Friday, July 31, 2009

D Day

Well today is the day. I am going into it with ZERO expectations, that way I won't be disappointed if things don't go well. It is such a disconcerting feeling to have your fate and future completely out of your own hands and in the control of a completely neutral third party. Here is what I have learned leading up to this fateful day:

1. Save! Save! Save! We are sooo glad we are savers! We would have never been able to afford to fight this battle (or keep a roof over our heads) if we hadn't been savers.

2. It's never a bad idea to have the business card of a good labor attorney in your rolodex. I'm just sayin'...

3. There is a silver lining to EVERYTHING, you just have to look for it. For instance, Brent was the only dad able to attend ALL the swim meets for the season.

4. Family trials make stronger families.

5. It feels GOOD to "let go and let God".

6. Prayer is even more powerful than I thought.

7. Oh yeah, that whole "turning the other cheek" thing....

8. With every "trial" (ironic, don't you think?) we get to choose. Is this going to make me BITTER or BETTER?

I'll keep you "posted".... (get it?)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Swim Team 2009

I know this is completely un-interesting for all of you but I really need to document swim team season for my kids so here goes. We had a great year!

Tanner gets his events number, heat, and lane assignments from "Coach T", the best swim team coach ever!

Tanner and his all-star-placing freestyle and medley relay team.

Reagan shows her events at All Stars.

(Freestyle relay, individual backstroke, and medley relay)
Kiki swam the freestyle relay and the medley relay.

Kiki with her biggest fan.

Reagan in "the zone" before a race.

Jensen and Tanner with Maddison

swim team buddies

I need to give a little shout out to our swimming friends, the Fergusons. Swim team would not have been the same without them but unfortunately, I must not have had my camera out at the meets they came too. They had to miss a few at the beginning of the season so I don't have any pics with them but we love you Katie and Jenna!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Be of Good Cheer and Do Not Fear

I haven't spotlighted a talk in awhile but this is one I saw on BYUTV this past week and it is really a good one. It is called, "Be of Good Cheer and Do Not Fear". Sister Pearce is President Hinckley's daughter. She served in the General YW Presidency for several years. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:

"Most of us have our favorite out loud affirmations that we repeat to ourselves when things get tough. One of the ones I heard my father say often was 'things will always work out'. As a teenager, and now as a middle-aged woman, when I lay my conundrums on the table - he listens, asks questions, listens some more, and then invariable says something along the lines of 'just say your prayers and things will look better in the morning'.

"In my ninety plus years I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things will always work out. Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out." - Gordon B. Hinckley, Way To Be, p. 84.
"Positive words of faith are so helpful. When we say them out loud they have extra power because the Holy Ghost bears witness of their truth."
There seems to be a natural waning of faith that occurs when a crisis abates and daily deadlines and busyness catapult me forward in a monday, tuesday, wednesday kind of way. I often find myself trying to juggle more and more balls, then the juggling begins to get frantic, the cheer fades. The fear that things are beyond my control settles in and I lose the feeling that the Lord is standing by. You may not believe it but I know how to fix this. I will tell you how...

(First) Take a little quiet time to pray, asking for the companionship and guidance of the Spirit and then be mindful, keeping your heart open as well as your ears and eyes.

(then) Keep your scriptures open.

In other words - we can return to the discipline of a healthy spiritual diet (daily scripture study, unrushed prayers, and openness to the Spirit)
Conscientiously doing it for even thirty days will change everything.
Personal revelation will flood in. We will receive it when we go to church. The teacher will suddenly seem as if she or he is speaking directly to us. If we underline our scriptures as we read daily for the next 30 days with a new color and then review everything in that color next fast sunday, the messages from the Lord to us personally will leap off of those pages. A chance comment or question from a friend will rivet our attention. There will be words in the temple that we hardly remember ever hearing before that will seem so alive and pertinent.

As we make positive and cheerful decisions to do a multitude of things that invite the Spirit into our lives, we will abound. We will feel our sluggush spirits wake up! We will be overwhelmed with gratitude and love for the Savior. We will feel him beside us. I believe this. I have experienced it. I hope you will want to try it. Give it 30 days and begin soon.
-from 2004 Women's Conference closing remarks, "Be of Good Cheer and Do Not Fear"

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Got prayers?

If so... we could sure use some extra ones coming our way for the next week or so. We FINALLY go to court on Monday, the 20th. In case you aren't up to speed:

*Brent was "let go" on February 28th.

* BTW, they gave him the boot just a few weeks before he was going to close two big deals that they avoided paying him commissions for. :Coincidence, I think NOT!!!

*3 days after he was "let go" another competitor jumped at the chance and hired him.

*The day before he was supposed fly out to start training, his former employer served him and
the new company with a letter threatening legal action against both of them if they hired him because (they claim) he has a contract not to go to work for a direct competitor.

* Here we are five months later and he has had no less than 6 other companies express an interest in hiring him but they are all scared to do it before a judge rules on whether or not he actually has a "non-compete" contract. (He Doesn't!)

*We have been living off of our savings and spending alot of money on attorneys and I think my poor husband is going to go crazy if he doesn't get a job soon. Don't get me wrong, he loves being home with the kids but too much of a good thing....yada yada yada.

Anyway, we feel really good about our case but you just never know what will happen in our court system, quite honestly. Sometimes judges can rule in mysterious ways.

This is what I know:
I believe and have witnessed first hand the power of prayer. I have seen it work miracles. I know that "they that be with us are greater than they that be with them". I know that we have done what we feel was the right thing to do, even though sometimes it has been quite difficult. Please pray for us! We are hoping for the right to work as well as a chance to get our attorney fees and lost wages.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

celebrating being four

I am finally uploading pictures from Brady's fourth birthday party. It was a swimming- clown-filled - face painting -balloon animal creating-cake and ice cream eating jamboree.

Wowza the Clown
Could that be our birthday boy disguised as spiderman?

Spiderman and his "main squeeze" ,the divine Miss Ashly.

Sweet little Marianna with a SNAKE on her face compliments of

Bubbles the Clown.

Jessica, Ella, and Carter holding his puppy dog balloon from Wowza.
Noah, the adorable puppy dog

Even the 13 and 14 year olds joined in the fun.
This is one of my favorite pics from the entire party, cute little Nate under all that makeup.
Apparantly the party was so much fun it had this effect on Gigi. This is how we found her when we came in after cleaning up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Is it just me or....

Are you completely UNPRODUCTIVE in the summer time while the kids are home from school? My house is dirtier than I think I have ever allowed in my twenty years of marriage! But, I have to admit we are having a good time. Every day I resolve that when the kids go to bed that night I am going to spend some time dusting and disinfecting. However, by the time that comes, I am exhausted from spending the day in the heat and in the pool! Please tell me I am not the only one who has fallen prey to this! -signed, discouraged homemaker/mom