Thursday, August 25, 2011

At Summer's End...

Summer has now come to an end and the kids are back in school. All I can say is : "Thank Goodness!!!!"

Now, I know what you're all saying.... "That's not a good attitude!" However, when you have 3 teens who constntly suck down every single bit of the groceries you've purchased 15 minutes earlier in one single gulp. When they complain there is nothing to do, they want to go somewhere, they want to do something. SIgh...they drive me crazy. This year, I shipped all three off to EFY for a week together. It was one quiet week at my house....which was great consiering I'd started my new job. Here are a few of the highlights:
Corinna is my sixteen year old who is now allowed to date, but has yet to find anyone that will uphold her standards, but she finds many ways to have a great time with friends. She loved EFY as well as Young Women's Camp. She also fell in love with Scripture study this summer.
Bryan is growing up fast and striving in his callings at church and I find myself thinking of the mothers of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors and how they must've felts as their sons aged being brought up in the church an seeing the spirit rest easily upon their shoulders....and I am grateful to be his mother. And yes, He loved EFY and Scout Camp as well.
And then there was Molly....Oh me oh my Molly!!! I adore her, she is my baby after all...and yes...all of their eyes are really that blue. She was able to go to EFY for the first time this summer. She had a blast and enjoyed hanging out with a bunch of girls who were all like her. She had a blast at Young Women's Camp as well and she was even sweet enough to bing an extra fan to her sister at wasa 107 degrees all week while they were there, but luckily they had cabins to sleep in. No AC but ability to plug in a fan is a good thing for the cabin.

So.....summer is over and I a ready for it to be over.....though it's supposed to be 110 degrees on Saturday. if the weather wouldsimply agree with us!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Glimmer....

Sunday morning rolled around early... too early. We were expected to be at a meeting at 9am for seminary for the kids. We woke up at 8:30am and knew we weren't going to make it to that meeting. Hubby rolled over happy to fall back asleep and be is Stake Conference after all. MORMON HOLIDAY!!!! Just kidding. With all my struggles. I actually made everyone get out of bed and start getting ready. I dragged them to Stake Conference and made them come with smiling faces.

And we the hard chairs. UGH! I figured 30 minutes would be enough to make it and get a good seat...but alas!!! No!!! I sat listening to the talks, trying to gain whatever spiritual glimpse I could get. At the end of the two hour block, I felt a glimmer....a spark....burning in my heart as the Stake President spoke. And for that small glimmer that lasted 5 seconds at the was worth it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Encouraging Insanity

My job...encourages my insanity. I am encouraged to have fun with my job and complete some pleasant surprises for the guests checking in. We have one guest....dear Mr Erwin. Mr Erwin wasn't feeling well today. I asked him if there was anythign I could do to help him and he turned me down. Instead he walked away and went to work. Not willing to sit by I took a Get Well Soon card and wrote him a little message:

"Mr. Erwin, I hope you feel better, so we can have a "ball" again soon!!" Again offering any assistance if he needs anything. The card was accompanied by a fully inflated beach ball to great him as he came in.

Later he came back. I again told him to let me know if he needs anything. He said he would be fine. About 20 minutes later he emerged from his room and came downstairs for a nice cup of tea. He looked at me with a smile on his face. He said :"You are a sweetheart. Thank you for making me smile...I needed it."

Mission Accomplished.....AND my insanity carried on. My manager thought it was great and told me to keep a look out for anyone else I can help. I love it!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Do you ever find yourself waiting? Waiting for a bus? Waiting at the checkout stand? Just waiting?

That's where I'm at right now. Tonight I am blogging from the fabuloso employee lounger here at the Residence Inn near the Alamo. My shift ended an hour ago and now I sit and wait for hubby to swing by after his shift and pick me up. Today he started back to the late hours, a sure sign that school is about to re-start as he is a custodian. He will be off work in fifteen minutes and will then head over to pick me up....if he remembers. Will he remember?! There is no guarantee.

This is yet another problem with having only one car in the family. However, this is the only night this week I am working late. Tomorrow, I have to be here bright and early for a training class. Hubby offered me to stay overnight, but I declined. The last thing I need to do is spend the night at work.

So, I am catching up on e-mail, paying the bills, making sure none of my kids are on Facebook this time of night...typicfal Mom stuff.

What do you do while you are waiting?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

How Do I Fall In Love With Church Again?!?!

This move has been a good one on so many levels, but challenging on far too many others. My first year here I attended church perhaps 10....maybe 12 times. The rest of my family attended every Sunday. That distance from church weighs heavily on a person's soul.

Since changing my position I find myself being able to attend church more often. My problem? I've lost all my heart and love for it. I found myself no enjoying the sweet music declaring praises to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I know at some point I will, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to fall in love with church again?