I remember when I was a kid, the Easter bunny brought me a basket with my favorite candy and a few fun trinkets like bubbles, or some crayons and a new coloring book. That was pretty much it. Simple, but fun! As I did my shopping this past week for groceries I saw the aisles and aisles of Easter baskets already put together full of all kinds of fancy goodies.
Choices. Should I wear the red shirt or the blue one? Should we eat at this place? Or that one? Choices are everywhere. We are faced with choices every minute of every single day. Life is about choices. In fact, before we even came to earth we made a choice! In my past week of studying, the theme of choices has kept coming up. Last week we talked about praying and listening for answers. What happens though when the answer we get, isn’t a yes or a no? What happens when we have to make the choice ourselves? I have come to believe that Heavenly Father doesn’t abandon us, or choose not to answer. No, sometimes Heavenly Father gives us the opportunity to decide for ourselves. Let me explain to you what led me to this discovery.
I have been struggling with yelling lately. It seems that certain times of the month I am worse than others and its during those times I find it extremely difficult to control myself. I have poured over articles on-line about how to “Stop yelling”, and have been quite successful at finding very good ideas! Unfortunately, I have not been as successful in actually practicing what I’ve been reading. We have tried many things in an effort to calm the inner beast. First we made it a family rule, (which I am usually the first to break). We have tried code words. I have put up reminders and yet I still manage to fail.
This past week our family had the amazing opportunity to go to Disneyland!! Baby Girl will be 5 years old in June and for us, turning 5 is a big thing to celebrate, so we celebrated in a special way. We decided going now would be a lot better than fighting the crowds in the middle of the summer, and we are so glad we did! We had an amazing time!!! Yes, there were lines, but not nearly as bad as we thought. It was the perfect time to go! We rode rides, watched shows, met Elsa, Anna, Mickey, Minnie, and watched the spectacular fireworks shooting behind the famous Sleeping Beauty castle. It was breathtaking.
“My kids are driving me crazy!!” Does that sound familiar? It seems we hear this phrase more often than not. You always hear those horror stories when your toddler gets into someone else’s diaper bag, and opens and dumps the entire can of formula. (Don’t ask me where that example came from!) Or you hear things about them being too loud, or talking too much or even being “annoying”. Yes, those are times that we all can relate to, but I think we can go overboard sometimes in sharing those stories and lose sight of the wonderful beautiful beings children really are. I am reminded of the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 18:10
Spring is upon us, which for everyone else means flowers blooming and gardening! For me, it means snow. As I sit here and write it is pouring down snow and has been for the past 2 hours. Whether it be raining or snowing or gardening or shoveling, spring also means one other thing. General Conference. General Conference is a 2 day conference held in Utah where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather to listen to counsel given by church leaders.