Ok ok ok people, I'll satisfy your need for Levi and Asher pictures. This one doesn't really show their faces, but I love it anyway. They both fell asleep during tummy time and can I just point out that they are in the exact same positions (head, arms, legs, everything) only mirrored. Gosh I love these boys.
I read a blog tonight about a little baby named Gracie who was born March 20, 2008 with a heart defect that caused her left ventricle to be to small to work. So they did open heart surgery on her only a few days after she was born in order to make it so her right ventricle would do all the work. Unfortunately she ended up needing a heart transplant, which her body ultimately rejected and she passed away just 11 days ago, 18 days shy of her 1 year birthday. Needless to day, I was in tears...quietly, since I'm at work. Do yourself a favor...unless you feel like crying or have some exceptionally happy things to cheer you afterwards, don't read this blog. I will have to say, however, that this family's unshakable faith is a strong testament to me of the strength God gives us in our hardest of times.
And now I just have to get something off my chest. I have several LDS friends, all of whom I have the utmost respect for. And through those friendships, I've come to wonder why it is that those of us Christians who are not LDS hold such a negative view of Mormons. As in, we can be downright nasty and hateful. Why? No, I'm not going to convert to Mormonism, so quit asking. My way of celebrating and growing my faith is working just fine for me, thank you. Carly has been good enough to answer some (I must admit, pretty dumb) questions for me, simply because I'm tired of judging in ignorance. My discovery; there are a lot of traditions that we "non-Mormons" believe the LDS church practices that are completely bogus. Yes, maybe they do have some beliefs and traditions that some of us don't agree with or believe in, but how is that any different from any other tradition-based Christian religion?
One of the more ridiculous claims I've heard is that Mormons believe that, when they die, they will be given their own worlds to populate, which is why they have so many kids here. Oy. Yes, they believe that families are eternal...but come to think of it, so do I. I sure as heck want to believe that my husband and sons will continue to be my husband and sons once we reach Heaven.
So here's my proposal: back off. Rather than judging, use that time reaching out instead. The same can be said for other denominations as well. There's only one really important thing that marks you as a Christian, and that is the belief that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, the one path to God. Where in there does it say, "Thou shalt judge and disdain all Christians who do not follow the same traditions you do"? How about showing a little love? You know, the proverbial, "Why can't be we be friends?"
Ok, I need some more chubby cheeks.
That's better. Asher on the left, Levi on the right, being goofs together. I can't wait to see these two get old enough to play together, I think it's going to be so much fun to watch. Either that or they're going to be running circles around me. Either way, I'll take it, as long as it means they are happy and healthy.