Monday, December 31, 2012
In the afternoon we headed out to Mount Vernon. Not all of us, R and the two little ones stayed home to work on a project. The rest of us went and it was cold but fun. I always like a trip there. I admire George Washington. He was a good man. I find it so touching every timewe visit to hear that after his death Martha closed their room and moved upstairs, never to enter their shared bedroom again. She must have really loved that man.
When we were done we called R and kids and they met us at Cafe Rio. Now we are home. Hannah is at Sister Nelson's for a youth new years eve party. Her first party with friends. She's probably having the best time tonight. Lu is watching Johnny Test and going to bed at 9pm. Ethan and R and Clayton are playing halo 3 or whatever it is. Jen is laying on the couch, I am on the lap top. We are party people :)
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
So this morning I did the worst thing. I am a horrible person. I volunteered to babysit the cute little Ray girls while they went to serve the homeless. Then I completely and totally forgot. I don't know how that happened. I told R and J about it and remember the day before but then at bed time nothing, nada, zilch. In the morning I woke up and hung out with R and Lu, took the dogs out, did whatever then looked at my cell and saw a message from Michelle "can we still borrow the toaster? and I'll leave the door unlocked for you" Oh my holy heck!!!! I couldn't believe it. I ran out the door, tripped on the steps, twisted my ankle, hopped up and raced to their house where I found Matt making pancakes and all was well. They left Lexi behind to watch them which was a HUGE relief. I felt SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad and awful. Thank goodness they didn't trust me and just leave.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Some people napped :)
We watched a couple of movies.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
This morning we got up to a tree bursting with gifts and kids excited to open them. We had a fun time opening and sharing and talking.
Merry Christmas 2012.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Despite the kids grouch faces we had a fun time.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Recently I have had the chance to treasure up some words heard from the mouths and thoughts of good friends. Bishop spoke about doing the work of the Lord last night. And how that is more than going to meeting and reading the sciptueres, although that is part of it. Another part is work. I know mom and dad are doing work right now and it's for the Lord. I recently read a blog post from a woman who was saying that we (as a nation) are giving our our birthright (which is work) to live a life largely made up of leisure and what a detriment this is to our children and our souls. Interesting.
Another opportunity came on Sunday during Sunday School. We were reading in the particularly poignant closing chapters of the Book of Mormon. Mormon is speaking to his son Moroni and giving him good council. We spoke of the advice given that teaches us to know if something is good or not. Kitty had a wonderful point. She said that many of us do things every day that are not bad but that do not adhere to this guideline. They don't bring us closer to God, they don't invite us to do good or to believe in Christ. These many many things that we do that don't fit the criteria should be evaluated by us to see if they belong in our lives, or if they deserve such a large portion of our time She was not saying that we shouldn't watch TV, or read novels by the pool, or whatever other things might fit into this list, in fact certainly there is a place for rest and relaxation that is appropriate and good. The point that really touched me was the invitation to really examine those "not bad" things we do and see how much time we really want to give them.
13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do agood continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and benticeth to do cgood, and to love God, and to serve him, is dinspired of God.
14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is aevil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil.
15 For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to ajudge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.
16 For behold, the aSpirit of Christ is given to every bman, that he may cknow good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
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