Stake Conference was good. The main message I got out of it was to be more aware of (and ask for) opportunities to minister to people around me. And to make sure I am committing time to temple & family history work. I am toying with the idea of adding indexing to my miracle morning, but then I will HAVE to get up AT 5 (i can't lolligag around and wait until 5:30 to roll out of bed (like I did this morning)
So yesterday - I went to hear Ethan Mugleston speak in sacrament meeting yesterday prior to leaving on his mission to New Zealand. He will be joining my email list :) Aaron and Ethan have been close friends ever since 1st or 2nd grade. Ethan was the last of Aaron’s friends to leave for his mission, and I worry a little about him feeling alone and left out… Not sure if that will prod him to make some definitive decisions about which direction he wants his life to go, or just make him depressed, but there isn’t much I can do about it either way so I will just keep smiling, loving, and supporting.
After conference it took me a while to get everything cleaned up - a few people had left things in the choir loft so I gathered those up and returned them to their rightful owners. I got home just before 4pm. Fred & Christie were outside and I ended up talking to them for a while, which meant I ran in and ran right back out, since I had a scout committee meeting (707) at 4:30 in Orem. I was 12 minutes late… Oh well. By the time I got back home (just after six) I had a headache and was starting to feel sick. I got some food and water (i hadn’t had anything since 8 that morning) and soon felt better. I joined the boys (Tim, Bryan & Logan) in a game of Canasta (card game) then we all watched a movie. It was based on the true story of Patrick Henry Hughes, a boy born without eyeballs and with a form of dwarfism that kept his arms really short and affected other joints as well. It was a slow moving story - but inspiring to see how his parents (his dad in particular) had to put away their original dreams of his son being a sports all star - and helping him become the amazing person he was sent to become. (In the end, His dad ended up leaving his job so that he could be his son’s “legs” as he participated in the college marching band. The father son teams travels all around the world today, giving motivational speeches and inspiring people to reach for their dreams and do what it takes to be your best self.
Send all the kids to bed by 9, and MEANT to go to bed early myself, but I didn’t. I really need to get better at that. I really just love my “alone time” after people are in bed. (just don’t love the morning after… when I discover that i missed a couple hours of sleep that I COULD’VE had.
This week is looking much calmer than the last two. I am really looking forward to it.