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Punch to the Gut-Dolly M is Leaving

Writing a post about children leaving our nest royally stinks. These are those moments when I wonder, “Why do I create posts like this? This is self torture.”

Dolly M, my oldest daughter and the 4th child, is now on her way into the real world…or rather, the college world. She is on the edge of the nest, suit case in hand and ready to try her wings.

So many memories of Dolly M are flooding my mind’s eye right now, especially as I peruse over all the gut wrenching photos of her sparkling, beautiful smile.

I wonder where all the time has gone, where all the days and months have evaporated to and am oddly hearing in my head (which is rather freaky) “Sunrise, Sunset”.

NO, NO, NO!! Stop, stop, stop! No sunrises or sunsets. I am not ready to be a Tzeitel.

Let’s just concentrate on the positives and be grown up about this. Save the blubbering for when I am in the house… after she drives away… where she cannot see me do the ugly cry thing.

OK, the positives:

Number one: After three handsome, fun-loving boys, I got a girl to play dress-up and not get squirted when I changed her diaper.

Number two: I finally had a child that I could buy baby dolls, strollers and miniature kitchens for her to play house with instead of the guns, swords, trucks and army men.

Number three: Having bows, ribbons and bobby pins scattered all over the bathroom drawers made me smile and appreciate that she could grow her hair out and didn’t need a haircut every 4-6 weeks!

Number four: It’s pretty comforting having another female, hormonal and all, to be on my side when there is wrestling before family prayer, marathon ESPN game days, and debates over what masculine movie we should watch.

Number five: I love that Dolly M has her head on straight and is grounded, loves and cherishes all things family, loves God with all her heart, treats others kindly, makes good choices, and wants to keep learning and become her best self.

I guess that says it all–I am one blessed mama. A mama that is losing another baby bird.

When each of you shall in your nest
Among your young ones take your rest,
In chirping language, oft them tell,
You had a dam that loved you well,
That did what could be done for young,
And nursed you up till you were strong,
And ‘fore she once would let you fly,
She showed you joy and misery;
Taught what was good, and what was ill,
What would save life, and what would kill.
Thus gone, amongst you I may live,
And dead, yet speak, and counsel give:
Farewell, my birds, farewell adieu,
I happy am, if well with you.

(From “In Reference To Her Children” by Anne Bradstreet)

Fly strong Dolly M, and fly high and straight!

 

JQ’s Mission Anniversary

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JQ left on April 10, 2013.

He came home April 10, 2015.

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Yes, that is exactly 24 months.

Funny thing, that is how JQ is—exact.

No sharing straws, cups, or spoons.

His bed is always made, pristine and wrinkle-free.

When he was leaving on his mission, I came to his bedroom to help him pack his suitcase and this is what I found on his bed…

Ties & shoes lined up.

pure packing exactness. It was beautiful!

Now he has been home for a year, exactly one year from today,

and it has been heaven having him back.

Love ya JQ.

 

 

 

Recipe: Hamburger Wraps

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Looking for a new, simple, family-pleasing recipe?

I am re-posting a recipe that I posted 3 1/2 years ago, because it is one of my kids favorites. It was a Pinterest pin that has now become a family favorite.

It is a tried and true recipe my family keeps going back to over and over again. Heavens, my kids ask for Hamburger Wraps for their birthdays!

I’m telling you, we had these just the other night and I was so impressed with how easy they were to whip up for dinner and how my kids made them in no time flat. Not to mention how utterly crispy, messy, juicy and tasty they were.

The recipe I am drooling over and referring to is Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps.

 However, my kids have renamed our version to plain ole’ Hamburger Wraps–I guess the name was too long and frilly for them.

Even though the name has been changed, we absolutely STILL go crazy over this recipe and I appreciate having an easy meal my family raves over and gets them excited to show up at dinner time.

Plus, you don’t have to get crazy gourmet ingredients to pull this off for your family (even though they would be fantastic as gourmet). You probably have everything in your fridge right now to make Hamburger Wraps for dinner tonight!

You can also make this as “special-diet” as you need. Just omit those things you can’t have or don’t like and replace with those things you can have and do like.

Use ground turkey, tofu, or shredded chicken for the protein. Or you can skip the meat and totally just go with veggies! You can even use gluten-free wraps for those in the GF camp. There’s no stopping the variations and combinations of this delicious and versatile recipe.

Some of our favorite items to put in Hamburger Wraps are:

raw onions, tomatoes, dill pickles, jalapeños, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and shredded cheese.

(If your still looking for the recipe, click here to find it.)

What combinations are you going try?

General Conference: Revelation is Here to Remain

82a229e4d16ac2cf7fa62bebed6caca7“Of all things, that for which we should be most grateful today is that the heavens are indeed open and that the restored church of Jesus Christ is founded upon the rock of revelation. Continuous revelation is indeed the very lifeblood of the gospel of the living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We do not accept the theory of the so-called teachers of Christianity, that the Old Testament constituted the total words of God’s prophets; nor do we believe the New Testament to be the end of revelation. We testify that rather than an end of revelations of God, they continue to pour forth from God for the welfare and benefit of men.

How this confused world of today needs revelation from God. With war and pestilence and famine, with poverty, desolation, with more and more graft, dishonesty, and immorality, certainly the people of this world need revelation from God as never before. How absurd it would be to think that the Lord would give to a small handful of people in Palestine and the Old World his precious direction through revelation and now, in our extremity, close the heavens.

However, it is the sad truth that if prophets and people are unreachable, the Lord generally does nothing for them. Having given them free agency, their Heavenly Father calls, persuades, and directs aright his children, but waits for their upreaching hands, their solemn prayers, their sincere, dedicated approach to him. If they are heedless, they are left floundering in midnight’s darkness when they could have the noonday sun.

When the children of Israel would not live the commandments, believe in him, and follow his program, the Lord said: “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:  “And your strength shall be spent. …” (Lev. 26:19–20.)

I bear witness to the world today that more than a century and a half ago the iron ceiling was shattered; the heavens were once again opened, and since that time revelations have been continuous.

That new day dawned when another soul with passionate yearning prayed for divine guidance. A spot of hidden solitude was found, knees were bent, a heart was humbled, pleadings were voiced, and a light brighter than the noonday sun illuminated the world—the curtain never to be closed again.

A young lad spoken of by some of our brethren today, Joseph Smith, of incomparable faith, broke the spell, shattered the “heavens of iron” and reestablished communication. Heaven kissed the earth, light dissipated the darkness, and God again spoke to man, revealing anew “his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7.) A new prophet was in the land and through him God set up his kingdom, never to be destroyed nor left to another people—a kingdom that will stand forever.

The foreverness of this kingdom and the revelations which it brought into existence are absolute realities. Never again will the sun go down; never again will all men prove totally unworthy of communication with their Maker. Never again will God be hidden from his children on the earth. Revelation is here to remain.

Spencer W. Kimball “Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets”

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

 

Birthday Photos for JQ, Babups, & Presto

It’s time to get these photos up to show our Birthdays for January, February, and March.

These birthdays are all squished into 5 weeks so it feels like all we do is open birthday gifts and eat birthday cake…or pie…or cupcakes.

Happy Birthday you three!

JQ is officially an adult!

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Presto is our Star Wars maniac!

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Babups is now official. Watch out night drivers and all you girls!

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