Monday, January 14, 2013
I'm always happy to find direction and make changes in my life (and my family's life). I know that it always provides more growth and learning. Since Colton started early morning seminary, our family scripture study has suffered. We recently made another attempt to solve the problem and get us back on track. Tony designated Family Scripture Study directly following dinner. Then the holidays hit - schedules were non-existent. And Tony started taking me out again (HOORAY!!!!) - and we weren't around for dinner every night. We found that gathering our family to read the scriptures was not happening every day and we needed a little direction. After another discussion, we ran into a dilemma. There was only one time that we knew we would be able to gather everyone and be successful. We stared at the time written on our paper and neither of us said a thing. Finally, we gave each other the look of resolution (or surrender....whatever you want to call it) and agreed. 5:40am. 5:40.....IN THE MORNING! As much as I don't like that time, it's the only time that will get the job done. We informed the kids last night....and we started this morning. (of course the Valley of the Sun is getting some really cold weather [for us!] and we woke up to temps in the 20's.) No one wanted to leave their warm beds, but we did. We gathered and had a prayer. Then the four of us that were awake shared the reading. We then said good-bye to Colton as he left for seminary with Tony and I sat there, thankful. I'm so thankful for this gospel. I'm so thankful for three righteous priesthood holders in my home. I'm so thankful that we started the day off together. I'm thankful that my boys participated. I'm thankful to be their mom. I'm thankful for all the opportunities to continue to change and grow in our life. I'm thankful for scriptures. (and I'm thankful that I can take a nap)
Sunday, January 6, 2013
This is my 3rd year of picking one little word. One word that helps me focus my mind and my goals around. My 2011 word was "DO"
(Wake up and DO something more)
Last year was "ENOUGH"
(again, like my best is enough, I am enough.....not ENOUGH!)
I don't want to just use my time, energy and resources - I want to invest them. Invest in my future. Invest in my relationships. Invest in my home. Invest in myself. To think a little bit more about making moments count. By giving more to a moment in life, I'll be taking more from it as well.
Yesterday, I was already on the right path even if I didn't realize it at the moment. I brought a cake to a friend's funeral. I used one of my decorated bundt pans and baked up the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake. When it came time to plate it, I discovered the plate I had all ready was too small. I grabbed my cake stand from the garage and placed the cake on it. Now the cake looked too small! I quickly thought about the blueberries I had in the fridge and placed them around the base of the cake. After a sprinkling of powdered sugar, the cake looked "magazine ready"! I received lots of compliments as I brought it into the church kitchen. I was feeling good about my efforts, but it was later as I attending the service that I truly thought about what I had invested. I thought about the grieving family. I thought about how they are feeling about saying goodbye to a loved one. I thought about them at the cemetery. Then gathering at the church after all is said and done, to sit down with one another and share a meal. I've been there. Our family was always so appreciative to all the people who made the luncheon possible. And truthfully, store bought or homemade, it's all appreciated. But there is something special about a homemade cake - anything made from scratch! It's not just the taste or presentation, but your effort that shows. Special efforts didn't go unnoticed to us. Like our neighbor and her mother-in-law that decorated the luncheon in Mita's favorite color. They invested their time in service. It wasn't expected or even necessary, but it was so appreciated. To this day it still makes me feel so blessed that they did so much to help make that difficult day special for our family. So here's to investing in 2013.
My family has also chosen words for the New Year:
Tony - PROACTIVE
Nicole - INVEST
Colton - AMELIORATE
Asher - DO
Kyler - CREATE
So here's to a great 2013!