Wednesday, August 29, 2012

These are MY Pearls

Summer 2009.
That was an eventful time in our lives.
Casey returned from his mission.
We started dating.
And quickly became engaged.
(Then married later that fall.)
But it was also my last summer as an EFY counselor.
(The only downside to marriage... No more EFY but I wouldn't trade anyway!)
Every year EFY has a new CD.
And I love each song on all of my many years of EFY CDs.
But for some reason, "More Than the World" from 2009 has stuck with me.
I think about this song when I have nothing else to think about, when I have
         plenty of things to think about.
When I'm happy or crazy busy. It doesn't matter-- I constantly think about
         this song.
So I made a list o my own personal pearls.
It mostly follows the style of the original but I never tried singing it so I doubt
         it fits the rhythm perfectly.
But these truly are MY PEARLS!
These are the things worth living for when the rest of life seems crummy,
         stressed, or forgotten.
(I borrowed the original song's chorus...)

Baby hugs
My boys in ties
Homemade bread
And clothes my size.

Steamy showers
Goodnight kisses
Morning smiles
And sparkling dishes.

Holding hands
Getting snail mail
Sweet love notes
And my kitty tail.

Sleeping in
Then waking up
To fancy breakfasts
And (chocolate) milk in a cup.

People have told me how to be happy
But I find their remedies empty
These are my pearls
God's treasures unfurled
Mean more to this girl
More than the world to me.

Writing a post
On my blog
Cuddling with my loves
While sipping egg nog

Long phone calls
With my mom
Pumpkin pie
And pumpkin cookies are the bomb

Staying home
Then going out in the sunny
Holding my baby
And dating Honey Bunny

Family dinners
Baby chatter
Taking walks
And rain pitter patter.

People have told me how to be happy
But I find their remedies empty
These are my pearls
God's treasures unfurled
Mean more to this girl
More than the world to me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

You know you are a SAHM when...

10. You know what the acronym SAHM even means...

9. You make your husband wonder what the special occasion is when you actually take the time to do more to your hair than a fast pony tail.

8. You wear baby spit up (or other bodily fluids) as a new fashion design and it doesn't phase you.

7. You are already pinning all the fun crafts you will do once your baby gets older.

6. You run to find your phone every time you get a text, even if you know it is just a news alert.

5. You can unload the dishwasher, change the laundry, fold the laundry, eat dinner, etc all while holding the baby with one hand on your hip.

4. You can not seem to leave the house any earlier than 2 pm, no matter how hard you try.

3. You go shopping on a weekday to avoid the crowd only to realize the store is over populated with crying babies.

2. You look forward to going to the Relief Society cooking class while your hubby stays home with the baby.

1 and 1/2. You can not stop grinning when you get home from said class because you enjoyed the one hour baby break so much.

1. You get to run home to after said class, wake up to and stay home with this everyday... awh... life is wonderful as I know it!! :D

Friday, August 3, 2012

He has a JOB!

While Devin and I were strolling through the library a few days ago, we found one book that we had to check out and read to Daddy. "How to get a JOB by Me the Boss." (written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap) I read it to Casey (and Devin). And although it is a children's picture book it makes some wonderful suggestions.

"First, you must write down EVERY SINGLE THING you're good at on ONE PIECE OF PAPER that's called your Resume. And then you have to keep showing it to everyone. 'Look, Everyone!' you say. 'See how ABSOLUTELY marvelous I am?'"

"Now you have a 'Job Interview.' which is when The Boss asks you TONS of questions to find stuff out. Like, are you a criminal? Can you read and write? Do you know how to use scissors? Can you dress yourself?"

"At the end of the Interview you say, 'Please may I have the job?' And The Boss says, 'OK, here it is.' And that's when you shake hands and shout, 'Hooray for ME! I got the job! I'm so COMPLETELY GREAT!'"

After reading it to Casey, I asked him to evaluate how he was doing. His resume IS only ONE page. (I'm impressed!) He is not a criminal and knows how to use scissors. But he confessed that he had never begged for the job at the end. Bingo. We found the problem-- ask for the job at the end! :)

He has been applying for jobs since long before Devin was born. He can't even remember how many applications he has filled out nor the number of interviews. But he has had probably 5 or 6 interviews recently. And so we kept praying.

And today Casey jumped with joy as he was able to shout, "I got the JOB!" Yippee! And it is at the place where he liked the best. Our constant prayer has been answered! Our needs will be taken care of, he can continue with school, will never have to work a weekend, has paid holidays and vacation days, and we will have BENEFITS!!!! Yeah!!! And now our constant prayer is one of gratitude!

Casey really is COMPLETELY GREAT!!!