We started off our Christmas season (after all the mission stuff was completed) going to “A Christmas Carol”.
Nothing like Scrooge and the story of compassion, service and brotherly love to get us in the mood for Christmas.
Outside the play, the line for the Giving Machine (#LightTheWorld), was so long and packed. But it was cool seeing one of the five in the entire world.
We finally got EB to sit and do some Christmas coloring and have some family time.
We had some wonderful Christmas carolers show up and sing to us.
They were so amazing, we asked them in for more. Thank you Sisters and Elders!
Christmas Eve Dinner: Yummy. Yum. Yummo.
Christmas Jammies 2018
Waiting to go “up” the stairs to see what Santa brought.
Let the mess begin!
Christmas morning fatigue and mess…
Christmas is the best with little ones! Dolls, play food, toys….it’s the best!
Lastly, we were able to “Hangout” with Elder Babups!!
He called from Botswana and even though the first call was a silent call (no audio, only video)…
…we got a second chance to talk with him the next day. This time everything worked.
What a great way (and sigh of relief) to end the Christmas season by seeing Elder Babups happy and healthy in Africa.
Keep praying for him and all the missionaries around the world. They sure need our prayers.
Happy New Year!
Days before Babups left, we tried to get in some family togetherness one last time. Plus, we had a lot of packing to do. Two suitcases for two years in Africa… a bit of a stress for mama.
Time with Presto talking b-ball and the Utah Jazz.
Getting in our favorite breakfast place, Cracker Barrel!
Running errands and finding last items for his suitcase stash…Presto is not amused with shopping.
Babups’ last supper in Tucson was the famous Sonoran hotdog and a large strawberry Eegee! Tucsonans know of what we speak.
Getting advice from older brothers right before he was set apart.
The famous Arizona Tucson Mission stair photo of the family….most get this picture when they are going home from their mission. Babups gets one on his way to his mission!
President Walker of the Tucson Arizona Stake set Babups apart. Now he is an Elder.
Elder Babups will not return to Tucson after his mission, as we will be back in Idaho by then. So this is not only a good-bye to the family, but a good-bye to Tucson, AZ.
Had to include our friends the saguaro cacti!
Here we go to the Tucson International Airport….this is getting real now!
And now the dreaded good-byes….
Good-bye for TWO Elder Babups! We will be praying for you and loving you from afar.
Follow his adventures at his missionary blog.
Hurrah for Israel!!!
Just this week, I have come across the same scripture three separate times!
And then as I was talking to EB about this scripture, he said he had been thinking of that same scripture too.
Here is the scripture:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55: 8-9
As I’ve pondered this scripture, this thought came to me…God is in control.
As a young girl, I had some hard trials to wade through.
I would fear the future and feel hopelessness through the rose colored glasses of my struggles.
When hard times come upon us, we question, “Why is this happening to me?”
But if we come to know that God is control, and that all things will work out for our good, we can trust God more, do our best more, and worry and fear less.
I know, that may sound trite and simplistic at best.
However…just as the heavens are far beyond our comprehension, so are God’s works far beyond our mortal minds and thoughts.
The Lord is a God of miracles and miracles just don’t make sense. But this one unpretentious idea, this one sincere thought does makes perfect comforting sense in an ever changing and unpredictable world–
GOD IS IN CONTROL.
These are my words, I wrote in my journal back in February of 2008.
“I get caught up (again, again) with the whirlwinds of urgent tasks and forget to feed my soul on the word of God.”
Oh boy, that still sounds familiar.
As I read that journal entry of over ten years ago and looked at my life now, it occurred to me that no matter the season of life we are in, it’s always a battle to make time for spiritual things.
There is always something to do–ALWAYS.
It just may be that our “thick of thin things” may be quenching the Spirit in our lives and taking away access to a most precious tool we all need everyday.
However, I ended my journal entry with a quote by Elder Keith K. Hilbig, from a talk entitled “Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man”.
Do you wish to know the price to be paid for the privileges that are offered after we have received the Holy Ghost? The price is not a predetermined or fixed amount; rather, it is determined by each of us individually.
If you set your payment, which is your personal effort, very low, you may not be able to avail yourself of all the Spirit has to offer. You may even quench the Spirit! However, if you set your personal contribution high, you will reap an abundant harvest from the Spirit. The payment I reference is, of course, not money; rather, it is a greater commitment to and involvement in personal spiritual endeavors and behaviors.
If we undertake this effort and quench not the Spirit, our inner being is quickened. As we persevere, eternal life awaits us. Thus, we dare not quench the Spirit through disobedience or neglect. Rather, let us “live in the Spirit,”6 enhancing the sacred and essential role of the Holy Ghost in our individual lives.