“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
I have never read truer words than these! We are always wondering how to erase homelessness, drug abuse, violent crime, reduce the number of people in prison, forever eliminate domestic abuse, and on and on and on. Why are we always trying to fix the leak in the basement by building a new roof?
I am very proud of my son Aaron and his wonderful wife Shay. They have 2 beautiful little girls and they are trying so hard to raise them to be strong, to be compassionate, to be well adjusted whole human beings. They won’t be perfect, perfection cannot be achieved. But as long as…
She came home!
After serving faithfully and well, our daughter Alison came home from her mission on Oct 22, 2014.
I had missed her sooooo much! I had sent 2 boys on missions and had learned that each mission comes with its own set of trials and circumstances. I learned that you worry about different things with each child. You wonder how they will deal with the wide variety of obstacles or life events. You wonder if you have taught them enough, if their testimony is strong enough, if they will be safe.
While Alison was gone, I learned that you worry about completely different things for your girls than you do your boys. I also learned that with Alison, I didn’t need…
My daughter Emma had a baby girl last Saturday! It’s her first baby. Our family hadn’t had a baby in a couple years and we were all getting a little baby hungry, especially Shay! Shay is my son’s wife, she has 2 little girls of her own, but alas……they are 2 and 4 and soooo not tiny babies any more. So partially because she’s in a baby mood and partially because she’s just a sweetheart, she decided she would do up a cute little nursery for baby Ella as her gift.
Emma became a huge Harry Potter fan from the first chapter of the first book of the series. So Shay wanted to do a Harry Potter themed nursery. I…
Ella Grace is here!
Ella Grace made her entrance into the world last Saturday. Her mom Emma did very well considering it was her first baby.
Here she is on her first day in this world. Like all babies she gets prettier everyday. She’s a pretty good sleeper and seems to be a very content baby. Like a lot of newborns she has a bit of jaundice. The doctor had Emma put her in a light box. Apparently it was a horrendous thing for Ella. She hates being naked and she had to be under the lamp. She loves being snuggled in her blanket and that also wasn’t going to happen under the light. So it was a very long night for her and…
Smart children come from good parents
I was teaching a 9 year old primary class at church a few years ago. They were a great bunch of kids. One little girl named Emma was and is extraordinary, but not in the way everyone assumes she is. She’s always prepared, she reads her scriptures daily, she knows the stories. She loves singing in the choir, she does very well in school, she’s an excellent reader and she works hard.
I have heard people say that she is a genius. I have heard people say her family is freakish, because they don’t have a TV. But after you get to know her and her family better you don’t believe any of that, what I believe to be true…