It’s no secret we love General Conference weekend. The semiannual meetings are a fabulous excuse to beg out of obligations, dump legos on the floor, eat crepes, pull out sewing projects, stay in pajamas all day and enjoy time together.
Once we’d put out the Easter decor, we simply had to increase the fun by buying four new chicks.
Meet Elsa, Anna, Marie Antoinette and Anastasia.
As usual, we are keeping the chicks in the master bathroom tub until they are big enough to move to the coop. They make a happy ‘peep, peep, peep’ all day and night.
Every few minutes Saturday, Gabe asked “How much longer until Priesthood Session?” After years of watching Erik, Grandpa Fritz and his brothers go, Gabe was finally able to join them (he may or may not have fallen asleep the minute he sat down).
In turn, Mary and I headed to the Linkous’ for a true girls’ night out.
We don’t actually eat crepes all weekend– they are reserved for Sunday mornings. Sweet crepes for breakfast: strawberries, Nutella, whip cream, bananas, lemons, powdered sugar; and savory for lunch: ham, cheese, spinach, mushrooms… I must say, I think mine are as good or better than any you can find in France.2 cups milk
2 cups flour
1/4 powdered sugar
Mary creating a countdown to summer; Xander with his Lego masterpiece.
You might think Ben donned the king/superman cape just for the camera, but he wore it most of the weekend. I made it for Halloween fourteen years ago and it’s been a favorite ever since. It’s been used in multiple school pageants and costumes; Stefan used to channel it’s powers while studying.
Yep, it still works.
A few favorite talks: Sister Linda Reeves, who spoke with grace and power against pornography, Elder Craig Zwick, on speaking kindly and Elder Uchtdorf on gratitude. He spoke of suffering grievous harms, expressed his love and concern and offered his advice for healing, “focus on gratitude.”I know from experience his words are true. When you’ve been hurt it’s easy to get your mind stuck in an endless loop of “Why?” “How could he?” “I’ve been so mistreated.” And although it’s important to forgive, focusing on forgiving a grievous harm can just restart the broken record of questions. It’s so much more effective to push those thoughts away and focus on everything good and bright and beautiful.
At the top of my list are always, always my husband and children, family and friends who love me. And then, I simply look outside. I believe God made sunsets breathtaking, mountains grand and wildflowers exquisite simply to offer daily reminders of “I love you.” in a world God knew would often be hard.
At times, I’ve been accused of presenting a world a bit too shiny and happy, but I’ll defend myself by saying I am simply counting my blessings, searching out silver linings. And I believe the more we recognize beauty, happiness and God’s hand in our life, they more we receive.
Last year, Hans’ friend Paul offered us the idea of a monthly gratitude poster to hang on the fridge. All month long family members can jot down things they are thankful for– whether it be a word, or a few sentences. After Elder Uchtdorf’s talk, Mary joyfully created an April poster and quoted Elder Uctdorf as she drew, “We don’t need to wait for the rainbow to be happy for the rain.”