Birthday Sick

Moses turned nine. He had a great day, enjoyed all his presents and shared. He requested cheese cake for his birthday, which some of the kids have never had, and others swore they would hate. It was a hit with everyone except Moses who ate too much and decided maybe he didn't like cheese cake that much after all.

One year ago, the fast Sunday after Moses was baptized, he planned to bear his testimony in Sacrament meeting, but he'd been sick earlier in the week and then got a bloody nose right after the Sacrament. In the end, it was too much for him; he didn't get up.

Today he also planned to bear his testimony. He'd also been sick. He also got a bloody nose (but before the Sacrament), but he hurried back and was so determined, he was one of the first people up. (He spoke about reading the scriptures). I think he plans to start bearing his testimony every month, which is fine with me. We're moving to Portugal in a few months and the branch we're moving into is so small, it's actually a group. We're all going to be bearing our testimonies every month just to fill up the meeting.

As part of our Portuguese practice we've been doing our morning scripture memorization in Portuguese. Herbie memorized 2 Nephi 2:25 in Portuguese in a few days, which is no surprise. Even I got that one. Same for James 1:5. It took him a bit longer for the Sacrament prayer (Moroni 4:3), but I was amazed to hear when he did have it memorized. I can barely tell where one word ends or the other starts.

We had a cold blow through this week. (Well for everyone, but Archie. His was lingering.) Herbie got it first. He came home from school, crawled under a blanket on the bean bag and started crying because he said Archie was making fun of him. (I don't know what that looked like; I missed it.) But never fear! Linus to the rescue! Linus pulled an unused birthday package from school out of his backpack and gifted it to Herbie. Herbie was so touched, he pulled out the little note book and started writing nice notes for his brothers and sisters. Everyone ended up happy.

Archie has been sick the most. Everyone else had about one bad day, but Archie has had several. Really, we're sorry he's sick, but it's also just so cute. He does everything slowly and he falls asleep on us and he says nonsensical things in his high, sick voice. Like--
Archie: Mom, my favorite food is blood and boogers.  
Archie: Mom, I want a pumpkin for Christmas.

Ruby has been like the little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. One minute she's picking out Archie's clothes and helping him dress for church, the next she's poking Linus into a fit of rage with her hair brush. One minute she's shoveling the front walk without anyone asking, the next she's barking out contentious, contrary remarks to anything anyone says. I'm guessing this is normal, right? For her age? It seems like I've heard about this kind of thing before...

Penelope loves Skip Bo. The first time we ever let her play (a few months ago), she won. She was so excited. And then even more excited when someone read the box and told her the game is for 7-107 year olds. ("I won and I'm not even 7!") And ever since then, it's been like it's her game. It's something she, Herbie and Moses often enjoy together, which makes me happy.

Woo's been busying typing those computer keys. He released a new ooTunes update and enjoyed a large uptick in sales. Really, he was just so happy to get an update out. It had been a long time. Like years. Of course, there were some people who have old phones Apple won't even let him test on, that were unhappy and had to make their displeasure felt. That soured his sense of accomplishment.

Also, he's made this handy Book of Mormon app for the kids and I, which has Portuguese on one side, English on the other. It's helpful now, but he has big dreams of being able to highlight a word on one side and the corresponding word on the other lighting up. The app does that already with a few words and the kids are excited when they find them.

Thanks to the exercise bike, my fitness level is improving. I know it's not for everyone, but I seem to be okay at settling into some really boring exercise (a few hundred laps back and forth across the pool anyone?) where I can just concentrate on beating the clock. Also, I've begun to tackle the visa tangle. Well, most of it. Woo will have to do some. Hopefully, it won't be too onerous.

Well, that's it for our week. Hope yours was great!


Testimony Below:

I don't remember why, but on January 8, 2015, I decided to follow President Eyring's example and spend a minute or two each night writing down the blessings of the day. Here in my phone.

One night, a few weeks ago, I had kind of a rough day, and as I was writing down my blessings, I had the impression to read what I had written for the same time period one or two years before.

And when I'd read what I'd written back then I started to cry because I recognized how much I was being blessed. Even though I'd only written down blessings, I could remember how hard those days were and the comfort that my Heavenly Father had given me through prayer or through the scriptures.
There were probably ten things from last year or the year before that I don't deal with at all anymore. My Heavenly Father has delivered me from them just like He had said that He would. And I had already forgotten.

I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and is blessing me and that writing it down helps me to remember.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.