Sunday, September 12, 2010

KSL, Pictures, and Stake Conference

I found a dining table with two leaves and seven chairs for less than 200 bucks on KSL (classifieds online). Huzzah! It's old; the tabletop is warped and worn in places, but I just put a tablecloth on it. We didn't need a new dining set for beauty --we needed it for space! Luckily for me, though, the chairs are really pretty.

Man, I love KSL.

Yesterday, we headed up American Fork Canyon to have family pictures taken. An old Aspen Grove buddy took our photos (thank you, Megan!), and it was so much fun! I can't wait to see them; I'm seriously dying with anticipation. I've waited too long to have them taken --the last time we took them, #5 wasn't even born. Figured he should be in our family photo!

If you want to see some of Megan's work, go here or read her blog, here.

[Two years ago we had another old Aspen Grove buddy take our family pictures. She was also amazing! Jan's website is here. I don't think it's a coincidence that photographers (or artists or writers) used to work at AG. That place is inspirational!]

BYU lost. *sniff

Today we had Stake Conference. It was the Regional kind, though, so it was broadcast all over Utah Valley from the Marriott Center. We heard from Sister Beck, Elder Holland, and President Packer. It was fantastic! This is what I learned from it. Or what I actually remember after dealing with the kids during the 2 hour meeting:

*Spending too much time on the computer is not wise, especially if it's taking away time from my husband/kids. Which, on the outset seems logical. But how many of us do it? Spend way too much time on the computer? The computer (in this meeting) was likened to the dishwasher or washing machine --it's a "machine." It's important, yes, but it shouldn't take precedence over our familial relationships.
*Being ready to serve the Lord in any capacity means spiritual AND physical preparation. What I got from that (it wasn't stated or anything) was that getting my body in shape is not a bad thing, especially if it can help me in the long run better serve the Lord.
*Having enough faith in Heavenly Father to call on Him constantly will change my life.

I love the Gospel, dear reader. I love the things I keep re-learning and remembering and hearing for the first time. It gives me so much hope and happiness --it really does! OH! Best quote of the meeting (more or less):

Life has many trials, but we fought a major war in heaven in order to gain the privilege having these trials! (yeah, I didn't quote that exactly, for sure, but it's awesome!)


Amanda D said...

No pictures of the new chairs? or table?

My husband was pleased with BYU's game. I guess that's what happens when you marry a USAFA grad.

Can't wait to see the pictures!

Alison Wonderland said...

So glad the table's working out. I was going to feel really bad if I gave you the OK and then it turned out to be crap.