For the past 4 or 5 days I have been super moody and snappy with everyone in my family. I have noticed that it really has effected the mood in our home. How can the Spirit dwell here when there is so much contention? Last night I was pretty bad and had just about had it with my 6 year old “M”. She seems to be at a challenging age and is JUST like me. I finally got them to settle down in their beds and after about an hour I just felt really guilty. I decided to go in the girl’s room and just snuggle with both of them, even if they were asleep. Well, I went in there and “M” was wide awake sitting up in bed. I asked her what was wrong and she said that she was just thinking about how she never wanted to go to the ocean again. I asked her why and she said because of sharks. For some reason she was having scary thoughts and couldn’t get to sleep. I layed down beside her and told her this story that I just made up from the top of my head. Here is how it went……..
Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl who had a mom who would give her anything that she wanted except one thing…… CHOCOLATE. The little girl came up to her mom one day and said “Mom, can I have a chocolate chip cookie?” The mom answered “I’m sorry honey but I don’t want to give you chocolate but I will take you to Target in the morning and you can get that $250 horse that you want that you can sit on and it looks like it is real.” The little girl said, “Okay, I guess that sounds fine.” So the next day she got her pony and was sitting in her room playing with it but something was missing. So she went up to her mom and said “Thanks so much for my new pony but I would really like a chocolate chip cookie”. The mom just looked at her and said “How about if we go to the store and get you a Barbie Playhouse that you can really play inside of with a matching bed and a pink lamp?” The little girl said “that sounds nice”. So that night she sat in her new playhouse but was still not as happy as she could be. The next morning she went up to her mom and said, “Mom, thanks so much for my new Barbie Playhouse, it’s really nice but I really, really want a chocolate chip cookie.” Her mom said “Here is $50, let’s go get you some new Polly Pockets and Littlest Pet Shops”. The little girl took the money and said “Okay”. Later that night she sat in her playhouse playing with all her new toys and she thought that something was missing. She went up to her mom and said “Mom, can I just have a chocolate chip cookie??” The mom answered, “Well, if you are willing to take back all the toys that we bought to the store I guess I can make you a batch of cookies & milk, while we sit and snuggle and talk on the couch.” The little girl thought for a second and said “Yes, that is what I want”. So they took back all those great toys that cost sooooo much money and they sat on the couch snuggling and eating chocolate chip cookies. The little girl looked up at her mom and said “I guess money could buy us anything in the world but that could never replace what a chocolate cookie & time with you give me…………… LOVE”.
My daughter LOVED that story and I had to repeat it tonight to my 8 year old, who said she would have rather have kept all the toys instead of the cookie. I was promted to tell that story to her and I realized why later. Our life gets so wrapped up in the material things of the world that it seems like it would be easier just to buy our children’s happiness when all they really want is our love and attention. I guess it was a guilt-promoted story. “M” just really needs more hugs than anything else. It melts away her anger and sassiness.Click to Comment
I was just reading the blog of a friend of mine (hi Jill) when I realized that I need to share my conversion story on my blog. I have been so blessed by having the gospel in my life that I would be ungrateful if I didn’t share it with everyone who takes the time to read this.
My story starts when I was just 22. I had about the worst year of my life when I was 21 that I was ready for some change in it. My dad died of alcholism, I joined the Air Force and got medically discharged, and some other personal problems that I will not go into. I decided to just take a break from all of it and move to Utah to live with my sister, Christy, and her family. I got a job working at a 7-11 and was just sort of hanging out in a limbo in life. Not really any direction to go. I worked with a girl who was just about to get married and she was the happiest, sweetest thing you could ever meet. The funny thing now is that I can’t even remember her name and I’m not even sure if she knows that I was baptized. One day I was working with her and she was just smiling away so I asked her why she was so happy. She told me it was because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I continued to ask her more and more questions. When I got home that day I was really confused so I asked my sister, who was an inactive member of the church at the time, to have the missionaries come over so I could talk to them. The first discussion went really well but I was still very confused. After the second discussion the missionaries asked me to read a passage from the Book of Mormon which was Moroni 10:3-5. Then they asked me to pray about it and ask if what I was reading was true. Later that night I was home alone so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to read from that book. I read what they asked and then quietly kneeled and prayed if it was true. It was amazing because a warm sensation came throughout my body and I knew that was I had just read was true. I couldn’t believe it. One thing that I want to add is that the only way to know if the Book of Mormon is true is to read about it and then ask for yourself. Noone forced me to do anything I was not willing to do and I came to my own conclusion.
The next discussion was my 3rd and the missionaries asked if I was ready to be baptized. I told them no and didn’t say anything else. I finally committed to being baptized after my next discussion and have never looked back since. My life was not easy before I was baptized but I knew I was taking the right step in my life. Before I joined I never really knew what the purpose of life was. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has answered all of my questions. I hope you all enjoyed my conversion story. I do know, without a doubt in my heart, that this church is true. I have received so many blessing by being a member. I have found my true love, who I am sealed to forever in the temple, and I have felt the spirit so many times. The Lord has led us all over the country as we have prayerfully made decisions about where we need to go for school and such. I have made the best friends but the most wonderful part about it is that wherever we live I know that I am going to have an instant family at church! The lessons are the same, the callings are the same, and everyone serves for one general purpose…. to build up the Kingdom of God on Earth.Click to Comment
Here I am with only 3 weeks and 5 days to go and I am starting to have second thoughts about having a c-section. My last three were very successful vbacs. I was reading some information last night on c-sections and I didn’t know that I couldn’t pick up anything besides the baby for the first 6 weeks. How am I going to manage my family?? Bryan will only be home for the first week after I get home from the hospital and then I will be completely on my own. Now that the time is getting closer I feel the need to dig deep in prayer and thought and figure out what exactly would be the best thing to do. I could always just attempt another vbac and then if it isn’t successful go ahead and have the c-section. The reason why we decided a c-section this time is that it just felt right. “B” prayed about it and also came to that conclusion. I haven’t received a direct answer yet but I have not really asked that question. I guess I am just really scared. I am going to be a mom of 5 children. How can I expect to do all that I am required to do if I am recovering from major surgery?? It’s probably just because the time is getting so close that all my fears are setting in. Is it normal to be scared to have my 5th child?? I’ve never been this nervous before any birth besides my first. Yesterday was just an emotional day as I was thinking about all of this.Click to Comment
I am trying to think of something to write because so many things have happened but my mind is a blank. I have 4 weeks to go until I deliver our new baby boy. Today I folded and put away all the baby clothes. They are all organized in their rightful containers and look so perfect. I have everything ready for when he arrives. I have the diapers, wipes, nursing pads, rubbing alcohol, nose thingy, etc. The only thing I will need when the baby gets here is food. It’s funny because we just got a brand new freezer and it has about a week’s worth of dinners for us but I am not motivated to fill it more. I was yesterday but today has just felt overwhelming.
Tonight I was just having an emotional moment where I was crying for no reason (hormones). My little 4 year old “A” came up to me and just started rubbing my back saying “I love you mommy. You are the bestest mommy in the entire world. I like the cards you make. We just HAVE to have cards, you know”. Well, after that I couldn’t even cry, I just had to smile. He is going to make the best husband some day. He might drive me batty during the day because he has soo much energy but it is times like these that I know he has his sweet side, too. I am so grateful for my family. It’s just so hard being pregnant in the last phase. I just look around my house and see so many projects that I want to do but I know that I “can’t” do them. It’s so hard for me to get on all fours to pick up stuff so I just have to let it sit there which drives me crazy. I know in the end it is not going to matter. I also hear women with grown children say how they miss the mess. I guess I can’t really see that yet because the kids leave messes EVERYWHERE!!
For Young Womens tonight the Miamaids & Beehives did a Yoga tape. I made smoothies for everyone which was a HUGE success. I made enough so we could also share with the Young Men and other leaders. I am so glad that all my batches turned out good. Sometimes they don’t work out as well.Click to Comment