Monday

Perfect Moments

They are so rare! I am the biggest whiner I know and I can definitely be a debbie downer if I'm not careful. I don't mean to be that way, I just tend to see what could be better. Some people get really bogged down by that so I try to bite my tongue on occasion. But it's nice when I don't even have to try. Like this one time Mr Smith treated Lexi and I to lunch.

We found a nifty boutique and antique mall up the way (I got that rocker that I plan on painting white for 50% off, so $15, exactly what I was hoping for), experienced the best teriyaki chicken I've ever had at Nara's & took a stroll along a beautiful little park right next to Mr Smith's office. We even ran into some friends when we stopped by Aldi on the way home (Lenior has an Aldi too so we killed two birds with one trip)




What other perfect moments do I remember? I definitely need to make sure I write them all down. What a fun list to go back to!

Perhaps when I realized this cookbook from my MIL has it all and that I finally made the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies. Seriously the dough and the cookies the following day were delicious. Also, the moment when Alexis kept giggling for a solid 5 minutes over this cat that let her love her.



And then finding old memories like a notebook page of Mr Smith's texts during our engagement.
These are the moments of perfection.

Date Night

I'm trying to play catch up before our FL trip completely forgets about adorable moments like this one time when we had Asher come play while the rest of his family went skating. I was so excited for Lexi to have a playmate. She has always done well with other kids. She shares. She hugs. She acts like they are immediately her bff. You can't get much more adorable than the following . . .

 


Ordinances & Covenants

The Sunday lesson for this month is Ordinances & Covenants. I combined the lesson into what, how & why:

What?

An ordinance is a sacred, formal act that has spiritual meaning.  Some ordinances are essential to our exaltation, called saving ordinances, which are baptism, confirmation, Melchizedek Priesthood, temple endowment & temple sealing.

 As part of each saving ordinance, the recipient makes covenants with God. A covenant is a sacred agreement between God and His children.

 "Throughout our lives, whether in times of darkness, challenge, sorrow, or sin, we may feel the Holy Ghost reminding us that we are truly sons and daughters of a caring Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we may hunger for the sacred blessings that only He can provide. At these times we should strive to come to ourselves and come back into the light of our Savior’s love." (Hales)

 How?

 We become converted and spiritually self-reliant as we prayerfully live our covenants—through (1) worthily partaking of the sacrament, (2) being worthy of a temple recommend, and (3) sacrificing to serve others.

 "As our desires to learn and live the gospel increase, we naturally seek to serve one another. The Savior said to Peter, 'When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.'" (Hales)

 "In addition to the spiritual self-reliance we have been discussing, there is temporal self-reliance, which includes getting a postsecondary education or vocational training, learning to work, and living within our means. By avoiding debt and saving money now, we are prepared for full-time Church service in the years to come. The purpose of both temporal and spiritual self-reliance is to get ourselves on higher ground so that we can lift others in need." (Hales)

 Let’s have a talk with ourselves in the mirror and ask, “Where do I stand on living my covenants?” We are on the right path when we can say, “I worthily partake of the sacrament each week, I am worthy to hold a temple recommend and go to the temple, and I sacrifice to serve and bless others.” (Hales)

 Why?

 Power from on high. We need it.

True happiness & everlasting joy: My renewed inspiration on that was this: People assume this life on earth is our chance to live in glory and receive wealth and experience joy, but it is only a taste. The purpose of this life is to challenge and prepare us for an everlasting joy we can barely comprehend. We go about our days with an attitude that my life is perfect only when I remove the inconveniences that come my way. We're so set on our dream of a beautiful home on earth, that we forget the one that awaits - one that is so beautiful we cannot comprehend it. Our joy here is truly temporary if not founded within the covenants that connect joy to the future. So what if you don't build your dream home on earth, every man-made dwelling will be for not when we comprehendeth all that the Father has to offer.

Respect and love for our Savior and Father in Heaven: Who of us is not moved by Jacob and Rachel’s biblical love story as we read, “And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her”? Sisters, do we keep our covenants with that kind of deep and devoted love?

Elder Holland movingly suggested, “I am not certain just what our experience will be on Judgment Day, but I will be very surprised if at some point in that conversation, God does not ask us exactly what Christ asked Peter: ‘Did you love me?’” Tonight I invite each of us to evaluate how much we love the Savior, using as a measure how joyfully we keep our covenants. The Savior said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”


One Nap

Sorry I lied about blogging over the weekend. I prefer to write my thoughts more than speak them, but I guess even that took a back seat to my laziness or maybe I'm just getting even more private. Or maybe I just text things to my local bff and blow up Mr Smith's phone in that way he loves. He puts it on silent just for me.

But really I've just been keeping my anxiety to myself. But my head is spinning and I'm not sure what coherent thoughts or solutions are being produced, if any; a lot a bit of nothing keeps me up a little later. I've decided my anxiety stems from my inability to be satisfied with my work and move on from self-perceived follies. However, sometimes I notice how Lexi gets anxious and I wonder if it's something I'm doing wrong as a parent. I don't want my anxiety whispering nonsense to her. 

This week is supposed to be gloomy nonstop. There is a chance of rain at any given moment. I think that's awful. But in reality, it's cooler and therefore tolerable to even venture outside. It just ruined a fun photoshoot I had planned with a couple of my Laurels to begin advertising for Senior portraits. I'll be in FL all next week for a wedding and some play. I'll be excited once I get there. Although my childhood home is basically empty and a few friends decided to ditch town. I think Lexi will enjoy a week with the grandparents, friends who might as well be aunts, and the rest of my family who have hardly seen her but love her. And then there is the beach; I'm excited I finally get to lay out in the sun since I swear even the wooded poor take a beach vacation. Although I doubt I'll have any opportunity to sit still with Lexi. I dare you to put a cat in a box.


Also, we are now officially a one nap woman. 




Thursday

Those Moments

This girl be crazy. I'm trying to set up for a shoot and here she comes 
tromp tromp tromp. smash smash smash. victory for her.


I'm sure I will blog this weekend. It's a Thursday, and I just can't muster the energy.
This girl be wearing me out. And I'm tested every day whether or not I'm (mostly) going to be the
"it's not a big deal" type of mom or the "the world is ending get out of my way" type of mom.
Gosh the decision seems so easy when I write it out like that.

But when I was in the other room doing dishes the other night I hear
"gosh darn it. go away" from Mr Smith. And I laughed and was grateful.
Because it's nice to feel that it happens to everyone. Those moments.

Yes, they want to climb all over you and want your full attention in their waking hours, and it's exhausting in every kind of way. But gosh darn it - the really cute moments of raspberry blowing, tight hugs & that moment of excitement that happens when she said a word and she knew you understood her - those moments make you think that you made the best decision ever to be a parent.

Her new regularly used word for the week is "Foo"d. to go with the sign.

 



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