Sunday, October 25, 2015

Primary Program

We had our Primary program today. I woke up with a pit in my stomach. I was kind of nervous, but then I quickly remembered that all the work had been done, and there was nothing I could do at this point to help the kids do any better. I also remembered that they don't watch me anyway... so there's no reason for me to stress ;)

The program went really well, and so many people said so many nice things to me today. The comment that made me feel the best was "I heard all the songs! I heard every word!" I got so excited when I heard that. That's all that matters!

During primary today, they did something different, and it turned out that they didn't need me. I actually got to go to Relief Society for the first time in a long time! I was so excited! It was kind of funny because I walked in and felt out of place. That kind of felt good, because missing Relief Society (and the social interaction involved) was my biggest worry about accepting the calling. So feeling like I belonged in the calling/area I am serving makes me feel really good, and kind of helps take that thing-I-don't-love-about-my-calling away.

That being said, I quickly got into the lesson and felt right at home. I like being taught on Sundays. I love learning from the wise sisters around me.

A Special Sealing

This weekend was super awesome for the Kershaws! Jonathan's dad got sealed to his parents yesterday!

So, let me give the back-story. Jonathan's dad (Bill) is a convert. He joined the church when he was 19. His mom (Joan) died when he was in 5th grade, and his dad remarried (to Pat). Much later in life (I think when Jonathan was 12 or so) Bill's dad joined the church and got sealed to Pat. Right before Bill's dad died, he asked Bill to seal him to Joan, but out of respect for Pat, he asked him to wait till she passed away.

Pat passed away this last summer. Right after we found out we were talking to mom and dad K, I asked out of curiosity if he had sealed his parents yet. He said he hadn't yet. Then just throwing things out there, I said that it would be awesome if they could wait to do that till they came to visit us (because that was already in the plans for them to come make a trip to visit James and Sadie (who just had a baby, thus the reason they are coming up,) and us.) Then the conversation/plans evolved. They decided that it would be super special to have the family that could make it, to be a part of this special event.

That happened Saturday, October 24. James, Jonathan and I, along with mom and dad Kershaw (of course) were there in the sealing room (Sadie wanted to be there, but someone had to watch their kids). It was such a unique experience to seal two deceased parents together, then seal a living child to his parents.

It was probably one of the most spiritual experiences I have had with doing sealings.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Corbin's First Birthday

Since Corbin is almost 14 months, I figure I'm way overdue to talk about his birthday!

The day started off with a family cuddle!

My studly one-year-old in his new birthday suit!

He has loved being held from day one. He still loves it.

For our celebration, we had a family come over who is our family-away-from-family. They are fantastic, and love our kids as if they were their own grandchildren/nieces and nephews.

we didn't get a great pic of Corbin with his cake, because he wanted to eat it... imagine that

Here is the picture reel of him discovering a cupcake for the first time

I love this pic!
 And here are the presents he got to open on his birthday (a few more came a few days later, but I didn't get pics of it)

Look at that toothless smile! 

Corbin, you are a joy! By your first birthday you were crawling like a champ, with no hint of any desire to walk. You had the most adorable toothless grin, even though your teeth thought about popping through several times, much to your chagrin. 

When you are happy, you are happy! Which is most of the time! 

We love our Corbin-boy!