Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me



On Saturday this handsome kid had a date with a super nice girl to the Sadie Hawkins dance.


This was our first time meeting her and we were so glad, once again, for the good friends that he has chosen to surround himself with.  When kids get older they of course spend more and more time away from Mom and Dad.  We are required to trust that they'll make good decisions and that we've taught them correct principles.  The rest, truly, is up to them.  In the moment of decision Mom is rarely standing there.


During our family prayer on Saturday night Strider was voice.  He prayed for Potter because he was away from home, and then went on to ask that he'd have the spirit with him to make good choices while he was out.

Potter came home about an hour sooner than I expected him.  He told me that after the dance they'd gone to the home of someone else in their group and a movie was started.  He immediately felt uncomfortable and went out into another room with a couple other guys, also realizing his date was hiding out in the bathroom to escape the movie as well.   A prompt decision was made to excuse themselves and call it a night.

I am thankful for all parts of this story.  For Strider's timely request, for Heavenly Father watching over 16 yr old tender youth, for Potter and CL living worthy of the promptings of the Spirit.  I was reminded of how the Lord hears each word that ascends up toward heaven.

How blessed we are to be watched and known by Him! Find a moment today and thank Him - I will.





In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread
Day 7 - End table vignette
Day 8 - Letting go
Day 9 - Repurpose





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rethink and repurpose



We love to use the food that I can, like fruit and jam, etc.  But I hate dealing with the jar once it's been opened.  I read that the top of parmesan cheese containers fit canning jars, so I tried it last week when we finished off some cheese.

Presto!  Easy lid to the grape jam.  My kids are confused by it, but I think it's brilliant!  What can you find a moment to rethink or repurpose today?




In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread
Day 7 - End table vignette
Day 8 - Letting go

Friday, October 10, 2014

Letting go



This post has taken me a long time to write.  I'm dealing with some physical limitations right now, and it's causing me to feel rather low.  Even in the writing, deleting, adding, editing I've learned and healed.  And that's good.

See, I'm realizing that a lot of my self confidence stems from my to-do list, or rather, I measure my value and worth far too often by my level of productivity.  




So what happens when you're laid flat, unable to help, serve, lead, DO, in the normal way?  What then?

I'm one who isn't happy till the messes are cleaned up.  I'm the not-fun mom who makes you clean before play.  Who can't think straight in any conversation when there is a ton of clutter or stuff that should have been taken care of but hasn't yet. 

Lest ye think I live in a uber clean home, think again.  



I most certainly do not.  But I'm bothered by stupid little things all the time.




I spent a few days of this ordeal in utter denial about what I was up against.  Then two days having a breakdown (tantrum) because of all I couldn't do.  Because of how inconvenient it was right now to have a health setback.  Because of all the blessings I wasn't getting. 




I am a brat.  I have no right to be so short-sighted, so ungrateful.  I have been surrounded with love and support.  I still have thousands of other blessings.  I must learn to regroup, to focus on the essential instead of overwhelming myself with all the rest that I used to consider 'normal'.  

As I cried in the doctor's office and told him I was a busy mom who didn't have time for this, he gave me the oxygen analogy and reminded me how I need to take care of me - so I have something to offer my family.  Heavenly Father is surely weary of me already.  But I try to ask for understanding.  




Who am I without a to-do list and a full planner?  Who is the woman that remains when those trivial pieces of mortality are removed?

I know that:

I can still love my children even if I'm lying on the couch and their dad is the one waking them all up and getting ready for the day.

I can still care for them even if my friend is the one taking my daughter to school.

I can still want them to eat well even if the RS pres is the one bringing us dinner.

I can still have a testimony even if I have to play the voice recording to listen to my scripture study instead of reading the book since my head is buried face down in a pillow.

I can still ask my kids about their day and offer help and advice if I'm in bed or otherwise in a submissive posture.

My heart still is with RS even if I can't focus long enough to pick up the phone and call the sisters I'm supposed to be caring for.

...and so on.



I could go on and on about my realizations this week.  I hate that I'm hurting and not myself.  I know I can get better.  I know that it will most likely take more patience than I have right now, but I'm trying.  I don't want to be so prideful.  I just want to feel normal, and until I do I'll be humble and teachable.  




Because of my Savior I don't have to be perfect but I can learn in every circumstance.  I'll keep going.  We'll always do the essential stuff and if that's all that gets done, it's ok and I have to be okay with it.
My husband might have a heavier load for a small while but we can do this.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Inspiring quotes + end table vignette








I found another quote to use from my stash ripped from church magazines.



This one is a great reminder and just happens to have a lovely golden fall color, so it's perfect with the baby pumpkins.







Join me all month long while I find moments every day.  
Moments to connect, moments to improve, moments to live.

In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Handstands











This girl rocks.  She is a prefectionist, which, sadly, she gets from me.  But it's really awesome to see her try and try and try to get better at things. The other day I was trying to blog and edit pics and she called "Mom, watch!" so many times that I just stopped working all together and gave her my full attention. I should have found the moment sooner.  She's a joy to watch.


And pleased as punch when she finally reaches her goals.  

Try, try again, fall, get up, try again, and again.

I can learn so much from my little Rosebud.







Join me all month long while I find moments every day.  
Moments to connect, moments to improve, moments to live.

In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride
Day 4 - Listen; He'll speak
Day 5 - Powerful words
Day 6 - Zucchini bread

Monday, October 6, 2014

Zucchini bread






I'm working on using the last of the garden produce this week. 





 Shredded zucchini is filled with possibilities, no?  I love zucc season.




I want to share my favorite bread recipe to use it up.  See, if I find a moment to plan a snack for when the kids get home, the "witching hour" of 3-5 pm goes much more smoothly.  Moments of pre-thought bring me sanity.





Zucchini Bread (originally printed in Simply Delicious Magazine, July/Aug 2006

3 cups flour (I use 1 c whole wheat and 2 c white)
2 cups sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking pwdr
2 eggs
1 cup oil
3 tsp vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
choc chips or raisins if desired (I don't add them)

Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.  In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients and stir just till combined.  Add zucchini and mix gently.  If it seems to dry to mix, wait for several minutes till some of the moisture is drawn out of the zucchini.
Bake in 2 regular or 4 mini loaf pans  at 325 degrees for 50-60 min. Cool before removing from pans.  Share with hungry people. 




I've tried several recipes for this and I like this best.  It has a denser crumb and I like the texture that results from adding the sugar with the dry ingredients instead of with the oil.

It's well received around here.  Maybe at your house too.




Join me all month long while I find moments every day.  
Moments to connect, moments to improve, moments to live.

In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days
Day 2 - Inspiring quotes + bath update
Day 3 - Purple Pride


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Powerful words



Finding moments to let words sink into my heart.  Particularly these.






D Todd Christofferson.










Watch with me HERE





Saturday, October 4, 2014

Listen; He'll speak





I'm finding moments this weekend to hear a living prophet of God speak to me.  I invite you to listen too.




Friday, October 3, 2014

Purple pride






This kid has had a great season so far.  What a joy it has been to attend the games!  
To sit in the high school bleachers and watch my son.  I love him, and I love football. 
Suiting up after a 100+ of hours of practice is one of life's great rewards, and he is loving being able to play.


Imagine what I felt like yesterday when the announcer said his name over the loudspeaker for the first time.  He's a 2nd string Defensive Tackle. 3rd string Offensive Guard. But he had a great game and was recognized for making a key offensive block.  I was so proud of him!


I found a moment to be grateful, once again, for the chance I have to parent him. 
On and off the field he is a great example of hard work and responsibility paying off. 













All game I waited to ask how it felt for him to hear his name announced.  I was desperately trying to find a moment to share in his glory. Want to know what's awesome?  

He didn't hear it at all.  He gave me a humbly surprised smile when I told him.  

I love him. 





Join me all month long while I find moments every day.  
Moments to connect, moments to improve, moments to live.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inspiring quotes + bath update




I was looking for some church pictures to make a game for Miss Rosebud for LDS General Conference. As I thumbed through old Ensigns and New Eras it dawned on me how many resources are provided for me to use in my home that I fail to take advantage of.  There are free posters, quotes, scripture cards, etc that come to me every month.  So, I decided I had found a moment to add meaning to a spot in our home. 


I dug through a year's worth of magazines and found great art.  Some I will display.  Others I will use for lessons to teach my kids. 




I found a bin of frames from our old house and found one that matched the bathroom mirror.





No cost for this.  Just 10 minutes of my time.  



Flowing? In a Bathroom?  Metaphors abound.   







A few weeks ago I updated our shower curtain and towels.  When I saw how well this quote coordinated with it I was sure this was the one to include on this wall seen by my family often.
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I think when we see/read something often enough it can become part of us. I'm glad I found a moment to display these inspirational words.




There's still a few more things to do in here, but for now it's awesome.






Join me all month long while I find moments every day.  
Moments to connect, moments to improve, moments to live.


In case you missed it:
Day 1 - introducing 31 days