Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sticker Shock

Who knew it would be a sticker book sitting on my table top that would have prompted me to write the first blog post in a really, really long time. I didn't even recognize blogger when I first signed in.

But it was... a simple little sticker book.

It started when a neighbor sent us a form letter to be part of her daughters "Sticker Club". We had to send stickers to one person and send six copies of the letter to six friends. Grant would then get back a bunch of different letters from different people with stickers once his name made the rounds. He was excited, but I don't think he really understood what it was about. Every time we would check the mail for a couple weeks he would ask me if he got his "sticker club".

Well, almost two months later and today he got his first envelope in the mail from someone in England. It was packed with all kinds of stickers. He was thrilled. I gave him one of my old notebooks to use as a sticker book and he went to work taking off the stickers and putting them on the pages. I didn't think too much of it. He asked me to come and sit by him but I was busy with Grayson and folding laundry to get it off the bed before bedtime and told him I would in a bit.

He spent nearly an hour sitting at the table putting stickers in that little book.

After the kids had all been tucked into bed for awhile and I started closing up shop for the night, that little book open on the table caught my eye. I flipped through the pages and noted the funny little patterns that he made with the stickers, how he thought to put only one type on each page, and for some reason, that little book suddenly became a precious thing to me. It warmed my heart just to look at it. It made me go down to watch my kids sleep. To untangle Grant's unraveling blanky and tuck it next to him. To pull the covers up to Blake's chin, and kiss Sydney's warm cheek and put her hand into mine for a moment and look into her face trying to find a trace of that darling little toddler.

 With each of these acts I had flashes of them as babies and toddlers. Each with their own quirks and loveable personalities. And it filled me with immense love and also a lot of sadness. All because of that sticker book that I couldn't help but look at and think of a childhood that is speeding by. Knowing that one day I would come across that little book while unpacking a dusty box or emptying a long stowed away basket and remember the day Grant was so excited to get his "sticker club" and how much it meant to him.

 And the time just keeps speeding by.

Some days I dream of a time when I don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn with an early riser or be able to eat a hot dinner at the same time as everyone else - but mostly, it just makes me really, really sad to think of days when sticker books will no longer be a part of my dining room decor.

Thank goodness for those little reminders to help me cherish this time of innocence and magic.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

From this site:

PAUL ALLEN, SPEAKS OUT ON MORMONS (co-founder to Microsoft)

This is Paul’s story and what he said is true. Sorry I didn’t get it changed until just now! I was surprised by some of the comments. I erased several of them but left some that were pertinent to this article. Alan Osmond
Paul wrote:
I have heard and seen enough! I have lived in the West all my life. I have worked around them. They have worked for me and I for them. When I was young, I dated their daughters. When I got married they came to my wedding. Now that I have daughters of my own, some of their boys have dated my daughters. I would be privileged if one of them were to be my son-in-law.
I’m talking about the Mormons. They are some of the most honest, hardworking people I have ever known. They are spiritual, probably more than most other so-called religious people I have encountered. They study the Bible and teach from it as much as any Christian church ever has. They serve their religion without pay in every conceivable capacity. Not one of their leaders, teachers, counselors, Bishops or music directors receive one dime for the hours of labour they put in.
The Mormons have a non-paid ministry – a fact that is not generally known. I have heard many times from the pulpits of others how evil and non-Christian they are and that they will not go to heaven. I decided recently to attend one of their services near my home to see for myself.
What a surprise!
What I heard and saw was just the opposite from what the religious ministers of the day were telling me. I found a very simple service with no fanfare. I found a people with a great sense of humour and a well-balanced spiritual side. There was no loud music. Just a simple service, with the members themselves giving the several short sermons.
They urge their youth to be morally clean and live a good life. They teach the gospel of Christ, as they understand it. The name of their church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Does that sound like a non-Christian church to you? I asked them many questions about what they teach and why. I got answers that in most cases were from the New Testament. Their ideas and doctrines did not seem too far fetched for my understanding. When I read their “Book of Mormon” I was also very surprised to find just the opposite from what I had been told I would find.
Then I went to another church’s pastor to ask him some of the same questions about doctrine. To my surprise, when he found out that I was in some way investigating the Mormons, he became hostile. He referred to them as a non-Christian cult. I received what sounded to me like evil propaganda against those people. He stated bluntly that they were not Christian and that they did not fit into the Christian mold. He also told me that they don’t really believe the Bible. He gave me a pile of anti-Mormon literature. He began to rant that the Mormons were not telling me the truth about what they stand for. He didn’t want to hear anything good about them. At first I was surprised and then again, I wasn’t. I began to wonder.
I have never known of a cult that supports the Boy Scouts of America. According to the Boy Scouts, over a third of all the Boy Scout troops in the United States are Mormon.
What cult do you know of that has a welfare system second to none in this country? They have farms, canneries and cattle ranches to help take care of the unfortunate ones who might be down and out and in need of a little help. The Mormon Church has donated millions to welfare causes around the world without a word of credit. They have donated thousands to help rebuild Baptist churches that were burned a few years ago. They have donated tons of medical supplies to countries ravaged by earthquakes.
You never see them on TV begging for money.. What cult do you know that instills in its members to obey the law, pay their taxes, serve in the military if asked and be a good Christian by living high moral standards? Did you know that hundreds of thousands of Mormon youth get up before high school starts in the morning to attend a religious training class? They have basketball and softball leagues and supervised youth dances every month.
They are recruited by the FBI, the State Department and every police department in the country, because they are Trustworthy. They are taught not to drink nor take drugs. They are in the Secret Service – those who protect the President. They serve in high leadership positions from both parties in Congress and in the US Senate, and have been governors of several states other than Utah. They serve with distinction and honour. If you have
Mormons living near, you will probably find them to be your best friends and neighbours. They are Christians who try to live what they preach. They are not perfect and they are the first to admit this. I have known some of them who could not live their religion, just like many of us. The rhetoric which is spread around against them is nothing more than evil propaganda founded in untruths. (Others) had successfully demonized them to the point that the general public has no idea what they actually believe and teach. If you really want to know the truth, go see for yourself. You also will be surprised.
When I first moved here some 25 years ago there were five Mormon wards in Santa Clarita, Calif. Now there are 15. They must be doing something right.
“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. …. They just make the best of everything.”
Lisa Ehlers
For The Family

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finally. Someone gets it right.

Evangelist: True Christians don’t demonize Mormons, Obama

" 'It is impossible to abide by Paul’s admonition to regard others as more important than yourself, DeMoss said Tuesday during a Brigham Young University devotional, "and also stand outside [LDS] General Conference hurling insults as [Mormons] walk by to worship with [their] fellow Latter-day Saints."

Just because the First Amendment gives everyone the right to "demonize" others with their speech, he said, "doesn’t make it right.'"

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011 Lesson #2 : Don’t Carpe Diem

Such a great blog post for a overwhelmed Mummy. Needed to hear this today...

2011 Lesson #2 : Don’t Carpe Diem

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Lemon and a Posicle

An update is coming but until then, here is some Grant and Gray cuteness to entertain.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ho Ho Ho

Because every kid needs funny pics with Santa.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Coat: A Story of Charity

Such a wonderful message. Just in time for Christmas!