The first weekend in April and then again in October we members of the LDS faith experience a curious phenomenon. Life slows down to a near halt as we settle in beginning on Saturday morning to be uplifted and inspired by our leaders. I made a concerted effort this year to really lay life aside on Saturday and make myself sit still and listen. It's hard for a Mom to let life just slide by on a Saturday morning while there is laundry and shopping to do. I tried to get all of that done on Friday and I was successful! I settled into my big comfy chair to be uplifted and was immediately put to use. (Funny how that works!) I remember when I had very small children. Every time I would sit still I had one of them in my lap! It is no different now only it is a very small and very intense Jack Russell Terrier who needs my attention! He seized upon the rarity of me sitting still and enlisted my aid in helping him chew his BIG BONE! He got it for Christmas nearly a year ago and much to his chagrin has not been able to make much more that a dent in it(unlike smaller bones which are chewed to pieces in a matter of days). It is so large he needs help to hold it so here is how I contributed to his obsession while Prophets and Apostles spoke to me.
I did manage to fit one little project into the morning after Sam grew weary of the rawhide. I attached some pretty buttons to some storage boxes I bought at Ross. They were covered with ugly tulip paper so I made them my own with some scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. They have been put to good use in my bedroom but have been waiting for their little knobs. Lest you think I crafted my way through conference I took great notes and I have the book to prove it!
Sunday brought the attention of the entire family. Each has their own way of staying awake through the afternoon sessions. Gone are the days of putting on our Sunday best and driving to the Tacoma Stake Center to view General Conference. In the comfort of our own homes we fight the sandman in mighty battles. Dee has decided the best place for him is the dining room table. If he even gets near upholstery he starts to nod off!
I was proud of my girls this time. They managed to stay awake until the very last minute. As the closing prayer was started Britt & Diana settled into their pillows and listened. I couldn't resist snapping a shot at the amen. (Diana caught me!) Then Britt was off to dreamland.
I don't know about where you were but we had a strange thing happened in Utah Valley. It started raining on Friday night and did not stop until Sunday afternoon. I felt like we were back in Washington and it was a beautiful blessing to have the earth soaked with that beautiful rain!
The mountains had a great treat for us when the clouds finally cleared.
I am thankful for this beautiful world and the blessings of the gospel. Did you know that every talk this weekend was just for me? Amazing!