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Everyday | Week 2



To accompany my last post, but with some way less glamorous photos, here is a little dump of some phone pictures from the last few weeks.

^^Reagan had her VIP week at preschool and I loved how her poster turned out. She's so cool.

^^I went to Women's Conference at BYU a few weeks ago and LOVED every minute. It was exactly what I needed. I was feeling depleted and definitely needed a fill.

^^We ventured to the Church History Museum last week and had a fun time exploring. I had been wanting to see the new First Vision movie again and to show it to Reagan. The girls loved the kids play area.

^^Jordan was so excited that the Jazz make it to the playoffs this year and he was lucky enough to go to all but one of the home playoff games. I was lucky too because I got to go to two of the games and the girls even got to go to the last one.

^^Before we moved we were feeling stretched a bit thin, with church commitments and responsibilities filling up our evenings. Since our move (and with no callings yet) we have been making the most of our free evenings together. The other day we had dinner at the park and brought bubbles, our hammock, and the kite. It seemed like a perfect evening!

^^Reagan is always picking me the most beautiful flowers.

The second picture is of our bedroom looking so cozy and inviting (which is a rare feeling these days since moving/unpacking/remodeling. Most days after I put Naomi down for her nap, I will turn a show on for Reagan and try to sneak away to my bedroom for a little afternoon scripture study.

^^Reagan had a Mom and Muffin party at preschool and it was just so nice to go enjoy some special time with my Reagan (even though she refused to sing the songs during the program).

^^In the first picture I couldn't help but smile one day when I was buckling up the girls because Naomi had a million bracelets on and Reagan had a puppet on every finger and it just seemed like WOW I have so many daughters.

The second picture was taken at Reagan's most favorite store: Trader Joe's. It gets pretty hectic because both girls insist on driving a little cart and neither of them are very good at it but they do look cute doing it together.

^^The other week during our Temple Square FHE we couldn't help but recreate this little statue (like we also did almost 4 years ago). I think we did pretty good.

Everyday | Week 1


For a long time I have really loved the images and style of Andrea Hanki. The way she captures her children and their childhood is so beautiful. I want to be able to capture images in my home the way she does, instead of only getting out my camera if we're going somewhere cool or for holidays. In an attempt to do this I have been trying to get out my camera at least once a day to take pictures of the girls. I have been taking pictures for a long time and I love it, but I still have a lot to learn, so here's to learning more and the start of my new weekly project.

^^Naomi was really into pulling the playdough apart into a million tiny pieces and Reagan was the opposite. She just wanted to squish all of the colors together into big piles.

^^Picture of a picture.

^^Naomi is either pushing this shopping cart around or pulling a suitcase.

^^So many princess shoes at our house. And little figurines.

^^These magnets are a favorite at our house. We love them! (And sadly the company that makes them is going out of business!) I just ordered 36 more magnets because I was sad to know we wouldn't be able to get them any more, and I'm tempted to order even more.

^^Reagan went on a little bike ride with Jordan on Saturday and picked this rose out of someone's yard (I know, he tried to stop her... but it was too late). She said that it was beautiful like her mom and she wanted to give to it me for Mother's Day, so I had to capture this to remember!

^^Reagan really likes cutting with her special pink scissors, so I have been trying to let her do more construction paper projects. I love the concentration on her face.

Sacrament Talk

We recently moved and are now attending a new ward (congregation) and as is customary, Jordan and I were asked to speak in church two weeks ago. I thought I'd share my talk here for anyone interested in reading:

We recently moved into my great-great Uncle’s house. To his family, he went by Dale, but I think to many other he was known as Henry. Moving into this house has been fun for me because of the history that it has for my family. My great-great grandparents, Margaret and Dean Seeley, bought the house in 1950 and they lived there until their last days, at which point the house was given to Uncle Dale, who also lived there until his last days. I think it’s neat that the house has been in our family for almost 70 years!

When Uncle Dale passed away I inherited a large box of old family photos. As a compulsive organizer AND photography lover, I have had the best time sorting the photos, organizing them and researching the people contained in them. It seems almost serendipitous that I received this box around the time we moved into this house. I have spent many hours in the last few months learning about the people whose house I now live in.

I have read stories about Margaret, who was the sixth in a family of 16 children, born to parents who emigrated from Switzerland and settled with a small Swiss colony in the beautiful mountain city of Midway that reminded them of the stunning homeland they had left behind.

One reason why I enjoy reading stories about my ancestors is because I can tell they were devout, and dedicated to their families and religion. Like when my great-great-great grandma left Switzerland without her parents at the age of 10 to come to America because of the call to Zion. I have read about their fortitude. Like when an entire herd of cattle froze to death and my great-great grand parents had no other option but to rebuild their lives from the ground up . I have learned about their ventures in homesteading and their pastimes playing kick the can and participating in Swiss yodeling contests. Through these stories I can catch a glimpse of the type of people they were. I want to learn from their examples and embrace the devotion, dedication, and fortitude I surely must have in my DNA from them.

Each of us, every child, young man or woman, student, grandma, adult, daughter, or husband has a story waiting to be told. Through these stories we can teach each others and share our testimonies as we live the gospel in our daily lives. We are all teachers. You can be an example of righteousness in a world which desperately needs a shining example of goodness and faith.

“Be thou an example of the believers,” as it says in 1 Timothy chapter 4, “in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

President Monson says, “You know the truth; live it. When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life. It will help to determine how you spend your time and with whom you choose to associate. It will affect the way you treat your family, how you interact with others. It will bring love, peace, and joy into your life.”

My degree is in Technology and Engineering Education. While I was studying to become a teacher I had the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers how to best teach. One of my favorite and most challenging classes I took at BYU was a woodshop class. It stretched me way beyond my capabilities. When the semester first started the thought of using a planer, router, or table saw, BY MYSELF, without cutting off any fingers seemed like an impossibility. Thankfully my teacher Dr. C, would give thorough demonstrations on each piece of equipment before we were even allowed to come near it. He taught us by example how to handcraft beautiful furniture, a task I never thought possible. I enjoyed my time in his class so much and became so comfortable using the various tools that woodworking has become one of my favorite hobbies.

Our Savior, Jesus Christ was the master teacher. "He left His footprints in the sands of the seashore but left His teaching principles in the hearts and in the lives of all He taught." He showed us how to live, how to teach, how to serve, how to speak.

When He washed the feet of His apostles he said, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

In Peter it says, “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously”

In the April Ensign President Uchtdorf shared an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God.

One day as this soap maker was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?”

The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.

“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”

The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”

The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”

Faith must be accompanied by action; Religion without action is like soap that remains in the box. It may have wondrous potential, but in reality it has little power to make a difference until it fulfills its intended purpose. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action.

As we act upon our faith we are teaching by example.

President Monson said, “You possess a testimony; share it. Never underestimate the far-reaching influence of your testimony. You can share your testimony in many ways—by the words you speak, by the example you set, by the manner in which you live your life.”

My whole life at the moment consists of trying to teach my daughters how to be people. I am trying to teach them how to put their shoes on the right feet, to say please and thank you, and not to poke people with their forks. I can often be heard saying the silliest things like, “You cannot ride your bike down the stairs” or “Please go put your pants back on.”

I hope that I can show them how to be kind to everyone they meet, how to say their prayers and how to choose the right. Sometimes I forget that showing them how to do something will probably yield a better result than telling them how to do it.

I am the oldest in my family. I have twin brothers who are 9 years younger than me. In my patriarchal blessing it says, “I bless you to ever be an influence for good in your family that your brothers may follow your example. They love you; therefore, be a righteous example and they will not divert from the righteous way.” I hope that I have been a good example to them thus far and that I can continue to teach them by example.

President Monson said, “Make every decision you contemplate pass this test: What does it do to me? What does it do for me? And let your code of conduct emphasize not, “What will others think?” but rather, “What will I think of myself?” Be influenced by that still, small voice. Remember that one with authority placed his hands on your head at the time of your confirmation and said, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth. As the prophet Isaiah promised, “Thine ears shall hear a word … saying, This is the way,walk ye in it.”

May we follow the example of the perfect teacher, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that it may be said of each of us as it was spoken of the Redeemer, “Thou art a teacher come from God” (John 3:2)

Tulip Festival


We couldn't resist another trip to the tulip festival and barely snuck in our visit before it officially ended. With rain everyday the week before we were a little nervous, but of course the flowers were as gorgeous as ever. The tulips are obviously amazing but I also love all of the english daisies, Icelandic poppies, and ranunculus. I love taking pictures of flowers!

^^We ran into Elder Oaks and his cute wife. We said hi but didn't want to interrupt their morning together but I did have to sneak a picture of them in their golf cart.

Naomi's Party


We had a little Minnie Mouse birthday party for our Nomi girl on Saturday complete with Minnie Ears, Hot Dogs/Brats, and all things pink and polka dot. We were originally going to have the party outside at a park but it was crazy windy so we relocated to my parents' house at the last minute. Its crazy to me that as of a few weeks ago Naomi is older than Reagan was when Naomi was born. Naomi seems like a baby to me and Reagan seemed like a giant when Naomi was born.

Reagan was so cute when it was time to open presents. She started talking a million miles a minute and was ripping open all of the presents trying to "help" Naomi, and bringing the next present over before Naomi had even had a chance to look at the first. It was hilarious. I wish we would have filmed it.

I'm so happy we could celebrate this cute girl and so happy that she is a part of our family!

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