Friday, September 18, 2015

Preppers for Life

So, the other day my husband was at church looking through his notebook before a meeting. He found a note I had written in his notebook some time previous and sent me a text letting me know he had found it. We both had a good chuckle.

He had left the notebook on the kitchen table and I had read all his notes about the signs of the last days. I wrote..."I am a prepper!" on his notebook and then wrote "I love you." I tease Cody all the time about being so serious about the end of the world, but I really do appreciate his efforts to be prepared. Lately, there has been a lot of excitement about signs and coming events that may lead to the beginning of the end. From what I have read from others and what Cody explains to me, this excitement is founded in years of research from many sources. I personally did not feel the need to get terribly anxious, but I did begin to think about what I would have to work with emotionally, physically and spiritually if it really was some day this month that the stock market crashed and life as we know it changed. It has been nice to be focussed on evaluating myself, my family and what we have.

The way I see it, if I am squirming in my seat, feeling uncomfortable about the end coming, then I am not prepared. Prophets and apostles have encouraged preparedness for so many years and yet generations from when that counsel began, I don't have sufficient water, let alone enough food storage. I would love to have someone tell me that "tomorrow is the day everything changes" and my response be, "That's okay. I'm ready." This confidence is something to work towards now, not later.

One thing that my sweet prepper, Cody has always emphasized is that it is not just a list of stuff we need to get. My knowledge and my mental attitude will make as much of a difference in times of trial or scarcity as my food storage and 72 hour kit. He learned these principles from a man named Jim Phillips who has dedicated his life to helping/educating others prepare for any situation. I have been impressed with his curriculum. I especially like his education on sanitation, cold weather clothing and mental readiness. I can see myself being able to physically take a blow during a natural disaster or other circumstance, but I let my mind get the better of me far too often. Attitude is everything. Check out the website here Safe Harbor Alliance. I tease Cody, but I take being prepared seriously. Like Noah, I want to have the last laugh--he probably didn't laugh--as I float on my giant boat instead of drowning in the flood with the sad thought, Well, he did tell me this was going to happen.

Despite recent events or even your opinions on when the end of the world may be, does it really hurt to prepare more, to have more stored up in your mind, heart and closets?

Do you feel ready for any circumstance at any time? If you don't, what could you do to feel more confident? How are you using this time of abundance and prosperity to prepare to bless yourself, your family and others?

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." (D&C 38:30)



Thursday, September 10, 2015

For the Ordinary People

The other day I read a quote by Jenkin Lloyd Jones that made me feel a little depressed.

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

I have a hard time thanking the Lord for the ride. Instead I tend to be discouraged that I am just an ordinary person and that the ride isn't always "beautiful vistas". I have thought a lot about how I would feel if I were to be ordinary my whole life. I have always wanted to do something extraordinary and touch many lives, so it is hard for me to swallow the fact that I may not make the kind of impact that I have imagined. 

Then, I read a quote that brought a lot of hope to me. 

"Ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results." --David A. Bednar

I may be just an ordinary person, but I have the capacity to create extraordinary results. I have always believed and will always believe that with God I can accomplish so much more. I am thankful for the seemingly ordinary things in life that have shaped me. Although millions of women have babies everyday, the fact is that having children is so personal and perfect. I remember reading a blog about a lady who said we should stop praising women for having babies and getting married and celebrate women who have climbed Mt. Everest, become successful in their career or had a number of other special accomplishments. While I completely applaud successful women in whatever their sphere, I do not agree that being married and having children is not a special accomplishment. Just because I am doing something that other women do, does not mean that it is not challenging and teaching me how to be the best version of myself. To what end do we do things? To impress? To prove something? Even if marriage and motherhood is ordinary, fulfilling my role as wife and mother "faithfully, diligently and consistently...before God will bring forth extraordinary results." To my children, no one can fill my place like I can...and that makes me special to at least them. 

I will not believe that what I do is not valuable. I am grateful that my mother did not listen to the lies and made me important enough to do ordinary things for, everyday. 

The late L. Tom Perry revered and honored his mother and I remember him mentioning how grateful he was for the clean socks in his drawers and other small gestures of love he saw in his mothers service. Think about the ordinary things you do everyday. Think about what life would be like for your family and or friends if you stopped doing those ordinary things. 

Cheers to all the ordinary people out there that do ordinary things gracefully and gratefully! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Big, Surprising News

I have been planning some amazing, creative way to share this news, but all of my attempts have been failures.

Drum roll...


I was going to take really cute pictures of the girls holding up a sign that said "Big Sisters in March 2016" or take a cool picture of everyone's shoes and then add cute little baby shoes to the mix and have text somewhere that said "Adding two little feet March 10, 2016". Anyways, the point here is that I figured that by the time I actually produced these cute photos, the baby would be here already.

Some thoughts you may have now that you know...hopefully in this order and my reply.

1. Congratulations!
                 (Thank you!)

2. Wow! Didn't you just have a baby?
                 (Yes, Maurie is not quite yet one years old.)

3. Was this planned?
                 (Yes, just not this soon;)

4. Are you hoping for a boy?

You could have other thoughts, but these seem to be the questions I get most often. The only thing that has bothered me has been that people have found out and not even said "Congrats," or "I'm happy for you." Regardless of how many children someone has or how close their children are together, I think adding a human being to a family is exciting and worth celebrating...even the surprise babies.

Here is the story of how we found out. First, I took two pregnancy tests in May and both came back negative. I was appeased and did not consider pregnancy after that. I continued to not have a menstrual cycle, but I decided it was due to my quick weight loss. Three months later, I thought I was really sick. I was so tired, dizzy and feeling altogether terrible. I was still eating a very limited diet and thought I wasn't eating enough...which I was not eating enough for being pregnant. Eventually I had an impression to get a non-dollar store pregnancy test and check one more time for peace of mind. So after a trip to Walgreens, I woke up early the next morning completely expecting to see negative results. Well, obviously, I double checked the package insert to see that what I was seeing was a positive result. I came downstairs and shared with Cody that I was indeed pregnant. Cody just smiled, congratulated me and gave me a kiss. He was not surprised, but I could see the stress in his face. The two lines on the pregnancy test looked like dollar signs to him and he is right. We love our children, and they are expensive =).

We are also just coming out of some pretty traumatic, tough times with Maurie. She is sleeping through the night after 11 months and I can tell you I truly appreciate it! I laugh though because I have gone from not sleeping because Maurie needs me, to not sleeping because I have to pee a million times a night. However challenging the timing may be, I am just grateful for a healthy baby. When I did find out I was pregnant, according to my menstrual cycle I was supposed to be 13 weeks. When I went into the midwife, we could not hear a heartbeat, so I worried and went in for an early ultrasound. Thankfully, the baby was just fine, but I was not as far along. I can tell you during that time of worrying and wondering, that I was far more concerned that the baby was okay than I was with expenses or lost sleep. Children are work, but the best work!

We told Jane and she was so excited. She jumped up and down and came over to me to look at my stomach, as though she would see something already. She asked me consistently every morning for a week if the baby was coming out. I finally got her to understand that when she turned five years old in March, that the baby would come. She seems satisfied for now. She tells everyone that I am pregnant and that I am having a boy. We rarely have to announce because Jane beats us to the punch.

Are you serious, Mom? Another baby?
So happy!
You can imagine that Maurie doesn't think much about it. If anything I feel guilty that her babyhood will be cut short. She is still a baby and I am soaking in her milestones. She will be 18 months old when Baby Bowman 3 arrives.

What? I don't know what you are talking about. Yes, I am the baby.

Just to liven things up, we are going to do a gender reveal that is a surprise to Cody and me. In the past I have always just found out at the ultrasound, but I want them to put the gender in a sealed envelope and then I want to recruit a friend to help us set up a reveal. I will share the results in a little less than two months. We will not be sad if it is another girl. Our girls are so unique and such a joy. We, however, will admit that we will be extra excited if it is a boy. We have our top five names for a boy picked, as well as a few girl names. Has anyone ever done a fun gender reveal? Tell me about what you did. I hope my gender reveal plans go better than my plans to announce my pregnancy. =-)

Here is a video of what we want to do. Cody loves baseball.

So, here's to another adventure!

Hope all is well with you!

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