Monday, February 11, 2008

Pouch



My good crafting buddy Ellen taught me how to make this pouch at our little sewing group at church last month. It was pretty easy to make and I think it turned out pretty cute. I was proud of myself for putting in a zipper! The instructions are from the "Bend the Rules Sewing" book by Amy Karol. Last Thursday she showed us a different pouch design- it's pouch mania! I don't have much hands free time right now but when I do I plan to make a bunch more pouches!
I'm off to Arizona tomorrow, hopefully for some warm, sunny weather. See you in a few weeks!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Testimony




Just a week or so before Christmas, my 8-year-old had a little devotional meeting with his cub scout group at church. Each boy was asked to give a short testimony about their feelings about Jesus Christ. In case you can't read it, here is what his paper says:

"I am happy to know that I can live again. I know that Jesus made this possible. If Jesus hadn't wanted to be Savior, then death would be the last step. This is only one reason I remember Jesus near Christmas time. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

He wrote this all on his own without any help from me. Sometimes as a parent you wonder if you're actually getting through with the things you are trying to teach your kids, or if it's sinking in at all. Times like these are nice because I can feel like, ok, yes, some of it is registering! I know I'm not doing my job perfectly, but at least I'm succeeding a little. Of course I give huge credit to all of their teachers and leaders too. He has awesome Primary teachers and scout leaders, all of my kids do. We couldn't do it without all the dedication of great people at church. These pictures are some drawings he did when he was asked to provide the picture for the Sacrament Meeting program at church a couple of weeks before Christmas. Don't you just love his sheep?! I just love this boy.

Monday, February 04, 2008

A Great Man

This has been a bittersweet week in our household with the passing of our beloved prophet and President of our Church, Gordon B. Hinkley. He has been a part of our lives for so long and it is hard to see him go. We know he has lived a good life and is now reunited with loved ones but we know that we will miss him a lot too. I loved President Hinkley for many reasons. I loved that he was so positive, even when giving counsel. You never felt like you were being chastised, just encouraged. I always came away from one of his talks feeling like he had just told me, you're doing really well, now just do a little better! I loved his humor and energy. I loved that he spoke to the whole world, and felt it was important to give help and assistance, and inspiration to people of all faiths, not just his. It was amazing, although not surprising that he would talk on topics and declare truths earlier, then we would see how relevent they were after his words. He was a true prophet. This last week in thinking about his life and all that he has done, traveling, speaking, writing, always working and dedicating all of his time, energy to the Lord and His church, I feel inspired by him. If he can do all of that, surely I can do better at my comparitively tiny part! I can work harder in my calling and help my family to be more diligent in living the gospel.
We attended the broadcast of the funeral in our chapel on Saturday. I'm so glad that we went and could feel that we were saying a proper goodbye and thank you to this great man. The spirit was very strong in the room. I'm glad my children were there to feel it. I told them that they needed to pay attention and listen carefully because it is not every day that they get to attend the funeral of a man who was a prophet of God. They may not (hopefully) have a lot of chances to do so. It was very emotional to stand as a group as the casket was brought in and out, it made us feel like we were really there and true participants. It was touching to see people standing in the streets waving white handkerchiefs as the hearse passed by. Even though he was a great man, he was so humble and would never have said so himself. We loved listening to the funny stories about him. Tonight we're going to write in our journals about our impressions of it, and what we learned from President Hinkley's life of dedicated service. Even though we have shed tears for him because we loved and admired him so much, I think the best way to honor him is to try to do a little better, to "Stand a little taller" as he would say. In our family, we are going to have Family Home Evening lessons on his "Way to Be!" book and read from and discuss one of his "Be's," like be grateful, be smart, be clean, be prayerful, be involved, be still, each week. He is a great example of how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ and I plan to celebrate his life by trying harder to follow that example!