Sunday, October 19, 2014

First Day of School 2014

August 2014
School starts!!  Happy 3rd grade to BAJA and preschool to C and Baby J.
We were a little apprehensive to start the year but we had hope thanks to Camp Takoda. The teacher for the summer program told us that BAJA is ready for 3rd grade reporting that he kept his skills in math and reading. BAJAs teacher this year is Mrs Robinson, C's teacher Valerie and Baby J teacher Maylay
I love how much these boys love each other!  They support each other and celebrate the days together.
Here's to a great school year!!

BAJA is 9 Years Old

My darling BAJA turned 9 years old this year.  This little boy who shattered the loneliness and longing to have a little one to love joined our family!  He is a delightful, curious, sensitive, loving, smart little boy!!
He wanted to invite ALL his friends at camp. We were thrilled to welcome so many to his party. BAJA has a difficult time with social relationships and he doesn't have very many friends. We are grateful to the community we are a part of with Camp Takoda. 

Happy Birthday BAJA

Summer Recap

This has been an interesting year. I believe Instagram and Facebook make it easy to post a picture.However, I haven't been blogging.  I have decided that it it better to blog for the purpose of documenting our family!

Summer 2014 we had several family fieldtrips. BAJA participated in his second year at Camp Takoda (the summer therapeutic summer camp). BAJA had a rough start to his summer but once he saw his counselors he said, "It's ok mommy it's camp, I feel safe here!" Logan was group leader and Kai was his counselor. Jeff came for the closing ceremonies.  We also enjoyed the summer holidays of July 4th and July 24th.  Of course we also celebrated BAJAs 9th birthday.  BAJA loved celebrating and invited all his camp friends.
My favorite time is celebrating the summer with our boys!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas

We as a family express our love and gratitude to our family and friends. We celebrate the birth of our Savior!

The boys have been excited to make Christmas cookies, see the lights at Temple Square, the zoo, and neighborhood Winter Wonderlands:), and visit Santa.  We also started a new tradition this year of having a morning devotional before placing a star on our countdown to Christmas tree.

Enjoy this wonderful season!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

In November

To all my dear family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I love children's books. While hoping to find our children I found joy in collecting children's books.
One of my favorite fall books is In November by Cynthia Rylant

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.

“In November, the trees are all standing sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” (p. 8)

I love the prose of this book and the thoughts of Thanksgiving

"In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year. In November people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other's homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings-for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms."

My heart always skips a beat at - "for the food on their tables and the babies in their arms"
I am so grateful for my blessings!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: Angels of Christmas
I love Christmas!!

It's apparent by the fact that I already have my 6 Christmas trees setup and decorated in my home and the nativity sets grace my mantle.  I love the peace and feeling it brings to our home.  For "when we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit" (President Thomas Monson, December 2012).

At this time of year I also share special Christmas books with my children.  The most wonderful Christmas story to share is of course, the account of the birth of our Savior in the scriptures.

I'm excited to tell you about a newly published book from Cedar Fort Publishing.  Angels of Christmas Heralds of the Newborn King by Shersta Chabot
This pamphlet book of 16 pages is perfect for the holiday season. Angels of Christmas tells the story of the many angels that foretold, announced, and celebrated the long-awaited birth of Jesus Christ. It is a beautiful book that weaves the story of our Savior's birth with accounts from the Bible and the Book of Mormon.  

A unique aspect of the book is the scriptural verses with the references and the author's original poetry.
"Fear not I bring you tidings of the very greatest joy! He's here, He's here! Our Savior! The long-awaited boy! Go see, go seek and find Him in His infant swaddling clothes and listen as the heavens ring with song from joyous host!" (Luke 2: 8-14)

I hope you enjoy this beautiful book!
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Childrens Books - Celebrate Adoption

I LOVE children's books.  I love helping children discover through books.  Before we had children I collected books and shared them with my nephews. I am so grateful to share with my boys now.

I have an adoption book for each of my boys.  Let me share with you C's adoption book.

The title: Love From My Heart: To A Snuggly Cuddly Little Boy

A darling book intended as a love letter to a child has beautiful relevance to adoption.

I always felt I had to search for my children but specifically search for children....after all I finally found him through an internet search :)
If you weren't my little boy, there'd be a hole in our home. A piece would be gone we just couldn't go on own Our family's no fun without you!
 For God gave you to me, you're special you see. There's no hole in my heart you filled up that part.

C loves to look through the heart on the book and play the heart music box while he read to the song. Such a tender sweet book to share with him.