It was a slightly overcast morning as we left for Stake Conference yesterday. The boys headed over early for a change…they were ready and the girls weren’t, so they left to save us seats. We followed, not far behind and were just on time. I had taken time to put on my make-up before leaving the house, but I’m not sure why – mascara is not usually a good idea for me, especially since I was anticipating a few tears today – our first Father’s Day without Scott. It has been a long time since I wrote one of my old-fashioned “blog” posts. Faithful friends will remember what that means. They often comment on missing my heartfelt messages, stories and thoughts. But I haven’t felt like I had that sort of emotion to give, that somehow just pulling myself along in a day-to-day functioning mode was all I could muster. Blogging about cupcakes, cookies, cards and crafts takes a certain committment of energy and time, but require no real emotional investment. Sharing one’s soul…that’s a whole different story. All in all, yesterday was a good day. It was announced that both Mike and Tom are going to be ordained as Elders. Scott would be so pleased with their accepting this responsibility. After a wonderful conference, we called Liz to meet up with us at the cemetery to see Scott’s recently placed headstone. It is beautiful and wonderful to finally have it
Last Saturday, our family participated in the California state-wide “Mormon Helping Hands” service project…and I forgot my camera! What can I say? Too busy working anyway! Due to the current economic downturn, it has been challenging for local governments everywhere to maintain many of the city’s green spaces. Volunteers helped city workers and park rangers to clear overgrowth, remove debris and in general, beautify community spaces. It’s a great annual project and we enjoy doing the work as a family. A few weeks ago, I got a sneak preview of a song that was being re-mixed to celebrate this occasion. The song, “Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?” has long been a favorite hymn of mine to sing at church. But the rendition done by Alex Boye, Carmen Rasmusen Herbert and choir is so beautifully done that I wanted to share it. The question posed is a good one for me to keep in mind as I review my day. I love the organized days of service, but these are not the beginning nor the end of how we serve, just a marker along the way. Doing it enmass with others is wonderful and serves the community as a whole, but doing small acts of kindness as an individual is a daily task that buoys up our spirit of gratitude and helps us to remember that the source of all goodness comes from a loving Heavenly Father,
Good morning, new day!
Don't judge a book by its cover.
I am missing Scott...right about now.
Being a call-center associate definitely has its challenges.
Have you been to see the Muppet's new movie...The Muppets? (2011) I haven't seen it yet, but it comes highly recommended by Megan and Mike!
My breakfast of champions!
If you haven't seen this yet, please take the time to listen. Spoiler...don't do this at work while wearing mascara, unless, of course, it's waterproof!
A Sunday afternoon nap...a great way to prepare for the week ahead!