Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the Thirteenth!

It's Friday the 13th- November 13th....Ahhhhhhh!!  Not that I'm superstitious, I just can't get over the fact it's Thanksgiving in two weeks and Christmas in six! I feel like I'm on a accelerating train and it's not slowing down or stopping!

A great deal has been happening on this train of increasing velocity---good stuff really. God has been smiling down on our terminal in Nor Cal. Scott and I celebrated our twentieth anniversary by taking our eldest to the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT. Our Sarah is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for eighteen months. Sarah's mission covers areas in four southern states; Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and a bit of Missouri. Sarah is currently serving in Memphis, Tennessee.

Our other four children on this swift moving locomotive are busy with school, work and assorted activities. Scott has been doing a bit of jumping on and off trains (planes, really) for work. And me...I reckon time by watching my van's odometer click over 180,000 + miles.

I know, I'm not the only one that feels like life is on a bullet train. We all feel it. The events in our homes, neighborhoods and world tell us: "We are in for the ride of our lives! Hold on, people- this is gonna get craaaaazy!"

Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf notes: "Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list." He continues, "They flood the open spaces in their time with lists of meetings and minutia—even during times of stress and fatigue. Because they unnecessarily complicate their lives, they often feel increased frustration, diminished joy, and too little sense of meaning in their lives." Pres. Uchtdorf advises, "We would do well to slow down a little, proceed at the optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most."

Pres Uchtdorf's solution (and I whole-heartedly agree!) to this rapid ride is found in this quote by Elder Dallin H. Oaks; “We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families.”   Of Things That Matter Most


Main Street Deli, Park City, UT

Seriously, what can be better? Oh yeah- hot chocolate, of course!

Our home for 3 days, The Chateau at Deer Valley, UT