Besides a soccer game, a trip to Children's Place to get the boys' wedding attire (my brother James is getting married), and a few walks around the neighborhood, we were at home this weekend watching General Conference. It was wonderful. I got the perfect mix of rest, cleaning, and inspiration that I needed.
Twice a year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints hosts a conference for all the members (and for anyone else who wants to watch). My sisters actually went to the Conference Center, but those of us not in Salt Lake can watch it on the internet or on tv. Our church leaders speak about different topics, and they are always spot on with what needs to be said and heard.
This go around, I felt a strong call to action; the responsibility to go and to do.
In addition to that, I felt the importance of a few things...
* The importance of what I'm doing now.
I felt so strongly that what I'm doing right now, being a mom to 2 little boys, teaching them from the scriptures every day, taking them to church, taking them to art, music, reading, and movement activities...all of this is exactly what I should be doing. Not that I don't need to improve...but I'm doing my best, and I think that's the important part. I feel that if your heart is in the right place, and you're acting on those righteous desires, you're doing what you need to be doing at this time as well.
*The importance of music.
Here's me being all "arts' advocate lady" again. The music from this program just struck my heart. The boys played and colored and snacked throughout conference, but when the Tabernacle Choir sang, there was no movement, no snacking, no noise. Good music affects the hearts of people of all ages. It's so important to expose yourself and your children to good music.
*The importance of service.
I think so many of our own, personal problems vanish when we put others first. I've seen it happen in my life, and I've heard of this happening to others. It's so easy to get caught up in our own schedule and our own life (guilty!) that we often forget that in order to live a full life, we have to help other people.
I'm so grateful for this weekend. I hope you had a wonderful one as well!
PS. I so wish that this picture reflected NC's weather right now. It's still so hot and humid, so this picture is my wishful thinking :)