Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity. ~ Margaret D. Nadald
Our Father also gifted us with the nature to nurture, keen sensitivity to the Spirit, selflessness, discernment, and heroic faith. No wonder our Father placed us at the heart of the family and thus at the center of the plan of salvation. We are the Lord's secret weapon. ~ Sheri Dew
Despite my great delays, I still learn everyday! I've been out of town for a while, but have kept little notes of things I want to write about. My road trip took me through 9 states (Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia) in 7 days, and there's nothing like being exposed to new places and people to get your mind whirling. Additionally, I was able to get some reading in and am excited to write all about that! I'll hop to it first thing tonight when the kiddies are in bed!
It's officially a new year, and I don't think I could have rung it in any better then I did. Nathan and I were busy in conversation and snuggling our youngest when we realized that we were just seconds from 12:00. So, we counted down the seconds together and wished each other a happy new year. Life is a lot of things, however overall it ends up being a culmination of experiences. Marriage too is many things. Anyone who is married realizes that not all of the experiences you've had in that setting are happy joyous ones, but how blessed is the person that can look for the good even in these moments. Being one who is what I hope is a rational, and normal... well, maybe not normal, but definitely not insane, I think.... I too have experienced the lessons that life and marriage have brought. As such, I sit here today on 1 Jan 2009 and say that I love my husband and am grateful for the man that he is and the life we have. I started this blog to throw out ideas that aimlessly wonder my mind about homeschooling, politics, military, and anything else really, but the driving force behind everything in my life is my husband and the religion we both strive to live. I guess this post could also be titled "An ode to my husband." He's always doing things for me, or thinking about me, but I can give you a few instances that just have melted my heart the last little bit.
I really hate having the tv/electronic stuff as the center of a living space. We had a hydrolic lift cabinet that hid our tv and all it's junk until you pushed a button and it raised out of the top of it. Because it just looked like a piece of furniture it hid well and I just put pictures and stuff on it so that it would make it ore challenging to raise it. Well, my cute husband knows that I would rather have a common area with books and good things and has just in the last month sold that tv and a game system that he used on it and has taken the lead to rearrange furniture so that our living room is a wonderful family area. While we could have created this family area even with the cabinet in place it's been so wonderful to not have the temptation to turn on a show. Our kids are pretty good about entertaining themselves and taking steps to find new activities and be creative, but they know even more now that watching a program (of any sort) isn't part of the daily schedule. I would never have asked Nathan to do this for me, but I'm so grateful to him for it! Night time in our house has been really pleasant these last few nights since our new family area has been established. We've moved lots of quiet toys and puzzels into the bookshelves in there and have been favored with readings by Nathan. Learning together has been so wonderful. It's really an answer to prayers of inadaquacy on my part. I feel so jumbled and unorganized, and he's just come in at the perfect time and has put things in order the way I've wanted but haven't been able to pull of myself. Actually, that about sums up what I'm trying to say. My husband is everything I need and want at exactly the moment that I need the most. I look forward to this year with him and all the experiences that will come with it! May the new year bring to you feelings of joy and peace, and someone special in your life that is loves and cares for you. There is no day like today, but I have to admit, I look forward to eternity too!