Sunday, February 22, 2015

Future So Bright....I Gotta Wear Shades....

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Peace.  What a wonderful thing that can be.

2) My son.  Yesterday he wanted me to go with him to cash his tax return.  Instead of thinking of himself first, he thought of his Mom.  He remembered that I had been wanting a battery operated fan for my desk at work and he bought me one.  I was so touched.  Thank you Kyle.  

Today's Goals:

1) Cook for my family.  Cooking during the week can sometimes be a challenge.  Sure, I can heat something up or make something up quick, but it's not the same as actual cooking.  I won't be cooking anything too crazy, but cooking non-the-less.

2) Get ready for work tomorrow.  Set my things out in one place.

3) Drink lots of water.

From the Camera:

this is a photo of me as a little girl.  It's the 
"My Futures SO Bright, I Gotta Wear SHADES"
photo.  Ha Ha!

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another great idea....
Giving your full attention to children is a simple way to show them they are loved. Reading together can also be a very relaxing way to bond with a child you care about.
For families, reading together is a great way to spend quality time with each other. Reading to your children can also be a way to share positive messages with them, and to ensure that they are learning your family values and traditions, in addition to what they already learn at school.

Benefits

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading to your children is important because it “stimulates the development of the brain, language,” and it can also allow you to strengthen your relationship with them.

Step It Up

Adults can volunteer at a local after school program and read books to the children who attend. Many children involved with such programs may have parents who work long hours and don’t have enough time to read to them. Kids can read their favorite book to a sibling or friend who doesn't know how to read yet. For kids, this is great way to help others through what they have learned.

Keep It Simple

If you're a parent, make sure you set time aside every night or week to read a book to your own children.
From the Kitchen:

Baked Sausage Ziti

1 pound sausage, links or roll
1 pound ziti noodles
1 - 2 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 block of mozzarella cheese
1 chopped onion (optional)
1/2 cup green bell pepper (optional)

Cook sausage until thoroughly cooked.  Cut sausage into 1 inch pieces.  Drain and set aside.  Prepare ziti according to package directions, drain and rinse.  Place a small amount of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your casserole dish.  Add cooked ziti, sausage, onion and peppers.  Pour remaining sauce into the casserole.  Add mozzarella to the mixture and thoroughly blend all ingredients together.  Top with more mozzarella.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted and lightly browned.  Serve with a nice green salad and french bread.
From the Spirit:

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good


As Latter-day Saints, we have high expectations of ourselves. But because we’re human, we stumble and make mistakes, often making us doubt ourselves or feel inadequate.  Sometimes, we might wonder if our efforts are “good enough” or acceptable to the Lord. However, despite our challenges, through us, the Lord can work miracles. 

Each person has unique value and differences should be embraced, not feared.

Sometimes, we have a hard time accepting others who don’t fit into the stereotypical “Mormon mold.” We’re often quick to cast judgment – perhaps we might feel uncomfortable, or even threatened by those who are different. However, these feelings of discomfort are often the result of our own uncertainties and should not be projected on others. Because we are all brothers and sisters, everyone has a place in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Elder Joseph Wirthlin said“Some are lost because they are different. They feel as though they don’t belong…Tied to this misconception is the erroneous belief that all members of the Church should look, talk, and be alike. The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father’s children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole.”

If you know someone who has strayed away from the church because he or she feels out of place, or if you are distant from the church because you feel different from the mythical “ideal Mormon” – please know that every member of the church has unique value. We need you to add your personal testimony, life experiences, and perspective to our congregations, which strengthens other members and the church as a whole. For example, a persons differences might allow them to become a great resource to you.

As a former less active members, their insights can be invaluable in helping us understand the concerns and needs of our brothers and sisters who are disengaged with the church. In working with former less active members they can help us become more sensitive to how we can support other members who lacked a support system or came from a difficult personal background. Finally, friendship with a former less active member can help us to better understand how to connect with someone whose personality and interests were very different from our own.

Making a difference

  Working together we can be successful simply by accepting our differences and focusing on what we have in common – our shared belief that living a Christ-like life would bring happiness to the lives of others.  This acceptance can empower those former less active members and allow them to make a significant impact on the lives of many.

The Lord knows who we are and sees our potential

In working with former less active members it can reaffirm the importance of extending friendship to others and trusting in the Lord’s timing. Although others may have reached out to these less active members in the past, it could take years before they decided to return to church. We need to be patient and remember that the seeds of faith we plant now may bear fruit in the future. But I promise in time you will see personal growth in these individuals in the space of a relatively short time.
Although we all have challenges in our lives, the Lord knows who we are and what we’re capable of. Don’t forget who you are truly are – you are a son or daughter of God with unlimited potential. As we allow Him, the Lord can work miracles through us. 

From the Schmidt's:
Today did not end up working out the way I had planned.  I set my alarm for 8 a.m. and it either never went off or I somehow shut it off and don't remember doing that.  Either way I need to double check the alarm before going to bed tonight.  Needless to say, Curtis was the only one who made it to church today.  It doesn't make me happy sending my kids to church without me...ever.
Curtis was a good sport about it though.

Kevin is having a rough day today.  I think the weather has a little bit to do with that.  It looks like we should be getting rain tonight and tomorrow by the looks of the weather forecast.  I love it when it rains, but I don't like what it does to my husband.  In so many ways he and I are polar opposites.  He likes the weather a little hotter because of his health.  I prefer it a lot cooler.  In fact, during the summer months I dream of moving to someplace cooler to live.  ~smile~smile~

Looks like Kevin has a few doctor's appointments this week.  Tomorrow he needs another chest x-ray and more lab work.  Fun, Fun.  He has a standing agreement that if he doesn't get better, he can walk into our doctor's office and they will work him in to their daily schedule.  If he gets worse, then he has to go back to the "dark place" .....the Emergency Room.  Kevin said he will not go back to Banner Gateway again.  They were awful this last time.  And we have a family member that works there.  In fact, she's the nursing coordinator for the entire Med/Surg group at that place.  When that nurse gave us attitude Kevin stopped me before I could name drop.  He said, just let it be.  So I did.  You know that nurse even asked me if I wanted to pull the electrode patches off of Kevin to get some of my aggression out.  WHAT!!!???  I'm telling you, I have NEVER been treated the way we were treated in all my life at ANY health care facility.  Sorry....I went a little off in left field there.

I just hope Kevin gets better soon.  We only have a couple of weeks before Curtis leaves on his mission and I know Kevin will want to be there when he leaves.

Speaking of mission. Time is flying by.  We still have so much to do.  Shopping, Shopping, Shopping.  Curtis needs a lot more.  Looks like we will be spending most of next weekend picking up the other things he needs.  Then he starts the weekly meetings with the Stake President.  Then he gets set apart.  Then he heads off the the airport.  Curtis got this information about his flight to Salt Lake.  Looks like we will be super busy all that week.  Crazy!  BUT it's a good kind of crazy.  He is so excited.  I love that.  He cannot stop sharing everything he learns about New York, the people, the mission, the church....anything.  It's awesome.  He cannot wait.  I just hope his mission is everything he hoped it would be.  I don't want him to become jaded.  I want him to remain enthusiastic.  No disappointments.  He needs that.  All of our kids need that.  But, I know better.  Life doesn't always work that way.  Whatever his struggles are, I hope all the good times far outweigh the down side.  Just sayin..... 

Well, we I need to get going.  Lots to do.  Take care and we will talk again soon.

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