Monday, March 11, 2013


So many wonderful and exciting things happening around here.  Since we  have been home, we have finally been able to really start revving up the engines for the things we want to accomplish this year.  So, I will share with you all the exciting things going on per family member!
Shaeler is so excited for the warm weather and for school to be over with.  She is out playing outside and begging for the trampoline to be put up.  Love to see her outside playing and enjoying the warm weather. 
I believe I have finally had a break through with the mysterious random dry heaving problem she has every once and a while.  I believe she may have a gluten/whole wheat sensitivity.  She seems to have the problems when she specifically has whole wheat bread.  You have no idea what a blessing it will be to know what is causing her random dry heaving issues. 
So I am working with her to cut out almost all gluten for a while, especially whole wheat, and then reintroduce to see if she has a reaction, specifically that one.  She absolutely LOVES taking her probiotics and loathes, (literally whines and gnashes of teeth) at the sight of her vitamin.  Baby steps, I keep telling myself.
She also had a visit to the dentist this week.  The good news is that the broken tooth is doing very well other than a little discoloration.  That can be fixed with whitening her teeth when she gets a little older.  The bad news, she has been red flagged for possible cavities for her next visit.  So, we bought floss and fluoride rinse and she is taking the responsibility to prove her dentist wrong at her next visit.  I'm cheering her along, we have too much fun together in the No Cavities Club!
We also had her Parent Teacher Conference this week.  Shaeler is doing very well at school.  Both teachers did comment that Shaeler has so much potential but she does what is required of her and does not stretch herself further.  So, I am working on teaching her to go the extra mile with the things that she loves.  It's hard teaching children ambition and motivation.  Anybody got any helpful hints of doing extra work?  Trust me, we work her at home.  Interesting balance to figure out.
Brian has been plugging away at running his company.  The winter months can be hard as most of the time things get slow.  It's a bittersweet feeling during those months because he gets frustrated when he has no work, but I enjoy the time together and usually he does projects around the house to keep himself busy.  This year, he has been focusing on learning the systems that he installs in homes and installing them in our house so he is more familiar with them and can sell the systems even better.  His little projects are amazing!
Non-electrical, he installed a water purifier in our home. I LOVE IT!  My water tastes so good and I will carry my own bottles around with me because I can't stand the taste of other waters.  It is amazing water!
Then he installed a remote that condenses ALL of our remotes down to one.  So, when I want to watch a DVD, I push the Watch DVD button and it not only turns on the DVD Player, but also the sound system and the TV at the same time.  It is really cool!
He installed a new wireless router when we switched over our Internet services.  He made it that our home computers are all on the same, incredibly faster network and then when we have guests, we can give them a password and they are on our guest network.  AMAZING!
He installed a lighting system in my master bedroom that controls not only the light brightness but also can be set to come on and off at certain times and settings.  Which also means, I can turn off my lights or turn on my bedroom fan from my IPAD or smart phone.  SWEET!
Brian and I also signed the papers and purchased the land to build the first Rentmeister Construction Home.  (Not a home for us, a home to sell!)  It is a nice piece of land in Herriman and we pretty much have the plan picked out.  So, now Brian's brain is on overload as to what are the next steps to get this house started.  Our goal is to have it complete in 5 months.  Oh vey, this is going to be a lot of fun!  I am looking forward to the opportunities that this will bring!
Brian also saw the fabulous health benefits I have been having with my reading and implementing of healing my body and has joined me in my health adventures!.  In a little less than one week, he lost 4 pounds.  It is so much fun to teach and talk with him about health and food.  I love the moments when he says that he did not eat the sugars and treats when he was tempted.  How great would it be if we could help him with his Ulcerative Colitis!?!  I am cheering him on the whole way!
I am continuing on my quest for joy in this life.  I could go on and on about the changes I have been making, but I won't bore you with the details.  I can honestly say I feel a lot better than I did 6 weeks ago.  I am gaining so much knowledge and I am in awe of the body and it's abilities. 
I have really been focusing my efforts in being selective of my time and activities.  I have started cooking like crazy.  I make things thinking that everyone will hate it and it actually turns out really tasty.  Here are some of the recipes that I made and loved this week:
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Shrimp Kabobs
Homemade Guacamole
Turkey Apple Breakfast Sausage Patties
Roasted Red Potato's
Sweet Potato cubes with Cinnamon and Red Pepper
I am so not a cook, but there is something words cannot describe that feels special when I cook for my family.  It takes time, but it is also very fulfilling.  I love that I am feeding my family with wholesome food and we sit together every night to eat as a family.  For the first time, I feel like I am fulfilling my role as a nurturer.  I love to put my apron on and cook now!
I feel very blessed with my calling right now.  It has become a very sacred time in my life and I am trying to enjoy the moments as I know that this will only be for a season.  I also have felt that this year, we have begun the projects that are going to change lives and bring joy to the Young Women.  As we work on Girls Camp, I giggle and smile the whole time.  We have an AMAZING committee of women and we have some FABULOUS plans for camp.   What I am loving most is finally being able to let go of the control.  I am a firm believer in teaching the principles and doctrines and then allowing individuals to make their choices from there.  I love to watch growth in others and being a very small part in the influence for good.  What an amazing opportunity I have been given!

Besides my research and studying, I have been reading other books.  I read Drops of Gold by Sarah Eden and I am currently reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

Drops of Gold is an Austin era type book and it is pretty good.  Not one of my favorites, but not a waste of time either. 

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is fascinating!  His life teaches so many common sense lessons, that he is a great mentor to follow in life.  I highly recommend reading this one.

Crazy that March is almost half way done.  Where does the time go? 


Jenice said...

Okay, here's the plan. When Shaeler gets out of school and you guys are swamped, we can come visit and help out. That way Bob can visit his mom, we get to see you guys and Shaeler can play with her friends. After several weeks, we can bring her down here for the summer. You know how busy you will be building during the summer. This plan is genius! It will relieve the pressure of worrying and keeping her busy and she is now old enough to stay for longer periods. We of course would take her on small trips (it is her vacation an all--this is directly from your dad). I am sure that the Dorseys will help. And of course, we would bring her back for Brian and her birthdays! What do you think? Sounds like a game plan. We just need required dates and times. p.s. I will work out better sleeping arrangements. She can have her own room. ; )

Ann Marie said...

Happy reading all of these happy things in your life! I'm cheering you all on! :)


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