Showing posts with label Walker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Walker. Show all posts


>> Saturday, February 9, 2019

It's that time of year again! Time for the Renaissance Festival! 

Last year we got rained out. It was freezing and soggy. The kids loved it. Me...not so much! LOL! This year was forecast to be 65 and mostly cloudy. It was pleasant most of the day. Toward the evening it was pretty cold though. We were all shivering! But it beats the alternative. It's "usually" really hot...I don't know why it's been so cold these past 2 years? 

Alayna brought her friend Morgan and they both wanted henna tattoos. We've never done them before and it seemed like fun! 

Walker liked these mice guys. LOL! 

She's pretty pleased with her dragon! 

Morgan got a sun. It turned out cool! 

Eli brought his friend Brynne. The very first thing I do when we get there is buy the biggest bag of "King's Nuts" and munch away! :P I do share...eventually! See they got a few. :P 

These girls are animal lovers. We had to stop every place there were animals. 

The guys decided to check out a knife shop in the meantime. 

We caught a few shows ....and a photo-bomber....

I don't have any pics of this show but it was called, "The Wyld Men". It was sort of like watching your two best friends put on an act as they made it up as they went along. It had some funny parts for sure but it also left you wondering what did you just watch. Hahaha!!! 

That's better! :) 

I could watch this guy make pottery all day. He was so informative and watching the wheel spin and spin was mezmorizing! 

When the henna dries it peels off and the it stains the skin. This it what you are left with. It's supposed to last for about 2 weeks. The girls are also showing of their Yin & Yang (at least that's what they call them) Friendship Bracelets they purchased at the Fair. 

 Alayna is pretty tall. But Morgan is also pretty short. It's funny that they are only a few weeks apart in age! 

My boys don't really like taking pics but I was able to get one with BOTH of them that day! Mom win!!! <3 

I got myself a big 'ol turkey leg. 

Everyone else opted for the spinach artichoke bread bowls. 

We caught another show. They don't really give you a description of the shows in the map. This one was called "Cirque du Sewer- the acrobat with rats and cats!" But when we looked at the map all I remember reading was acrobat rats. In my head I was thinking it was just a bunch of kids acrobats. But when we got there it literally was rats and cats! They did little stunts...eventually...they both were a little less cooperative than you'd like. LOL! I mean....cats never like to do what you tell them to! 

Walker had to work unfortunately...he left us shortly after. We were glad he could come spend most of the day with us though. <3 

Then it was off to the Pirates Assault Catapult! The girls love this ride! Alayna even got brave this year and tried some back flips! 

Then the girls spent about an hour at Mother and Father Goose! I wasn't' kidding when I said they loved animals! I was surprised they didn't get kicked out they were there so long! Hahaha! 

While the girls were there we went to watch Zilch the Torysteller. This guy was fast and would tell stories and switch the first letter around at the beginning of each word. Eli and Jared loved him! 

I went for a stroll looking for more treats. I needed something warm and I was glad when I found some hot chocolate! And possibly a funnel cake to go with it! ;)

We ended the day with the joust! 


Last year we sat down to watch it and the skies opened and dumped water on us and they cancelled the show. This year we really wanted to watch it. We got our chance. However, our guys lost. :( Bummer! LOL! 

We had a fun day! I'm grateful for these memories we are able to make with our family! I love them to pieces!!! 


I Hope They Call Me on a Mission....

>> Friday, January 25, 2019

Since Walker was little he's talked about serving a mission for our church. He's always said, "When I go on my mission." ....not just when I go on a MY mission.... I think there is power in our words and meaning. That he's always seen it as "his" and what he wants to do is important. 

Walker has one of the biggest, kindest, most loving hearts of anyone I know. When I think of an example in my life of one who is Christlike, I immediately think of him. He's always the first to love, support, and forgive. He always puts others before himself. He is an incredible example to me. Charity is one of his greatest spiritual gifts. 

In October 2012 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced a BIG change for young men and young women who want to serve a mission:

"I am pleased to announce that effective immediately all worthy and able young men who have graduated from high school or its equivalent, regardless of where they live, will have the option of being recommended for missionary service beginning at the age of 18, instead of age 19. I am not suggesting that all young men will—or should—serve at this earlier age. Rather, based on individual circumstances as well as upon a determination by priesthood leaders, this option is now available.

As we have prayerfully pondered the age at which young men may begin their missionary service, we have also given consideration to the age at which a young woman might serve. Today I am pleased to announce that able, worthy young women who have the desire to serve may be recommended for missionary service beginning at age 19, instead of age 21.

We affirm that missionary work is a priesthood duty—and we encourage all young men who are worthy and who are physically able and mentally capable to respond to the call to serve. Many young women also serve, but they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men. We assure the young sisters of the Church, however, that they make a valuable contribution as missionaries, and we welcome their service."

After this announcement was made there was a lot of excitement and the mission field grew exponentially! But the part that Pres. Monson said that stood out to me was, "I am not suggesting that all young men will-or should-serve at this earlier age. Rather, based on individual circumstances as well as upon a determination by priesthood leaders, this option is now available." 

Missions are voluntary. The Lord wants us to prayerfully decide for ourselves what He would have us do. Not everyone is able financially, mentally, or physically to serve a full-time mission for 2 years. Some young men/ young women aren't ready to leave home at such an early age. Every individual is different and the Lord knows that because He is our Father and He created us. All He really asks of us is to "prepare" to be worthy to serve. If you serve or between you and Him. 

A lot of Walker's friends went right after they graduated High School last year. It was hard for him as he saw them leave one by one and he was one of the few that hadn't left yet. But he knew it wasn't his time. He'd been planning and preparing. He'd been praying and fasting. The answer for him was, "not yet." 

Sometimes it takes greater faith to wait then not to. It can be difficult to hear, "not yet", when you want so much to follow the counsel of the Prophet. It takes a great deal of maturity and humility to wait upon the Lord. 

With all of that being said, the time has come. Walker has been working on his mission papers, getting his dental and doctor appointments finished up and last night met with the Bishop. He came home and we sat together going over the check-list one last time and then Walker submitted it. 

We've been "talking" about it for so long I thought I was ready. When he hit the button and the screen said, "Recommendation has been submitted", it hit me like a ton of bricks. My stomach sort of fell and lump grew in my throat. This just got REAL! 

Now I feel like my Momma heart needs a minute. It's all happening so fast! But I also couldn't be more proud of Walker for making the decision to serve a mission.❤️ It's been humbling to watch him go through this process. It's been a very personal journey and a decision he's made on his own and in his own timing with the Lord's guiding hand. He is an incredible example to me. 💞 

There are a few more steps and then everything will get sent to Salt Lake. We'll keep you posted with the details when we get them!


Ordained a Priest

>> Sunday, January 20, 2019

Today was a special day for Eli and our family! ❤️ 

He gave a great talk in Sacrament about magnifying the Priesthood to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ. Of course he put his humor and personality into it and had us all laughing as well as sharing deep and meaningful thoughts. 😉 

Then this afternoon, he was ordained to the office of a Priest. Jared gave him a beautiful blessing. Walker was also standing in the circle, and my heart felt so full of gratitude as I watched my three men participate in this Holy bestowal of God's power. Sometimes I feel like I am going to burst with how much I love my family! 💞

If you are interested here is his talk: 

Morning brothers and sisters.

After thinking for a very long time I’ve decided to start my talk off with one of my best church pickup lines - Hey girl, I like your modest tan lines we should go out sometime - And don’t worry bishop I’m only practicing that one for when I’m 16

In all seriousness though I was asked to talk on how magnifying the priesthood helps me be a better disciple of Christ.

I want to pose the question on how it wouldn’t

The priesthood helps us all to be better disciples of Christ in a multitude of ways, money, academics, relationships, worthiness. The Priesthood helps us in all of these ways and many more.

I would like to focus on why just for a second here.

New Year’s has just passed us, and with it, millions of people have made resolutions and goals and all that. But did you know, only 64% last more than the first month? So if you haven’t given up yet, odds are the person sitting next to you has.

The priesthood has, in my life, given me an excuse, maybe the ultimate excuse to remain worthy in my life. Which in turn allows me to be a better disciple of Christ as it enables me to do his work with a free conscious and open mind instead of dwelling on the things that I maybe shouldn’t have done.

Furthermore, having the priesthood in my life serves a constant check and balance in order to keep myself in line whenever I seem to stray.

Magnifying the priesthood not only keeps me worthy but it allows me to grow and obtain relationships with others.

If you magnify the priesthood you can stand out from the monotony of everyday society and be a beacon to which others are drawn because you have a different sense about you.

This doesn’t apply to just men, it applies to women as well. If you magnify the blessings that the priesthood has brought to you or given to you, you can have the same sense of difference that people seem to so easily identify (for better or for worse).

Standing out from the crowd permits you to be able to become a better disciple of Christ because the people that you meet will want to know why you are different. And not only why, but how you are different than other religions, giving you the opportunity to explain to them the differences and maybe give them some sediments of truth

For example, something like this happened to me just recently with my friend Gavin.

He exclaimed to me one day during a conversation we were having quote “Why are all you Mormon folk so smart, it’s unfair, it seems like almost all of you are good at everything academic.”

I immediately JUMPED at the opportunity to correct him saying- Um Actually, we are Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

But then I said, it’s not that we are any smarter or better than anyone else, I know plenty of average members. It’s that we have the practice of holding ourselves to a higher standard from an earlier age. 

What can we learn from this experience?

Well I learned that the experience of the priesthood being in my life, throughout my entire life, is an immeasurable blessing. And that in following in the footsteps of the amazing example that my dad has set for me, and working on being the best priesthood holder I can be and looking for new areas to improve in. It allows me as a member to become a better disciple, to be more focused, more in tune, and better prepared for things that life will throw at me. So when my foundations are shaken my spiritual tower will not tumble so easily.

Magnifying the priesthood in our lives, whether it be the priesthood itself or the blessings that it brings to our lives is a paltry task when you consider the innumerable ways in which it affects our lives it’s just a matter of actually doing it.

And if we do do it, we will become exponentially better servants and disciples of Christ.

Not only will we be better disciples of Christ but it will bless our lives in many ways, some even unknown unto us.

I invite all of you to reaffirm your conviction to be the best disciple to Christ and to magnify it in your lives, try it for a week or maybe even two and I promise you that you will see the blessings that come from it in your life.

And I invite you to take active steps to become a better more devout disciple of Christ whether that be turning in a tithing slip you missed or learning to be a more contrite person in your day to day life.

I’d like to bear my testimony that I know the power of the priesthood is real. Very real.

I know that in this church, the only true church, that what you put into growing your testimony is what you’ll get out of it. And that if you try hard every single day doing all the primary answers you WILL get something out of it.

And if you haven’t gotten something out of it yet, continue looking, in places that you wouldn’t think to even look for it.

I know that perseverance is key in obtaining the knowledge and love of the gospel that some people very near and dear to me have.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Family Temple Day!

>> Friday, January 18, 2019

Family Temple Day! 💒 

It's not easy finding a day that works with everyone's schedules to go to the temple as a family. But we made a commitment to go together once a month this year and we are doing our best. We thought after school would be a good time but apparently we were wrong. We got to the temple and the wait for the Baptistery was 1.5 hrs! Alayna had to be home in less time than that to be at her new babysitting job and Jared and I had dinner plans we couldn't be late for. So we improvised! 

Eli was asked to give a talk on Sunday so he gave us a great devotional from his talk and we finished off the outing with a little Menchie's frozen yogurt. 🍨 

Sometimes it's the intentions of our hearts and effort that count more than what we actually set out to do. <3 



Alayna's 1st Temple Trip- Family Temple Day!

>> Friday, December 28, 2018

Family Temple Day!! 💒 

Alayna has been SO excited to turn 12 so she can go to the Temple. 
Today was her very first time! ❤️

 It was a beautiful experience to have our entire family there today. Words can't describe how much my heart was filled to watch Walker officiate baptisms for the very first time for his younger brother Eli and then each one of us. Seeing the pure joy on Alayna's face as we arrived this morning and being blessed to be the one to help her find her way around and then see her face light up as her name was called to go down into to the baptismal font was so fun to be apart of and watch. And then for Jared, who typically isn't very emotional or have many words to say, become moved to tears by the Spirit for one of his ancestors and hear him bear his testimony to our children was incredible!! 💕 It was absolutely perfect! My cup runneth over! 💞


Operation Birthday Lunch!

>> Thursday, December 20, 2018

Operation Birthday Lunch was a success!!🎂🎉 Our whole crew showed up with Alayna's favorite food & played Ga-ga Ball and a few "friendly" matches of tether ball. 😜 #kickinitoldschool #awesomebrothers #elementaryschoolfun #imissrecess #decemberbdaysdonthavetobelame

We all had a blast! Tetherball got a little intense but super hilarious! Alayna said it was her favorite thing ever! <3 


The 3rd Times a Charm

>> Monday, December 17, 2018

The 3rd times a charm.....we hope!!!!!

We finally got things settled with the insurance company and got Walker another car. This is his 3rd vehicle in 1.5 years!!!

My Dad actually saw it while he was driving around on his side of town. Lots of Snowbirds are back in AZ. They usually don't put many miles on their cars and just drive them to/from church. Dad went with us to test drive it and gave it an once over and he said it looked good. 

 The man who owned the car was from Minnesota. He was really nice. He was asking WAY too much for the car and after we had the car checked out by our mechanic and Jared negotiating with him he was able to get the car for $1800.00!!! So proud of Jared for stepping outside of his comfort zone too! <3 

We are so happy we are done car shopping....hopefully for a LONG time! LOL! 

Walker really likes the car. He said it's his favorite of the 3 of them. I think it's mostly because it has leather seats! :P It does feel really smooth and nice when you drive it too. But that tape deck though...pretty SWEET!!!! LOL! 

 It has some dings, dents, and scrapes. We're not sure what happened to it exactly but it's in good mechanical shape and that's more important. We also like that it's a bigger vehicle like the Taurus was. It took the impact really well and kept Walker safe. 

Here's to hoping for no more car accidents!!!


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