"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Christmas Hustle and Bustle

That is EXACTLY what we've been doing lately...running around from one Christmas show or party to the next!! While is has been hectic and our kids are beginning to think their bedtime is after 10pm...it has been so much fun! Here are a few highlights!

Our little angel Lilee!!
She had her 2 month check up...about 2 weeks late. AMAZINGLY...Lilee weighs in at 13lb. 10oz. She is in the 75-90% for weight. However, she looks itty because she is 25 inches LONG. She is completely OFF THE CHARTS for length! And of course, our kiddos are doomed with small heads(although this in NO indicator of brain size...I've asked)! Her head is in the 10th%. She is our little super model with her length!

Sittin' pretty in her bumbo!

Her head FINALLY fits into the walmart hair bands!!

Our trip to the Temple Lights. It was RAINING...but we still braved it. Keat was more interested in splashing in puddles than in the lights...oh well!

Then, we went to the zoo-lights! Again, Keat had more fun on the carousel than with the millions of lights that were all over the zoo!!

Here is dinner at Peter Piper Pizza's with cousin Carsten before the zoo!

Then off to the zoo!!
And finally, last night we went to the McCormick Railroad Park in Scottsdale with Grandma/Grandpa and Carsten! Keat is OBSESSED with "choo-choo's" so we though this would be perfect!! It was SO MUCH FUN and the kids even made it on the Live News!! YEAH!!
With Grandpa looking at the model trains...like a kid in a candy shop with these two!!
Waiting for the train...grandma and Seth waited in line with Lilee so we could "play"
At the end, we got a picture with Santa...my kids did GREAT!! If you know Keat, you know he is a CUDDLE BUG...and he had NO FEAR of sitting on the big jolly man's lap...he had NO CLUE who he was, but still...no fear! We don't have the picture...I'll have to see if I can take a picture of the picture and add it later!
OH, and PS...for all those wondering...I failed! :( I decided that taking on the Book of Mormon in ONE month...being DECEMBER...was too krazy. So, I will vow to do it in January or February when we aren't HUSTLING AND BUSTLING!!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

An E-mail

I just received this E-mail and had to post it because it is so touching. It is similar to a thousand different E-mails I've received, but is nonetheless meaningful!! ENJOY!

A Baby's Hug
We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, 'Hi.' He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment. I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map. We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. 'Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,' the man said to Erik. My husband and I exchanged looks, 'What do we do?' Erik continued to laugh and answer, 'Hi.' Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, 'Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.' Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments. We finallygot through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between meand the door. 'Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,' I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby's 'pick-me-up' position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man. Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love and kinship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man's ragged shoulder. The man's eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby's bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time. I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, 'You take care of this baby.' Somehow I managed, 'I will,' from a throat that contained a stone. He pried Erik from his chest, lovingly and longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, 'God bless you, ma'am, you've given me my Christmas gift.' I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, 'My God, my God, forgive me.' I had just witnessed Christ's love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking, 'Are you willing to share your son for a moment?' when He shared His for all eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, 'To enter the Kingdom of God we must become as little children.' Sometimes, it takes a child to remind us of what is really important. We must always remember who we are, where we came from and, most importantly, how we feel about others. The clothes on your back or the car that you drive or the house that you live in does not define you at all; it is how you treat your fellow man that identifies who you are. 'It is better to be liked for the true you, than to be loved for who people think you are.

If you are not crying at this point....

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Becker Christmas Tree

We got our Christmas tree!! YEAH!!
The evening started at a small tree lot near our home...we wanted to go to a private lot to get a more "chop it down yourself" feel. The trees were beautiful...and $80!! So, next stop, Home Depot. Not exactly the same feel, but a fantastic tree for $40! MUCH BETTER! Then came the funny part.
Here we are with our 7 foot tree and Seth pulls up in our Corolla!! HAHAHA. The man was a good sport and told us about a guy who got a 9 foot tree and pulled up in a COBALT!! So, it could have been worse. Then, he starts tying the tree to the car. About half way through, Seth and I realize that we can't open doors. We comment to the guy, who says, "Well, get in the car now then"! So, we climb through the car put the kids in their seat THROUGH THE WINDOW and wait for him to finish up. Then, we are on our way home!
And you can't end the night without jumping through your window to get out!! Or at least that's what Seth said!!
Then, came a wonderful night of dressing the tree. It was a blast...with a few broken ornaments(thank you Keaton) and some reminiscing of past Christmases! It's amazing what has happened over the last 4 1/2 years! Our family has grown and we have been so blessed!! Here are some pictures of the finished product!

The stockings!! Courtesy of Grandma Francois!!

And here is my latest "GIRL" adventure! I just couldn't resist...although it's not the BEST paint job ever! :)

Here is a new outfit from our friend Lorelei and Bridget!! How cute is she?!

Just smiling!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

BoM Challenge

Seth and I have challenged ourselves to read the WHOLE Book of Mormon in 30 days this month!! YIKES!! I'm already behind!! I think I can do it though...I KNOW I will do it! Seth has it a bit easier than I do...he is going to LISTEN to it while driving to work. I just have to find the time to read 11 chapters a day, and then it'll get done!! Wish me luck.
I really think it will be a huge blessing to start the new year off with. I'm sure I will have a greater understanding and will grow spiritually. I am excited for the blessings that will come from being so diligent and I hope that I can maintain the same level of scripture study after the challenge is complete.
I am thinking of starting another blog that I can write my journal entries as the month progresses. If I do, I will have the link on the side, so you can keep up with my thoughts as I do this!!