Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Are Mormons Christian?

I love this book.
I love how I feel when I read this book.
I love what I learn from this book.
And I am amazed when asked the question, "Are Mormons Christian?"

For my answer, I turn to page 100 of the Book of Mormon and review a favorite scripture.

"And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26)

Are Mormons Christian? Absolutely. 100%, as demonstrated by page 100 of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

I am grateful for the clarity of the words in the Book of Mormon and how they, along with the beautiful accounts in the Bible, help me learn more about my Savior.

For more thoughts on 100%, see my good friend Lori's words here.

Cellar Labs

Check here for an update on our years as basement dwellers and how that serves as inspiration to Adam.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

National Building Museum

My friend Janna took her boys to the National Building Museum and posted a few pictures of it on her blog. (Phew! Got that hyperlink to work, I believe). Ever since reading her post, I have wanted to go. We took the trek when my sis-in-law was down for a visit with her 3 kiddos, and it was the perfect museum for when you have 5 kids aged 4 and under. We had a blast!

The building itself is gorgeous. Here is the courtyard. Spencer and his cousin Maddie (best buds - Spencer was SO sad the day Maddie left) are posing and showing it off.

There were these giant K'NEX type things, which were great fun (and magnetic to boot).

Naturally, the grown-ups had about as much fun because we got to act like kids. Adam was in his element building with the foamy/rubbery giant LEGOS. (He was a legomaniac growing up).

Adam, Spencer, and Maddie built this tower just big enough for one.

Here is Spencer all decked out as a " 'struction guy".

And a picture of Daniel and Ryan helping Aunt Katie knock down some big building blocks.

Bowling Time

Yesterday, Spencer had about the best time of his life. We went with Adam's coworker and his girlfriend to a bowling alley. Spencer was AWESOME! His first frame, he got 8 pins down (without any help). On later attempts, his little 6 pound ball got stuck in the gutter a few times, so we moved up to an 11 pounder and one of those handy ramps that help youngsters bowl straight. He would lug the ball over to the ramp (quite comical, since it is a third of his weight), but he was insistent. He placed the ball at the top and then superhero-shoved it down the ramp and awaited the result.

It was so much fun that today in church, Spencer turned around and told an unsuspecting 14 year old boy all about it.

BIG News!!!

Tonight, we went over to a friend's house to have dinner, and their daughter Anna Sophia is our new hero. She is a month younger than Emma and, with the help of her two sisters Macy and Marley, demonstrated to our little Emma that it IS possible to walk without clutching onto a finger or furniture. Emma has been SO stable for some time, but would arch her back or sit down and sob if anyone tried to coax her into making a go of it alone. So long as she has a finger to hold onto, she could walk forever, but take that finger dice. (It's been compared by many to Dumbo's magic feather...remember how he "needed" it to fly?)

Enter the power of example. Anna Sophia walked quickly from sister to sister and back again, Emma observed the goings on, and this time when I put her up in the standing position and backed away, she tottered on over to my outstretched arms without hesitation. Here is a movie we took of her when we got back home and had her practice walking from Mommy to Daddy and back again. There's nothing better.

We're so proud of you, Lovie!!!!