Get ready, get set, go!

September 30, 2008

Great Talk for todayby Marion G. Romney

I have lots of thoughts in my mind and heart that I’d love to share, but share intelligently. Alas, severe sleep deprivation (thank you Eagle) greatly inhibits my ability to sound intelligent. Nevertheless, here are some more thoughts from your blogaholic (no, let’s call it journaling) friend.
With all the craziness in our world today, and specifically in our American economy this week, I thought I’d share my reaction:

No, sleep deprivation has not rendered me completely insane. No, I’m not writing from a white padded cell. I shall share the reasons for my happiness in the midst of calamity. Bear with me through a few quotes, scriptures, etc. I’ve had this hymn cycling through my head all morning:
In faith we’ll rely on the arm of Jehovah
to guide through these last days of trouble and gloom.
And when the ungodly are fearing and tremble
We’ll rise with the just when the Savior doth come. (Hymns 3)

Doctrine and Covenants 45:35, 57-58
And I said unto them: Be not troubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled…
For they that are wise and have received the
truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.
And the
earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

I guess if I were to condense all my thoughts into a nutshell, this would be it:

the calamities happening now (and during the last few years) to me are more than tragedies. To me they are “signs of the times” – evidence that Christ is coming. Soon! YES!!!!!!!! All the junk we wade through, all the wickedness and messed up priorities, all the corruption in government & industries, all the sickness and disease, all the depression, in short, all the “trouble and gloom” – it’s all going away! It’s going to be beautiful here.

Sure, the scenes winding up to it are going to be unpleasant. It’s like childbirth in so many ways… Forgive me, male readers, for indulging here in a perfect analogy. Childbirth is a natural part of life, and I feel no qualms about diving into it here. If you’re reading this, childbirth brought you here. Get over it.

By 8 ½ months, a woman is SO uncomfortable, she’s willing to go through anything to be restored to her normal state of being. There’s also that great desire to look on her baby’s face and hold her on the outside instead of carrying her inside. If she has done lots of research about what exactly happens during childbirth, when that first contraction hits, she’ll know what’s going on. (Okay, I know there are exceptions – I’m speaking based off my experiences, k?) She’ll know it’s not just something she ate – this is it! Showtime! The miserable days of pregnancy are almost over! The time to hold and cuddle and love that precious brand-new baby are SO CLOSE! Yay!!!!

That’s how I feel today. Our economy is crashing! Natural disasters abound! Hold on folks, it’s about to get pretty intense… But if you’ve practiced listening to the Spirit, you’ll be okay. It’s not going to be pleasant, but it will be (a) amazing when it’s all over! (b) possible to have peace in your heart in spite of intensity.

Get ready!



September 29, 2008

Aww… I just got to talk to a D&D friend from Washington for 50 whole minutes! Wow! All my young-mother friends know that a conversation of that length during the day is rarer than… than… toddlers cleaning up spontaneously. Kate just happened to call during nap time, so the place was quiet & free from distraction on my end. Rare. Very, very rare. And so much fun!

How great to get caught up again after several months! She finished the book she’d been working on. 350 pages! Holy cow! This is what happens when you have a passion for something and the time to work on it. Although… If you’re passionate enough about something, you find a way to make time for it. (This may explain why my Writing for Children’s course is still only 1/4 completed, and also why I am loath to go to an outside source for motivation to get me to work on it. It’s my thing, I want to be the driving force behind my working on it… And so we wait.)

(John always played lawful good — his inner S-man coming out.)

I’m so proud of her for that accomplishment. She’s let it set for a while and is now going back with a fine-toothed comb to get kinks out. Go Kate! I have nothing but great memories of our time playing D&D on Saturday nights, with that group of random neighbors who came to be known as “Just Us.” I never would have met her if Guy hadn’t put together a D&D campaign & posted it online, and John & I never would have known about his campaign if he hadn’t mentioned a love for D&D-ing at a different neighbor’s open house. The dynamics of that group were interesting (to say the least), but absolutely a part of our time there. I cried inside leaving our last D&D session. And then I bawled when I came across my old character sheets a few months after we moved. Part of me still misses it. Not that I necessarily want to do it again now, but that I want to time-warp back to it and enjoy that group just as it was, just as we were, just then, just us.

Can I mention how glad I am that blogging lends itself so easily to “journaling” like this? Don’t be offended, dear far-away friends, for not getting a post about it the last time we talked, or for not getting a call from me in for-e-ver… As noted, these sorts of happenings are rare, and then rare on top of that for me to have time to post about it later. 🙂

Random September Pictures.

September 29, 2008

I haven’t been posting quite as many pictures as I aught to have

this month…

So here are quite a few to make up for lost time.

The happy couple in the pool are my in-laws, the happy-face pie is John’s birthday “cake,” and then I thought I’d illustrate crazy fall weather. Hot, cold, hot… Kids in the cold rain with their umbrellas, then in the sprinklers & swimsuits with the same umbrellas (the very next day!), and the day after that, Eagle in his sweater/hat combo to keep of the chill…

Spring and fall here are both bizarre. There’s really not much in between. It’s frrrrrrreezing, or it’s HOT, and the weather plays ping-pong for a few weeks trying to decide if it’s winter or summer. I end up with a whole month of needing both summer & winter clothes out. Not that I mean to compain here, though. It’s a beautiful state with interesting weather.

Then we have Cinderella’s happy face – one with long “scraggy” hair, as we called it, and one with her new short do. The two amigos playing in and on the little car – it was pretty funny watching Doodle sit up on top of it, actually. And my favorite picture of me, taken by Doodle tonight. It’s me blogging! Hi everyone!!!

Relief Society Lesson, take 3

September 28, 2008

I have decided that teaching is great fun. It’s a great responsibility, yes, but I learn enough much in the process that it’s something I look forward to each month. Last month I printed things out to tape up on the board — This month I used the chalkboard instead. It was actually my first time attempting chalk-usage, and I’ve got a bit to learn.

Like, if you want to write something on the board ahead of time, plan to be at church a half-hour early. I planned today to be 15 minutes early, thinking that would be fine, but I ended up walking in to Relief Society as it was starting. Nice. (I take that back. Sarcasm doesn’t transfer well through the written word, so I’ll just put it plain: it was WAY frustrating to drag a reluctant 2 yr. old into nursery, and to be hauling Eagle, a globe, and our 4 bags at the same time. Where’s John when I need him, dangit?)

The lesson was on a talk from Pres. Uchtdorf, A Matter of a Few Degrees. Awesome talk, and if you’ve read it, you know why I wanted a globe. 🙂

Pres. Uchtdorf spoke at the Relief Society Broadcast last night, too. It was wonderful. I went to the Conference Center for it, and wow. I haven’t been to a meeting like that (in person) in a while. At one moment, I felt connected with dear friends far away, knowing that they were likely participating in the same broadcast, via satellite. I love the way the gospel connects me with all my sisters, regardless of how far away or how long it’s been since I’ve seen them. Blogs are good for that, too, but the gospel is even better. 😉

New fave website

September 27, 2008

Love it.

New Skills

September 27, 2008

John went up to retrieve the screaming Eagle from his containment center, er, crib, and found the darling sitting up! Wow! New skills, new skills. Congrats, Eagle.

Nice to be here

September 26, 2008

Can I just say that as much as where we live is a dry desert, and as much as I missed the wonderful green wetness of Washington,
I’m glad glad glad glad that John isn’t working for WaMu any more!

Stinks that all the stock we had in it when we left is pretty much worthless now, but hey. Win some, lose some. I knew the company had serious, serious problems when I found out how hefty their year-end bonuses were. Not that I didn’t like them, but something was WRONG with the people just a few levels up from John getting 5 and 6-digit Christmas bonuses. Crazy.

It was nice, too, of JPMorgan&Chase to buy ’em out. And nice of the severely over-bloated federal gov’t to bail them out when they FAILED, so I could still get money out of the ATM yesterday.

I hope everyone knows deep down in their gut now that the moral of all this economic drama is:
Please. It’s a bad idea.

Oh, and for the “now” generation who might need a translation,
Debt = when you can’t buy it outright, k?
When you take on monthly payments for something, that’s debt because you didn’t have enough money on hand. 😉

Sorry. Small soapbox. I’ll get off it now. Love you! 🙂