Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Three years ago, my life changed forever. It is hard to believe that it was only three years--it seems like so much longer. My last name changed. I made covenants. Now I always have my BFF by my side.

Three years ago I thought I knew what love was. But I have watched and felt our love grow and deepen everyday since. And especially this past year. Love is staying up all night with a fussy baby and letting me sleep. Love is sitting by my side while we went to the emergency room three times. Love is working full time while going to school so I can stay home. Love is making me comfortable when I'm sick. Love is holding hands, sharing secrets, struggling together, cuddling, sacrificing.

<3 Our love is forever! <3

Monday, November 12, 2012

Devin's Data: FIVE MONTHS

Oh my goodness.
I LOVE this outfit!!!!!!!

Weight: he weighed 15 pounds 12 ounces on Nov. 3rd

Height: (I need to measure him. He is asleep. I will update this later.)

Clothing Size: 0-3. I think he will be outgrowing it sometime soonish.

Diaper Size: 2

Milestones: sits by himself for short periods of time, reaches for everything and drags it to him if he can reach, has some separation anxiety, jabbers in multi-syllables

Eating: He nurses about every 4 hours. Then has breakfast and dinner of solid foods. When eating solids, he eats about 7-8 T. of pureed food for each meal. Pumpkin is his favorite food so far and he hates avocados.

Sleeping: Normally goes to bed around 9 now and then sleeps until 8. He takes about 3-4 naps during the day (depends upon how long the nap is).

Communication: jabbers constantly (especially at Mommy), recognizes the sign (ASL) for milk, I understand all of his different cries—I never thought I would be able to tell the difference but I know.

Likes: jumping, Elmo (he talks to Elmo when Sesame Street is on—the rest of the animals/ people he just watches), cuddling, when Daddy comes home from work—he grins and grins!, swinging, playing with his toes, reaching for the table cloth

Dislikes: having his nose suctioned, wiped or having saline drops (basically, just don’t touch his nose!). He hates it when he feels ignored and people are not paying attention to him. Getting bored or scared. Having his fingernails trimmed.

Nicknames: Mr. Devin, Baby Bunny

Most Memorable Moment(s): being a skeleton family for Halloween, swinging in the park for the first time

Hardest Part: for Lisa—this is a 24/7 job with no breaks, weekends or holidays. It is really hard when he is just crying for no reason and can’t tell us what is wrong. But I wouldn't trade this for anything! If Devin was writing this, he would say the hardest part is when he can't reach a toy. He wants to crawl but doesn't know how and gets grumpy when he can't reach.

Lisa's Favorite Part: cuddling with him and seeing how happy he is. His smile is contagious!!

Casey's Favorite Part: interacting with Devin and singing to him

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gratitude Challenge {FHE Lesson}

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and several people posting something they are grateful for each day this month, I thought it would be fun to start the month off with a gratitude lesson for FHE instead of waiting until the Monday before Thanksgiving. Hopefully it will help us learn to live in the Spirit of Thanksgiving Daily for the entire month instead of just one day.

Opening Song: #241 Count Your Blessings

Opening Prayer:


  • D&C 59:21
    • Ingratitude (confessing not His hand) offends God
  • Ask each family member to share a time when the Lord blessed them. 
    • Be prepared to help them remember stories from their individual lives. Do not hurry this part-- let everyone discuss and reminisce.

  • Now ask them to share a blessing they received from the Lord today. 
    • Explain that sometimes it is easier to remember the big blessings of the past, and that is important; but we should also remember the blessings He gives us every day. Be prepared to help them with ideas.
  • Watch the youtube video clip from Pres. Monson's talk about gratitude. (He reads the story of the 10 leppers then explains it a little bit. You could just read the story, but I like hearing the prophet's voice.)
    • Discuss Question Ideas:
      • What story did Pres. Monson read from the scriptures?
      • How many returned to give thanks?
      • How did Jesus respond to the grateful person?
      • Do you think it was easy for the one person to return? Why/ why not?
      • What does sincerely giving thanks do? (Pres. Monson listed two things after he read the story.)
      • Why is it important to give thanks?
      • What are three ways that you can be more like the one who returned and sincerely given thanks?
  • Read D&C 78:19
    • What do you think it means to "receive all things with thankfulness"?
    • How can we do that? (the next youtube video/ Mormon Message helps teach us how to do this.)
  • Watch the Mormon Message about Thanksgiving Daily.
  • Make a goal to live in the Spirit of Thanksgiving Daily as a family. One way to do that is to take the Gratitude Challenge. (See the Activity idea below.)
  • List 100 things that you are grateful for. What? 100 seems too large? It is easy if you take the Gratitude Challenge! Simply print the "i am grateful for..." chart for each member of the family. And then have everyone fill it in. It is not a race, nor secretive. Feel free to help each other list your 100 ideas. For young children: have them tell you and you write it down for them but I think they are still capable of listing all 100 things. After they finish, have them draw a picture on the back while you make your own list.

Closing Song: #219 Because I Have Been Given Much (fyi: I can't link this to play online because it is copyrighted... time to bust out those dusty paper hymnbooks)

Closing Prayer: 

  • Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
    • Talk about each thing in the trail mix while you are making it and what it represents. 
    • Print off some tags and put some in packages to share with your neighbors and friends.