Wow, do I have a lot of catching up to do!! I just uploaded a bunch of pictures, so hopefully this week will be conducive to blogging.
I just wanted to post about a little project I did this morning. This came to me after receiving the spiritual equivalent to a slap in the face. I was thumbing through the March Ensign the other day and came across a quote by a prophet (Pres. Spencer W. Kimball) about how the Sabbath day should be treated. It goes like this:
“The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it.”
Whoa.... I'm the one you can usually find in their pjs within 5 minutes of getting home from church. Lounging is my favorite Sabbath activity, so you can imagine how this quote shook me to the core!
Well, I decided to make a change and found a list of fun family activities that are appropriate for the Sabbath. Then I found a jar and decorated it. I cut the list of activities into strips, folded them and put them in the jar. Now when the kids ask "What can we do today?" on a Sunday, I have a place for them to turn to!
Jar before: Jar after: I put the quote on the back of the jar as a gentle reminder of what prompted this in the first place:
The other day, Emma and Molly were both trying to use the handtowel that was hanging on the towel ring at the same time.
The result?... a big hole in the wall where the ring used to be.
Needless to say, neither of us (Dan or I) were very happy about it. The girls got a good talking-to from me while Dan tried to figure out a way to fix the problem.
A little while later, Emma said she had a surprise for us. We walked in the bathroom and this is what we saw.
It is a combination of the old towel ring, the new towel ring base, some scotch tape and a wire tie.
Emma was so darn proud of herself, while maintaining proper humility for having landed in this scrape in the first place, that we found it too difficult to stay mad any longer. I had to laugh at her resourcefulness.