Monday, September 29, 2008

Proposition 8

I know this is post is all little out of the ordinary for my blog, but I hope you'll indulge me as this is something that I feel strongly about. For those of you unfamiliar with Prop. 8 it is a proposition to amend the California Constitution in a way that would define marriage as only between a "man and a woman." Because of a recent California Supreme Court decision, gay couples are currently able to be "married" in California, as opposed to simply being able to register as "domestic partners." Many people take the position that allowing gays to marry each other won't affect anyone else. Unfortunately this just isn't true. If "marriage" between two people of the same gender is recognized as valid, religious organizations could be forced to choose between performing same-gender marriages or refusing to do so and losing their tax exempt status. Religious institutions (schools, adoption agencies) might have to allow for gay housing and gay adoption. Children would also be required to learn about heterosexual and homosexual couples starting in kindergarten.

That is not okay with me. Is it not permissible for us as a society to say, "No, this is wrong. Some things are not okay."? We may be afraid to offend, but let's get real here...our society is heading south fast, by making the same mistakes that has led to the downfall of numerous societies in the past, and I don't want to be someone who was too afraid to say anything. This lifestyle is not okay. I try to love everyone and I have family members who have chosen this lifestyle. They are wonderful people but their actions aren't okay. The family is failing. Anyone who doesn't recognize that, as a general matter, families do better with a father and a mother, is fooling himself. Men and women are different and that's okay. We bring different characteristics to the table. We teach, we love, we discipline differently. Above all else, our children are the ones who will suffer if Prop. 8 doesn't pass....they deserve to have a father and a mother. Marriage isn't a union just to satisfy the needs of the human body or mind it is a union to bring children into this world.

I'm grateful to belong to a church that upholds marriage and its definition. I'm grateful for the work of so many people on behalf of Prop. 8. Our stake and many other California stakes are fasting on Oct. 12 to plead to our Father in Heaven to have this amendment pass. Please take part in this fast with us and we will be strengthened. Pray for those who are confused and believe that who other people are allowed to marry won't affect them. Pray for those on the opposing side that they might understand our point-of-view. We need all the help we can get.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Getting You Up-to-Date...

Here is Hayden on her first day of preschool...isn't she a cutie!!

The flowers Joey got for me...I didn't take a picture of the hamburger he got for Hayden...if you are confused see the post below.
Hayden left her cereal on the table after breakfast one morning and I forgot to put it in the sink...well I learned my lesson cause the boys find anything and everything!

He was trying to feed himself...that's what I have to tell myself...deep down I know he just wanted to make a mess!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A few random thoughts...

1. Hayden is 3-years-old and writes everything backwards...for example
esouh for house...the "e" is also backwards
nedyah for hayden...again the "e" is backwards too...
Should I be worried????

2. If you are a Stephenie Meyer fan than you may know that this whole series came about because she had a vivid dream and then started writing. Well at night before I go to bed, I think, "Okay, subconscience, please have a great dream that I can write about and make millions from." So then I start thinking about some plot, some amazing story and then BOOM, I'm out for the night. No vivid dream, no story to awaken me, just out. There goes my dreams of making millions!

3. My sweet husband is gone for the rest of the week and into the weekend. He knew I was having one of those days yesterday and knowing he wasn't going to be around the rest of the week, he brought me flowers when he came home from work. Hayden was a little jealous so she said, "What did you bring for me, Daddy." He had picked up some ground beef on the way home for me and he handed her the bag and said, "Ground Beef." Her reaction was priceless, "Ohhh, Daddy, thank you so much." She pulled the receipt out of the bag and read it like a card, "To Hayden. From Daddy. Ground Beef. I love you." I had a good reaction for my beautiful flowers, but Hayden's reaction over the ground beef trumped mine!

Sometimes it's fun to just be random!

Addition: About Hayden's writing...she is also a lefty so that might have something to do with it...I just want to make sure I don't have a Da Vinci on my hands!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Encore!!! and Lincoln's Hello

I promise these are the last videos for a while, but I really can't help it, my children are hilarious...or at least I think they are!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

What a voice!

Hayden loves to sing...she thinks she is an opera singer. I was a naughty mom and told her to sing with her opera voice really loud in primary...the teachers will get a kick out of her! I try not to laugh but she sings in this voice all day every day and sometimes I just bust's so cute.

Friday, September 5, 2008

My kiddos!

I was cleaning the upstairs and it got a little too quiet...I found the kids here. Why sitting in the sink is the best thing ever, I couldn't tell you, but to my kids, it is!

The boys wanted get in the pool which had a tiny bit of water in it from the sprinklers. It was the end of the day so I just said, "Whatever...I have to give them baths anyway." And yes, they were still in their pajamas...we had just moved...cut me some slack!

Hayden is my little shadow. The other day I did my hair and then went to get the kids ready. I asked her how she wanted to do her hair and she said, "Like yours, Mommy." So I did my best and here is my Mini-me. Little girls are such sweethearts. She loves lipstick and perfume. I think my boys have other things in store for me over the next few years...mud, mud and more mud! I'm very grateful for my children. They are teaching me everyday!