Scripture Study with Little Ones

I grabbed this cute picture from I was looking for one with a young family happily holding scripture study, but couldn’t find anything. Hmmm, wonder why…?

We all know, I’m sure, how challenging it can be to have scripture study with young children. Here is one idea to hopefully make it a little more fun for everyone.

Make a list of each Primary song and the scripture that goes along with it. Some songs have more than one scripture, so you can type one out for each one. This serves two purposes: studying the scriptures, and learning even the obscure Primary songs. Draw one or two slips each night for your family scripture study. You can either sing the song first and then read the scripture, or you can read the scripture first and try to guess which song it belongs with.

I looked online before I started, so I wouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel, so to speak, but I couldn’t find anything. So you are welcome to use mine if you want! (Trust me- you don’t want to do it yourself, it took forever!!)

There are two documents; one for Christmas songs and one for the others.
Click HERE to download. Just one request- if you download the files, leave a comment and let me know!

“Never let a day go by without holding family prayer and family scripture study. Put this, the Lord’s program, to the test; and see if it does not bless your home with greater peace, hope, love, and faith. I promise you that daily family prayer and scripture study will build within the walls of your home a security and bonding that will enrich your lives and prepare your families to meet the challenges of today and the eternities to come.” Elder L. Tom Perry

Compliment From a Stranger

Hayden and I went on a “date” on Saturday. We stopped at the mall food court for a bite to eat, and sat there playing “I Spy” while we ate. When we were getting ready to leave, a lady who had been sitting near us came over and told me “You are such a beautiful mom, like movie-star beautiful.” (Wow, thanks!)

Then, as she was turning away to leave she said “I was a single mom too, and I just love seeing moms with their little boys.” Uhhh… And then she left before I could correct her. (I guess I should start wearing my wedding ring again- my fingers were too swollen during pregnancy!)

The point is, the simple act of her coming over and telling me those things just made my day. And it reminded me to not be so hard on myself, as just that morning I had been feeling down about the excess baby weight still hanging around.

I hope I can follow the example of this nice lady and not hesitate to share compliments. I too often let my shyness get in the way.

Audra’s Birth Story

Since I never posted the full story…
April 28, 2010
6 lbs 7 oz
20 inches
10:30pm: I’ve been having strong contractions a few minutes apart for a few hours, so we decide to go to labor and delivery.
11:30pm: Get to labor and delivery, still only dilated to 1 cm. Nurse suggests we go home and wait it out.
12:30am: Got home, try to sleep.
1:30am: Woke up with very painful contractions. I breathe through them for a while, and decide they are strong enough to go back to the hospital.
3:30am: Arrive at hospital for the second time, and I’m now dilated to 3cm. They move me to a room, and get me prepped for an epidural. The I.V. took 3 tries, just like with Parker. They say I have rolling veins.
4:00am: Get my epidural- so nice. The only down side for me is the itchiness. They say it will go away in about 30 minutes, but it lasts the entire time.  I try to sleep.
10:15am: After laboring pretty much pain-free for several hours, the nurse tells me I am 7-8 cm. She pages Doc H. In less than 10 minutes I am feeling a lot of pressure. I am complete. The nurse tells me not to push (right…).
10:45am: Doc H. is here and I start pushing. She had asked me if I wanted to watch with a mirror, so I decided to do that. It was actually pretty neat.
10:49am: Audra is born! Daddy cuts the cord, and they clean her off a bit. I was able to nurse her right away. She nurses like a champ! Luckily, I only tore a little.
We are so excited to add a little girl to our family. She is a dream come true!

Focus on Your Kids

Some days I feel as though I am constantly correcting Hayden. “Don’t touch that, don’t take things from your brother, we don’t throw rocks!” Consequently, this puts me in an irritable mood.

The other day, I read this post from Mormon Mommy Blogs. It talks about how we get caught up in the daily grind (laundry, cooking, etc.) and sometimes forget to stop and really look at our children. That’s the gist of it, but you should read it yourself- it’s good!

A few days ago, the kids and I were getting in the car to go to Granny’s house. I had asked Hayden to buckle himself in while I got the others in. Not surprisingly, he still wasn’t buckled when I was done putting Audra and Parker in. So I asked him again to buckle himself, and stood there impatiently while he slowly did so.

All of the sudden, that post from MMB came to mind. My situation wasn’t exactly what the article was about, but it made me think. So instead of being irritated with how long he was taking, I decided just to be patient and focus on him. I noticed the intense look of concentration on his face. His cute little furrowed brow. And when he was done, the look of great pride on his face. My heart swelled with love for him. I was just beaming, and told him how much I loved him.

A few minutes into the car ride, he said “Mommy, do you want to get married?”. How sweet.
I learned a few things from this experience. For one thing, I was so much happier after I consciously changed my attitude. I learned that I need to make an effort each day to slow down and really focus on and enjoy my kids.

Besides, how can I not enjoy this little boy?

"Is That Chocolate?"

So this is one of those things that is funny to look back on. Not so funny in the moment.

I wake up Sunday morning, and come out to the top of the stairs, where Kevin is staring at something on the stairs.
Kevin: “Is that chocolate?”
Me: “I don’t think so, smell it.”
Kevin: “Do what?!”
Me: “Smell it!”
Kevin: “Eeewwww, gross!”

There were silver dollar sized blotches on every single stair on the way down. Come to find out, Parker had been messing with his diaper, so it was loose. He went bumping down the stairs like he does every morning, leaving a trail of smelliness behind.
Needless to say, I spent my Sunday morning scrubbing the stairs. Thank goodness for Resolve.

And he looks so innocent…