Monday, August 30, 2010

Family: A Proclamation to the World

Today I happened upon THIS BLOG!

I was moved to tears. My heart was filled.

It is the perfect way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of THIS!

Lately it seems to me that the world has been clawing and tearing at my family. Well ...really all families. Like the world is trying to chip away at the foundation of the family. Like the world is trying to chip away the very most important things in my life; my family.

There are temptations and evils all around us. I am always praying for my children to be protected from those temptations. As I pray I realize that the protective barrier is me. Well not really me but my husband and myself are the conduit in which the protection will pass. That is is Gods love and wisdom that will save them. He has given us the tools we need to survive these trying times. We are to teach and guide our children so that they will know what to turn away from. What to avoid. Or more often these days it is who rather then what. When I read the following paragraph I am reminded of this sacred duty.

"Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. "

I have much faith in the scripture Proverbs 22:6,

Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

I turn to the scriptures for guidance in my daily challenges as a mother. I fall short so often that I truly lean on my Savior Jesus Christ. I repent often for my short comings as a mother and am thankful that through The Atonement of Jesus Christ I am forgiven. I truly would not know where to start in raising my children if it were not for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am so happy to be able to participate is this celebration! What a great theme to dedicate the month to. I know it is a little last minute for some of us, but come have all day tomorrow to be thinking about it. Do what I did....start by reading or re-reading the "Family: A Proclamation to the World"! I hope it moves you as much as it did me!

Be sure and check back often...I will be posting about my experiences this month!


The first rain of each school year I make cookies while the kids are at school. They are warm and ready when they come home. It is something my mom did for me. I remember walking home in the very occasional southern California rain just knowing that there were warm cookies waiting. Now I do the same thing. I hope that my kids have the same anticipation that I used to have!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

1st Day of School

How quickly they grow...

top ten reasons I am sad they started school

1. house is too quiet
2. one year older
3. time away each day
4. homework
5. drama at school
6. early mornings
7. packing lunches
8. forms to be filled out
9. bedtimes
10. laundry

top ten reasons I am happy they started school

1. time to clean
2. time to cook
3. time to sew
4. no fighting
5. no dirty dishes in the middle of the day
6. routine
7. making new friends
8. bedtimes
9. learning new things
10. I can hear myself think

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Chad had a Court of Honor last night and he received a rank advancement. He is now a Star Scout. Moving right up the ranks.
One of the funniest parts of scouts is the skits. Chad and his troop did a skit where they were acting out a scene. The director would have them do it over and over again different styles every time. The funniest by far was when they did it as a musical! These silly boys who never act that way...and to hear them singing out the scene was hysterical.
A side note: I have been playing on Picnik! LOVE IT! The one at the bottom focused in on Chad is so cool!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Simple Sunday

James 3:18
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Sweet Little Gift

Last year Morgan and I planted several sunflower seeds. We had a few flowers, none as big as we had hoped for. We decided not to pull them or cut them until after winter. That it would be a nice treat for the birds. This year we were so excited to see so many pretty little sunflowers spring up! This one is the tallest by far. Darn those east winds blew it right down! We considered cutting it for Missy's room. In the end we decided that leaving them for the birds would be much nicer! Maybe next year we will have another sweet little gift!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Happy Day

It may have been noted; I have not been posting very often! Pretty much nothing personal at all. It has been quite sad in the MacQueen home. Well mostly just me but still I am a MacQueeen!
My Camera broke! Oh No! Oh Yes, it did. It has been broken for a long time. I am sure anyone can do the math and figure out when the posting drastically dropped off. Well, I had decided my camera was not worth the cost of repair. I would just save for the one I like. Only it costs quite a bit of money. Meanwhile holidays have come and gone all the while NO PICTURES! I tried not to complain. To suffer in silence. Really anyone who know me know that there is no such thing as silence when associated with me! So I complained and whined...mostly just to my cute hubby.
So today the problem has been fixed! My camera is now working again! Even better then ever. And get cost $54.00 to fix!
Oh happy day!
So check back because there is some catching up to do!