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DS just noticed the other day that DD does not have a penis like he does, and he's 2, sooo......I think we'll probably go by his consciousness of nakedness. Right now it's just too much fun to bathe with both kids!
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We also really enjoy getting seasons of TV shows from netflix. a single episode is short enough that we can watch it on a weeknight, after the kids are asleep but before we crash too. we like being able to pick a show we like and watch it when we want. And it's so nice to have no commercials! we're watching smallville right now and we are enjoying that quite a bit. We started off with x-files and then friends, then buffy the vampire slayer...I think west wing is next on our list. We tried out 4400 but it got lame after the second season so we let it go.


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Shannon got us hooked on Battlestar Galactica and its been a great way for us to spend time together. We start out talking about the show and then go off on tangents about life and world events. Its also nice that we could just watch the first 2 seasons and not have to wait I think we're going to keep Netflix and find movies we both like, which can be a challenge.

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Okay, who else loved Elder Nelson's talk yesterday? Like Alisa said, it would have been nice if he had come right out and said "Don't spank your kids," but I think from all that he said that the inference was pretty clear. I especially liked when he said "Don't try to control your children. Instead, listen to them." I really think that is the heart of GD, don't you? It was kind of sad, when I talked to my mom about this talk she said she really wished they had given these types of talks before she and my dad had had children. She said they would have parented completely differently, and she thinks about how different her children's lives might have turned out (we all have had difficult teen/young adult years, and some of my siblings never were able to recover and pull out of it.) And, she's right. Although I still think my parents, as a whole, were much better than most parents out there, there were things that they chose to do as far as discipline is concerned, that I know are directly related to some of the actions I chose in my life. She says she's really greatful that the church is concentrating more on giving parents actual tools to parent.

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I was reading back in the thread a bit, hope you don't mind.

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It's all about getting past the "all or nothing" mentality and taking tiny bites.

This is the season for little babies. Everything else really is secondary. Later will be the season for long study time and perfectly rotated food storage and immaculate living rooms.
I like that a lot, thank you!


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Okay, who else loved Elder Nelson's talk yesterday? Like Alisa said, it would have been nice if he had come right out and said "Don't spank your kids," but I think from all that he said that the inference was pretty clear. I especially liked when he said "Don't try to control your children. Instead, listen to them." I really think that is the heart of GD, don't you? It was kind of sad, when I talked to my mom about this talk she said she really wished they had given these types of talks before she and my dad had had children. She said they would have parented completely differently, and she thinks about how different her children's lives might have turned out (we all have had difficult teen/young adult years, and some of my siblings never were able to recover and pull out of it.) And, she's right. Although I still think my parents, as a whole, were much better than most parents out there, there were things that they chose to do as far as discipline is concerned, that I know are directly related to some of the actions I chose in my life. She says she's really greatful that the church is concentrating more on giving parents actual tools to parent.
That has been my favorite talk so far, I am very glad to see an apostle give such excellent parenting advice in such a public manner. I recall a few years back an article from President Hinkley “I don't believe that children need to be beaten, or anything of that kind. Children can be disciplined with love.” ~October 2003 Ensign. I tried to bring that point up my sister who is a kind an loving parent with funny, sweet kids but still believes spanking is ok and it's not hitting. She basically blew me off.

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Thank you for the birthday wishes! I'm actually feeling pretty funky today, but I know it will pass.

I felt kind of a twist on something that was said this afternoon. I don't remember names ever, but he said not to ask God for the missionaries to do our work for us. I actually thought of public school and even Church. Don't pray for others to be able to do my parenting job for me! I am my children's primary teacher of the Gospel and I'm am their primary socializer and I teach them about how to live peacefully and think things through.
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Don't pray for others to be able to do my parenting job for me! I am my children's primary teacher of the Gospel and I'm am their primary socializer and I teach them about how to live peacefully and think things through.

I'm afraid this has been where we have slacked the most and I'm now coming to realize how I've pretty much left my children's spiritual teaching to their teachers at church. It's not that we do nothing, we do discuss things with them but only when they ask, we don't make much of an effort to have the gospel in our home. After the past few years of increasing cynicism and questioning I feel my own attitude changing and it feels good. My children are constant reminders of what I need to be doing in my own home and I'm grateful to them. My testimony has been so shaky but I can feel it rebuilding one block at a time.

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My children are also a BIG spiritual motivator.
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I've taken a 6 week hiatus from posting on the LDS threads (and MDC in general), but I had to come back to post this picture. To me, it goes along with Elder Ballard's talk on mothering perfectly.

My interpretation: I see the picture as a mother who has been reading her scriptures, looking for guidance in her life, and especially in her role as a mother. Then she drops to her knees to get additional instruction. I love the heavenly figure behind her, supporting her in what she is doing. She seems to be in a beautiful garden (though that ground looks pretty uncomfortable for kneeling, hee hee). Her clothes are old-fashioned, but beautiful and feminine (I like dresses).

If anyone can help me figure out where I could buy this picture, I would love it ♥
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I've taken a 6 week hiatus from posting on the LDS threads (and MDC in general), but I had to come back to post this picture. To me, it goes along with Elder Ballard's talk on mothering perfectly.

My interpretation: I see the picture as a mother who has been reading her scriptures, looking for guidance in her life, and especially in her role as a mother. Then she drops to her knees to get additional instruction. I love the heavenly figure behind her, supporting her in what she is doing. She seems to be in a beautiful garden (though that ground looks pretty uncomfortable for kneeling, hee hee). Her clothes are old-fashioned, but beautiful and feminine (I like dresses).

If anyone can help me figure out where I could buy this picture, I would love it ♥
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What a lovely picture!

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FYI, Bronwyn (quarteralien) had her baby over the weekend. She was 26wks gestation, and had been bleeding for about a month. She was on bedrest and hospitalized, but the bleeding would not stop and she started dialating so they did an emergency c/s to save the baby. Baby Q is now in NICU of course, but seems to be doing well thus far (nearly 2lbs at birth, so not too bad all things considered!)
details here http://www.mothering.com/discussions...6&postcount=87

Just thought you'd like to know!

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Does anyone know where I can get a print of the London England temple? I want to frame it for my sitting room, as it's the temple where I took out my endowments (many years ago!!).

I've been to the Church Distribution site, and to Deseret Book. Nada.

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FYI, Bronwyn (quarteralien) had her baby over the weekend. She was 26wks gestation, and had been bleeding for about a month. She was on bedrest and hospitalized, but the bleeding would not stop and she started dialating so they did an emergency c/s to save the baby. Baby Q is now in NICU of course, but seems to be doing well thus far (nearly 2lbs at birth, so not too bad all things considered!)
details here http://www.mothering.com/discussions...6&postcount=87

Just thought you'd like to know!
Bronwyn, your family is in our prayers! Take care and congratulations on the birth.
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Bronwyn, you and Quinn are certainly in my prayers!

I loved Elder Nelson's talk. I'm going to print out some quotes from it to remind us what to do and not do. I liked Elder Ballard's talk too. Loved imagining him with the hand puppets and how he told my 3 yr old to help me by picking up her toys I love conference, it helps me receive new inspiration.

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English Rose - we can look around our Deseret stores for you, though I imagine if you called Deseret book they could order one for you.

I also loved Elder Ballard's talk! Very funny! And Elder Monson has a great sese of humor. It was a fun conference.
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Thanks NCD!!

I'm not sure if Bronwyn reads this thread, but if she does. . . Congratulations on your birth and I'm sorry that it did not turn out the way you wanted it to. You seem to be dealing with the challenges very well!
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I also loved Elder Ballard's talk! Very funny! And Elder Monson has a great sese of humor. It was a fun conference.
Ditto all around.
When president Monson told about his wife coming out of a four week coma and freaking out about the tax records, it reminded me of my first miscarriage--I'd been making bread earlier in the day and the suddenly miscarried and the dough got left on the counter.
Hours later I was laying in the ER trying not to bleed to death and DH ran home to get me some clean clothing. I asked him to take care of the bread (ie, cook it) and he didn't, and the next morning when I saw the huge pile of dough still on the counter (just rising and rising away!) I was so mad!
I mean, bread vs bleeding to death...hmmmm
(The story is actually on my blog from yesterday, since yesterday was the anniversary of that miscarriage..)

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to you Jenni!

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to you Jenni!
thanks. I'm actually very ok with it all at this point.
I try to talk about my miscarriages a lot, not because I am still processing them, but because I think women need to be more aware and less alone with miscarriage. it happens in 1/4 of pregnancies (maybe more if you're charting and know about conception earlier on). I am on a one-woman campaign to destroy the social taboo about talking about miscarriage!

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I paid our tithing today from the past month or so, it felt really good to hand that envelope to my Bishop.

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Here's an applicable message, which we need to hear, too, since we're having a nightmare month financially.

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Gaining a Personal Testimony by Paying Tithing
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"To those who are not yet full-tithe payers, I invite you to
begin today to pay your full tithing to the Lord through your local
priesthood leader. I invite you to pay your tithing to the Lord first,
before you meet any other financial obligations. I invite you to put your
trust in the Lord and, as He Himself said, 'Prove me now herewith'
(3 Nephi 24:10). As you do so and as you place your tithing obligation to
the Lord as the first priority of all of your other financial obligations,
you will indeed become a witness to the matchless power of the Lord as He
opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing 'that there shall
not be room enough to receive it' (3 Nephi 24:10). You will then have
gained your own personal testimony of this very sacred law of tithing, and
as you continue your obedience to this law, it will draw you ever closer to
the Lord."
Topics: tithing, testimony, trust, priorities,
blessings

(Daniel L. Johnson, "The Law of Tithing," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 36)
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Another encouraging thought for the day.

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Center Your Life in Jesus Christ
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"True, enduring happiness, with the accompanying strength, courage,
and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, will come as you center
your life in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His teachings provides a secure
ascent in the journey of life. That takes effort. While there is no
guarantee of overnight results, there is the assurance that, in the
Lord's time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and happiness
will be yours."
Topics: Jesus Christ, obedience, guidance,
happiness, personal growth

(Richard G. Scott, "The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 41)
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I just wanted to say HI! I haven't posted in many months.
I'm Pamela wife to Jeff and 4 daughters.
I'll write more later!
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I just wanted to say HI! I haven't posted in many months.
I'm Pamela wife to Jeff and 4 daughters.
I'll write more later!

Good to "see" you again!
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So my mom sent me this video on youtube about Oprah and this New Earth book she has as her current book club selection. I don't if any of you have heard of this book. I haven't read it but I watched this video from her show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvQFt...eature=related
There was also another one where she said it doesn't matter how we get there, if we believe in God or Jesus, but that we get there.
In the video I posted it has a bunch of celebrities talking about the book. One of them states that the book say our purpose of life is to go through things. The positive and the negative things that happen to us, are supposed to happen to us and we're supposed to learn something from them.
Also, it said in another video where Oprah asked the author what he thinks happens to us after we die and he said I don't think about that. So he doesn't really have any belief in it. I personally think those things contradict themselves. If nothing happens to us after we die, then why do we need to learn from our experiences here on earth? I mean if we don't end up anywhere, what's the point?
Anyway, I was wondering anyones thoughts about this if you have heart about it.
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I'm not familiar with the book, but you raise an excellent point. If there's no afterlife, then our personal growth doesn't matter. Morality would only matter to the extent that our actions effect how others experience their lives, and the kind of world we leav behind for our children and grand children, but ultimately there would be no reason for us to have to develop and progress.
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If you have a few minutes, and are feeling like a laugh, go post on my poll thread... http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=883485


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