Friday, July 31, 2009

Today

I am feeling good today. It amazes me how much better I feel about the situation I posted about yesterday. I feel so much better about it. I am reading a great LDS book called The Seventh Seal. It is fictional, but truly awesome. I would recommend everyone read it. Rats, I have to end this post because Ariana just emptied out an entire shelf of books. I wanted to go on about this book, so read it! Bye!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stewing In My Brain

I haven't written lately because I knew I would vent my frustrations and I am not sure that it is the place. However, I am going to write a quick version of it, then hopefully move on. There is a town celebration and correlates with a church celebration where we live. My parents and I had arranged to sell snow cones during the celebration. A family walked up to us and told us that they were 'assigned' to sell snow cones and that we had taken their spots, blah, blah, blah. They used names and they also used their church as an excuse, as well as being quite overwhelming and demanding. I feel so bad for my parents because they had spent a lot of money preparing for the celebration, but we packed up and left. I didn't want to fight until I knew all the facts. Luckily, we did get the name of the family so that we could confirm their story. And that is just what we did. We called the city office asking if there was a mix up or what happened, and the city office didn't know the people. After many phone calls and the husband of the family getting removed from the city office by police, due to his behavior, we discovered that obviously the people lied in every which way. I am sadden by their actions. Yes, they lied to me and my family, but they ruined it for themselves. In addition to selling snow cone, they had about 5 other activities that they offered at the celebration. Now, I don't believe they are welcome to participate in the town celebration again. Also, they brought religion into it. This part really angers me. We are of the same religion and they were totally offensive. Not only were they offensive, but they claimed to do it in the name of their religion. No wonder some people dislike any religion. There are always a few out there that leave such a bad example that it ruins the image. There can be 99 examples of a religion doing good things, but it only takes 1 bad example to ruin it. Frustrating. Anyway, the deal is over with. We were in the right, but I don't feel happy. I feel sorrow that there are people out there like that. I feel sorrow because I know my kids will have to deal with people like that. I feel sorrow because greed and manipulation has blinded these people to the truth. I feel sorrow because these people have blinded others to how wonderful our church can be. I feel sorrow because there is so much wickedness in the world, one hopes that religion would be a place from the storm, but it is not always so.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It's Been Awhile

I know that I haven't written anything for awhile. I've posted a lot of pictures, but now I need to write. Summer seems to be flying by so very fast. At the begining of summer I think the possibilities are endless. I have so many plans for swimming, hiking, camping, fishing, and other fun things. But other things pop up. I need to do yard work, mow the lawn, trim the bushes, landscape, and other such projects. I love working in the yard. I really do. Yet, I feel like I allow other projects to interrupt my plans for fun. Now, here is the catch. Doing yard projects and working on improving my home and yard is a good thing. Yet, there must be balance. If I only do projects in the summer, I am teaching my kids that summer is when we work harder on the home than play with them. I have to pause and take the time to take my kids to a park, look at the rivers, and enjoy the beautiful work Heavenly Father has given us to enjoy. I need to learn to see the world through my children's eyes, and teach them at the same time. I must show them the importance of taking caring for my home and yard, yet show them the value of taking time to be together as family. It is a tough balance. One that I think all struggle with. I will always work on this. i think this is hitting me hard because in 1 month McKayla will be starting pre-school and dance class. Her life will continue to pull her farther and farther away from the home and family. I need to focus on pulling her closer to home. Does that make any sense?

Thursday, July 2, 2009