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6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowingbeforehand the things which I should do.

7 Nevertheless I went forth...

1st Nephi Chapter 4:6-7

"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, March 31, 2014

Grandma and Grandpa

We had such a great time with Grandma and Grandpa Barnes over the weekend.  Stephen and I were even able to slip away for a night with out the boys.  I love those moments where we can just be us if even for a moment. 











Sunday, March 23, 2014

Suspenders

These two boys are the best!  Happy Sunday! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

8 Years!


 
Happy Anniversary to the man I love more and more with each passing day.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

ABA Therapy

Nolen has been doing ABA therapy for nearly 9 months now.  He has made substantial improvement over the last year, since he was diagnosed with autism.  When he started ABA therapy, he had just started talking again and was starting to follow one step directions.  I took a video back in September so that I could see the changes as he progressed through the therapy. 
September 2013

ABA therapy has been such a true success in his life.  He is learning to cope and can now go out in public places with out having giant melt downs.  Yes, he still has melt downs, but they are few and far between.  He usually just begs to go home when he is over whelmed.  You can see a large margin of improvement from September to now.  He is able to sit in his chair, follow directions and answer questions with full sentences.  Considering he couldn't talk last February, this boy  has come a long way. 
I am so grateful to the wonderful therapist who come every day to help Nolen.  I am also so glad I didn't end up putting him in pre-school this year.  I think he is doing just as good with out the extra stress of showing up at school at the age of 3.  He still has a long way to go, but the last 6 months of therapy have drastically changed his life for the better. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Nothing but the best

have such a wonderful life. It is filled with emotional ups and downs; however, it is a truly blessed life. I am doing things I thought would be impossible. My boys are sweet little angles who help me stay grounded and humble. Today, we rode bikes to the park, (I jogged), went to the mall, and had dinner with friends. When I envisioned my life, it didn't look like this; however, I have learned that this way is better and I am better for living this path rather than the white pickett fence I had in mind. Our lives are not perfect, but they are far grander than I could have ever hoped.