Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I got all my kitchen cupboards and drawers vacuumed out, washed and everything put back and organized and it looks great. Now if we can only keep them neat and organized my guess not but it still felt good to cross one more thing off my list Yeah to me! Tomorrow I tackle the food pantry ugh, not looking forward to that one. I'll let you know how it goes.
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 6:10 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Tim's mom gave me this huge Binder full of ideas to get organized and get caught up on your food storage so I thought I would share them with all of you. I realize January is almost over but for those of you who can do this in the next 3 days good Luck! I have included February's also. January "I am suggesting that the time has come to get your houses in order" Pres Gordon B.Hinckley 1. prepare yearly calendar 2. organize birthday cards 3. organize special occasion cards 4. check fire extinguishers 5.clean kitchen cupboards 6. clean out kitchen drawers 7.clean kitchen and laundry appliances 8.scrub kitchen counter's 9. clean wastebaskets 10. organize kids toys Food storage Provident Living:Take inventory of food storage, decide amount needed per each family member. FHE Idea:Preparedness, how it leads to self reliance freedom and spirituality. Basic Storage: 1/2 wheat Beyond Basic Storage: multi vitamins baking soda baking powder yeast spices Non Food: wheat grinder wheat containers February 1. vacuum smoke detectors 2.move furniture & vacuum 3.clean out hall closets 4.clean wall fixtures and plugs 5.polish wooden furniture 6.clean & oil bikes 7.Clean shower doors and curtains 8.check vehicle batteries/oil/air filters etc. Food storage "Eat it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because if the absence of expense they have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew ad they save money. They avoid installments, buying and making purchases only after enough to pay cash thus avoiding interest charges." Pres. James E Faust Basic Storage: 1/2 wheat Beyond Basic Storage: canned vegetables dried vegetables condiments Non Food: Bedding pick and shovel can opener Provident Living: Get a food storage rotation sytem ready and working obtain additional rx, eye glasses or contacts FHE Idea: eat one whole day only from your food storage I will do the Month of March and April at the end of February, Good Luck! I hope we can get our homes in order, heaven knows I need to.
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 12:35 PM
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I just have to blog the feelings I am having so I don't forget how I felt today. Today was ward conference and what little I got to hear of Bishop Cooper's talk in Sacrament because of unruly children, gave me a renewed sense of hope. When he said we can find peace even as we sin and than to go into the Atonement and what the Savior has done for us. A light bulb went off and I had one of those a ha moments. What the Savior really did for me personally and the spirit testified to me that when I sin and do not use the atonement and ask for forgiveness it is a big slap in Jesus' face.He died for me and took on all my sins and feelings of discouragement at not being a more patient mom and anger when Tim is down and can't function and I am left to be a single parent, when I fall short of what I know I should do and do just what the Bishop said and do it my way instead of his. All these thoughts were going through my head and I felt a great burden lifted off of me that I don't have to feel this way I can give it to the Lord he has already taken all of this on for me. I know I am a little slow most of you have already figured this out. Than in Releif Society the Stake did a lesson from Elder Wirthlin's talk and I bawled all the way through it. It was on overcoming our hardships and the blessing that come from them. I thought about what a blessing the loss of Jonah has been in my life and my families lives. I am just thankful for the Gospel in my life and for the "peace" it has brought me as I have struggled with the loss of Jonah and other obstacles I am facing now. At the time they are hard but how much Heavenly Father blesses me. In the lesson today she read the scripture D&C 121:7-8 and that started the flood gates, Section 121 is when Joseph Smith was feeling forsaken and asks God where art thou? I remember one of the last times in Salt Lake we extubated Jonah if not the last time. And how he went so long on his own like 30 something hours with out the machines breathing for him the longest he had ever gone, and I though this is it this is when he is going to show us all the miracle we have been praying for. And than all of a sudden his lung collapsed and he went lifeless and that horrible gray color and I thought ok this is it I am going to lose him right here and now. I felt our Father literally put his arms around me and I felt so calm and at peace. They brought Jonah back and he looked at me with his big brown eyes and pleaded with me, enough I am done heer and ready to go home Mom. I will never forget that day and how thin the veil was. I went back to the motor home sobbing that night and I called Tim in St George and told him enough it was time to turn Jonah back we have done all we can do for him. I knelt in prayer and prayed like I never have before. I pleaded with Heavenly Father to take him home and make him whole again. After I got up from my prayer these scriptures came to me D&C 121:7-8 "My daughter, peace be unto thy soul: thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high: thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." I knew at that moment Jonah was to perfect for this place and I asked for a blessing from my homeward Bishop in Sandy and in the blessing he told me Jonah had earned himself a place in the Celestial Kingdom. He would amaze us and live 2 more months. So to days lesson hit very close to home. And now 2 years later I look back and think man at the time we were going through that, I thought I will never survive this losing him, and it was but a small moment and how blessed we are to have him as part of our family and he truly is my hero, to accept his broken body to come fulfill his Fathers Plan he is a spiritual giant in my eyes and I can't wait to gather him in my arms again. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with my 3 boys and I am grateful for the chance to be a mother even though I am so undeserving of it. I love my Savior and am thankful to him. I am thankful for my eternal companion and love him with all my heart. I'll close with a quote I have on my desk "When God takes something from your grasp, he's not punishng you but merely opening your hands to receive something better." Happy Sunday to you all.
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 3:31 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2009
1.Where did you meet your husband?He is my brothers friend one of the "fab five" 2. How long did you date?He proposed on our 1 year Anniversary of Dating (April 17Th) and we were married Sept 27Th. 3. How long have you been married?12 years in Sept 4. What does he do that surprises you?He is a rock. He made it through the death of our son and fights everyday with health issues and still manages to take care of us. 5. What is your favorite feature of his?He still makes me laugh and we are still very much in love after all this time. 6.What is his best quality?He is a very hard worker. He provides a wonderful life for me and the boys. 7.Does he have a nickname for you?Des 8.What is his favorite food?Mexican 9.What is his favorite sport?Loves to watch football and play basketball 10.When & Where was your first kiss?On our first date (we wasted no time) in my brothers bedroom. (we were friends 5 years before dating so we knew each other well!) 11.What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?go out alone no kids 12.Do you have children?3 boys Andrew 8, Logan 6 and Jonah who would have been 2. 13. Does he have hidden talents?he is good at everything he does. He is a perfectionist. He is very handy and can fix everything. 14.How old is he? 37 15.Who said I love you first?probably him he knew on our first date I was the one he was going to marry. 16.His favorite kind of music?a Little of everything he mostly listens to the BYU channel and sports radio 17.What do you admire about him?He is the best husband and father in the world 18.What is his favorite color?Red (not silver and black) 19.Will he read this?no he thinks blogging is "gay" 20.Who do you tag? everyone who reads my blog!
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 2:59 PM
So Tuesday Night I get an invite to join face book from a good friend. This is not the first invite but one of many,I have ignored all others. Being Internet challenged (I just got comfortable with my blog spot) I am like OK what is this face book stuff I hear everyone talking about it and go to see what all the hoopla is I can't access anything without creating a Face Book account of course, so I do so and I must confess I am now a Face Book addict and it has become a full time job, My cell phone is going off constantly. This friend wants to add me, this friend posted to my wall etc etc. So this morning I had to change the amount of texts I am getting and now maybe I will not be so obsessed. Although it has been wonderful talking to friends I have not talked to since graduation 17 years ago. Yes I feel old!It has been fun adding more and more people to my list of friends I feel loved AHHH! So to all you FB addicts meetings will begin Wednesday Nights at my house 7:00 pm. J/K. Have a great Saturday and to all you St Georgians enjoy the rain!
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 8:59 AM
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I have been beside myself. Fortunately for me all Jonah's Pictures are in my computer so I could blog his Graduation day tribute so I found it yahoo. I f I could just be more organized New Year's Resolution !!!!! I have the pictures from our Couples Christmas Party so enjoy. Thanks to all who could make it and hopefully next year we will have those that missed out we had a blast!!!! Here are some of the gift exchange loot. Some of the great gifts were * The Butt Face Towel * Homemade Maxi Slippers * A Beautiful Picture of Brett and Sara from their Tarzan & Jane Days * A lovely record album of love songs from the 60's and * an over sized shell that will make a great centerpiece on my next dinner party table sure to be the talk of the party. Thanks again it was a lot of fun. We look forward to next years party.
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 11:17 AM
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Happy Graduation Day Jonah!!!!
Today marks 2 years since our angel earned his wings. I just want to express my gratitude to all our friends and family who have supported us your thoughts and prayers have been felt. I want to thank my Heavenly Father for blessing our family with this little miracle and thank him for allowing us the time we had with him to be able to make memories to cherish until we are with you both again. Thank you for sending the comforter to heal our hearts,the hope to move on, for the gospel and the knowledge we have gained of eternal families. To my angel boy: I love you. You are my hero! I miss you I will do my best to live worthy of you so that someday soon I can hold you in my arms again and look into your big brown eyes and behold your cute little fat face again. I dream of the day. I know until than you are on the Lord's errand, touching lives as you did here in your earthly life. Give hugs to nanna and pappa, I know you are with them. Ps Thank you for the pennies!
Posted by Abelhouzen Family at 1:11 PM