Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blue and Gold Banquet

Cub Scout Pockets
was the theme for this months program.

Pockets really made
for a fun filled evening for the boys.

The tables were covered in stuff boys
put in their pockets.

The dinner was Pita Pockets,
parents brought fillings,
leaders brought desserts.

The boys each were given a word from
the Boy Scout law:

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

They had to write what the word they
were given means to them in their family.
They each got up and read their word and meaning.

Then the scout leader read a letter that

was written by the parents to the boys.

[Sam and Jeremy's letters are below.]

They were given a pocket full of little prizes after their
letter was read.
Sam is a very conscientious person.
Always aware of others around him.

If Sam notices someone feeling sad
he is the first to try to cheer you up,

or to lend a hand in getting something done.

He can be very focused on things that he wants to accomplish.
He will carry his responsibilities out with a high level of intensity.
He takes a real satisfaction in the things he has done.

Mom and Dad like to share his moments of accomplishment with him.

It brings him a real sense of belonging as we celebrate these times.
Sam plays soccer, he is really good at all sports including football, basketball, and skateboarding.

Sam enjoys math and sciences, he always diligently gets to his homework until it is done so that he has time for other things.

He enjoys flying his model airplane, skateboarding, and is really good at writing stories.

Sam is very creative, he loves to draw and read. Sam recently has picked up a real interest in reading, sitting for long periods of time lost in pages.

Sam really enjoys his big brothers attention and time spent hanging out with him. He will even get up at 5:30 for breakfast and scriptures just to be with his big brother before early morning seminary.

He is also a very good big brother to Jeremy, setting a good example in the things that will bring happiness to Jeremy. He shows Jeremy how to do many things and encourages him as he is learning.

Sam is a funny kid, always bringing smiles and laughs to his big sister.

He is very aware of each person in the family and always tries to help out and to offer his love.

He gives the best hugs.

Jeremy is a dreamer.
He likes to imagine.
He spends time and thoughts coming up with who he will be,
and what he wants to do.
He plans to be an Art Teacher and a Scientist for now.

He likes to dream about vacations we have been on,
things he has done, and recall events of the past.

Jeremy's dreaming is sparked often by many of his collections.
Jeremy has many little things he has collected in his years.
Of his collections he takes a special interest in buttons, coins, legos, rocks, little cars, and anything tiny for that matter.

Jeremy is a delightful addition to our family.
He is the youngest and he completes us.
He is tender and sensitive, he is thoughtful and brave.
He brings an element of surprise to every situation, whether that be a comment, a smile, or a good laugh.
If there is a joke or laughter to be had Jeremy is one to try it out on his family.

Jeremy is a jokster;
constantly teasing and bring a tear of happiness,

or pain when the teasing has gone too far.

Jeremy is fun to watch, he easily picks up on jokes and simple funny things and seems to take delight in them.

We enjoy his thinking process as he seems to analyze everything and comes up with the most random things to say.

He gets the best of even Gavin at times, and can easily make Clarissa smile and scream.
He loves to spend time with his older brother Sam playing football, skateboarding, or building things.
Jeremy has played soccer and baseball.

He is looking forward to football this fall.

Jeremy is a good catch and he throws a ball well too.

[pictures snapped from slideshow on the computer,
not quality....still have to decide what to buy!]

Example From Family Pictures....

...haven't decided yet, too many possibilities,
but he suggested something like this.

Posting to give you a glimpse....
we have TOO many to choose from!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


I love tags...haven't seen many going around lately, and since I am up LATE

...downloading pictures...

which I plan to post...along with many others that I have promised....

today: the orthodontist...the Oquirrh Mountain Temple Open House...feeding the Ducks, again!!!

In the meantime I decided to take the time....11:09...and post that picture...and TAG you all.


1. go to your 11th picture file.

2. post the 9th picture

3. tell about it.

4. Tag others to do the same... ...use either 11:09 or pick a new time....the time that you are reading this...

I find it fun to see what picture pops up...memories, and sometimes...not so much...

Have fun!!! Here is mine:

This picture is from going to my Aunt Liz's concert...
see previous post...
The beautiful Church that she was singing in.

the spirit was so strong,
brought in by the beautiful
talented singing.

I was so honored to be present
the event was lovely and
I was so proud of my Aunt.

What a beautiful night!!!

Regarding the chance that this was the picture that I found, WOW.

What a beautiful strength this truth is, and after being to the open house
with my family this evening I feel that their is no mistake that I tagged, found this,
and have the feelings that I have about Christ being Risen.

The temple was so peaceful, so tranquil, so reverent; in all the meaning of reverence.
The Lord does work in mysterious ways, tonight he worked me through this process of journaling and preservation of my families history in the making....and remembering this moment...

Your Turn ♥

Thursday, September 10, 2009

my paper on Family and Fictive Kin - [Warning: I'm Back in School]

Being back in school I am writing many papers. Some of them I will post here specifically because they feel like a journal entry, and are meant to be such. Enjoy, if you tu veux!

Question: What are the different kinship roles - such as nephew, aunt or uncle, in-law, grandson or granddaughter - that you play as a result of being a member of your extended family? What rights and obligations does each of these roles entail in your family? Do you have any fictive kin? How did they become "like family"?

Did you ever have an aha moment? One that you said to yourself, "self, this is what life is". Mine came to me when I was fostered by a family at the age of sixteen. The influence of fictive kin in my life was critical in my development. These family members took me in, as a stranded youth, and helped to soothe and heal the wounds of an abused and abandoned young girl. They loved me, their love, their structure and dependable nature matured me to the status of an adult who was ready to take on the world.

I leaned on them and learned from them that people can be good, kind, and secure. I still have daily contact with them, they didn't replace the family that I had, and that slowly I have found to come back into my life, they added to it. At the time, they were all that I had.

Over the years, as siblings of mine have found me, or been found by me, they have welcomed them and the family circle has grown. As my mother and father came back into my life, they helped me over the pain, therapeutically they helped me to heal and to be strong enough to have relationships with my biological parents. They have helped me when I have been at my very least, rock bottom. They created a sense of self-worth that allowed me to be who I am today. They are the people who took me from where I was and made me who I am! They became like family because of love!

People play important independent rolls in the lives of others. Whether that role is as a parent, a sibling, a friend, an extended member, their role is influential in the lives of those who they have kinship. In my family I now play the roles of Mother, Wife, Sister, Sister-in-Law, Granddaughter, Daughter, Niece, Aunt, Cousin, and sometimes Friend in each situation.

My right as a Wife is that I can depend upon my husband to provide, to listen, to be there for friendship, intimate companionship, laughter, and my obligation is that he can depend on me for the same virtues. We also are one anothers biggest fan, and cheering squad, as our role of parenting can be a difficult one, yet wonderful, there is no greater role.

As a mother my rights and obligations are simple. I have the right to govern their lives within realistic reason. I suggest to them the behaviors that I feel will lead them to have successful and happy lives. I allow them to make mistakes, learn the hard way, and I am obligated to be there as their cheerleader, and as their soft place to fall when they are hurting. I have the right to tell them no when I feel that the actions will bring them hurt or endangerment. I have the obligation to allow them to choose for themselves, and I am obligated to let them suffer their own consequences.

As a Sister, Sister-in-Law, Cousin and Friend I have the right to depend on them to be there for me, and the obligation to be there for them, in good and difficult times. I have the right and obligation to a shoulder to cry on, a lunch full of laughter or tears, whatever is needed and necessary at the time.

I love the role of Niece. I get to enjoy friendship with my Aunts, I get to seek direction from the, to ask for their unbiased knowledge. I know by the way my cousins turned out that the knowledge is good work. I have the right and obligation of friendship without complication.

As a Daughter and Granddaughter I have the right and obligation to seek comfort and help in times of need. The relationship seems to change as you get older. You are there for them as much as they are there for you. You love them, they love you. You understand them better, they understand you because they have been there. You forgive, your give your forgiveness. You realize that you are more equals, and you do equally for one another.

I enjoy each of my roles and I am grateful for the divine nature of the human family, that we have people in our lives who we depend upon and who can depend upon us.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Be not discouraged...neither allow the spirit of despondency to come into thy life, for these are tricks of the evil one to destroy thy faith and usefulness.
But look upon the bright side of life, to be cheerful, humble, prayerful, and pure in thy devotion and habits and the Lord will remember thee in mercy.
Therefore look unto the Lord in humility and thou shalt be comforted in the answer to thy prayers and be guided in the path of duty day and night." [Hyrum Smith]

my happiness!

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“You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experiences.” ~Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley


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