Sunday, May 18, 2008

Brooklyn's Progressions

I have gone off-track for a while - for after all - isn't this entire blog supposed to be all about Brooklyn?!! So, here is where she is:
She is still HEALTHY AND STRONG at 22 rolley pounds!
A few stats: 29.5 inches (still off the charts), 21 lbs (80th percentile) , and 18 inch head circ. (97th percentile)

She is BRILLIANT -She waves and gives kisses to everyone on command!
She is MOVING like Crazy - getting into everything - even baskets!
(Sorry, I just had to put all these photos in, this series is so cute!)

She is EATING real foods - mostly carrots, bananas and cheerios
-and she's got 8 teeth!


She is CRAWLING - every day she is faster!
She is STANDING - she pulls herself to stand in her crib, at the coffee table and couch all by herself!

She is ENTERTAINING - or should I say being entertained! Thank you McCallie for being so wonderful and loving to us! Especially Gail for being my swimming babysitter!

The other day I left her with one of the boys for 10 minutes while I ran down to the post-office and when I got back there were 8 boys all around her, getting the biggest kick out of her!
She's helping us with Missionary work already

Reflections on Motherhood

My dear friend Rochelle sent me a book, "I am a Mother" by Jane Clayson Johnson. It has touched my heart and helped me to realize what a sacred and wonderful calling Motherhood is. It has helped me be proud of what I do - I am a Mother!
I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from it - for all my mother-friends.
"When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire, or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in Congresses?" (Elder Neal A. Maxwell).

At times, there may be few immediate rewards for those of us who are mothers. There are no Christmas bonuses, no promotions, no paid vacations. But there is love, there is laughter, there is joy. And there are assurances. For, as the Apostle Paul taught, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him". A mother who loves the Lord and teaches her children to do the same - and above else - cannot be denied this blessing.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife said: "How do we get women to stop saying "I'm just a mother'. Or 'I used to be such and such, but now I'm just a mother" We need to market motherhood. So I cam up with a saying: 'Motherhood: 24/7 on the front lines of humanity. Are you man enough to try it?'"

"In our society, we give motherhood plenty of lip service, we pat moms on the head, bring them flowers on Mother's Day, and honor them before crowds. But at the end of the day, we don't extend them the same respect we would a professor, a dentist, an accountant or a judge. I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one the of greatest spiritual teachers there is. To create an environment that's stimulating and nurturing, to pass on the sense of responsibility to another human being to raise a child who understands that he or she is created from good and is capable of anything-I know for sure that few callings are more honorable. To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands. The world can only value mothering to the extent that women everywhere stand and declare that it must be so. In our hands we hold the power to transform the perception of motherhood... We should no longer allow a mother to be defined as 'just a mom'. It is on her back that great nations are built" (Oprah Winfrey).

I wish I could transcribe the entire book - it is incredibly and inspiring. If you can - please go get it and read it!

This weekend has been McCallie graduation. I have watched as these boys are graduating from high school. You can tell many of them are from incredible families. They have been taught by their mothers and fathers principles of faith, hard work, confidence and achievement. Many of them have been honored for their different achievements. As I have attended the ceremonies, I have wondered what these recipients in particular mother's taught them to reach such high levels of achievement and mostly, to be so loved by their peers. I have wondered what I can teach Brooklyn so she can 'Glorify God' in such a way. All I can figure is that they have deep routed faith in God and know that they are loved - lessons only a mother can teach so well.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Day out with the Fridays!

Brooklyn and I went to our first major league baseball game the other night!

The same weekend we went out for dinner with the Fridays. Always a good time

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

As a new Mom, I am grasping how absolutely incredible My Mom is. I have always known she is amazing, but every day, I realize how wonderful she is in another way.
In ways like how she stayed at home Mom with one child, away from all family and most friends. How she made (mostly) Delicious and always Nutritious meals for 3, and soon 8 every day for over 25 years! In growing a Herbalife business with 1,2,3, 4, 5 and 6 kids! Actually, doing everything she did with that many kids! One of the best examples of her strength, ingenuity and pure guts was that she took all 8 of her family members around the world for an entire year! It boggles my mind!
Every step of pregnancy and now motherhood I wonder how one would do it with another child -LET ALONE 6! I have not figured it out, but she did it brilliantly with wisdom and grace.
I am grateful for her incredible example of selflessness, love, intelligence, intuition, spirituality and care. She is my HERO!
Even though I am a mother myself now, I am still her little girl, going to her when I have problems and successes. I still watch her - as Brooklyn sometimes does with me - with amazement and interest. I still hope to be more like her someday.

Happy Mothers Day MOM!

I have also been blessed with other incredible mother figures. Incredible women like Judy, Ginger, my Grandmothers, and Nana as well as many other women that I look up to and have learned arts of motherhood from.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You Deserve every gift and kind word, hug and kiss that comes to you this day!
Love Paige

Finally, here is a little Mother's day poem that hit home for me and I wanted to share it.

Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts. I slept all night..
I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.

I had never known the warmth,
the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Great Photos!

I just had to blog these!

I am so grateful that Trey is such a wonderful Daddy and husband!

...and has such wonderful parents!

Friday, May 2, 2008

A Few Good Causes

There are three great causes that I would like to share/promote through my blog. (No I am not getting any sort of compensation for this - they are truly causes I believe in!)

First, Dana sent out a great email the other day with some great helpers so we can do our part in saving the environment. As a former BYU Recycling Club member, I too feel a need to spread the word!
The phone is line 1 877 EARTH 911 or 1 800 CLEANUP just call & they give you community specific info just type in your zip code:

1. local info on energy conservation info
2. recycling products inc. CRV & household hazardous materials ie pesticides
3. water quality protection & clean boating tips
4. home composting
5. how to save $ & environment shop smart
6. incorporate renewable energy in your life
7. Professional wet cleaning info
8. Growers free recycling motor oil etc

Some other ideas of what we could all do to help is to plant a tree this year, plant low water consumption indigenous plants & flowers, get a recycling bin, use a drip system and timed watering system, change your lighbulbs, unplug our cell phone chargers when we aren't using them and so much more!
Please take time to think of what you can do to do your part in saving our environment.
Along with these great websites, my Dad reminded us of this in response to her email:

"I know Dana’s list is helpful- check out websites etc. But as a start, I’d just ask you to pick up some litter when you are walking along, it’s good exercise to bend over, lung and make a spot for the grass to grow, and then ask the city to put in garbage cans."

Second, one of my close friends from childhood, Rachel Hornburg's brother Nathan was tragically killed in Afghanistan last year. His father is now putting on a fantastic Running/Walking event to raise money for troops and thier families in Calgary.
His Father recently contacted me and told me more about what happened. Here is what he wrote:
"Nathan operated a Leopard tank. He was the first Reservist to be on a tank crew since the Korean War and the first member of his Regiment to be killed in combat since May, 1945. He was in one position for about 8 hours taking fire from 3 directions while he worked to help the crew of a disabled tank and his commander told us that while outside the tank working, Nathan had complete disregard for the rocket propelled grenades which were flying by. Nathan was alone in his tank, moving it into position to pull the stricken tank back on its track when a shell burst on the front of his tank and killed him instantly. He was a very brave man. I am so very proud of him."

Click HERE if you would like to see how to participatein the race. Even if you are not in Calgary June 15, you can participate in Spirit through "the Military Mile", pay online and you will get an e-mail confirmation back and their usual eternal gratitude and thanks.
They asked that "[I] pass the word along to your incredible clan and all your other contacts whether family, friends, LDS, or just good people who recognize the many freedoms we all have because of the sacrifices of brave young men like Nathan."
So there's my pitch, please consider supporting this great cause!

Thirdly, my Auntie Doni's husband is publishing a book for the first time The Master Planets and she has asked I spread the news! Please check it out on HERE!

Thirdly, my aunt's husband is publishing a book for the first time The Master Planets and she has asked I spread the news! Please check it out on HERE!