We had Sunday Seminary today after an excellent Stake Conference. We are starting Luke, so we went through Chapter 1, with the birth of John and the miracles and prophecies that went with it. Then we started Luke 2. The most interesting part was the contrast of having LargeCousin, BigGirl & LargeBoy, who have heard the story every year of their lives, and Constance, who is not a member (her dad joined a year ago, she is investigating—I just LOVE her—she is awesome!), and their differing perspectives. She asked such excellent questions, it was great.
My class is really excellent. They are such great people, and they get along well—no conflicts or antagonism. We also, besides our regular people, have BrotherC (the little brother of BrotherA, who is in the class), who is only 12, but loves coming—and I am not about to discourage anybody who likes to come and is burning up the Scripture Mastery! He wants to have his 1000 days of scripture reading by the time he’s a sophomore!
I had seminary inservice yesterday, which is always enjoyable. My main insight for today (I found it interesting, at least!) is that when Christ was hanging on the cross, and he said (in Mark chapter 15, verse And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou me?” He was quoting Psalm 22. And, he expected his audience (who had been trained in Jewish Scholarship) to know—and extrapolate—the entire chapter from that one line. Look it up during your scripture study. It is very evocative imagery.
I got to drive my new car down. It is so nice!
We had a nicely busy week--lots of things, but not crazy. Last Saturday, (the day BigGirl went on her date) LargeBoy and I spent the morning at the “
”. We got a lot of good training. The only thing that makes me sad is that just
as I get this scout thing figured out, LargeBoy is out of that phase—I need
more boys to use my new knowledge on!! University of Scouting
On Monday, I went to
in the morning and picked up the election supplies, then, in the afternoon SmallDaughter
had riding (tomorrow-Monday the 12th is her last day this year—she will
be so bummed! She misses the horsies by Tuesday—let
alone for 4 months!). Tuesday was the election, which was nicely
busy, but everybody was polite, and it was actually the smoothest election I
have presided over. We were very
blessed! For our little Township
precinct (everybody in the area surrounding our town, but not actually in the
city limits) we had GREAT turnout (85 absentee votes, and 265 live voters, out
of 519 registered!). It is always a long
day, but I like the people I work with, and the people we see every year in our
Of course, Wednesday was Scouts & Young Women. The girls are getting ready for “YW in Excellence” next week. SmallDaughter goes in to the nursery where the Faith in God girls meet, and she plays with the toys, and enjoys being near her friends. The girls have adopted her—they talk to her, and watch out for her—it is SO sweet!
Thursday was Cub Scout Committee meeting. Blessedly, our Committee has grown from my first meeting (which was just me and UberScoutMom!) She was basically running the whole show single-handedly all last year. Things are slowly progressing. For quite a while, it was just four of us, then we added our representative from the Bishopric, and now (drumroll, please…) we FINALLY have new Webelos leaders—Scott H. is a new member of the Church, and he is gung-ho! My dad has been called as his assistant. I am really excited for this new year.
My main job is generating papers—I do the monthly newsletter, and any other papers they need. This week, I made a flyer for the bulletin, because we are starting a Uniform Exchange. I also made invitations for the Ward Christmas Party, because the poor Sister in charge is basically doing it all by herself (I am not really a fan of having the Activities committee disbanded).
I was looking all over for my purse on Thursday evening, so I could go to committee meeting, and I was going crazy, because I remembered hanging it up—but IT WAS NOT THERE. I cleaned out the coat closet, and went room by room—no luck. Finally, when I checked SmallDaughter’s room—mystery solved! She is sure getting taller!
On Friday, we went to Wal-Mart and got the kids portraits. They turned out cute, and I was very pleased. BrotherA & BrotherC had another sleepover here, and BigGirl had a sleepover with her friend S, for her (S’s) 16th birthday. The boys burned the sticks in the yard (everything that had blown down in all the wind and that I chopped in my crazed Nopper escapade!) and had a cookout (we picked up supplies while we were at Wal-Mart, and I got them the HUGE marshmallows—which are almost a fatal dose to an adult—but they had eaten the whole bag by the time I got home from inservice!)
On Saturday, LargeBoy and the boys watched SmallDaughter while I was at my inservice, and after BigGirl got home from her party, LargeBoy and I went to his Order of the Arrow banquet. I am really proud of him. He is also filling out a job application to work at Scout Camp next summer—which is great, because they are the one job that doesn’t mind if he takes time off to go to the Reunion and then more time off to go the National Jamboree!
SmallDaughter has been being super cute and funny—although BigGirl was pretty grumpy when she realized that after all the work she had put in making chicken soup and rolling and cutting out homemade noodles (she took The WonderDog over to Kelly’s house for a bath while the noodles dried)—when she got back, she found that SmallDaughter had poured a whole bottle of cinnamon on them, and rubbed it in! (BigGirl just used store bought noodles in the soup, and deep fried the noodles, and rolled them in cinnamon sugar—they were good!)
I am off to bed to get ready for another week of adventures!