i went to work opening my presents. they found this exciting. i was amazed at all i received.
then they got to work on chores and got dress for school. Jeff grabbed some breakfast... donuts and burritos.
after doing our advents, Jeff left and i took the kids to school. then i took a little drive to find a good family photo shot.
soon baby James got hungry. i stopped at a park to feed him and was proud of myself for staying calm with the impatient kiddos in the car.
when i got back home, the house was a disaster. i took time to tidy it up and checked my facebook love notes. it was nice to get messages and texts and phone calls from so many people, and i reflected on one person in particular who made a point NOT to wish me a happy birthday. its funny, isn't it? how love can be poured out on you by so many, but just one person hates the crap out of you and it bugs you? it made me ponder on where my heart is.
then, for lunch, Trini came over with Costa Vida and she chatted with me. it was grand to have adult conversation and Trini is such a grand gal. she helped me load up kids in the car and then i picked up the school kids and took everyone to the park.
it was a grand time. i enjoyed it.
then we were off to the food bank to follow Moroni's challenge and feed the hungry, like Jesus.
when i came home, Jeff watched kids while i showered and then my mom brought over dinner! we all ate and everyone sang to me before we enjoyed the ice cream cake!
then i sped off to go teach with the new sister missionaries in our ward. this was a very humbling experience. for so many reasons. but most of all, it made me realize how important it is to have your own relationship with God. its so important not to give others the power over that relationship. throughout life people WILL offend you. YOU will offend others. but you just have to keep your personal relationship with God strong. keep going. keep trying. do your best. be close to God. align yourself with Him.
i came home with a heavy heart... pondering on all i had felt.
and i am thankful... so very thankful for a great day like today. thankful for so many people who showed such great love to me... no matter how little i deserved it. and i feel hopeful that i can become a better person this year.
|Coleen made me these from our sparkling cider at thanksgiving!|
|Tabitha drew this great picture|
|Elaine sent me this grand box of greatness|
|Jeff got me a game i have always wanted!!|
|Jeff made me this infinity of the words to his valentine song he wrote me and framed it|
|Jeff got me an ice cream cake! my favorite! all they had were super hero ones, so he picked superman because he knows that i love superman more than batman.|
|my mom got me this AMAZING to-do list pad. i am a nerd.|
|i got gift cards!!|
|Jeff got me this bad boy!|