Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pickin' Pumpkins

We decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch today.  I thought Aileah would be in a good mood... since she had just woken up from a 2 hour nap.  She was in kinda a weird mood.  She would not smile for pictures.  GRRR!  Here are a few cute ones anyway; without her cute smile.  It was a beautiful day.  Aileah was in heaven with airplanes over-head, pumpkins, and tractors to ride on.  We had a great time.  I had more pics but the computer is acting up :(
As soon as Aileah saw the tractors she HAD to ride on one!  She loves John Deere!

Pointing to the other tractors she wanted to go ride.

This was the first pumpkin that she tried to pick.  It was a bit too big.  She was able to move it though.  Strong girl!

Posing with Daddy...for a quick minute.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Inner Dialogue

I wonder.... are you at all like me?  I heard a talk once that referred to your inner dialogue, what you say to yourself throughout the day.  What is your inner dialogue?   The speaker posed the question, would you ever talk to someone else the way you talk to yourself?  Would you ever dream of saying those mean, hurtful things to others?  Why, then, do we think it is ok to say it to ourselves?  I have been thinking about this a lot lately.
It is so easy to see things in ourselves that we don't like.  But why is it so difficult to see the good, great  and wonderful in ourselves?  I had a roommate, Chrissy, who told me that everyday I needed to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself, "You're beautiful."  What if I had actually done that?  Would my inner dialogue be different today?  I have struggled with this negative inner dialogue for some time.  It is something I am trying to change.  I wonder... are you like me?
I wasn't able to hear much of conference... trying to keep a 16 month old around.  But I was able to hear some of Pres. Uchtdorf's talk.  This quote stopped me in my tracks:
    “Some people can’t get along with themselves. They criticize and belittle themselves all day long until they begin to hate themselves. May I suggest that you reduce the rush and take a little extra time to get to know yourself better. Walk in nature, watch a sunrise, enjoy God’s creations, ponder the truths of the restored gospel, and find out what they mean for you personally. Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you—as His precious daughter or son with divine potential.”

What a beautiful reminder!  The Lord knew I needed to hear this at this time.  I give thanks to a loving Heavenly Father who is aware of what I need.  I don't write this to have compliments sent my way.... just something I've been thinking about and conference got me thinking even more.  Thanks to all the beautiful examples I have in my life.  I learn from you, even when you don't realize it.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Some great guys!

I recently blogged about the great women in our family... now it's the guys' turn!  I have been blessed to have some great guys in my life.  They are great examples to me and they help me try to be a better person.

Ok... this is a weird pic but it is like the only one I have of my brother, Jon.  Jon is very passionate.  He is also very protective of those he loves.  If you hurt one of us, heaven help you!

My brother, Jared, is such a patient and kind man.  He has a very tender heart, something he gets from our Dad.  He is so devoted to his 2 boys!

My bro in law, Adam.  We haven't had the chance to live close to each other for long at all.  I hope that will change some day.  He is a very hard worker.  He is a talented handyman.  I wish I had those skills!

My Dad!  What can I say?  He is such a hard worker.  He has worked many jobs he has hated to help support us.  He has a tender heart, and is not afraid to show it... although he sometimes says it's allergies :)  He is always there to listen and give advice.  I love you, Dad, for these reasons and many more!

My wonderful husband!  I am grateful to have been able to be married to my best friend!  It was truly worth the wait.  He is such a family man.  Nothing is more important than his family.  I love that about him. He works hard, at a job that he'd rather not be doing, and then goes to classes,does homework, and helps out at home.  Thanks for all you do for me and Aileah!  I love you!

I am grateful to the Lord for giving me so many great examples in my life.  I don't even want to think about where I would be without you all!  I love you... sorry I don't say it often enough.