Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hump Day!!!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Humor!  I have to say, I have laughed more over the past 4 days than I probably have in a very long time.  Sure there have been some funny things along the way...but these past few days have been something else!  Funny, funny, funny!

2) My talents.  Even though I am still learning and developing those talents I do feel blessed to have the ones I have and am anxious to learn more.

From the Camera:

This photo always makes me laugh.  This was my boys on the day Kevin had his last back surgery.  Them after hours in the surgical waiting room.  This was their "pose" when I wanted to take their picture.  Those two just make me laugh.  

From the Heart:

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

The next time you do your laundry at the Laundromat, leave a couple of quarters behind for the next person. You could even leave them on top of the machine with a note saying "Have a great day!"

Benefits:

You will leave the laundromat smiling; you will never regret not having those couple of quarters later. And it's pretty likely that the recipient of your kindness will leave smiling, too.

Step It Up:

Make it a practice to do this every time you go to the laundromat. Perhaps the next time you go, offer to take your friend's, roommate's, or neighbor's laundry, too. Pay for it and return it clean and folded.
Why stop with the laundromat? Anytime you go to the self car wash place, an arcade or use a vending machine...wherever you go that you are required to use quarters, leave a couple of extra with a note behind.

Keep It Simple:

If you have a washing machine and dryer, let a friend, neighbor, or roommate wash their clothes at your house or apartment for free. Spend time with them while they are with you! Watch a movie or eat dinner.
From the Kitchen:


Feeds Approximately 6-8 people
All ingredients into the Crock Pot, EXCEPT the 1 pound bag of Macaroni noodles!! They get added later
Setting on LOW to make the sauce. After 1 hour, stir the sauce. Add COOKED Macaroni (cook and drain noodles while sauce is cooking) 
Stir the noodles and sauce together. **Add** in any seasonings you desire .. like ** salt n pepper ** or spices/seasonings you like!!
At this time you may also add in any extras like cooked cubed ham, cooked chopped bacon, cooked chopped sausages, par cooked veggies, frozen mix veg.
Cook on LOW another 45 minutes.
TIP *** - you do NOT have to add the full measurement of cream cheese or evaporated milk. Half the amount of those works just as well.  don't add them at all if you're not fond of really cheesy mac n cheese!!
Then put setting on "Keep Warm" until ready to serve.

From the Spirit:

By: Elder Lynn G. Robbins
Of the Presidency of the Seventy
for 
Trying to please others before pleasing God is inverting the first and second great commandments (see Matthew 22:37–39). It is forgetting which way we face. And yet, we have all made that mistake because of the fear of men. In Isaiah the Lord warns us, “Fear ye not the reproach of men” (Isaiah 51:7; see also 2 Nephi 8:7). In Lehi’s dream, this fear was triggered by the finger of scorn pointed from the great and spacious building, causing many to forget which way they faced and to leave the tree “ashamed” (see 1 Nephi 8:25–28).

This peer pressure tries to change a person’s attitudes, if not behavior, by making one feel guilty for giving offense. We seek respectful coexistence with those who point fingers, but when this fear of men tempts us to condone sin, it becomes a “snare” according to the book of Proverbs (seeProverbs 29:25). The snare may be cleverly baited to appeal to our compassionate side to tolerate or even approve of something that has been condemned by God. For the weak of faith, it can be a major stumbling block. For example, some young missionaries carry this fear of men into the mission field and fail to report the flagrant disobedience of a companion to their mission president because they don’t want to offend their wayward companion. Decisions of character are made by remembering the right order of the first and second great commandments (see Matthew 22:37–39). When these confused missionaries realize they are accountable to God and not to their companion, it should give them courage to do an about-face.

When people try to save face with men, they can unwittingly lose face with God. Thinking one can please God and at the same time condone the disobedience of men isn’t neutrality but duplicity, or being two-faced or trying to “serve two masters” (Matthew 6:243 Nephi 13:24).
While it certainly takes courage to face perils, the true badge of courage is overcoming the fear of men. For example, Daniel’s prayers helped him face lions, but what made him lionhearted was defying King Darius (seeDaniel 6). That kind of courage is a gift of the Spirit to the God-fearingwho have said their prayers. Queen Esther’s prayers also gave her that same courage to confront her husband, King Ahasuerus, knowing that she risked her life in doing so (see Esther 4:8–16).
Courage is not just one of the cardinal virtues, but as C. S. Lewis observed: “Courage is … the form of every virtue at the testing point. … Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”1 King Herod was sorrowful at the request to behead John the Baptist but wanted to please “them which sat with him at meat” (Matthew 14:9). King Noah was ready to free Abinadi until peer pressure from his wicked priests caused him to waver (seeMosiah 17:11–12). King Saul disobeyed the word of the Lord by keeping the spoils of war because he “feared the people, and obeyed their voice” (1 Samuel 15:24). To appease rebellious Israel at the foot of Mount Sinai, Aaron crafted a golden calf, forgetting which way he faced (seeExodus 32). Many of the New Testament chief rulers “believed on [the Lord]; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:42–43). The scriptures are full of such examples.
The Savior, our great Exemplar, always faced His Father. He loved and served His fellowmen but said, “I receive not honour from men” (John 5:41). He wanted those He taught to follow Him, but He did not court their favor. When He performed an act of charity, such as healing the sick, the gift often came with the request to “tell no man” (Matthew 8:4Mark 7:36Luke 5:148:56). In part, this was to avoid the very fame which followed Him in spite of His efforts to eschew it (see Matthew 4:24). He condemned the Pharisees for doing good works only to be seen of men (see Matthew 6:5).
The Savior, the only perfect being who ever lived, was the most fearless. In His life, He was confronted by scores of accusers but never yielded to their finger of scorn. He is the only person who never once forgot which way He faced: “I do always those things that please [the Father]” (John 8:29; emphasis added), and “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).
May His inspiring example strengthen us against the pitfalls of flattery from without or of conceit from within. May it give us courage to never cower or fawn at the feet of intimidation. May it inspire us to go about doing good as anonymously as possible and not “aspire to the honors of men” (D&C 121:35). And may His incomparable example help us always remember which is “the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:38). When others demand approval in defiance of God’s commandments, may we always remember whose disciples we are, and which way we face, is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

From the Schmidt's:

Curtis started all of his appointments with the Bishop and the Stake President last night.  He is all set to get to the temple.  Exciting times!  I can't believe I will have another photo and blue card to add to my wall in a few days.  Then he will have an appointment with the Stake President every week until he leaves.  Wow!  I'm glad the time has come, but at the same time I am going to miss my Curtis.  He will be gone for two years and the only time we will get to talk to him will be at Christmas and Mother's Day each year.  Sure, we can write and email.  It will be good.  He is going to LOVE New York!

I requested a few days off today.  I plan on spending time getting the things Curtis will need to take with him on his mission.  Then I plan to take the days before he leaves off too.  Just to spend time with him.  

Over the past few days my eyes have been really bothering me.  They feel itchy and sore. And a little crusty.  I don't know what's going on.  I think the crusty feeling could be the make-up I'm using or something.  Not fun.

I can tell the adversary has started in on our family a little.  Over the past few days we have all been a little edgy and short with one another with no real reason as to why.  Normally if something like this happens you could see the build up.  Not now!  Which is not normal for us.  The only explanation I have is it must be the adversary.  It has to be.

We had such an awesome weekend together.  I have to say, Saturday was the highlight.  From the awesome funeral service of our friend Christine McLaws to the mission call arrival, it was a great day.  I am so glad we had the chance to get to know the McLaws family.  They are a great example to us and we are better people for being able to call them friends.  In fact, each time we talk to or see them they brighten our life more and more.  Even though this weekend was a rough one I am so glad I went.  I feel recharged and energized.  Ready to try harder and do better.  This is the influence these wonderful are, even during their most difficult of circumstances.  This is why they are loved by everyone.  All of our lives have been made better for having known each of them. 

Well online school for Lexi continues to go well.  Mesa High keeps calling because she is absent.  I guess registration hasn't made attendance aware.  Oh well.  I guess they will figure it out eventually.  I hope.

Kevin is in a lot of pain lately.  He is still working to get moving on this nerve stimulator.  He needs to get into his pain specialist.  BUT it looks like March is going to be a busy month for us.  With Kevin's court issue at the beginning, his pending surgery, and Curtis leaving that month too.  Lots to do.  

Well I need to go before my eyes go buggy.  LOL!  Take care.  We will talk soon.

Quote of the Day:

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