book club

Over the summer I read a couple parenting books, I had quite a few little "ah-ha" moments, a few of my favorite quotes were these;

"Every day in 100 small ways our children ask, "Do you see me?" "Do you hear me?" "Do I matter?" Their behavior often reflects our response."

"When a child asks you to do something they can already do for themselves, it often means, "I feel loved when you do this for me."

"Children are compassionate by nature. Engaging their compassion instead of igniting there self-preservation is not only more effective and guiding their behavior, it's also more affected and growing their humanity." 

Aren't those great!? 

The other day I said to Brock, "I've never felt more like I child than I do now that I'm a parent!" When my children say to me, "mommy why..." It really hits me, I'm the mom...mom's know stuff! 
nothing has ever kept me in closer communication to my Heavenly Father than striving to teach and guide them. And when I think about how patient, and kind, and forgiving He is to me I know I can be those things to my children. I must be, or else I'm a hypocrite! Now that I'm a mother my view of parenting has flip flopped, I think my children are changing and moulding me just as much, or more, than I am moulding them. They really are my perfect little teachers. 

(And just because I love them so much...more of our family pictures!) 


i'm still here!

my blog has been on my mind, I've missed it! I keep a running list of my thoughts in my journal, phone, and post it notes...but most haven't gone further than that! oops! writing is so calming to me, one of my favourite quotes says that "we write to taste life twice" and that is exactly how I feel! 
not much has changed since I've last been here, but then again, so much has changed! still a little family of 5, living in beautiful Saskatoon. Brock started his 3rd year (!!!) of dental school and in a couple weeks Trey will start preschool! Claire and Trey are also doing swimming lessons this fall, and Claire is doing ballet- it seems crazy to me that we have kids big enough to 'do stuff' ha! Brock and I were just talking about our one bedroom apartment when Trey was a baby. It seems so long ago! And it is amazing to see how much has changed in the time since, and something I keep thinking about is this quote...
I love this! And it is so true! there's no place I'd rather be than making our life happy together!