Month: October 2015

Our house is a zero (and a trench coat miracle)

Our house is a zero (and a trench coat miracle)

Anna told me, with an air of gravity, “Mom, A. and I were judging houses on their Halloween decorations. Ours was a zero.” I got a good laugh at that! I am officially the Halloween Grinch, but I love fall. So we have a fall 

Have you seen this new song? Sing along video

Have you seen this new song? Sing along video

(Click on the image to go to the PDF, lyrics, mp3, etc.) I just discovered this new song online today! It’s in this month’s Friend magazine and even has a sing-along video to go with it! It is really cute!  

Some of my favorite random family photos

Some of my favorite random family photos

We had two chickens one year, Maisie and something else. Nate stuck one on his head one day, just because…he’s Nate.
Smiling little Rebecca in costume
Rebecca in layers of dress-ups: pioneerbonnet, ballerina skirt (with fake floral petals inside the folded tulle), pioneer apron on top of a ballet recital costume inherited from Liz, my dad’s wife! My FAVORITE part of this photo, though, is this fabulous SMILE she was born with!

I loved Nate’s caption for this photo: “@baileydaltonphoto said jump as high as you feel right now. She forgot that I had just married @hunterlizliv; I was already flying. #ThisIsRealLifeSun Valley 2016

I LOVE summer vacation. LOVE it. Lane was taking the photo, rats! Wish he were in here!

Lane Reading to children
Bygone are the days of little people surrounding us on all sides. But still here is the joy of family gathered togetether, sitting close to watch a movie or general conference, on the carpet playing board games, or at the table enjoying a yummy dinner.
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I love this photo because 1. I love sending my missionary son treats, like Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce, because they eat chicken nearly every day in his mission, and it often is without much seasoning. This is a little taste of home, and they are pretty excited about it!
Julia Lane birthday hug
Julia loves to give hugs. Sometimes our children give us hugs that nearly choke us! But it’s such a great thing to have a child come and give you a hug because they miss you, are happy to see you, notice you look sad, or because they are so happy to be home!
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Pete took to sports when he was little like a fish to water. A neighbor gave us some child-sized golf clubs once after their children were all grown, and Peter loved those. He even hit a golf ball through the kitchen window on Easter. Just because children do things like that! I was scared to death when that ball came through the window, as I was at the kitchen sink and it’s trajectory was straight towards me. Thankfully, the curtain helped stop the ball, which dropped with the glass onto the floor. We have since gotten the window replaced, but I kind of miss that taped up hole because it always made me smile remembering that hilarious day.
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Lane is holding Nate up by his PJs, and Nate is still drinking out of the sipper cup. I can’t help but laugh whenever I see this pic!
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Oh, forts! Children love to build forts! Blankets piled on top of kitchen chairs dragged into the living room of our first home. This photo has such happy memories: the duvet cover I made from the sheets of my childhood bed; the cowboy boot blanket I gave to Lane early on in our marriage (because he loves to wear cowboy boots and is from Cody, WY), the yellow striped duvet cover that I sewed as part of the crib bedding I made when I was in labor and my water broke, so I left sewing to go to the hospital to deliver Sarah! And of course, Hop on Pop, which we read a zillion times.
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Anna reading the Wall Street Journal while eating breakfast. It cracks me up! It also reminded me that we not only feed children’s bodies, but we feed their minds, and whatever we have lying around the house is what children will pick up and read.
Sarah's baptism
Sarah’s baptism day: I just love the double “thumbs-up” that Nate gave in this picture. And Baby Eliza’s chunky thighs! Oh, babies have the most squeezable legs!
Chopped FHE mug shots
We had the BEST time doing a “Chopped” family night. Rebecca set it all up and ran the show. She picked marshmallow, mustard, and mint for her ingredients and challenged the two teams to see which could make a better dessert. (Sadly, the outcome was rigged: we had planned to give Sarah an iPhone to use at college, and so their group won. Sigh. Sorry, Pete and Lane!)

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Confident Sarah

Fairy Godmother and Anna

Anna and Peter in white

Grandpa McConochie and baby Rebecca

Grandpa Morley with Eliza

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Mother in Heaven

Mother in Heaven

I am delighted to see this new essay on the LDS.org website on our Mother in Heaven. Knowing that we have a Mother in Heaven is a comforting and logical doctrine to me. It follows all patterns set in nature and resonates with the feelings 

School lunches: feast or famine?

School lunches: feast or famine?

I laminated little sticky notes and put a self-adhesive magnet on the back to help my family remember to get lunches out of the fridge before they run out the door, on the days when there are lunches in the fridge or on the counter. 

A Mango in the Hand

A Mango in the Hand

A Mango in the Hand

I love the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. This year, at a breakfast at the festival, Lane and I met a teller named Antonio Sacre. We enjoyed a brief conversation with him and then went our separate ways. Later that morning, when I was sitting in the audience with a class of school children from our elementary school, I heard Mr. Sacre tell this delightful story. I was so happy to hear that he had gone to the great work and trouble of having it made into a children’s book, so that I could take the story home to my family and share it with my children and someday grandchildren.

What I love about this story is that Mr. Sacre is sharing not only some delightful Cuban proverbs in Spanish and English, but he is preserving his heritage for his children and other Cuban natives and descendants as well. And the story is pure delight. One of my favorite proverbs was “Es mejor dar que recibir.” It is better to give than to receive. Thanks for giving the world this story, Antonio!

Righteous goals that fire your imagination

Righteous goals that fire your imagination

I couldn’t sleep last night from about 2:11 am to nearly 6 am. During that time, I listened to an interview on the Mormon Channel with the “Iron Cowboy,” an extremely determined member of my church from Utah who recently finished 50 Iron Man triathlons in 50 

Learning to lead as a young woman

Learning to lead as a young woman

(As soon as I find the dance card, I’m putting a photo of it HERE.) I was looking for something online today when I discovered this article on teaching youth to lead. Carol F. McConkie’s experience made me think back to when I had a 

How Do You It?

How Do You It?

Liz when little

As you might guess, I am not an expert in parenting. Like you, I’m simply another mother in the millions that have lived on earth. My only claim is to loving my children tremendously and having made untold numbers of mistakes. After 23 years of motherhood, I know this better than ever!

Still, I can answer the question, “How do you raise an amazing child?” because I have asked Heavenly Father that question, and He has answered me (and continues to answer me). If every child is a child of God with amazing potential, how can I possibly provide what they need to achieve that potential?

Here’s what I’ve learned: It’s not all up to me. I am not solely responsible for raising my children because they aren’t entirely mine. They are each a precious child of God first, and that means that He is in charge of their life and rearing first. My role as a special–yet critical–assistant means that I am secondary. I have to consult Him to know what He wants for each child.

So what I have learned is this: the more I can tap into His plan for each of them, the better we can act as a team to help my His children succeed in fulfilling that plan on earth.

And I need to mention something else: my husband is also the third crucial member of that team!

So my husband and I have tried to raise each of our children by strengthening our relationship with God and each other. I keep trying to learn more about God, about myself, my husband, about my children and about God’s plan’s for them.

That’s it.

The closer I am to God, the easier it has been to parent. How close am I to God? That changes every day! Sometimes it changes within the same day. Even when I’m feeling close to Heaven doesn’t mean I have all the answers. I’m closest when I’m trying to follow Jesus Christ’s example, and when my thoughts are on Him and how I can apply his teachings to any given situation that arises during my day.

While I vascillate hourly in my Christlike behavior and commitment,  I do have a solid witness in my heart and mind that God supports my mothering in ways that have been wonderful and peaceful and helpful and surprising! God is amazing!  He knows how to perform miracles through simple, imperfect, improbable people like me.

One of the purposes of this blog is for me to share the ways God has helped me in raising our children and in nurturing the children or extended family members or others around me. Someday I hope to share ways that other families have seen the hand of God in their lives as well.

I pray that my blog will help and encourage you as you seek to know God, to recognize His help and support in your parenting, and to celebrate together the privilege of getting to nuruture His children on earth.

 

For a summary of how to raise amazing children in ways better than I can express, read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

For encouragement on how hard parenting can be, read (or watch) this.

For information on how to pray and connect with God, go here for help.

The Book of Mormon really helps me connect with God. Would you like a free copy? Email me (Liz@raisingamazingchildren.com) or go here.

More posts that connect with this post:

Creating my day with Christ’s help

He restoreth my soul

Weeds and stinky beans: what we chose for lunch

Weeds and stinky beans: what we chose for lunch

It was fall break this weekend, so we took a little vacation for one night to a hotel. We had a great time together–after we discussed for hours where we should go, for how long, and what we should do while there. We ended up simply singing