Thursday, April 09, 2015

The weekend

Easter weekend was busy and beautiful.
Not only was it Easter, but we dedicated our entire weekend- 
This is when we get to hear the leaders of the church give 
instruction, love and counsel.  
General Conference happens twice a year and is a 
 priority in our family for the two days it's broadcasted.
  There is nothing more important than listening to the prophet and church leaders. 
 I want my children to understand this and forgo activities and other events that might be planned during this important family time.
This is not negotiable in our family, and as long as I am the mother of this young family, 
I can control and demand this.  And you better believe me when I say I will.
Since conference is on both Saturday and Sunday, this is how we did it:

Saturday:
We listened and watched.

After conference naps:
Saturday evening Priesthood session for Mr. Nielson:
((As you'll remember, the girls and I attended the women's session last week and
Mr. Nielson attended the Priesthood session for the men on Saturday)).
When Oliver and Nicholas turn twelve, they will join Mr. Nielson and the other
men of the church at this sacred meeting.
Until then, the Little Nies stayed home with me and 
helped set up the tables for our Easter dinner.
Oliver fell asleep on the Fox Hill Swing. 
 I am not entirely sure how that happened, but it did.
We dyed eggs, (and have been eating them for almost every meal since).
Nicholas colored, Ollie slept, (in the corner, with his legs on the swing)
 Claire was putting make-up on Lottie, and Jane was dying eggs while I 
prepared for our hosting Easter dinner.
Sunday Morning:
The Little Nies each received their traditional Easter baskets.  
They also helped Lottie find her golden egg.
(The boys had on their uniforms; 
you know, coon-skin cap, and capes).
Then for breakfast, we had our usual conference breakfast;
 Dutch babies with lemon cream and berries.
We watched the last two sessions of conference together as family.
When conference was over I cried because it was over, and cried because
it was amazing and uplifting and helpful.  
 I cried because I am so grateful to belong of the 

Easter Dinner:
Before we ate dinner we went around the table and everyone expressed
 gratitude for our Savior Jesus Christ.  
We all said: "Because He Lives....." 
...then we each said something significant to each of us and our families. 
 It was beautiful and I cried. Again.
Lucy and Andrew slept over and helped us clean up Easter, and the children 
watched Iron Man cartoons until midnight.
Whenever Lucy and Andrew sleep over, we stay up WAY too late.
But, I have a feeling these days will be some of the best memories of my life.
When people try to save face with men, they can unwittingly lose face with God. Thinking one can please God and at the same time condone the disobedience of men isn’t neutrality but duplicity, or being two-faced or trying to “serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24; 3 Nephi 13:24).