This week was pretty good! We met a new investigator named Cxxxxxx. He knows a lot about the gospel. He had us meet him at his office, which was a little weird, but we went anyways. He is a super smart guy and knows his stuff! He said it made no sense that prophets wouldn't be around today. That was before we even made mention of the restoration. He should be coming to church this Sunday and I am sure he will fit right in. It's really cool because the reason why he knew about the church was from a friend he traveled with for business who is LDS. His friend would go to the temple all the time an Cxxxxxx thought that was an amazing thing. He is so cool and he has a crazy job! He puts people who want to invest millions of dollars in companies in contact with these companies. So he usually puts together business plans and goals for these people and spears them out to these companies that he feels will work together well. I guess it's not that crazy, but he does deal with some very rich people.
Today Elder Nutall is making another cake. Ha Ha! And, we are gonna go play basketball with some people in Stanford. It should be fun. I will embarrass myself as usual. Oh yeah! We also have been playing Foosball. Ha Ha!
Dad, that "joke" wasn't funny! I honestly got a little scared, but you won't get me again. Mom, I liked that story a lot. It's funny because the missionaries probably didn't feel like they were doing anything super special, but for that little kid, it meant everything! That's what's so cool about little acts of service. They are so huge to the person receiving them.
So, how are all of you guys? I'm glad to be avoiding world war wedding!!!! Ha HA!!! Just kidding.
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The site offers a free printable to use. All you do is fill in the 40 spaces with the different rooms or spots in your home you would like to work on. She even offers a list of suggested areas/rooms and another list of non-visible clutter areas to check for ideas. She says be realistic, stretch larger spaces over a few days or a week like a basement, attic, garage, or even closets, etc.
On the printable there is a space for a date you worked and your actual progress. What area you tackled, how many bags you got, where they will go (thrift store, garbage, family members, garage sale, etc.) Day 1 is the day you start, and don't forget to give yourself Sundays (or at least one day a week) off when filling the printable out.
You can join the Facebook group and sign up for emails, like I did to get tips and support every day and every week. She says she will periodically send out a short newsletter which will contain decluttering advice, motivation, and links to new posts. She said she will be sharing articles in decluttering, check-in posts, pictures and stories from herself and other participants, as well as motivation on Facebook.
She says she wants to help change our lives! She says she wants to help us become better versions of ourselves. She says because we don't need all of this stuff. It doesn't make us happier. Your home should not make you feel overwhelmed or stressed. You don't need to be embarrassed. You can do this! (repeat that!) AND...You are not alone in feeling this way!!! She says she wants our homes to be a place where you are surrounded with only the things and people you love. you shouldn't feel controlled by the paper clutter, the craft supplies from projects never carried out, the furniture Great Aunt Sally passed down to you, nor clothes telling you what size you used to be! She says she wants to free us from the unnecessary stuff in our lives keeping us from being happy.
How cool is that????
Now, I know we can only help ourselves. Ann really can't come and do this for us. It's up to us to decide if we will take her challenge. Honestly. I'm ready! It may take me a little longer than 40 days to get this done, but I'm willing to try.
Isn't this a form of Sharing the LOVE?? You know, my theme for February?!!! It is!!!
I have to admit. I have filled a couple bags, but I could do a little better. It's a process though. I will do better starting with this weekend.
Lexi has been working out every single day lately. Each day she does her little workout and she has inspired me to try harder too. She has been working so hard that her lower legs are killing her. It hurts her to walk from our family room to our living room. I started a mini workout this evening. Jump rope. I have to take it easy because of my knee. Baby steps. BUT, already I want to do more, even though my knee is a little sore. Arg! It's all good though. I'm taking it very slow!
Last night we had another prescription to pick up for Kevin. He has three medications he takes regularly. The first two were hard enough. I thought for sure this third one was going to be a problem too. Thankfully it wasn't. I even sat in the car and counted all the tablets before I drove away. Lexi was totally embarrassed by my actions.
When we left the parking lot of the pharmacy I was stuck at a light in the left hand turn lane. While we were waiting for our chance to turn, we witnessed this guy run over this bike waiting in the crosswalk. I told Lexi the bike was at fault because he wasn't going with the flow of traffic. If he would have been where he should have been the accident never would have happened. So, when we were able to make our turn I pulled over and ran over to the guy in the car and the guy on the bike to give them my name and phone number since I saw the whole thing. Later last night I got a call from the officer called out to investigate the accident to share what I saw. I told the officer the bike wasn't going with the flow of traffic and I thought that was the end of it. Well, I guess sometime today I got a call from the driver of the cars insurance company asking me for a statement as well. I didn't even know I had a voicemail until I checked my phone this evening. I'll have to call tomorrow or something. Oh boy! It's all good. I'm just glad the guy on the bike wasn't hurt. Just his pride, I think
It's been a WILD week and we are only half way through.
Here's hoping the rest goes well. I don't know if my nerves can take much more. I told a co-worker yesterday that all of this "excitement" is going to land me a bed in the looney bin, for an extended stay too! Sheesh!!
There is one thing I have noticed about the things we have been through. I have been able to actually think clearly and problem solve through all of this. This is something I never thought would happen. I thought for sure the stress of it all would cloud my judgment because I could literally feel the fog come over me. Thankfully, I was amazed that I just did what I felt I had to do. I do admit that I did break down and cry as I was calling out for work, but even so....I was able to work through this and I am so grateful for the outcome. I call that a tender mercy.
Kevin is sick again and in a lot of pain. He is spending a lot of time flat on his back right now...but his wit is still in tact. He spent the day teasing his oldest daughter relentlessly! I think it helped to take his mind off of everything else. This has been another huge blessing! It's amazing that we are seeing the "old" Kevin! Another tender mercy!
I bet you are wondering how I can call these things blessings. I think I have been made very much aware of the Lord's hand as we maneuvered through these ordeals, and these are the tender mercies I am speaking of. What a blessing it is to know that my Heavenly Father is very much aware of my family and I and I cannot deny that! No, my life is not perfect. My life can be hard! My life has it's really bad moments....but again I am reminded that "If everything eternal is in tact, then nothing else matters". This is what I need to remember! This is what matters most! This is EVERYTHING! What I need to do now is everything I can to make sure that those eternal things remain in tact! That means, doing what I have been asked to do, and keep the commandments so that when the time comes I will be found with my torch still lit when I come to the end of my marathon...my life. Now to stay fixed and working towards that goal. Enough said.
Take care friends, and we will talk again soon!