Well, this wrestling season is over... Joseph has learned a lot, had tons of fun, and he won three of his matches!!! This last match he was awesome!!! He was able to pin the other boy three times in one match! We are so proud of him and all his hard work.
For school this month we are talking about the depression times. The kids totally got into it, and wanted to start saving everything in our house that could ever be used again... I was a little against this idea so we just put a sample of all the things they could think of on a poster. They loved the cutting, gluing, and "designing" of the poster just as much. Caleb of course had to have his own paper, scissors, and glue. After that we ate homeade bread and butter-my favorite!
The kids were so excited that Dad let them ride on the tractor with him to clear the snow for the horses. They sat and told me all about it forever... Caleb said that Dad drives the "cow tractor". (from the movie cars)
Yesterday I woke up to 4 inches of snow on the ground... I was very sad and frustrated because I am SOOOO tired of being trapped inside. I really need the sun and the outside air to make me a happy person. (sassy, don't even tell me how much snow you have :) ) Anyway, after the snow melted a little I saw these cute little flowers/bulbs coming up!!! SPRING IS COMING!!! I am so excited! Anyway, just thought I would share me little happy moment.
Lately I have been so sad, frustrated, and disappointed with the world and the people in it (including me). I have watched or heard about people taking advantage of others, abusing others, and just being selfish. I have really been disappointed in the children and youth right now. I am a primary teacher and Shawn is in Young Mens, so I get to work with them a lot. It seams that there is a "I deserve it, or I should be rewarded for it" mentality among them all. I am also not blind to the fact that they are being taught that or allowed to be that way by the adults in their lives. It makes me really sad to see all the selfishness.
So, I started working on this in my own life and in my childrens... After only two days I am starting to see how hard this change will be to make even on my little level. It was startling to notice how many things we take for granted or how often I give in to my children because I didn't want them to have to suffer or "wait". I read this great talk on teaching children respect and it is what I am basing my efforts on. I realized that my children are "disrespectful and selfish" because I am not a very good teacher or example of the opposite. I truly want to be able to follow President Monson in his conference talk and think of others first. That is now my latest "new years resolution" for our family - to become less selfish, more respectful, and to do good every day. Anyway, just sharing my thoughts "out loud"....
We are a CRAZY but having fun being that way family. We have 6 kids. They are Sarah-12, Joseph-10, Hannah-8, Caleb-6, Jacob-3, and Lydia -14 months. We love animals and the outdoors, and homeschooling!
*People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. *If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. *If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. *If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. *What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. *If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. *The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. *Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. *In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.