Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The E is for the East where the star shone so bright;
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night.
The 3 is the for Wisemen bearing gifts; with haste they came.
W is for worship; Angels sang praise to His name.
So as you eat these candies Or share them with a friend,
Remember the true meaning of Christmas
And never let it end!
This poem could be attached to a snack packet of M&M's, or a handful in a cellophane bag with ribbon... Great for neighbor gifts, friends, teachers or youth groups. I love finding simple ways to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Our 10-year old son has been anxiously awaiting the new Harry Potter 7 movie. He has read all the books, seen all the previous movies, and so my husband had set a Father-Son date to go see the matinee today. However, something unusual happened-- Josh quietly pulled the Mister and me aside an hour before they were supposed to leave, and said, "Mom and Dad, I feel the Holy Ghost telling me I shouldn't go see that movie."
What do you say to that?
Nonetheless, I am so grateful this stellar little boy is learning how to feel and recognize promptings of the Spirit. Now if I could get him to be more reverent in church...and sing in primary sharing time...
Friday, November 19, 2010
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#19: I'm grateful for all my 35 violin students who sacrifice to come between 5:30 - 7:30 a.m. for lessons and 1:30 - 3:15. I feel extremely blessed to be able to do something I'm passionate about, from home, either while my children sleep or are at school... and get paid to do it. It has blessed my life in so many ways. Tender mercies.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tonight we had tithing settlement. Bishop said we were the very first family for tithing settlement in our ward for 2010. I appreciated his patience as all four of our children toddled in with their Tithing Piggy Banks full of loose change. And for his patience as Caleb and Lizzie inserted 'urgent' comments intermittingly. Such as ~ Lizzie whispers in my ear, "I need to tell Bishop something..." "Bishop," Lizzie says, "Don't say bad words."
Caleb raises his hand and waits for the Bishop to 'call on him' and says, "I know President Monson is important."
Caleb raises his hand again and asks, "How do you get our money to Jesus? I bet he already knows I did a lemonade stand to get it."
As I asked the Bishop (this humble, meek, capable leader we've loved and sustained now for almost 5 years) if he was relieved this would be his last season of conducting tithing settlements. It was a sweet moment. I won't share publicly his reaction and counsel, but it spoke volumes to my testimony.
Gratitude #17, Part 2:
One of my students called up with 6 extra tickets to the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Center's production of "Willy Wonka" and we took our little family. It was amazing. Polished, exciting, musical perfection, from the orchestra pit to the chocolate river... how grateful I am to be able to raise our family in a community where the arts are alive, despite the economic downturn. It is really special, given the small size of this city. We get a taste of culture here-- the Youth Symphony, Idaho FAlls Symphony, Teton Chamber Orchestra, two art museums and the Idaho Museum which takes in major displays (right now we welcome the DaVinci Display). I love it. Love Idaho Falls!
p.s. I'm grateful also for the willingness my children get their church clothes on to attend tithing settlement. The Mister always asks us to do this, as it is in essence, an accounting before the Lord. I love that the children don't complain as we button white shirts and buckle black patent leather shoes, even on a school night. (Although Emma had her t-shirt on under her denim dress...and Caleb had a batman nightshirt on underneath his white shirt. And just don't ask about Lizzie's pink ruffled swimming suit and how it fit into the equation. Some secrets a girl's got a right to keep.)
Now if only I had won the Golden Ticket at intermission... a case of Farr's candy! Mmmm.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Also, today I spent 4 1/2 hours working at the LDS Cannery here in Idaho Falls. As difficult and long as today's shift was, I marvel at how inspired the program truly is. I'm grateful I got to work on my family's food storage while serving the hands that hang down...
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I'm so grateful for this pleasant, beautiful 60-degree weather with no wind.
I'm also thankful the Mister arranged for us to have a picnic down on the pier--just the two of us.
I'm thankful our neighbors invited us out to pizza tonight.