Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Teach the Children

Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. this is how it happened...I had just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. "What are you doing?" I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. his usual jolly manner was gone. gone was the eager, boisterous character we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement. "TEACH THE CHILDREN!" I was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement pulled a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. as I stood puzzled, Santa said, "teach the children! teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten."Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it in front of the fire place. "Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, representing the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man's thoughts turning toward heaven."He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. "Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. god promised a savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise."he then reached into his bag and pulled out a strand of CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. "Teach the children that the lights symbolize that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of Jesus who fills our lives with light."once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. "Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. real love never ceases, like god's love which has no beginning or end."He then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. "Teach the children that I, Santa Clause symbolise the generosity and kindness we feel during the month of December."He then brought out a cluster of HOLLY BERRIES. "Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. it represents the crown of thorns worn by our saviour. the red holly represents the blood shed by Him."Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, "Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave us his only son... Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy Babe and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. we should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men."Santa then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. "Teach the children that the sugar cane represents the shepherd's crook. the crook on the staff helps to bring back lost sheep to the flock."he reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. "Teach the children that it was the angels that announced the glorious news of the savior's birth. the angels sang 'Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men."suddenly, I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. "Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring to guide us to God. the bell symbolises guidance and return. it reminds us that we are all precious in the eyes of God."Santa looked back and was pleased. I saw the twinkle in his eyes as he said: "remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but an humble servant of the one that is, and I bow down to worship him, our Lord, our God."* I look forward to reading & sharing this story each year. I like to use a small tree & ornaments depicting each of the symbols. (I've also given it as a gift - wrapping up the tree, ornaments & story together.) Enjoy! If it isn't already, I hope it becomes a favorite tradition for you as well.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Quote for Today

A hug is a great gift — one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.
— Anonymous

Monday, December 17, 2007

Answered Prayer's

This Friday, I came home from work and fell nearly in deep despair and panic, as Christmas draws near and I have not done a bit of Christmas Shopping. I know it is not all about the gifts, but as a mother wanting to give to her Children and having no extra money at that moment to do so, I was feeling pretty low. We are waiting for a check for Jarrod to come....and I was hoping it would come on Friday and it did not. I went in my room and cried, I cried for so many reasons. Cried that we have had to move so much. That we have really no connection with our ward--we have a wonderful ward, don't get me wrong. I cried because, I missed having close friends. I cried more for my kids who are so wonderful and deserve so much that I cannot give them. I cried because Jarrod was once again out of work and cried because I am so unsure of our future.....Cried because I felt so alone. I almost felt like Heavenly Father has forgotten me, then, I thought of how lucky I am to have a healthy family and a roof over my head, and then I cried because I felt guilty for wanting more. Then out of the blue my best Friend that I have had since I was 3 called and said I am coming to get you....She had no idea I was feeling this way. She took me out of my despair. She told me she knew something was a matter. She so kindly bought me some much needed groceries and warm clothes for the kids--I tried to talk her out of it and acted like we really didn't need anything, but she insisted. She kept asking me what was wrong. I know she was prompted to call me that night. I was able to wrap some gifts and put them under the tree. I so wish that I didn't have to accept such a a generous gift, but so grateful she was there for me when I thought all was forgotten. She is my angel....I know Heavenly Father never forgets his children. I really needed someone that night, someone that would not judge my family and knows me. She heard my cries and helped me. She let me pour out my fears and have my pity party without making me feel bad for doing so...... Thank you Heavenly Father for hearing a mother's cry.....I know that you have given me so much, and I shouldn't have felt the way I did. Please forgive me and I am so grateful for answered prayers. I know how blessed I am, and that you answer all of my prayers. Thank you for friends who know me, and loves me anyway.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Picky Palate

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Picky Palate

Updates on Baby Hope

Baby Hope--is doing well. She is a whopping 5 lbs 9 oz. now. She is a good eater and thriving. She has had two 1 hr visits with her parents. We all love her in the office. It will be hard to see her go. She is having a good start with lots of love. Hopefully that will help. Her grandparents are trying to gain custody of her.
Snuggled safely in her bassinet. She is right by my desk so I get to peek on her through the day....I am so lucky....
Ruffle Buns...

Yummy Fuzzy and Warm Swap Gift

I received this Great Swap Gift from Donna. Check out her website Thank you Donna, I love it!!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cute Gift Idea

Felt mitten clips.

A cute little project for gift tags or teachers. Or ornaments, or whatever!~~from Martha Stewart

Monday, December 10, 2007

Swap Package on it's very late Way......

SO sorry swap partner...with us moving, it put me way is a sneak peek at your package. you should have it in a day or two....I am so excited I go pick up mine today. I missed the mailman so they took it to the post office.

Ward Christmas Party

Our Ward Christmas Party was wonderful. The performers did a great job!! The food was excellent. I know all the hard work that goes into this, and our ward did a Excellent Job!! Wise Man----Adorable Ammon!Brother Neal, did a great job singing a song from the Forgotten Carol's.Brother Scott, did a great job of playing a grumpy Kind Herod....
Bishop's daughter sang so beautifully....Isn't she pretty?
Brother Kelly and Wise Men.


Sunday Night we finally started decorating the tree. We will finish tonight for FHE. I am giving in and letting the girls decorate. I love to decorate and make the tree just to my liking However, after talking to a co-worker and her kids are in their teens have no interest in doing this. I decided to just let the girls go and do it and have a ball. Their excitement and desire may not always be there. I hope that never happens. I do not know if it is because I am pregnant, but I weep at everything. My girls and my husband, must think I am an emotional wreck....I love my girls and Christmas....Okay....I must go cry again......hmmppppf......

Got Guilt?

I too suffer from this. GUILT! Guilt that what I do is never good enough.....Which in turn holds me back.....This article by MormonMomma not only expresses how I feel but, also puts what I know to be true. Must Read.....

Got Guilt?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Carpenter's Dancing...

Hey, I just made a total elf of myself. Check it out by clicking the link below.
This elfin' greeting brought to you by OfficeMax®.

Singing at the Silver Legacy

Ashlynn is part of the Choir at her school. Last Night was her first performance. They did such a great job.....The sound system was fabulous....She was Suzy SnowFlake....Suzy Snow flake did a special solo dance...She did a great job......

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Introducing Baby Hope

My Boss is doing foster care, and picked up her first baby on Sunday. This sweet baby is a meth baby. It breaks my heart to not know the future of this baby.....She is so sweet.
She was born on November 29, 2007
Already smiling.
She is tiny. She only weighs 5 lbs. She shows some signs of withdrawal, however they say it takes about 3 weeks for the baby to really go through withdrawal's. She is in a loving environment now. We all get to hold her and spoil her throughout our work day..She is loved.....pray for her.......Her future is unsure......

First Pictures!!!

Here is our new edition's first Pictures!!! The baby is very active......The doctor said everything looks good. Our due date is June 11, 2008. I guessed June 8, 2007. I was close......We are in the the second phase of the pregnancy. I hope that now I will start feeling better. Last month was very hard. We did a remodel of a house and moved, found out I was pregnant, and my husband lost his job....Talk about stress. I have been reassured through a priesthood blessing that everything will be okay. That our Heavenly Father knows our future and all our needs will be met. I just have to have faith on that. I have to say, It is really hard. We are very excited for this little one to join our family. We knew there was another spirit waiting for our family. Seeing the baby today, made it so real. I cannot wait to see and hold this precious babe...