Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Right now I should be...

Usually I reserve Saturday for cleaning (bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry),
 but instead last Saturday we spent our day outside together.  
I didn't regret it one bit, and if I am being honest it was hard at first because
 I'm usually thinking: "right now I should be....",
 (enter a thousand different things).
But the right answer is "watching Lottie ride her bike",  
or "follow Mr. Nielson around the garage shop to see his projects",
 or "admire Claire's paintings", "check on the chickens with Jane", or
 "film the boys doing awesome tricks on their motorcycles".  
I think it's important to find balance between when to play,
and when to work.
Sometimes I get it, and sometimes I don't.
I know of several mothers who are really good at this,
like my friend Lindsay in Arizona, and Amy in Utah.
I feel so grateful for good friends who inspire me and
teach me though example and compassion, and
 I am grateful for motherhood and what it teaches me
and pushes me to become.
I like who I am because I am a mother.

But mostly, I am grateful for and honor my own mother,
 Cynthia Sue Jones Clark who turns
73 today!  I LOVE YOU MOM.

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Teachings from RMN:
"The practice of Church members is to kneel in family 
prayer each morning and evening, plus having daily personal prayers
 and blessings on our food.  President Monson said,
 “As we offer unto the Lord our family and our personal prayers, 
let us do so with faith and trust in Him.”
 And so, in praying for temporal and spiritual blessings, 
we should all plead, as did Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done.”"