Archive for March, 2009

The Book of Mormon and Freedom

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

This video was shared with me and it spoke to my heart.

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Great Quote

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

As I was reading this month’s Ensign I came across this quote from a talk given by President Romney in October 1982. I just had to share.

“The practice of coveting and receiving unearned benefits has now become so fixed in our society that even men of wealth, possessing the means to produce more wealth, are expecting the government to guarantee them a profit. Elections often turn on what the candidates promise to do for voters from government funds. This practice, if universally accepted and implemented in any society, will make slaves of its citizens.
“We cannot afford to become wards of the government, even if we have a legal right to do so. It requires too great a sacrifice of self-respect and political, temporal, and spiritual independence.”

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At Least It’s a Start

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Sione and I have been shopping the ads and coupon clipping to get some really good deals. One of the things we have been stocking up on is fruit snacks/roll ups and granola bars. I figure they will be great for 72 hour kits. I have kept think I need to get our 72 hour kits done for years now. Alas, I have not actually followed through with anything more than buying backpacks on sale after the school sales are over. I realized that I needed to just start working on them when I saw that we just kept eating the fruit snacks, etc. before they ever made into the kits. So I pulled all of the food and beverage stuffs out of the pantry and divided them all up into equal amounts. Then I put them in grocery bags and put those in my closet because we had company over. So yesterday I pulled the kiddies together and told them all to go get the backpack they wanted to use for their 72 hour kit. When they all came back we had a discussion about what a 72 hour kit was for. I wanted to make sure they understood that the yummy mom-never-buys-this-stuff-for-us treats in the 72 hour kits would still be there if there was an emergency. We talked about Hurricane Katrina and what happened since people were not prepared to take care of themselves. We talked about the possible dangers we face here, since we are not in hurricane area. And I let them know that we would be rotating those yummy treats twice a year at General Conference time. Starting in the fall we will have everyone grab their kits and they will get to have the items that will expire before the next General Conference as Conference treats, and then we will replace them. A couple of weeks ago I found some hand warmers on clearance at Smith’s and picked up all that they had, which equaled out to one per member of our family. I also went through all of our old kits that we had for the car (only enough for one person, really) and other items we had and we now have a small baggie of bandaids for everyone and 4 people have those shiny blankets that I always look at with much skepticism, among other things like one bottle of water purification tablets. Then I went to our bookshelves and found 6 of the little books we got out of our cereal boxes a few years back. They are perfect for the kits because they are mini versions of regular picture books and they are paper so they are lightweight and take up practically no room. I divided those up into 2 piles and put them in Tevita and Losahina’s packs. Other than that I have been figuring out what we need still and trying to get the items we have around the house gathered for it. I know we don’t have them complete yet, but they are started and that actually is a huge relief. I feel like instead of this thought that I need to do this huge costly project I now have kits for most of us started and and I can add to it bit by bit. Meanwhile if there is an emergency we need them for we will have more than just the shirts on our back. Something is better than nothing.

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She Rolled Over!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

With 6 older siblings who love to hold her as much as her parents do I have been a little conserned with Faith having the “tummy time” on the floor to learn how to roll over. Every now and then I would try to remember to let her have the time on the floor, and would adamantly tell all of the children “No!” as they saw her lying there free from anyone else’s loving arms….for at least a couple of minutes. It never really lasted too long. I eased my worries with thoughts that Losahina had eventually learned how to roll over. I increased my worries with thoughts of chinese princesses who never learned to walk because they were carried everywhere. 😛

This morning I decided to let her have some tummy time while we started devotional. I put her down on the blanket and started to get stuff ready. Collin asked to hold her and I told him no, she needed to learn how to roll over, so leave her on her tummy. He told me she was on her back. Now Losahina is a very loving big sister so I wasn’t sure if she had helped Faith over or not. We all ran over, I put her on her tummy again and we cheered and encouraged her to roll over. She smiled and laughed and then rolled over half way. While her head was looking up at the ceiling and her legs were still left behind she had the funniest look on her face. She stopped laughing and smiling and just looked confused. It didn’t take too long for her legs to catch up with the rest of her and then we all cheered and clapped and made a general ruckus over her, which she loved. I’m not sure she knew what we were trying to get her to do, or what we were clapping for at the end, but we are excited and she is happy. :)

I don’t remember when a baby is “supposed” to start rolling over, but our sweet little 4 month old baby girl has arrived!

Edited to say: She has been able to sit up on her own for a few seconds before tipping over for a few weeks now. I just forgot to share the news here.

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Boys and Games

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I have wondered for years why boys seem to think it is such a treat for other people to watch them play video games. Mind you I have not seen this in every male I have come across, but in a lot of the boys who really like to play them I have. I just had a thought! I wonder if it stems from sports. Hmmm. Maybe because people actually pay a lot of money to watch boys play sport games that it doesn’t seem like such a stretch that people would be thrilled to watch a boy play a video game. Something to think about. To get back to what I was originally going to post…. We like playing the Nancy Drew computer games. We have the game The Secret of the Old Clock. Today I heard a strange voice coming from the computer while Collin was playing this game…..Or so I thought. Collin had found a series of videos on YouTube where a man had recorded himself playing this game and posted it. So my son is happily watching videos of someone else play a computer game…. For about 2 hours (Horrible, I know, but we’ve been sick)….of a game we already own. Granted this man is rather amusing with his comments sometimes. The kids are giggling as they watch him make mistakes and try to solve this game. It does give me an insight that apparently they are happy to watch others play video games, so why wouldn’t other people be happy to watch them, right? Just thought I would share my latest insight.

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