Saturday, October 4, 2008

Tricia Made Me Do It

Okay- So, I have been persuaded to begin blogging, as it seems the "Mormon" thing-to-do. "I can keep in touch with all my friends, and journal too!!" And, now that it is almost midnight in the Pacific Northwest, I am finally starting my blog. (It really didn't take me long to figure out how to get started....really, I swear!!) I have promised myself not to become a blog-stalker like some people I know...hee hee. But I am already wondering how to find my friends on this stinking thing. So, I guess I am supposed to talk about my feelings, and deep thoughts, and what-not...wow, I really don't think anyone wants to go there. But I guess what is on my mind right now is the blessings of Conference. Oh, now don't get me wrong. Conference weekend is somewhat of a pain. (I can say that, right?) Today, as I watched some crazy amount of primary children sit reverently for 2 hours behind the General Authorities, I almost cried as my own children were swinging from the ceiling fans in my home!!! All I am saying is that sometimes I find it difficult to be able to concentrate on the Spirit when even my 14 year-old can't sit quietly for one complete talk. Still, I am so thankful to be able to hear the words of our church leaders. Always, I find myself thinking they are speaking just to me. And today was no different. I have grown to love some of these great leaders, as if I have known them all my life. (Wasn't Wirthlin, Oaks, and Bednar amazing today? Among others?) And somewhere inside, I know my children are listening as well, and will learn to love Conference as well.

I will never forget last Conference, when my husband, still in Afghanistan called to make sure I was watching. I remember how happy I was at knowing that he was able to watch it too, knowing that for the first time in many, many months we were able to enjoy something together. Now, my husband is away again, only for a short time. But I took comfort in knowing that once again, we were able to share these moments together. (Although I am sure it was much quieter in his motel room!!!)

I always seem to come away from Conference energized and uplifted; ready to start over again and do better....be better. Tomorrow, we will try it again. I think I will take everyone to the chapel for at least one session. Perhaps that will help to "set the mood". Although, I am a bit apprehensive to go, as I still feel very much a stranger here. But that is for a whole other blog. (What has she gotten me into???)

8 comments:

Tricia said...

ohmygoshyouaretoofunny!
Yes, conference was great, of course. I am always so grateful for all that I get out of it. I hope you did go to the church and smile at all the new folks. I suppose since you were in the chapel you didn't call out, "Winna' win a chinkin' din-a!" Before you decided where to sit. :)

erin sheely said...

Yay!! I'm glad you're blogging. I miss you! I wondered if you guy had made your big move, obviously you did. :) I was watching my 2 kids plus my sister's 5 and it was hard to feel Christlike listening to the prophet speak when you want to wring the necks of small children.

Mandy said...

MONICA!!!! So good to see you on here. You'll feel good if you keep doing this thing....when you hear from your friends and can share what's up with you....it has helped me with my friendless transition to a new ward. I have my friends on the computer. I MISS YOU! I'm with ya, Erin....I actually decided to save Pres. Monson's talk yesterday for later because I felt weird trying to listen to him while kids were crying and running all over the place. Gotta love DVR!

KrystaLyn said...

Hey Monica! How fun to find you on here! I'm adding you to my list!

Mandy said...

SO, where are you????? I need an update.

Deon said...

I am so glad that you have entered the blogging world. I like the term blog stalker, I guess I'm one of those because I found you on Tricia's. He He! I hope you guys are doing well. We sure miss you here! I left for the summer and came home to a different ward. I'm sorry that I never got to say good-bye.

Christi Graham said...

Okay, so I will add you to my list too. Miss you guys!

Melissa said...

Hello...my name is Melissa and I am a blog stalker. :) I was so excited to see you on Tricia's link list!!! Where did you move to?