|No, my boys won't wear their coats, even when it's freezing outside. I make them take a waterproof jacket in their backpack to put over their hoodies when it rains.|
Rebecca and I spent our morning filling out the paperwork to withdraw Ethan from MCP, doing some shopping, then going out to lunch with Brian. Then we came home, and I wrote in my book for a bit, then did some serious cleaning when Alyssa got home.
Alyssa has been having some problems on the bus. It's super crowded, and because she started going to school late, everyone had already claimed seats by the time she started riding. She seems to do pretty well in the morning, but it's even more crowded after school, and every day is a struggle for her to find someone who will let her sit with them. It's been a huge ordeal for her, and I wrote the transportation office, who agrees the bus is very crowded, but doesn't see the need for change. Alyssa has been begging to ride her cousin's bus on a regular basis, but I told her we need to stick it out. We've been praying that she'll find someone to sit with, and this morning we even said an extra prayer right before we left for school. The phone rang around 2:40 this afternoon, and when Alyssa was on the other line, I assumed she'd ask me to pick her up from school. Instead, she said she was calling from a friend's house, and was asking if she could bring her friend home to play. Hallelujah! The bummer part is that Ashley doesn't ride the bus in the mornings, and she doesn't ride it home every day. She only rides it when she's being watched by her Grandma, who lives in our neighborhood. Hopefully this is a start, though, and Alyssa will start to find her own place and be more comfortable on the bus.
Rebecca called button holes, "button keepers" this morning, and I thought that was a very cute and accurate description.
We had Family Home Evening on testimonies, and it turned out to be a pretty short lesson, because our kids were wired tonight.
I had a lot of things I wanted to write about tonight, going along with the personal growth I want to have this year, but now that I'm sitting at the computer, I can't think of any of the super profound thoughts that occurred to me while I was cleaning this afternoon. I really want to get out of my comfort zone, so to speak, when it comes to studying my scriptures and learning about the Gospel. I want to see out other books that go along with the scriptures, and I want to really pray to understand the Gospel on a higher level. I had some questions about temple garments last week, and in searching for those answers, garments became so much more dear to me. It was kind of a silly awakening experience to me, especially to realize that there is still so much more to learn.
One of my friends is in a group that chooses a word to define their overall "goal" for the year, and seeing her and a few of those people discuss it made me want to find my own word.
I've decided on: Grow.
I want my understanding to grow. I want my testimony to grow. I want my compassion and love for others to grow. I want to get more out of reading my scriptures and going to church and serving in the temple. It's almost a real physical feeling like my spirit has grown inside of me this week as I read the scriptures to truly understand and search for answers, and I love how it feels. I want to keep that going for the rest of the year and hopefully for the rest of my life.