Dec 25, 2008

Thoughts on 2008 LDS Christmas Devotional

After a few fun activities today (games and games again haha), we sat together as a family and listened to the faith-promoting words of the living prophets. They emphasized the real meaning of Christmas, a great time of the year for us to rejoice and honor the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ.

I love Henry B. Eyring's talk especially that he quoted one of my favorite verses in The Book of Mormon. It is Mosiah Ch. 3 verse 19 and I quote "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father".

I believe that it is very important for us to remember and cherish the life and teachings of the Lord today and always. Christmas is one of my favorite events. And that I am very very grateful for the hope we have in this life and opportunity to become our best selves because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. His life is just a big source of comfort for me. He made it possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father's presence and together with our loved ones partake of eternal peace and joy.

Little fun before Christmas

Dec 21, 2008

Big News and feeling the Christmas Season

Irene and I are very excited to announce that we are having a baby girl. We are very excited. That's right, 2 vs 2 now. And although I don't really like even matches (I prefer odds either in my favor or unfairly against me), this will add a little bit more spice to our family. Veyron will also get to be a big brother and learn some responsibility. She will be a cherished prize in our family.

Last week we also went to the ward Christmas party. It was quite enjoyable. We did some service for the needy and ate. It was cool.

I went home teaching today with my companion. We visited a family that had not had home teachers come by in over 1 year. We were glad to be the home teachers to break the drought.

Merry Christmas to everyone. >Kev

Today was our Ward's Christmas Presentation. We were so impressed about the ward choir. They're pretty good. They have sang songs that I've never heard before. They were like angels singing praises to that baby born in the manger. I really love our Bishop's message and testimony that this is the season of angels both on earth and heaven because of their good works and that real joy be found in the true meaning of Christmas.

I just love his words and appreciate them more as I read the accounts of the life of my Savior from the book that James E. Talmage wrote which is Jesus the Christ. I love his life with all my heart. It is just magnificent, powerful and encompassing. May we all cherish his unconditional and unspeakable love for us! >Ij

Dec 14, 2008

Funtimes with Daddy and Mommy

One of Veyron's videos when he was 11 months old. Mommy's just sooo bored!

Jumping with Daddy just last week!

111 Grandchildren!

wow! yes i know! It was amazing that Grandpa Calvin Rees has 111 grandchildren (great grandkids included). We went to visit Grandpa (Veyron's great grandpa) last week. The last time I saw him was i think a year ago...he was still strong and active. I still can remember his stories about how much he loved traveling, driving and horses. He's got a lot of tales to tell and I just loved listening to his stories. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to meet him and be his granddaughter through Kevron my husband. It was a fun yet heart-felt visit!


In this video: Grandpa/Grandma Rees, Starlene, Kevron, Irene and Veyron

It was a good time... We spoke for over an hour with Grandma and Grandpa. It was sad to see his health and condition as it was. Grandma was happy as she was sharing here family stories: her brothers and sisters and her life growing up. When we got back to my parents house, we watched a video on Grandpa's life. Hopefully we'll be able to travel back and visit them again.


Brynlee (Star's cute little girl) with her Grandma

I wanna grow old with you. This is true love!

In this video: Veyron, Kevron, Brynlee and Grandma

A Warm Visit

So our Mission Mom, Deanna Elggren came to visit us one day. It was a wonderful opportunity to hang out with her for a while and visit and remember the great times from our mission to the Philippines (Tacloban Mission) which is my native land. She was our super Mom there.