I’d like to take a moment now at the beginning of the year to share with you my testimony of Jesus Christ.
I know that God lives. He loves me and He loves you. He loves us so much that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. He came not because He had to, but because He wanted to. Christ wanted to come, to save us from our sins. Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of my sins. All I have to do is ask Him. He does require us to do as He says, but He also knows that we will mess up. As long as I keep trying, He will forgive me and allow me back into His presence. I know that because of His atonement, all mankind will be resurrected. I am among the weakest of His servants, but I so proud that He has trusted me enough to allow me to hold His priesthood, so that I can be His servant and exercise His priesthood power. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and beautiful wife. By following the Lord’s commandments, I know that I will be able to be with my dear Amanda for all eternity. I am so happy, yet humbled that He intrusted me with my 3 beautiful children, for before they were my children, they were God’s and I know that He has not given up His parenteral rights to them. I strive everyday to be a father worthy of these children and to strive to live up to His example.
These things I write in the Holy Name of He who saves all mankind, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Last night, Mikey couldn’t find Baby Bear, his teddy bear. Mikey loves this little bear. He sleeps with him every night. If he gets scared or lonely, he gets Baby Bear. He refers to him as his best friend and his first friend. So, when I was tucking him in bed, he asked me “When you are down, would you go look for Baby Bear.” I told him maybe. He asked what did I mean by maybe. Maybe I would or maybe I wouldn’t. He looked at me and with a little bit of a sad tone said “Daddy, of course you’ll go look for Baby Bear because he’s my best friend and you love me.” I couldn’t argue with that, so I went and found that silly little bear. 🙂
Mikey, being a 4-year old, likes to ask lots of questions. He asked a question several hours ago that, to me anyways, really jumped out. He started asking about why grownups still have parents. But then he asked what happens to kids if the grownups both die and go back to live with Heavenly Father. “Who would help us?” he wanted to know. Amanda and I explained that we have set it up so that if something happened to us, they would go live with one of their aunts & uncles. “What if something happened to them too?” Then you would go live with a different set. What if something happened to all of them? Then you would go live with someone else we know. “What if everyone we know would die?” We told them that he would then be adopted by someone he didn’t know and they would take care of him. Even though he didn’t know them at first, he would get to know them.
Pretty serious thinking for a 4-year old. I’m glad that the wife & I have some of these plans in place already. I hope we never need them.
Dear Friends & Family;
Well 2009 has been a fun year. Sometimes we wonder if life will ever slow down! We got our Ham radio licenses this year and Michael, at least, is enjoying talking to people on the air.
Mikey is finally potty trained and is learning to put letters together to make words. He loves Geotrax trains, Thomas the Tank Engine, the movie Cars, and any cartoon on TV. Mikey will be turning 4 in January and is excited to be a Sunbeam at Church.
Josh is slowly starting to talk and loves to do whatever his big brother is doing. He is becoming Mr. Independent and doesn’t want anyone’s help in doing things. He will be turning 2 in March.
Michael has finally earned an Associate’s degree and is still working hard at fixing computers. In February, he started working as the Director of Information Technologies for an INC 500 company here in Las Vegas. He still manages his computer repair business, Las Vegas Geeks, as well so he stays busy.
Amanda was released from the Relief Society Presidency this past year and has been in Nursery ever since. A few months later, Mike was called to teach in Nursery as well so it’s a great team. She is a wonderful Mother and Wife. She loves couponing and we are all impressed by her savings.
Michael, Amanda, Mikey, and Josh Cox
Mikey has thrown up several times over the last couple days. Not something he normally does. Well tonight, as he was about to go to bed, he was saying his prayers, which went something like this:
“Dear Heavenly Father, please bless that we can have a good night sleep and that we can get up in the morning, and that I won’t throw up. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
I thought it was very sweet and cute.
Mikey and Josh are just about over their colds, but we decided that we were going to keep them home from Church one more Sunday, just to make sure. Trying to be a good Daddy & Husband, I told SWMBO that I would stay home with the boys and she could go to Church. This morning, SWMBO announced that we should all stay home from Church (she was tired). I waited about 2-minutes and then told her that if she was going to stay home, I’d go to Church and she could stay home with the boys. She very quickly said she would go to Church. So, the best way to motivate Wife to go to Church is to tell her she would have to stay home with the boys… interesting.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. As we all sit down and celebrate our blessings this year, I wanted to take a second and express some of the things that I am grateful for.
I am grateful for my family. I don’t know what I’d do without them. Amanda is the rock that keeps our family running smoothly. She is (usually) so happy and sweet and forgiving of her 3 boys when we do something wrong. She is the pretty girl I know and I’m happy that we have the opportunity to be together forever. I’m so happy that she is willing to put up with me forever and I hope that I am worthy of her forever.
Mikey is my little namesake. I am continually amazed at how smart he is. I have no idea where he gets all of his knowledge from. He’s almost 3 and fills each day of ours with happiness and love. He tries really hard to be a good boy and a big helper. And he normally is.
Josh is my little buddy. At 8-months old, it is fun to watch him look around the room with wonder. Everything is so new and exciting. He also gives Daddy wonderful smiles.
My parents are so willing to help us with whatever we may need. They love their grandchildren so much.
My siblings love my boys so much. They go out of their way to let their kids play with my kids and to see us.
My in-laws are wonderful. You hear all these Mother-in-Law jokes from people, but those people have never meet my mother-in-law.
Who would believe that 9-years after high school graduation my high school circle of friends still meets together about once a month for dinner and games? They sometimes drive me crazy but I can’t imagine not seeing them or talking to them.
I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior. Without His atoning sacrifice, nothing else would matter. I strive each day to become more and more like Him so that one day when “he shall appear, [I] shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). I’m grateful that in these last days, He has a prophet on the Earth, even Thomas S. Monson. I strive to always follow the Lord and His servants for, as He taught, “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38).
I’m grateful to live in America. She has her problems (most of which are Government induced) but she is still a wonderful land. What other country has a Constitution inspired by God? I didn’t support President-Elect Obama, but I wish him the best. I hope he follows our Constitution and is a great president. If he does, I’ll support him. If (when) he doesn’t, I’ll oppose him. I’m grateful that I have the freedom to do those things.
I’m thankful for so many other things that there just isn’t time for in this blog entry.
What are you guys thankful for?