Happy May Day! I love the first day of a new month. Always seems so refreshing. I love Sundays. I am sure I have mentioned this before and I'm sure this won't be the last time I mention it either. Today was just one of those great days that comes along every once in a while. There wasn't anything spectacular or great about it. It was just a fabulous, very relaxing Sabbath Day! I love Sunday mornings when I'm still in bed and I wake up to the tiny hint of the sun. Then I look over at the clock and realize I still have 30 minutes to sleep, love it! I always turn the alarm off before it goes off, because I hate the sound of an alarm clock. First thing every Sunday morning before I do pretty much anything is to turn on my Sunday Music. There is just something so soothing to me about starting the day off with introducing the spirit into my home by way of music.
Nearly every Sunday I wash my hair. I know you are thinking what...honestly I only wash it about twice a week. I could go a whole week without my hair ever getting greasy. Ok tangent. I mention this only because I think it's probably one of the only days out of the week that I really do my hair. Most other days it just pretty much falls the way it does, especially when I wear it curly, because I can do curly in 5 minutes, no joke. I know lucky me. And when I work I usually throw it up in a clip or two which takes less than 5 minutes. So now you see why Sunday hair is a big deal, because I usually spend at least 30 minutes. Some Sunday mornings including this Sunday morning, I did think what it must be like to have to get others ready besides myself. I think I would still get up early to get myself ready before getting others ready. I think I get this from my mom and when I lived with my cousin, I remember she would always get herself ready before getting the kids up.
Sunday means I get to wear something besides frumpy scrubs. I usually pick my outfit out the day before because if not there would be clothes all over Sunday morning and I don't like to come home to a messy bedroom. I take advantage at this time in my life that I don't have kids getting me sticky, spitting up on me, or the chance of leakage from you know what. I'm sure one day I won't be wearing my Sunday best, but for now I enjoy it.
I love to be the first one to enter the chapel. Doesn't always happen, but this morning it did. I like to run through the hymns once before others arrive, you know to just brush up on them. And then I love to be able to play through the song books that I have for prelude. I think it is important to play to help invite the spirit to the room as the young men are preparing the sacrament. When I was in the singles ward here the organ faced the sacrament table and so I had the awesome opportunity to watch and play at the same time. The sacrament table sits behind me these days. We had a lot of people in church today. This means I played the first song extra loud. When I play louder, the congregation seems to sing louder and it always helps if it is a familiar song like todays. It always sounds awesome to me to be up playing the organ while the congregation sings.
In RS I got to sit by my friend Karen because she visited RS today instead of going to YW. What a treat. I sure miss her being in RS. Today is her birthday. I'm so lucky to have her as my friend and faithful reader of my blog! We will celebrate today again some other time this month when we will go to lunch...There was a quote in RS that really hit me. It was by Elder Bednar from this past conference. "In many of the uncertainties and challenges we encounter in our lives, God requires us to do our best, to act and not be acted upon (see 2 Nephi 2:26), and to trust in Him. We may not see angels, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming spiritual impressions. We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, as we strive ever more consistently to do good and to become better, we can walk with the confidence that God will guide our steps. And we can speak with the assurance that God will inspire our utterances. This is in part the meaning of the scripture that declares, “Then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45)."
I really liked the part about having absolute assurance. I was impress with this because I believe that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers, but sometimes I think I lack faith just a little. I love the word absolute. Something I definitely am going to work on.
I have wonderful church friends. Really they are my family out here. Every Sunday I always receive plenty of relationship advice. I love it. The people in my ward give me inspiration and help to increase my faith. I believe it is the goal of my ward members to get me married. I bet they even discuss it in ward council. Probably not, but you get my gist.
This afternoon we had a RS Presidency meeting. I love the sisters that I serve with. They have truly become some of my best friends. Of course some of our meeting has to involve updates from each others lives. And we couldn't have a meeting without a treat. I made a delicious lemon cheesecake last night. It totally hit the tangy lemon craving that I've had the past few weeks.
This evening in between my chatting with handsome man I've gone on a walk, chatted with mom, grandma Betty, and my sister Tenielle, and watered my newly planted flowers.This was before I put them all in pots. Still have a few more to plant, but will get it done tomorrow.
We're working on the yard. Yard man was out this week and sprayed the weeds. I know should have worked on it last year, but I'll get a yard eventually. Hey at least I can grow flowers.
I know they look small now, but give them a month and they will be all over that area. I love Lantanas! The random brick is just something that I dug up while planting the flowers. I know nice. And my yard man is suppose to deliver mulch in the next week or so. Can't wait for that either!
I've also done the unmentionable and finished the load of laundry that I accidentally left in the washer from yesterday. You just don't do such a thing here in the south for fear of mold, but gratefully it wasn't humid today and we missed the mold. And I've relaxed by reading and listening to my Sunday music. Now it's almost Monday and I decided not to switch with someone who really didn't want to switch anyway, because it would have put her in a night shift. So I have one more day off. I've had the last 3 off and it has been so very relaxing. Tomorrow however I am having crafty day with some of the ladies in my ward. I can't wait. I've been wanting to have this day for sometime. I am going to learn a new skill...flower making. I can cut and sew on people, but I'm just not good at doing it with fabric, well I'm about to learn! Happy Day! I have a lot to be grateful for and happy about. I'm excited for a new week and for what will transpire. One only knows!