Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ben
Today I had to be a substitute in Primary. The lesson was on forgiveness. I taught the kids about the prodigal son (Luke 15:10-32). As I read through the story I felt emotional thinking of my brother.When the son came home he was going to beg his father for forgiveness and ask him to work as a servant. When the father saw him coming he ran to him and kissed him. The son said "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in they sight, and am no more worthy to be called they son."The father ordered a great feast and fine clothes for his son and said "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.What the father said reminds me so much of my brother. Right now it seems as though the brother I used to know is dead and I don't know if he will ever be the same again. I imagine that this is how the father felt. A couple of months back while I was visiting Utah I went with my mom and we took my kids to visit Ben. One look inside his apartment was enough to know that it wasn't a place I would bring my kids. We visited with him outside for a few minutes. When we left I just felt so much grief for the brother and uncle that he used to be. I really feel that the old Ben is dead. In reality I do hold onto some hope that someday he will change.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Since it has been so long since I posted I have a few pics from the last few weeks to add.

Front tooth austin

My little Austin lost his front tooth. I told him he needs to lose the other one so I can sing All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth to him.

black eye hailey

My beautiful little Hailey had a black eye. She was throwing a piece of metal into the dumpster and didn't throw it high enough so it bounced off of the side and hit her in the eye. I'm glad it didn't hurt her eye ball. Since it has been a couple of weeks since this happened her eye is better now.

goose egg

Sweet little Ethan got a huge goose egg on his forehead when Austin was pushing him in my double jogger and it tipped over on the gravel. Poor little guy this happened just as his black eye got better. His forehead has also healed since the pic.

I'm sure people were beginning to wonder if I beat my kids. Right now they are looking fine, but since I am posting this I'll probably jinx myself.
Its been awhile since I posted a house update. Things are coming along. WE have a roof now. On Monday my dad came up and helped Tyler with the electrical. It was so fun having my dad here. I really appreciated him coming.

front
Here is a pic of the front.
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And here is a pic of the back now.

It is supposed to be done the beginning of October. I can't wait.