Sunday, December 20, 2009
#1: We had a really neat opportunity to speak in Sacrament meeting as a family last Sunday. We have not been asked to speak as a family since we moved into the ward almost 6 years ago. It was great to be able to have Christ as the topic! Ellie and Gracie each gave a talk about how we give gifts to Jesus by doing things for other people. It was cute to help them write their own talks, they gave me their own thoughts. Ellie was so brave to go first, she "read" her talk with the pictures we had drawn. Gracie read hers really well, also. They both were excited to bear their testimonies. They also sang "Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus." Earlier in the week they were singing it like crazy. I chose that song because they had already learned it in Primary and knew it so well (we were asked on really short notice, Wednesday night). Well, come to find out, Gracie had picked it out of the Children's Songbook to sing (they hadn't learned it in Primary), over the course of us singing it, Ellie learned it quickly. They thoroughly enjoyed participating in Sacrament meeting. Bart and I both spoke as well, however, the girls, of course, were the highlight.
Monday night, Branson got to be baby Jesus for a Live Nativity in our community. He was with "Mary and Joseph" for three hours in many layers and with a heater and heat lamp. I was thrilled with who Mary and Joseph were and felt very comfortable in handing him over. My family (with Luke, Julie, cousins and Grandma and Grandpa Adams) went through towards the beginning. My girls were excited to see Branson as we went through. Ellie said baby Jesus was her favorite part, I had to agree! I returned towards the end to wait for Branson until he was finished. It was really special for our family to share Branson with the community. Everyone said he was a really good baby, very content. I prayed many prayers that he would add to the spirit of the evening. He did awesome!
I know that these were two experiences Heavenly Father intentionally gave me. I have felt His love and the love of the Savior. I know Jesus lives! He is my Savior, the Savior of all the world! He was born as a babe in a manger, lived his life teaching and serving, then suffered and died for me and you, and has been resurrected so we can have eternal life with our families.
May the Spirit of Christ be in your heart this week as you celebrate Christmas with your families! Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 7, 2009
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"Jesus Christ," stated Addie, age 2.
"A toilet," with a smirk from Gracie, age 6, running to the bathroom.
We have been talking a lot about what we are thankful for over the last week. We've been writing what we are thankful for on slips of paper and putting them in a toy/decor turkey. Monday's Family Home Evening was about all the things we can be thankful for. Today, I asked out of the blue, "What are you thankful for?" and these were their cute responses!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
While I was nursing Branson (notice the bundle in my lap), I noticed everyone was climbing up on the chair while I read. It was a sweet experience. There are such sweet experiences as a mother!
We went to Logan in September for Ag Day with my family. The girls were excited about the suitcases as I was getting prepared to pack.
Branson has already had haircut number 2!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Bart blessed Branson on Sunday. Bart gave him a very nice blessing! Prior to the blessing, Bart and I were discussing what his name should really be. His full name is now Branson Bart Adams!
We appreciate all of the family support for his blessing. Those that attended from Bart’s side were: Grandpa Jack and Grandma JoAnn Turner; Mom and Dad Adams (Loyal and Tonia); Luke, Sabree, Oliver, and Jaylee (Julie was at home sick, she was missed!); Jake and Amy; Eli and Mandy; Uncle Ernie, Aunt Joan, and cousin Alex. Those that attended from my side were: Mom and Dad Broadbent (Carol and Joe); Vance, Cole, Lott; Alicia, George, Georgie, Maren, Todd, and Brynn; Ben and Erica; and Mary! We loved having everyone here! (Those of you that didn't come were missed!)
He really is an excellent baby. He started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks. He falls asleep quickly in his bed and is happy when he is awake (unless he is ready to eat). He and I are both thriving on his routines! I feel very blessed to have this sweet boy as a part of our family.
Ellie, Mom, Gracie, Branson, Dad, Addie
Great Grandpa Turner, Branson, and Great-Grandma Turner
Grandma Tonia, Great-Grandpa Turner, Branson, Great-Grandma Turner, Dad-4 Generations!
Grandpa Joe, Grandma Carol, and Branson
Standing in Back: Bart, Branson, Lorna, Jake, Amy, Eli, Mandy, Luke, Oliver
Front: Tonia, Addie, Sabree, Ellie, Gracie, Loyal
I didn't think a whole lot about what pictures I wanted taken (aside from Grandparents/Great-Grandparents) until blogging. I wish I had gotten a picture of everyone there, sorry to those of you not pictured. Thank you Erica for being the official photographer for the day!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
While at the lake, I stepped back from the moment and enjoyed the feeling of the day. I feel so blessed. My children were in heaven, while I felt a piece of heaven! They were having so much fun with uncles, the mud, the water. We were enjoying firsthand the blessings of family! My children have terrific uncles and aunts, Bart’s side and my side both! I am very thankful for them! They have fantastic grandparents and great-grandparents as well! Thank you to each of you!
Uncle Matt and Ellie digging a tomb
Cousin Philip, Ellie and Uncle Matt burying Gracie
Addie loving the sand
Isaac, Philip, and Lott
Cole and Uncle Nick
Uncle NJ, Branson and Aunt Mary
During Ellie's 2nd session of swimming lessons this summer, the lifeguard (one of Bart’s priests named Wade) noticed Ellie was underwater and not coming up. Wade got the attention of the teacher who got her out of the water! What a scary thing! We are so thankful for Ellie!