In the church meeting we attended that day, a fellow spoke who had just returned from an LDS mission to Sweden, where he and his wife attended a conference in Denmark and saw the orginal Christus statue (pictured above) by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
I looked at the Christus that day with new eyes. Doug sat with the boys and we listened to the message. The Savior’s words to us. I love those words. Loved playing them for visitors when I was on a mission. I watched all three of my boys there together – teaching and being taught.
The rest of the days we played. Snow Canyon is one of our favorite hiking spots. Unfortunately, I forgot my good camera. This is the second family trip we’ve taken and I’ve forgotten my camera! I also forgot my toothbrush, mouthwash, belt, and running bra. But I packed all the kids without forgetting a thing! I think it’s official. I need a checklist.
So… all these photos are iPhone photos. Thank goodness for iPhones.
I had some dreamy idea of gathering everyone together for a family photo. But Sam didn’t want in. She was pouting.
I wish I had time to write something more helpful. The first week back to school was all systems go, all day long. As always, there is so much I want to explore with words. So much I want to write about, express, understand better as I tap, tap away.But life is what it is now. And I can’t function on four hours of sleep. Although sometimes (crazy me) I try.I haven’t considered resolutions for the year. Our next family meeting we’re planning to talk resolutions with the kids. Right now, I’m just trying to focus on the basics. The formula I believe makes for a happy, connected life. A life connected to those we love and to God.
Pray. Morning and night. Enumerate blessings, recognize His hand, express all concerns, place hopes and requests at his feet.
Read the Word Daily. We have made a revolutionary decision as a family. (Doug is leading out on this one.) We’re getting the girls up every morning at 7AM for family scripture reading. (We let the boys sleep.) Doug literally scoops them out of bed and carries them in his arms to the couch. They snuggle into their blankets, whine a bit, but when asked to read aloud, they will. Even if it’s a mumble. Then we kneel in family prayer. It isn’t rushed. The morning goes so much smoother. And already, two weeks in, we are experiencing an improved spirit in our home.
As for my personal study, I’m still scribbling into my study journal, recording impressions, making my way again through the Book of Mormon, and beginning a study of Acts – Revelation. I believe partaking daily of God’s word gives us much-needed perspective, discipline, and insight that we simply can’t afford to live without. It helps us see things as they really are. It isn’t so much what we read, but the spirit that comes into our lives when we do.
Love Purely. Also Doug’s idea to work on loving each other better in our home. We’ve asked each child to do one kind thing for someone else in the family every day. So far, not so good. But we have over 11 months to make it a habit! And as I examine my own heart, I see how important it is to be conscious of our intent, our reason for doing things. If we consider the mind and heart of God and our loyalty to him – if being loyal to God is our motive – in contrast to being loyal to a person, a commitment, or a group of persons – we will always make the right choice.
Coming soon, our favorite children’s books from 2013. And New Zealand photos. Happy 2014 y’all! I’m wishing you every good thing. xo