Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Blog - Finally! Maybe I Am Ready to Blog Again! :D

Hello... :) I know, it's been a while! Whew! I planned to start a new blog at the first of this year, and we are already a quarter into the year but oh well... better late than never! :D

Here's the link to my new blog...

www.MooreJoyful.Blogspot.com  - NOTE: The word More, is spelled with TWO O's (for the two o's in our family name: Moore).

The title is Moore Joy in the Journey. I figured I might write if I'm not trying to separate family life from joyful moments... makes sense, don't you think (especially since SO MANY joyful moments involve FAMILY? :O)

Anyhow, change is good. I hope to become a faithful blogger again. :)

Hugs,
Corine :D

Monday, January 6, 2014

Saying Goodbye to 2013

Goodbye...


Hello Readers! :D ~ This past year has been another good one! Heavenly Father has been so good to me and my family! :) I thank Heavenly Father for the many great memories, new friends (esp. my son's new girlfriend... the entire family loves that girl!) I didn’t have any big or astonishing goals for 2013 to accomplish and brag about… :o lol, but I realized upon a moment’s reflection that I learned a few things, and honestly – I have changed and learned a lot! Here’s how…

Item number 1: From the time of my youth, I carried with me a strange sort of “dislike” for cats. I WASHED my hands each time I felt FORCED to touch one of them. I saw them as filthy, annoying, stinky, and unloving … I was wrong! (What an awesome discovery; sometimes it is GREAT to be wrong! :D)

A few months ago our family adopted two of the most amazing and beautiful kittens God ever created; they are just as wonderful as adults...  a beautiful, soft, grey, female cat named Misty; and a super handsome, big, fat, fluffy, black and white, shiny male cat named Oreo (I also like to call him “Mr. Kitty”). They are so gentle and so loving! They are also very clean and their coats are soft and lovely – not at all stinky or dirty – so much that I actually let them in my bed! That is something I was absolutely sure I would never do! I am a changed woman! And I feel so FREE!!! :D (Seriously, this is a happy miracle! :)

Item number 2: I guess me and the cats traded places, because after realizing how great they are, I struggled through a new list of vices or weaknesses that I suddenly saw in myself. Ugh! What a tough things it is – to see the ugly in yourself that you never knew was there!!! How humbling – in a truly horrific way! :O But alas, it is a good thing. Now that I am aware of some of my annoying habits etc., I am in a position to change them. It was really painful – at first, but not now that I have replaced criticism and negative thinking with forgiveness, and positive thinking. I'm thankful I can improve myself. I’m also quite thankful for my amazing husband for putting up with me and loving me so much despite it all! :D I’m the luckiest woman in the world! :D

Item number 3: Would you like to hear a few of the things I’ve learned? I thought so! :D Ahem…
            *As you may already know, people can behave just awfully one moment, and perfectly wonderful the next – we are ALL a work in progress and God is helping us all! So I really try to forgive and forget, and just keep moving forward. This is as true with myself as it is with others…
            *I used to think I was so polite! Ha! It was a painful discovery… I’m just not as “naturally” polite as I once thought I was! :o I need to make a conscious effort to be polite. Thank God for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the ability to repent and change. Thank God! Thank God! (Seriously, I am soooo thankful to Him! :)
            *Along the same lines as the last, I hope to be a peacemaker like I was when I was a young girl. I was SO KIND and SO POLITE… so GENTLE and completely selflessly loving! HA! I wonder if I ever really was as wonderful as I remember being! ;) I do know this…  I WAS gentle and kind. But I was also timid. I was AFRAID of contention. I was a peacemaker, but I didn’t know how to stand up for myself if I was being bullied. I sometimes lacked courage! And often, I was polite – to others – at the expense of myself. - Now that I am a grown woman and have had many years to learn to let go of fears and courageously speak up – the pendulum has swung… I learned to be polite to myself, – but sometimes at the expense of others. – Strength is only as effective as its companion, gentleness…

Now I'm learning and praying for greater balance… to be both strong, and gentle; both kind and courageousCourage and Compassion are balancing companions. I pray to be able to stand up for myself as well as others, with strength and courage working together as a team with gentle kindness! This is my goal… PS. I think there are angels helping me. J Ah yes… Angels… J That brings me to another lesson learned!
* “There are angels among us.” (I always loved that show, and that line! :D) I used to think I should let my husband and children know what they do wrong so they can change (this is such a humiliating confession!). I learned this is best left to the angels! Now, I aim to keep my mouth shut unless the lord tells me to speak – and then I will do it with amazing compassion and kindness, so as to not offend or hurt; and I will show an increase of love afterwards. Unless I am called to judge, I am simply called to love. And when called to judge, it must be done with love and kindness…
            *There will be times when the lord (or the devil) prompts another to make me aware of something I need to change (as I have experienced the past few months – thus the learning!) When this happens, I need to resist the urge to become offended. I need to be teachable. I need to patiently endure the painful words and respond with calm understanding. I need to be thankful. I need to not allow myself to feel hurt, but simply be thankful to learn and grow. I need to remember that Heavenly Father loves me exactly the way I am, while still so happy to see me learn grow. I need to remember that I am of great value, despite my shortcomings, and that I can still like myself and feel good about myself. I don’t have to be perfect to be of value! In God’s eyes, I am his perfect creation. I am perfectly worthy of His love. And I am worthy of His cleansing and healing balms…
            *When someone is mourning – don’t give a pep talk about being positive – mourn with them! “Mourn with those who mourn, and comfort those who stand in need of comfort.” People need to feel UNDERSTOOD and VALIDATED before they are ready to listen to advice! And sometimes, they don’t need or want your advice, just your understanding! I learned that sometimes validation is help enough for them to be able to move on and figure out the solutions to their own problems…
            *A GIFT is only a gift RECEIVED, if it is first desired… Heavenly Father has so many gifts He is waiting to give to us! But He often waits until we need them, enough to desire them, AND ASK for them; that way He can be sure we will receive and treasure a gift and not toss it aside due to not realizing its value…
           
This writing is already quite long, so though I’m certain I could think of much more to say I will wind down and come to a close.

Suffice it to say this has been a great year of learning and growthI liked this year… J

I am so thankful for the love I feel from my Savior as he leads me on and calms me when I need him most. I love the story of Christ walking on the waters during a storm; when his disciples became afraid He calmed the storm for them. He told them, “Be not afraid, for I am with you.” I like to think of that when the storms of life threaten to take my peace away. He is always with me, and he can calm any storm – even the storms of regret, fear and worry that sometimes threaten to rage in my own heart and mind. There is no storm he will not calm for me. No storm that he will not preserve and keep me safe through. He is with me. He is here to give me messages of hope and peace. I choose to believe HIM; that gives me hope and peace. I bear you this testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen…

PS. I do have one accomplishment this year worth celebrating here quickly. I did lots of Genealogy and Miles and I did a ton of temple work for many of our ancestors this year. We now have a good solid habit going of doing work for our family each and every month. This is a very satisfying accomplishment, and I feel so blessed to be able to do it! :D -Yeah for us! ;)

I hope this year leaves you with some celebrating as well…
Love, and Happy New Year! J

Corine :D

Friday, December 20, 2013

That Beautiful Christmas Feeling... :D

Merry Christmas! :D 



Decorations are up! The tree is lit. I have beautiful lit garland in the window... :) Christmas music is in the air (as well as lots of other good music about Christ; Christian music is a year round enjoyment of mine)...





 Ah.... it is Christmas time! :D



Yet, these do not guarantee to make the season feel like Christmas...

I recall going through this feeling (or lack of it) several times in the past. Always, the feelings of Christmas in the air would come - not immediately, with mere decorations and shopping... but Christmas would come as I would find it in my heart to go about doing good - serving, and bringing Christmas to others. Service is something that try to do all year. Sometimes I get busy and feel sad to think I am not doing enough. When I am serving, I feel close to my Savior and can feel his love for me, and then I just feel SO HAPPY! :D

Christmas Celebrations seem to become more and more simple at our house each year... This year my husband and I have shopped, decorated, listened to Christmas music, and watched a couple of Christmas movies. Sometimes, even when I do "Christmas" activities, I still doesn't FEEL that super awesome DEEP and HAPPY feeling of Christmas... 

When this happens, I do not despair, however! I know the cause as well as the remedy... :)

All the traditions we do CAN bring the feeling, or they can NOT bring the feeling of Christmas... when they bring our thoughts to Christ...


Year after year I have repeated Christmas traditions. Sometimes I do it without much thought, simply going through the motions. Other times, my heart and mind are so caught up in the experience that it becomes something immensely meaningful - something that fills my heart and mind with love, joy, and wonder! :)


And isn't that the point of Christmas traditions? ...to bring our thoughts to Christ and remind us of His gifts to all the world? To fill our hearts with gladness - To remember and rejoice in the fact that we are so completely loved and understood by our Savior? - And to remember and be thankful to God, that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can repent, be forgiven of our sins, and become more like Him?

This is the reason we feel so happy at Christmas time. The Joy and Happiness of Christmas - comes into our lives, as we think about our Savior and fill our hearts and lives with gratitude, love, appreciation, and a desire to serve our fellowmen as he does...


...Our family started out with so many traditions years ago. It seems that Christmas comes faster with each passing year, and that each year we seem to lose yet another another Christmas tradition. But as time goes on I remember and cherish the ones that bring that amazing happiness and light me up from the inside out; during these moments I say to myself, "yeah... this is it. This is what Christmas is!" These are the traditions I treasure and keep. So many others seem to be forgotten and drop off the list as time grows short and Christmas sneaks up on our family. As long as they are not our Christ focused traditions, I'm OK with it - It is Christ, that makes the season so beautiful and magical... 



This year it seems my family and I are doing very little in the way of traditions and it bugs me! However, something BETTER is happening, not at all something most would consider as a Christmas activity to make a tradition out of; and yet I think it may be one of the finest things to do with our time, especially this time of year to honor our Lord and Savior... 

Yes, by far, the best thing my family and I are doing this Christmas season is something we do year round... sharing testimony of Jesus Christ - This season I share it most with an incredible young woman. She is attending church with our family now, and I am so excited about all the things that she is learning and the questions she has had for so long which are now being answered! (I'm SO happy and excited for her!) :) I love her sweet spirit, and love for Jesus Christ! :) I feel the spirit of Christmas when I talk to others about our Savior's plan of happiness!

I don't know if your season is filled with the marvel of Christmas and a myriad of activities, or if your season is quiet; but whatever activities come (or don't this year,  I hope your Christmas season is filled with the love and happiness of Jesus Christ! :) 


Merry Christmas!

Corine :D



PS. Perhaps The only "Christmas" traditions that truly matter are the ones that focus on Christ!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

God Bless - Thankful Hearts...

Hi friends! :) I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! :D We all have so much to be thankful for!


I will soon share photos and stories of my life as of late (and soon reveal my new blog that I will soon create! :D), but today I have gratitude in my heart that needs to be expressed... so here I am again on this old blog! ;)

I love my life! :D - My life is so good! :) I am really enjoying life to the fullest! 

There was a time (a phase, you could say) when I focused on what life didn't give me. That was frustrating! No matter how many great things there were in life, I would still have moments in which the things I didn't have - got me down - a lot. And some of them were really big losses; it was a struggle.

One day the Lord said to me (during this very hard time when I was experiencing struggles which seemed too much to bear), "Be happy, despite your less than ideal circumstances." Because I knew it was the Lord speaking to my heart, I finally realized, 

...It must be possible - to CHOOSE happiness!  :)

I learned that a person doesn't have to have certain things they deem necessary for a happy life (or have certain things go their way) to be happy. A person simply needs to CHOOSE happiness, by choosing to be thankful for the many daily blessings from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Some may suppose that I only believe this because I must have, whatever it is they lack which they suppose one needs to be happy. But I know this - that the things which I once supposed I needed to be happy - I learned to be happy without - and that which I knew I needed, I learned to have faith I would one day have in the Lord's good time...

Some of the key factors that helped me to choose happiness included making the choice to accept the things I can't change and to focus only on the things I can change. 

Another was to choose to be thankful for everything - the good, and the not so good (which I knew God could turn into a blessing to me so long as I loved and served him). 

No more would I feel sorry for myself... I would count ALL experiences and all situations as blessings. 

I would remember why I was here on Earth and what my Father in Heaven desired for me to learn and be blessed to become as a result of every single experience - or lack thereof... 

Before I learned to be thankful for everything, I supposed that I had little in certain ways; after I choose to choose to be thankful for everything I discovered that I had SO MUCH! 

As life goes on, I am continually more thankful for my life. I am continually amazed that the challenges which I once saw as misfortunes, I now see as opportunities for learning and growth. I am not overwhelmed, but rather, I'm excited for the opportunities to overcome and learn and grow! :D And I realize that for everything I don't have which others have, I have something which others lack. I believe this is true for us all! And I have SO MUCH. I truly do. My life is so Abundantly Blessed! :)

Heavenly Father has blessed and continues to bless each and every one of his children in a multitude of ways. All we need to do to be happy, is to LOVE Him, as well as our Savior, Jesus Christ... and to LOOK for, and BE THANKFUL for - the MANY blessings they give to us - each and every day...

Here are a couple links to articles I read which got me thinking about gratitude and happiness. They really uplifted and inspired me! :) Perhaps they will uplift and inspire you, too...

Someone Else is Thankful For Less Than What You Have... 

Photo taken from one of my blogging friends (Thanks Keith! :D)- linked above...

Seeing is believing: Doctor, family say Centerville man's sight restoration 'a miracle' - Amazing and beautiful story of hope and faith! And of a man and his wife, who choose to focus on what they have, and have to gain - despite great struggles...


Doctors, Doctors, Doctors A blog post written by the wife of the man written about above - A story of hope and faith that Jesus Christ can and will do - what the Doctors insist they can not do...

Wishing you all a wonderful and beautiful life of gratitude! 
Corine :D

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friends, I'd Like to Introduce You to a Couple of My Other Friends... :)

Hi Friends! :D

I know, I have been a TERRIBLE blogger lately! :o I figured out that I spread myself to thin with multiple blogs (can't keep three up) - so I ended up dropping the ball with them all. No worries, I'll be back! Only I will combine them all in one, creating a NEW blog, with new habits of consistency! :) It may not transpire in full until the new year, but it WILL happen! :)

For now though, I must share something with you all...

I have a dear friend named Teresa who has been through A LOT in her life and in a really rough spot. Her son, Garrett, is also a dear friend of the family's. We have been friends for as long as Garrett can remember. We are like family, and we love it! :) 













Garrett moved in with us a few weeks ago. 


We love having Garrett here with us! :D

Levi, and his "little brother," Garrett...
But his mother is having a hard time with it. 
She misses him...


He had a birthday here...


Teresa came to our house for her son's birthday!






Garrett is a really great kid and our family really loves having him here with us! But the reason he is with us is kind of sad...




I know times are tight for many... but I KNOW we can pull together to do this for Teresa and Garrett! :) 

You can be a part of this! If you would like to help out, please go to the following website  http://www.ahomeforteresa.org/  and make a donation. And, :D, THANK YOU! I really, truly, appreciate all that you do! :)

PS. Please remember me while I am absent from the blogging world. :) I hope you miss me like I miss you ;), and that you find me at my new blog soon!!!! :D 

Have a wonderful day and thanks a million for being a friend!

Corine :D

Monday, September 16, 2013

If We Forget Ourselves... HELPING HANDS

Hi! :D

I have seen SO MANY wonderful, inspirational, and or hilarious media - which have MADE ME SMILE... :D ~ I decided that I would like to try to start sharing some of them with you. Perhaps I will start a tradition of posting these on Mondays. Well call it "Media Monday." :) I hope you enjoy!  :D

Lots of love...

Corine :D



Friday, September 13, 2013

Saved By Grace

Hi! : D Life has been busy and good! My husband and I are working hard, accomplishing a lot, and a niece and nephew just visited our family (what fun! I Love those wonderful young people!). They just left this morning and I am anxious to blog some photos of our fun on my family blog! But here today, I plan to write about how I spent the remainder of this morning... lying around with my daughter, Mindy… just thinking, talking, and crying (happy tears) with her. I LOVE talking with THAT GIRL! :D

One of the things Mindy and I talked about is being saved by grace. We talked about how amazing it is that even though the greatest efforts we could ever hope to make could never save us, and of how even though we depend upon the grace of Christ to be saved… His grace is there, to forgive us of ALL THAT WE REPENT OF… Could the Atonement also exist to raise us up and perfect us to the level that we strive to reach? I don’t know if this is doctrine (the idea that Christ perfects us to the degree that we strive to attain), but it is something that came to my mind as Mindy and I talked, and I believe that even though we ARE saved by grace, Christ saves those who are true followers of Him; and that if I am a true follower – then I will be STRIVING to walk in His footsteps/live as He lives; and I do… It's part of what I do because I Love Him...  And it gives me joy to know that it gives Him joy to see me striving. :D

So… I’m OK with the fact that when I was a youth they called me, “Molly Mormon.” And I’m still striving to be perfect. I’m also very much OK with the fact that I’m NOT perfect. Because I understand that ALL of my efforts could NEVER MAKE ME PERFECT. But I also BELIEVE, in my Savior, Jesus Christ. And I believe that when He said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect” (St Matthew 5:48) He really meant it. He meant for us (His followers) to strive to be perfect. And even though He is the one who perfects us, I believe that the long hours, weeks, months, and years of striving for a goal, are what make the attainment of that goal sweet. And I believe He gives victory to those who are willing to work for it… Nothing is impossible for Him. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

I don’t imagine I will attain perfection in this life, but I do believe I should still strive for it - now and always. - And I will continue to find joy in striving…  :)

 
 
PS. Is there something you can do or change, to help you better follow Jesus Christ? I invite you to "Go and Do!" ;) And enjoy the journey!
 
Corine :D