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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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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christ {mas}

I am having a hard time talking to Edward about Santa.  I don't want to tell Edward about Santa and I don't want Christmas to turn in to a time of year when all he talks about are things he is going to receive.  How can I avoid this? 
My thought is to tell him now that Santa isn't real, but Jesus is real and in order to get gifts we must give something.  Is this mean?  Is that terrible of me to cut Santa completely out?  So many people have completely cut Christ out of Christmas.  I just don't want my sons to be a part of the X-MAS group.  Any thoughts?  What do other parents do?
I grew up with Santa and I turned out OK, but sometimes I feel like the generations that are coming up live in a society of me, ME, me.  I just want to avoid that as much as possible.  Anyhow, so probably no Santa here at the Barnes home.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

This year I am extremely grateful for Family.  I am truly blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people who love me and support me no matter what silly things I say or do.  My parents drove 7 hours just to spend Thanksgiving with us because I was too chicken to drive to Arizona by myself (with two boys).  I am so thankful for their support, kindness, and selflessness.  They are one of a kind parents who have given me more than I will ever be able to repay. 

I love them so much.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Touched up...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The party

This post is mostly for the grandparents who were not able to be here for Nolen's first birthday party. We did a balloon theme, obviously, and Nolen just loved it! So enjoy the pictures and videos.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


One little man celebrating his birthday today. 
Nolen loves walking and chasing after his older brother.
He loves to read books and eat crayons.
He loves all baby Einstein movies especially the one with cars.
He loves playing with anything with wheels and his favorite toys is his older brothers big dump truck.
He is 29.5 inches and 24 pounds.
He will eat anything. 
He has to taste everything.
He loves sweet potatoes and squash.
He especially loves yogurt bites and lil' crunchies.
He is a man of action and very little cry.
He does not sleep through the night.  I fear that will never happen.
He loves water and to take a long bubble bath.
Nolen is a wonderful little man and a true blessing for our family.
We love him more and more each day. 
He has added so much joy and love to our lives.
I love you, Nolen William Barnes.