Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me....

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Rainy days.  I love it when it rains.  It cools everything down.  I am loving this weather!  I even opened the windows last night so we could all watch the rain.  Love love love it!

2) Monday mornings.  Why Mondsys?  Well simply because today represents a new beginning.  A new start for my work week.  

From the Camera:

Another funny photo of Lexi.  Once in a while she takes my phone to take silly photos of herself.  This is just one of many

Here is another one.

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, here is another act of kindness idea....

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~Lewis B. Smedes

We all make mistakes. The next time someone wrongs you, forgive them without hesitation.  Carrying anger and resentment with you is bad for your health and your relationships. Learn to let it go and forgive others. Both you and the one you forgave will benefit from this act of kindness. You will be amazed at how much lighter you feel when you forgive someone!


Prolonged anger towards self or others negatively affects your health. It can lead to physical and emotional sickness. The sooner you can forgive someone and move on away from those negative feelings, the better! Letting go of grudges and bitterness makes way for compassion, kindness and peace.

Step It Up:

When forgiving others it is so important to remember that there might be people you need to ask forgiveness from as well. Make it a habit to always forgive others, but also make an effort to examine your own actions and see if there is anyone whom you have wronged. If so, admit that you have wronged them and ask that person for forgiveness.

Keep It Simple:

When you first get angry, give yourself a moment to work through the emotion and think rationally. If you still feel the need to address the issue, be sure to directly address the person you are upset with and if possible don't speak with others about the situation until resolved (if at all).   Make up your mind before even speaking with them that no matter what they say or don't say, you will forgive them. We all make mistakes, some bigger than others, but no one is perfect. Keep this in mind when you are speaking with this person.

From the Kitchen:

Coconut Balls

Dessicated Coconut -2 cups(unsweetened)
Condensed milk-1 cup
Rose syrup-1 tbsp
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts-1 tbsp
Ghee-1 tsp

Method Of Preparation:
1. Heat ghee in a non stick pan and fry the cashews, break them to small pieces and keep aside.
2. In another nonstick pan boil the condensed milk,rose syrup and immediately add the dessicated coconut.
3. Cook till the mixture  comes from sides of pan,then add cardamom powder along with broken cashews and mix well and remove from heat.
4. When  medium warm roll to medium sized  balls and roll over dessicated coconut.
5. Serve or store them in airtight box. I refrigerated remaining in airtight box.

From the Spirit:

In the Doctrine and Covenants we are told: “Ye must give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with” (D&C 46:32). In fact, the Lord has said:

And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments. [D&C 59:21]

Once we realize and understand that we can kindle God’s wrath by neglecting to express to Him constantly our appreciation and thankfulness for His gifts to us, we hopefully will always acknowledge the source of all our blessings. In fact, ingratitude is a distressing sin in the eyes of the Lord.

We all are familiar with the parable of the 10 men who were lepers. Leprosy was a loathsome disease in which those suffering from it were isolated and called unclean. Each of us can imagine the horrible lives led by its sufferers. As Jesus entered into a certain village, there were 10 lepers who were not permitted to approach Him, and they stood away from Him. However, their pleading voices must have touched the heart of the Savior. We read:

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. [Luke 17:14–19]

One cannot help but wonder why the other nine did not return to thank their Master. Once cured from this devastating disease, they were clean and acceptable to enter society once again, and they could also be with their loved ones. Their happiness must have been overwhelming, and they must have been filled with amazement.

Then why did they not return to express their thankfulness? Were they so caught up with such joy at their miraculous recovery that they thought only of themselves and not of the Source of their healing? Did they think the priests were the ones who cured them? It is hard to imagine their ingratitude to the Lord. We read that the thankful leper was told that his faith had made him whole. We do not know what happened to the other nine. Could it be possible their future lives were not full and in the days that followed they did not receive such blessings as did the thankful leper? We do know that their ingratitude was a disappointment to Jesus. I would not want to belong to that party of nine. Would you? I think, however, that sometimes our behavior is similar.

We see in the world of today that many of us take for granted what we have. Our lives are often filled with so many activities—pulling us in different directions from dawn to dusk—that we may forget to “count our many blessings” and to be thankful for each one.

From the Schmidt's:

Today is a GLORIOUS day!  That's right!  I said it.  Why is a Monday glorious, you say?  Well, yesterday our youngest son had his final interview with our Stake President.  Today his mission paperwork was submitted to Salt Lake.  That means we could have a mission call in about 10-14 days!  I can hardly believe it!  Another missionary!  We are so excited!  

Danielle started a new job today.  She was at work by 3:30 a.m. this morning but would be home by 9:30 a.m.  That would be awesome!  I would love to get home and have most of the day to do other things.  She is working for Michaels now.  This job works out for her school schedule and internship.  PLUS she gets a 30% discount on anything she buys, and that includes above and the sale price too.  LOVE that!

Kevin has another appointment with his pain specialist this week.  Nothing new, just his normal follow-up and medication refills.  He is going to have a couple really rough days until he gets in to see the doctor because he is out of meds.  I hate it when this happens.  

Kevin has to be in court this week too. With him being out of pain meds, this is not going to be good for him at all.  I'm thinking we may need to borrow a wheelchair from someone.  EEK!

That's about it for us today.  Nothing too crazy.  So far that is.  

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