I watched a great video by Brad Wilcox at a conference. http://youtu.be/UMx3xJ9Ei8c
And it inspired me in many ways to begin writing again and my passion for writing on my blog.
I have published my JOYrific book but there is so much more I want to do! And I want to inspire my kids to write and become published!!
I have a zillion ideas and projects going and it has gotten me out of the habit of writing daily of our happenings here in the “Braithwaite beehive”. But I want my kids to be able to look back and remember/read about what we are doing. I want them to look back and remember that I was “here” playing and working and cleaning and reading by their side. Our lesson today in Relief Society was about Strengthening the Family
And this reminded me of Garth! “You ask me to tell you of the man I know. I have often thought when he is gone people will say, ‘He is a very good man, sincere, orthodox, etc.’ They will speak of him as the public knows him; but the man they have in mind is very different from the man I know. The man I know is a kind, loving husband and father whose greatest ambition in life is to make his family happy, entirely forgetful of self in his efforts to do this. He is the man that lulls to sleep the fretful child, who tells bedtime stories to the little ones, who is never too tired or too busy to sit up late at night or to get up early in the morning to help the older children solve perplexing school problems. When illness comes the man I know watches tenderly over the afflicted one and waits upon him. It is their father for whom they cry, feeling his presence a panacea for their ills. It is his hands that bind up the wounds, his arms that give courage to the sufferer, his voice that remonstrates with them gently when they err, until it becomes their happiness to do the thing that will make him happy. …The man I know is unselfish, uncomplaining, considerate, thoughtful, sympathetic, doing everything within his power to make life a supreme joy for his loved ones. That is the man I know.”
(Chapter 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family)
And I am glad that together we make our family a priority. Together we work hand in hand to make life enjoyable and fun even when we have to work!
Like this Saturday…we had a million errands to run and we are packing up the house in preparation to move in April. We split up and tagged teamed the responsibilities until it was done and then we went to the Lego movie together – exhausted and sweaty – after a hard days work!
of course – I take a picture to document the moment and post it on Instagram/Facebook. And a comment that was made that has really stuck with me lately.
…you guys make it look deceptively easy.
It is easy. But in the same breathe it is really hard! Finding balance. Prioritizing. Faith. Work! Teaching. Playing. Cleaning. Learning. Growing.
We take it One day at a time!
“Family unity and family commitment to the gospel are so important that the adversary has turned much of his attention to the destruction of families in our society. On every side there is an attack on the basic integrity of the family as the foundation of what is good and noble in life. … ”
“Far more important than the question of occupation or wealth of people is the question of how their family life is conducted. All other things are of minor consequence, so long as there are real homes, and so long as those who make up these homes do their duty to each other.
The primary function of a Latter-day Saint home is to insure that every member of the family works to create the climate and conditions in which all can grow toward perfection. For parents, this requires a dedication of time and energy far beyond the mere providing of their children’s physical needs. For children, this means controlling the natural tendency toward selfishness.
Do you spend as much time making your family and home successful as you do in pursuing social and professional success? Are you devoting your best creative energy to the most important unit in society–the family? Or is your relationship with your family merely a routine, unrewarding part of life?”
The home … is the workshop where human characters are built and the manner in which they are formed depends upon the relationship existing between parents and the children. The home cannot be what it should be unless these relationships are of the proper character. Whether they are so or not depends, it is true, upon both parents and children, but much more upon parents. They must do their best.21
“Oh, go away and leave me alone, I haven’t time to be bothered,” said a hurried, impatient mother to her little three-year-old daughter who was trying to help perform a certain household task. … The desire to help is born with every normal child and parents have no right to complain. There can be no such thing as household drudgery when all assist with the tasks, and through the association in the discharge of these duties comes the sweetest companionship that can be experienced.”
(Chapter 4: Strengthening and Preserving the Family)
The lesson in Chapter 4 is awesome and worth studying!! Above are a few of my favorite whole heart beliefs!
doing Laundry with Emi.
shopping with Ainsley.
doing hair with Gracie
Healthy Heart Fun Running with Astrid (and Emi).
Valentine Dating with Garth.