Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Thoughts

I was in the foyer at church with two wiggly children. The deacon carrying the bread went back into the chapel right as an elderly man hobbled into the area from the foyer. 

Another man in the foyer said to the elderly brother, "do you want me to flag down that Deacon so you can have the bread?"

The older brother responded,"yes. That's all I came here for."

Me too. Me too. I need to remember that even with wiggly children. 


Toddler: who is the mother in our family?

Me: I am. 

Toddler: no! *giggles* you're the mom!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Special Memory

Tonight the entire Wilde Family went to teach a single mom and her five kids. 

They're in a tough spot and trying to make a fresh start. The elders taught a great lesson about how the gospel blesses families. 

Then the best lesson happened. My 3 year old said the prayer to end the meeting. 

Sure, she's prayed before with us. But never in front of a crowd. I was amazed. What an example she is of living the gospel at a young age. A natural at it I guess. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My Old Testament Summer

It is really hard for me to accept that summer is coming to an end. So in all honesty I am ignoring the "back to school" business and I'm declaring that summer must last until September 20th... at least in my book.

One of the reasons I don't want this summer to end is that I have grown to love and appreciate the stories of the Old Testament. Now, I've done a study of the Old Testament in high school and during college. I've had the lesson where you eat the passover meal. I remember looking at little models of the tabernacle and what it looked like.

But this summer I have seen these stories with new eyes. I've been reading these stories to my children and I've had to simplify some things (I don't want to put the image in their minds before bed of a father sacrificing his son on an alter). But overall here's what I've learned:

  • These righteous, faithful people were flawed humans. They struggled to find out the will of the Lord. They troubleshooted. They made mistakes. They were, at one time or another cheaters (Jacob). They ran away. They made what they thought was a good choice, only to have it end up costing them many personal losses (Lot choosing the land by Sodom and Gomorrah). They walked into darkness, unsure the result (Gideon). They made huge sacrifices without any physical or practical evidence that things would work out (the mother of Moses). 
  • They exercised GREAT faith. Just as ridiculous as my faith sounds to many in this day, it's obvious that people did not understand God then. Time has not changed this. These people stayed the course despite the confusion or misunderstanding of others- sometimes in their own 'congregation' - sometimes their own family- and sometimes even themselves.
  • God is leading us on a path- so there's movement in how things work. Whenever I hear that "God is the same yestarday, today, and forever" I feel as though it contradicts the need for growth and change as we become better disciples and as we accept and use the Atonement. So yes, God is the same, but he allows for us to grow and change. Our callings and what we are to do requires us to grow and change. God is not stagnant. But He moves, directs and guides. Not the other way around.
I'm sure there are more things that I just haven't fully meditated out just yet- but there's still time.

Because the summer is still going on for me, for 20+ days. And my Old Testament Summer will keep on going.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

E- things to remember about my baby

My baby girl is growing up so fast and so there are parts if who she is right now I want to write down so I remember what she was like early on:

* E is social. She wants to be sitting up and in the know and see everything. 

* E has a short fuse, and a quick recovery. She gets mad in a heartbeat but if you help her out, she calms down quickly. 

* E has adjusted well to eating rice cereal! It's like she's been ready for a while!

* E likes to sing and talk and likes it when you mirror her noises. 

* E likes to grab stuff. She likes to pump her right fist up and down and up and down. 

* E doesn't cry when she wakes up. She really only cries in her car seat as we drive or when she gets too hungry. Or when she's played with a loud toy for a while. 

* E can get across a room through a slow army crawl and rolling. 

I sure love my little sweet E! Can't believe how big she is already!