Two Things I am Grateful For:
1). My children! They are awesome. Love them to pieces!
2). Good medical care. We are so blessed to have the medical care we have in this country. I am so grateful for that! I hear horror stories often about the care received abroad. We are very blessed.
From the Camera:
I thought this was a great idea. I wish I could just shrink wrap the tree and put it away. It would save so much time and hastle. We may need to really think long and hard about this. That's right, I am seriously considering this option. Don't laugh. I'm not kidding!!! Ha Ha
From the Heart:
Keeping with our topic....here is another idea...
Step It Up:
Keep It Simple:
From the Kitchen:
This recipe is yummy. I've had this at a New Year's Eve Party, but never got the recipe. I had to find it online. Here is what I found.....
From the Spirit:
By following the counsel from the prophets and apostles regarding four aspects of life, we can find the fulfillment and happiness of a more abundant life.
1) The more we feast upon the words of Christ—the scriptures—and delve into developing our spirituality, the more we are able to see the goodness around us and recognize His role in our lives. President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) pointed out that the scriptures are “the words of life” (D&C 84:85) and that this is especially true of the Book of Mormon. He said, “When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.”2
2) We ought to take advantage of opportunities that come our way to travel, serve a mission, accept a calling, increase our education, learn a new skill, or develop a talent, because the Lord requires us to do all in our power now to cultivate an abundant life. Elder Wirthlin declared, “No matter our age, circumstances, or abilities, each one of us can create something remarkable of his life.”4 I have been able to create something remarkable of my own life through opportunities to travel around the world, learn a new language, serve the Lord and others, and explore different cultures. I have striven to follow the advice of Sister Kristen M. Oaks, wife of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, when she counseled young single adults to “depend on the Lord, enjoy every opportunity, and delight in the life you have.”5
3) It’s easy to culture loneliness or self-pity as you would bacteria in an isolated dish, becoming bitter toward those who have relationships you long for, but Elder Wirthlin pointed out that “those who live abundant lives … fill their hearts with love.”6 At times it requires a great deal of effort, humility, and prayer for hearts to be filled with this love, but charity is a gift of the Spirit available to all who seek it (see Moroni 7:48).
Acquiring this love helps us find happiness and fulfillment in the midst of what might otherwise be a lonely period of life. Elder Wirthlin noted, “We are happiest when our lives are connected to others through unselfish love and service.”7 Service not only is an excellent way to develop worthwhile relationships but also has a way of enriching our own lives, allowing us to recognize our blessings and helping us see the goodness of the world. Because it is so easy as young adults to get caught up in our individual concerns, we need to take the time to lovingly consider others and their needs ahead of our own.
4) We have also been given guidelines concerning the care of our mortal bodies. The Word of Wisdom instructs us to not use tobacco or alcohol and to avoid excess. We are encouraged to eat grains, fruits and vegetables in their season, and, in moderation, meat. (See D&C 89.)
While difficult physical challenges may limit what some of us can do with and for our bodies, we can each receive divine guidance for our individual situations. I have found that as I’ve prayed to Heavenly Father about how to best take care of my body, I have received specific revelation regarding how to do so. When my body is in good shape, I am better able to appreciate the world around me because I have more energy and feel better about myself. Mastering my physical body gives me confidence in all other aspects of my life, which in turn helps me to live more abundantly. President Thomas S. Monsonhas observed that “God gave man life and with it the power to think and reason and decide and love. With such power given to you and to me, mastery of self becomes a necessity if we are to have the abundant life.”8
From the Schmidt's:
Yesterday was a wonderful day. We spent the day opening presents, playing games, playing with icing (Lexi got cake decorating tools for Christmas), and relating and just enjoying the day. I think everyone was pretty happy with the gifts they received. My kids are pretty awesome. They knew we would not have a wild Christmas at least where presents are concerned, yet if I had to gauge it, this was a very good Christmas. Funny how that works out, isn't it. Today I am at work. This weekend we will be puttering around the house a little. Our stake/ward boundaries will be changing so hopefully we will all make it to that meeting to determine what that means for us. Kevin and I thought about that a little yesterday and all the possibilities. So we will see. It should be a good meeting Sunday. More to come. Talk to you soon.