Saturday, November 26, 2011

November Canyon

Spence and I went down toward Lake Powell and did two canyons today.  It was a lot of fun.  And Spence was a trooper.  He loved the rapels.  He had a little scrape on his forearm wherein he left a little blood in the canyon.  But that didn't slow him down.  We went with Paul, Zhon, Jerel, and Kaiden.  What a beautiful day it was.  We did Blarney Canyon Left Fork and Lucky Charms.  We stopped at Subway on the way down and Spence had a pizza for breakfast.  We stopped at Rays Tavern for dinner in Green River.  Good food as usual.  It was a joy.  We tried out our new car GPS (the Garmin Nuvi 40LM) and loved it.
Well, better hit the rack.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Some catch up

Somehow we missed posting Halloween pictures.

 Then we had Sam in one of his hilarious giggly moods.  He ended up rolling on the ground laughing so hard.

Nutella is definitely the spread of choice for our kids in the morning on their toast.

And the shed out back.  We won't bore you with all the images, but if you want to see them, follow this link

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dose of religion on 11-11-11

Sermon on 11-11-11
From the ponderings of Tyler in morning study...

"a house of learning"

Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) 88
119 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

D&C 6
5 Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
7 Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

1 Nephi 15

8 And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?
9 And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.
10 Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?
11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.

D&C 8:
2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
11 Ask that you may know the mysteries of God...

Perhaps the single greatest thing I learned from reading the Book of Mormon is that the voice of the Spirit comes as a feeling rather than a sound. You will learn, as I have learned, to “listen” for that voice that is felt rather than heard.

Some critics have said that these verses are in error because you hear words; you do not feel them. But if you know anything at all about spiritual communication, you know that the best word to describe what takes place is the word feeling.
The gift of the Holy Ghost, if you consent, will guide and protect you and even correct your actions. It is a spiritual voice that comes into the mind as a thought or a feeling put into your heart. The prophet Enos said, “The voice of the Lord came into my mind.” And the Lord told Oliver Cowdery, “Behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you.”

D&C 9
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

As a people, we rightfully place high priority on secular learning and vocational development. We want and we must excel in scholarship and craftsmanship. I commend you for striving diligently to gain an education and become an expert in your field. I invite you to also become experts in the doctrines of the gospel—especially the doctrine of the priesthood.
We live in a time when the scriptures and the words of modern-day prophets are more easily accessible than at any time in the history of the world. However, it is our privilege and duty, and it is our responsibility to reach out and grasp their teachings. The principles and doctrines of the priesthood are sublime and supernal. The more we study the doctrine and potential and apply the practical purpose of the priesthood, the more our souls will be expanded and our understanding enlarged, and we will see what the Lord has in store for us.

1 Nephi 10
11 And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And after they had slain the Messiah, who should come, and after he had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should make himself manifest, by the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bday boy

Somewhat stoic yet still so cuddly at times,
Two and talented
Birthday boy!
Seth went with Daddy to a couple of stores.  He was loving being the only kid with Dad.  He sang almost the entire time in the cart.  He enjoyed seeing the animals at the pet store.  He was all grins the moment he woke up and he truly knew it was his birthday.

Seth has started his ABCs and is crazy talented with a ball.  
He is so cute as he repeats everything people say to him.  He follows the prayers that his brothers and sister give.  And he is a dare devil.  Last night the boys were jumping off of the toddler bed.  It was decided that we shouldn't jump anymore, but Seth decided he would do another anyway.  He ended up doing a front flip.  Good thing for flexible necks.  He was fine, but a little surprised that he actually pulled it off. 
We sure love you big kid!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Family Photo 2011

We meant to do this one at the beach in California.  That didn't work out.  So we have been itching to get this done since then.  Thanks to Jennifer for doing such a great job with the kids and the camera.  Check out other family pics at Tyler's photo page on facebook.