Monday, March 28, 2011

"Faith and Infertility"

Have you all seen the excellent article in the April Ensign? I have a number of friends who struggle with this, and I've often felt that I've been an inadequate friend in this area. It's just such an unfair thing. We all have righteous desires, and sometimes those desires just are not met. It is one of the great ironies of life that some of the people who I know would be the best parents EVER (the V's, for example), don't get to have the blessing of children right now. And I remember going to lunch with them when I was barely pregnant with Dean, and almost wanting to apologize for my fecundity. Because I wanted them to have that happiness too. And I know that she would think that's silly, because she's such a compassionate, charitable person, that she is thrilled for our growing family. But as a friend, I didn't want my happiness to cause them even an iota of regret for that which was not theirs.
But you know, we all experience something of that. There are things that we all desire that we cannot yet have. When Luke was having his worst health problems, I remember pleading on my knees for some sort of resolution, and nothing happening - for years. I ached and cried and was sometimes resentful and often wondered what we could do better to have this taken away from us. But sometimes the Lord sees fit to allow His will to be done by not removing a burden. I really enjoyed the quote one sister shared in this article. "When someone has an ailment or an illness [or a trial] and they are healed [or the trial is lifted] as the result of a blessing, their faith is being strengthened. But for those who aren't healed but continue faithful, their faith is being perfected. The first is a faith-promoting experience. The second is faith-perfecting."
I wish that those I love could have all the desires of their hearts. I hope that those struggling with infertility are met with compassion on all sides. I hope I can be a better friend.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happiest Mommy

For some reason, I had it in my head that Laurel would be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2012. But per Utah law, she has to be 5 by September 1st to enroll, and her birthday isn't until October. Which means she cannot go to kindergarten until the fall of 2013!!!

I get an extra year with my little girl before she leaves home!!! This is the best mommy present ever!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Scavenging

This is the only picture that turned out, but there were five deer outside our backyard. So much snow pushes them into downtown Midway for food sometimes.

Sometimes the floor is so far away

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dean's 1st Birthday

I can't believe my baby is one already! Time flies, even though it seems that he's been with us forever. I asked Laurel what type of cake she thought we should make for Dean, and she said, "Coconut!" So I tried a Cook's Illustrated recipe that called for a traditional cook-the-eggs-and-sugar-over-boiling-water-using-a-candy-thermometer-then-take-off-the-heat-and-whisk-the-whites-until-they-reach-80-degrees frosting...I've always wanted to try a French/Swiss/Italian buttercream recipe, and I have to say that it is scrumptious! The inverse of my usual powdered sugar, little bit of butter frosting recipe; a traditional buttercream has more butter than sugar. The whole family was thrilled with how the cake turned out. And for once, this frosting spread like, well, butter. It was a gorgeous specimen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stats for the Grandparents

Dean had his 12-month checkup yesterday. 20 pounds, 11 ounces, but built like a rock. And 30.5 inches long - that's 3/4" longer than Laurel was at the same age.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sometimes I'm brilliant

Monday night I made a from-scratch tomato soup recipe. It must be the third I've tried, and I still have yet to find something that beats Amy's Organic Cream of Tomato from a can. It was so blah...nothing exciting, nothing complex...I thought about serving it for dinner, but I knew I'd spend the whole meal apologizing for it. Then after some taste testing, I realized that it could be the base for a marvelous vegetable minestrone. So I created the most beautiful concoction with carrots and celery and onions and white beans...It was almost better than Luke's soups, and that's saying a lot!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Parent Humor

We put the kids to bed at the same time once last week because Laurel had missed her nap (they share a room, and normally we put Laurel to bed 30 minutes later when Dean has fallen asleep).

They both cried.

After this went on for 10 minutes, Luke turns to me and remarks, "Ah, the wailing of the damned".

Maybe you had to be there, but it was hilarious!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Laurel Quotables

We attended church in Payson on Sunday because Luke was blessing his nephew. At the lunch afterwards, Laurel enjoyed hanging out with the older cousins. She is a master storyteller, and proceeded to tell a story about a big monkey that "ate us all up". An older girl logically asked her, "If you were eaten, then how can you be here right now?" Laurel responded with an equally logical solution, "Because we were resurrected!"