Friday, January 28, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The girls prior to leaving port. We had to go and learn about what to do if we have to abandon ship.
One reason why this lesson was hitting home to me was because of what I got to witness the past Friday night at the grocery store.... Sydney and I were checking out at the register. I was paying. When I turned to check on Sydney, she was looking at the elderly lady sitting in one of those mobile wheelchairs that had just pulled up behind us in line. Then I heard Sydney asked the lady if she could help her get the groceries out of the basket and onto the register belt. Sydney saw a need and she acted. She demonstrated charity. She was a great example to what charity is that I recalled as the lesson began on charity. She has more charity traits as do we all, we just all need to develop them.
So, I am going to share some of the important items that the teacher gleaned from the lesson and what I found important.....
I feel this is so very important that we not judge people. She had us read Matthew 7:1 that says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." It's important to remember this and use in our lives. Quoted in this talk is one of my idealized people that have leaved on this earth, Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa stated this following profound truth: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
None of us is perfect. I know of no one who would profess to be so. And yet for some reason, despite our own imperfections, we have a tendency to point out those of others. We make judgments concerning their actions or in actions.
There is really no way we can know the heart, the intentions, or the circumstances of someone who might say or do something we find reason to criticize. Thus the commandment: “Judge not.”
There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere.Sydney was an demonstrating charity in action Friday night at the grocery store. It is my hope that the next time there is a need that it won't go unnoticed by myself.
Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down. It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.
This made me think that I need to have more charity (patience) with Sydney when she is frustrated and working on her communication and figuring out her feelings. I am glad to have had this lesson today. It is always great to be reminded that we are all learning to be better people in our lives. At least that's my goal and many of the people that I know similar goal.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Below are the pictures of the people that I work with and reason I love my work.
Becky Turner, OPEIU 277 Local President
(Not the best picture)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
When Prophets of the Lord speak or write under the power of the Holy Ghost, their words become scripture. From the beginning, the Lord has commanded His prophets to keep a record of His teachings and dealings with His children. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses four books as scripture:
• The Holy Bible
• The Book of Mormon
• The Doctrine and Covenants, and
• The Pearl of Great Price.
These books are called “The Standard Works”. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture. For example, when we hear President Monson speak at General Conference he is speaking the word of God.
We should each study the scriptures every day with our family and learn the word of god. By reading the scriptures we will grow closer to Heavenly Father. We will understand the truths and that will help us know right from wrong.
As my family has studied the scriptures, I have found stories that I like very much. One of my favorite stories is in the Book of Mormon. It is about a Prophet named Abinadi. Abinadi was on a mission for the lord and he told evil King Noah that he had lead his people into wickedness and should stop doing bad things. The Lord protected Abinadi while he spoke to the King. I learned is that it is important to always be a good example, to be brave and to be strong in what we believe is true because we don’t know who is going to be listening or watching. There was a Priest named Alma who listened and was converted to these teachings. Alma begged King Noah to not kill Abinadi. The King got mad at Alma and sent him away. A little while later he sent his solders to kill Alma. While Alma was hiding he recorded the teachings of Abinadi which we call scriptures.
So in 2 Nephi 32:3 it tells us to "feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what we should do". I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
She was hamming it up in front of the camera too.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
**When the family would go on vacations to visit my dad's parents (Ella and Stanley Stroud) in DeBary, FL, one of the stops we would make had to be the Florida Visitor's Center. We would get free orange juice samples. Being from a family of six (6) free is always a good thing to the parents.**
**When most people say half and half they think of creamer, but in my family that means something different. It means 1/2 OJ and 1/2 water. We would go through milk and OJ so quickly that Dad would often split the OJ gallon in half and replace with water. So still to this day, it is hard for me to have a straight glass of OJ. Spoke to Aaron about this and he is the same way. We both actually water down our OJ. Mom was able to convince Dad to NOT water down the milk. But, he was frugal and did sometimes which he would then be the only one to drink it. Then when times were REALLY bad, he would make milk from the dry milk and that was YUCKY! I would skip my milk at those times. **
**One other story that came to mind was that MomMom and PopPop (Ella & Stanley Stroud) had an Valencia Orange Tree in the back of there house in DeBary, FL and I would climb in the tree. This tree never produced fruit to my memory or we never visited when it had fruit on it.**
**Another memory is going to Blue Springs State Park to see the Manatees however we visited too early in the seasons all my life to NEVER see them at the Florida State Park. As I got older, I eventually have seen living Manatees at another Florida State Park.**
**Last Orange memory is Santa Claus would always leave us kids a Naval Orange, Red Delicious Apple and Brazilian Nuts in our stockings along with other candies and gifts.**
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
At the clinic, Kirsty gave the following tips for swimming:
- Focus on time not just place on podium. Once you make time that will put you where you want to be which is on the podium.
- Channel nerves into good thing to be successful, they can help us learn how strong of a person we can all be in our life.
- Swim for techniques rather than endurance. Focus on technique in younger years.
- At end of day we all have 2 legs and 2 arms- people put pants one legs on at time.
- FYI: Peak for women swimmer 18-24 yrs old but age growing.
BIO: Kirsty Leigh Coventry is a Zimbabwean swimmer and world record holder. She swam competitively for Auburn University. At 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze. While in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China she won four medals: a gold and three silver. Currently she is the World Record Holder in the 200 m backstroke (2:04.81).
Additional PicturesThe below are pictures of Katareen with Kirsty.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Also, over the next week, I will be backdating entries again since I am SOOOOO far behind on blogging. But to save you from figuring out what is NEW, I will do the same type of posting like I did a while back with the 50 posts. Hopefully, I am not 50 postings behind again.
BTW... The picture was taken this past Winter when Sydney and I went to Kennedy Space Center. (Still haven't blogged that either.) :D)
Saturday, January 1, 2011
What happened on the Skype phone?
- Aaron's call was exciting to see everyone open their presents then it seemed like we were watching through some one's eyes that had BAD GLAUCOMA.
- David's call enabled us to all see Paisley and Audrey for the firs time and Chloe change clothes and put on her homemade (by me) princess cape however we saw more that heard because their sound kept going out.
- Robby's call we were able to see McKenna's belly for the first time. Rob had the best clarity and sound. Kudos's to him for having the technology all set.
Doctrine & Covenants 123:17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.To me it means let us do our part and then turn it over to God. I find me trying to do just this daily. Some days are better than others. Plus the fact that knowing that if I stress too much about items that my nerves will start to make my skin itch. Don't like that at all. :D)
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION don't mean too much to me because I set goals throughout the year. However, I am going to make a resolution to post more regularly to this blog. This is my family history, so its important to keep these records.
(104 postings at minimum for 2011)
GOALS already in progress:
- Health: Loss of 50 pounds by April 1st, 2011 (progress report: loss of 20 pounds, remaining of 30 pounds)
- Finance: 2 months of expenses in savings by December 2011. Step 3 of Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps.
- Family: Nightly Prayers and Sydney learn all 13 Articles of Faith (Progress Report: 1,2,3 and 13 complete)
- Personal: Learn Spanish to the point of conversational level.
- Professional: Make bonus every quarter in 2011 and qualify for 2012 Convention in Dominican Republic.