Monday, October 19, 2009

Whew, that's over...

I prepared for, taught and am finished with my big nervous-feeling-causing class for the Stake Relief Society event on Saturday. I felt so relieved for that evening...then Sunday came and the realization that now I must take on the array of primary needs that have been put on hold for the last week or so. But, anyway, the class went well. I sat through training meetings for a couple of hours, and was too nervous to eat much during the luncheon, but when I got started with the first of three groups, things just fell into place. You know how it is - you prepare, and prepare, and condense, and then when the lesson arrives you get through about 1/10th of the material you have. I felt like that was how it was supposed to be, though. With each particular group of ladies that came into the room, the discussion went different ways based on what the Spirit led us to focus on. I love how that always happens. I felt like the 2nd and 3rd groups were a little too quiet sometimes, but we still had great moments. I am working on my "Priority" list now, and finding where I may need to make some adjustments now that I have new responsibilities in my life. The quote that I made into a magnet is this:

"A wise man once distinguished between 'the noble art of getting things done' and a 'nobler art of leaving things undone.' True 'wisdom in life,' he taught, consists of the 'elimination of non-essentials'." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Even though I was in the minority for a while, the women who find themselves with not enough to do, most of us have more in our hearts and minds that we want to do than we can possibly get done. It's tough to say, "No, I can't do that right now.", but sometimes it's necessary. I'm sure you've seen the object lesson where you try to fit something like large rocks into a jar with lots of little marbles or pebbles.....the big things won't fit if the little ones go in first. My big rocks, or top priorities, have to be the spiritual and family ones. God, spouse, children, church service...that's how Elder Oaks broke it down. And I put 'self' right there with God because if my relationship with God comes first, then I'm doing alright as an individual. I'll be strong enough to be who I need to be for my marriage, children, and church family.

I know some of you out there understand this......why is it that for the two days prior to this presentation I spent most of my time making handouts?? Bethany asked if kids were going to be there because of the candy cards, but I told her, "no, grown-up ladies like candy, too." :) I'll post a pic of the handouts. The little cards are the quote magnets, and in case you can't read the candy card, it says......
"Isn't it About Time? (the class title) Make a 'commit-mint' to yourself, and to your Savior, to make the best use of the time you've been given! (Andes mint) 'NOW' is the time to set your priorities straight, so that 'LATER' you can enjoy eternal life! (Now and Later)"

The stationary quote says,

"We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families."
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Friday, October 16, 2009

My sweet girl....

So, today.....well, yesterday because it's now almost 1 am, and I'm not sleeping......I finally got the haircut I've been saying I need for months and months. 9 inches, people! Ok, some people probably think - haircut, big deal. Well, I've always had long hair....I might cut it here or there, but still it's always longish. I guess because I go through such a shock adjusting to a haircut, I expect the people I know to notice right away and comment. But, not one single person noticed today, and I saw all of Brad's family, some friends, and even my husband got home tonight and DID NOT notice or say a word!!! Now, back to the "not one single person".....EXCEPT Mallory. She say my ponytail sitting in the car when I picked her up from preschool, and said, "what happened, Mommy?!" with concern. I told her I got a haircut. She was super excited about it. She must have said three times throughout the day, "Mommy, your hairtut is awesome!" Oh, how I love that cutie! And, Bethany would have noticed right away, I'm sure except that I had a raincoat on and she heard me tell my mom on the phone before she actually saw my hair. I have faith in her observation skills. I'm a little disappointed in everybody else, though. I'll get over it. Well, Brad may have to suffer a bit first. ;)

Friday, October 9, 2009

On a more serious note....

I just visited a friend's blog where she had posted a couple of other blogs that were inspiring to her. How often do we think, I really should take more time to do something for someone else? We serve our families everyday, but what about reaching out to someone else just because we can? I know most all of you do-- you all are nice people. :) But here is a simple way to help this sweet girl named Taylie who is suffering with cancer. By visiting this link and posting it to your blog or Facebook, then contacting this lady and posting a link to her blog (and letting her know by commenting on hers) money will be donated to this family to help as they face the challenge of their little girl's illness. Everyday I am thankful to have my children, and especially that they are healthy. I know we're blessed, and when I know of others who are not so lucky my heart goes out to them. A few minutes taken from your day to post this will be worth Taylie and to those who love her.

This makes me laugh....

We weren't feeling all that well during General Conference last weekend, so we stayed comfortable at home while we watched. Bethany decided to clip her play earrings on Brad, and when I saw that he actually let her do it I grabbed my camera. We had a nice little laugh and then I rewound the DVR to catch part of the talk that we missed. He's gonna get me for posting this! :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Too simplified??

In the last few years, I have drastically simplified my life. I only do what I want to do, or what my calling asks of me for church, or what I need to do for my family. There are very few extras going on in my life. I pretty much like it that way. I have felt like my priorities are in order for the most part. However, I do miss playdates, playgroup, visiting friends, having a friend visit me. I think my life has become too simplified. But, the Lord has seen fit to change that recently. With a new calling, and projects that have all come at the same time, I'm a bit overwhelmed now. I'm out of practice at handling more than a couple big things at once. Here is my to-do list for the next week and a half:

  • Do a Primary project board that overviews what primary is all about for the missionaries' Open House on Sunday.
  • Write the Primary program by Sunday, or more likely adapt one I found online to fit our smaller primary.
  • Write, create, plan a class on priorities for our Stake Relief Society meeting/activity on Oct. 17, where I will also be going to primary leadership training.
  • Get myself organized and ready for our first presidency meeting.
  • Meet with the staff at the elementary school to discuss the volunteer coordinating I will be doing with them.

Some of that stuff is kind of intimidating. My problem is that I want everything to turn out just perfect.....and I don't know how I can get it that way, so I think about it for another day or so and then I'm behind schedule. But, I'll get it done.....somehow. :) I know we all have some weeks or months that feel especially busy.