Monthly Archives: August 2014

We Believe Wednesday-Being Modest

Well, modestly seams to be a touchy subject.  For me, it is black and white.  I teach my children that it is important to be modest.  We teach them from the time they are born on, because in my mind, there is not other option.

Why?

We respect and love ourselves.  We respect and love our Father in Heaven.  We show this by being modest in dress, grooming, language and actions.

We teach our children to keep their bodies covered.  We don’t run around showing our underwear.  We don’t pull our shirts up to have our tummy showing.  We wear shirts under dressed or other shirts that don’t cover the shoulders.  We wear dresses, skirts and shorts down to the knees, or longer if they like. We feel this is important to teach our children, girls and boys, how to dress when they are young so they can govern themselves as teens and adults.  The specifics we choose to set in covering our bodies will become important when our children wear garments as an adult.

You may be wondering what garment I’m talking about.  Many religions wear clothing to show their faith, their position in church, or as a personal reminder beliefs.  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we wear white underclothing, similar to shorts and T-shirts, as a personal reminder of our faith and the covenants we have made with Heavenly Father. Also, as a bishop, preacher, pastor, reverend and others usually wear clerical clothing, our church is a lay ministry. As our congregational leaders have an occupation outside of their role in the church.  Wearing the garment has some of the same advantage you may draw from clerical vestments. Due to employment in different occupations, we wear ours under the clothing instead of outside.

We teach our children to take care of their body.  We bathe, brush hair, teeth and take care of our bodies.

Language can affect everything.  We strive to teach our children to be polite and gentle in their words.  Yelling, name calling and rude tones are things we strive to keep away from our home.  We all struggle at times (after all we are not perfect), but we feel it is important to respect others with our words.

I believe we show respect to ourselves, our family, our friends, and our Father in Heaven when we are modest in our lives.

If you want some tips for trendy modest clothing, I suggest you follow of these Instagram accounts: Modest Mormon Girls; Dressing Dallas; and Modest Mormon.

How are you modest? 

The Flower Confession

As much as I like to pretend to not be girly, at all.  I really have somethings which cannot be denied.

I love flowers!

I love them on bushed, trees and in fields.  I love when my girls pick tiny little flowering weeds for me.  I love flowers at the supermarket and at the grocery store.  I love seeing a vase on my table with flowers.  It doesn’t have to be any particular flower.  I just love how they change the mood.  They bring smiles to peoples faces.  Flowers can light up a dreary day.

I love seeing my girls wake up and find that mommy bough flowers at the store the night before.

Wouldn’t you like to wake up to flowers on the table?

Why is this a confession?

Well, I can’t walk past the floral department in any Krogers, without looking to see what flowers they have on clearance.  On top of that, if they have some for one or two dollars, I can’t walk away.

Tonight, that rings true again.  They had several bunches on sale for four-dollars or more, but they had one small group for only one-dollar.

Tonight’s find for one-dollar:

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Here is my previous find.  There were three bunches, all for just one-dollar:

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Tiny was too excited to hold still, so I had to help her hold them.

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Princess was thrilled to have her own “vase’ of flowers, which was just a cup.

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We Believe Wednesday-I’m a Mormon

I’m starting a weekly post called “We Believe Wednesday.”  Feel free to link up with our weekly posts.  Each week I will post information on what I believe or stories that are relevant to my life as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

So, I’m a Mormon.

What is a Mormon?

A Mormon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Often times people refer to us as the Mormon Church or Mormons.

Why are you called Mormons?

We believe in the Book or Mormon.  This book is scripture, like the Bible.  We believe the Book of Mormon aids in testifying of the life of Jesus Christ.  The Book of Mormon is given out freely, all over the world by members of our church, as well as by missionaries.  If you would like one, feel free to ask me, a member, or click here.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a compilation of writings from ancient prophets starting in Jerusalem with Lehi. Around 600 B.C., Lehi, his family and a few others traveled from Jerusalem to America.  The Book of Mormon follows their journey and and continues to follow the people as they become a large civilization.  Heavenly Father, God, continued to call prophets to help teach and guide the people. In the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni, promises that if you sincerely read and pray with an open heart, you will know of its truth through the Holy Ghost (Moroni 10:4).

I’m lost

Somewhere, somehow, I lost myself. Between school, work, being a mom, a wife, graduating, all the moves and trying to “fit in,” I’ve lost who I am and who I want to be.

I went into a type of autopilot.  I stopped thinking and caring so much about things which were once important to me.  Stopped trying so hard.

When Gordon an I first were married, I was still in school. We became pregnant fairly quick. I made bread every few weeks, granola bars and fruit leathers were always being rotated through my homemade projects.  I staved to find ways to eat healthily and on a very tight budget.  We had more variety to our meals and we even planned them out.

Family Picture-10/21/09

Family Picture-10/21/09

I graduated eight months pregnant with our second, Tiny.  After Tiny was born, I was doing some at home preschool with Princess. Fruit leathers, granola bars, and bread became occasional projects.  I joined a preschool co-op with two other mothers and we loved it!  We want for walks, play groups, planted gardens, played outside and ran through sprinklers.

Princess' first day of Preschool Co-op

Princess’ first day of Preschool Co-op

Before I gave birth to B, out third child, we had so much happen, everything stopped.  Gordon’s job was in jeopardy when the company he was working for was purchased.  People were being laid off and jobs were being outsourced to India.  There were a few times, by the grace of Heavenly Father, he was put on a list to be let go and he kept his job.

Our lease was ending, we were uncertain how long his job would last, so we moved in with family.  Two little girls, Gordon and I (pregnant), all lived in a little room for a few months.  I was done.  Other than making diner (and the very occasional treat) I wasn’t doing much.  Walks stopped, play groups seemed hard to attend, preschool co-op stopped.

Gordon stated with a new company and within the first month, we found a new place to live.  We moved closer to his work to avoid the hour plus commute.  B was born and it seemed like I failed at everything I tried.  I could barely make it through the day without loosing it.  Struggling with postpartum depression and being a mom of three seemed much harder than I felt it should be.

My cute three kids-6/21/13

My cute three kids-6/21/13

I posted pictures like this (see below) so I would be able to look back one day and laugh.

Tiny stuck in the toy bins.

Tiny stuck in the toy bins.

Now we still have days I loose it, days which end in tears foe everyone, but we also have great days, days we play at the park, days we play with bubbles, days we make sunflower seed butter, days we visit grandparents and days we just spend at home playing.

There are changes ahead I am excited to share, when the time is right.  For now, we have decided to find ourselves again.  Homemade bread, granola bars and fruit leathers will be homemade and fresh instead of store bought.  We will be starting homeschooling and playing more.  We will be reading, coloring, exploring and splashing in puddles.

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Princess’s first real jump!

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Sibling puddle time

Stay tuned as I try to share our journey a little more often.