Youth Conference- Remember

>> Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Every year we have Youth Conference with the youth in our Ward ages 14-18. It's a weekend filled with spiritual classes, a trip to some fun activity, lots of food, games, and friends! 

This year was my first year going. I was called into Young Women just after they held it last year. 

The theme this year was "Remember" based off of the scripture from 3 Nephi 2.

The scripture talks about how the people began to forget the signs and wonders which God had shown them. They began to be less and less astonished at a sign or wonder from heaven and their hearts began to harden, their minds became blind, and they started to not believe all that they had heard and seen. 

Friday night we started off with dinner and classes. We had some excellent speakers talk about the importance of journaling so when we go through difficult times we can look back at the miracles and the grace of God that helped us to get through. 

We had another speaker talk about the Holy Ghost and how important it is to have him as our constant companion. 

The third speaker spoke about miracles and it was beautiful. She happens to be a very diligent journaler (probably not a real word :P ) and shared this quote that I loved with us. 

"The faintest ink is better than the brightest memory." 

She shared several miracles that she has been blessed with in her life and it was inspiring! 

Saturday morning we got up EARLY! We met at the church at 5am to head up to Canyon Lake for wake boarding and tubing! The night before I had told Bishop I saw the weather forecast for rain. 

He said, "It won't rain!!!!" 

I said, "Well what if it does?" 

He said, "It won't rain!!!" 

I said, "You don't have a plan B do you?
He said, "Oh it never rains in the morning!"

I just had to laugh. He was so adamant I just let it go and said, "Ok Bishop! LOL!"  

Well wouldn't you know what happened??? Hahaha!!!!

Ok so there was some "minor" photo editing to that image. :P  This is what it really looked like. 

It did rain a decent amount and there was thunder and lightening for a while. We had to dock the boats and find cover until the storm passed. The rest of the day ended up being gorgeous. I guess you could say that was our Youth Conference Miracle! :D But I don't plan on letting Bishop live it down just yet! Haha!

Walker LOVES tubing!! Love that smile! :)

After the lake we met back at the church for lunch. Everyone headed home to shower and we met back around 2pm for games. They had a slide show from Trek and ended the evening with dinner. 

Pudding Pictionary anyone? :P

Sunday evening we finished the weekend with a testimony meeting. The Spirit was so strong as the Youth bore their testimony of different aspects of the weekend and how it personally affected them. These teenagers are impressive! They are so strong in the Gospel and they taught me a lot that night. It was a perfect way to end Conference! 


Date Night

>> Monday, August 29, 2016

Jared took Alayna out for Date Night over the weekend! They went to Texas Roadhouse at her request and then to As You Wish to paint some pottery. Her most favorite thing to do! :P

They had a great time together! It melts my heart to see how much Alayna loves her Daddy! Jared is a great Dad! :D


1st Homecoming Proposal

>> Friday, August 26, 2016

So Wednesday after school Walker comes in and says he wants to ask a girl from his Government Class to Homecoming!!!! 

WHAAAAAATTTT!!!????!!!! He turned 16 this summer and this will be his 1st school dance!

I was all butterflies and giddy!!! LOL!!!

Once Walker decides something he wants to do it right away. So we Pinterested some ideas, Googled more ideas. Came up with one and then we couldn't find what we needed so we went with Plan B. :)

I was so sad I had to go to a Presidency Meeting and couldn't go with him to deliver it but Jared got to go and I gave strict instructions on taking pictures! :P 

So to explain why his name is misspelled with "Q's" is he decided last year he feels the letter "K" is a redundant letter in the alphabet. "Q" is under used, makes the same sound, and looks much cooler. It's an inside joke with a lot of his friends. So he signed his name that way...LOL!!

We actually had no idea where she lived. However, we know she is in our Stake and Jared is the Ward Clerk so with his access to Directories we figured it out in just a few minutes! Boy that is super helpful!!! :P Hidden extra blessings for serving the Lord! LOL!!!

Here he is running up to Ding Dong Ditch it at the door! :D So exciting!!! 

Time to jump in the get away car! LOL!!! He looks serious! :P

So now we wait for her answer! This is the hard part! EEEEEK!!! :)


Eli Life Scout Advancement

>> Thursday, August 25, 2016

Eli has been hard at work in Scouts. His Troop had their Court of Honor last night and he received his Life Rank Advancement! :) 

This is always my favorite part! :D

Mother's Pin.

He also received the rest of his 3 monther merit badges. Family Life and Personal Management. He had actually done these all at the same time when he did his Personal Fitness but somehow never received them. 

Walker also got recognized. :)

He had to step out of the room for a little bit and missed his name being called. So I snapped this after the meeting. :P

Walker also did the 3 month merit badges when Eli did them and he hadn't received these 2 either. So he was finally awarded them. :)

Walker and Eli are now BOTH Life Scouts. It will be interesting to see which one gets their Eagle Project done 1st! :P 

Eli is pretty motivated. He wants to have his by his 14th bday in April. He also wants to get it before his friend Tanner who also received his Life last night too. Stay tuned!!!! :D


Eli Started the Guitar

>> Monday, August 22, 2016

Eli and I were talking a few weeks ago after I heard this amazing acoustic guitar player on the TV playing beautifully. I've ALWAYS love the acoustic guitar. It just speaks to my soul. Maybe it's because I grew up around music as a child? My dad was always in bands and several of my uncles play as well. I can't say for sure but I do know I LOVE it!!

I was telling Eli he should learn how to play. He said, "Sign me up for lessons!" Well I guess that would help! :P My friend's son plays. He's never taught before. He's a Sr. in High School this year and after talking with her we felt like maybe it would be a good place for both Eli and Chandler to start! :P

He had his 1st lesson today and he's already loving it and sounding pretty good! :)

He caught me!!! LOL! :P

I think it's really cool that they are both gaining something from this experience. :) 


Perfect Timing In All Things

>> Monday, August 15, 2016

 As I have been recovering from my illness, physically I'm doing much better. I feel stronger each day. However, the emotional part has been very difficult. I've struggled with anxiety on and off throughout my life. With this trial it has definitely been at it's peak. 

My very dear friend at Christmas last year gave me a weekly scripture calendar. She's amazing and I'm sure she had no idea how much this gift would come to mean to me. I read my scriptures daily and I gain so much comfort and help from them. However, I have noticed that this calendar she gave me seems to always give me just what I need each week. If only I believed in coincidences!! :P

 The following scriptures have given me even more support and personal testimony to me of how aware my Heavenly Father is aware of me! 

Each day I feel like I'm being strengthened. It's something that will take time. I'm so thankful I have the Gospel in my life and a loving Savior who knows how to comfort me through everything! <3


Back to School 2016-2017!

>> Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Today the kids went back to school!!! 

Summer flew by! About 2 weeks ago I got an email from the district saying school was going to start and it stopped me in my tracks. I wasn't ready AT ALL!! I've had so much on my plate. School was the furthest thing from my mind. However, I pulled myself together, got the kids most of what they needed, and off they went!

I couldn't decide which collage I liked better. So...why not post both!!! :D

One thing that has been freaking me out a little is that Jared and I met and started dating when I was a Junior. Walker is a Junior this year. How on earth is that possible??? It's blowing my mind!!! LOL!!

I made our traditional chocolate chip cookies for when they got home and we talked all about their day. Everyone seemed to have had a good day...that's a plus in my book! :) Here we go!!!


Eli's New Calling

Eli was called and set apart on Sunday to be the new Deacon's Quorum 2nd Counselor! :)

I had to post this. It just expresses his personality to a "T"! LOL!! 

We are so proud of Eli for being a good example to the boys in his Quorum and that the Lord feels he can serve them in this capacity. He is our "gatherer". He loves to bring people together and have a great time. He doesn't care what age or if you have much in common. He just loves bringing people together and making them feel included. He is always cooking up ideas! :P He boils over with energy every day. I don't know where he gets it from! LOL! 

He will be a great addition to the Presidency! :)

President- Bryce Flores
1st Counselor- Bryan Ramirez
2nd Counselor- Eli Kitch
Secretary- Royce Flores


The Many Moods of Our Teenager and His Hair.....

>> Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I took the kids for back to school haircuts. Eli was LESS than thrilled about this. He hates getting his haircut! He also is less than thrilled when Mom takes pictures of him when he's in the midst of a teenage "mood"! LOL!!!!



WE aren't sure the gal cut his hair exactly how he wanted. He didn't style it or anything so it kinda looks like a bowl cut. I promise it looks better once he's put some gel in it! LOL! But at least you can see there is a boy under there! :P


NControl Driving School

We've been teaching Walker to drive for almost a year now. Even though he only got his permit during Spring Break. It's been a little nerve wracking to say the least. I don't know if it's because we are first time parents of a driver or what? LOL!

We decided a few weeks ago we needed to call in a professional with nerves of steel. We have had several families recommend NControl Driving School. They are NOT cheap! But they have cars equipped with a second set of brakes, training, and many, many hours of experience teaching teens to drive! They have it set up in 4 two hour sessions. The last session they take the kids out to a skid car and teach them how to regain control of a car that is out of control. It gives them real world hands on experience for what you hope they never have to experience but if they ever do, they will know what to do! The owner of the company is actually an ex-Nascar driver! :)

Thursday was his 1st session. Jared went with them to brush up on traffic laws and to learn how the instructors teach so that we can keep continuity when we take him out ourselves. :) 

At the end of the session the instructor gives us "homework". :P Just after one session we have seen that our money is being well spent. If this helps him to gain confidence and saves his life money is really no object! :) Now we need to get him in the car for at least 4 hours a week before his next session! Pray for us!!! hahahaha!!!!!


"Do I Believe"

>> Monday, August 1, 2016

I guess it's the The Kitch family's turn to help out with Sacrament Meeting. :) Walker gave a talk in Sacrament on Sunday. Enjoy!

First I would like to talk about Brother O’Loughlin impact on my belief as this is their last week with us in the ward. I have enjoyed having him as a leader in the teachers quorum. He has taught me probably more than he knows. He is a great example in his testimony and has given some of my favorite lessons I have listened to. He has had an extremely positive effect on me and I love him all the more for it.
Today, however, I have been asked to give a talk on the General Conference talk by Bonnie L Oscarson “Do I Believe.”
One of the first things brought up is the difference between knowing and believing. I feel that many people in the church and to some degree those outside of it know the message of the gospel. But knowing isn’t enough on it’s own. It’s a logical thing that can be dismissed. Belief and faith however is internal and taking that knowledge accepting it and making it a lifestyle and a part of you. So without knowledge you can’t have belief but you can have knowledge without belief. Belief is the extra step required of us. It is something you have to work to grow, expand and make ever stronger. It is directly tied into your testimony. It’s accepting that the knowledge is true. She talks about how many great and powerful things we claim such as prophets and their power, the priesthood and eternal life. These are things we need to know and understand that we are accepting when we decide if we truly believe.
Sometimes you’ll see people become complacent and content in just the knowledge and take it for granted. They don’t put in the work required to have a full belief and testimony of the gospel. If you are currently unsure of anything there is no need to worry most of us are and that is where you build your belief.
All of these things I have talked about make this talk seem quite similar to that of my Dad’s recent talk except he has more first hand experience with everything that I am talking about he went through the motions as he said but eventually he came to the true belief and faith that he has today.
She also explains that We believe that this Church is more than just a good place to go on Sundays and learn how to be a good person. It is more than just a lovely Christian social club where we can associate with people of good moral standing. It is not just a great set of ideas that parents can teach their children at home so they will be responsible, nice people. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is infinitely more than all of these things. Our church and our membership thereof means more than just what we do on Sundays. It should define us as a person and in a positive way. As such we should exemplify our knowledge and belief in our church and not sully its name.
She closes talking about the youth and the challenges we face. She says the ever-present influence of the “great and spacious building” in our lives is what hits us the hardest. And this seems to be true. Because that building is able to take those who have even already partaken of the fruit as the people inside harass and make fun of them. If we don’t have a strong enough set of beliefs that we can cling to and ignore those that try and make us question and reject those beliefs then we too can join them in that great and spacious building. And that is completely up to the individual. Friends and family can only get you so far the actual decision and work has to be done by the individual.

Do I believe? Yes I do. I have a testimony that this church is the true church and that our prophet and apostles are called of God, the priesthood has power to do God’s will, and repentance is possible. That is what I believe. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.


A Priest

Walker turned 16 which means he is now a Priest! 

In the Doctrine and Covenants Section 20 verse 46-47 it explains the duties of a Priest. 

"46)The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort,and baptize, and administer the sacrament,

47)And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to  all family duties."

Priesthood bearers are agents of the Lord as they function in the Aaronic Priesthood. When the priest baptize and administer the sacrament, they are helping members to show the outward signs that reflect an inward commitment to live the gospel.

Young men hold the priesthood as they are worthy to do so. As long as they are worthy, they can function as priesthood bearers under the direction of proper authority. The Aaronic Priesthood is in many was a learning priesthood. As they get experience in a particular office and grow older, they are ordained to a higher office and gain more experience. They never lose the authority to act in the callings in the Aaron Priesthood. 

It's a mantle that holds a big responsibility. We are so proud of Walker and the man he is becoming! Congratulations son!


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