Saturday, October 31, 2009

from His arms to mine

It’s hard for me to believe six whole weeks have already passed since Jesse was born. He weighed 6 lbs., 1oz. at birth, and he now weighs just over 11 lbs. He is getting so much longer too! He’s growing so fast. He is such a joy, a bright spot in each of my days. I look forward to each feeding because I know I will be able to hold him and just look at his sweet face. I love him so much.

Even though we haven’t been out and about alot this week, it’s been busy. We had a really busy week of school and the kids wanted to do lots of Halloween activities, and we just seemed to stay busy all day each day.

Here are some pictures I got throughout the week of Jesse. This is my favorite of the entire week. It was taken today.


Me, Joe and Jesse the day we carved our pumpkins.


Jamie and Jesse the day we carved our pumpkins.


Jesse in his little pumpkin gown.


Joe and Jesse hanging out.


Jesse and Jack in their Halloween pj’s.


Jack holding his little brother—again—he asks often and I can’t hardly refuse.


It really helps me put lots of things in perspective as I recap our weeks through my posts. A post like this reminds me of how precious and truly heavenly Jesse is. He was literally just in the presence of our Heavenly Father six short weeks ago. Now, he is here in the arms of his earthly family. We love him so much.

I read this quote a few days ago and it has been on my mind ever since:

“Never forget that these little ones are the sons and daughters of God and that yours is a custodial relationship to them, that He was a parent before you were parents and that He has not relinquished His parental rights or interest in these His little ones. … Rear your children in love, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried” (“Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, July 1997, 73).

I love this. This is what I need to try and remember each and every day. Especially at those moments when things aren’t going as perfectly as I’d like and when patience are running short. Our Heavenly Father has never ending patience for us. He is there with open arms, loving us unconditionally always, and I have to do the same for my children. He expects that of me. No, I don’t have to be perfect. Luckily He is forgiving.

I learn something every day lately. About myself, about my role as a wife and a mother. I have spent more time on my knees in prayer these last couple of months than I think I ever have in my entire life. I am so thankful for prayer and for the faith and knowledge that I have of my Heavenly Father’s plan for me. I am blessed to know my purpose and blessed to have such a wonderful family to share my life with.


  1. what wonderful pictures and post! He getting so big! Hard to believe he is 6 weeks old :)

    hugs to Jesse and Mommy

  2. I love president Hinckley. That descirbes our efforts with J completely. We'll all the kids really, but J escpecially.
    I love love love that first picture. I like pictures that evoke some kind of emotion. Everything about that one totally gives me a peaceful happy feeling.

  3. Beautiful and I love the quote from President Hinckley! The pictures are prescious and I love the one of Jack and Jesse..You can really tell Jack just adores him!

  4. Thanks for sharing that quote. I have never read it before. It really struck a chord with me. You really get a different perspective when you think of yourself as a babysitter for God. It made me think about how I cared for children as a babysitter and how I care for my son.

    As a babysitter we know that we don't have "full reign" and aren't the finally authority, but as parents we sometimes forget in our frustrations, our desire for some peace and quiet, and daily tasks that just like everything else in this world our children belong to God. He has trusted us to care for His children.

  5. Beautiful photos, I especially love that top one of you with Jesse!

  6. What a sweet post! I love all the pictures.

    I just love the quote you added to your post. Truly they are God's children, placed in our care!

    The picture of you and Jesse, the first one is so sweet!

  7. Thank you for this post. I needed it. It is amazing how God sends things my way. It is like he is giving me a little hint or nudge. I am listening, God.

    I love the first picture. It is simply beautiful ~ innocent, calming, and pure love.

  8. Wonderful post. As always, I love all of the pictures. I can't believe how big he is getting!

  9. That first picture is gorgeous. What a sweet baby. Anyone who says you can't love any child as much as your first must never have had a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th baby. They are all gifts from God and so precious.

    On a side note, is your hair naturally curly? Mine is and I love that your hair looks pretty yet easy to style.

  10. I'm with you I love that first picture.
    And that's a great quote you included. Lots of food for thought.

  11. Having even more patience with my children is something that I have really been working on, so this post is rather timely for me! I love the quote and need to be reminded that they are not "my" children, or "our" children, but rather God's children. And even though I love them with all my being, He loves them even more.

    What peace it gives me to know that He is all forgiving and all patient with ME!

    Your little one is just adorable! They truly grow too fast!!

    Blessings to you and your family!

  12. Beautiful...I really enjoyed this post!

  13. Just have to say, that first pic is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  14. Love the pictures, and the quote struck the chord of me even though I am not religious. I am happy to read how Jesse thrives in his family.