Friday, September 25, 2015

Living Country

As I get older moving is not as easy as it used it to be. I really don't care much about the square footage of my house or the aesthetics (ok, I do care a little bit about how my house feels) of our  home as much as the relationships we have built while living in our home. When we first moved to this house we thought we would not have to move again. Little did we know we would fall in love with our  new neighbors and ward. I think what makes it harder now is that we have made our network of friends even larger,our children now have more friends and we have had some incredible teachers be part of our children's lives. Moving is hard both emotionally and physically. Our new adventure will take us a little farther away both from family and beloved friends but I think in the long run this will be a good move for our family. I clearly remember having to fight for this house we live in now, I had to haunt down the realtor who had to put this house on the market, it was a great reward to finally get this house.  Now we are leaving hoping we made a good difference in some peoples lives while we lived here. I know that while I have lived in this house I have learned and grown a lot. My hope is that I can continue to grow and learn more as we move to the next phase in our lives in our new place. I hope my children can also learn, grow, and make a difference if its only for one person. I have no doubt that we are placed in difference places in our lives because we have work to do for the Lord. I can't wait to see what kind of work lies ahead of us. Good by 1101 Spring Breeze Cove.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

History Lesson Fail!

Parenting has definitely been one of those great adventures I have had in my life. There have been many rewarding experiences and some minor heartaches. I have loved seeing my children grow. Recently we have been reading stories of the Old Testament. We do our reading just before we go to bed, I love to see how all of my boys sit at the edge of the bed to see what happens next. We have learned together a lot from these great stories, but the truth is that I have learned more. I don't remember ever knowing who half the people in the scriptures were much less the lessons one can take from these stories. Anyhow, we started to read this summer a short chapter book, then another, and then I thought why not the scriptures. I wanted to learn as much as they did. So we embarked on that train and now we are almost done with the Old Testament and on to the New Testament. My idea of reading was to do something together as a family, well, it has been a great experience and a great night routine as well. I have tried to teach my children life lesson from books we read, at family home evening, and from the scriptures, but I don't think any of these will ever take the place of a real life experience. This summer we read Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Big Bad Iron Clad, based on the Civil War, and my oldest son wanted to know why there were slavery and how slavery was abolished. I gave him a little history lesson on that and then we got on talking about how having the opportunity to choose is  having freedom. He then asked if the slaves were angry for being mistreated. I told him that  that forgiveness is not always easy for everyone and that some may be upset about the past even though it didn't happen to them. My explanation was immediately misunderstood and he said I told him that the modern day African Americans were trying to get even. Not what I meant at all! So this week at his Cub Scout den meeting they were talking about freedom and  he told his den that I said that modern African Americans were trying to get revenge for their slave ancestors. Talk about the biggest parenting lesson fail! We had to go over this subject again this morning and   I had to explain  to him that people will make choices, and they can choose to be angry over something that happened long ago, or they can move forward, but ultimately, people can choose and that is what matters. I hope next den meeting goes a little better!! I sometimes forget that my children are growing and hear everything one says, so as a parent I have to be very careful what I say and how I say it, then make sure they don't misunderstand what I said. 

"The moral of Pete's story is: No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song....because its all good."-Eric Litwin

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Everything I Needed to Learn I Learned In Nursery

About a year ago I was officially called to be the Jr. Nursery Leader, I volunteered there long enough through my last pregnancy and through my baby's first year that I think they figured I was a perfect fit for the nursery. Some people may feel like I got demoted after serving almost 3 years in the Stake Relief Society Presidency, but the truth was that I got the best promotion. Initially, I have to admit that I had alterior motives for serving in nursery (my 3rd son was in there), my reason for serving change quite a bit by the end. While at first I focused on my child by the end I could not go to bed without planning my lesson for 28 little ones. 

I learned that to be a good nursery leader we have to teach our little ones in tiny doses. These little ones are watching and how we behave and our attitudes will reflect on 
I learned that children don't judge
I have learned that children love consistency. Children need reassurance. At one of our Primary trainings one of our Primary leaders mentioned that she was so thankful for the leaders who prepared and planned for their class because she felt that when she could not teach her children they would be able to gain some gospel knowledge from those prepared and consistent teachers. Nursery is a great place to learn how the Savior loves us.