Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Scripture Reading Tip!

Every January I vow to be better at my regular scripture study. I'm not terrible- but like most things in my life there is always room for improvement. It's odd that I find this habit slips through the cracks so easily, especially when the rewards for doing it are so great. With just a little bit of effort I get the maximum reward. Things are better when I'm regularly reading my scriptures. I feel closer to the Savior and my testimony of Him is that much stronger. I have a greater peace in my life. I feel more well-rounded. I'm a kinder mother, and a better friend. I seem to have more time on my hands and so I get more done in the day. And the list goes on. (With all that in mind, I feel sort of pathetic for being so bad at this one.)

This year is no different from any other and, once again, I'm committed to reading my scriptures. However, this year I'm excited about a new way of doing some of it.

A friend of mine started a blog with her mother called Two Pages a Day. Everyday, they are posting two pages of the Book of Mormon. What a great idea! I have added it to my Google Reader Account, so that each day when I check my email- there it is, and in no time at all I've read the scriptures and thus improved my life.

I thought I should share in case anybody else wanted another tool to increase their chance for scripture reading success!

I love it! Thanks so much Kathryn!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Statistics for Men

A watched this from a friends blog and just about died laughing so I had to share:

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

I got sucked into Masterpiece Theatre Sunday night watching the first half of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," based on a Thomas Hardy novel. I love it so far, but in an effort to find out a little more about what's going to happen in part two, I surfed the net.

What was I thinking!? Not only did this ruin the show for me, but it let me in on a terrible bit of news- this story does NOT end happy! I hate that!

Happy endings are imperative to me. I don't mind the heart wrenching stories as long as they end happy. Who wants to watch a show, invest oneself in the characters and grow to love them only to have them die? It's awful!!

I should have known better. After all- this is Thomas Hardy. I once spent four hours watching, "The Mayor of Casterbridge," based on another of his tales. I watched the entire thing waiting for it to get happy. It never did. Yuck!!

Now what do I do? Knowing I will have to suffer the major emotional let-down, do I watch it anyway?

I know I'm going to. I'm a sucker for punishment.

New Years Resolution

Snuggling up on Christmas Eve

Another Christmas season has come and gone. They never last long enough for me. It seems like vacation is the only time to just chill and visit with the kids. We have the time to talk and play games and do fun things together. I love it!

I dropped my daughter off at pre-school and another mom exited at the same time as me saying something like, "Phew- after two weeks of them I am so glad my kids are all back in school and I can just be alone again." I felt so sad for her. Certainly, I value my personal time, but she seemed excessively happy to be "rid" of her kids. Maybe her children are particularly difficult- I should give her the benefit of the doubt. Mine definitely have their bad days, but I can't hold it against them, considering how many bad days I seem to be able to crank out myself. But, in the end, cranky moments and all, I still really like being around them and am always a bit sad when they're off and gone.

Besides, it's only a matter of years before they decide it's not cool to hang-out with me anymore. I need to cherish these days when they still think I'm a little bit cool.

Thus, my main new year's resolution is to "stop and smell the roses." If the dishes aren't done, the beds aren't made, and my front room is a disaster---- and yet my daughter wants to sit and read a book with me? I'm going to breathe, find my inner peace and read the darn book!!!

So, if in the coming year you visit our home and are a bit surprised at the mess, just know that I love my family. My sister gave me a cute saying that I think expresses it nicely:

We may not have it all together,
but together we have it all.

Happy New Year Everyone!


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