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Gratitude and One More Day

21 May

Today at church we talked about remembering what you have and being grateful for it. I like to think of gratitude as “What if tomorrow you only had what you are grateful for today?” I know that I try really hard to remember everything I’m grateful for and not just what I write in this blog. Although I admit some days I usually only remember to be grateful for THIS day, my home, and my family and friends.

We also talked about “What would you do if you knew that you only had one more day on earth?”

I was reminded of when my mother died and I didn’t answer that last phone call. She had already called me several times that day to complain about some such thing that I don’t even really remember except that I didn’t want to hear about it anymore. I always think, if I had answered, I would have at least been able to tell her I loved her one more time.

Ever since then, I ALWAYS tell my kids that I love them. Even if it’s when I call them on the phone in the other room. (They don’t listen to me try to talk to them if their headphones are in.) I also consciously tell everyone I talk to that I’m thinking of them. Sometimes on Facebook, I’ll randomly post something to someone’s page to tell them that they were thought of today.

I think if I knew that I only had one more day, I would try to never sleep because I’m still working on my goals and I’m not where I want to be yet. And I would talk to everyone I care about. And maybe? do my dishes so nobody would see my dirty sink.

  • Today I’m grateful for the many little blessings I am reminded of every day. I’m grateful to have happy memories and hopeful thoughts of being with others. I’m grateful to hear and learn good things today. And that hopefully I get to do it again tomorrow.

Night all. LOVES

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Looking back, looking ahead

6 May

In church today, we talked about trying to move forward while always looking back at where you’ve been and how hard it is to do. You can get further if you don’t look back.

As a person in recovery, I see the wisdom of that. All though I don’t forget my past, I’m not looking back at it and wishing to go back. I am consciously looking forward to where I want to be and trying to take the steps to get there. Even if they’re just little steps.

  • I’m grateful to be able to share my thoughts and ideas with others and learn about theirs. I’m grateful to know there is a path to follow to get where I want to be. I’m grateful to be feeling better after the week I’ve had.

Night all. LOVES

Afternoon excitement

21 Apr

It was Pinewood Derby & BBQ at the church this afternoon. Tons of yummy food, great companionship, and lots of excitement.┬áNow that we’re home, I’m really thinking I might need a nap.

We inherited a car because we hadn’t built one of our own. It didn’t do too bad. My son is actually planning out his next car already. He talked to other people too! So it was an all around great afternoon.

  • Grateful to the couple that gave my son one of their cars. And about $2 in change for weight. Grateful to have mostly stayed on my diet today. Lots of veggies, a hot dog, no bun, & a little piece of carrot cake. You know carrots are veggies, right?! Grateful to my ward family for being so welcoming to us.

Night all. LOVES

 

Sunday April 15, 2018

16 Apr

Today started out so well. I was up and ready for church early. Everything was great until I walked in the doors. They refinished the gym floor this week and the smell just did me in. I felt so bad because I had to leave early. That means that the person who takes me home also leaves early.

Still feeling pretty rough this evening. I didn’t eat early enough because my stomach wasn’t happy. Now the rest of me isn’t happy either. Tomorrow should be a better day.

  • I’m grateful to have gotten to church this morning. I’m grateful that bananas are OK on my stomach. But I think tonight I’m having applesauce and beef broth just for a change of pace. I’m grateful to have found a new cross stitch kit stashed in a drawer this week. Something quiet to do when I’m feeling yucky.

Night all. LOVES

Listening to that still small voice

8 Apr

Today in church we talked about how we deal with trials and how to help others. I kept thinking about how I have accepted my past and how I can use the experiences to make mine and other’s lives better.

I don’t believe in coincidence much. There is a reason for everything that happens. So I’m guessing that my thoughts of this week have been reinforced by what we learned about today. My Heavenly Father is awesome like that.

  • I’m grateful to be well enough to stay for all my Sunday classes today. Even though I came home and took a nap. I’m grateful to have gotten some protein powder and chicken bullion this week. They are both gentle on my yucky tummy. I’m grateful to know my Heavenly Father lived me and is always watching over me.

Night all. LOVES

Learning

1 Apr

I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit today. I invited someone to come and listen to conference with me. I don’t have a TV, but it was on YouTube. We were going to a meeting after, but my tummy was rebellious this afternoon.

It was nice to sit together and talk about what we heard and about where our lives are today compared to where they were last time we saw each other.

It was nerve-wracking to have this person over because the last time I saw her, she was in her active addiction. But it turned out to be okay. We aren’t where we were many years ago, but we are definitely heading in a good direction.

  • I’m grateful to have the courage to open myself up to someone else. It’s difficult to learn to trust again. I’m grateful that my neighbor brought me some chocolate. I ate one piece and chopped the rest up into brownies for the kids. I’m grateful to listen and learn from the leaders of my church today. Everything they said was for me.

Night all. LOVES

I’m in trouble tonight

21 Mar

I went to a church function tonight and left my child home alone. I had planned on having someone come hang out with him, but that fell through. I hoped that he would be OK being home for a couple of hours by himself so that I could hang out with some grown ups.

I had my phone but I had it set on vibrate. Then I stuck it in my jacket pocket on the back of the chair. And forgot about it. So I missed his calls. Yes, CALLS! He called me 15 times in 20 minutes. Because he wanted to go outside and play. Now he’s sitting downstairs having a cow and refusing to come to bed. He says I don’t love him. SIGH!!!

  • I’m grateful to get to spend some quality time with the ladies from my church tonight. I’m grateful for an amazing salad bar for dinner. I’m grateful that nothing major happened while I was gone.

Night all. LOVES