Thursday, June 21, 2012

Annabella's Blessing

I just found the blessing photos so now I can write about it.
I love baby blessings. I love that you can feel the love that Heavenly Father has for his children. I love that you can get a glimpse of who they can be, and what you as the parent need to do to teach them, and inspire them.
Annabella Mayleigh Thibodeau was blessed on March 4th, 2012. Jordan preformed the blessing using the Melchizedek priesthood. In her blessing it stated things about her being a mother, having a love of learning and being very loved by everyone. I can't help but think how she already is loved by everyone, and that she might someday be a great friend and women, maybe an example to others for why she would be so loved.

 I also am excited to hear that she will be a mother, and will get to experience the blessings of motherhood. I also feel a great responsibility to teach her to want to be a wife and mother, to teach her the importance of a temple marriage, and to teach her the joys of having a family.

I also need to be sure that I teach her good and worthy things as she will have a love for learning. I need to teach her the importance and fun of learning, and books, and all skills to aid in her finding what she is good at and what interest her. Of course all of these things in her blessing are only going to come by good parenting and her choices. I can teach her and set the example, but she ultimately will have to choose for herself what she wants out of this life and the eternities.

I feel so blessed to have a daughter. I am so excited for the day she can join Young Women's and Relief Society. I am excited to have someone who will hopefully want to do girly things with me so I don't have to drag Jordan or Tristan (though right now Tristan doesn't mind). 
What a blessing children are, and what a blessing to have a worthy priesthood holder in our home.

 the family
(Grandma Cherie , Tristan,  Uncle Drew, Nana Lisa, Grandma Lucille, Jordan, me, Bella, Pop pops Craig, Uncle Shennon)
 3 generations
 I look horrible, but wanted one of me and Bella
 Michael, Aunt Karina, Jarem, me, Bella, and Jordan (Tristan didn't want his picture taken)
 Jordan, Tristan, me, Bella, Grandpa Doug and Grandma Charmaine
 4 generations

Was so grateful for the family and friends (which i put in the family category) that were able to come, and thankful for those that wished they could have come.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happy 27th? Birthday to me...

Well apparently this year I am turning 27 , not 26. LOL I have had numerous people ask me, "Oh it's you birthday, are you going to be 27?" Well no I am going to be 26, this isn't going to  be good when I turn 50 and look older. ha ha. Even this morning I thought, how old am I today 27?
This morning I didn't feel well when I woke up, canceled my dentist appointment and canceled my Birthday lunch plans. Though because it is my Birthday I was convinced by Jordan to go out anyways and get the free food. So we went, and I am regretting it.  I feel even worse now after eating half a burger and half a shake. And I wasn't very pleasant company. I was very quiet and not really talkative. (So my dear Croft family, be glad that you weren't there, because I don't know how fun I would have been. We will have to get together another time. I do miss you guys). But not all was lost, Got a funny card from my mom, and Tristan said happy birthday to me. So today is going to be movie day, and I might do 1 load of laundry, maybe. We'll see how I feel later.
Here are some pics from my Birthday today.

 Jor and Bella at the restaurant, not a very good pic, but he wouldn't let me retake it.
 This wasn't from today, I took it yesterday and thought it was cute. Do I look 27? probably. :)
Tristan all dressed up for my Birthday breakfast/lunch/dinner

I posted this on facebook, but the past few Birthdays I have made a goal towards something, to make myself better for the next year. I guess I just want to learn something new, and if the old are wise, I need to start learning more. Anyways, my goal last year was to have unwavering faith. It was very hard, but I was able to grow closer to the Lord. My new goal for this year is to be less selfish and recognize the needs of others. Even if I don't feel much like being sensitive to them. It is more about the Lords will and what he would have me do for others. I have a year to learn this lesson, lets see how I do.
So again, thank you to my family and friends, I feel so loved and lucky to have you in my life.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What!? what do you mean it's not all about me? really?

So I was thinking today about our situation (living, finances, adjusting to 2 children, all of the above), and was thinking, this is not where i pictured my life at all. Please don't get me wrong. I love my little family.  I am very grateful towards our friends and family who have helped us out and let us live with them, but i couldn't help feeling down. Then the thought came to me which we are taught in church, "when you are down, serve others". What? how can i serve others when i can't even get my own place, provide all the necessities for my family, and can't get a job because the cost of daycare would be too much. I am supposed to devote my time to others? That's when I figured out why the Lord wants us to serve others. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT ME!!!!

Now for those of you that know me, I wouldn't say that i am selfish, but I do like to be the center of attention from time to time (and time, and time, and time....).  If I can serve others and learn to do what Jesus would do, my situation either won't seem so bad, or i may receive more help from the Lord. I can help take care of others physical needs that the Lord can't do (physically because then there would be another 1st vision, so the 2nd vision?) and I can let him do the spiritual stuff. If i want help from others or more blessings to help us reach our goals, I need to help others. 

Some of you may have had this figured out for a while and are now thinking I am slow or dumb. Well you might be right, but hey, like I always told my mom when i wouldn't listen to her, "I just needed to experience it on my own." I need to be more charitable and more Christ like. Even though Jordan and I are doing what we can to get out of debt so that we can get our own place, I need to remember to set aside time to help the Lord's other children. Also it will bring me joy, which everyone needs when they are stressed. Gives me a time to step outside myself and be like a mini vacation from my worries.

I have a totally new respect and view of service since i am at the point of where i need service from others, and its not just a nice gesture or a project. When on the receiving side, it is a bit different. I feel "bad" or "guilty" in a way that i need this help. I feel that I am an Adult, married, with children. I should be able to be on my own, but i"m not. But it also gives me a greater appreciation for serving others. Now I am needed, not just to that person, but to the Lord. I need to help others as they are helping me.

So again, thank you kind friends and family for your loving service towards us, it is now my turn to return the favor.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hurray for Internet!

After months of not having Internet because a virus made it so my Internet explorer wouldn't open, i was able to download FireFox and am back in business. So much to catch up on with our little family,
Bella is getting so big. She is rolling over (some), army crawling, eating solids, and starting to drink from a sippy. At her last doctors apt she was 98%+ for height and 10% for weight. Sounds like my kids. Here are some pics.

Bella has to hold a blanket in order for her to fall asleep.

Tristan has turned 3 and is now such a big boy. I also signed him up for preschool, sniff sniff. I am sad just because it means he is getting old and not a little baby anymore. I am excited for the time it will give me to get some stuff done and for him to make friends, socialize and expand in knowledge. Here are some pics of him.

 Tristan my little reader
Tristan brushing his teeth, he had his first dentist apt, he did a pretty good job. they "tickled his teeth" and he was cavity free!

that's all for now folks, come back later after the kids have gone to bed and i can post some more.