This is a simple little story about the most darling 2yr old girl in the WORLD! (yes, I am slightly biased. She is my sister)
Kimi didn’t really talk much before I left on my mission. She would use ASL to communicate mostly. We had a lot of fun times going on walks, watching the train go by & painting. On one particularly sunny day, we were on the front porch. I was drawing clouds & she was colouring them in. Nothing else was going on, we were just enjoying the day together. At one point Kimi sat back, looked up at the sky & signed happy in ASL as she sighed. Then quietly she spoke the word, “Happy.” with a smile.
How often are those small moments over looked? It’s easy to recognize hard times we have, but we are also given moments of peace & happiness. I believe children are given to us so we can remember & reflect on what is most precious & simple.
“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth.” JEAN A. STEVENS
If you are looking for a flathead screwdriver you will find a phillips head…..and, visa versa.
This life is full of surprises, twists & turns, & disappointments. I’ve had some in my own life. When I was small, my parents divorced. I wanted so badly for them to be together & for everyone to be happy. But that wasn’t possible, at least, not the way I saw it happening. The Lord sees things in a different light. His perfect knowledge & love may seem to be absent at times, but it is constantly & consistently there . His hand is in everything, it is such an incredible thing that at times I hardly notice it. It isn’t until I learn to step back & look at the broad spectrum of things, that I can realize: I wasn’t in charge. I wasn’t alone. And I can always count on the Lord when I feel like it’s all up to me.
Today, I have that peace & happiness, which was the root of desire when I was little. My family is now the way the Lord wanted it to be. It isn’t perfect, but they are my family. They are all incredible & have such unique personalities, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
We all struggle with wanting to change situation, a person, or a gift into something that we believe will make it better, less frustrating or more desirable. I was thought what I was asking God was a good thing, but He had something better in mind. I needed to learn to desire what God desires & as that happens, peace comes.
For my are not thoughts, neither are your my , saith the Lord. – Isaiah 55:8
That’s just asking for mom to say; “Go clean your room!” or “Do your homework, if you’re so bored.”
What makes a happy home? A balance between work & wholesome recreation. Fortunately, my family has been able to do that. We’ve learned to even learn to have fun while working together ((gasp!))
“Is it possible??” you ask with astonishment.
YES! It is!
There’s nothing better than learning to laugh while washing cars. Or doing a puzzle with your brother at a Senior Living home. Even the little things like when we go on walks, picking up pieces of trash.
I discovered a real gem today & had to share it with you! It’s all about “Strengthening Youth through Activities” For members of the church, you can log in & add activities to your calendar & submit ideas. But that doesn’t stop everyone from having fun. Anybody can do this!
There’s topics such as “Service”, “Art, Music & Dance”, “Scouting” and soo much more! Each activity can connect with what the young men & young women are learning- and even Duty to God!
There’s so much out there we can do together as a family. And you probably won’t hear “I’m bored!” as much. 🙂
One of my favorite kids from church drew this in his class at school the other day & I had to share! Want to find out more about missionary work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Message me or click the Turkey!
My favorite family vacations have ranged from going to Disneyland to building a city with boxes on a rainy day.
What are some of your most memorable vacations?