Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nate Got Accepted into a PD!!!!

He works as a Deputy for the County right now and will be soon working for a PD that he has been trying to get into for over a year. Heres the added bonuses, pay that is almost 10 dollars per hour more, no more copays for insurance, 3 day a week schedule, 10 miles closer to home which puts him at about 6-7 miles away and a family friendly department! I know Heavenly Father poured this Blessing on us this week at this precise moment because he is happy for our upcoming baptism. We have prayed hard for this moment for a long time now. I swear, over a year of trying to get in there and 4 days before baptism he finally gets hired on??? Eery/crazy/no coincidence! Its absolutely amazing what happens when you give your life over to Jesus and really trying to live in the ways of the Lord and in accordance to His teachings, blessings so great will be poured upon you.

My favorite Verses regarding Heavenly Father's Blessings

Mal. 3: 10
3 Ne. 24: 10) open . . . the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing.

I just want to write a prayer publically right now and tell you that I know the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is True and Father God, I want to thank you for all the blessings my family has been given. You have poured them upon us as of lately and we are so grateful to have the full Gospel in our lives now, it couldnt have come at a more desperate time then it did and I know you knew the perfect timing to send it to our family and to open our hearts to receive it. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Gen. 12: 2
I will bless thee . . . and thou shalt be a blessing.
Gen. 27: 12
I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
Gen. 33: 11
take, I pray thee, my blessing.
Gen. 49: 25
shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep.
Gen. 49: 26
blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors.
Ex. 32: 29
that he may bestow upon you a blessing.
Lev. 25: 21
I will command my blessing upon you.
Deut. 11: 26
Deut. 30: 19) I set before you . . . a blessing and a curse.
Deut. 23: 5
God turned the curse into a blessing.
Deut. 28: 2
all these blessings shall come on thee.
Deut. 33: 16
let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph.
Neh. 9: 5
name . . . which is exalted above all blessing and praise.
Ps. 24: 5
he shall receive the blessing from the Lord.
Prov. 10: 6
Blessings are upon the head of the just.
Prov. 10: 22
blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich.
Prov. 11: 11
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted.
Prov. 28: 20
faithful man shall abound with blessings.
Isa. 19: 24
Israel be . . . a blessing in the midst of the land.
Isa. 44: 3
I will pour . . . my blessing upon thine offspring.
Ezek. 44: 30
he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.
Mal. 2: 2
I will curse your blessings . . . because ye do not.
Mal. 3: 10
3 Ne. 24: 10) open . . . the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing.
Rom. 15: 29
I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel.
Gal. 3: 14
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles.
Eph. 1: 3
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.
Heb. 12: 17
when he would have inherited the blessing.
James 3: 10
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.
1 Pet. 3: 9
Not rendering evil for evil . . . but contrariwise blessing.
Rev. 5: 13
Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him.
1 Ne. 17: 2
so great were the blessings of the Lord.
2 Ne. 1: 28
if ye will hearken, . . . I leave unto you a blessing.
2 Ne. 4: 5
I cannot go down to my grave save I should leave a blessing.
Alma 45: 16
cursing and the blessing of God upon the land.
3 Ne. 10: 18
blessings poured out upon their heads.
D&C 41: 1
to bless with the greatest of all blessings.
D&C 58: 4
after much tribulation come the blessings.
D&C 130: 20
law . . . upon which all blessings are predicated.
D&C 130: 21
when we obtain any blessing from God.
D&C 132: 5
who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law.
D&C 133: 34
blessing of . . . God upon the tribes of Israel.
D&C 138: 52
partakers of all blessings which were held in reserve.
Abr. 1: 26
his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth . . . blessings of wisdom.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Thats what my kiddies say......Laughing my head off!!!! Heres the latest in performing arts and public speaking!


Too many people have asked this question via email lately to ignore it. I want to share my tips and tricks for success in the home, which ultimately leads to a great feeling of satisfaction in being a "Stay At Home Mom." Feeling successful at getting it all done leads to satisfaction, but having a plan is 90% of the battle. I challenge you to make a plan and stick to it for one week. You will be thrilled with how smooth things run, how nice it is to have the paper thinking for you and just glance and know what you need to do/cook/etc.

  1. I have 3 lil spiral notebooks labeled

  • Schedule
  • Budget
  • Meals

I will start with my Schedule Book-p.1 is the WEEKLY MASTER CLEANING LIST.

Monday-wash cloth dipes/mop/6 loads laundary(yeah I still have the teeny old washer and dryer.)

Tuesday-Wash Kennas Laundary(I do baby laundary seperate til around 8 months old??)/wash cloth dipes/5 loads laundary/clean whol kitchen(microwave, walls, stove, fridge)

Wednesday-5-7 loads of laundary/deep clean living room(vacuum under couch coushins and under couches, wash walls and clean drapes if needed!)

Thursday-cloth dipes/ 5 loads of laundary/bedroom cleaning day***kids clean theirs, I clean mine/mop

Friday-Kenna laundary/5 loads laundary/deep clean bathroom/go get car cleaned out and vacuumed

Saturday-clean all windows and mirrors in house, Strip everyones beds and wash/cloth diapers/prepare the crockpot or pan full of something for Sunday nights dinner so I dont have to cook on the Sabbath.

Sunday-keep the Sabbath and go to church. Family Home Evenings.

Everyday I also homeschool and do a regular clean up at 4pm before dinner. My kids each have a chore

Kayla picks up all the laundary in the house and seperates it in our laundary sorter in the garage

Wyatt picks up all trash and throws it away

Everett picks up all dishes/toys laying around

Tanner cleans up everyones shoes and throws them in the shoe basket by the front door.

I vacuum and do dishes and fold laundary thats left from the day.

Dinner is serve promptly at 5 and we say a prayer each night and eat together. No TV or computer on during dinner.

2. P.2 of my schedule notebook has my monday schedule broken down to include everyone up and dressed, my workout, homeschooling, chore time and whatnot. Page 3 is Tuesdays plans, 4 is wednesdays and so on. So any day of the week, I can flip open to the day and have a general idea of my daily chores I want done that day and what stuff we do for homeschooling that day.

3. Lastly I have a page with a daily broken down schedule that is very general but a very good guideline for how our day is run each day.

  • Budget- I have a notebook labeled budget. I fill it up with all our paychecks each 2 weeks. I write down what Nate will be paid and then I subtract all the bills. I give myself a loose grocery/living expense/gas budget and subtract that and whatever is left goes to paying off our car to get out of debt. I do this every 2 weeks and also if we get any extra money I put it in there so I can always look back and see what went where. I keep a register too, but this is my master budget book because I am add/subtract/scribble/erase and change things in it.

  • Meals- I have P. 1 with



Wednesday-Simple, throw it together



Saturday-Pizza or take out or steak

Sunday-Crockpot for after church

below this I have LUNCHES

Monday-Betty Crocker homebakes meal

Tuesday-Mac and Cheese

Wednesday-PBJ sandwiches

Thursday-Kids frozen meal(they love this day and I plan my gorcery trips every 2 weeks and I buy 8(1 for each child each week) frozen kid meals just for thursdays.

Friday-Kids frozen biscuit pizzas(I tkae pilbury biscuits and stretch them and then toss preggo on them and cheese, bake at 375 for 10 minutes and wala!

Sat- spaghetti and garlic bread or some other pasta.

Sun- hotdog biscuits and fries and peaches.

I bake snacks for the week on Saturdays. I just bake all I want and freeze it all. So page 2 is the snacks I will be planning for the next two weeks. I write them down so I know what ingrediants I will need from the grocery store.

Page 3 is the nexxt week and what meals we will be eating. Its planned based off Monday is Italian so maybe pizza, etc. Then the next page has the meals all planned for the following week. I use those 2 weeks worth of meals and baking to write out my grocery list.

THIS is how I stay sane and organized. I write all my appts on the calender and have lots of fun in between what seems really rigid isnt and is just part of a completely natural routine now in our home. Keeps everything running smoothly with so many little ones! Off to hang my dipes on the line to dry! (I line dry them when its sunny like today!) I recently heard and loved this, "Clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy!"

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Names Names Names

Just some names I am claiming for my possible*(God-willing), future children.

Kalli Nevaeh
Braelynn****Love this one a lot
Aislynn Grace***my fav!

Sawyer Adam
Hunter Adam
Asher Nathan or Asher William

In keeping the same subject as my last post, Peaceful Parenting and Radical Unschooling This women is amazing, her utube videos will give you the tools and ideas for actually implimenting Radical Unschooling and Peaceful Parenting.

These are probably my favorites of all her videos and pertain more to parenting.

Here is her blog! Yes, I am a total stalker, lol, not really, but I really do love her ideas!

Always remember babies and children are people too, smaller, but still people.They have rights and deserve the same respect as anyone else. Remember that what you put in them is what will come spitting back out.

If you spank, expect them to hit!

If you are overly authoritative towards them, expect bossiness and sassing and being unkind to siblings!

If you Yell, expect yelling and arguing in return.

Live righteously, be an example of Christlike compassion and love and that is what you see come back out of them!Its a double standard and COMPLETELY hypocritical to spank, yell and be bossy and then to say its okay for you because you are the adult, WHAT? That is the example you provided them, you created THEIR repitoure of "normal." What if your "normal" going to be, bossy/yelling/spanking or Christlike guidance/love?

God's View of Parenting and Discipline

Spare the Rod, spoil the child is often referred to by many Christian parents, myself included and I just feel that is absolutely wrong. An anonymous person just clarified further with scripture to better explain the meaning of that scripture and to prove how out of context its been taken, " 1 Nephi 11: 25 And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God. Rev 2:27 Rev 12:5, Rev 19:15, Ps 23:4 In other words, the rod is the word of God. So, if you spare the word of God with your children, you spoil them." Our Father is loving and forgiving towards us, He doesnt spank us for sinning does He, No! He sent His son to wash away all those things and allow for repentance so that we can be clean again or made new when we repent and the Holy Ghost to help us not to make mistakes repeatedly after repenting. I decided to research this subject a little more in depth to REALLY seek the truths about parenting from the Bible.

"The ministry of Jesus Christ initiated a new beginning for mankind and a higher law for human interaction, children included. "As I have loved you, love one another." (John 13:34) In Luke 17:2, Jesus taught that it would be better to "tie a millstone around your neck, and be cast into the sea, than to offend one of these little ones." Inflicting physical pain or threatening to do so, is not only unnecessary, but is contrary to the way Jesus treated people. By sparing the rod and guiding your child, you can help them mature into self-disciplined, spiritually centered men and women. "

Not only that, I beleive refraining from spanking leaves children more self confident later on according to studies I have read about. A good way to look at parenting and even schooling*(we are unschoolers) is to realize as Dayna Martin says, "we are not training DOGS, or teaching children to live later, they ARE LIVING right now and are people too." We should repect these little beings as they are humans and alive and living today. Why keep correcting them and nagging them so they can be better tomorrow? What if tomorrow never comes? View the world from their point of view, especially babies. This is why I cosleep, babywear, and breastfeed. Would you want a cold hard nipple or a warm soft breast to suckle? Do you like sleeping alone in a big giant house all alone(their bedrooms seem enormous to them) or sleeping warm and cozy with your spouse? Would you want to lay in a carrier or other "baby entertainment system" or be snuggled closely in a sling or wrap with your mother most of the day?

"Your infant's needs: "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)
When you help your infant feel safe from falling, being hurt, feeling alone, and provide the basics of feeding, clothing, and diaper changing, you are showing daily your love for your child. You are setting the stage for the rest of your infant's life. Make the connection to your baby your priority.

When your baby is 8 to 12 months.
"Let the little children come to me." Mark 10:14(come to me, in my humble opinion could mean stay with mommy wrapped or slung throughout the day! Yes that could be going a lil far or taken out of context but I still beleive it with my whole heart)

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."Matthew 5:7
Tantrums can be normal for toddlers. Young children have them for many reasons like being tired, feeling out of control, over-stimulated, or wanting something they can't have.
General hints: Toddlers and preschoolers cannot regulate themselves because they don't yet know their own limits.

Be a model of listening, and they will learn to listen also.
"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."Mathew 7:12 (we need to model righteousness in order to obtain it from our children!)

Allow natural consequences to take place (and remind them of this like while I was typing this Blog, Tanner just got a hole cake and dumped it all over the floor in the hallway and ate it up sorta, making a HUGE mess, I said, "buddy, that stinx cause now guess what? There is no cake left and you cant have any later on." That is showing him the natural consequence of dumping cake everywhere and treating him with dignity.)

Let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves."

Luke 22:26
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
(God loves peacemakers and spanking is NOT peacemaking, therefore I would question as a spanking parent if I was a called a child of God!)

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." Galatians 5:22"

Basically, peaceful parenting as the term has been coined, is treating your child/children the same as you would treat your best friend or your spouse! You wouldnt praise your spouse exceedingly much when he sweeps so why act so condescending towards your own child, its unnatural and strange. How bout just saying, "thanks for sweeping buddy!" Same goes that you wouldnt tell your spouse they had a limit of 5 minutes on the computer game, why do that to a child. Children will learn to self regulate. If you put a person on a diet from something, its all they crave. Telling my kids they cant watch TV turns them into Tv phenes because they feel they have to hoard it all or get it all in while they can! Just something to think about, I hope I have helped 1 child in writing this!!!!!! God Bless.

Friday, February 15, 2008


What %age of your food is organic and what other "green" products do you buy? I'll go first

Food is about 50% organic, 20% "all natural or antibiotic free" and 30% conventional.

I cook from Scratch and even use wheat berries in the blender to make my pancakes super healthy and hearty

I also buy all green household cleaners that nontoxic(also make some with Vinegar and


Vinegar and water to boiling on stove to purify air once in a while

nontoxic ant killer, no other pesticides(have a cat for that lol)

nontoxic dishwasher powder

nontoxic detergant(make my own)

quit using dryer sheets(these have some crazy nuero toxins in them that I didnt know about that cause nerve damage, numbness etc. EEK)

organic shampoo/conditioner

I cloth diaper and use mostly organic cloth, covers and wipes, or hemp, bamboo and sherpa

organic lipbalm

Keep windows open at least 20 minutes a day even in the freezing cold to get fresh air moving through.(usually they are open much more than that though)

organic deoderant(cant do it, my armpits are really sweaty all the time so I gotta expose my self to those chemicals for protection lol!)

Organic lotion

I mop with Vinegar/water

Use the sun to dry things when at all possible

scent free baby wipes or cloth wipes usually

hmmm I think thats all for now!

Thought it would be fun to see what we all do to keep our homes low in chemicals

I am all about getting all the chemicals OUT of our home and making a safer place where we hopefully wont get cancer/parkinsons/etc because of the way we live.

Heres a great site

Here is my Laundary Detergent recipe

I make it about once per month

Here is the recipe for the laundry soap.

1/2 cup washing soda (not baking)

1/2 cup borax

1/2 bar of Fel Naptha soap or Zote soap ( grated)

heat 1 gal. water on stove. Mix in washing soda and borax, then add grated soap. Heat until soap is melted, then put in a 5 gallon bucket, let cool for 1 hour then add 2 gallons hot water to bucket . Pour into old milk gallon jugs with a funnel. That is it. I make this every month. I get 3 gallons from this recipe, you can double and get more but would need 2 -5gal buckets.
Use 1/3 to 1/2 a cup per load depending on the load size


Reasons to get out and what God says about it.

"the borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22: 7

AND, heres how to get out, the most awsome book, Total Money Makeover. Here is his website with the same info as the book. This is the plan we are following and we now have a double retirement set up, our 33K car we bought Sept 2007 over halfway paid off, all our credit cards gone and nothing but a house payment and the remainder of the car to pay off.

Debt Snowball Plan
The principle is to stop everything except minimum payments and focus on one thing at a time. Otherwise, nothing gets accomplished because all your effort is diluted.

First accumulate $1,000 cash as an emergency fund. Then begin intensely getting rid of all debt (except the house) using my debt snowball plan. List your debts in order with the smallest payoff or balance first. Do not be concerned with interest rates or terms unless two debts have similar payoffs, then list the higher interest rate debt first. Paying the little debts off first gives you quick feedback, and you are more likely to stay with the plan.

Build Momentum
Redo this each time you pay off a debt, so you can see how close you are getting to freedom. Keep the old papers to wallpaper the bathroom in your new debt-free house. The "New Payment" is found by adding all the payments on the debts listed above that item to the payment you are working on, so you have compounding payments which will get you out of debt very quickly.

"Payments Remaining" is the number of payments remaining when you get down the snowball to that item. "Cumulative Payments" is the total payments needed, including the snowball, to pay off that item. In other words, this is your running total for "Payments Remaining."

Debt Free!
You attack the smallest debt first, still maintaining minimum payments on everything else. Do what is necessary to focus your attention. Keep stepping up to the next larger bill. After the credit debt is taken care of, you are ready for the next Baby Step in your Total Money Makeover.

I have been broke. I know how scared I felt, and I know how fast I wanted to get out of debt. I know how you feel, and I have learned that what really works is unbelievably fierce, focused intensity.

Got About 2/3 of my Fluffy Mail so far!

Oh YES! Now remember as you cloth diaperin mamas drool at the new stash, "do not covet thy neighbors Diapers." hehe I am sooo kidding, but really I am so happy with all the new stuff. I even got 3 hemp prefolds to try. I am washing them all as I type so I can try them out on Kenna at her next diaper change. So much cute and fun stuff and I will say that the kissaluvs and Swaddlebees are about the softest diapers I have ever felt, oh and the Bamboozle too! I will update with a diaper review of my own in a few weeks after I decide how I like everything. I now have pockets, several types of All in ones, many brands of fitted diapers and LOTS of covers, I bought mostly organic diapers and covers. I am pretty green these days so I wanted to avoid anything not organic, however, I did get the non-organic bumkins AIO's and 2 covers that werent organic. Be back with reviews on these in a few weeks. YAhooooo

  • Swaddlebees organic velour fitteds are the most expensive, AWSOME diaper ever! Bumkins covers rule and Monkey Doodles AIO are the most HORRID diaper I have ever used. One PEE, leaked through everywhere. YUCK, I am sending it back. Its that bad.
  • Organic Imse Vimse covers are my absolute fav cover!
  • Nile organic fitted diapers are pretty decent even for super soakers
  • Bamboozles can REALLY hold some peepee! :0)
  • I am not a huge fan of Bumkins AIO. Thank goodness I only bought 2. A lil pee=messy

Waldorf Inspired Doll Creation

Well I just wanted to see if I could sew a Waldorf doll after seeing them priced for 100 bucks. I got together an old T shirt of Nates and other old clothes I was going to get rid of and created the baby above. I sewed her from t-shirts and yarn and old dresses! I used a lil regular blush for her cheeks and I think she turned out cute. She is super soft and lovey and her head is even a tad floppy like a newborn. Sure she isnt perfect, but I will bet Kenna wont mind. I will give her to Kenna when Kenna gets a wee bit older. I am working on a mini sling for Kenna to wear her baby in. The inspiration behind these dolls is natural creative play without batteries and other gunk. They are simplistic and then adding a sling will help instill and encourage our daughters to wear their babies later on as it will just seem "normal" to them. Heres a link to waldorf dolls

Sunday, February 10, 2008

OOO Fluffy mail, where are you?

I ordered a TON of all different and beautiful and cute new cloth diapers. Cant wait to get em all and try em! The art of Cloth diapering is a beautiful, fun addiction:0) I will never go back to nasty sposies! Kenna never leaks in cloth, no more blowouts(well 1 the entire time.) We were having blowouts almost daily with sposies, yuckie. So I am now sitting and waiting for my fluffy diapy mail to get here. Ohhhh yeah. I will have to post some cuteypatooty pics of my baby girl in her new cloth. :0) Oh and I bought almost ALL organic. Yay, nothing but the healthiest and freshest for my lil sweetheart's booty.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

OMGosh OMGosh OMGosh I AM a PRISONER of my own Confusion

I swear I flip-flop everyday. I am struggling coming from such a liberal background and liberal behavior to be a stuffy conservative(no offense those who are conservative). I feel like I am 2 different people stuck in one. I know I want the structure and good things from a religion for my kids and Nate wants it for them as well, but for me, eh I am a crazy free spirit. I CANT make myself beleive. WHY oh WHY cant I? I dont want my kids to deal with this kind of confusion later on either. I want them grounded somehow so I feel I must endure church and basically lie to myself and everyone around me in order to have this for my kids. I beleive in some supreme being but I dont beleive It would want me to feel this way and feel so miserable and trapped. Why does religion feel so entrapping? I like to swear and act like a crazy person and get tattooed, yet the rational side of me is telling me it was a phase and I need to grow up now and be the mom of 5 that I am. I am reallllllly working on swearing, but this is a daily struggle. I grew up in a potty mouth family and have raised lil pottymouths as its never been a big deal to me for kids to say bad words since they are only words. Gosh I just feel like I am turning my life 180 around and I dont know if I like it. I guess I feel like its the "right" thing to do, but I dont know that its making me happy. It feels like religious people live these really boring lives, giving 10% of their wages up and struggling financially all in the HOPES of eternal life. What if it doesnt exist? What if this is all a crock? I have read the whole New Testament and the Book of Mormon, most of the Old Testament and I really struggle with beleiving these are words of a person everyone refers to as God. What if people wrote it to create a way for an instruction book for life, including charity, humility, good deeds, giving, loving, correct behaviours and attitudes, obeying laws, etc. I want it for my kids but not me I think. I think I only want it for them because it will help them to be "Good" people by the opinion of society and they will be viewed as well-mannered and Christian. Yet, my kids arent taking well to it either. Well, Kayla is, but Wyatt will pray and say at the end, ABUTT in place of AMEN or if he gets mad at me and says, "God is a stupid ass." and then he laughs and covers his mouth because he knows it upsets me. I dunno. I flipflop so much on the issue. I am downright sick of my own brain, lol! PLEASE any words of advise? email me if you like, Iam just writing, venting, whatever, this is just a random afternoon post while the kids are behaving! I am very open and will read anything you send my way
THANK YOU MUCH for reading!

LDS Conspiracy Theory

This is the first bit of information I have ever read about the LDS that REALLY impacted and freaked me out for 5 minutes LMBO! IF these are my beleifs, then heck this would be pretty cool if you ask me! Probably moreso because Romney was running for president recently and this theory has a lot to do with politics. PLEASE POST COMMENTS about this and what you all think. Thanks so much!
"Conspiracy LDS Conspiracies Reveal Themselves
ConspiracyConspiracy Conspiracies are recognized when one observes the practices of the Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The scholarly book The Mormon Conspiracy reveals how the Latter-Day Saints church (LDS) is organized to restrict individual freedoms, individual thought, independence and democracy. The Mormon Conspiracy documents how the LDS church leaders are involved in these conspiracies to control the United States government, and eventually the world, by establishing its "Kingdom of God" on earth. The words "Kingdom of God" are in quotes, because in reality this is not a Kingdom of God that the Mormon Church wishes to establish, but rather a Kingdom of the Mormon Church, led by fifteen men, the Presidency (three men) and the Quorum of Twelve apostles of the church. The Mormon church members are controlled by an authoritarian organization much like the Monarchy that prevailed in such European countries as France and England before the French Revolution and before a democracy was established in England.
The book The Mormon Conspiracy reveals to the reader how the Mormon church requires religious obedience from members and teaches them that individuals need not think for themselves concerning church doctrine as taught by the Church Authorities, a form of mind control. This is evident even in areas of non-church affairs, such as politics and economics where the church hierarchy expects members to follow its directions. One proof of this is the church’s involvement in defeating the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982 as well as numerous other church-led political activities. The LDS church has a disproportionate influence in such governmental departments as the FBI, the CIA, and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission).
The Mormon Church is gaining influence in Congress with the election of greater numbers of Mormon members. Church influence is obvious in the lobbying of congressional members to support Mormon programs and to vote for laws that further their goals. Church hierarchy involvement is apparent in all aspects of government, including the Supreme Court, as shown by the church’s filing of a legal brief with the court, opposing a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that would prevent the National Boy Scout organization from excluding gays from Boy Scout groups.
This book was written by Charles L. Wood, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor at the University of Akron.
Mormons regard the President (or Prophet) of the church to be infallible(((***UM NO WE DONT, we recognize them/him as a fallible human being!***), and they believe that he has direct communication with God, therefore can do no wrong or make a mistake. (((HAHA BOLOGNA))))Members believe that Church Authorities (fourteen apostles in addition to the president of the church) are also infallible.(((((BEEEP WRONG AGAIN LOL)))) Therefore, these fifteen Authorities have control of the Mormon Church. There is no democracy in the decision making of the church, since all appointments from the highest to the lowest offices in the church are made under the umbrella of the church president. If the Mormon Church were to gain control of the United States there would be no secret ballot election of congressional representatives, no secret ballot election of state legislators, or local governmental officials. All of these officials would be appointed by the President of the Mormon Church, with assistance from other church officials.((((BAWAHAHAHAHA))))))"

Monday, February 4, 2008

LDS it is! No more backpeddling

Whether I am right or wrong, I know Heavenly Father wants us to pick a place and worship him and this is the place I love best so why NOT go! Okay Nate and I talked A LOT and last night we were pretty certain we would stop going. This AM Nate takes Kayla to sell brownie scout cookies at his Dads office(real estate place hes managed for like 25 years) and one of the ladies pulls him aside to talk while Kayla is selling cookies with Grandpa. She tells him that she heard we had been going to the Mormon church and how excited she is for us. She tells him some other things(looooooong story) about the church and bears her testimony. Nate comes home in a sorta voodoooed out, says to me that we should probably keep going lol! I think the church is true and when wanting to leave it, I realize that all the blessings we have had lately may be thrown out and I dont want to give that up. Okay so we will be there Sunday! Annnd the missionaries will be here tomorrow night again as usual.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Large Family Board on Babycenter

For anyone who doesnt know about it, its seriously what sustains me during rough days. I love the girls there. In fact I have been a member there for 4 years. I have been a lurker on the babycenter LDS board for about 1.5 years and recently began posting there a ton. The girls there are sooooo neat. For a non LDS person, you will be completely turned on to the gospel by these super women!! I had a good friend on Large Families board today who reminded me in my state of current religious confusion how happy I seem lately and it reminded me that I have been and has to have been because of the LDS church, its the only thing I have done differently lately. I started going mid december. It feeds my spirit like nothing else ever has. I need to remember that and talk a ton with Nate about it and come to a decision.

Babywearin' MOBY MOBY and Hotsling

Its my favorite Wrap around! OMGosh if you dont have one, GET ONE! hehe. Its seriously so awsome. I can even work out wearing it. Here are reasons to babywear.

You can have a life! When your baby is in a carrier your hands are free, so you can do other things. It is so simple to cook, clean, play with other children and work when your baby is in a carrier.
Soothes fussy babies. Nothing soothes our baby like walking around with him in the sling. "Quick-get the sling!" is a phrase that is often heard in our house.
Your baby needs to be close to you for his emotional and psychological well being. It teaches him that the world is safe. And since you are right there to love and meet his needs, he discovers that the world is a safe place to be and that he is loved.
Babies who are held more cry less! Because her needs are met right away and she feels safe and secure.
Get in rhythm with your little one. Carrying your baby puts you in harmony with him. He is more likely to sleep when you sleep when he is carried during the day.
Happier Babies. Every baby that we have met that is worn is happy and full of life. I have never seen a worn baby scared of the world. They are alive, joyful, and curious.
Optimal learning enviornment. Can you imagine anything better than exploring the world through the safe arms of your mother? She gets to experience all the visual, auditory, and kinestetic stimulation that you do! Best of all, she doesn't get over stimulated. You regulate her intake of sensory experience and she can always take a break and just gaze up at your face (my favorite thing).
Breastfeeding is so easy in a sling. Breastfeeding in a sling gives your tired arms a break and lets you talk on the phone or eat (we know how hungry you are now)! While I have a hotsling too, I give my Moby much better reviews! It distributes weight very evenly through your back.

errr Confusion

I posted on the LDS board on Babycenter about my recent feelings towards time commitment issues with the church and I got so many heartfelt responses that are further confusing me. Faith is such a struggle, why oh why??? Why did my parents do this to me? I dont want to do this to my children so I need to do something and fast and STICK to it! OMGOSH this is sooo creepy, the missionaries just called as I typed this:O Holy cow! Okay maybe God does want me there, I need to pray about it and pray for a huge sign to smack me in the head!

"God, please make it known to me which church I should go to and what you want for my life. I am so confused, worried, and excited to serve and teach my children to serve you. Just please knock me over the head with a sign to tell me where to go to worship you and sustain my family in your name. I pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!"


Oh my your hands are full
Are they all from the same dad(how freakin RUDE)
Are any of them twins when clearly they arent
I just dont know HOW you possibly do it
Your crazy
OMGosh are you insane
where they all planned(this is especially hurtful when we had to loose 2 babies while trying for kenna.)
Heres a one time fly by answer to all the annoying/rude questions everyone asks or says!

"Yes they are all mine, yes they are from the same dad, no they arent twins, yes my hands are full but my heart is fuller, yes they were planned, you dont know how I do it because clearly you dont have this many and if you did you would just do it because there is no way to give them back lol, yes I am insane-insanely happy and I know whats important in life to me and thats all that matters, I am crazy-so crazy I even homeschool my munchkins."
Like Kate from Jon and Kate Plus 8 says, "It may be a crazy life, but its our life." And we love our lives.
*Our house is small, but overflowing with love and chaos and laughter
*We have enough money to pay bills and not allow it to control us, we control it and we like it this way. Too much= unsatisfaction
*Sharing a single bathroom with 7 people is hard at times but we work together to organize it
*Being stuck within 1200 sq ft with all of us means when someone is upset, they either go out back for a breather or work through their problem without running away into another story of huge overpriced 5,000 sq ft home(no offense to anyone with these)
Anyhow thats all I wanted to say. When I cant even go to the dr these days without being told how many kids I should/shouldn't have, it gets a lil old. And no, this wasnt because of a health concern, it was HER concern saying how its so difficult financially and I am in for a lifetime of regret and hell for having so many children....SHAME ON HER. Too bad I turned her in and she will soon paying for her ill bedside manner:0) I am a force to be reconned with these days lemme tell ya. The 99cents only store cashier will also probably be loosing her job due to a rude comment two days ago. I let the manager know and boy was she all red in the face and shocked! In the end, I am the mama bear, dont mess with my family!

Starting Traditions

We bought an AWSOME book 2 weeks ago called, "Mrs Sharps Traditions" It goes through month by month and gives fun traditions to do with your also talks about routines and their importance for children. Bath time, family night, bedtime routines, these are all important for children and we already do these but I wanted to add some holiday/monthly traditions to richen up our lives so I wanted to share in case someone else wants to do this as well!
New years eve- a farewell to the year tradition~~~~
First off, in the evening, we will all write down on a peice of paper, something we regret/wish didnt happen/didnt like in 2007. Everyone tells each other whats on their paper one at a time and then throws it into a box......when its done, we burn the shoebox in the fire place or throw it away/bury it as a symbolic thing to say out with that crud, we are ready to start fresh tomorrow and move forward from that that we regretted/didnt like.
Next everyone gets out their hats and streamers at dinner or tea after dinner.....we celebrate New Years because as Mrs. Sharp says, "what mother would seriously want to wake their children at midnight....much funner to celebrate while everyone is still spunky and awake, not to mention it keeps the normal routine for bath and bed!
Next, we will write down our prayers for 2008 on a sheet of paper(I will write, everyone tells me what they are going to pray for) and then we fold it and put it in the center of our family Bible and leave it til next year. Then next New Years, we pull it out and read it and it will show the kids the power of prayer as most likely most of it will be answered whether the way they want it or some other way that will work out better!

There you have it, we are a family soon to be very very rich in tradition! I started our new Bible curricula today and its a BLAST.......totally refreshing way to go through the bible Verse by Verse each day for kids. It will take us 5 years to complete all 5 volumes of the Weaver(thats the name of the curriculum) and all our studies will be surrounding it. EG, when learning about creation as we are right now, we learn about the science of the earth, transcribe the verse perfectly for the day, have a creation poem each week to learn, math is revolving it as well and we are reading Little House in the Big Woods for recreation together.....Kaylas reading A Secret Garden on her own and Wyatt is working through Hooked on Phonics to learn to read. Hes about 1/3 through the Kinder HOP and doing FANTASTIC! Then each Sunday is church and the kids just finished the Christmas choir program with that so with all thats going on, we are BUSY and the kids and I are LEARNING up a storm to say the least..........we craft/playdouhgh/blow bubbles/mold with clay/color/paint/bake/cook/fingerpaint/play/ride bikes/nature walk/use a magnifying glass with creatures/planning our garden for the spring/knit a ton/and READ READ READ! Its a busy crazy homeschooling life but I wouldnt trade it for the world. I their teacher and I get to decide what is put into their little brains, NO ONE ELSE!

This is an older post from when I had a realization that I wanted to go to the LDS church

Old blog

Okay so I was raised with a homemaker mother and grew up what they call "countryish" on a small "farm"(at least thats what californians call 5 acres with more than 10 animals lol) then I went astray, following fashion, pursuing a career. I was gonna be the working way would I do what my crazy mother did(stay at home all day, EW YUCK, NO way, not me) HA! Well its funny, I got that degree and went to work and started gaining things I wanted.....fancier clothes, brand new vehicles, boobs, a job, kids in daycare. Wow I realized how empty it all became in a hurry. I couldnt bare leaving my babies in the hands of others even if they were people I trusted and loved so much myself. So I quit my job and decided to stay at home again Jan 05. Its been a crazy wild ride with days of regret and wishing I didnt choose to stay home again. I had no routine, no schedules and felt utterly useless as a mother. I felt I wasnt doing a good job.....and I wasnt, but I had no idea how or where to begin to fix it and feel worth again. I decided to stop drinking and become pregnant. Pregnancy made me at least feel some worth at home as I was doing "something" productive, creating another life.
That died quickly when the miscarriages rolled around and instead of doing constructive things, I drank myself silly to ease boredom, waste time, rid myself of anxiety and drown myself out of the duties I didnt know how to do.
I quit drinking and started getting serious......reading books, searching to fulfill my spirituality that I craved, fix my home, find a way to make wonderful memories for my kids, give them a lifestyle I wanted to and do it organized. I had to read to learn how to do this. I also learned things from large family board on babycenter. I became "green" recently, cloth diapering and all....making my own detergents/cleaners/etc. I taught myself to knit late in 2006 and do that quit often as well as other handicrafts like sewing. I bought a book of traditions and we are begining those traditions this year for new years. We will really get back to the basics of celebration and life and we have a great curriculum we use and actually STICK to now. We do the Weaver. Its the most awsome daily dose of Bible. We have so much fun doing all our studies surrounding Gods words and promises. My life has meaning....their lives have meaning. My children have faith in monstrous amounts and I only hope to aquire half of it. Its slowly becoming less of a struggle for me though as I am coming to a close of reading the Book Of Mormon and begining Docrtines and Covanents and continuing through KJV reg bible each day with my children. This Gospel is so fulfilling with answers to every question that no one has ever had for me.
I cant beleive how much I enjoy being a domesticated housewife.I love knitting, cooking/baking all our meals from scratch even when I am exhausted, The accomplishment at the end of the day when I sit down for a lil tv and all my children are tucked in bed, safe......warm....clean.......and content, I know I am doing the right now and I have figured out what I have been searching for all along. I feel of the utmost value in my home as the head of childrearing, teaching and example of the Gospel to my children.......finally I have found my nitch. This is where I belong. I belong in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (hoping for a 2008 baptizm) and I want to raise my children in the faith and bring up moral and righteous children by teaching and by example. I have much still to learn and many clothes to throw away*haha time for some modesty in this womans wardrobe* but I know I can do it and its what is right for us. FINALLY!

okay testing some blogbits so lets see how I do. This is my youngest baby girl, Kenna, and I! Okay so I officially know how to post pictures. YAHOOO

As for my earlier blog, its long, but please do enjoy or hate lol!

So this blog is just a lil glimpse of the craziness in my home to 5 children and life as an eco-chic chick! I homeschool, babywear, cook and bake from scratch, we are almost debt free, I garden, eat organic, am Christian, extended breastfeed, beleive in modesty/large families/mothers staying home. I am a pretty old fashioned gal for the ripe age of 24. Oh did I mention I have my Bachelors degree in education and had my first baby at 16! Yeah I have done a lot and am an avid reader, therefore, I tend to know more than a typical 24 year old girl. You will find my blogging opinionated somewhat, but hopefully more just following teachings of the Bible and what is righteous than being plain mean. I am not trying to come accross boastful or perfect because I dont even come close, however, I beleive we should strive to be perfect and hopefully land not very short!

This starts the Christian journey-----Why not LDS?

Well I sit here again typing about religion and possibly leaving another faith behind, process of elimination I suppose :0)
The big question I guess for most my age is Who am I? What do I stand for? What do I beleive?
I felt the need to hurry and get these questions answered as I have 5 kids who are looking up to me and need me to know who I am and are needing something to base their own beleifs off of.
Why LDS- I will be forever grateful to the church and how much it opened my eyes to so many things. I learned SOOO much. This journey definately wasnt in vain. You can never have a better education about something than fully immersing yourself in it. They are awsome people, so faithful and really living examples of the gospel and charity and humility and giving......alll the things I want for my kids.
Why not LDS- Well to put it simply, I beleive a person who has faith can beleive anything they want to if they choose to so I had no doctinal problems with LDS. My problems are small but large enough to send me astray. The time commitment of these awsome folks is the major reason we are leaving the church. Nate works 5-6 days a week and many many hours so it feels like an impossible feat to try to do church alone with 5 kids week in and week out for 3 hours(1 of which kids are with me the whole 1h20 min), having callings(everyone has a job in the ward), meetings for your callings, visiting teaching(each sister visits two sisters a month and 1 visits you, home teaching 1X per month(each brother visits one family per month and one visits you), ward activities, conferences etc. It would fill every second of Nates time off which isnt something we are willing to do.
What we will carry on regardless of being in the church-
Family home evenings on Monday nights. Its an evening with a lesson to talk about many of the great things the gospel has to offer. Ex of some lessons, Charity, humility, baptism, commandaments, tithing, respect, love, hope, faith, and sooo many more. I have a great book with around 100 lessons in it for monday nights! We also do a dessert or activity together and a prayer.
Following the Words of Wisdom. We no longer drink alcohol or caffeine and do not ever smoke anymore.
We beleive in God's Word and Wisom and plan to teach our kids of his plan of Salvation.
I beleive in callings for people given to us by God. We each have special talents and mine is to raise babies and follow the commandment to Be Fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth with beautiful babies OF course only as many as seems right or responsible and leaves my sanity in tact!
We still loosely use our Christian homeschool curriculum, but my beliefs with homeschooling are very rooted in child led learning and allowing my children to develop their areas of interest or areas of God-given abilities/callings by enabling them to do lots of things on their own that interest them.
What else do I stand for and who else am I- I am a woman of God first, then a mother, a wife next and ME last. All my other doings and pursuits in this life will follow AFTER those things.
I am eco-chic and this will remain forever. We eat organic mostly, I am getting my own wheat berry grinder to make my own fresh flour and I already make my own fresh wheat pancakes using the blender YUM. We use all organic cleaning products as well as hygeine products. Being domesticated is the most rewarding thing a mother can do. I knit, sew and have learned many arts of domestication I never thought possible. I cook and bake like no other.
I am a cloth diapering addict. I love cloth diapering. My stash of diapers is getting bigger by the day. I am getting ready to make another huge purchase of swaddlebees, Sandys and many other organic/hemp/bamboo diapers. Hemp and Bamboo are awsome and contain natural germ killers in them!
I am in love with babywearing. I full beleive in it and the benefits of it. I have oodles of websites if you want to read about it!
I dont beleive in (ABC)artificial birth control OR abortion. They both make me wanna yack. ABC causes mini abortions each month. Abortion is no different than killing a child because well, it is a child. Our bodies are so easy to figure out and avoid pregnancy that it confuses me how lost people can be when it comes to their own bodies.
I think breastfeeding for extended periods is one of the greatest gifts motherhood can offer and I wish I would have made the 2 year mark with my other kids, but am determined to with Kenna.
I beleive in growing our own food to the extent possible in our own yards, gardening is so awsome for kids and a great outlet for mommies as well. Its peaceful and gets us out and 1 with nature.
I beleive in the insitution of marriage lasting forever, we made a vow to God and unless someone is being beaten, there is always a way to make it work.
I strongly beleive in staying at home if a mother is able to. When I say able, I mean, if you have to give up cable TV and fancy clothes, then so be it, you should. As a mother, no amount of money can ever take the sacred place in which we belong, at home! Now, if your family would literally starve without you working, by all means, work. I have strong ideas about latch key kids or kids being raised by people other than their mommies.
Lastly I have drastically made over my wardrobe to cover my hiney and boobies up! I needed to get more modest having lil girls looking up to me as a woman and having boys who need to look beyond those things in women. I think its super important to be an example of the way I would want my girls to dress. Now I am not walking around wearing prairie dresses, but I am wearing a lil looser jeans, longer dresses and skirts and mainly, covering up the twins!
My music has changed these days as well. Why listen to smut? Listening to it endorses it and makes those things in life seem normal or good when indeed, they really kids dont need to hear about shawtys booty going bouncing up and
I guess what I want for my kids is for them to grow up with decent, modest, happy parents who were around and sober and loving and raising them in Gods way to do what their calling in life is and to be happy doing it!
So if you read this far, my Gosh you are awsome! I am sorry for any I offended anyone as that is certainly not my intention, but my beliefs are strong and going and I hope to raise moral, righteous kids and I want to be a walking example of that myself. I am also working on humility and giving more, feeding the homeless or visiting the elderly, things that are important. We all know I have not always been that example and living that way brought me nothing but insecurity and unhappiness. Now just because we do these things doesnt mean my friends should. These are things we beleive together as a family unit, but I would never pass the judgement on to someone else as I am not so close minded to think others do it my way or no way. I beleive every family finds what works for them and these things work for us! I love my family, my children, my husband and myself. Wow thats not something that has always come easy. I guess I am sorta coming into my own these days.