Just a cute memory

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tonight I had a cute memory I wanted to record.  Mr. M has memorized his first scripture.  The 8th Article of Faith.  Every time he got to one area he would say "We believe the Book of Mormons to be the word of God.  We explained it is just one BOM and he said with excitement, "And you mean I have it?"  
I tried to clarify and say all BOM are the same.  To which I was correct, that his sister had a different one (a triple).  I don't think I convinced  him to drop the s, but oh well.  His way is cute anyway.


Quotes from Finding Noel, by Richard Paul Evans

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

 I really enjoy books from Richard Paul Evans.  They are great books, that bring tears at times, but have a happy ending. I am on my third one in the last month.  I read them aloud to my family.  Last weekend I picked up "Finding Noel".  Not only was it good, but it had lots of cute little quotes.  Some I agree with others caused me to reflect.  Anyway, here are a few that I thought I would like to put on my blog for me to enjoy now and then again later.

  • If love isn't blind it's at least horribly nearsighted.
  • I've wondered why it is that some people come through difficult times bitter and broken while others emerge stronger and more empathetic? I've read that the same breeze extinguishes some flames just fan others.  I still don't know what kind of flame I am.
  • There is no amount of compassion or common sense that can't be extinguished by government bureaucracy.
  • C.S. Lewis said it best, " I like bats more than bureaucrats."
  • Our journey feels like a board game where each throw of the dice lands us on some new square.  What a peculiar square we landed on today.
  • Often the greatest hurts of our lives come from running from the smaller ones.
  • Usually life's greatest gifts come wrapped in adversity.
  • How foolish to believe we have any idea of what is really going on around us or that permanency is an earthly option.
  • Revenge is only for those still chained.
  • My dad's a lot smarter than I've ever given him credit for. In truth, I  don't think he got a lot smarter-- just I did.
  • I have come to believe that there are moments too profound to be contained  in time.
  • I am grateful for new years and new beginnings.  It is a great human need to be periodically reborn.
  • "...for we are all amateurs at life, but if we do not focus too much on our mistakes, a miraculous picture emerges. And we learn that it's not the beauty of the image that warrants our gratitude--it's the chance to paint."
  •  Love is like a rose: we fixate on the blossom, but it's the thorny stem that keeps it alive and aloft...
    The things of greatest value are the things we fight for. And in the end, if we do it right, we value the stem far more than the blossom.
  • "Nothing heals the soul like chocolate," she said. "I just love chocolate. It's God's apology for broccoli."
  • Then one day I had this epiphany.  I realized that being a parent was like being the wizard of oz... "You know the part when Dorthy and her friends go to see the Wizard? The big, ominious head talks to them and they're all terrified.  Then her dog... pulls back the curtain and there's a little man behind it pulling levers and throwing switches.  And he says into his microphone, 'Ignore the man behind the curtain.' I think that being a parent  is like the man behind the curtain.  We pretend that we know what we're doing--that we're omnipotent and all-knowing-- when the truth is we're just back behind the curtain throwing levers and switches, doing the best we can... " 
"And then our kids find out that we're not as great as they thought we were?"
"Exactly, and then they're angry and disappointed that we can't meet their expectations-- as unrealistic as they are."


First Three College Credits

Monday, January 10, 2011

Today I wrote the check for Miss A to receive her first three credits toward college.  The high school has it so that students can earn more than a year of college before they are out of high school.  Of course Miss A in eighth grade planned how to take all of those courses.  I think only six credits were available for freshmen to take (typing).  So we will see what next term brings.

Here is the comical part,  even though she can get college credit, none are transferable to her top colleges of choice.  They mainly only transfer to our state universities and other term schools, but not any semester ones. Oh, well, one never really knows what the future holds, so we will take the credits now and worry about if it transfers or not later.


Who is the Queen?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Around the dinner table, we were checking to see what the kids learned at church. Since I teach CTR, I know what lesson the two younger get.  Mr. M told me one of the stories from his lesson and Little A told me another.  One of the stories as about a king whose son was taken from his home for a period of time.  People tried to get him to make bad choices.  Finally this boy was asked why he never would do the other bad things the others tried to get him to do.  His reply was that he was the son of a king and his father taught him to make good choices and that  he needed to do things that a king would do, so he would be ready to become a king.

In the lesson, the next part lead into that Heavenly Father is a king and we are each a prince or princess of his and that we need to make good choices to be like him.

I asked the kids, "Who is the King that we know?"

One answers, "The Holy Ghost?"


"Oh, Heavenly Father."

So  next Mr. M asks,  "Who is the queen?"
I figured this was too much doctrine for a four year old, so I said, " You will have to ask Heavenly Father."

 His reply, "How?'

"Prayer", I replied, more of an answer, because I didn't really think this would go any farther.

"How's that going to work?" he asked.

By now I am busting up laughing.  I guess he wanted a more concrete answer than prayer.  I just love each of my kids and life would be so boring with out them.  I did ask him later, "How do we talk to Heavenly Father?" He did say prayer, so at least I know that he gets prayer somewhat in  a four year old way.

I better not write any more, Mr. M has asked me at least 15 times while I was typing this, if he can read his scriptures.  You see the primary presidency gave them scripture charts and he is dying to read so he can mark one off. Make that at least 17 times he has asked now.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why would any one buy this after reading this sales description?  
EyeClops Mini Projector
$99.99 $29.99 (70% off)
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