Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fantastic Fall


We carved pumpkins for family home evening this week.

And by “we” I mean, me. Adam has never really enjoyed carving pumpkins, Megan took one look at the guts and ran the other way; declaring that she wanted the finished product to be a “surprise”, and Jane just crawled around the lawn eating every rock, twig, and leaf in sight.

I absolutely lack any pumpkin carving skillz, but I took one for the team and did all the dirty work. Megan was pleased with the end result, so that’s all that really matters.

I saw this cute idea on Pinterest. Jane did NOT like it one bit, and I think we shoulda gotten a bigger pumpkin. Still, we got a couple of cute little pictures.

We have really enjoyed the arrival of fall and getting ready for Halloween. Like last year, Megan has worn Halloween shirts pretty much all month. I got tired of her orange and black attire a couple of days ago, and kinda quit dressing her in Halloween garb. I don’t think I’ll have her wear a Halloween shirt every day next October. I miss her other *cuter* clothes, especially since it’s the beginning of Fall and the start of cute sweaters and boots and such.

I tried to be creative with Megan’s breakfast a couple of times, too. One morning I made pumpkin pancakes and one morning I made ghost pancakes. Megan thought I was pretty silly.

I’m so excited about the girls’ Halloween costumes. We did a little photo shoot the other day, but I think I’ll save the big reveal for the actual day. Halloween is so fun when you’re a parent!

Jane @ Ten Months


My sweet baby Jane is ten months old.

I can NOT believe how fast she is growing up. I remember thinking that the last few months of my pregnancy with her went pretty fast because I was pregnant during the holiday season. Now I feel like the last few months of Jane’s first year of life are flying by: because of the Holiday season. She is going to be one before we know it.

Jane is busy these days crawling up and DOWN the stairs, and she loves to try to climb on anything else she can. She has been pretty attached to her mom lately, but her dad and sister can make her laugh like no other. She LOVES to be outside (LOVES being a pretty big UNDERSTATEMENT) and she LOVES (again an understatement) to dance. Her favorite song is a hip hop rendition of “Popcorn Popping”.

Just in the past month or so, Jane seems so much more grown up. I sure love this little girl. I can’t imagine what our life was like before she was part of it. I am so glad she’s a part of our family!

Sunday’s Sundae: A Temple Was Announced.


Last weekend’s General Conference was full of words to uplift, inspire, and motivate me. Right of the bat, Elder Scott said:

“Our Father in Heaven understood that for us to make desired progress during our mortal probation, we would need to face difficult challenges. Some of these would be almost overpowering. He provided tools to help us be successful in our mortal probation. One set of those tools is the scriptures.

Throughout the ages, Father in Heaven has inspired select men and women to find, through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, solutions to life’s most perplexing problems. He has inspired those authorized servants to record those solutions as a type of handbook for those of His children who have faith in His plan of happiness and in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. We have ready access to this guidance through the treasure we call the standard works—that is, the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.”

Unfortunately, I admit that my scripture reading has been suffering. No question that will be quickly remedied!

President Uchtdorf also had some wonderful words of encouragement. He said:

“No matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, how limited your abilities, how ordinary your appearance, or how little your calling in the Church may appear to you, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He knows your humble heart and your acts of love and kindness. Together, they form a lasting testimony of your fidelity and faith.

God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.”

And who could forget Elder Hales talk? Even in his very weakened condition, Elder Hales gave a powerful message on accepting the Lord’s will and timing. He said:

“We may not know when or how the Lord’s answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come. For some answers we may have to wait until the hereafter. This may be true for some promises in our patriarchal blessings and for some blessings for family members. Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary.

Waiting upon the Lord gives us a priceless opportunity to discover that there are many who wait upon us. Our children wait upon us to show patience, love, and understanding toward them. Our parents wait upon us to show gratitude and compassion. Our brothers and sisters wait upon us to be tolerant, merciful, and forgiving. Our spouses wait upon us to love them as the Savior has loved each one of us.

As we endure physical suffering, we are increasingly aware of how many wait upon each of us. To all the Marys and Marthas, to all of the good Samaritans who minister to the sick, succor the weak, and care for the mentally and physically infirm, I feel the gratitude of a loving Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son. In your daily Christlike ministry, you are waiting upon the Lord and doing your Heavenly Father’s will. His assurance to you is clear: ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’ He knows your sacrifices and your sorrows. He hears your prayers. His peace and rest will be yours as you continue to wait upon Him in faith.”

You can read these, and all of the other wonderful October General Conference talks ——> here.

And last, how joyous I was at the announcement of a SECOND temple here in Provo! Megan and I whooped and cheered when the announcement was made; we were so excited (Adam was teaching during the first session and didn’t hear about it until later). We LOVED the Provo Tabernacle. We have many special memories created there. One in particular was a time after Adam’s mission, and before we decided to start dating again. I went to watch him perform in a German Choir and I remember thinking he looked so handsome and wondering what would become of the two of us. I remember having those thoughts as I sat there in the tabernacle. I look forward to so many more wonderful memories now that the tabernacle will become a temple.

For our FHE following conference, we went to the temple. Megan was so excited!! We all are so excited!