Saturday, August 16, 2014

And The Hiatus Goes On!

It has been pretty obviously quiet around here. No new blogs but lots of things on Pinterest (I LOVE Pinterest!). Starting in April, right after Easter, I took a little hiatus from this blog. Not because I am giving up blogging, quite the opposite actually. But every once in awhile a little break is needed.

This has been a busy year so far for our little family.

My husband re-enlisted in the Marine Corps. We didn't think we would but Heavenly Father has His plan for us and we are following His will. We know He will not lead us astray.

We have packed up moved across the country and are still settling into our home. I started packing in April and I am still organizing and unpacking now. It makes me want to apply minimalism to absolutely everything!

We bought our first home (huzzah!) and we have had a blast renovating it. We are not done yet and I am looking forward to sharing the before and after results with everyone.

School starts this next week and I am officially homeschooling! My oldest is in Kindergarten and it a very daunting and amazing task I have in front of me. So much planning and thought and prayer!

And finally, we will be welcoming another baby to our family soon as if that isn't busy enough in and of itself. You forget in between pregnancies how busy (and uncomfortable) the third trimester is and how much time you spend preparing the house and kiddos for the new arrival. The kids are getting impatient for the new baby to arrive and so am I. So am I!

With all that on my plate, a hiatus was totally needed. I am glad that blogging is something I can set aside and then come back to with new ideas and plans. My hubby and I have made some great plans for this blog and plans for my hubby as well (more on that later) and we hope to get the ball rolling on our ideas soon. I think you'll like them.

But for now, I am enjoying this hiatus. I am enjoying the summer, working on our house and relaxing with my kids and hubby. I hope to see you back here soon!

 Mrs. Wetzel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Because of Him

It is no secret, I'm not that great with holidays.

I completely forget that a holidays (like Christmas, Thanksgiving) are coming until they are sitting on my doorstep, waiting to be observed. Every year they slip my mind. I think part of the reason I struggle with holidays is because I want them to be more than decorations, cute crafts, and activities. I want them to MEAN something, to be important and something my kids will remember in their soul--most especially Christmas and Easter. And even though we are preparing for a move and our house is totally crazy with boxes and things, my husband and I still want to do something meaningful for Easter. One way I am going to prepare myself to celebrate the tragedy and miracle of Easter is by taking part in #BecauseOfHim .

Because of Him is the Easter Initiative started by the Church, "focusing on the hope, healing, and salvation made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ" and will help people to consider all the wonderful things that can and have happened because of the Savior and his Sacrifice for us. With the #BecauseofHim, members and non-members alike can share how the Savior has changed their life.

How had the Savior changed my life?

 I thought for the longest time I would be trapped forever, unable to be the woman I wanted to be, to marry in the Temple and have a beautiful family. How different my life would be if I hadn't accepted and been converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my youth. Who would I be now without Him?

Because of Him...I was made new.

Because of Him...I was given a second chance.

Because of Him, I could leave my past behind and begin again!

And Because of Him...I found my happily ever after when my dearest husband and I were married in the Temple for Time and all Eternity.

My life couldn't be more wonderful!

Let us all prepare for Easter this week by remembering our Savior and all the things made possible #BecauseofHim.

1) Read and share the written Easter story and the Because of Him video with friends and acquaintances. (Find the video in various languages here)

2) Using the hashtag #BecauseofHim, share personal thoughts and feelings about those things made possible Because of Him.

3) Follow on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and share the daily graphic about things made possible by the Savior

Hannah Wetzel is the Wife to one Wonderful Man (her Marine), a Mother to 3 children  and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loves cooking, baking, writing, reading, embroidery and anything out of doors. One day she hopes to open her own little bakery and  have a little homestead (goats and all) with her family. Follow Hannah on Twitter and Pinterest.

Article Resources: 1) Because of Him 2) Mormon Newsroom #BecauseofHim 3) Church News Easter Initiative
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