Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday is a Special Day!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Church in my Pajama's Day - General Conference!  Love it!

2) This Easter Season!  I love this time of year.  

Goals for the Day:

1) Watch conference
2) Clean my bathroom
3) Pick up some around the house
4) Get ready for our Game Night later tonight

From the Camera:

Curtis is on my mind today.  He is going to the Priesthood Session of General Conference without his Dad and Brother tonight.  It's a good thing.  I bet that grin on his face has gotten wider.  Love that!
From the Heart:

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

Those of us that have cars often take for granted that we can drive anywhere we want, whenever we want.

For people who can't afford to buy a car or don't have the physical means to drive, finding transportation to get to and from appointments or even going grocery shopping can be a struggle.  Transporting someone who doesn't have the means to drive is a kind act that will be appreciated.  

Step It Up
Volunteer weekly or monthly for the Red Cross or another organization in your community that provides transportation to those who need it.

Keep It Simple
Offer to take an elderly or disabled friend to an appointment or to the grocery store. 

There are several resources out there to help you get things set up to help.  Here are a few websites you can visit:

www.RedCross.org
www.ERide.com
and this one is a great resource for all kinds of kindness acts....
JustServe.org

From the Kitchen:

Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Ingredients

  • 1 (10-pound) smoked, bone-in ham
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
Total Time: 
Makes: 8 to 10 servings

Instructions

  1. 1Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the lower third.
  2. 2Remove any plastic packaging or netting from the ham. Trim away any excess fat, leaving about a 1/4-inch layer all over. Set the ham aside to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. 3Line a baking sheet with several sheets of aluminum foil (it will make cleanup a lot easier). Place the ham, cut side down, on the baking sheet and cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Tightly cover the ham and parchment paper with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. 4Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the brown sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm (the glaze should be the consistency of room-temperature honey).
  5. 5When the ham is ready, remove it from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Discard the foil and parchment paper and, using a sharp knife, score a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern (don’t cut more than 1/4 inch deep) over the entire ham.
  6. 6Brush the ham with a quarter of the glaze (about a generous 1/3 cup), return it to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with another quarter of the glaze, and repeat every 15 minutes until all of the glaze has been used and a dark golden-brown crust has formed, about 55 to 60 minutes total. Let the ham rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.
From the Spirit:

I came across a GREAT story yesterday about a couple in New Zealand that were asked to go before Parliament in defense of traditional marriage.  Given all the talks in General Conference, I thought it was appropriate to share this today.  It is a bit long, but VERY worth the time to read it.  A few things stuck out to me.
After they found out they were going to be asked to speak this is what she said:
“Our minds were swirling with all sorts of information and questions. Why us? What could we possibly say or share that could make a difference? There are so many wonderful talks, websites, research on marriage and the family. Where do we begin? We asked some friends and family for ideas but ultimately, we knew it was only between us and the Lord. We had about a week to prepare, and the pressure was intense–we prayed and studied constantly. We came to know, more than ever before, that the home is truly comparable to the Temple in terms of sacredness. We know that any outside influence from the adversary disrupts the process of receiving revelation and feeling the Spirit in our homes--which is precisely what Satan wants.”
Wow!  What a testimony to me of how the Lord works in each and every one of our lives and how we need to be prepared at any moment to stand up and bear testimony of what we know.  I think this is going to become more important for each of us as the word descends deeper and deeper into the depravity that is sweeping the world.
The last thing I want to share is a large portion of what she said to the New Zealand Parliament.  It is not surprising that much of is is comprised of the Proclamation on the Family and the Spirit testifies so strongly as I read it of her role in speaking that day.
“There has never been a time, at least in recent history, when we have been confronted with more challenging problems in our homes and families. We need not remind you that the world we are in is a world of turmoil, and of shifting values. Shrill voices call out for one thing or another in betrayal of time-tested standards of behavior. So many of the youth of the world, and likewise so many of their elders, listen only to the voice of self-gratification. The moral foundations of our society have been badly shaken.
There are those who would have us believe in the validity of what they choose to call same-sex marriage. We know there are a small number of people in this country who have feelings of affinity for the same gender. We love and regard them as our brothers and sisters. However, we cannot condone so dramatically redefining marriage without serious and sobering consequences for our families, communities, education systems and long held religious traditions and institutions of this country.
With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much of deception concerning standards and values, those who have gone before us--as if they were standing here today– would warn and forewarn on this bill to change marriage. In furtherance of this, I would like to reiterate our submission today with a reaffirmation of standards, doctrines, and practices relative to the family which have been repeatedly stated throughout history.
We, as a husband and wife and as citizens of this country, proclaim our belief that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.  
All human beings--male and female--are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. By divine design, fathers preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers help one another as equal partners.
We stand with those who have gone before us and warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society. The accumulated wisdom of centuries declares with clarity and certainty that the strength of any nation is rooted within the walls of its homes. The institution that will save our broken society is not Parliament, it is the home.”
I pray this will help some of us find peace in the hate that is swirling around the Internet these days.
From the Schmidt's:
I love General Conference weekends.  I love hearing the talks and the music.  The spirit that fills my home is awesome.  I just love it!  I will admit, I missed most of this mornings session, but I will watch it just as soon as I can on the Internet.  I guess my body needed more sleep than I thought it did.  Otherwise, I would have set the alarm for this morning.  I did hear L Tom Perry's talk and a few songs by the choir, but that was about it for me.  Kevin watched the whole thing.  This afternoon with be better.

We are also getting a little care package ready for Curtis.  We have a few things to send him.  Like a couple winter hats, a pair of glasses that came in the mail, and a few treats.  We also picked up some Benedryl for him.  That way if he has another allergic reaction he can have that handy to take.  

Lexi missed a couple days of her online classes this past week.  She was sick one day and had a migraine the next day.  She is working on her classes now.  She is planning on taking a couple classes during the summer too.  In fact, when she gets back to the public high school next year, she wants to take her Math classes online.  I guess she really likes the way they teach and instruct her.  She has learned a lot and this has been a great experience for her.  I love that!  It's funny to me how my girls are so independent when it comes to their education.  Each of them have this desire to get it done and pursue it all on their own.  It's awesome.  I haven't had to get after Lexi through this whole thing.  It's wonderful.  I get notified if she is behind.  I get notified if she gets a bad grade.  AND I have direct contact with ALL of her teachers and can talk with them immediately if something comes up.  The beauty of this whole thing is that I haven't had to do that.  Lexi has kept up with everything all on her own.  This is a happy Mom!

Kevin gave Lexi a few things to start working on.  She wants to play a sport and get doing something like that again.  She could go back and play volleyball, but honestly, I think she would rather just play club ball.  She would also rather play for a different club.  She also does not want to play for the Mesa High Coach.  She isn't too keen on her for some reason.  So, we have been trying to come up with things Lexi could do.  She needs to strengthen her left wrist and build that up again.  Kyle suggested that she start working out at his gym.  He said his coach could train her for Olympic Weight Lifting and she would be put through a strengthening course too.  So, she may decide to do that.  Wouldn't that be interesting.  She would get to know the Young Adult Olympic Weight Lifter from Westwood High School because she trains at that gym.  She is also LDS.  This girl is going to the next Olympics.  She is already a member of the USA Olympic team and wears all the Olympic gear at every competition.  How cool is that?  So, that would be a good thing.  She could help Lexi.  And who knows,....this could become a family sport.  ha ha!  

I just watched the movie about the life of Gabrielle Douglas, the US Olympic Gymnast who won gold in 2012 for individual all around and team competitions, becoming the first African American in Olympic history to become the individual all around champion, AND the first American to win gold in both areas at the same Olympics.  As well as being the only American all around winner to win multiple golds 

This girls childhood was tough.  She was raised in a single parent household by her mother.  She was taught to work hard and to be grateful for everything she had and to believe in herself.  She was taught that family was the most important thing.  She also knew the value of hard work.  I have to give it to her mother.  It must have been tough raising 4 children all alone.  But, in my opinion, she did an amazing job.

I loved the movie.  She has an amazing story.  It's something I think would be a great movie for my family to watch.  So, if you get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it.  


I can't believe tomorrow is Easter all ready.  This year is flying by.  I haven't even brought out the decorations or anything.  I guess that is what today is for.  I should be better about that kind of stuff.  I use to be right on top of it, but not lately.  I'm not sure exactly why.  Oh well.  We aren't doing the traditional Easter meal at our house either.  Everyone wants something different, so I have decided to do enchiladas for dinner.  That should be interesting.  I'm use to the ham and cheesy potatoes.  And the veggie tray kind of meal.  I guess not this year.  Most of my kids don't care for ham anyway.  Oh well...non-traditional is a-okay with me.  

This next week should be good.  We have a few things to do.  Kyle has a few errands to run on his own, and with his Dad.  I also have a doctor's appointment next week myself to get to.  I look forward to these appointments.  It's a good thing.  

Well, I should go.  We have lots to do before the next session of conference starts.  Take care and we will talk soon.
From the Missionary:

Nothing new today.  We should have something in a few days.

Quote of the Day:


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