Monday, July 28, 2014

Grateful the morning comes everyday

It was so awesome to walk as the sunrise shined last Friday.My heart feels at peace when I am in the foothills and I feel the morning gentle breeze.And it does not not hurt to be with awesome friends there and talk to our hearts content. And laugh, and take pictures, and fill our cups.

Nor does it hurt to see these glimpses of nature, beautiful nature.

How grateful I am for life. A dear friend back home just lost here on earth his grandfather. This grandfather had a mantra: "The best thing in life, is life itself".  I love life, I love my life. I am grateful for it.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

My journey

If one picture could tell of my journey so far, it would be this one:

 Words cannot describe how much I have learned and lived and much has happened with each one of these precious children. I am in love (most of the time). Leaning to let go and live in the now. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is but a dream and hope and at this moment I feel filled with both.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

His head is in my heart

I have this beautiful baby boy who steals my heart everyday. This morning, I asked him: "Donde esta tu cabeza?" (Where is your head?). He knows where it is, he has pointed at it many times... but this morning, he looked at me and waited for me to ask again and then with a wink almost, he put his hand over my heart.  He has heard my beat, he knows where my heart is and in that moment I felt what he was trying to tell me.  A moment to remember and one I feel humbled by. He knows how to speak to my heart, he has done that many times in his short life. I adore you Zanderboysky, thank you for teaching me every day. I just pray I have the attention span to get it.

Friday, August 17, 2012

I have the best job in the world.

I am home.
I miss home.
I planted a garden today.
I know it is way late in the season, but it is ok.
I re-did our yard in my mind all night long last night.
I sang silly songs to the kids and made raisin faces to them.
They laughed and did not know who I was :)
I did not cook today, leftovers it is.
I cried about Mackenzie's arm still being swollen.
I am rocking Kukis in my arms as I type this.
I took a nap (while at work;)
I get to organize and create a school for my kids.
I still have a LOT to unpack, but I get to do it my way and love when I see a vision of an area materialize.
I learned with Jared today that God answers prayers.
Being a Mom, I have the hardest and best job in the world!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Resurrection Rolls

We LOVE Easter around here. Yet we keep it VERY simple. We do bring out our set of 12 plastic eggs with a few things in them to remind us about events in the last few days- hours of the Savior's life. We love using those. 
A couple of years ago, we also started playing around with this recipe and baking these SUPER EASY rolls that we call Resurrection Rolls. We learned to make them from our Aunt Bonnie; we just have made some changes to make it work for the kids. They love helping to put the marshmallows inside, then as they bake the marshmallows melt and the crescent roll is puffed up, but like the tomb - IT IS EMPTY!
Go make these, you will love them!

Resurrection Rolls

 • 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough (original)
 • 8 large marshmallows
 • Melted butter
 • Cinnamon
 • Sugar


  •  Take one marshmallow, and one crescent roll, wrap the marshmallow with the roll and pinch the openings closed  very well.  Be careful not to leave sections where the roll dough is too thin, for it will break open and the marshmallow will leak. 
  • Dip the roll with the marshmallow wrapped inside in the butter and then roll it  in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake in cookie sheet at 375 for 15 minutes. Check they are well cooked and remove from oven. If more time is needed, add one minute at a time.    (the package says 11-13 minutes, but with the way this rolls end up being, they need more time, or they remain somewhat gooey and also ovens vary... so just keep an eye.  But 375 for 15 minutes works well for us.
  • Let them cool in the pan before attempting to remove them.
  • Enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

You just never know if today is a day to use your "Don't do list"

Many months have gone by. So much has happened in my life and my family's life. There's so much I need to do, reflect on and embrace.  As a Mom I have been challenged in ways that I never thought of.  I need to have a date with myself soon (thank you Aaron! for scheduling time for it.  Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed:) ) and cannot even begin to describe how dates with myself help me to  recharge. I love being a Mom. I would not trade it for ANYTHING in the world. No other job, full or part time, no other career can compare to the joy. I am sure there is so much out there I could do, good things out there. Many people I could reach. Exiting careers and things to do outside of my home. But, it is not my place now.

And then, during those hard days as a Mom....because see: I LOVE!!! this job of mine, but it's not by any means easy. So during the hard days, I make an effort to use my "Don't do lists" sometimes in my mind, sometimes I write it down.  It goes like this: I say a prayer in my mind, or I just take a moment to ponder and center myself or I get on my knees and out loud I vocalize my 'overwhelmness' and ask to know what I need not to do that day.

For example, "Don't do the dishes, until you play legos with J"  or  "Don't go to the laundry until you get to read two books to M" or "Don't vaccum until after you pray and read a verse from your scriptures".

When the busy items come to the surface, then I can see the essentials and I can smile and slow down to do what will bring balance to my day.

I love my "don't do lists" as much as I have learned to love my "to do lists" (I have NOT always like lists). But my don't do lists! they give freedom... we are friends,  and it's my simple way to face a challenging day or hour in my own way. It works for me and truly helps me to be a better Mom.

These treasures of mine are worth a don't do list!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A day to remember

What a day this has been!  Everything is turning green and alive and I want that feeling for my everyday life.  Life is so great and so hard.
For me Mother's Day is always on the 10th of May. And I think that in my heart it will always be that way. I can celebrate with my mother then on the same day too.
I am grateful for the dream job that I have that gives me such satisfaction and such sorrow sometimes that I even have gray hair to show for it. But I know I can only grow from these experiences as a mother. I saw in my daughter's eyes today the divinity that lies in each of us. I wanted to squeeze her so tight and I realized that that feeling made my day complete. I know one day she will be a mother of her own (she tells me about it everyday) and I will remember her look as a little girl, innocent, spirited, full of ideas and energy and so huggable. I need to remember those hugs for all my kids specially when I might think is hard to extend those. Then I can continue to grow from this beautiful and hard thing in life called motherhood.
To a Happy Mother's Day! And the chance we get to learn and grow.
This video has helped me today to stop and think and feel.