November was gratitude month. The gratitude jar experiment was a sweet success. I thought that many of the older kid's contributions were insightful. I love what they teach us.
December is service month. Last night, we challenged the kids to pray for the Savior to show them people that they can serve this month--at school or in our family or neighborhood. I will try and post what the kids come up with and how it blesses our December.
Emma has a classmate who is autistic. He has significant behavioral & social issues, and as a result, doesn't have any friends at recess. Yesterday, Emma noticed this boy trying to swing by himself, but not being able to without a starter shove. Other kids find this classmate 'annoying.' We asked Emma what she says when they say that, and she responded, "He has troubles, so he can't control himself sometimes, but he still needs friends." She stood up for him and took a leadership role as she left the social comfort of her own friends, and pushed him on the swing for the remainder of recess.
We promised the kids that if they would pray for opportunities to see needs, the Lord will show them.
On a lighter note, this past week, Emma asked me if Santa brings any gifts to the President of the United States.
I am honored to be married to my husband extraordinaire Joseph, for 15 years. Our joy is full (most days) because we are blessed to have these children in our family: Joshua (12yrs), Emma (10 yrs), Caleb (7yrs), and Elizabeth (5 yrs.). I enjoy camping with my family, cooking, reading, playing and teaching the violin and blogging. Our story began over 15 years ago at Ricks College. We have moved 9 times in 14 years, but have come full circle to the city where we were married and sealed in the LDS temple.