If every job paid $50,000 a year, and you had no physical or mental limitations, what would you do? I'm still trying to decide!! I love being able to stay at home with my kids. But I think I'd enjoy being a columnist. Like a mommy-humor-sometimes-deep-moments column. (Kind of like my blog.) But I'd also like to travel. Oh, how I'd love to travel. I'd also really enjoy Broadway, I think. I've always regretted not doing more (musical) theater when I had the chance.
What is your current church calling and what do you like about it? I am the ward organist, Enrichment committee member, and Cubmaster with Superman. I enjoy the organ because it's such an easy calling. Little or no prep is okay. And it's good for Superman to be with the kids during Sacrament meeting. ---Enrichment commitee has given me friends. And a great way to be involved. ---Cubmaster......is probably the calling I'll have the longest because it's the one I enjoy the least. Superman and I find it very challenging.
Name a person you regularly encounter (outside your family) who brightens your day: Tina. She and I walk together each morning, and I don't think I'd do it if I weren't doing it with her. We're becoming really good friends.
In twenty years, what do you think you will miss most about your life now? Little kids around who want to give me hugs and think I'm the center of the universe. The simplicity. It doesn't feel very simple right now, but it's just going to get crazier as my kids get older.
What’s something you appreciate about your spouse? His sense of humor. Laughing outloud is so very healthy, and I know I can count on him for that everyday. I also appreciate his sense of right and wrong. He is full of integrity, and inspires me to be better. His dedication to our family and providing for us.
What is your favorite routine, household chore? Laundry. It's so easy. And it gives me an excuse to watch TV. (Like I ever need an excuse. But when I fold laundry, I can do it without feeling guilty!)
What’s a book you return to occasionally (besides the scriptures)? The Potentially Sane Mother's Guide to Raising Young Children by Tamara Fackrell.......and of course the Twilight series.
Favorite small pleasure? blogging, york peppermint patties
Favorite time of the day? I'm so glad when Daddy comes home!! I really enjoy our evenings as a family, putting the kids to bed, and spending time one-on-one.
Name a person who performed what they thought was a small act of service, but ended up being a big deal to you: I wish I COULD name this person. They are in my last ward. I had lost our cordless phone over a week before. At a RS activity, I was just telling the story of how I lost it, couldn't find it, and was really in need. (Superman was going out of town for a while and I wouldn't have a way to talk to him.) I told them I had said a small prayer about it, but not much more because I always feel like I need to be doing everything I'm supposed to before God will answer my prayers. And I wasn't that great at reading my scriptures everyday.......so I didn't really pray about it. (Dumb, I know, but true.) But we had just attended the General RS Broadcast, where they spoke of God's love for and desire to bless us.
That night I went home, read my scriptures, and prayed. I told God I was sorry for not doing better and for thinking I was unworthy of the blessings he wanted to bestow. I prayed to find the phone.
The next morning, I went out to the car to get something. Before I got there, however, I saw a small box with a phone in it. It was a new phone, one that probably cost less than $10 at Walmart. Such a small thing that someone had done for me, but it told me that God was aware of me, and loved me. And that someone else was willing to obey His promptings.
"God answers prayers, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs," --heard that on a John Bytheway tape, but don't know who said it originally. (Sorry, that turned into a post itself.)
Name someone who somehow changed your life: Ms. Hall, my sophomore English teacher. I learned to write in her class. And to love literature, and finding deeper meanings. She took an interest in her students. My senior year, I was an aide for her, along with another boy. Quite a combination: I'm Mormon, she's Catholic, and he's gay. =D We had some very interesting discussions, but I learned so much from them.
Consider what you do each day. Think of one attribute or trait that you bring to your daily work that is a strength—what is something you do really well? I'm pretty good at rolling with the punches. I don't have a strict schedule that I adhere to, or make my kids adhere to. We make messes. But we also play. Of course, naps and meals come at the same times, but I'll let the kids pick (within reason) what they want to eat. And if they want to go outside, or play with blocks or make Star Wars ships out of the couch cushions. When it comes to the small, daily stuff, I'm pretty good at going with the flow.
Bonus: Scripture that speaks to me right now: James 1:6 "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
I'm not going to tag anyone, but let me know if you're going to do it. I liked that this was different from some more generic tags.
Have a happy Sunday. And don't forget to take a look at Kiera's giveaway, described below.