Back to school Family Home Evening

Tomorrow Mikey starts 5th grade, Josh 3rd, and Hannah 1st. Amanda and I decided to hold a short family home evening. Josh read 1st Samuel 16:7. We talked about how the Prophet Samuel was looking for the next King and how he learned that’s the Lord doesn’t care about how we look on the outside but the inside. We likened this to how there will be all sorts of different kids at school and we should not judge them based on how they look or what they wear but instead try to see them how God sees them and love them as God loves them. We then had Mikey read Matthew 11:28-30. We discussed how Christ took upon Him all of our heartache and pain, our sorrow and our stress, as well as our sins during the atonement and that we can put all of this on Him and accept in return His yoke, His burden, which is to love each other and follow His commandments.

We finished Family Home Evening with each kid (including 3-year old Lizzy) getting a Father’s Blessing.

 

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July Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

This morning, I typed the name of all the entries in my Front Sight Membership Giveaway contest.  As I had three ways to enter, my total entries were 31.  Several people had multiple entries, with one person having four entries.  I put all the entries in a small basket.  My kids enjoyed last time when I let Hannah, my youngest, pick the winner.  However, Mikey & Josh wanted to pick a name also.  So, this time, I let all three kids pick a winner, from youngest to oldest.

Hannah, my 3-year old went first:
Hannah picking her winnerShe picked Ross Siegel, a friend and co-worker.

Josh, my 5-year old then went:
Josh picking his winnerHe picked Ed Hall, who entered and referred several other people and had the most entries.

Mikey, my 7-year old was third.
Mikey picking his winnerHe picked Kristina Chavez.

The kids then wanted Mommy to pick a name. She draw Lena Elise Kruger, who we used to go to Church with.

They then said it was my turn. I drew Carey. Not sure who he is other than he lives in North Las Vegas. All winners have been contacted. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Front Sight Membership Giveaway Winners

Superman Family Adventures

Almost two months ago, Free Comic Book day introduced my family to Superman Family Adventures with a free preview of it.  Mikey, my 6-year-old son, enjoys reading.  I though he would enjoy a comic book so when the full issue of Superman Family Adventures #1 came out, I went down to Comic Oasis, located near Cheyenne and US-95 in Las Vegas.

When I got home, Mikey quickly read it.  This very family friendly comic book allows children to read the fantasy adventures of Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and others in the “Superman family”.  Mikey found the story interesting and page turning.  He could determine most of the words that he didn’t know, and I was there to help him on the words he didn’t know.  Issue # 2 comes out this week and in his excited, Mikey called Comic Oasis to see if they had it yet.

If you have a child who likes superheros, they will love Superman Family Adventures!

 

What would happen?

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.

Philosophical questions

We were on our way home from Grandma’s house when Mikey, my almost 4-year old, started asking some pretty good philosophical questions.  My two favorite are:

Daddy, when will Jesus come out of Heaven?
Daddy, if I do something bad, will I not be able to live in heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus?

I’m glad that I know the answers to these and, therefore, was able to help him better understand.

Christmas Letter 2009

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.

 

Love,

 

Michael, Amanda, Mikey, and Josh Cox

When you become a little kid again…

Mikey and I were talking this morning. He asked me “When you become a little child again, will you” do something or another (I forget now what it was). I asked him if he thought I’d become a little child again. “Yes Daddy, when you get to the end of the numbers.”. I asked him what the end of the numbers are. “When you reach 100, that is the end of the numbers and you become a little child again.”