Monday, October 24, 2011
I sure love my boy! He may not love participating in the primary program but he did it because he knew it would make me happy. Boy howdy did it ever make me happy! It just may have made me shed a few tears as well! Thanks, buddy! Your mom sure loves you!
Life may change but I love that I know Thomas will always be by my side. I still fall head over heels in love with Thomas every time he dances with me. It was a great night away from real life. I did feel like a princess.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
For Julie's birthday we went out to dinner. We wanted to go to the movies but since I was dying, we came back and watched one on tv.
Happy Birthday, Julie!
Jazzy wanted a tea party. We obliged.... even Hayden if I promised NOT to put this on facebook.
Me and Shelly and I can't believe that I didn't take a picture of Thomas and his brother. What was I thinking?
Ashley just had this cute baby, Dalton. Oh my howdy is this a cute little guy. Smiley, fun and oh so ever cute. He loved aunt Jer so he is getting big brownie points in my world.
Jazzy and Hayden. Hayden was so great at letting Jazzy follow him around. She loves transformers and dinosaurs so that helped. Look at that smile, she adores him.
Of course, Dalton, like all babies, LOVED Thomas. We brought him Mickey Mouse and he loved it. You have to train them young.
What a great weekend. We hated to leave, we were having too much fun! I could hold that little guy forever. We miss you guys already!
Mark's mom, Mary, was so happy to see us. She didn't know how to find Thomas. Mark had been asking for him ever since he got out of the coma. It was great to see my husband with Mark. He smiled, he laughed, he told stories of the old days. Most of all, I saw the compassion in his eyes, his gentleness, his unconditional love.
Although it was difficult for Thomas to see his best friend in this condition, he was greatly moved at the kinship that they still felt. Mark will be glad to have Thomas back in his life. I know we will be making visits, sending packages, and more importantly, he will have Thomas praying for him and caring.
It all started with yummy stuffed french toast... raspberries, blueberries, caramelized apples, strawberries and pure heaven. Yummy! Talmage LOVED it and ate tons!
Jodi and Brooklyn
Hayden loves that he gets his very own variety with maple syrup stuffed french toast.
Joyce and Julie - two very wonderful women that work so hard at making our lives wonderful!
No day is perfect without Thomas!
Moving on to conference, pen and paper in hand, we were definitely taught and edified through the amazing speakers. I will always remember the talk on climbing mountains. Yes, the top may seem far off, but every once in a while, it is good to stop. Even look back to see how far you have come.
One of my favorite parts of conference is sitting with Hayden and listening to the Prophet speak. We love to hear his voice and commit to taking whatever challenge it is that he gives us.
Of course, Suzi ended up on the floor with most of the kiddos. She is so good at entertaining them.
Great weekend! Great memories made. Great uplifting moments!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Too often we are like the two
who walked along the road
We think that we are all alone
With none to share the load.
We do not see our loving friend
Beside us on our way
Carrying us through life's dark nights
Into a brighter day.
So as we walk our own roads to
Emmaus may we see
That we will never be alone
Unless we choose to be.
Lately, in my life, I have felt the Savior so close that I have turned to see if I could actually see him next to me. He does walk with us, help us, teach us and comfort us. Although the road lately has been a little rocky, I have been blessed to not have to do it alone, for I know that my Savior is walking this road with me. And that has made all the difference.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
One of my favorite conversations of the night was with her sweet daughter, Jessica (older). She came up to me after the baptism and said, "Jerlyn, I felt exactly the way you described when you were talking. When Brooklyn got the Holy Ghost, I felt Christ's love all around me." What a sweet little girl, one that I love. And, Tori, well she is about the cutest thing ever. She just smiled and smiled.
I am so thankful for wonderful friends! Every time I am with Cati, it makes me want to serve more. And, such a sweet bonus that she has such cute girls that I love to pieces.
I absolutely love it when these two get along. Lately they have played so much better together. They are both getting older and I love watching their relationship. I struggle with Hayden not having siblings. It breaks my heart and I wish I could have given him this gift. However, he has Brooklyn, Brigham and Talmage. He loves Brooklyn and tries to protect her. He kept going over everything she needed to know before baptism and was trying to teach her everything he has learned since he was baptized almost two years ago. Their interaction was so sweet, so gentle, so loving. I smiled and hope that Hayden will always look out for Brooklyn. I also hope that Brooklyn will always look at Hayden with the loving eyes that she did yesterday. I am so glad they have each other.
Grandma Joyce with Hayden
Joan, me, Renee -- I love these ladies. I need to be better and try to visit them instead of just trying to soak in all of their knowledge while at a baptism or event. I am so thankful they still support all of us even after 25 years of my mom being gone. I hope that my friends would do the same for Hayden and always be there for him. I have great friends and know many of them would. I am grateful for the wonderful advice I received last night from these wonderful women of God.
I loved attending Brooklyn's baptism. I love the peace that I feel when the Holy Ghost testifies of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for my own membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am thankful for my testimony of the Book of Mormon and that I took the challenge to get down on my knees and pray to my Heavenly Father to know for myself if the gospel was true. I can say with a reassuring yes that I received answer. The Holy Ghost encircled me in my Heavenly Father's love and let me know by the peace and warmth in my heart that yes indeed the words that I read were true. What a peace it still brings to my soul to feel those wonderful feelings. I am so thankful that my sweet little Brooklyn was able to feel those same things last night. It was a wonderful baptism.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Thomas and I enjoyed talking for over 2 hours. I just laid back on the couch and chatted and relaxed and talked with my husband. It was fun to get out, get away and not have any worries. We had agreed to just talk about us. The fun times we have shared. Our best memories. And, all the wonderful qualities we loved about one another.