Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Our dear friends, the Ahrens family, sent us this e-mail in response to Andrew's write-up about the answers to prayers on Saturday:
"Last night at dinner, Jen shared with the family a story that she had read on Vanessa’s blog about how the Croshaws showed faith by praying to find a parking spot on a busy traffic day in Washington, D.C.
Late this afternoon at work, I found out that a very important document, which my client had been ordered by the Court to produce to other parties today, was missing. Eventually several individuals, including a file clerk, a paralegal another associate and myself, were all looking for the document, but we could not find it. As you can imagine, I became very worried and stressed for a moment, and did not know how I was going to get out of what seemed to be a very big problem. In the midst of these bad feelings, the story of how you had prayed to find a parking spot came forcibly into my mind. The thought came that if Heavenly Father can help us find parking spots, he can also help us find important legal documents, if we ask with the same child-like faith. Thereafter, the document was located from an unusual source outside my office in time to send it out today. I feel this was an answer to a prayer"
Does anyone else have an experience to share? Do tell! They are all faith-promoting and wonderful to hear about!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Last night for Family Home Evening, Clark said this as part of his prayer:
"We're thankful that we can be home with mommy (he says this almost everyday and melts my heart)
We're SUPER thankful that that Mommy came home today (from Las Vegas)
We're thankful for our food storage that it will last forever
We're thankful for our food...in the cans...and in the bags"
I have no doubt that when disaster strikes, our food storage will help us through, not only because we are prepared with it, but because that food has been blessed and blessed!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Andrew isn't much of a journal writer, but he documented this experience that happened on Saturday and I thought I'd share it with you.
Feb 24, 2008
The most amazing thing happened on the way to theMuseum yesterday. With Vanessa out of town, I packedthe kids up and headed down to the mall intent onvisiting the Museum of Natural History. It was around3 pm when we left here and I assumed that with alittle patience and a little luck we would find aparking space along the mall. I mean, who else willwant to be there on a cold, rainy, February Saturday? Well, apparently, an awful lot of people. Aftermaking a full round up and down the mall roads, it wasbecame evident that there were tons of people justlike me crawling along almost bumper to bumper looking for the brake lights to light up indicating adeparting vehicle. Looking at the clock and the amount of competition, I started to feel like it was areal possibility that we could spend more than an hourcircling without ever getting a break. Also, if we didn’t find parking in the next 30 minutes or so, it would be a very short visit to the museum before it closed.
I enlisted the kids help finding a space to park, partly to keep them busy, and partly because with all the competition, I needed all the help I could get,even if that help was yelling out whenever they saw an open spot in front of a fire hydrant, or garage entrance, or bus unloading zone.
The thought occurred to me that we could say a prayer together and ask for the Lord’s help. At first, I dismissed it, thinking that it was too risky. What if we didn’t find a spot? I didn’t want to damage their simplistic view of faith and prayer. After a moment,I reconsidered and proposed the idea to the kids. They all liked the idea. I called on Faith since Grant has been the previous prayer in situations like this. Faith was fine with saying the prayer, but struggled with the notion that I was going to drive and participate in the prayer at the same time. Shesaid a short, simple prayer asking for help that most assuredly punched through the car roof and cloudcover, arriving at the pearly gates stamped HighPriority.
A different mood came over me immediately. All of a sudden, I was pleased to stop and allow pedestrians tocross in front of me. Why rush, when the Lord istaking care of the situation? Less than a minute later, when we came to a stoplight,Clarky wondered loudly why we had not found a parkingspace yet if we said a prayer. It was some comic relief and provided a chance to explain that ourprayers must oft times be accompanied by patience and faith.
The light turned green and we proceeded into the nextblock and stopped again at an intersection. As we were waiting and surveying the cross street for anybody leaving, I noticed out of my peripheral vision a man and his two kids step up to the crosswalk. They were waiting for the “walk” signal to proceed across the street in the same direction as we were heading. Our eyes met somehow and he mouthed the word to me,“Parking?”. Surprised, I nodded vigorously back to him in affirmation. He pointed across the street suggesting to me that he was parked just up ahead. With no cars coming, he crossed just ahead of the green light and had already crossed the street when we started through the intersection. He pushed his doorlock button on his key ring, which made his vehicle light up just a few spots ahead. I simple could not believe it.
What are the chances of a person who clearly knows how “in demand” parking is offering to someone else in this way? And what arethe chances that it would be us sitting there at that light having just prayed for divine intervention? It was so unmistakably an answer to little Faith’sprayer. Like He often does, the Lord helped us through another person. I chided myself afterwards for not trying to somehow tell the man that he had just been party to a miracle. It probably would have touched him. I sinned immediately after having received a blessing. I hate it when I do that.
If the Lord cares enough to orchestrate miracles of open parking spaces, perhaps he also cares enough to answer other prayers on other matters – like healing relationships, changing hearts, enabling forgiveness,and so on. It was a great day.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Clark says the funniest thing! When he hasn't seen a toy for awhile, or jumped on the trampoline in more than a week, he always says this and it makes me laugh everytime.
On Thursday, he got on his bike and said it again "Mom, we haven't seen this bike in YEARS!!"
I guess that's how the timeline works with kids. If it's been weeks, it might as well be years! I LOVE being a mom!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I made a photo book for Andrew and titled it "What does Daddy love?" He got tears in his eyes as he read it, and wanted to take it to work to show his co-workers, which was exactly what I had hoped he would do. I was very pleased.
On the way to school, Grant asked "Is it a law to have a job?" which led us to a conversation about why you need to work...which leads to money...which leads to a place to live...which leads to homelessness. Grant knew about homeless shelters, but Faith asked "How do they go places?" When I told her that they walk, she said "But what about getting all the way to the Children's Museum (in Baltimore)?" She was shocked when I told her that homeless people can't do fun things like that. It was kind of sad, but I think she also realized a bit how lucky we are to have all that we have.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
This has been a "normal" week in so many ways. After reading Adri's blog about her dear friend who's 2-year old son is in his last weeks of life due to cancer, I am so grateful for a day when I can just fold my 10 loads of laundry, vacuum, read a book with the boys, play at the park, make dinner (not so much) and hug each child before I tuck them into bed.
On Wednesday, the weather was incredible! The boys (Clark & John) ended up at a park after we took the "big" kids to school. We played for an hour and a half, and as soon as we walked in the door, our friends called and asked if we wanted to go to the park. Of course! So, we spent the next hour and a half at another park, and returned home just in time for lunch and naps! The perfect morning, if you ask me!
That afternoon, it was still so warm, so we spent time jumping on the trampoline and swinging on our own little swingset! Ooh, how I love warm weather. But, I know...if it never got cold, we wouldn't appreciate warm. I appreciate warm, and I hope I never forget that!
On Thursday, I was having a particularly "normal" day and needed to physically step out of the house at least one time. So, with Andrew and Grant on their way to karate, I packed up the other 3 kids and took them to Enrichment where it was a CHOCOLATE recipe night. Faith was in heaven when she learned that it was ALL girls in the room (except her cute little brothers).
The kids were great, and I got the social fill that I needed, as well as an OVERFILL from chocolate.
Friday night, we prepared for Clark's birthday party, and were up until 1:30am baking the cupcakes, frosting the cupcakes, making muffins for the baby shower the next day, cleaning, decorating, etc.
Saturday was the busiest one I remember in a long time. The boys were up at 5:15, so I let Andrew sleep in. I left Andrew with the kids at 7:30am and didn't return until 1pm. I had the Churchwide Leadership training, then Kate's baby shower (who's adopting a darling boy from Taiwan on Valentine's Day), then off to the Balloon shop, stop at Target for some Pump Needles and home.
When I walked in the door, the kids said "Daddy's resting" and he was! Motherhood is a tough job, right bunch? We finished up the party plans, held Clark's party (see below), and then were off to a Ward Party at 7pm.
We had intended to watch a movie called "Amazing Grace" last night, but by the time we got the kids in bed at 9:30pm, I fell asleep while waiting for Andrew to send an e-mail. I was done!!!
I feel much better today (Sunday) because I actually got to sleep in (7am) before the steamrollers (aka John & Clark) joined me in bed!
OUr little friend, Luca, is allergic to almost everything, so we just didn't have food involved with the party. I was amazed at how much we depend on food at parties. What's a party without food? But, we proved that wrong. We had a great time, and nobody missed any of the treats! I'll take that as a note to self.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Cute brother...NEW sister!
My wonderful, not-so-little brother, Jesse, is engaged and making wedding plans with his adorable fiance, Danielle. They will be married on April 25 in St. George. My sisters and I have always said that it would take a very special girl to steal our little brother's heart AND fit in with our family. Danielle has done both beautifully! We can't wait for her to officially be our new sister!
And then, to add to the authenticity of the outfit, she came up to show me that she had chosen her cherry rainboots "because they're colorful and I'm wearing a colorful outfit!" She certainly was! Andrew said under his breath "It can't get any worse. Just let her wear them and take a picture of it!" So, as we speak, my daughter is wearing this outfit at school. I can only guess what Mr. Tagnesi thinks! Faith is a free spirit and I love her for it!