This past week has included many new experiences. For the first time ever I contacted my Senator regarding an issue- and asked them to vote for the marriage amendment. I just sent an email, and to both MS senators (I'm not sure which one is mine). It felt good to do.
Our most exciting family news is in regards to Israel. On Monday we decided we'd had enough of this anti-potty training. So, we took a trip to where else but Toys R Us for the perfect potty for Israel. He adores Dora (Dorda) and so we finally picked, after assembling 2 of training potties, a padded seat that fits onto you toilet that is Red and covered with Dora, Boots, Backpack, and Map. Our courage was a little low, so our efforts at home didn't start until Friday for a big weekend push. With a bit of resistance I got Israel onto his potty seat and read him a book until he peed in the potty. Then of course we had a big celebration- high fives, and a treat. We didn't have any candy except mini toppings for yogurt, so I gave him some of those and called Stan to pick up treats on the way home. He got mini snickers. Much nicer than I would have gotten. They work like a charm. Israel can now pee on demand for those little suckers. He's always loved to flush the toilet and today I couldn't get him to get off. We're very excited, taking him about every hour and a half. Stan and I are walking around so proud like we finally figured out the trick (Dora) and giving ourselves a lot of credit. It's not that Israel's finally ready or anything that he's doing or that we've been praying for potty training to work- those couldn't be the reasons:) Now we just have to keep it up.
In getting the house ready to sell and for viewings Israel was a big helper- especially with the sweeping!
That precious little outfit is 0-3, from Grandma Aschraft, and it still fits!
This Sunday our stake put on a huge production "Let the Morning Come" about the restoration of the gospel and a celebration of Joseph Smith. We've been practicing for 2 months, chior, orchestra, speaking parts etc. The audiance filled both gyms in our stake center- mostly members, but also curious people from the community, family friends, and investigators. We advertised in the newspaper. Anyhow, I sang 1st alto and had the speaking part of Lucy Mack Smith- mother of the beloved prophet. I only had to memorize and say 4 lines, but boy was I nervous! The cast fasted (we ate before the production) that we'd be able to convey the Spirit, to remember our lines, and appropriately convey our love of the Prophet. (We hadn't been able to run straight through in our dress rehearsal Sat. evening) It was so powerful-everyone remembered their lines, we sang with strength and my testimony was deepened as was the audience. I've been reading Lucy Mack's biography of Joseph- excellent read.
We also have a new tooth in the family. Eliza, at 8 months has finally cut her first tooth- bottom right. Bottom left will probably cut this week too.
How we love our children!
Love to all!
More Mommy Mumblings coming up next week!
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