Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shhhh!


 Our house is a little quiet.
Some might say that our two "loudest" children are gone.
(I'm not saying that they are loud, but some might say that).
Not that Will doesn't add plenty of excitement from time to time, 
but he's a reader you know.
So that means quiet for long periods of time.
Last night he brought home five new books from the library-
and today the new Michael Vey comes out so....
lots more quiet. 

Hannah--quiet.
Michaela--quiet.
They are both intelligent, funny, and good conversationalists... just quiet. 

Family Scripture Study- quiet.
FHE- quiet.
I always dreamed of these things being quiet... but it's not necessarily all that it's cracked up to be. ;)

And so, to sum up, we are quieter around here.
Nothing more to say except that some of us better get a little more exciting soon.

Seriously.




 








Sunday, September 14, 2014

About Elijah.

Lately, I have been pondering a little whether I have done a disservice to my kids by raising them in Utah. 
It's a great place to live--really.
But so many things are taken for granted-
like, everyone is a member (not true) 
and every member is a faithful one (obviously not true) 
and that your kids will always have good, influential friends to count on (again not true)
But perhaps we are a little soft and unchallenged.
And maybe the lack of diversity in faiths
can lead to a lesser conviction to our beliefs if we are not careful. 
For me, I know this is not true, but for my kids? I worry...

Last month, we attended a ward in Orlando 
and I got a little nostalgic. 
A speaker with a beautiful southern accent testified of gospel truths that apply to blended families trying to make sense of life's curve balls. 
Another speaker, spoke about her testimony of Joseph Smith
and how after a period of inactivity, 
it was that testimony that brought her back. 
It reminded me just a little of my Atlanta ward, growing up--
somewhat eclectic in its membership. 
It was a sweet feeling, and I didn't want to leave.

Don't get me wrong, I love Utah- it offers a unique experience for a Mormon, but it has its challenges.
Sometimes I wonder what a little more diversity would do for us.
If being different would bring a little more strength to our character, and more conviction to our beliefs. 
I don't know. 

All this to say, that when the Neeley family invited Elijah to try out a college program in Washington with his cousins this school year...I had to give it some serious thought and prayer.
He was eager to get away from Provo and its culture, 
too eager I am afraid :)
But in the end we let him go.
There isn't a day that goes by that my eyes don't shed a few tears and my heart isn't a little bit heavier (sigh).

But after a beautiful Stake Conference weekend, I am reaffirmed in my belief we are in the right place at the right time.
And though it might sound strange, 
my religion comes second to my faith.
My faith, no matter where I live, will always be in Jesus, first and foremost.
Provo, Utah may not be perfect, but it's a perfectly wonderful place to be.

Shabbat Shalom.
.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sometimes Life Feels a Little Bit Like This.




You get what I am saying right?

Or maybe it's the whole eensy weensy spider thing.
We have to just keep crawling right back up that spout.

Ugh. Not my most profound thoughts ever 
but it works for me right now :)

Perhaps Elder Holland says it better :


So grateful for my faith, my hope and my willingness to hang in there...good things are coming.

Disclaimer: I'm stressed and tired 
and it's the end of a loooong weekend.
Melodrama is my specialty in this condition! 
 Tomorrow I will be positive :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

China Doll.

Because of a whirlwind trip to Washington, 
Bethany leaving for China kind of got lost in the shuffle.
But yes, she is gone.
And loving it there. 
Too much maybe? :)
Hoping for a little homesickness but so far, nothing. 
Really, that's a good thing.
She has promised to keep a blog.
Just like Michaela.
We know how that went (snicker).
But here's to hoping Beth does a little better.
Her blog is here....



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happiness and Harry.

Every once in awhile, your greatest dreams become reality. 
And who hasn't dreamed of entering the world of Harry Potter?

Need I say more?


 Okay, maybe just a little bit...


















I know they say that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth.
 The Labit family would like to politely disagree.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

On a Sunday...

So very behind on keeping my family chronicle...
Life seems to be going a little faster than I can keep up with 
and there is just no sign of it slowing down soon. 
So much to say about our recent trip to Florida. 
That will happen soon.
The first week of school has come and gone.
And big changes are coming for our family this week 
and henceforth.
All of which have my head and my heart in a whirl.
But-the best thing I did this week was spend a couple of hours with my BFF from college days gone by... 
so much laughter and reminiscing, I needed a little of that. 

 We talked about our Jerusalem days and how much we loved that time of our lives. 
I would live those months over and over again in a heartbeat. 
We remembered the sacred experiences we had that solidified our faith in Jesus and how everything there testified of Him. 
Every night when the sun went down we knew we were one day closer to leaving- and we vowed to make every single day an amazing experience.
We did just that.
I am blessed, then, and now. But I wish I knew how to make every single day here in Provo, Utah an amazing experience...sometimes I feel like I am just surviving rather than really living.
After a great visit with a great friend, I am committing to do better.
Shabbat Shalom.
 
 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy 20th to Michaela (eek-I have a 20 year old)!


 Once upon a time, a highly anticipated little baby girl was born to a clueless set of parents who thought they were ready to begin the adventure of children...
And what an adventure it has been.
Happy Birthday Michaela!
We love you!