Always Crazy, Always Fun, Always Love

Ray Romano once compared life with twins to living in a frat house. As he put it, "no one sleeps, there is a lot of noise and a lot of throwing up." I find this very true with 4 young children, including twins. However, though things are always crazy, we always try to have fun and, most certainly, always love each other.

Monday, April 19, 2010

I Had a Time Out!

There are many wonderful things about childhood that children just don't see as valuable until they grow up and that phase has long since passed.

One such example is nap time. How many of us fought naps as children, but would give anything now for a daily nap?

How many of us fought dinner time, but now would give anything to have someone else lovingly cook meals for us again?

Then there are also "time-outs." Children don't like them- it signifies they are in trouble and must discontinue their activity for an allotted time. As adults, time-outs don't sound so bad! Sometimes when we are frustrated and things aren't going well, a "time out" is what we need to cool off and recharge.

Well, I had that opportunity this weekend at "Time Out for Women," a Womens' conference meant to inspire and uplift women, put on by a book publisher (Deseret Books) that publishes books for our religion. They tour across the country each year and this one was in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend.
Emily, Me, Mom, Amy

It was just what I needed. Life has been good, but particular stresses have had me worn down and tired and I really just needed a break. The theme of this TOFW was "Infinite Hope." It references to 13th Article of Faith (a list of statements of what our religion believes" that states:

"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say we fallow the admonition of Paul- We believe all things, we hope all things, and have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

The conference was Friday night and Saturday during the day and was full of messages and music of hope and faith in Christ. It was also just a fun girls time with my sister-Emily, my mom, and my friend Amy-talking, eating and just enjoying time together. Enjoy some pictures!

This is my mom with one of the presenters, Mariama Kallon. She was born in a war torn section of Africa and as a young woman, saw her entire family murdered right in front of her. She was in line to die but only lived because the UN soldiers arrived just in time to scare off the rebels. She fled for her life with nothing. Often in our church, we assemble "hygiene kits" full of toothbrushes, washcloths and other misc. items as a service project for areas in need- be it people at war or natural disasters. She received one of these kits. Later, when she came to America, she had only one change of clothing and her kit. It was neat to hear her story because I have helped assemble these kits before and always wondered where they actually ended up. It was a very inspiring and eye opening message.

As a service project for this event, we all donated items and packaged them into kits to donate to the local womens shelter right there in Indianapolis. (they are doing this in each city on the tour for a womens shelter in that respective city!) We were able to put together 300 kits!

Amy and I at lunch time on Saturday

As Mariama was speaking, we had our lunch down at our feet for us to eat when she finished. Sandwiches, chips, candy and soda. While she was speaking, she mentioned that she would go to church in Africa and the children would have nothing to eat all day so she would walk a long distance to get dirty water from the river and carry it back just so the children could at least have a drink of water- the only thing they would be able to put in their bellies all day. And, here are we with all of our food right there whenever we want it. Just a harsh perspective on reality.

On Friday night, the musician was Michael McLean. He sung a song titled "One in the 90 and 9" that I had heard only once before and did not realize he was the one who wrote it until Friday, making it the second time I had ever heard it. Both times was a time I really needed it. Here is an older video of him singing it I found on YouTube. It is nearly 5 minutes long because he spends the first 1 1/2 minutes explaining how the song came to be. (if you want to skip the first 1 1/2 minutes, it is in regards to the parable of Jesus leaving the 99 sheep to find the one lost lamb. This song is about the 99 followers). It is a very cool song and worth listening to if you have a few minutes!

In the hotel room, Friday night, we really enjoyed our girls night time. Amy brought a mud mask she had just brought and we enjoyed giving ourselves mini facials. It was fun and we really noticed a difference in our faces when we washed it off! I had never done a mud mask, so it was a fun new experience!

Warning! Scary Pictures Ahead!! Warning!
(look at your own risk...)
Right across from the convention center, as we came and went was this beautiful (understatement there) Catholic church. You could tell it was old and that the city grew up around it. It was actually the first Catholic church in the area-established in 1837. On Saturday, as the conference ended, we walked out and noticed the doors open. I have honestly never been in a Catholic church and certainly not one of this scale and we couldn't resist a quick peak inside. It....was....breathtaking and just HUGE! I found this link (click here) that has a couple pictures if you care to take a glimpse. Very worth it!

I am very grateful I was able to have this much needed break and spend time with 3 of my favorite women! I seriously recommend this to anyone needed a "Time Out!"


Meyer Family said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. A time out does sound nice. Glad you were able to have one!

everyday katie said...

I can only imagine how perfect the trip was. I'm glad it went so well. It sounds ideal. And the mud masks are a nice touch.

Your sister looks so cute in that top picture.

Autumn said...

SO fun!! I love the mask pictures! I love Michael McLean. I'm sooo sad I didn't get to go! Thanks for being understanding!