Showing posts from April, 2013

April according to my iphone

It was Well check month at the Argyle home for me, Tanner, Reagan, and Brady.  I don't mind because it is a chance to take them out of school and spend some one on one time together.  Of course, after the Dr. appt., it is customary that we do SOMETHING fun.  Tanner wanted to go to Baker Brothers for lunch.

 We went swimming with the Goldens one Saturday at Cooper.  We love our cousins.  Went prom shopping with this kid and he was in heaven when he saw this Ron Burgundy (anchorman) jacket.  Macie, his date, you owe me!  He almost wore this to prom but I talked him out of it.
 Kade, Tanner, and McKinlee went to see Two Door Cinema Club at the Palladium.

 We enjoyed a fun day in McKinney square and had lunch at the Local Yokel.  Brady went to a magic show themed birthday party and has since become a budding magician.  He also taught us a great lesson about Elder Bednar for Family home Evening.
 Reagan and Brady had their well checks and opted for Chocolate shakes and taking the res…

sweet release

Today I was released from a calling that took a chunk of my life for the last five years.  I spent the last week reminiscing.  This is from one of the 5 stake 11 year old campouts we hosted.   Here is from our Stake daddy daughter dance last year.  We hosted four of those.  Every year we host a scout leader training day with the stake young men that we call "Little Philmont". This is one of my sweetest memories.  We felt inspired to form a stake children choir for stake conference.  The kids provided all the music for two sessions of stake conference (2 hours each).  We thought we were crazy when we first thought if it.  So did the Stake Presidency.  But you would never believe how well behaved those kids were!   They were angels and we felt like it was one of the most terrific experiences we had as a Stake Primary.  This is a copy of what was published in the friend about it. Here is a family pic from one of the daddy daughter dances.  Brent was taking Kiki and Reagan and …

On our way to having an Eagle in the family


You never quit on a hill

This amazing lady was just released as general YW president of my church.  She had responsibility for the young girls (ages 12-18) for the last five years.  During that time she has become one of my favorite speakers.  I was listening to an interview recently of her and her husband (ironically, while I was out on a run)  and was struck by an experience she shared. 
Sister Dalton had 5 boys and 1 girl.  Her husband, Stephen,  and some of her sons were avid runners.  Her sons participated in cross country at school and her husband would regularly go on long runs with them.  One year for Mother's day (shortly after the birth of her 6th child) they gave her a set of running shoes as a gift.  She was excited to use them even though she had never been much of a runner before.  She felt like she was missing out on an opportunity to bond with her boys every time they left her at home while they went running together.
That was many years ago and since then she has completed several marath…

remarkable kids

Let me tell you about some remarkable kids.  Teenagers.  16, 17 and 18 year olds. At first glance, you might think I mean they are remarkable because they are such a good looking bunch. Strikingly beautiful girls, handsome boys. They make choices every day of their lives to help them stay clean and virtuous and true to the truth that they have been taught.   Look closely and you will see it in their countenances.  They shine. . They are all those things!  But so much more.
These kids get up every morning bright and early and attend a 1 hour scripture study class at our church at 6am EVERY DAY BEFORE SCHOOL.  For the girls that probably means they are up by 5am. They choose to show virtue by dressing modestly, treating their bodies like the gifts God gave them.  Trust me!  That is not an easy feat.  Try finding a cute prom dress that doesn't show too much leg or cleavage or isnt too tight.  All three of these gems did it, though. These kids are leaders.  They excel in most everyth…

When I grow up I want to be like her

Reagan, that is.
She felt prompted one Sunday to write some words of encouragement to a friend in our ward that is battling breast cancer.  We have been praying for her as a family.  Reagan, however, -completely without prodding from parents-decided to watercolor a pretty floral picture and tell her that she was "INVINCIBLE" and then asked if I would drive her over to Sister Burton's house so she could give it to her.
Sister Burton sent this in the mail this week.

She is such an example to me of being sensitive to the Spirit and acting on it.

Leaning on his faith

I really love General Conference weekend. And not just because I can spend the day in my jammies - although that is kinda nice. I love all the personal instruction I get from what the General Auxilary leaders have to say.  This year we added a game that I saw on pinterest to help everyone stay attentive and boy howdy, it worked.

Everytime they heard a speaker say one of these words, they got to pull from that bowl.  Tanner was hoping for a talk about Missionary work because he really likes those mini chocolate donuts.  He said Elder Cook was his new favorite speaker because he really delivered in that department.  :O)

My personal favorite was from Elder Holland.  He talked about increasing our faith.  There were a couple of memes on Instagram almost immediately with quotes from his talk.  Apparantly some other people liked what he had to say too.

I think the reason that I loved his talk so much was that at the conclusion of it, he said that if we felt that we didn't have very m…