Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Loves Carter and Hailey so much. Lights up when they come in the room. He is a Joy in our life. Our world is complete with our little Baby Charles....
Ok so here is my problem...I never call him CJ. The name we thought we would use. He is Baby Charles. I am worried that when he is 12 he will still be Baby Charles....or maybe 60 years from now Grandpa Baby! What am I doing to this Kid!!!
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas tree, I thought this year would be different. You started out so straight and green. Little did I know you now would lean. . The day was cold and sun was out. Patti, the kids, Ryan and me went in search for the perfect tree. We got you home and the kids were excited. It took all day you were up and gleaming! We all set back and enjoyed the view. One night is all we had and now you look very sad. Your lights so shinny are now just dark. How was I to know that Hailey could move that chair. With broken balls and non working lights we are all very sad to see such a sight. We had such great dreams when we picked you out. Oh Christmas tree, I know the kids throw their naivety at you. Just today I found the missing sheep in your branches. Thank you for taking care of Hailey’s special bottle. It would have been nice to know last night at two in the morning that your were just holding it under your shirt. Well tomorrow I will try to fix you and help you stand tall. I am really sorry about the pulling and tugging. Carter and Hailey thought your were a new toy and now they will have just a green little tree because that is what you were meant to be.
My parents had us over for Thanksgiving this year and I asked my mom if I could give a short presentation. I thought it might bring a little joy to you too......
Jesus Others You
Have you ever heard that joy stands for “Jesus, Others, Yourself”? According to this formula, by putting Jesus first, others second, and yourself last, you will find joy. Christmas is an especially good time to put this formula into practice. But how can you in the midst of all the running and doing that Christmas brings about? Let’s break it down into each category:
Jesus: In the Bible we read that “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Simply put, you can’t find joy without the Savior. If you are seeking joy this Christmas, then a relationship with Jesus is the place to start. In Jeremiah we read, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Your first priority this Christmas should not be to get the perfect Christmas card photo or bake a record amount of cookies. Your first priority should be drawing close to the One whose birth we celebrate. Don’t miss Jesus this year as the residents of Bethlehem did all those years ago. There wasn’t room in the inn. Is there room in your heart?
Others: How can you put other people ahead of yourself? I know for me, it’s more like, when am I not putting others ahead of myself? I have 3 small children, two jobs, and a Husband who need me first. But I am talking about looking outside your immediate family and friends. Reach out to the retail clerks that wait on you. Smile at the grumpy people in your path. Extend a smile, not because they deserve it, but because it is what Christ would want you to do. I am inspired by the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith: “A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world anxious to bless the whole human race”
You: Putting yourself last means having a place for yourself at all. I think that especially difficult for me. We get so used to serving others; we forget that we have needs. Christ offers love, acceptance and peace. He simply says, “Come.” One of my favorite passages in scripture is found in Matthew 11:28-30 when Jesus offers us rest and a lighter burden. This passage speaks volumes to me in the midst of stress and busyness. I know that the only way I can make it is by drawing close to my Savior and allowing the Holy Ghost to speak to me. Don’t forget that you have a place in the JOY formula!