My Family

"Life will knock you down. You can choose to stand up again."

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


This will be a sort of, so prepare yourselves! My darling boys amaze me each and everyday. They are so resilient, despite their mother! Jackson has a large group of friends. He is the only member of the Church in this large group of friends. It's no biggie to him, which is part of the reason why he is so awesome! He just chooses to be around good kids, no matter what they believe in! However, he is great at inviting them to campouts, activities, and neighborhood socials. No takers yet, but you never know when that one person will say "yes." Jackson told me last week that he is the "man of the house." Uh, okay. Although I felt awful that he puts that much pressure on him. I am so proud of him and his example to his brothers. He checks on me every single night before he goes to bed. He honors his Aaronic Priesthood. He reminds his brothers every single Sunday to wear their white shirts and church shoes. ;) He is just a joy. **** Braxton. Oh, Braxton. When Braxton was ordained a Deacon in August, he became the ONLY Deacon in our ward for a couple of weeks. Two weeks later, another young man was ordained. This other young man, R, comes from a formerly very active family. They have sadly stopped coming to church, and all related activities. Braxton was challenged to go by his house on the first Sunday after he was ordained to invite him to church. He did so. And, he hasn't stopped. Every Sunday morning, Braxton reminds either Josh or I that we need to go by R's house. And we do. Braxton goes up to the door. The father answers the door every single Sunday and isn't exactly nice to Braxton. Not one time has R come to church. This past Sunday, when Braxton got back in the car, I told him how proud I was of him and how hard I knew it must be to be rejected not by R, but by his dad every single week. Braxton's reaction was, "I'll be back next Sunday." The courage, the strength, the example. I cried. Two weeks ago, Nana forgot to give Colton his morning medicine and Braxton was running late to school. Braxton grabbed a cup of water and the pill and RAN to the school. All of the kids were still in the school yard waiting for doors to be opened. Braxton found Colton and quietly gave him his medicine, then turned and ran back home and then off to school. That little act of service was HUGE for our family. He is so kind-hearted. ****** Kaydon. The Buddha Boy. Those who know Kaydon know that he isn't particularly fond of human beings in general. On Halloween, Kaydon invited Colton to go trick-or-treating with him and his friends. HUGE. Last week, Colton went to the school yard to play. As is common with Colton, he didn't wear his shoes. Kaydon yelled through our backyard fence that it was time to come home. Colton couldn't hop the fence because he was barefoot. Kaydon took off his own shoes, threw them over the fence, and then helped Colton get home. Blessing. ***** We have an awesome home teacher. He is great with my kids. Last month's lesson was on missionary work. He challenged my boys to invite friends to activities, etc. The night of our Neighborhood Halloween Party, each of the boys told me that they invited multiple friends to come to the activity, but that not one said "yes." I hadn't even reminded them or prompted them to do that. They did it on their own. Colton had his Native American project due on Monday. We all worked on it. If you asked me, I think it turned out pretty dang cool! ****** I am so proud of my boys! They are a blessing to me! They lead ME by example each and every day.

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