Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Grader!



Name: Andrew Justice

First Day of First Grade: August 19, 2014

Teacher: Miss Hahn

Favorite Color: Blue, Yellow, and Red

Favorite TV Show: Mickey Mouse Cartoons

Favorite Movie: Frozen and Epic

Favorite Breakfast: Cereal or Pancakes

Favorite Lunch: Ramen

Favorite Dinner: Spaghetti or Basagna

Favorite Book: Frozen (4th grade reader)

Favorite Letters: A. N. D. Y. (Mommy laughed hard)

Favorite Number: 100! It is the coolest of all the numbers!

Favorite People: Olivia, Daddy, Mommy, Grammy, Grampy, Baba, Bibi, and my cousins. I love everyone!

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor and a Daddy!

What else do you want to remember about today, Andy? I'm going to ALL DAY school! I'm excited for more than one recess and excited to show all my friends that I lost FOUR teeth over summer break. I'm excited to meet my new teacher and friends too. I get to start piano lessons next month and my first soccer game is THIS Saturday!

Last year's photo and questions.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tooth Fairies

Last August, Andy started kindergarten. Not even 2 months into school, one of his friends lost their first tooth and it quickly became a kindergarten trend for the cool kids. Lose a tooth, join the club! Peer pressure at its finest. Andy's two, top incisors were a little loose and wiggly, so for almost 2 entire weeks, and various times when a classmate would lose a tooth, he'd pray each night to lose a tooth. Then, his cousins began to lose teeth and he was just beside himself hoping to lose his teeth! He wiggled them. He ate crunchy foods. And nothing happened! As a parent, it was kind of hilarious to watch his obsession with losing teeth.

About 2 weeks ago, I noticed a bottom tooth had a little more wiggle than his top incisors. His focus immediately shifted to the bottom incisor, UNTIL it began to hurt when he ate. For 2 full days, his tooth was so lose he could have sneezed and it would have hit the wall across the room. I finally talked him into letting me feel how loose it was. Then, I finally talked him into letting me try to pull it out. It took two tries (first one, slippery tooth, second with a washrag) and it came right out! He was ecstatic; not even concerned about the mild blood! First tooth lost June 18th, 2014!
We promptly texted family and began prepping for a visit from the tooth fairy. He kept piling on more and more questions and requests for the tooth fairy, so I finally told him to just write a  note. With sheer exasperation, he looked at me and exclaimed, "MOM! I can't write a letter! I am just too excited! LOOK AT ME!." Point taken. Point to the kid.
This little boy has a heart of gold. He wanted to leave some tapioca pudding for the tooth fairy, just in case he was tired and hungry (his rationale: Teeth are so BIG for a little fairy to pack around all night. So are quarters. He probably gets hungry!). He also wanted to make sure the tooth fairy gave Olivia a kiss so she wouldn't feel left out. Heart. of. Gold.

The tooth fairy did, in deed, come and left some smoochy sparkles on Olivia's cheek, a WHOLE dollar in quarters (in a cute little envelope), a T.F. written letter, and ate his/her tapioca. According to Andy, he can't WAIT to lose ALL his teeth!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Continue On in Faith, Miracles WILL Happen!

Do you have faith enough NOT to be healed?
As I watched this video today, lessons I've learned in the past (and are and will be applicable as we submit our adoption papers again) came rushing from my memory.

Once upon a time, I knelt, angry and heart broken that I could not conceive my children and adoption just wasn't working. I begged, pleaded, wept bitterly, tried bargaining, and eventually angrily demanded that Heavenly Father hear me, heal me, or help me become a mother. I felt vindicated; I was a good person, asking a for a wonderful blessing. And everybody else, even people that I judged and deemed "unworthy" of the blessing of motherhood and child birth, were having babies and adopting children. Then, I crossed the line and demanded. Looking back, I find it ironic, of COURSE He heard me! But, I had doubted and demanded. Looking back, I'm sure I sounded like a spoiled child throwing a fit for a cookie NOW, while they are still baking in the oven!

Eventually, with time, experience, and a growth of understanding, I realized that I needed to have faith in Heavenly Father enough to NOT be healed. I am infertile, and while I still long for the blessing of carrying a child, I have faith enough to not be healed. Unwavering faith. I had to choose to trust Heavenly Father's will and timing and put my own will and timetable aside. Maybe there will come a time in this life that I am allowed that beautiful blessing, but if not, I still believe and continue on in faith. Coming to this point was often painful and oh, so hard! Sometimes, I STILL have re-surfacing rough days. It sucks sometimes for this control freak, that not knowing what will happen. But, when I look back, I see those times that I continued on with faith, and miracles happened. It wasn't how I wanted and thought they would happen, they happened way AFTER I would have chosen, and they often required patience, perseverance through many bumps in the road, but they came. Miracles do come.

"Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come until heaven, but for those that embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, THEY COME." ~Jeffrey R. Holland

So, for the time that is not so long in coming, a little note to remind myself:

Sheyann,
Continue on, in steadfast faith, trusting in His timing, and remember Heavenly Father's promise, "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." Doctrine and Covenants 82:10. Continue on in faith, miracles WILL happen.

Love,
Me/You


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