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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009


Sunday, one of my favorite days of the week. I heard an interesting lesson in church today. How to love your spouse. Amazing. I need to respect my wonderful husband and focus on the green grass on my side of the fence.
It is so easy to look over at another life and dream of what my life could be like. I know better. I know my life right now is just as amazing as any other persons life. I take so many things for granted in my teeny, tiny life. I must remember the small things now because they truly add up to the gigantic things in the future. So to remember today I wanted to caputure the true love I feel for my family. Enjoy.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A weekend away

Last Thursday, Sharla drove through Albuquerque on her way to Kingman. She was in need of a travel companion so Edward and I jumped in the old diesel truck.
Yippee, ROAD TRIP!
The drive to Kingman only took 7 hours. However, coming home took about 8 and a half hours. Little did we know that Craig and Blair's car goes about 5 miles slower than the speedometer reads. (side note: Sharla ALWAYS drives EXACTLY the speed limit) In other words we drove between 65 and 70 on the I-40 back to Albuquerque.
While we were in Kingman, Edward was fortunate enough to hang out with his best friend, Cash. Also, Grandma bought Edward a new car seat so that maybe, just maybe, he will love to ride in the car on very long car rides.

Edward and Cash hung out ALL day one of the four days we were in town. While babbling to one another, Veronica and I decided to spike their hair and take a picture. Yes, Cash has a TON of hair... Edward, not so much.
Edward learned how to use the walker at my parents home and guess what? He wants to walk EVERYWHERE now!!
Of course, we also made time for "The Train Game" and I lost each time we played. All in all it was very relaxing to be with family in my home town of Kingman Arizona.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

6 months

Has it already been 6 months? Where, oh where, has the time gone? Here is a picture from today. More to follow soon!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Marriage, Motherhood, and More...

To say that the adjustment to motherhood was easy, natural, instinctive - well that would be a lie. Let me take you back about 3 1/2 years. I married the love of my life, Stephen Barnes, on March 17, 2006. The first year of marriage was incredibly difficult for me. When asked in an interview for a new job, "What is your weakness?" I always respond absolutely, "CHANGE!" I am a creature of habit, routine, and order. I was unaware of my need for routine as a child or even as a young adult, albeit, as I grew up I started to realize how much I like to have the same events happen from day to day. During my first year of marriage I had to adjust to many different changes. I was unaware of how they would impact my life. These adjustments truly helped me grow into a better person. I realized during that first year that my life wasn't ALL about ME and that I can't or couldn't get my way ALL the time. Maybe none of you had to go through that. Maybe you had realized that much earlier in life. I was married at 25 so I had really become accustomed to having my own way ALL the time. Stephen and I really grew up in 2006.

Well 2009 rolled around and I had very much settled into my routine of life. I was able to do anything and everything I wanted, well, within reason. Something changed February 19 of this year. My life became ALL about EDWARD! At first I thought, "I can do this. Babysitting is easy." Then I realized Edward's Mom was never going to come and pick him up so I could go back to my own life. HA! I AM EDWARD'S MOM! So the sleepless nights turned into sleepless months. I had to grow up. Stephen had to grow up. We had to change. I am not saying I have it all figured out. Believe me, that is a bold face lie. There is much more to this "mothering" job than I originally thought. I, honestly, believed that babies did not cry when their mothers held them. HA HA! Wow, Edward can really cry. His cry actually sounds like he is in some kind of trouble all of the time. I check his body for bite marks; I check his temperature; I check everything. Nope, nothing wrong. Just cries. Obviously, the crying has started to fizzle but I did learn that a baby will cry in his mothers arms just as much as in another persons arms. Motherhood is the hardest task I have EVER taken on.

I am truly grateful for this challenge. There are nights that I pray I will have the patience and strength to meet Edward's needs; and when I don't have the patience or strength, I pray that Edward will sleep the entire night without my assistance. There are many beautiful sides to motherhood and there are many ugly sides to motherhood. If I listed the ugly sides I am sure none of my faithful readers would EVER have a child or they would commit me for insanity. Maybe this is why mothers do not tell the dark side. Well, I will say, after nearly six months of my adventures into motherhood I see more light than dark. I can't wait for the next baby. The challenges you will face on a daily basis can not be prepared for in a classroom. This is real ON THE JOB training in it's best form. Sometimes I long for my easy desk job that had problems I could easily solve. Then I realize those days are in the past and I am the on the job of a serious mission. To raise a strong, healthy, wonderful Man. This Man will be the future. He will need preparation only I can teach him. He will be great. So I must be great.

*If you want to hear the dark side, I will tell you. Just call or email.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Most likely...

Not CaNcEr!

That is what the doctors said after my sisters 7 am surgery this morning. She felt a funny bump on her throat a few months ago. After much debate she went in to see a doctor. The prognosis? Thyroid Cancer!!!! She had her surgery today and it seems to have gone well. She is my best friend and it has been hard to watch her go through this much pain. I wish I could be there to hold her hand and tell her everything is going to be alright. In other news...Last night she found out that one of her dear friends and coworkers from Kingman was murdered. WOW! A lot to take in one week. My prayers are with you Sharla.

I love you!