I am more in love with this guy than ever. He does so much to help around the house even after long hours at work and meetings. Each day I read Bible in the morning with the kids, and he reads Book of Mormon at night with us all and I just love that he remembers to do that. He reminds me of the dad in The Hiding Place. It was nice to have a date recently that wasn't just talking on the drive to and from meetings. (Though those are great too.)
Recently he called me from work at 9am and said both of his elbows just tore through his shirt. It was a nice shirt, but it had gotten old and fragile. So he made it through the day trying to keep his elbow holes hidden. When he walked through the door at 5pm, he yelled like the Hulk and flexed so hard his elbow holes ripped all the way up and down the arms. Then he ripped open the front sending buttons flying who knows where and we all laughed our heads off.
I've cut as many things as we can in our schedules, by the way, because we clearly have too much, but some things I can't get out of for 3=5 more months and other things we don't want to change. As we work along side remarkable and wonderful people in our callings we learn so much. But as soon as I can, I will restore balance. The stress of having so much makes me eat bad and my body suffers, not to mention our family time suffers. In the meantime, I'm trying to learn to be stretched and ask for God's grace to make up the difference for what I can't do. Like when I had only one or two babies and I could hardly handle that, but then as you go through life you stretch and can handle a lot more than you ever thought you could. Still, sometimes, I just eat chocolate, watch Lark Rise to Candelford, crack my knuckles and stay in bed muttering incoherently.
Talking to their congressman. Good kids! They wrote their feelings about their school from their heart and then read the statements.
Sometimes you stir-fry some vegetables, add a curry sauce, and throw it over rice and it's fantastic! This is an easy curry dish. I'll add the recipe later.
My sil Kim is about to have a baby! I am so excited! And my sister will soon follow! These are good times.