Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What An Honor

Cody and Kari both made honor roll this quarter! So very proud of them! Noah does not receive letter grades yet, but he did very well on his report card, too.

We are so blessed with some great kiddos!

Oh....and Kari won an essay contest! We get to go to an awards ceremony and luncheon on April 30 to celebrate her accomplishment. She will receive a plaque and a monetary award. She is so excited and again we are so proud of her. She is also learning to ride her bike without training wheels and is doing so well. And today she overcame her fear of riding the escalator at the mall.


We really are blessed!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Just Keep Swimming.....

Life doesn't stop for anything. Not new birth, not death, not heartache. Nothing. It just keeps going and sometimes it is hard to keep up with and sometimes it is hard to keep going. But, even in the times when everything else is loudly spiraling out of control, God is not silent as it may seem He is. He is in the whisper and if we quiet down enough our own hearts and minds we can hear Him.

I am definitely trying to listen, but it is hard. I enjoy talking and find it hard to quiet my heart and mind in the midst of life and its constant motion. Especially when I think I know what God needs to hear about a certain situation or my solution to the problems in our family. But, I am trying. I really am trying.

And even in the midst of uncertainty, God is still blessing us every day. We are all healthy, the children are doing well in school, we have food and a home, hot water and air conditioning, cars that run and people that love and care for us. And most importantly a Savior that gave so sacrificially of Himself that He died for us, when we didn't deserve it. And there are so many days that I still don't deserve it, but I have His love, mercy and grace.

So, I keep swimming. Knowing that I need to for myself, my family and my God. 



I am not sure how it started. I guess maybe it was a genuine illness at first. Then the teenager babysat a little late on a Saturday night. ...