Today was a beautiful day - we all woke up slow. We played and cleaned and ate and when Tyler left we played and cleaned and ate again. He came back to pick us up and we headed to church. I have been trying to pay more attention in church during the Sacrament (the beginning when we eat the bread and drink the water.) I want to teach the girls that it is a beautiful time, a reverent time, and a time to ponder. After Annie drank the water she laid her head down on my lap and I began to play with her hair. I whispered to her, "Jesus loves Annie and that's why we take the Sacrament. She said, "Jesus loves Annie. Jesus loves Annie. Jesus loves Kate. Jesus loves daddy. Jesus loves mommy. Jesus loves her (pointing to the little girl in front of us). Jesus loves her mommy. Jesus loves niño. Jesus loves other niño. Jesus loves Taylor. Jesus loves James. Jesus loves Ashey. Jesus loves Ashey baby. Jesus loves Ashey. Jesus loves that other mommy (pointing to a lady in front of us). That's all."
Then I said, "Yep. Jesus loves everyone and we take the sacrament to show Jesus we love Him."
I believe with my entire being that this life is about love - learning to give love, learning to receive love, learning to love ourselves. And it's a hard thing to do sometimes, a lot of times. The core of all my beliefs center on a Savior who gave His life because of love. I want to teach my girls to love - firstly to love God, and then to love everyone around them. I think I can't go wrong if I can get that right, and that is why I will always teach them that we eat the bread and drink the water because of love.
After church we came home and played and snacked, then packed up for a picnic at Discovery Park, and some football! Of course I can't go anywhere without my camera (mostly because I want to practice, practice, practice) so here is some of the fun from the evening (Annie is coughing up a lung in some of these images but I was so attached to other pieces of the photo that I couldn't let them go. And, look at this hottie of a dad we have. He's pretty much the coolest thing around.)
I'm trying to get back into reading The Book of Mormon daily. The two times I have done it have been really good for me. Tonight I read, "...cry unto the Lord for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
"Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; ..." (Alma 37:36-37)
The part that stood out to me most is the line, "and he will direct thee for good;" I want increased faith that when I pray, or take questions and concerns to Him, the answers He gives me will be "for [my] good." I have to trust there is someone who loves me perfectly, and who can see ahead to what things will bring me the greatest happiness. I know He is a God of love, and His plan is designed specifically to give each one of His children all of the greatest blessings.