Don't you just love the Valentine things. It's another time of year when love is expressed and good feelings abound. I love the new background my daughter chose and it was so much fun to log on and have it as a surprise. I think I need to plan ahead and express my love to all those special people in my life. Hmmmm.....here goes my brain thinking of ideas.....
We had grandchildren come here after school and had a great evening. Our daughter-in-law came home from the hospital later in the evening. Hopefully now she can rest and recuperate properly. Today I have a sore throat and am taking it easy today. I actually appreciate a quiet day to catch up on a few things. Hope your day is great!
Life's surprises kept up on Friday. My daughter-in-law ended up in the hospital again--tests Friday and surgery Saturday morning. I hope this truly takes care of her health challenges. She will be in the hospital until Monday. I'm getting some extra grandma time and so far it is going well. Last night we had a game night hosted by another daughter-in-law. We had 12 adults and 9 children. Fortunately hubby hooked up a little TV and played cartoons for the little ones. That made it so we could play games and enjoy the evening. Then we cleaned up and put grandkids to bed. I still had a hard time sleeping, but the news has been good today. My son's surgery Monday seems to have gone well and he is recuperating well. My daughter-in-law seems to have had a successful surgery this morning. Now we will pray that she will finally recover successfully. She has really had a difficult month. Hope you have a great weekend. Off to playing Grandma again!
I've decided that most of the time I like surprises. I like the fresh look at life we get when we get those surprises. I've been in a different frame of mind lately, but I realized that I've also had time to readjust a few things in my life for the better. I've been reading some great books and decided I would keep a list so that I can see what I read this year. I've also been cleaning out and hopefully getting a few more things organized in my life. I have also been doing a journal for 2009 and I like going back and reviewing what we did last year. I love our Church callings and have been blessed with knowing great people in the gospel. Tonight we get to have our Ward here for Goldfish races. That should be interesting, but I have a Stake meeting tonight. I hope hubby takes pictures! I have also been working on better eating habits. Sometimes I have to be reminded of things I have improved on in order to move forward with more new habits. I am thankful for some of these fun surprises that make January a month to enjoy!
I had such a special Sabbath day. I went to visit in my home ward sacrament meeting and it was wonderful. I was able to touch base with so many friends and neighbors. Then I went to my ward and had a marvelous meeting there. Such excellent messages and I'm glad I took notes from both meetings. I also have some challenges to work toward this year. I am taking the new Family Search class and we went to the Stake Center to get signed into the program . Then I looked up my info to see what they had. I decided I should work on my mother's family first because that seemed to be the most needful. When I got to her parents and siblings I found out that ALL the work had been completed by someone in San Diego. I was able to get a reference so that I can contact her and see what other info she has--and find out where she fits in the family. Then back to our Church for Relief Society and another great lesson. After our block meetings we visited with one of our Visiting Teaching sisters. Then I headed for the Stake Center to set up for Baptism Preview. We had over 50 people attend and it worked out very well. Then I was able to kick back a little until our 9 pm. Ward prayer meeting. Excellent Sabbath day. I had finished a quilt top Saturday and look forward to starting the next one this week. I decided I wanted to begin looking through my parents books--have about 20 boxes full. I wanted to see if I could find "The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith" because President Christensen is always quoting it in his lessons. The second box brought forth the treasure. I'm so excited to have one more resource for my studies. Tonight we meet with Frank's brothers and spouses for dinner and then a sister-in-law is staying over with us. I'm so thankful to have such wonderful blessings in my life. I hope you all have special blessings this week also. After I posted this I read a new blog by a woman who wrote a remarkable book. In one of her entries she quoted the scripture 1 Nephi 4:6 "And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do." This is the same scripture we were given as a guide in doing our family history. To me it was a MIRACLE because it reminds me to listen to the Spirit AND follow the promptings. Saturday I was prompted to wash the sheets in our guest room and didn't follow it. Fortunately, I have enough time to wash them today so they can be used tonight. I need to listen and follow promptings more readily. I am thankful to have this lesson brought to my mind--another wonderful miracle.
We had our dinner last night and only had F's companion and one of their home teaching people. It was still a great evening. Today I got cleaning done and exercised. I went to volunteer at my old school and the kids were so excited to have me there. Certainly builds up your self-esteem. After lunch I fiinished cleaning and then I got to SEW!!! I finished all of the blocks for the quilt, so hopefully tomorrow I'll get it ready to sew together. Tonight we go to the Temple. Looks like a wonderful Wednesday to me.
Just have to keep plugging through each day. I gt frustrated when I don't have time to sew, but at least I'm keeping busy. Yesterday was a fun busy day. Did some shopping at COSTCO and then attended the class with President Christensen. That really starts your week out right. When I got home from class I noticed my son had called so I called him. They were in Salt Lake and wanted to stop by. I invited them to dinner. We had a fun time and enjoyed some games together too. Today I prepared for our HOme Teaching dinner tonight. Also did some more research on Health insurance. Decisions, decisions. I also typed up my notes from class yesterday. THe day is almost coming to an end and I feel like I haven't even started yet. Chug-a-chug-a---keep going LaVon!
I read somewhere that we should keep a Miracle Journal. I guess that is in addition to our personal journal and our gratitude journal. I think I'll just combine all three into one because I have such a hard time keeping up. I did have a miracle today. I got up and fixed breakfast so that my hubby would have some nurishment to start the day. He is usually at Church about eight hours every week. Then I got distracted and forgot that I needed to put dinner in the crockpot. It was such a blessing to have that hit me suddenly so that I could get it going before it got too late. Dinner turned out great. My son and his family came. It was my daughter-in-law's first time out of the house since she got home from her surgery. We had a lovely evening. I felt so relieved that the Spirit had pushed my memory into the right mode. Our Church meetings were excellent and I have enjoyed the spirit it brought. Tonight we go back for Ward prayer and I am looking forward to that. Now onward to a new week!
I have been enjoying quite a bit of Grandma time this week and I love it. My daughter-in-law is home and slowly recuperating. We're just glad the surgery is over. I have also been spending a lot of time trying to regroup on insurance. I will be SO glad to get that decision made. We had an unexpected pleasure of attending a baptism this afternoon. There was a special spirit there. One of my husband's former Scouts was baptizing his 14 year-old son. He asked my hubby to be a witness. The talks were given by young men and they were AWESOME. It was also special to visit with the family--many of the women in our quilting club. I even got a hug from the newly baptized boy. It brightened our day! Have a special Sabbath Day!
This week has really been moving fast--I guess because I'm keeping busy. I have been exercising and trying to get my food plan a little healthier. I loved getting back to President Christensen's class, doing volunteer work at my former elementary school, cleaning cupboards, packing away Christmas, and tending grandchildren. I even found a new Church outfit while shopping. We also went to dinner with our daughter and grandson. Not bad for the first three days of the week. Also, a BIG thank you to my daughter for changing my blog background. Great choice, honey! I hope you all have a fantastic week!
Where did 2009 go? It certainly went fast. We even stayed up to see the New Year in--haven't done that for quite a while. Today was very pleasant and I got my sewing room finished. I will hopefully start a new quilt tomorrow--at least it is already cut out. We watched movies and played games. I hope your New Year is the best one yet!