Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankfulness...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I have been thinking for a few weeks about all the things I am thankful for.

I used to feel entitled to some things when I was younger... I have come to realize as I get older that I am entitled to absolutely NOTHING!

I am either BLESSED or I work hard and reap results.

There are a lot of things to be grateful for!

First and foremost I am thankful for a loving Heavenly father who is wise and understanding. I may not get all that I ask for but I always get what I need.

Second, I am thankful for my Savior. I am thankful for his Infinite Sacrifice and for his willingness to suffer and Die for me so that I can find forgiveness and peace. I am grateful He loosed the bands of death so that I could live once more with my family.

Third, I am grateful for a wonderful Husband who loves me and shows me everyday. I am grateful for his willingness to make our marriage work, through the easy and the rough patches. I am grateful for his commitment to his heavenly father. I am thankful for his great sense of responsibility for his strong Moral values and for his Character. He his a wonderful man and I Love him very much!

Fourth, I am grateful for my 3 amazing boys, for all that they teach me. I am thankful for their laughs, humor and silliness! I am a better person because of them.

Fifth, I am thankful for the rest of my family; Maman, Papa, Mom, Dad, Eliane, Jeff and Sylvie, Ben, Charles, Nat, Chris and Rosanne, Samantha and Edgar, Patrick and Anna,... I am thankful for their love. I am thankful to be a part of their lives...

Sixth, I am thankful for wonderful friends. You are many! I love you and appreciate you! I am thankful for your presence, your laughs, your confidence and your listening ears!

Seventh, I am grateful for a wonderful ward family. I am grateful I finally feel at home in my home ward.

Eight, I am grateful for this country and the great people who live in it. I am grateful for freedom, for Men and Women who serve, died, and fight so that my family and I can enjoy freedom. I understand that freedom is never free; it always comes at a cost.

Ninth, I am thankful for Callings. I am thankful for the growth opportunities it provides, for the understanding and the blessings it brings.

Finally I am thankful for talents. For those gifts we are given. I am grateful that we can develop them to serve others and help ourselves.

There are many more things to be grateful for; the Gospel, living Prophets, the scriptures, work, cars, clothes,...

The list goes on...

So many things to ponder.

I wish you all a Happy thanksgiving!

May we remember to be grateful and thankful every single day for we are greatly blessed!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sometimes it just takes some remembering...


The kids and I took a trip to the library last week. I have been trying to find books that are interesting and that talk about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution...


I stumbled upon "Abe's Honest Words - The life of Abraham Lincoln" (Doreen Rappaport) in the picture book section.


The book is a condensed version Of Abraham Lincoln life's intertwined with quotes form Abraham Lincoln himself. The Pictures are GREAT and it is not super long that my kids lost interest...


So I we read this story before bed, I started to tear up a little...


There is something to be said about Abraham Lincoln's wisdom. His words are profound yet simple...


There is a quieting awe that comes as we take in his words and understand them.


The quote that really stuck with me is from "The Gettysburg Address" and it says:



"It is not for us the living, rather that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."


In a time where our government think it wise to govern against the will of the people and to spend all of our money on Bailouts, it is nice to KNOW and REMEMBER that the power lies with the people...



Sometimes it just takes some remembering...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And it starts....

Or really it continues...
Joseph officially graduated 15 days ago
and
tonight is the first Class of his Masters!
2 more years!
Really it's not too hard because it didn't really stop...
Wish him luck!
I sure am soooooooo proud of him!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Protests...

I have been troubled by the amount of protests that have been going on over the last 10 days...
I have been baffled by the lack of respect for contrary opinions.
I believe Marriage to be a sacred covenant between
a MAN and a WOMAN.
You see I believe in families; I believe that the family is the basic unit of our society.
I believe that when and if marriage is no longer defined as a union between a man and a woman, our society will start to falter even more.
Some will call me a bigot, hate monger, prejudiced,...
I believe it is my God given right to free speech to express my opinion.
I also believe it is my DUTY to fight for the things I believe in.
I do NOT hate gay people.
I actually have a close gay relative... I love this relative very much.
Members of my faith, the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter Day Saints, have been targeted heavily in these protests.
You see we have a saying in our church:
Love the sinner, not the sin.
And though some might be offended by this because they do not view homosexuality as a sin,
it should be taken as this:
We love everyone regarding of their opinions, behaviors,...
We try the best we can to be a Christlike people.
That our opinions differ should not single us out as bigots.
Most Americans still have traditional values,
no matter what the lobbies and media try to push on us.
We do NOT hate, we LOVE.
We are only defending what we believe in.
In this era of political correctness,
it seems like the silent majority is becoming attacked
simply because we believe in something.
I believe marriage to be instituted by God,
to bind a man and a woman.
I believe the purpose of marriage is to bring children into this world
and raise them to be good, moral, law abiding and God believing.
I believe it to be my duty to voice my beliefs.
I KNOW what I stand for.
I know what my VALUES are.
I am not alone.
I believe in traditional marriage.
Our inspired church leaders published
The FAMILY: a proclamation to the world in 1995.
Here is a copy of what we believe in.
"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Something to cheer about!!!

Now that all the electoral stress has diminished
and that our lives seem to be somewhat back to normal
there is something our family can cheer about!
Joseph is now officially a Bachelor's degree graduate!!!
YEAH!!!
He also starts his Masters in 2 weeks...
Congrats Honey!
We are sooo proud of you!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new day rises on America

So as we all know America has spoken.

Barrack Obama will be our next President.

There are a lot of feelings in our household.

Disappointment, fear,...

But as Glenn Beck put it yesterday: this "is the day where we all have to come together as Americans."

No matter what your feelings.

So I will stand and support our new President because this is America and the PEOPLE has spoken.

I do not know where this nation will go, what direction it shall take.

What I know is that WE will stand together as Americans.

Today is an historic Day.

I hope we can now get past the race and gender thing! I always believed the only thing that should count is the issues...

America has chosen, let's come together.

That does not mean that we must agree with the policies put forth by the next government.

It means that as Americans, we will show proper respect for the Office of the President.

As we embark this journey for the next 4 years, I will dedicate part of this blog to defending the principles I hold dear.

I congratulate Barrack Obama for this win!

And I also tell him: America is watching.

We will back you up when you are right.

And WE will make our voices heard when you are wrong.

May you preserve our Freedom and rise up to the task that is ahead of you.

We will be praying for you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today is ELECTION DAY...

GET OUT
AND
VOTE!!!

Hopefully we have a long night ahead of us!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Nationalized Healthcare anyone?

I just got off the phone with my Mom. She has been having health issues over the last little while and finally had a doctor appointment this last week. The Doctor had some blood test result that were taken but he also referred her to a few different specialists for other issues...

She called the proposed physician whose clinic was so booked they gave her 4 other names of specialist to call. She finally made an appointment on Nov. 21st. Not too bad right it's only 3 weeks away... Well: turns out this guy is an optometrist with the right instruments, not an ophthalmologist!

She couldn't get in for an x-ray.

She couldn't get in to see the bone specialist...

So let me ask again: Nationalized Healthcare anyone???

Proud parents!

Matthew has been talking about bearing his testimony in church for 3 weeks.

Today was fast sunday and he did it! All by himself!

When he first started talking about it I was a little hesitant. I asked him what his testimony was, what he wanted to say.

Over the last 3 weeks we had many conversations in our home about what a testimony is.

I told Matthew that I would love for him to share his testimony with our ward but that I was NOT going to go up on the stand and tell him what to say.

Joseph had similar conversations with him also...

And Matthew bore his testimony. Simple and touching.

Being parents sometimes seems like it is an endless job. You always wonder if your kids are actually learning something...

Today was one of these moment where the hard work was rewarded by a 6 year old boy who knows what he believes...