We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Lights of Christ

Some days go kind of like this:
So having family night is a stretch. But I'm so glad we do it anyways. Tonight we talked about Jesus being the light in our lives and how the Christmas lights around us can remind us of the light of Jesus that shines the way through darkness. We hopped in the car and went looking at lights. A new appreciation of this light-seeking event was found as Lukas would ooooh and ahhh at different houses and whirlygigs. But when we would find a manger scene, or a star shining high above, he would get quiet and reverently say, "It's baby Jesus!"

Jesus' light was definitely the saving grace of this day. I realize now that thinking he was ready to ditch naps was a terrible idea. Afternoons bring only frustration and tantrums from an overly tired little person. I'm grateful for the Savior's example to forgive 7x70 and to everyone, even those who hit, poke, or defy. They most likely need extra love. In all the 'tactics' I tried, the most effective at quickly calming was acting quietly, and opening my arms for a hug. He melted more quickly than any of the other things I kept trying. Because he was so tired, he just needed a re-set point that wouldn't fire him up any higher than he already couldn't control. Kids are like Rubik's cubes that repaint their squares each hour of the day. God is good and knows what that little boys needs the most.

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