Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Happenings....and then some!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) My husband.  Even when he is down and out sick, he still has a way of helping all of us with whatever it is.  He is amazing!

2) Our Bishop and his wonderful wife and family!  I know I have mentioned that I am grateful for our Bishop in the past.  He is amazing.  But what is just as amazing and simply wonderful is his lovely wife who encourages and allows this man to serve as our Bishop.  I know the sacrifices she makes each and every day that allow him to serve in the way that he does.  For that I am most grateful and I know their children sacrifice just as much.  Thank you for allowing your husband and father to do what he does for me and my family each and every day.  Because of your sacrifices this man, your father and husband, has changed our lives.  We love our Bishop, his wonderful wife, and each of their children.  They are simply the best and we cannot thank you enough.

Goals for the Day:

1) Make sure my husband is breathing well.  When he takes his pain medicine and with this pneumonia, his breathing gets a little shallow.  He scares me sometimes.  

2) Make a nice dinner for my family.

3) Get ready for work tomorrow.

From the Camera:

Isn't this a gorgeous photo of the Salt Lake Temple?  I just love it and had to share it with all of you.  It's so bright and crisp.  Love, Love, Love it!!!  And I hope you do to. 



From the Heart:

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


Good manners can sometimes take time to learn and take a lot of practice to accomplish, but making an effort to use good manners is a kind thing to do.
Here are some ways to mind your manners when in public:
  • Don't be a litterbug.
  • Respect other people's property.
  • Don't stare at or make fun of people who are different than you.
  • Don't use offensive language.
  • Don't forget to offer your seat to the elderly.

Benefits

People who are polite are usually more pleasant to be around. And being polite and courteous to others is a way to show your respect.

Step It Up

Kids can make a list of all the ways they can use their manners in public, and then try to follow the list whenever they are in public.

Keep It Simple

If there is a particular manner you have trouble using in public, try to become a master of that manner.
From the Kitchen:

Shamrock Pretzel Bites





Ingredients Needed:
  • Small Pretzels
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Green M&M's
  • Green Tube Icing
  • Supplies Needed:
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Small Icing Tip

Instructions:

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Place pretzels down and top with an unwrapped Hershey Kiss.
  • Bake at 200 Degrees for about 7 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and immediately press three green M&M candies onto each pretzel/kiss.
  • When cool, use icing tip on a tube of green frosting to draw on the stems of the shamrocks.
  • Enjoy!
Notes
You want the Hershey Kisses to be soft but not completely melted on your pretzel. 7 minutes did the trick but you might have to adjust depending on your oven.
From the Spirit:

Are some days easier than others for you?  I don't know about you, but some days are just hard.  It use to be the whining starting before we even make it out to the family room.  Or the pushing and shoving, just trying to be first.  Sleepless nights.  Staying up way too late working on things for a calling or a project or watching television.  Or days that you couldn't wait until bedtime, and yet it's not even 3 p.m.  All not easy!

Now it's the kids staying up way too late and not getting up in the morning when I try to wake them.  Or the complaining that they are asked too many times to do this or do that.  Or trying to keep it together at home and at work all at the same time.  You know how it is when you feel like you gave it your all at the office and now you have to come home to cook and clean until bedtime.  Or how about taking care of sick family member, working, and trying to keep up the house too.  It is down right impossible.  


Ever have one of those days?

I could be wrong, but I think we all have at some point or another.

Maybe you wish you could add hours to your day because you just can't fit it all in.  Maybe you are so overwhelmed with life you feel like you're drowning.  Streamlining your day sounds good, but how?  Do you have a mountain of laundry that just never ends?  

Instead of counting down the hours and minutes until bedtime, because we all know that isn't going to help the day turn around, let's commit to meditating on Scripture.  Scripture is God breathed, useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).  If anything can turn our day around, it's Scriptures. 

Is it easy?  Of course not!  Most days we would rather throw ourselves a huge pity party, post a status on Facebook that would get the sympathy of all our friends, and go back to counting down the hours until bedtime.  And please do not think for one minute that I might be pointing a finger at anyone but myself here.  It's hard!  Shoot!  It wasn't that long ago when I use to just want to go to the bathroom by myself without someone climbing on a counter while I'm gone.  Seriously??!!!  Is it that hard to stay off the counters?

Let's get back on track.....Those hard days are inevitable.  We don't have to succumb to them.  We are not victims.  We have a choice in the matter.  Let's come up with a battle plan to take back out day.  We have to combat the crazy here.  

Are you ready???

Go get 10 note cards, pieces of paper, pretty pens, or open up a program on your computer.  We are going to create some Scripture cards to have on hand to help us battle those hard days.  I'm providing the Scriptures for you to use.  But feel free to add some of your own too.  You know your own struggles better than anyone.

Here we go!

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Jeremiah 29:11-14a “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord…”

Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

Action...

Now that you have made your cards, place them in places you frequent each day.  By the kitchen sink, in a cabinet, on a bathroom mirror, by a door, in the laundry room, in the car.  Think about your day and what happens during the day.  Maybe take the cards with you and place them in all of your places you spend your time each day.  You can also keep the cards together, punch a hole in the corner and put them on a ring.  Slip them into your purse or tote bag so they are handy when you need a little encouragement.  I pray that your hard day turns around and you are able to make the best of it.  Stay strong, dear sister.  You can do this!  Let's feed our souls with Scriptures and truth.

What Scriptures do you find helpful on the hard days that are not on this list?  Please leave them in the comments so we can help and encourage each other.  

Thank you.  

From the Schmidt's:

Two weeks.  That's all we have left to get Curtis out the door and on his mission.  I can't hardly stand it!  I know we are going to be busy right up until the day he leaves.  

Then it's going to hit me hard. 
 I can feel it coming on.  

Then the tears will flow.  

Not tears of sadness.

BUT

Tears of gladness.
Tears of Sacrifice.

Tears of Hope.

Tears of Love and Appreciation.

And 

A few tears of fear.  

I would be lying if I didn't feel a little fearful of the unknown for my son.  New York can be a very scary place.  I guess I'm afraid he will get mugged or something.  That's the unknown fear I feel.  Plus Curtis can have a mouth on him sometimes and say things he really shouldn't.....and quite loudly, I might add.  
I'm afraid he is going to get himself into trouble if he isn't careful.
Thank goodness the Lord watches over his missionaries.  
That knowledge brings this Momma a lot of peace.

It was just Lexi, Curtis, and I in Sacrament Meeting today.  There were two baby blessings so the place was full of people.  We got to see a former Stake President of ours and his family again.  They were at the funeral we attended a few weeks back too.  Fond memories.  As I was remembering some of those fond memories in the middle of Sacrament Meeting, Curtis leans over to me to remind me he only has two more weeks left.  I then leaned over to him and reminded him that this was his last fast and testimony meeting so he better hurry up to the pulpit to share his last testimony.  

Curtis looked at me and just glared.  He said, "Mom, I just did that a few weeks ago, and I will do it again at my Farewell."  I tried to get him up there.  Oh well.  

Curtis got a late night phone call from the Stake Executive Secretary to set up all of his appointments for the next two weeks.  Curtis has an appointment today...in fact, he is there right now with the Stake President.  Then he has another meeting next Sunday.  Then the following Sunday he speaks in church, has his Farewell at our house....that is, if Kevin is up for it, then he has a meeting with the Stake President at 9 p.m. that night at his house.  Then on St. Patrick's Day Curtis will be set apart as a missionary, then he leaves for the MTC on the 18th bright and early in the morning.  It's all mapped out.  We still have lots of shopping to do.  Tomorrow night we will start at it again.  Next weekend we will get more of the big stuff and keep going until we are done.  Fun Fun!
It is fun!  This is a good kind of busy.  Love it!

Next week Kevin could have another "sit-down" with his attorney to sign more papers and hopefully be done with all of this.  (crossing our fingers and toes)  We need this money to pay the rest of the co-insurance for Kevin's surgery.  As I mentioned before...the sooner the better.  It's quality of life that we are looking to see change for Kevin.  So, we also need to get Kevin back into the Primary Care Doctor for another breathing treatment.  He needs to get rid of this pneumonia, and quick!  Especially with everything we need to do with Curtis over the next couple of weeks.  Kevin won't want to miss anything and we don't want him to.  

Lexi is doing well with her on-line classes.  She plans to sign up for the accelerated classes next session.  Then she can take three classes at a time.  Right now she is taking two at a time.  This is how she will be able to make up and stay caught up so she can start her Junior year at Mesa High on track.  Let me be clear.....this is only temporary!  A quick fix.  Lexi fell behind with about three classes and had incomplete grades for those classes.  Which would have taken a long time to catch up.  Plus she had teachers telling her she was going to be a "Super Senior".  Teachers she absolutely loved.  It was stressing her out.  She would come home completely stressed, crying, and just a mess.  She likes school.  She doesn't like to fall behind.  So, when this happened it was more stress that this 15 year old could handle.  You see, she has had some health issues over the last semester.  She has this arm issue that still bothers her from time to time and she gets these migraine headaches that take her out of commission for a least a day or two.  It's bad.  We are not "those parents" that pull their kids out of public school.  There is a lot to be said for public school.  Kids learn so much more than just the day to day classes.  The social skills are priceless, in my opinion.  So, the decision to pull Lexi completely out of public school was hard for us.  She spent a lot of time trying to convince us.  I spent a lot of time talking with other parents who did it.  BUT, so far, this has been a blessing in disguise.  Lexi seems much happier and she is excelling in all of her classes.  Plus all the classes go along with the state requirements for our state.  If the AIMS testing would not have been abolished, she would have had to take that test this month too.  Her grades will transfer to Mesa High and she will be right back where she wants to be again in one short semester.  All caught up, and ahead if she wants to continue and take a class or two on the side when she returns to Mesa High.  PLUS, this online thing helps her get ready for all the online stuff with college in the future.  So, from our perspective, this has been a win-win kind of thing for us.  

I have to say, she is doing really well and I am impressed that we have not have to do anything to get Lexi to do her work and log her time in each class.  It has been amazing!  Love that!  I also like that I can log in and track her progress on my own.  AND I have direct contact with each teacher anytime I feel I need to reach out to them.  It's great!  In that respect, online school is better than public school.  I have a direct number for each teacher and they have to reply within 24 hours.  LOVE THAT!!!!!  I haven't tried this yet, but some friends have told me about their experiences with reaching out to the teachers on this same online site.  YES!  

Well, I need to go.  Time to get dinner going.  I'm a little behind in getting the roast in.  Maybe I will have to put them in the oven this time.  I haven't done that in a long time!  Usually it's the crock pot, electric fry pan, or stove top method all the way for me.  BUT, I think they will cook faster in the oven.  Either way, we are going to try it.  We may be eating dinner at midnight tonight....but hey, what can I say???  That's what I get for not putting it in the crock pot before church.  ~smile~smile~

Take care, and we will talk again soon.  Have a wonderful day.

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