Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Baaae-bee" Obsessed

First of all--no, its not me. I'm not the one obsessed with babies. And just so there is no confusion, we are not pregnant and this is not an announcement.

Now... with that being said... Allow me to introduce you to who is baby obsessed.

My sweet Mr. Devin. He is absolutely in love with his "baaae-bee!" I put Baby away for Christmas time because there were plenty of toys and other festive things to explore. And then after Christmas, Baby continued to stay put away because he had new toys to play with.

A couple of days ago, Devin found Baby and has refused to put him down since. I'm almost serious. The pictures above are just a few of the thousands I could have taken. He pushes Baby up and down our living room and kitchen in his wagon. This kept him occupied for probably 1/2 hour. Yesterday for breakfast, Baby had to sit with him in the high chair so he could share his banana. But just sitting together quickly became inadequate. Devin had to hug Baby the whole time he ate. He reads to his baby. He gives the baby a blanket. He shares all of his toys with baby. He gives the baby kisses. He teaches baby how to play with the "choo-choo" and "truk." 

When we run errands, his eyes light up with excitement when he sees a baby car seat or better yet the baby inside the car seat on the basket. And he lovingly and loudly declares "baaae-bee" over and over.

It melts my heart to see his sweet tender side. Someday... (refer to the very first statement of this post) he will be an amazing big brother!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mission Mommyhood Plaque

Yesterday I read the last email from my sister as a missionary. Tomorrow I will see her at the airport. And she will be reporting on Sunday. It will be a busy/ exciting/ possibly tear filled weekend!

But her email made me think about my mission--Mission Mommyhood. (BTW: If you haven't read that post... you should! It's one of my favorites!) How have I served in the past 19 months, 1 week and 6 days? How have I taught Baby Bunny? How have I grown?

19 months and 2 weeks ago, I was still pregnant... still in the "MTC." We reported to the hospital early. And I have never been the same since!

Before my tiny Baby Bunny was even born, I knew I would love him. But I have watched that love grow exponentially each day of his life.

Before my tiny Baby Bunny was born, I had a strong testimony of the Atonement. But through the struggles of life and trying to learn how to raise (and sometimes even cope with) Devin, that has also grown so much. I have learned to rely on my Savior when Devin is driving me nuts and no one is around to help. I have learned to let my Savior into my life when Devin was full of giggles so He could celebrate with us.

Before my tiny Baby Bunny was born, I listened to the Holy Ghost. But now I have learned to follow Its promptings without question. And to pray for Its constant companionship. I need the guidance and support to keep Devin safe, to stretch our pennies, to serve others.

I finally decided to make me a "Mission Plaque." I chose my picture because that is where it all began--in the House of the Lord on my wedding day. And the scripture is just perfect for my mission as a mommy. In case you can't read the verse, it is D&C 64:33.

"Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for you are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Best Thing I Taught Devin...

It's hard to pick just one.

Because I could easily say hugs and baby kisses are the best. Or the way that he puts his own shoes away now (and sometimes even mine... hee,hee,hee). And I just love how he can basically feed himself now. Not to mention that he keeps his arms folded the entire time we pray (at least more often than not now) and he says "aaah-min" when the prayer is over. And we can't forget that he can point to and say "Be-sus" any time he sees a picture of Christ.

Actually when I stop and think about it, Devin has learned so much from my example and day to day life. It is almost crazy how much that kid has learned.


The very best thing he has learned so far...? I would definitely have to pick him knowing how and staying put in time out. Sounds funny. But I'm serious.

By the way, this was not an easy lesson for him to learn. We would count his poor behavior. "That's 1." No change. "That's 2." No change. "That's 3, you are in time out." I would walk him to timeout and he thought it was a game.

Truthfully, for awhile it really did seem like a game. Sometimes I would be so frustrated. And others I couldn't hold in the giggles. Both seemed to encourage Devin. And timeout really was becoming a game. I would put him in, he would come out. I would walk him back and sit him down and he would come out. Back and forth.

We were consistent though. And Casey was actually the strong one. Thank goodness for his support. We kept putting him back. As he went back the time would increase. If he came out early or released himself, I put him back and then he had to stay longer. Eventually something miraculous happen. He stayed. All by himself. Without me telling him to stay and without me walking him back. He just stayed.

And this is the absolute best thing he has ever learned because he gets the concept at any location.

My grandma's house he was going to break something. He got a warning and I distracted him with other toys. But eventually kept going back and I put him in time out. He stayed. Even though he was surrounded by unfamiliar objects to explore. He stayed! Or when we were at the library checking out DVDs. Devin wanted to help choose a DVD and he started pulling them all off the shelf then trying to open the cases. Obviously this was not going to work. So I sat him down and told him to stay. And he did. The entire time I browsed the DVD collection.

I almost feel like my little boy is a puppy dog in obedient school. "Stay." But I'm so grateful the concept finally clicked. And I'm grateful that he has a natural desire to be obedient!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Celebrating Easter Today

I just love today. I had to share. 

Minutes ago I woke up with a giant grin on my face and a huge squeal in my heart. I lay in bed, silently soaking in my excitement while my handsome husband snores softly beside me.

I just love, Love, LOVE today. And I love one week from today. And the week after that.

I love Sunday!

And it is hard to pick a favorite day because I enjoy taking Devin to the library or watching him slide down the play land equipment or feeling his joy as we ride the "choo-choo." But we don't do any of those things on Sunday. And yet it is still my favorite.

Once a year the calendar will say "Easter" on a particular spring Sunday. Chocolate, Easter eggs, pastel colors, new church clothes, Easter Bunny.

But Easter is so much more than that. Easter is my Savior lovingly suffering for my sins and trials. Easter is Him dying on the cross for me. Easter is especially Him rising from the tomb three days later. Easter is the promise that I can be forgiven. Easter is the hope of eternal life.

But really the calendar doesn't get it. Because Easter is today. And Easter is next Sunday. And Easter is every Sunday that I can take the Sacrament.

The Sacrament. That's why I woke up so eager and thrilled.

As I worthily partake of the Sacrament, I remember Christ's atoning sacrifice and I renew my baptismal covenants. Think of it. In just a few short hours I will be pure and white and clean again. Just like that day in October when I came up from the water. All of the little blemishes and eraser marks on my soul in this past week will be healed completely. And I am blessed with a fresh start.

Then in the coming week, I will remember Him and stand as a witness. And I will keep the commandments. But somehow through it all, life happens. And I know I will make mistakes which will mark my soul again. And I will repent which will leave the eraser mark. But I will continue to live for the next Sunday and the Sunday after that so I can celebrate Easter in my heart as I partake the Sacrament.

I just love today!
Even with a toddler who has brought a whole new change to my personal reflection time.
I still love Sunday because I love the Sacrament. 
And I love the Sacrament because I love my Savior.