Friday, November 20, 2009

What do these three things have in common?

Socks--This is the first pair of dress socks I bought for Slim--each of the boys have worn them. Smiley is just about to out grow them. Can you believe they have lasted through 7 boys? Me either. Now, these aren't the only pair they have had, but one pair of socks should have last through SEVEN BOYS!!!
Holly tree---This is the holly tree from down-under, literally!! When we moved in (March), it was almost as tall as I am. (No wise cracks from you tall people!) We chopped all of the branches off to leave only the stump. Spanky, Scuff, and Drew spent an entire week digging underneath the roots so we could remove the stump. They dug under 7/8 of the tree and removed the roots and the trunk would not budge, even with several of us putting all of our weight into it!!! We think when they poured the cement driveway, they must have poured concrete over the roots. Next, we brought over a friend and his chainsaw and cut
down the tree, leaving only the tiny stump you can see in the photo. (The deck is on top of the stump.) In June or July, we noticed tiny little shoots from the stump. So we drilled holes in the stump and filled them with Borax and removed all of the new growth. In October, when I removed the tomato plants, this is what I found---NEW GROWTH ON THE HOLLY TREE!! This is the most tenacious plant I have ever met!
ME--This is where we tie it all together! I have been 'Mother' now for 19 years. Slim is putting in his mission papers this week and receiving the Melchizedek priesthood. I can't believe we have made it this far. I know we have several more years to go---about 15 until Smiley moves out. But I hope I am as well made as that pair of dress socks and as tenacious as that holly tree. I hope after all of the bad things people do to me or how often they tell me what I am doing isn't worth my time, or that motherhood isn't important, I can point to the lives of our children and say, 'What could have been more important than these? Surely this is where it is at. Look at what they have become and who they are and where they are going. Look at their children....What I did was the most important thing I could have done with my time, my talents, and my energy. And the world just doesn't realize how important and significant my job is. I'm so grateful the prophets did!!'
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Monday, November 9, 2009


OK--no pictures or names today.  I just had to tell you that yesterday I went into my big boys bathroom to give the little ones a bath--the only place in the house with a tub.  Their toilet was disgusting!!!  I won't explain, just know it was so dirty and gross.  (There was stuff growing in it!)  I asked them about cleaning it and was told that it wasn't as easy as I thought.  Wrong!!!  I scrubbed it and scrubbed it and let the boys know that we will be having a bathroom cleaning seminar this week after which we will implement a cleaning schedule assignment sheet and spontaneous bathroom inspections.  ewwww boys!  I'm still disgusted.  These boys had better learn to clean the bathroom and have them clean when they are missionaries.  Gross!  It's horrible to get past the potty training phase and still have toilet cleaning issues.  Enough complaining.  We'll just continue our 'growth and development' curriculum by learning to clean the bathroom.  Happy Day!