Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hello to all

Well here's the update... All is well in the land of the Smith house hold. Everything is almost fully in order for Franklin to come on Saturday. Joan is getting into a routine finally!! She has started sitting up by her self lately. It is really amazing how fast she is growing! On the 16th of Feb she has her Dr appt to get her 6 month shots and to get an ultrasound of her right hand done. They took an x-ray of the bump on her palm when she was 4 months (its been there since birth but has gotten a little bigger we think) but nothing showed up meaning only that it was not bone. It does not seem to bother her one bit but we would like the piece of mind of knowing what it is. But any who, thats whats going on with her hand. She has started to love to try to talk, although she is extremly shy! If you try to get her to do it she wont or if you look at her while shes making noises she will abruptly stop. She is a hoot!! Well she just woke from her nap catcha laters.

Monday, January 19, 2009

We really enjoyed these words from President Monson's conference talk:

"Our realization of what is most important in life goes hand in hand with gratitude for our blessings.

Said one well-known author: “Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us [happiness]—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”6

In the Doctrine and Covenants, section 88, verse 33, we are told: “For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.”

The ancient Roman philosopher Horace admonished, “Whatever hour God has blessed you with, take it with grateful hand, nor postpone your joys from year to year, so that in whatever place you have been, you may say that you have lived happily.”

We talked about this for our family home evening tonight. We've been greatly blessed. Thanks to all of you who have been a part of it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Franklin

We're getting a boxer puppy


This is the new addition to our family!!!! We cant pick him up until the 28th, he is still too young to leave his mother. We think we're going to name him Benjamin Franklin and just call him Frank or Franklin because he has a lightening bolt on his back. We'll go and get to hangout with him tomorrow and we'll get our own pictures of him.