Sunday, November 30, 2008

My quest....

Well, Thanksgiving came and went in somewhat of a blur, but it was very nice. I was not only deeply appreciative to have a few days off work, but glad to reflect on many of the great things I have been given in my life, hang out with family and friends, eat good food, etc. etc. This now brings us officially into the holiday season with Christmas just around the corner. And for some strange reason, time continues to fly. The last couple of years, everything just goes by so quickly and it almost doesn't seem like Christmas at all. So this year, I'm going to try to start at the beginning of the season and I have a quest.
Now I'm seeking comments from you - whoever you are. I really want to make this season feel like Christmas - to really feel the Christmas spirit. This, of course, is really the Spirit of Christ. So what do you do to help yourself draw closer to the Savior and feel the true meaning of why we have this special time of year? I would love any input. Like I said, I'm going to try some things on my own, and I may just blog about them as I go along. We'll see how it goes.
P.S. - One thing I know will help is some cold weather. So if any of you out there are hoping for no snow, just stop it right now. :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. . . .
.... No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. . . .

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Okay, so that's not the whole thing, but that comes from the Proclamation of Thanksgiving. Who knew there was such a thing? But I really love that Abraham Lincoln invites us to express our gratitude to our "beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens". I know that He has blessed me immensely, and I definitely have a lot to be grateful for. I hope we all take a minute to remember just where all our many blessings come from. May everyone travel safely and partake of much good food! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Which of these things doesn't belong?

Who can see it? Who can? First one just may get a prize. Maybe. Okay, I realize that I'm writing this post in frustration. But I think that some people don't really believe the stories that I tell about some roommates (or one). So I'm documenting it. (Don't you worry, this is not a first occurrence). But not even kidding, I walk out of my room tonight and into the living room, and this is what I see. Does anyone notice the random pair of shoes sitting in the MIDDLE of the living room. Right in the middle of where people walk. This is somewhat typical. I am so sick of it. What amazes me, is that usually when things are left, it's as she's walking into her room. Why on earth is it so difficult to keep your shoes on for 15 more feet and take them off in your room instead of in the living room? Why? I am just simply and utterly bewildered. And extremely annoyed.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Why do we do this to ourselves?

So, I know I haven't posted in a while. Sorry about it. Nothing much to report honestly. My life is not all too exciting. So much so that my post today is actually about being sick. Yup, that's how I spent most of today. Feeling like this. I don't know if it's the flu. I'm achy all over. Pretty sure I've had a fever most of the day. And when I woke up, my throat felt like it was closed off. I actually stayed home from church and slept through the entire morning. Which brings up my point of why do we do this to ourselves? Am I the only one that has an absolute hard time "calling in sick"? Okay, I know today was church, but actually giving myself a break from something to try and recooperate when I'm feeling sick, it rarely happens. Does it have something to do with our society? We're such workaholics. But at the same time, what's going to happen if we don't take care of ourselves? Very good question. So, if anyone can answer me why I do this to myself, please let me know. And then we can all wonder - If I wake up tomorrow feeling like I am now, what are the chances that I'll call in sick to work.......