Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lucy's Blessing, Halloween, and Misc.

As I was looking through the pictures on our camera, I couldn't help but laugh at Derek's goofiness and feel an extreme amount of gratitude for my family. On November 6th, Lucy was blessed. The following pics are from her blessing, Halloween, and random activities from the past couple of months. Derek's new obsessions are Legos, suckers, playing on the Ipad, and painting. Lucy is smiling more and more, especially when Derek is near her.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Reflections from Conference

The past few days I've been thinking about conference, fathers, and the well-known proverb, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" and felt impressed that I should write some reflections.

One talk that I enjoyed was given by Elaine Dalton (Young Women's President) titled "Love Her Mother". Here is one excerpt from the talk:

"How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets. It is a simple answer, and it is true—“The most important thing a father can do for his [daughter] is to love [her] mother.” By the way you love her mother, you will teach your daughter about tenderness, loyalty, respect, compassion, and devotion. She will learn from your example what to expect from young men and what qualities to seek in a future spouse. You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less. Your example will teach your daughter to value womanhood. You are showing her that she is a daughter of our Heavenly Father, who loves her.

You are not ordinary men. Because of your valiance in the premortal realms, you qualified to be leaders and to possess priesthood power. There you exhibited “exceeding faith and good works,” and you are here now to do the same.8 Your priesthood sets you apart.

Fathers, you are your daughter’s hero. My father was my hero. I used to wait on the steps of our home for him to arrive each night. He would pick me up and twirl me around and let me put my feet on top of his big shoes, and then he would dance me into the house. I loved the challenge of trying to follow his every footstep. I still do.

So how do you raise a girl? Love her mother. Lead your family to the temple, be guardians of virtue, and magnify your priesthood. Fathers, you have been entrusted with our Heavenly Father’s royal daughters. They are virtuous and elect. It is my prayer that you will watch over them, strengthen them, model virtuous behavior, and teach them to follow in the Savior’s every footstep—for He lives!"

I'm thankful for my father. I'm thankful that he treated my mom with love and respect and that he was "true to his faith". The words that are engraven on his dogtags when he served in the army are the following: Dennis J. Lowther; Latter-Day Saint.

The second talk that I wanted to share an excerpt from was given by D. Christopher Waddell titled, "The Opportunity of a Lifetime". I love the story that he shared.

"A few years ago, Elder Javier Misiego, from Madrid, Spain, was serving a full-time mission in Arizona. At that time, his mission call to the United States appeared somewhat unusual, as most young men from Spain were being called to serve in their own country.

At the conclusion of a stake fireside, where he and his companion had been invited to participate, Elder Misiego was approached by a less-active member of the Church who had been brought by a friend. It was the first time this man had been inside a chapel in years. Elder Misiego was asked if he might know a José Misiego in Madrid. When Elder Misiego responded that his father’s name was José Misiego, the man excitedly asked a few more questions to confirm that this was the José Misiego. When it was determined that they were speaking about the same man, this less-active member began to weep. “Your father was the only person I baptized during my entire mission,” he explained and described how his mission had been, in his mind, a failure. He attributed his years of inactivity to some feelings of inadequacy and concern, believing that he had somehow let the Lord down.

Elder Misiego then described what this supposed failure of a missionary meant to his family. He told him that his father, baptized as a young single adult, had married in the temple, that Elder Misiego was the fourth of six children, that all three boys and a sister had served full-time missions, that all were active in the Church, and that all who were married had been sealed in the temple.

The less-active returned missionary began to sob. Through his efforts, he now learned, scores of lives had been blessed, and the Lord had sent an elder from Madrid, Spain, all the way to a fireside in Arizona to let him know that he had not been a failure."

The Lord know us. He loves us. He is aware of what we need. "His ways are not our ways" and he has a plan for each of us. How wonderful it is to know that our Heavenly Father is all all-knowing and all-powerful! My favorite scripture is Mosiah 4:9 which says, "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." I'm thankful to know that the Lord is willing to leave the ninety and nine to seek out the lost lamb.

I know God is our Father and we are his children. I know that because of Jesus Christ we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church. It is Christ's restored church with the same Priesthood authority that existed on the earth from the days of Adam to the days of the Twelve Apostles. I know the Lord calls Prophets and Apostles to lead and guide the church and it's members. Joseph Smith was the prophet called to restore the church and Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet. Both have and were ordained of God. I know families can be eternal. I know these things are true because of the Holy Ghost. I've studied these things, I've prayed about these things, and the Holy Ghost has confirmed to me that these things are true.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lucy Lowther

Lucy's here! 6 lbs 5 oz. 18 inches. Absolutely perfect and beautiful!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Summer?

Life has been so busy for us that I wonder if there even was a summer. We are excited for Lucy to join our family soon. Derek will go up and kiss Heidi's tummy...and then he will come up and kiss my tummy:) Derek is constantly improving his language skills and it's fun to see him learn and say new words. Whenever we go in the car, he asks if we are going to see the "nunnel" (tunnel) and the "wata wataball" (waterfall). His energy is endless and he never stops. His two favorite things to do are play sports and read books. On July 23rd, Derek turned 2 years old. On that day, we went and watched airplanes and went to the Lindon pool. We capped off the day by going to Apollo Burger.

Derek loves to eat spaghetti.

Derek and his cousins getting the Easter eggs ready.

Derek was more interested in shooting the Easter eggs than finding them.

Family pic

He loves to play basketball.

Mommy and Derek.

Derek was "supposedly" helping me make cookies. He was eating more than helping.

Derek loves corn on the cob. It's one of his favorite foods.

Pics from the zoo.


Summertime fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A lot has been going on lately and I should have more time to blog, but somehow that still doesn't happen. It seems like life is always busy. Anyways.... here is what we have been up to....
1. Keith Just started his last semester of school for his bachelors. He is taking 4 classes this semester. After this he will be finished for a while..... well atleast until next summer when he will apply for the speech program through USU. Way to go Keith.
2. We found out that our baby is a little girl!! (I know, old news to most of you) We are so excited that we get to have one of each. We feel so lucky. Heidi is almost to her third trimester, and we will be glad when baby Lucy finally gets here. It may be a long hot summer :)
3. With our growing family we decided it was time to get a new car. Keiths 2 door coupe isn't going to do it anymore :) We recently purchased a 2006 Jeep commander. It seems a little big now, but once we get the two car seats in there this summer, I think we will fill up the space.
4. Heidi is now a full time stay at home mom!!! What a great feeling that is. She loves being able to be home with Derek (and soon to be Lucy) and not have to worry about going in 4 nights a week. It's amazing how much better we are eating!!
5. Derek is growing and just as cute as ever!! it's amazing how fast they grow.
Sorry there are no pics this time.... kind of a fast post.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I know, I know, it's been a long time since I have updated our blog. I don't promise to be better at it , but with spring and summer coming I'm sure we will have more to blog about.
Derek is growing so fast. He is FINALLY in the 30th percentile for his height and is FINALLY even on the chart for his weight. Even if it is below the 5th percentile, at least he is on the chart. We were very pleased when we heard the Doctor say this.
He seems like he is trying to copy cat more and more words every day. He still has his own language and at least he knows what he is talking about, but slowly we are beginning to understand him.
I am so grateful for Keith. He has been so so so busy these past few months and is juggling everything as well as can be expected. He has worked so hard and I am proud of him.
As most of you know, we are expecting again in August. We are so excited because we know just how rewarding having kids can be. Everything has been going well so far, and as i leave behind my 1st trimester, I am feeling so much better. Good ridance to that first few months. Keith has been a wonderful help (when he's here) and I know it will get better from here.
As you can see everything is going well at the Lowther house, and we can't wait to get out of the cold and snow in a few weeks. We are going to escape to St. George for a few days for a much needed break. Just to be together in the sun and (hopefully) warm weather.