It has been so fun having the girls teach Family Home Evening this past weeks. Jed and I just let them teach what they wanted to and we just let them do it without any planning or coaching them on what to talk about.
Ruby taught about each of us being children of God, among other things. It was so fun to hear her testimony on this subject. She did great!
Emma taught hers on choosing the right and following Jesus Christ. Here on earth and also how each of us chose to follow him in the pre-existance. Jed and could not help but smile at each of the girls enthusiasm. Emma was so eager about it that she became a one man band. When we would ask her to call on someone for the prayer, leading the music, or the closing prayer her little hand would pop in the air and she would proudly say she was going to do it. She wanted to do it all. We finally were able to coax her into letting Ruby say the closing prayer. It was pretty great!
We have had the same crib set for all three of the kids since it is in green and red. Each of the kids have had a rag quilt made especially for them and the girls have always liked those and become attached to them. Eli on the other hand has become very fond of the blanket from the crib set. When he wants to cuddle he drags it to you and gives it to you, it really comforts him. I can't help but smile about it since it has lace on it. He just loves it. We take it in the car with us and he is always shuffling it around. Once second it will be on his lap, around his shoulders, over his head and then he will pull up the front so he can see you and just smiles. We loves him lots.
A few days ago, Ruby wanted to wear her Argentina shirt that had a horse on it. She came upstairs and I told her she couldn't wear it because every time she moved I could see her stomach so I told her to change. She was pretty ticked because it was what she wanted to wear, long story short she told me she absolutely would not take it off. I went to fight other battles in order to get to Ruby off to school in time.
Ruby came up a few minutes later sporting this:
She incorporated the look of layering so she could wear what she wanted. I hope this idea sticks with her. I was a happy mama.
While watching conference Ruby was sitting with me and she is in the beginning stages of reading and Carl Cook came up to speak and Ruby pops up and says "He's a Cook! He must be your brother! Is he your brother mom?" Another thing I thought was sweet was that someone quoted Moses 1:39 and Ruby picked up on it even though I didn't think she was paying attention and she said "Hey, that was my part for the Primary program."
Conference was amazing, and I came away with 3 distinct thoughts or at least that is what I remembered but now I can only remember 2, oops. One was scripture study, I make time for other things surely the scriptures are important enough for me to make time for them. The other was that I need to do a family history chart with my girls and find pictures of them and teach my girls about them and different things from their lives. I was strongly impressed that they need to know that these family members who have gone on before them are more than just names, but that they did amazing courageous things and that we can draw strength from knowing who they are, and the kinds of lives they lived.
I just remembered what my third thought was. During the talk about having children, the thought came to me that there are more that need to come to our family and how and when they come is between us and the Lord. Anyway, during the Sunday morning session, I absolutely loved Henry B. Eyring's talk, and to quietly communicate this thought I had to Jed, I said "We need to name our next son Henry."And then Elder Robert D. Hales talk I was a complete blubbering idiot and was so touched. Again I turned to Jed and said, "We need to name our third son Robert." We both smiled at this and continued watching Conference. `