...Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16 This is the journey of our lives...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Are you an elephant or a kangaroo?

Horton Hears A Who! is a book by Dr. Seuss, and is now a movie that is out on video and I highly recommend buying it!

The message of this story; "A person's a person no matter how small". In this story Horton, the elephant hears a voice on a small speck of dust that is attached to a clover. Without any other explanation he knows there is life on that little speck. He begins protecting it with all his might, even when the kangaroo insists that if you cannot hear it it does not exist. Horton knows that there is life and although he is ridiculed and even attacked he never gives up the fight for this little speck. Only after the speck proves that they are a little tiny town full of people, does Horton's jungle believe him. It is such a great message during a time when the first thing our president does, is overturn every chance at life the unborn had, de-valuing life before our very eyes. Making a point that, if you cannot hear it, it is of no value or use to us. Dr. Seuss had it right and through a delightful poem and now a blockbuster movie we can see clearly what many people cannot, "A person's a person no matter how small".

Speak out and be a Horton!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What Pennies should not be used for!!!

We have been learning about money the last few weeks in school. The boys are doing extra chores for 25 cents a piece and learning how to manage their money. Braxtyn has not wanted to be left out of this and has been finding loose change around the house and telling me its her chore money. (she's my daughter)... Anyways, the other night she starts screaming and I run in to find she had swallowed her penny! I have experience in this department, so I listened to her breathing and then gave her a piece of bread to eat. If the bread goes down we are ok, if not, we go to the ER. We then of course called David, our "on call emergency uncle" and made sure we had remembered everything. She was fine and soon gathering money once again. A few mornings later I found my change in the car shoved into the CD player, which thankfully came out without a problem! But then yesterday morning as I was loading kids and stuff to leave, she climbed into my seat and I thought was play driving.....Lo and behold, a spark, a scream and yes, the penny she found had been shoved in my cell phone car charger. Did you know a penny could short out your car's lighter and/or cell phone charger?? Well, yes it can. So after this week, we have banned the girl from gathering spare change. I don't know, maybe I can pay her in dollars when it's timer for her to do chores...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Snow Day!

Flagstaff was filled with snow so deep it went past my knees! It also snowed while we were there, which added to the fun. We went to Mormon Lake Lodge for hot cocoa and chili afterwards. It was a beautiful day!

We don't get to see snow too much, but I always have snow clothes on hand from second hand stores. This year the boys needed snow boots so we thought we'd buy them in Flagg. Nope! Not a single store had even a pair of rubber boots! We even had to buy our sled from a nice family who was done for the day! So poor Noah and Graham had freezing toes by the end, but relly they didn't complain too much. Well, not until they started to thaw out in the car! LOL!

Christmas and cookies

Right before Christmas we had my mom, my aunt and grandma over to bake and get ready for Christmas time. I love these types of traditions!

Here are some of our family parties this year. We had so much fun with family.

Can you believe I didn't take one picture of Christmas morning at our house?? I just get into the fun with the kids and forget to take pics. I was also making homemade cinnamon rolls, so I was a little busy!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Background on the name "Cozette Grace"

Many of you have asked me where we came up with this name:) I have loved it since "Les Miserables" in high school. I 've read the book, seen the movie and the Broadway show. LOVE IT! It was a name we had in mind for Braxtyn, but Daniel wasn't quite ready for it. So this time, I got my name:) I've only known one other Cosette and they called her Cozy too. So it's just one of those names that has stuck with me. Grace is due to the nature of this pregnancy in particular. How God just saved her for us during my surgery and throughout the entire ordeal. This year has been full of God's mercy and Grace. And well, Grace sounds better than Mercy after Cozette.