Sunday, December 30, 2007


In church today, instead of a sermon, we watched a video of Louie Giglio speaking. First, let me say that he is an amazing speaker. I'm looking for a way to get my hands on a copy of the video we watched today.

My favorite part of the video was where he talks about laminin. I bet you're wondering what that is. It's a part of the body, a protein, actually, that holds all the trillions and trillions of cells in our bodies together. Well, that in itself is not very interesting. It's when you look at a picture that it really gets ya. I found a part of the video on youtube, and he says it so much better than I can, so here it is:
Absolutely amazing! How great is our God?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Too cold!!!

Someone from Troy's family had the idea to go downtown and look at the lights at Temple Square. And although it was colder than a titches wit out there, off we went. Here we all are, out in the cold. I think the baby in the carrier with a blanket over her has it best, but who am I to complain?

Here's a pretty nativity scene, and me looking awesome as ever. Oh well, the nativity scene was what I wanted the picture of anyway.

And since it was so cold outside, we spent a lot of time inside, not looking at lights, which was the purpose for the excursion. Ethan was wearing this full snowsuit thing that was just a bit too small for him, which made for a cute little wedgie. Oh, you don't think wedgies are cute? They are on a baby who can barely walk!


Okay, I'm finally updating my blog. No more complaining from certain people. Here's Kevin with one of his stocking stuffers. He collects these knights. We first found them in Brussels, when Troy and I were there, and I thought they were so cool. And then we actually found them at Target here, so we can continue his collection.

Here's Troy with his new earmuff thingies. They're for when he goes shooting, to cancel outside sound, but so that you can still hear someone talk to you. He's wearing his grumpy face to go along with them.

Ethan was not having a great time opening gifts. He was throwing stuff on the floor, all ornery pants about everything. Here's one of the rare moments where he wasn't ornery.

Here's Kaitlyn and one of her gifts. She also got some underwear in her stocking, and Troy really liked to make fun of her, so he made sure he got it in every picture. Because, you know, underwear is so silly!

Here's Grandma Price's house, where we went for breakfast and lunch on Christmas. Steven was playing with the boys, and then he thought he could stop playing and sit down. Ha ha, not so, my friend. You don't understand little boys.

We went to Grandma Howell's house afterward for dinner. Here's Ethan and Allston on Grandma's lap. We had a really nice day, and it's nice living closer so we can see everyone on Christmas, but still get to go home to our own beds at the end of the day.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ethan's newest cute thing

Ethan loves to touch the tree, so one time when he was touching it, and he looked at me, I shook my finger at him and said "don't touch". Well, the little stinker did it right back to me. Pointed at me and said, "duh duh". So he might not have said it as clearly as me, but I knew exactly what he was trying to say. I need to get a video of it, cause it's pretty darn adorable.

Larsen Family Christmas Party

Okay, to start off with, I can never remember if it's spelled Larsen or Larson. Why is that so hard for me? Anyway, we went to the Christmas party for the Larse(or o)n family today. That would be Troy's moms family. It was at Brian and Annabelle's house, and we had a fun time. There was good food, a good show put on by Kaitlyn, Kierra, and Talia (they sang to us), and the kids even got to do a pinata (how do you write that without the accent?).

Friday, December 21, 2007


I finished A Voice in the Wind earlier today. I'm having a hard time wanting to write a review, because I feel kind of depressed that I'm done reading it. It was just that good. It's the first book in a series, and there are two more, so if I could just get my hands on them, that would really help.

The book actually started off a bit slow, and I was thinking why did Jini (my pastor's wife, who recommended it to me) think this was so good? And honestly, I think it was probably almost 200 pages in before I really got into it and started loving it. It takes place in the early years just after Christ's death, and is the story of a young Jewish (by nationality) Christian girl, who is taken captive and becomes a slave to a Roman family.

I've never been good at reviewing books, and making them sound really good, or even making my review sound all that interesting in the first place. I will say that this book was so good that there were times when I had to stop reading because my heart just felt so full. It was kind of an indescribable feeling, but definitely a good feeling. I cried many times throughout the book, and even though I admit to being an easy crier, that still doesn't mean it wasn't good or cry worthy!

I just really need to get my hands on the next two books right now!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Voice in the Wind

I've been reading A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, and it's really good!!! I'll post a longer review when I'm done, but I just have to say that I've been reading some awesome christian fiction lately. It's the kind of stuff that just touches me to my very core. I'll stop there, cause I'm almost done, and then I can post a full review later.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Reality show finales

I watched the finale for The Biggest Loser last night, and commercials every 5 minutes aside, I really enjoyed it. All of the contestants looked great, and I was happy to see the black team continue to dominate. Jillian is a great trainer, and I sure would love a trainer like that to kick my butt and get me into shape.

The Survivor finale was last Sunday, and although I really didn't care a lot about any of the contestants this season, it was definitely interesting. I always love to watch the final tribal council, and see the strategies that people use to try to win. I always like it best when they own up to their game and say, "yes, I did lie to you and vote you out, but look where it got me", instead of "I'm so sorry, I had no choice". If you're going to apologize, and act like you had no control over your actions, people probably aren't going to vote for you to win, because they will think you didn't really play a good game. Hence, Amanda only getting one vote.

The other thing I've always found funny is people going on and on about someone's integrity in a game. In real life, I would never condone lying and scheming, but this isn't real life, it's a game. If someone bluffed in poker, and eventually won all the money, you wouldn't go on and on about how they lied, and how horrible that was. I see Survivor very much like a poker game. Is it possible to win in both being honorable and honest the whole game through? Probably, but not very likely. Both games reward bluffing your way through, because let's face it, you're never going to have a hand of aces in either game all the time.

Also very interesting is the very person who went on and on about integrity (to Todd, at the final tribal council) is the one who flat out lied after the game (at the reunion show), when nothing was on the line. Read the story here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Me in my house

I meant to add to this before, but then I had to go for my torture session at the orthodontist. So, what I was going to add was a few lines from a David Crowder Band song called Everything Glorious.

You make everything glorious
And I am Yours
What does that make me?

Click below to hear the song.
David Crowder Band...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Kutless - Sea of faces

I heard this song on the radio earlier today, and loved it. I think I might have to look for their CD.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


I don't have a whole lot of time to write, because I want to get to bed at a semi-decent time. I just wanted to say that today was a wonderful day, and I love Jesus with all my heart. Here are a few scriptures that I like for today:

Psalm 25:5:
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 33:18:
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love

Psalm 62, vs 1-2, 5-8:
1 My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

1 Peter 3: 15-18:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


I've had some thoughts rolling around in my head, so I'm going to post them here, so they don't rattle in there anymore. I think many people out there completely misunderstand what Christianity is. For example, I've heard some of the following phrases, that I think are kind of bizarre:
  • "I tried out Christianity already. My parents dragged me to church when I was young, and I hated it. As soon as I could stop going, I did."
  • "You did _______. How can you call yourself Christian?"
  • "__Insert denomination here__ is (or is not) Christian."

Okay, to start off with, being a Christian is a very personal thing, and is a change of heart that a person, as an individual has gone through. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian. Because your parents made you go to church when you were young, doesn't necessarily mean you were a Christian. If you hated it, chances are, you never tried out Christianity. You tried out church-going. This takes me to my third point, when someone judges another's Christianity because of their denomination. I don't believe it has anything to do with which church you decide to go to, and everything to do with what's in your heart. And guess what? Nobody can see what's in anybody elses heart. Only God can, so I think we could leave the deciding of who's Christian and who isn't to Him.

Now onto my second point, I'm sick to death of hearing people who aren't Christian make those kinds of statements about those who are. Those people have no idea what Christianity is about. When you become a Christian, you don't become perfect. In fact, it's just the opposite. You recognize that you're a sinner, and that you never will be perfect, and that's exactly why you need a Savior, hence becoming a Christian. Sure I'm striving to become Christlike. I'd like nothing better than that. But I also recognize that's not going to happen in my lifetime. That's exactly why I've placed all my trust in Christ, knowing that it's Him who saved me. And that's why I love what it says in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Yup, we are covered by the blood of Christ, so when God looks at us, He doesn't see all our many sins, he sees the light of Christ that covers us. It's we humans, we sinners, who look at each other and judge.

So, I know nobody who I'm really directing this to is going to read my blog. This is just something that over time has annoyed me, and now I've said my bit about it, and got it off my chest. Thank you, and good night.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Gumdrop Trees

I was in the mood to be crafty today, and since I'm not quite crafty enough to get my sewing machine threaded, we had to settle for something else. So I decided to let the kids do gumdrop trees. They had a lot of fun, and they turned out cute.

Here's my sweet Kevin, making his tree. He did a really good job getting all the gumdrops close together.

Here's Kaitlyn making hers. She started off trying to do patterns, but then just decided to do it random.
Here's the finished product. Kaitlyn's is on the right, Kevin's on the left. I'm not sure where I'll put them yet. Maybe on the table once I get it cleaned off.

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up ornery? And then nothing seems to go right from there. It's been one of those for me. I'm not sure why, because yesterday was a great day, I had an okay night's sleep, but I just woke up feeling bad. I think sometimes, when you feel like everything is great, and God is so good, that's when Satan will come at you. Satan would love for us to be as miserable as he is. So I've spent a lot of time in prayer, because you know what? I'd really like to laugh in the face of Satan. Tell him, "you're not getting to me today, mister!" So far the ornery bug hasn't left me yet, but I'm still working on it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It does come out

Last night I had to test my resolve to treat others as I would treat Jesus. So I had to ask myself, how would I treat Jesus if he wrote all over my couch with a pen? That's what Kevin did last night. I might have yelled a little bit, but I had to so I could be heard over all the scrubbing. I'd like to think I handled it okay, though, and stuck with my goal. The pen did all come out in the end, and I hope he knows never to do it again, so it all ended well.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


In church last Sunday, the regular worship band was having a much needed rest after doing a bunch of Christmas concerts, so we had a guest band for worship. The name of the band is Steadfast, and you can check them out here. After the service we bought their CD, because they were quite good, and also we like supporting Christian bands, especially local ones.

Tuesdays ~ In Other Words

What a great quote! When I first read this, the scripture that came to my mind was Matthew 25:40:
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
When I think about this verse, what it means to me is that any time I do something, or don't do something for someone, or treat someone a certain way, it's as if I've done those things to Christ. When I speak to someone in anger or frustration, I've spoken to Christ in anger or frustration. I don't take this verse to mean just the good things that I could do for people, but the bad ways that I treat people as well. I would never dream of speaking to Christ in anything other than the most loving tone possible. If He needed my help, I would give it in a heartbeat. If there was something, anything, I could do for Him, I would go to whatever lengths necessary.
And then I remember, Jesus told us to think of all people as we think of Him. If I could actually do that, actually treat everyone how I would treat Jesus, what kind of person would I be? If we all treated each other how we would treat Jesus, what kind of world would we live in? There definitely would be some type of paradise on earth. I sure can't control how anyone else acts, but I can control how I act, and it's a goal I want to strive for.
To read what other's have written on the above quote, visit All You Have to Give.

How neat!

I did a short review of Camy Tang's book (it's a couple posts down), and she actually stopped by my blog to comment and tell me about her next book. I love it when authors do things like that! It just shows that they care about their readers beyond just writing for the money. I had already planned to read any of her future books, because I enjoyed Sushi for One so much, but her kindness just gives me more incentive.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Making Memories

I was thinking today about how I want my kids to have a lot of wonderful memories when they look back on their childhood, and how I'm not really providing that. A lot of times I get in the mindset that to make fun memories, all of us have to be there, including Troy. But usually by the time Troy gets home from work, we're all tired, and all we want to do is relax.

I've been asked a couple times recently what Christmas traditions we do in our family, and to be honest, I can't really think of much. We do read the Christmas story in the Bible on Christmas Eve, but that's about it. For so many years of our marriage, Christmas has always been kind of up in the air. Sometimes we're at Troy's parents, sometimes at mine, and one year we were actually at home (although we traveled to Utah on Christmas after we opened gifts). That made it hard to make any Christmas traditions, because nothing was really stable. So this year, I'm going to try to think of some really special, meaningful ones. We'll be attending a Christmas Eve service this year, which I'm really looking forward to. Other than that I'm a bit stuck. We'll probably drive around one night and look at Christmas lights, so there's something.

I would also love to incorporate some kind of service into our Christmas celebrations. To me, that's what Christmas is all about. It's the giving, not the getting, and I'd love for my kids to be able to see that, and not just have me tell them.

So, if you're reading this, what's your very favorite Christmas tradition? It can be either one you do with your family now, or one you had as a child.

It Came From Within

The sermon series that's going on right now at church is called It Came From Within. Each week, it's been about different things to do with our spiritual heart, like greed, jealousy, guilt, and anger. After church yesterday, I got to thinking about a few things. The first thing was just overwhelming thankfulness that God has given me such a good life. I don't feel like I have things in my past that I need to get over being angry about, or people that I've had big arguments with that I need to settle. At least, I don't think I do--maybe I have a really selective memory, but then that'd be good too . . . maybe.

The other thing I was thinking about is how great this whole sermon series has been for me, because these little things are what is going to keep me from experiencing complete happiness, and living the life that God wants me to live. The sermon yesterday on anger was very timely, considering that I had got a bit upset at Troy on the way to church. And it was really over nothing, for the most part (something he said, but I can't even remember what). A lot of times Troy says something, and he probably doesn't mean it in a bad way, but I take offense over it, and then I don't want to talk to him. Then when the pastor started giving the sermon on anger it was like a lightbulb moment for me. Sure, I don't have any huge issues in my past I need to get over. For me it's just the simple every day things where I could either take offense when none was meant, or just forget it right then and move on.

Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9) That's definitely something I need to keep close to my heart.

Sushi for One by Cami Tang

I just finished this book, and it was really good. It's Christian chick lit, so if you don't like light, romancey books, this one isn't for you. I had a hard time putting it down. Not because it was so intense that I just had to find out what was going to happen next, but because it was really well written. I liked the main character a lot, and the other characters were interesting. The plot was great too, and I loved the message behind it. It was only when Lex (the main character) turned her life over to God, and stopped trying to do everything for herself that things started working out for her. How true that is!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Concert

Troy and I went to a Christmas concert at our church tonight. It was really good. My favorite song they sang was a John Denver song called Christmas for Cowboys. Except the guy who sang it sings better than John Denver, if you ask me. They also did a Trans-Siberian Orchestra song, which was really cool. We have some awesome musicians at our church. It's great that they share their talents with us! It was a fun night, and it's always nice to get out just me and Troy.

Trans-Siberian Orc...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Scripture for the day

Today, in preparation for Christmas, I was reading in John chapter 1. Verses 1-14 are among some of my favorites. Actually, the whole book of John is my favorite book of scripture.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent,
nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The reason I love these verses so much is they give us an awesome picture of Jesus Christ. He became flesh, and dwelt among us. I can't even put into words the magnitude of that, and how thankful I am! This scripture also says that if we receive him, and believe in his name we become children of God. Now, if that's not the coolest thing ever, I don't know what is. :) I just love all of this! These are the things that bring me joy!

My kids are elves

Mindy got me started on this, and the kids wanted me to make one of them, so here it is. Aren't they cute?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ethan's first steps

Okay, so these aren't his very first steps, but close.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tis the Season . . .

. . . to be busy. It seems like the closer it gets to the holidays, the busier things get. And not just things centering around Christmas, but just every day things. At least for me, this year, different things keep coming up. I have to take our van in to get the oil changed, and the automatic door fixed. I had to take Kaitlyn to get an immunization for school. And then there's various other things, and I know it's just going to get busier from here.

This is the time of year when I want just the opposite to happen. I would love for life to just slow down, so I can focus on the Savior and the true reason I'm celebrating Christmas. I wanted to have all this extra time to do meaningful things with the kids each day for Advent. None of that's happening, because everything is too busy. But then I think maybe it's because I'm not making those things a priority. Maybe if I focused on the Savior first, and worried about everything else after, my time would be better spent. So that's my new plan. Jesus first, other stuff second.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Mercy Me - Homesick (Live)

I wanted to dedicate this video to my cousin Leslie. I love you, and I will be praying for you that you'll feel the love of God surrounding you every day.

Safely Home

I've been reading Safely Home by Randy C. Alcorn, and it is excellent! I've only got about 50 pages left of the book, and I'd love to read more books like this when I'm done. It's about the persecuted Christian church in China, and to be honest, I didn't have any clue that kind of thing was going on. It's fictional, but the persecution is real--it's been happening for a long time, and is still going on today.

Reading this book has made me realize how thankful I am to live here in America. Although I've often thought there are those in this country who would love for the country to have freedom from religion, instead of freedom of religion, I still get to go to church every Sunday with no problems whatsoever. Nobody tries to stop me, and I certainly don't have to worry about going to jail for it. I can read my bible whenever I want to. I will probably never have to be a martyr for Christ in the way the people in many of the persecuted churches (in various countries) are. I'm so thankful for that, and I pray for those who are persecuted.

I would recommend this book to anyone. I promise you will get something out of it!