Friday, March 27, 2009

Family Home Evening

We had such a spiritual Family Home Evening the other night. Max had been asking me about why people stand up in a "special" Sacrament Meeting and talk in the microphone. I had found a sharing time about Testimony that I had done while I was serving in Primary that I thought would make a perfect Family Home Evening. So I shared with my children the five things that should be included in a testimony
1) Heavenly Father Lives
2) Jesus Christ is the Savior
3) Joseph Smith was a prophet
4) The Book of Mormon is the word of God
5) There is a living Prophet today
We talked about why it is important to know these things and how we could gain a Testimony of them. Then I asked if any of my boys would like to try bearing their Testimony. Max went first and put in all five parts. Then Mitchel stood in front of his brothers and told them his testimony, adding things that he knew were true. After Mitchel, I thought we were done, but little Mason wanted a turn too. He stood up and repeated what I told him, and seriously, I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest, it was so sweet and cute! Then I bore my Testimony of these things. I don't think I had ever felt the Spirit so strongly at one of our little Family Home Evenings and I think my children felt it too. It was awesome!
Then Max was in charge of the activity, so we each drew a picture to go with the five things we learned should be in a Testimony. They turned out so cute so we hung them up so that Mike could see them (He had to work late that night and wasn't able to be at our Family Home Evening)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I'm so Lucky!

Seriously, every night before I go to bed I think "I'm so LUCKY!" I have three of the most awesome, fun, smartest, cutest, amazing boys in the world. Even if they have driven me absolutely CRAZY that day, I still am amazed at how LUCKY I am to be their Mom. I am having so much fun watching them grow up and learn and be excited about life. They bring me more joy than I ever thought possible. Does every Mom feel like this? I hope so, because it sure it fun!
Here are our St. Patrick's day pictures. We celebrated by eating green blueberry muffins and gold coins. There was also a few little surprises to enjoy as well.

I love you so much Mitchel, Max and Mason! Thanks for making my life so LUCKY!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Basketball Star and Awesome Friends

I usually post stuff that is all about me and my life, but this past week something cool happened to Mike so I thought I would write about it. Mike has been playing on a winter basketball league every Tuesday night for the past three months. At his last game, he was presented a trophy for the leading scorer for the entire league! He out scored everyone by over 40 points. He was as surprised (and embarrassed) as anyone, but at the same time, he was really proud of himself (and so was I) He may be getting older, but he's still got game!

Okay, now back to my life. Saturday was a really fun day for me. I along with 5 of some of my best friends from High School got together for dinner. Some of these ladies I haven't seen for years on account that they moved out of state while their husbands went to school or worked in different areas of the country. Well we're all now back in Utah so we thought it would be a great time to have a reunion. It was so much fun. We sat for over three hours just talking, reminiscing, and enjoying having an evening away from our kids to just be "with the ladies." It was like no time had passed at all. They are just as amazing and fun and talented and beautiful as they all were in High School. I felt a little like Alma the Younger when he meets back up with the sons of Mosiah in the book of Mormon. The thing he was most happy about was that all of his friends were "still his brethren in the Lord; yea they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth..." (Alma 17:2) This is just how I felt while I was with these women. They were amazing examples to me back in High School and influenced so much my testimony and wanting to choose the right. And now here we all are as wives and mothers, and the light of Christ just shines through each one of them. It is living proof of what living the gospel can do. They are all happily married to amazing men, they serve faithfully in their callings, and they are teaching their children the gospel. It is these kinds of women that are changing the world for the better! I feel honored to call all of them my friends, even though it has been years since we've been together. They will never know what an influence their examples have been on my life. Not only are they spiritual giants, they are so much fun! So I hope that we don't wait years again to get together again. I love you all!

(Laurie, Kelly, Me, Kali, Jenn, and Kirsti) Thanks guys for such a great evening. Keep in touch -K-!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

24 weeks and counting...

Well here I am at 24 weeks and can I just say that I feel awesome! This has been by far my best pregnancy ever! I'm pretty sure it's because I have still been going to the gym 5 times a week, every week, throughout this entire pregnancy. I am so lucky to have two gym buddies, Claire and Sherry that keep me going. I drive every morning, so I know that if I don't get up and go, they'll be standing at their doors waiting for me to come. That is major motivation for getting up at 5:30 every day. Some of the positive effects exercising is that I have had virtually no heartburn. With the other three pregnancies, I ate at least two bottles of Tums each. I also haven't had those yucky pains down the back of my leg. (I don't know what it's called but something about a nerve that gets pinched or something. I had that with Mason.) I also have had good energy to keep doing all my daily things and work and stuff. I still take naps as often as I can though. Another good thing is that I am having awesome dreams at night. They are the weird, fun ones that make you think about them through the day and they make you smile. (And some are those really fun dreams, if you know what I mean!)
Anyway, I am loving being pregnant for what I think is the last time. I am trying to enjoy it and savor every kick and movement inside me.
Oh, I think we have also picked a name for him...
Miles Miller Harker
Mike has liked the name Miles for a while and it is gradually growing on me (especially when I've looked on line and all the other M names are stuff like Melvin or Mo) So our options were limited and so Miles it is. Miller is my maiden name and I just wanted to use it somehow.
I've already been going through all the baby clothes, blankets, bibs, burp cloths, towels, bottles and other baby items I have. I think Miles already has pretty much everything he needs, except socks. For some reason, I have no baby socks. Weird! I've already set up the crib too. So now we just wait.