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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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Monday, January 31, 2011

Nolen's Blessing

Nolen is amazing! He was so calm during his little blessing given to him by his dad, Stephen. I took a few pictures and only a few actually worked out.

Friday, January 28, 2011

One sick baby boy

I can still call Edward a baby because he is still 1 little year old. I stayed up late last night reading other people's blogs (my secret passion) and foolishly went to bed after 10 pm. At a little before 1 am I heard my precious baby boy crying. I had decided to take away his bottle yesterday for good. No more for nap time, no more for bed time, and no more during the day. So I thought all the crying he was doing was because I took away his bottle.
OK, as a side note, I probably would have never taken his bottle away because it makes MY life easier. I can just fill it with soy milk and he stops crying. Works every time. However; Edward chewed through the nipple of his very last bottle, so it is dead.
Well at 1 am I climbed out of bed and went in to Edward's room. He was pretty upset so I picked him and and took the sippy cup out of his crib. He kept crying and cried long enough that Stephen came in with a sippy cup filled with milk. Stephen then rocked him back to sleep and put him back in his crib.
2 am rolls around and it was time to feed Nolen. Stephen brought Nolen in to me and turned on the bathroom light so I could feel my sweet precious tiny baby. Right as the bathroom light flicked on, Edward started crying. I thought, "is losing your bottle this traumatic?"
After 10 minutes of feeding Nolen, Edward was still crying, but I could tell he was laying down as his cry was muffled in his blankets. I got Nolen to fall asleep and placed him on my bed then trudged in to Edward's room. He hadn't even touched the sippy cup of milk. I didn't want to wake up Nolen so I took Edward in to the living room and asked him what was wrong. I really didn't want to give him a bottle. I held him and rocked him. He sobbed and sobbed. By this time he was really starting to hyperventilate. Again, I thought, "over dramatic". I wonder where he gets that from??
Stephen woke up and came out of his room and asked what was wrong. I had no idea. So we decided to give him a bottle. I got his broken nipple and put it on his bottle then handed it to him. That seemed to work. So Stephen took Nolen to his room and I took Edward to my room and we went to sleep.
OK, I didn't go to sleep and neither did Edward. Edward kept moaning and crying. This went on for about 2 hours. Then I said a little prayer and had the feeling to wake up Stephen. So as Edward is hyperventilating and screaming I went and woke up Stephen. We both asked Edward what was wrong, he didn't answer. I am not sure he really understood the question. After about an hour of hugging, rocking, Tylenol, and singing we decided to give Edward a blessing. I am so grateful to my amazing husband who has been giving the power of the priesthood. He really saved the day.
Stephen took Edward in to his office and rocked him for another 2 hours while I fed Nolen and tried to sleep. At 8 am we called the doctor, took Edward in and found out his ear drum was about to burst. His temp was 100 degrees and climbing. All this time I thought he was crying because I took away his bottle. That will teach me to ever take anything away from him... ha ha ha... he will just get sick and get me back.
I just love my little family and my sweet little boys. They are so precious to me. I should probably be asleep right now as I have no idea what the night will hold, but I do know one thing for sure: I am truly blessed.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


"Someone" recently, OK today, mentioned to me that outsider's do not believe my father loves me or for that matter all of his children. That could not be further from the truth. So today, I will set the record straight. I have previously written a post about how much my father has done for me and continues to do things for me; however, I believe this "someone" didn't read the post. My dad was recently featured in a law journal and part of what I wrote was published for the world to see. This "someone" didn't read that either.
My Dad is man of action. There once was a book published, "the five love languages" and this book clearly defines my dad as a man who shows love through gifts. He receives love (or knows that he is loved) when his family is working side by side with him. I can not begin to name all the gifts I have received from my father, but know that they are many.
One true example of my fathers love for me, he is spending his weekend packing up my siblings home and helping them move to another home then driving TWO hours to Las Vegas to board a plane, fly to phoenix, then fly to Albuquerque so that he can be here for my sons baby blessing. He will be here less than 24 hours. He will then fly home late Sunday evening just to get back in the car and drive TWO hours back home. When he returnes home he will get less than 5 hours of sleep and show up at work.
I love my dad. I love my dad. AND I know from the very bottom of my heart that my dad loves me. If you ever wonder... "does Julie's dad really love her? He never says it?" You would be mistaken to think that he doesn't. He loves me from the very bottom of his heart.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I am on track with my goal for the year; 130 by 30. It is actually breath taking to realize I am going to accomplish most of my goals before the age of 30. I would love to weigh 130 pounds before the big day, but I am not going to count on that happening mostly because I haven't weighed less than 140 in the last two years.
I have set many goals for myself over my life time and I have accomplished ALL save two or three. The goal to become a lawyer is obviously not ever going to happen. When I got in to college I realized how hard I would have to study and decided I would rather stick with my passion, singing. Which brings me to my next goal, sing professional Opera. I was able to accomplish this goal before I turned 21; however, I haven't been in an Opera since I graduated from college over 6 years ago. My chance has come up again, and right before I turn 30! YEAH.
I set a lofty goal for myself when I was 18, to run a marathon before I turned 30. I had no idea how hard this was actually going to be. I have run a half marathon and almost died. I am starting to train for the full that will be June 6th and I am already having my doubts. This is going to be much harder than I thought.
I wanted to have all my children before I turned 30. Check! I know most people will say, "what about your daughter?" I guess my daughter is going to have to be my niece. I am so happy to have two beautiful boys. I know I was sent boys to raise them as good men. This will be my challenge and I gladly step up.
Now to set goals for the next 30 years of my life. Any suggestions? Maybe this time I will be a little more lenient with myself. My main goal for the next 30 years it so be a great wife, mother, daughter, and sister. Overall, just be a good woman.
In other news: we are blessing Nolen this coming Sunday and would love for you to come and take part. Church starts at 9:00 AM and is off Paseo and Rainbow. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2 Months

13 pounds 9 ounces and 23 1/2 inches long
This little guy brings more joy to my life than I will ever be able to explain. He is pleasant, patient, and happy. Nolen smiles all day and is known to giggle in his sleep. He rolled over from his belly to his back (once) and has slept 7 hours straight at night! We are truly blessed to have this little man in our lives. He is a wonderful addition to our family and I really can't believe it has been two months. Time just goes by so quickly.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011