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Missing Time With the Family


I heard a brief blurb on TV the other day that mentioned that, since there are not enough childcare openings in the city, some parents are deciding to stay at home with their children.

While it is unfortunate they feel they are forced into this choice, I think they will find it is a great choice.  I used to be a stay-at-home mom and I loved it.

I miss being there to watch, guide, help, support, and have fun with my family.  Most of all, I miss all the time I had when I stayed at home!

Working full-time takes at least 10 hours out of my day (50 hours a week).  And the rest of my life must be squeezed into the remaining 14 hours a day (or 118 hours a week figuring 2 days off from work).

When you take the meals, dishes, wash, shopping, errands, appointments, and cleaning that we all have to do, there’s not much time left for everything else.  There are so many things that I just do not have time and/or energy for.

I used to be able to keep up with the house better, reach out to others more, plan better and more economical meals, work on hobbies or personal interests, even spend better quality time with my family!

And, while I hope to get back to those types of things when I retire, I find that my body may have other plans and refuse to keep up with me then!  🙂

 

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Come to the Ft. Collins Temple Open House!!


Fort Collins Colorado Temple  The Fort Collins Colorado temple is now having an open house, from August 19, 2016 through September 10, 2016!

The invitation is open to everyone!  Reserve your free tickets today at https://templeopenhouse.lds.org.

These open houses are done so that anyone who would like to may enter the House of the Lord of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Be aware of the things you feel, not only when you tour an open house, or even as you enter the temple grounds of any of the over 150 temples that dot the land throughout the entire world, but also as you view pictures or contemplate messages of and about these wondrous and sacred edifices.

Come and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  Find answers to your prayers.  Let joy and comfort bless your very soul.  🙂

10 Ways to Let Your Family Know You Love Them


Here are 10 suggestions for letting those closest to you know that you love them (and they are all free!):

  1. Smile when you see them
  2. Say, “I love you”
  3. Give them a compliment
  4. Tell them about a favorite memory you have of them
  5. Read to, or with, them
  6. Do one of their chores for them – extra points for doing it anonymously or with a good attitude!
  7. Listen to, and engage with, them when they talk to you
  8. When they tell you something hard to listen to, don’t overreact
  9. Go for a walk together and point out interesting things you see along the way
  10. Pray for them, in your personal prayers and in your family prayers

Hidden Blessings From God


I was washing my kitchen floor last night, contemplating a myriad of things.  I thought about the time that I call “the worst 2 years of my life” and inspiration hit me, “and hidden blessings”.

I’d been a homemaker for several years, and then we decided I had to go to work.  It was difficult as that meant every time someone had to go to the doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc. one of us had to take time off work to take care of it – i.e. “the worst time of my life”.   A couple years later beloved hubby became the house-husband.

By looking back and to the present, I realized some of the “hidden blessings” that Heavenly Father sent:

  • Beloved hubby was there for all the appointments, errands, and calls that had to be made during “normal business hours”.
  • Since he couldn’t sleep for the pain he was experiencing, he was up as our teenagers came home late from work, dates, or being out with friends.
  • When his father moved in, he was home to spend time with him and take him to all the appointments, errands, etc. that needed to be done.
  • I learned new things, increased my skills and abilities, and made new friends.
  • And now I am learning things that I should have known before but I wasn’t able to fully experience for a long time.

I’m also getting time for myself again, to start catching up on a little of all that had to be laid aside for a time.  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

In other words, Hidden Blessings.  🙂

Discerning Right From Wrong


With all the choices available to us, can we always tell the right from the wrong?  Sometimes it seems it is a very thin line between the two, and often the line seems rather blurred.

But to be truly happy, and safe from wrong influences, we want to avoid temptation and stay on God’s side.

In the Sunday School lesson yesterday was an example that I think can really help us clarify do that.

It is set up as a demonstration during a family discussion:

“Have a family member stand in the center of the room. Explain that in this demonstration, the area to the right of that person represents all the good things that can be done in life. The area to the farthest right represents the very best things that can be done. The area to the left of the person represents all the wrong things that can be done in life. The area to the farthest left represents the very worst things that can be done.

“Explain that Elder Richard G. Scott presented a similar object lesson. Then he observed: ‘In the middle, it is difficult to discern what is right and what is wrong. This middle area is where Satan works with righteous people. … It is easy to become confused here. Live well within the wonderful area of good the Lord has defined, and you won’t have any problems with temptation. If you are not sure whether something is appropriate to look at, to listen to, to think about, or to do, then avoid it. You could be headed for one of Satan’s traps’ (“Do What Is Right,” Ensign, June 1997, 53–54).”

See?  This helps simplify the process.  I love this!

When we choose to stay on the Lord’s side, Satan has no power over us.  His temptations don’t tempt us.  And we feel better inside, not all stressed, fearful, and doubtful.

The more we do it, the more we learn to discern right from wrong, and the happier we will be.  🙂

Relief Society’s Ward Birthday Dinner


This week we had the ward (congregation) Relief Society birthday dinner.  It was a lot of fun!

The Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded on March 17, 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  The purpose of Relief Society is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life.  That is accomplished as sisters (women in the Church) increase faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes as they make and keep sacred covenants, and offer relief to those in need, working in unity with priesthood holders.

It was a delightful evening.  Dinner was a waffle bar – with freshly made waffles and a large variety of toppings to choose from.  Personally I love to have breakfast for dinner.  There were assorted fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and bananas, yogurt, as well as chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, jams, whipped cream, sausage, and bacon.  It was delicious!

After dinner the fun really started.  We played “speed getting-to-know-you” where half the sisters sat in one row and the other half in a second row facing the first row.  Our leader had come up with 10 questions per person in the first row, and every person had different questions!  I believe she had about 200 different questions prepared to help us get to know each other a little better.

Row two had a minute and a half with each person in row one to pick a question between 1 and 10, hear that question, talk about it, and have that sister tell about herself in response to the same question.  We then moved over to the seat on our left and visited with the next sister.  So each of us talked with half the sisters there.

A sample of some of the questions are:

  • Would you rather eat your favorite meal for every meal for the rest of your life, or never for the rest of your life?
  • Do you like flying in an airplane, and why?
  • What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
  • What would you like to do before you die?

It was great discussing things that you’d never think to ask in normal conversation, and quite interesting to see some of the tangents the answers lead to, like:

  • All the food in Germany was wonderful!
  • I want to serve another mission for the Church before I die.
  • Why I dislike flying.
  • Records we listened to in our youth.

I suggested to a couple people that they ought to pass this activity on to our Young Men/Young Women program.  I think they’d have a blast with it!

It was such a nice evening.  I got to know several more people than I’d met before, and you find the greatest women in the Church.  They have real issues with health, family, jobs, and other things, but they stand fast for the truth, know that Heavenly Father loves them, and strive to help, love, and support each other and the world around them.  They make you feel good when you are with them, and I am always smiling as I leave their presence because it is such an encouraging and joyful experience!  🙂

Primary Program Time Again


Today was our Primary Program in Sacrament meeting.

I am still their pianist, a calling that I love!  I love working with the children, feeling their special and tender feelings for Jesus Christ and for Heavenly Father.  They love the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and they love each other and coming to church.

They also love singing.  This group has learned a few songs that have 2 parts or that have a descant (a part that is higher than the regular song).  They love doing this so much that although it is a smaller group than we’ve had for a few years, their singing was strong and clear!  Several people commented on it and on how much they enjoyed hearing it.  (And remember, this is the regular Primary children, not a special choir or group of the children.)

The Primary Program is one of, if not the best programs of the entire year.  And today’s program was truly inspirational.  The children behaved reverently during the whole thing, every one of them spoke clearly enough to be heard – even the youngest ones – and they truly helped us feel the Spirit of God in that meeting.

These children know who they are, they know where they come from, and they know where they are going.  They want to choose the right and feel the closeness of God in their lives.  They love their families, they are not perfect, but they know what to do when they do something wrong.  They are learning to stand for the right, to try to follow Jesus Christ’s example, and to strengthen their faith and their families.

That is what Primary helps children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do.  And it is the same, exact thing all over the world!  🙂