Monday, March 8, 2010

To Always Remember.

My sister-in-law named her blog To Always Remember.  Isn't that such a beautiful name.  It says so much in 3 short words.

She uses her blog strictly  to remember parts of her life that are so important.  Things her kids say, events and time spent as a family.

My blog is a journal of sorts for me.  I find myself going back to read it often.

I have found that my blog has almost taken over scrap booking for me.  (for those of you who know me, scrap booking has been a part of my life for years)

My blog  has become a way for me to document the every days, and little moments in our life.  I hope to have it help me to always remember.

It has also been a tool for me to stay in touch with family, make new friends, and stay connected with old friends.

I have used my blog as a way to share thoughts, problem solve and also to get something off my chest.

This post is To Always Remember.

I recently shared a memory keeping night with sisters in our church.  We discussed all the many facets out there that allow us to record our history.

People have been keeping records for thousands of years.  I know we are all so thankful as we get to read the history of those who went before us.

I am particularly thankful for the records that I read in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

We should also be a record keeping people.  We should keep records so we can look back and see the blessings that we have received.  To ponder what we have learned, and how we have grown.  Also, so our children can have a glimpse in to our thoughts, and know more about us and how we feel about them.

Here are just a few things that I always want to remember:

Right now, I am so thankful for kind and helpful children; especially Jex and Stella.  Yes, children leave and make messes, but mine are so helpful about cleaning them up.

This Saturday morning the kids and I teamed up and did a quick run through on the house.  They never complained.  Just tonight as we cleaned out the garage, they just kept saying, "What else can we do?"

My children are amazing helpers.  The are awesome examples of teamwork.

Right now, I want to remember the love that Isaac has for others.  Especially his love for Tess.  He is crazy about her.  He always wants to hold her, and is constantly giving her kisses.

Tess and Isaac 

I can tell he understands the concept of a family, and has a great love for each of us.  He desires for us to be together.  He is thrilled when Jonathan is home.  "you home daddy, you home?", he exclaims when Jonathan walks through the door.

Tonight, I asked Isaac how much he love me he said, "Two Weeks."  I guess I love him two weeks also.

Right now, you can find Isaac in his cowboy boots.


Right now, Tess is all smiles, and is beginning to laugh.  Right now, we usually call her Mae Mae.  Right now, I can't remember my life with out her.  Right now, I jump out of bed to see her smile at me.

Happy Tess

Right now, Stella has been so kind and loving with me.  I think she must know how insecure I feel about the way I look.  I still have some baby weight to go.  I try not to talk about it in front of her.  It helps my attitude when she tells me that I am beautiful.  Tonight she said, "Tessa is so pretty because she came from the cutest cutest cutest cutest cutest(on and on) mom in the world."  She makes my days brighter.  She also helps put in to perspective that my kids really don't care if I still have a few pounds to loose. Stella

Right now, I am proud to be Stella's mother.  I just received the most wonderful compliment.  It makes all my time spent as a mother worth it.  Stella's teacher commented about how grounded she is at her parent teacher conference.  Grounded, what a beautiful way to describe someone; especially a 5 year old.

 Jex has always been my big helper.  He can sense when I am stressed.  Right now, he is always there to help pick up the pieces when ours days get crazy.  He is strong and so loveable.  He recently had to have 3 teeth pulled. 

Teeth closeup

He did it with such grace.  It reminded me that he is growing up.  He went back in the room all on his own, and came out with a smile.  A smile that was missing 3 teeth.  Right now, he is growing and maturing way too fast.  I am grateful for the boy he is becoming.


Right now, I have never been more in love with my husband.  He is the most amazing father, friend and partner.  I couldn't go on with out him.  He supports me in every aspect of my life.  Even when I have crazy ideas.  Tonight he called me just to share an exciting piece of information.  I am so glad that he wants to share his life with me.

Snow Day on Tramp

Right now, I write these beautiful memories down to always remember.


Heidi said...

Hi, you don't know me, but I think I stumbled upon your blog from "Imperfectly Beautiful" and love the room re-do you did. I started following anonymously and really enjoy your ideas and inspiration. Just another LDS blogging mom. Thought I'd leave a comment to let you know I was here.

Amy said...

I am also a stranger to you :) ...

I have been following your blog for awhile. I am not sure how I stumbled across it (blog hopping I guess) and I have to tell you that out of all the blogs in my "reader" --- I am most excited when I see you have updated. you are so refreshing. you are so inspirational. I am amazed at what an INCREDIBLE mother, wife and person you are.

after following you for a bit, I made the realization that you are Lorinda's S.I.L. -- such a funny small world. We lived in Indiana with Wes and Lorinda and and absolutely LOVE their cute family.

I am not sure why I haven't commented before -- sometimes I guess it's just easier not too -- but I had to tonight!

thanks for blogging. I am a fan.

:) amy

Darlene said...

Beautiful post, Andrea :). Miss ya!!

Shortcake and Company said...

Well, Miss Andrea, I do know you. Rachelle told me she found your blog and that she LOVED it. So I thought I'd take a peek and I LOVE it too. You are such a doer, girl! You've inspired me so. And pu-lease!! Your family is beyond beautiful.

Alaina and Mitchell said...

Okay, here's my idea. You've known me for awhile and you know how much I love and adore your little ones...

so, I decided that you should write a book to tell me how to raise the little one that we just found out is on the way...I have no idea what to do!! I mean, I babysat every day of my life, but being a momma is so much more than that!! I have nowhere to begin. I know you can learn as you go, but a book would be so much more helpful! You could address it, "How to parent like the Swensons." It would be awesome. :o)

Lorinda said...

You just made me want to post on my long neglected blog that you mentioned! Love you.

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