My mom turns 50 today!!!! Happy Birthday, Mom. There aren't the right words to express the depth of gratitude and admiration that I feel. You have this amazing ability to keep going even when I know your body tells you to quit. My children can feel your love just by sitting next to you and they feel of their worth. Thank you for teaching me of the best things in life and for guiding me to be the best I can. I love you!!!
We surprised Mom with a party on Friday. My sister Annie even flew in all the way from OK. The party turned out wonderful and my mom couldn't have been more surprised.
While Annie was here we got to spend a bit of time with each other and I always walk away with some amazing lessons. The top two that stand out are:
Lesson 1. As I was trying to listen to Conference this weekend and failing miserably due to the fact that within the walls of our home we have small children who were trying NOT to listen to Conference, I mentioned to Annie about how it is a fine line trying to teach the kids reverence but not making them dread Conference. 4 hours in one day is a long time to sit quietly. I'm sure she doesn't remember what she said, but I do. She casually mentioned, "That's when you just enjoy being together. Consider it family time."
Isn't that pure gold? My kids are very young and demanding them to sit still and be quiet that WHOLE time just chases the spirit right out the door for me. SO rather than resenting them for the reality that their attention spans are not 4 hours, or even two hours, long (I mean I can always READ Conference in a month right?) I should just relish in the fact that we can have some uninterrupted family time (with Conference still on of course). Inviting the Spirit to help teach my children to look forward to Conference until they are old enough to also be taught by the talks. Brilliant. Did I mention she's my younger sister?
Lesson 2. You need to make a big deal about someone who is visiting from out town. Even if you feel as if they are always near because you get to talk to them all the time and you feel very connected. Just because you feel that way doesn't mean they do and it's always nice to have a someone fuss over you if you've been away. (Can you tell I dropped the ball on this one. Pretty sure I need a do-over)
Despite the fact that I probably heard half of one talk all weekend I feel very uplifted and enlightened. We'll call that a success.