Yesterday we had a true snow day. It was a Sunday, so everything was canceled for everyone. (One observation is that we got more snow the 24 hours before than we had gotten for the last 7 years combined!) It was so peaceful not to have any scheduled activities, and no chores. We spent the entire day relaxing, building snowmen, preparing for Christmas, and spending time with the kids. It was almost as good as Christmas Day itself. My kids summed everything up with the observation, it is like a snow day you don’t need to make up at the end of the year. My daughter did feel like making some homemade bread and we relaxed to a warm pot of soup, warm potatoes, and fresh from the oven bread.
I appreciate life throwing in a good day now and then!
My oldest daughter is halfway through college. She was fortunate to find a major that she loved immediately, but has struggled with finding exactly what area to specialize in so that she can use her degree in the real world. She has seriously considered several minors, and started exploration, only to not feel good about anything.
Yesterday we sat down to look at some more options. After searching through the university catalog, reading through course descriptions, and feeling like she could do pretty much anything, we were ready to decide that maybe she should just pick one and settle. At the last second we found some small print. There was one minor that had simply been overlooked because it was listed as a certification program, but on further inspection it included a minor along with the optional professional certification. As she looked closer at the program, she has already taken several of the classes, and all of the “fun” classes she so carefully fit into her schedule the last two years will count towards her minor and its related certification! In fact, she has already completed what she will need for the professional certification. Talk about a real life option! Even her elective general education classes are related and will be an asset when she enters the workforce. To put icing on the cake, the final project class she will need has been on her wish list to take since the day she entered college. I really don’t know how we missed this before.
After two years of stressing out she is all smiles and giggles. She is so excited and has been smiling all day long. The Lord has very strange ways of letting us find where we need to be, and I love it when things are opened up and we can recognize them with peace, smiles, and giggles. 🙂
It is so easy to see all the negatives associated with the information age. I need to remember that there is just as much good out there as well.
My mind has recently been troubled by some poor choices and offensive actions of one of my teens. I was very angry, and unclear how to fix the problem, as I couldn’t force someone else to change – or more specifically to grow up and find a brain!
Yesterday morning I was doing some research online to prepare my Sunday lesson. Our church has a huge library of information available (www.lds.org), and I was overwhelmed with the amount of excellent content and advice so readily available. I finally decided maybe I should look for some advice for my own problems. Immediately I found the article I needed.
As I read the article, my hurt, my anger, my disappointment, and my confusion all melted away. I found the peace I needed and the words I needed to hear. The scriptures tell us to seek and we will find. I suspect that is more true now than possibly ever before.
Who has a place where they just always feel calm and happy? Where is it? I have a friend who is always calm and happy under a tree- any tree. I have a “new” and unexpected place. Sitting in my yard, watching my chickens. Even just feeding them and watching brings an intense calm. I think it is because they live a simpler, unassuming, unstressed life that is full of food, friends, and knowing they will be taken care of. We got 3 new hens this week. There is a little bit of stress and work involved in integrating them to our current flock, but we are so happy to have more “friends” living outside. Where is your peaceful place?