Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Bee-jives

I get to spend one night a week at a thing called "mutual". (By the way, why the heck is it called that?) I am a Beehive Advisor. Mainly I advise the bees as to the best way they should produce their honey...ha ha! Actually, Beehives are 12-13 year-old girls who live in my neighborhood. Oh, I forgot to add a word before the word girls in that last sentence... please add the word insane. :) Last week I was on my own with all of them (YIKES!) and, of course, all seven of them showed up for the first time ever! They have been begging to go mini-golfing for months so we found a place for 2 bucks and I took them. Some of them refused to wait for everyone and were finished in about 15 minutes and then complained the rest of time that they were bored... they can be such gems at times... (I pray that I wasn't this annoying when I was that age!) And here they are:

Misty, Aubree, Jameela, Shelby, Morgan, Katie, and Crystal

Can you tell that they have QUITE the range of personalities? :)

Mr. Dragon was a little hungry and ate a couple of the balls.

For the most part they can be dears, but there are other times when they are punks... like when I am trying to teach the lessons! I am grateful that I've had the opportunity to work with them because I've learned so much. Especially patience. :) I love them though; it's been a great calling!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Spiritually Fed

When is the last time President Hinckley and President Packer showed up to your Stake Conference? For me it was this last weekend! Okay so it was a region-wide broadcast and 107 stakes had the same experience, but it was still awesome!

Saturday night was the adult meeting with our local leaders and all the talks were on adversity. Some things that touched me:
*if there was no night, there would be no day, nor would we ever see the stars and the moon
*even some of the Savior's prayers were not answered, but He always responded with "Not My will, but Thine"
*"when upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one"
*take your trials to the scriptures and when you've finished reading, they'll be a little lighter
*bear other's burdens while you are suffering and stay anxiously engaged in a good cause
*in the end, really ALL IS WELL
I have had a rough few weeks, but especially had a rough morning so it was definitely what I needed to hear.

Sunday was great too, it was like General Conference all over again!
Neil L. Anderson-Jesus says, 'SLOW DOWN', we need to seek quiet and meaningful experiences that feed our souls, slow down by 1. treating our Sabbath more like the Sabbath and 2. replace some leisure activities with temple worship.
Cheryl Lant-align your priorities with the Lord's and take His side on every issue, a testimony of Christ is the only thing that will help us win the battle
Boyd K. Packer-do not fear because fear is the opposite of faith, the work is not finished and we can expect full and righteous lives ahead, "The Lord doesn't balance His books in October"-the small things required of us may seem less productive immediately but as time goes on, you will realize they are the eternal things
Gordon B. Hinckley-work on companionships of love and trust, make our homes better by 1. having mutual respect for each other, stop looking for faults and start looking for virtues, 2. having a soft answer, work on disciplining yourself, 3. having financial honesty, and 4. having family prayer

The closing song was one of my all-time favorites--"with Faith in Every Footstep we follow Christ our Lord." If I increase my faith, the other things I want to work on will come quickly and more naturally....what an incredible blessing. I guess that's why faith is the first principle of the gospel, huh!?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Li'l Brudder

So my little brother Brad (or Tina as I call him, for no real reason) had his first choir concert this week! Let it be known that I don't think he really likes singing, nor has he ever been in a choir class before, but a girl convinced him that he should do it for his senior year....so he did. (Gotta love the influence of a girl!) Anyway, he made Concert Choir and was able to strut his stuff in his tux on Tuesday night. I really enjoyed the concert for many reasons--I love music, I love supporting my family, and it was fun for me to remember being in that same choir years ago. The song that touched me the most was the concluding "And Wherever You Go."

Wherever you go...
...may a bright sun follow you
...may your cares be few
...may you be at peace
...may your joys increase
...may you know true happiness
...may you meet a friend
...may you find a loving heart waiting for you
...may the soft winds carry you through the clouds and rain for the rest of your life.

I've thought about these words for the past couple of days and realized that really these all have to do with attitude. The gifts mentioned rarely come to us out of the blue; we must be willing to work for them and believe that they will happen to us and we CAN have these blessings 'wherever we go'.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What's in a Name?

So I figured I'd explain why my blog is named dontblink18. I can't lie, naming the blog was the hardest part of the whole process! I wanted it to be something that I really liked. I'm not sure that I love the name I've got, but it will do!
First off, the 18 is just because it's my favorite number and I had to add a number on or it wouldn't let me use dontblink!
And as for dontblink....
For years, I've loved the analogy of the jar to the time in your life. You can put golf balls in and fill it up (the essential things), but then you can add small rocks and have it full again (other stuff you have to do), but then you can put sand in and still fill it up again (other things we fill our lives with), but even then you can still add a cup or two of hot chocolate showing that no matter how full your life is, it's never too full to have a cup or two of hot chocolate with a friend. A little tacky? Maybe! But the meaning behind it means the world to me. I never want to get to the point in my life where I focus too much on stuff and not enough time on people. We don't take stuff with us, but relationships will go on forever.
So, "don't blink" represents that for me. Kenny Chesney recently wrote a song with the same title (sorry for being totally cliche and stealing the title...) where he asks a 102-year-old man what the secret to life is. The man tells him not to blink because 100 years goes faster than you'd think. The lines in the song that hit me are "start putting first things first," "when the hourglass runs out of sand, you can't flip it over and start again," "take every breath God gives you for what it's worth," "slow it down and take it in," and "it's a here today, gone tomorrow world we're living in." And that's how I want to live my life! I already feel life flying by and wonder if I'm doing enough.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fall Amazingness

I made sure to make time this weekend to check out some fall colors. I couldn't get anyone to come with me so I went by my lonesomes, but I had a great time. Of course it was raining pretty hard and I was soaked to the bone and freezing by the time I finally left (thank goodness for the car heater!), but it was such a great time. I'm afraid we get too caught up in the menial things in life that we forget to spend time soaking up nature and feeling the Spirit away from 'the world'.