Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Any Given Thursday

Two Things I Am Grateful For:

1)  I have said this time and time again.  BUT I feel that I would be doing a disservice if I do not continually say this......I am very grateful for our Bishop who has done it again!  This man has done more for our family than words can say.  We are so very grateful for all he does to help our family in every possible way you can think of.  He has been a blessing in our lives that has made a profound impact on each of us that will have long lasting effects for years to come.  We love that man and his family so much!  We truly are blessed!  Thanks Bishop!

2) The ability to start over again each day!  Last night I got a little down and one thing that helped me through my "funk" was knowing today was a brand new day.

From the Camera:

Since it's Throwback Thursday, here is a cute photo of my two youngest children about 10 years ago.   Lexi before heart surgery and Curtis too.  They went up in a plane with their cousin's ex-husband.  Fun times!


From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, Acts of Kindness....  Here is Another idea....

It seems like we get asked this in check out lines everywhere: grocery stores; department stores; fast food restaurants. Modern technology is such that we can add one dollar on to our purchase, and that one dollar will go to the cause that store is promoting. Next time you are put in that situation, donate the dollar. You won't regret it later, and every bit counts.

Benefits:

This is a no-hassle way to help a cause! They aren't asking you for a monthly donation or even a large donation. You are already at the check out line, already purchasing something, making this the easiest time to give! Tack on an extra dollar for a specific cause. You will walk out of the store with a smile on your face!

Step It Up:

Give more than a dollar! Ask the sales clerk helping you if it is possible to donate more than a dollar and donate five or ten. Take this concept with you wherever you go. Often around the holidays there are people on public streets collecting money for causes. When you walk by a collection basket or can, put a dollar or two in there! Consider making a regular monthly donation to the cause that means the most to you.

Keep It Simple:

Just give the dollar! Try it one time and see how it makes you feel. If you like it, keep doing it! If you don't have a dollar to give, volunteer with your time somewhere.

From the Kitchen:

GREEK PORK CHOPS

1 CAN DEL MONTE BASIL, GARLIC & OREGANO SEASONED TOMATOES
1/4 - 1/2 CUP BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE SALAD DRESSING
4 BONELESS PORK CHOPS, 3/4 INCH THICK
LAWRY'S GARLIC & OREGANO BLEND SEASONING TO TASTE
FRESH GROUND PEPPER TO TASTE
SQUEEZY LEMON (1/2 SQUIRT EACH SIDE)
1 - 8OZ. CONTAINER FETA CHEESE (REGULAR OR GARLIC AND HERB)
FRESH OREGANO TO TASTE (OPTIONAL)
1 CLOVE GARLIC (MINCED)

IN SMALL BOWL, ADD LIGHTLY DRAINED TOMATOES, BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE DRESSING AND 1 CLOVE MINCED GARLIC.

SPRINKLE BOTH SIDES OF CHOPS WITH 
LAWRY'S GARLIC & OREGANO BLEND SEASONING AND FRESH GROUND PEPPER.  SQUEEZE LEMON ON BOTH SIDE OF CHOP AND RUB IN.

FOR CHARCOAL GRILL, PLACE CHOPS ON RACK, UNCOVERED, DIRECTLY OVER
MEDIUM COALS.  GRILL 12 TO 15 MINUTES OR UNTIL 160 DEGREES INTERNALLY, TURNING ONCE HALFWAY THROUGH GRILLING.

FOR GAS GRILL, PREHEAT THEN REDUCE TO MEDIUM HEAT.  PLACE CHOPS ON GRILL RACK DIRECTLY OVER HEAT, COVER AND GRILL AS ABOVE.

SPRINKLE WITH OREGANO (IF DESIRED), 
TOP WITH TOMATOES THEN FETA CHEESE.

Here is a photo.

These pork chops are wonderful!

From the Spirit:

Life presents endless opportunities to fear. We may fear what people think of us. We may fear failure or rejection. We may be afraid of changes we know we must make in our lives. Or maybe we are just afraid of next week’s final exams. We may experience failure or rejection and wonder if we have what it takes. We may have financial fears, educational and career fears, or fears of public speaking, snakes, or spiders. Yes, we live in a beautiful world—but it can be scary out there!

I fear that so many of you have come this morning to be edified and inspired, and now I have gone and frightened you! Well, I did not come here to frighten you, and you did not come here to be reminded of your fears. We all long for more of God’s peace and strength in the midst of the stresses and difficulties of life.

The Lord’s message to you today is the same message He sent through His angels so long ago: “Fear not.” He can say that because He knows more than we do. He sees what we cannot see. He knows what is coming, and, in the eternal scheme of things, it is not as bad as we may think. He knows that we can handle it with His help because He knows how to strengthen and succor us.10

Most of all, He tells us not to fear because He knows that fear will paralyze us. It will keep us from knowing and doing His will; accepting His blessings, His love, and His light; and fulfilling His purposes. President Howard W. Hunter said:

Fear . . . is a principal weapon in the arsenal that Satan uses to make mankind unhappy. He who fears loses strength for the combat of life in the fight against evil. Therefore, the power of the evil one always tries to generate fear in human hearts. . . .

. . . A timid, fearing people cannot do their work well, and they cannot do God’s work at all. Latter-day Saints have a divinely assigned mission to fulfill that simply must not be dissipated in fear and anxiety.  

Satan wants us to give in to fear. God wants us to hold on to hope.

One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Timothy 1:7. It reads, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 

First, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power.”

This “spirit of power” is not the world’s sort of power. The Lord and His covenant people do not work the way the world usually works. The world tells us that power comes of wealth or popularity and that life is a competition in which we advance ahead of others by acquiring more or by brandishing words or weapons of destruction.

The Lord’s way is deeper, higher, and holier. His power is governed “by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge.”12 Where worldly power depends on dramatic demonstrations, the Lord’s power distills upon us “as the dews from heaven”13—miraculously but quietly and humbly. Where worldly power is for the privileged few, the Lord’s power is available to all. It is manifest in the ordinances of the priesthood.14 We access it through making and keeping sacred covenants. We nurture it through sincere prayer, fasting, and feasting “upon the words of Christ.”15

Perhaps you know someone who has this kind of power and therefore seems fearless. It is probably someone who would not be judged powerful by worldly standards but whose spiritual power is undeniable.


From the Schmidt's:

I drove right past this portion of Sky Harbor Airport on my way home from work last night.  I got excited to see the actual landing spot where our Nations president would arrive here in Phoenix.  Don't get me wrong, I do not care for, nor did I vote for our current president, BUT I still respect the office and the job.  I will say this, I wish I would have been able to bring my children to the Airport to see this.  It's not everyday you get to see our president in person.  What an experience that could have been.  With all that we had going on last night we just didn't have time to do this either.  Next time maybe.  


Also on my way home last night, I drove by someone's home to pick up this beauty!


I love it!  And I love Facebook Groups! This mirror is about 2 1/2 feet tall and about 1 1/2 feet wide.  It's an IKEA mirror.  It's super lightweight and I hung it up right away on the wall behind my front door.  We had a mirror there before, but it was small and Lexi was taking it down all the time to use and would forget to put it back.  This one is too big for her to lug around so I think it will stay put.  I might pray paint it another color, but black works for now.  The best part is that it only cost me $5.00!!!  Woot!  Woot!  Who says you have to spent a lot of money or any money at all to have a beautiful home?!!!  I love that part the most!!  In fact, it thrills me to no end!  

Well it's official!  Mission papers are with our stake now!  Curtis asked me last night if I was going to track every step until he actually leaves on his mission.  He doesn't really appreciate being talked about on my blog.  But I look at this as a combined effort so we all get to celebrate this milestone in his life, right??!!!  After all, his parents, extended family, church leaders, as well as many others helped to get him to this point.  We should be able to join in the fun, I think, to a certain degree.  And no, I am not going to track EVERYTHING.  Just the big stuff probably.  Ornery kid!  It takes a village to raise a child.  One day my children will understand that concept.  

This girl just got a new job today!!  Her job at the school was downsized about a month ago.  She was pretty bummed, but apparently several people were let go.  Some that had worked at the school for over ten years.  How sad is that?  Oh well, it's Patterson Elementary School's loss!!! 

I have to say I am so glad it's THURSDAY!!!  One more day and the weekend is upon us.  I know it's kind of sad to think in those terms, "only one more day".  But this is what gets me through, unfortunately, for now.  

I hope your week has been a good one!  Take care and we will talk to you soon!!!

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