Monday, May 11, 2009

I heart Mothers

I got an email from my mom yesterday for Mothers day. She always knows just the right thing to say to uplift and inspire me. I am posting a couple little excerpts from her letter, and hopefully they will inspire you too. But more than anything she knows just how to love and cherish her children as a mother should. And I am so grateful for her example. I love you Mama!!

"To My Beautiful Daughters for Mother’s Day

With tears streaming down my face, I am writing to tell you that I feel I couldn’t be a more blessed Mother. I have 7 of the most beautiful daughters in all of the world. Many people have always commented on your outward beauty and that is a nice thing, and oh so true, but the beauty that melts my heart is the inward beauty that I see in each one of you. I could not be more proud as I watch and hear about the service and support you are all giving to each other.

I want you to know that I know how challenging and discouraging your job as wife, and mother can be. I have been there and remember so many times when I cried to my mother, “ I have no idea how you raised 8 children, I have had it and wonder if I can deal with some of these challenges even one more day.” She would smile and say, “ I know just how you feel, because I had those same thoughts and feelings along the way.” As I have said many times, “ I have come to realize that ANYTHING WORTHWHILE IN THIS LIFE TAKES WORK AND SACRIFICE.” Believe me when I tell you that you are engaged in the most worthwhile, significant, life altering , magnanimous work on this Earth. There is nothing you could be doing that would make more of a difference in this world than being a righteous Mother.

I feel that President Spencer Kimball’s statement pertains to each one of you.

To be a righteous woman is a glorious thing in any age. To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. The righteous woman’s strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help enrich, to protect, and to guard the home – which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Other institutions may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storm and strife.”

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Our Little Mini Vaca

Last weekend we were able to go to my brother-in-law Riley's parents house in St. George. It was so much fun!! It was the perfect little vacation for us. Riley's mom was so adorable and made us feel so welcome. We just hung out by the pool the whole time, and on Saturday we left the kids and went to Vegas with Mykelle and Ry. As I look at the pictures I'm thinking "Did I have to come home?"

Uncle Ry playing with Lily

Sweet little baby Adelaid

Lily LOVED swimming with her Daddy!

Riley and Bella Jumping off the rocks. They tried to get Lily to do it. I said "NO WAY". Maybe next year.

The most fun slide ever. Lily even started to go down by herself. We were so proud.

Isn't Jon so hot?!?! We love our night together in Vegas.