Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meet the Mormons "Glorious" Chords

Our family so enjoyed seeing "Meet the Mormons" at the theater this weekend. Leading up to the show, we listened to David Archuleta's "Glorious" quiet a few times, and no doubt, this beautiful song will stay in our hearts for a very long time. It can be found as a free MP3 download at . You also don't want to miss the official music video at this youtube link. 

Since the guitar tabs were nowhere to be found, as of yet, I decided to give it a go.

I hope you enjoy, and feel free to share with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Pinterest or whatever social media site you'd like. Even better, print a copy, break out your instrument of choice, and share your musical talents with a friend or family member who needs a little cheer. It will, no doubt, fill them with light and love.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doubt not - An homage to American Ninja Warrior

There's a sports competition, called “American Ninja Warrior,” that is televised on NBC. In this competition, contenders are faced with incredible obstacle courses; unbelievably difficult obstacle courses. The goal is to finish the predetermined series of courses, and to do so in a shorter amount of time than everyone else.

Yusuke Morimoto, a Japanese competitor, did a remarkable thing last night, which was to be the first person ever to complete Stage 3, on American soil. 

When asked by one of the hosts of the show, "How are you feeling right now?” he replied: 

"I had really come to the end of my strength, but I didn’t want to give in to doubt. I was determined to stand at the goal. I didn’t give up, and I finished.”

I was excited for him, and proud of his accomplishment. So were the people in the audience. So were his teammates. And so were his opponents. Everyone was on their feet, applauding him, and shedding tears of delight, adoration, and immense pride. 

I couldn’t help but consider how this is a decent representation of our life on Earth, and our arrival at the finished line, when we have returned home to our Father in Heaven. Our trials are challenging and tiring, but if we hold tight to what we know is right, we will be able to “stand at the goal… and finish.” I will not give in to doubt, and I will stand faithful when that day comes. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 2014: Notes from a proud mom

These three boys are such gifts; Each one, in his own way.

May 2014 notes:

Jackson is 10 1/2 & he...

  • Loves electronics.
  • Loves his best friends in 5th grade: Jake, Ryan & Nathan.
  • Loves baseball. He pitches, catches and also dabbles here and there around the infield.
  • Is part of the AIG program at school for both math and reading.
  • Has just started babysitting his brothers a little. 
  • Is still into nike elite socks - even in the summer! 
  • Has a size 7.5 foot. A little more, and we'll wear the same size!
  • Loves the phrase "Tons of puns!"
  • Has a sweet nature and disposition, especially when he's not with his brothers. 
  • Is rather quiet.
  • Won't mind me saying so - but he can be so clumsy! He always laughs about it!
  • Loves chickfila and also chargrill hotdogs - just ketchup.
  • Is a thinker.
  • Loves the show "Studio C" on BYUTV.
  • Wants to be a video game designer when he grows up.
  • Loves him some Harkers Island, where he gets to spent lots of time with cousins.
  • Says he's not going on his overnight class field trip on Wednesday & Thursday.

Brady is turning 9 this week and he...

  • Is so tall and skinny
  • Loves plush animals & toys
  • Is really into Pokemon games, cards and characters
  • Is a natural at baseball. He and Rodney are working on pitching, and I always laugh when he does a fun little kick in his process.
  • Really likes girls.
  • Had a birthday party yesterday and really wanted to invite some (girls), but it worked out better as a boy-only party.
  • Loves electronics - especially the games that have to do with animals.
  • Is a friend to so many (His teacher has really praised him for this) but his best friends in 3rd grade are Zach & Robbie.
  • Loves to color with colored pencils, crayons or markers, and usually picks Pokemon characters to color.
  • Spends a lot of his free time on the trampoline.
  • Loves to be outdoors, hunting for little critters, especially lizards and turtles.
  • Has gotten more picky over time with what he eats, but pancakes, syrup, watermelon and mac-n-cheese are at the top of his yes list!
  • Loves to use his imagination.
  • Is really good at floor puzzles.
  • Sleeps in later than everyone else. 
  • Loves to wear LOTS of colors - and the brighter, the better.
  • Says when he grows up, he wants to work at "The Money Maker Machine. You get like a hundred dollars a day. Or a paleontologist."

Carter is a couple weeks from turning 7 and he...

  • Can't believe that his birthday is less than 3 weeks away - Talks about it every day!
  • Loves Lego - and loves counting the pieces. Sees a firetruck and loves to wonder "How many Lego bricks would it take to build THAT!"
  • Is really into his "advanced tee-ball" team. He has a goal of not having to use the tee all season.  So far, so good (4 games).
  • Has a couple of best friends in 1st grade - Thomas and Katie, but is a good friend to so many.
  • Has a few favorite channels on Youtube - Skylander Boy and Girl, Lego Jang, & EvantubeHD.
  • Has his own Youtube channel - "Carterman Steel" and has currently posted 4 videos.
  • Can't believe that anyone would really ACTUALLY like Duke or the Yankees.
  • Loves to stir in chocolate or strawberry powder in his milk - all by himself!
  • Loves to crack open eggs.
  • Got his first sunburn of 2014 Mother's Day weekend at Harkers Island, and I bet it won't be the last!
  • Loves cereal, pancakes, eggs, pizza and crazy bread.
  • Wants to be a Lego designer when he grows up.
  • Has lost 6 teeth, and the permanent teeth that are coming in are rather crooked.
  • Has $5 in his wallet at this moment, and he's dying to spend it on Lego mixels.
  • REALLY loves his mommy - especially hugging and snuggy-ing.
  • Knows how to choose the right so naturally. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snowman? Sunbeam? Welcome to Primary 2014

Rodney came down the stairs a couple hours ago singing "Do you want to be a Sunbeam?"
Why?!! Why?!!

He's to blame for this, OK? :)

I realize there are many improvements that could be made on this, but for the time being, we can call this the first draft. How adorable is Frozen, by the way?! I want to go see it again. Every day. For the rest of my life. I kid. A little.

I'm visualizing this being sung by the primary chorister to that full front row of (almost) babies when they join the big primary room early in January. For us, that's about 10 hours from now. ;)

Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I paused and read the scriptures...

I am blessed beyond measure.
I was raised by wonderful parents, who blessed me with five beautiful siblings, all of whom mean more to me than I'll ever be able to express.
My relationship with my immediate family and extended family is very much in tact, which so many friends are not able to say. 
I get to do what I love. Pretty much all day every day. That's another post.
I have a loving husband, who was also raised with strong moral values and courage, and who provides and fathers and magnifies his duties at home, at work, at church, and otherwise.
I have been privelaged to carry three remarkable little boys in my womb, deliver them without much ado, and watch them grow into darling, healthy little boys, ages 9, 8 & 6.
I have been dealt a wonderful hand of cards.

BUT, aside from that obvious, outward display of the many ways I have been blessed, I have also been blessed to know, with a deep conviction, of God's plan for me. That's more inward and invisible, yet I still know that I am His daughter. I know that He loves me and cares for me. I do my best to let my light shine in a way that will truly glorify Him (Matthew 5:16). 

I believe that God put in place, in the spring of 1820, almost 200 years ago, a turn of events that would truly affect mankind forever, and for good. That was the year in which "The First Vision" took place. The rest, as they say, is history. One tangible effect of that vast history is a book which I have in my possession. It is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is a companion to the many testimonies of Him in the Holy Bible. I love the scriptures.

Today, I felt impressed to pause for a moment, and read from The Book of Mormon. It was while I was eating my lunch, watching the news. CNN was broadcasting a live presidential address, where President Barrack Obama outlined the need for greater concern for our planet. He framed his comments with a quick history lesson - when humans first orbited the moon in the year 1968. Mankind was able to see something like they/we had never seen it before! A new appreciation for God's creation had been stirred. He further described the work of scientific advancements in these last couple hundred years, and within my heart and mind, a slight feeling of tension and fear began to erupt.
I felt (and still feel) a sense of sadness that we don't know how much longer this Earth will be able to sustain us. President Obama had been successful at addressing a need for change - with me, at least. I'm not trying to endorse one political party or person. Not at all. But the message - It's a message we all need to hear - and not only "hear" but DO something about! Just then, a thunderstorm rolled in, and my satellite signal was lost. I had just finished my lunch, was pondering on the meaning and gravity of the things I had just heard, and out the corner of my eye, I could see the Book of Mormon sitting on the ottoman, where it was left after "Family Home Evening" last night. I felt impressed that I should pause for a few minutes. I even had a specific book that I felt that I should turn to. In my mind, I could feel that Alma, Chapter 5 is where I should turn. And so I did. I read each word carefully and thoughtfully.  

I am here to say that I love that book of scripture. In this chapter, Alma the younger (son of Alma), is preaching to a wicked and idolotrous group of people in the land of Zarahemla. As I read it - this is going to sound so silly, but just hear me out - I could hear Alma the younger deliver his words almost as a presidential address - of a need for change! We've all heard an address like this. Think of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. It is powerful! It is moving! THAT is the exact enthusiasm with which Alma the younger speaks! The subject is simple - Repentance and Salvation. And also a remembrance of their fathers and what they knew to be true. One of my favorite verses in the whole 62-verse chapter (full of wonderful verses - FULL!) is verse 38. Alma says: "Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which year are called, behold ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd." 

I testify that these words are true. I know that Jesus is "The Good Shepherd." He calls me to him, to listen to his voice, and to follow his admonitions. He loves me and wants me to be happy, and so, I will follow him.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"The Atonement" in a few words

I heard these words spoken by Dieter F. Uchtdorf tonight, and decided I should try to creatively bring them to life.

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