It's been a pretty loco couple of weeks with trips, competitions, braces, work travel, temple cleaning, piano lessons, church activities, and unexpected news and bumps in the road. It's been hard to keep my head on straight and stay focused on much of anything. I even forgot 100% about one of Ike's after-school basketball games. It was an “away” game, which just complicated it further. I showed up to pick up Isaac 15 minutes late (after the school's secretary called and informed me that my son was waiting in the office), and didn't get to the other school until well after the game had begun. And this was on a day that Isaac had already had a pretty rough day at school. I felt like Mom of the Year.
Rick and I have both been running to and fro, trying to meet deadlines and keep commitments, while also dealing with all the day to day stuff. In an effort to save some time before heading to another one of Ike's basketball games, Rick ironed his shirt--while he was wearing it. It seems like pretty basic knowledge that you just don't do that. And I'm sure he knew that. But sometimes we're just so caught up in worrying about something, that common sense things are just thrown out the window. He got a blistering burn, which will hopefully serve as a reminder that next time he should just go ahead and take the shirt off to iron it.
Yesterday our family spent the afternoon with some friends in a quest to find the very best donuts in Boise. Ten stores, 30+ donuts, several spreadsheets and ratings later, we knew where to find the most delicious ones. But we also all felt sick and will likely never use our new-found knowledge because even just thinking the word “donut” gives me a headache.
Through the rush and insanity of the last couple of weeks, I have learned a few very important things:
- Don't iron your shirt while you're wearing it. Taking shortcuts doesn't always pay off.
- Set an alarm for every little thing because most things that need an alarm aren't that little.
- Don't eat too many donuts. Remember, moderation in all things.
- Take time out for friends and family.
- Don't perseverate on things you don’t have control over.
- Even if you're not happy about something, try to understand the other person's situation. As President Monson's favorite poem tells us, we won't regret being a little too kind.
- Accept a change when it's needed.
- Don't underestimate a child's understanding and willingness to adapt.
- Trust in the Lord.
- Sometimes, you just need to be a listening ear.
- What seems like an event that pulls the rug out from under you, may really be just the thing you need to urge you on to your next adventure.
- Remember that God knows you.
Elder Eyring asked us to ponder these two questions:
- Did God send a message that was just for me?
- Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children?
Even though I thought I didn't have anything to say this week, as I have taken time to reflect on the last couple of weeks, I feel blessed to know that God did send me messages. No week is ordinary when we take a minute to see what we've learned and how we can see the Lord's hand in our life.