Personal Progress

By Robyn Cardon - February 6, 2007 - 1 Comment

As a Young Womens Leader I can personally participate in the “Personal Progress” program and receive my own Young Womens Recognition Award. I’m really excited to set these goals for myself. Here are a couple I am setting for experiences….

*Write in my journal every day for 30 days in a row.
*Memorize the Young Women Motto
*Memorize the Articles of Faith

I haven’t decided what I am going to do for the projects. I only have to do 3 of them while the Young Women have to do 7. For those of you reading my blog who are not familiar with the Personal Progress program, here is what it is…..

What Is Personal Progress?
Personal Progress is a goal-setting program that helps a young woman develop a testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. A young woman can work on Personal Progress even if she is the only young woman in her ward or branch.
Personal progress gives a young woman activities to do that will help her:
Know she is a daughter of God.
Rely upon the Holy Ghost.
Develop personal religious behaviors, such as prayer, scripture study, obedience to commandments, and service.
Keep her baptismal covenants and prepare and qualify for temple covenants.
Develop talents and skills that prepare her for her future roles.
Establish a pattern of step-by-step progress through her life.
She will have a pattern of progress for her life that will bring her joy and happiness!

I am going to use these goals to help my life stay more on track. I am excited for my girls to turn 12 so they can participate in Young Womens. I did not grow up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints so I did not have that opportunity. I think it is wonderful!!

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I am not perfect…

By Robyn Cardon - January 31, 2007 - 3 Comments

This morning I woke up happy. My girls were feeling better and were going to go back to school after having 2 sick days. I said my prayers and even read part of an article from the Ensign (a monthly magazine put out by our church that has uplifting stories and articles.) I was feeling great!! I got my girls up and of course they were both complaining that they didn’t want to go to school. I wasn’t going to let it bother me. I cheerfully helped them along the way UNTIL I had to finish some reading homework with M. She just plain did not want to do it. So, I told her I would not sign it unless she did. It would make me a liar if I put that she read when she didn’t. It turned into a major struggle and I lost………. MY TEMPER!! How can this happen everytime I am trying to do the right thing?? We both ended up crying. She was crying because I raised my voice and was pretty bold with her. I was crying because I did not want this to happen. I want to be the loving mommy that my kids remember when they are older. The kind they want to be like, not the monster I was this morning! After M and I had worked everything out I was still a little upset. So I was slouched over on the couch with my head in my hands, shedding a few more tears. That is when my 8 year old daughter, Katelyn, came up to me and started rubbing my back. She said something so profound …. “Mom, it’s going to be okay. We aren’t perfect.” She understood my feelings of wanting to be the best mom and how I was so disappointed when I didn’t achieve that. I got the kids off to the bus stop and then I came home and said a prayer. I just need strength right now. I know that people think that having the baby and the toddlers is hard but honestly my challenge is with the older girls. Are they turning out okay? Do they know how much they are valued and loved? Our oldest daughter is having a little struggle at school with a certain friend. I hope she always knows that “she is a daughter of her Heavenly Father who loves us and we love him.” I want my children to have strong self worth and not feel the way I felt as a child. Sometimes it was just a hopeless feeling. Especially the older I got and the struggles I went through. I did not have the backbone of “faith”. I hope my children know how much they are loved because even when we have our struggles it is out of love.

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I am thankful for….

By Robyn Cardon - January 29, 2007 - 1 Comment

I made this page over the weekend. I can’t believe I am almost caught up with my scrapbooking. This page only took me about 15-20 minutes!!
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Isn’t he just the cutest??

By Robyn Cardon - January 29, 2007 - 2 Comments

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3 sick kids and 1 screaming baby….

By Robyn Cardon - January 28, 2007 - 3 Comments

Today I am staying home from church with 3 sick kids!! My oldest 3 all have fevers of over 101-103 and sore throats. Brayden is extra grumpy today because he was over tired last night from taking him to a Young Women activity. So here I am………….

I guess I can spill the beans now because church should be over before anyone in my ward reads this. I am getting released as Young Women’s 1st counselor today. I am being called to be a Young Women Advisor over the Beehives (12 & 13 year olds) AND the Enrichment Leader for our ward. I think that they thought this might give me a little bit of a break but honestly having both of those together will be a lot more work. I am ready for it though. I am finally back to my normal self (whatever that is) and I am getting used to having 5 kids. I was a little sad when the Bishop called me in his office to release me but I know that every calling in the church comes from the Lord and I will do whatever I am asked with a happy heart. After digesting the news I am looking forward to doing the publicity for Enrichment. I have my new little fun machine called the Cricut (pronounced Cricket) and I will be able to make really fun posters with it. I am also looking forward to making the reminder invitations. I also think it will be fun to teach the Beehives 3 Sundays a month. We have 4 new girls coming in the months of March & April, so I will have 5 girls this Spring. The only real difference between the Counselor and Advisor calling is that I am not required to go every Wednesday and to ALL the activities. I will still go to quite a few but I don’t have to. I want to stay very involved with these girls. They are my lifeline. I love them and am having such a great experience being in Young Womens. I guess you could say I am living it for myself since I never had the chance to as a girl. I am also going to be working with them on their Personal Progress and that is great because I am trying to earn my Young Womens Recognition Award, too.

I am going to use today to work on family history…. AKA scrapbooking!!! I just finished our Thanksgiving 2006 page today. I can’t believe I am almost to December of this year. It’s a great feeling. Now I can use more time journaling and writing about memories instead of just trying to get caught up. I’m also available to help anyone with their scrapbooks if they need help. It’s very easy to do!! Come over anytime!!

Well, baby B is very sad and it’s about time for his next feeding. Did I mention how sweet and cute he is???

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Future Missionary

By Robyn Cardon - January 24, 2007 - 4 Comments

I took this picture of Brayden on Sunday. I got him this cute little church outfit on clearance and he will only be able to wear it once because his neck is too big for it. It was quite a squeeze!!

In our church the boys that are 19 usually go on a mission. They save up the money or their parents pay for it. They are called anywhere in the world for 2 years. It is a great experience for them and I am looking forward to having 3 “missionaries”. It is a blessing to everyone in the family.
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