Sunday, January 14, 2018

tiny dancer

well, i did say it was going to be a year of firsts... just yesterday we enrolled madeline into the step up dance academy here in ellenbrook to do ballet lessons this year. she is so excited that we can't get her to take her outfit off and she keeps doing dance moves and jumps all around the house. it's so adorable! i just hope she loves it once she is doing lessons as much as she does now.

but seriously... how cute is she! ♥

Friday, January 12, 2018

eternal friends

my friend lisa came to perth for christmas and we some how managed to squeeze in a quick catch up this morning before she left to go back to utah this evening. we have been friends since we were little girls and still have plenty of things to talk about, even all these years later. i miss having her live close, but i am super grateful for technology and being able to talk and text still.

just for laughs... joseph stole my phone and decided to take a picture at the same time we were taking ours!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

tobiassen sealing

just after christmas, we were lucky enough to be there when our friend ryan and his lovely wife lindsay and little baby boy hayden were sealed for time and all eternity.

as members of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, we believe that through sacred ordinances performed in holy temples, we are able to be with our family and loved ones not only for this life, but throughout the eternities. 

and so, when when our friends are sealed, we feel so blessed to be there and share that joy with them

it was an amazing day... 

filled with so much love ♥

Monday, January 8, 2018

jesus wants me for a sunbeam

this year is going to be one with a lot of firsts... joseph is off to kindy this year at the end of this month - and yesterday was his first day of big kid primary. he is officially done with nursery and proudly went off to wait outside primary with his little bestie kaiden.

i was lucky enough to get this snap to file away as well, by going into their sunbeam class... none of us mums have any plans to relocate any time soon, so hopefully we can show our kids this photo in 10 years time and have a laugh about it. way too cute! ♥

Saturday, January 6, 2018

water babies

so... unexpectedly my children have turned into water babies. four out of the five days this week they were drenched and loving it. we are super lucky to have an amazing water park in ellenbrook and we spent a few hours there the other day with our friends catching some sun... and doing yoga. crazy kids, we were dying laughing watching them.

having a break from splashing

plus we have friends with pools, so we have been swimming too, these kids are going to have an amazing summer with all this water...

they are both getting so brave too, here's maddie jumping in the deep end, where she would push herself off of the bottom of the pool, back to the edge and then jump in and do it all over again... 

here's to summer! (rank... i am totally a winter person haha)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

president monson: on the lords errand


we received word today that our beloved prophet, president thomas s. monson had passed away in his home in salt lake city at age 90. although he was showing his age and seemed to be declining so quickly in recent times, it is always such a shock when the time finally comes for them to return to their heavenly home. what a joyful reunion it would have been for him and his wife! i am sure he is blissfully happy to be with her again. it's certainly a rest he has earned, having served faithfully in the church his entire life and being a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles since 1963... that's more than 50 years! 

the last talk president monson gave to the world was at the april 2017 general conference, speaking about the importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the book of mormon, encouraging the almost 16 million members of the church of jesus christ of latter-day to ensure they took the time to read it daily. this talk meant so much to me, i felt at the time it could be his last counsel and i took it to our relief society lessons encouraging the sisters to read it faithfully... and to my own family. our goal for this year 2018, is to read the book of mormon together as a family, but the proper one this time around, not the junior version, in memory of president monson. 

my favourite talk of his remains the holy temple a beacon to the world, which was made in to the most incredible mormon message: temples are a beacon. i cannot help but cry each time i watch it and have watched it so many times yet never tire of it. i absolutely know that president monson was called of god. simply hearing him speak was enough for me to have a sure knowledge of that. he spoke with such conviction and love. we were so lucky to have him serve as the president of our church and i know he will be so missed. please take the time to watch this little tribute, it's perfect. 

we thank thee o god for a prophet, to guide us in these latter-days ♥

Monday, January 1, 2018

instagram top nine

it's a new year and i keep seeing these instagram top nine photos appearing in my feed, so i thought i would jump on the bandwagon and see what mine had in it. i honestly cracked up laughing when it came back with these 9 pictures that make me look like an absolute molly mormon. 

left to right, top to bottom:
the salt lake city temple during my visit to utah in february
our little family at the pinker wedding
an evening session at the perth temple
provo city centre temple also during my visit to utah
dallas texas temple with the demkes
rocking my mary poppins outfit at the madeley ward trunk or treat
another evening at the perth temple
madeline's moana party "heart of te fiti" cookies
the salt lake city lds conference centre

it was definitely a great year, with some excellent memories - and being that most of them involved church this is a perfect nine for me. 

let's hope 2018 is just as good. ♥