Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Haskell/Sansom Visit

 We had the funnest time this weekend with David and Cori's family, as well and Ben and Kristen's family.  David kept saying that he really didn't want to be an imposition when we were planning it - and I kept telling them how much I LOVED having family over and hosting people.  Jon added, "No really - she loves doing this.  We're so glad you came."  
 We ate a lot of good food...

 held each others kids...

 got a freezer off of craigslist and moved it in...

 the kids were fascinated by the men moving the freezer....
played music...

 and just sat around and talked.  I love this little video because it shows the happy chaos that occurs when so much family gets together.  (Also, David wrote the chord progression and Ben and Kristen just made up the melody and harmony in the video).  I felt right at home and I'm so glad we had everyone over.  Thanks for coming to us!  

Gabe says bye right at the beginning...then we spend the rest of the video trying to get him to do it again.  He did it a second time right after I turned off the clip.

Happenings at the Terrys

We're all getting pretty excited for David to come.  Lily and Suzy bombard any babies they see - Lael or our friend who comes to preschool.  They are both baby hungry...don't ask me how that can happen when you're only 18 months old, I just know that it has.  

Ok, so maybe she's a little young to start riding a bike - but her body is big enough.  We need to try it on cement.  
Suzy is doing great at learning to feed herself but I am so excited for what came in the mail today.  I think that will make her oatmeal a lot easier to clean up.
We are so excited about our new piano - and this piano spells L.O.V.E.  Just let me tell what Jon did to get this for us.
1- he wrote a program to constantly check free craigslist for the word "piano"
2- when I piano was posted, it would incessantly bug Jon
3- he emailed the guy about it just minutes after its original post, but we didn't hear back all afternoon so we thought it was gone.
4- the next morning jon realized it wasn't gone, and had been sent an email about it at 11 pm.  the email just said, "its at the end of my driveway - first person to get it can have it."
5- jon calls around at 7:00 am to find a trailer we can borrow in the ward, gets the trailer, hooks it up and drives the 30 minutes with me and the girls to go see if the piano is even still there.
6- loads the piano with the help of the lady who is giving it to us for free (so nice of her to help Jon...I kept trying to help and she kept telling me not to.  I guess she was right).
7- ties it up, then has to stop on a small two lane road and re-tie it up while the girls are crying
8- we get to our house in the humidity with this piano and don't want to leave it out for too long...but by this point its 9:30 and Jon needs to get to work.  So, Jon just goes across the street to some random mechanic who is getting into his van and asks him to help us move it in (SO nice of this random guy to help us out)
9- installs new wheels on the piano so that when we get it'll be level.  
The girls love it and I love it.  Now I just need to get the extra piano bench my visiting teacher said she'd let us have and some piano books.  Dream come true!
I came up with this way of cutting seedless watermelon that worked great - wanted to share it since summer is here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Keep Going

This morning I called my Mom and just told her how I was having a hard time as a Mom.  She listened and was so supportive.  Later I had a great 2 hour talk with Anna about learning to react to others in Christlike ways rather than in "natural man" ways.  We talked about the chasm we can see between where we are and where we want to be - how that can make it feel like we should just say, "well...oh well."  But that is not faith and I know the Atonement is big enough to close that gap with a lot of time and a lot of work on my part.  It helped me see this scripture in a new way:

Alma 32:27   But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.

I thought about how there is a difference between believing that the gospel and the Atonement can save others - and that the gospel can save me.  I believe that I can cross the chasm of where I am and perfection because of the Atonement.  I can.  Me.  Not just other people.  I guess I'm having a hard time forming all my thoughts and feelings into words - but after talking to Anna I feel encouraged.  I feel like I can keep going and keep trusting and that I'm going to make it instead of just feeling like I'm always falling short.  Nothing has really changed - and yet - feeling that way changes everything.