As I toted nine children along to the store or some activity, notoriously I would always get this question: Are those all your children? I would answer back with an enthusiastic “YES” and then go on to explain how they were from one husband and no twins. That really got their curiosity up. I know what they were thinking: “Why in the world would anyone have nine children on purpose?” Then the next thing they would say was: “I have___ (insert number less than 4) children and I don’t know how you do it.”
This week, like many single adults, I had the chance to pack up all of my belongings into my car, and move. Also, this week, a relationship has changed directions. Therefore, moving for me is not only a literal packing up and moving items, it is packing up and moving forward with my life. I consider it a test of my faith as I move on to new experiences and adventures. Admittedly, there are moments along my new path where I question what I am doing. Should I really be moving? What about everything I have established? Will I find new friends? Will I stay in touch with old ones? Am I Doing the Lord’s will? What if that was my only chance at a relationship? Did I mess up my future? As doubts enter my mind, and I begin to question, I remember the counsel of Jeffrey R. Holland. He said, “Faith is for the future. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us.”
Long, long ago when we were young and naive, my husband and I tried to plan our children’s lives. Specifically, we were considering how long we would homeschool. Elementary school was a given. We value childhood and the freedom, play, and individualized education that homeschool allows. Junior High is generally not the most fun social experience, and my husband wanted me to homeschool through that. By high school we thought maybe the children could be a part of the decision-making process.
When the Mormons (a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) launched their new youth program, they put into place a brilliant educational program that could improve even secular high schools. The program is called, “Come, Follow Me” and while the religious nature, of course, wouldn’t work in a public school, the methods are easily adaptable to a school program.
I really enjoy music. It’s a fantastic way to vent out emotion. Anger, frustration, happiness, joy, peace, love, it’s all easily expressed in music. And isn’t it amazing how music can be tied to a memory? I’d like to take a few minutes to share a few of my earliest memories with music. I’m starting to get into the “old fart” stage of life if my nieces are right. So the fact I still remember these is a testament to how deeply music can be tied to a memory.