Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fresno Road Trip with Aaron & Andy

Two More California Temples left - will we make it??

Utah - Soooo many temples!

Sherry, Amber, and ME!

Draper Temple

Jordan River
Oquirrh Mountain Temple
Salt Lake Temple
4 more added to the list...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More Southern Cal Temples

San Diego

Newport Beach

Look Closely and you'll see the LA temple -
we didn't stop this time - but we took a pic from the freeway.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rodriguez Summer Temple Challenge

This summer's challenge for myself is to see how many temples the members of our family can touch.

Here's a start:

Andy chose to do baptisms at the temple for his 13th birthday!
Los Angeles Temple

Austin went to EFY and also stayed with The Danny Rodz family:
Here is Austin in front of the
Mt. Timpanogos Temple
Some of us got to enjoy an amazing weekend with my
brother's family in Redlands
Ryan returned from his mission, William & Jeffrey are getting ready to go.
We are proud of them!
Here we are in front of the
 Redlands Temple

Maybe we'll get San Diego while we are already down south. :0)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another Favorite Quote

May I invite you to rise to the great potential within you.
But don’t reach beyond your capacity.
Don’t set goals beyond your capacity to achieve.
Don’t feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure.
Don’t compare yourself with others.
Do the best you can,and the Lord will provide the rest.

Have faith and confidence in Him,
and you will see miracles happen in your life
and the lives of your loved ones.

Dieter F .Uchdorf, Sept. 2009 Ensign

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Conference Tidbit

I think Elder Uchdorf was at my house, because he must have been talking to me when he said this at last conference.

"The Savior revealed the perfect priorities for our lives…when He spoke of love as the great commandment upon which “hang all the law and the prophets.”We can spend our days obsessing about the finest details of life, the law, and long lists of things to do; but should we neglect the great commandments, we are missing the point and we are clouds without water, drifting in the winds, and trees without fruit."

Click HERE for the whole talk.

I gotta remember what really counts is LOVE!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Positive Parenting

Found this while reading the Church News.   I really needed this today -

 Give Daily Outpourings of Love!

It is difficult for teenagers to feel a sense of worth if their parents do not express love appreciation and respect for them. Those young people who exhibit a healthy confidence not only have come to feel Heavenly Father’s love for them but also have experienced consistent expressions of love and support from their earthly parents… A daily outpouring of love is not only vital for emotional well-being but also essential to spiritual development.

 Parent by Praise!

Children, especially adolescents thrive on recognition and acceptance. Parents should look for opportunities to praise their children – accomplishments need not be monumental to deserve parental recognition and praise. Youth in the study… with low levels of spirituality and confidence overwhelmingly reported that they received far more criticism than praise from their parents and rarely felt respected and acceptable.

 Encourage Expressions of Ideas & Feelings!

Study found that young people who have internalized the gospel, gained their own testimonies, and developed a healthy sense of individual worth are those whose parents have counseled with them but have not sought to control them emotionally and intellectually.

How could I NOT parent positively when I am blessed with four AMAZING boys!