowledge of the Savior. We are especially grateful at this time of year for His humble birth. As Josh and I have had the opportunity to study the circumstances of Christ's birth a little deeper this year, the miracle of it all rings even truer for us. It is hard to comprehend such a humble beginning, but we know that even from the beginning of His life, He overcame all so that our lives might be made easier.
One thought that has persisted most of all this Christmas season is a quote (now one of our favorites)from Elder Neal A. Maxwell. He said, "Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus." While our family is far from perfect and frequently falls short of where we know we should be in our spiritual progression, we hope to always make room in our homes, and in our hearts and especially in our lives for the Savior.
We love you and wish you the merriest of Christmases this year!
Posted by Jen at 11:24 PM
Monday, December 21, 2009
It was fun getting to watch him improve throughout the season. He began not knowing what the differences between offense and defense were. If you were to tell him to line up on the line of scrimmage, he'd give you a blank stare. If you asked him how many chances a team had to make a first down, he'd respond by saying, "what's a first down?" (Lol.) But, by the end of the season he could play defensive positions almost as well as offensive positions and looked forward to his practices and especially his games. I'd definitely say he was the most improved player on his team. We were so proud that he went out of his comfort zone to try something new.
Here are a few pictures of my gridiron guy.
Posted by Jen at 11:34 PM
As if December isn't crazy busy enough already... We have several family birthdays this month. Josh's sister Lauren for one. My dad, is another one. Finally, we have our two boys who celebrate birthdays in December (Landon on the 13th and Jacob on the 29th). (Personal plea: Please, keep Josh and I in separate states during the month of March from now on, lol...Somehow March romance leads to crazy Decembers. Not sure how that happens. Wink, wink.)
This week we had the opportunity to host a little party to celebrate both my dad's 58th birthday and Landon's 2nd birthday. We enjoyed dinner out at Outback and came home to eat birthday cake and open gifts.
Landon loved the train cake that Josh helped me make. He also loved the train sets from us and my parents. For my dad, we decided to all go in as brothers and sisters and purchase him a ticket to the Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships in Las Vegas in March. That's always a favorite trip for him to take with my Mom. Instead of just handing Dad over the money for his ticket, we put together a little BYU gift bag, complete with pompoms, and other BYU paraphanelia. However, in order for Dad to "earn" his money, he had to answer 12 trivia questions about BYU basketball. Each question was put inside an envelope containing a certain amount of money ranging from about $10-20. If he got the answer wrong (which suprisingly enough, he did miss some), he had to hand the money over to my mom. Can't say she minded one bit. But, because all of us really wanted Dad to have the opportunity to take this trip, we ended the trivia question round with a bonus, winner-take-all question he was sure to get. Needless to say, Dad ended up with the funds to purchase his game tickets.
It was a fun night. The kids always love having Nana and Papa here.
Posted by Jen at 4:04 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Posted by Jen at 10:59 PM