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Archive for February, 2012

Forget not….

I’ve been cleaning up and organizing my hideaway today.  This is the end of the mid-winter break at school, and two of our daughters are arriving in town today to help celebrate retirement for my husband.  I kept looking at the framed picture similar to this one given me by a dear friend at Christmas, and had to share some of the thoughts from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

“…There is a German legend that just as God had finished naming all the plants, one was left unnamed.  A tiny voice spoke out, “Forget me not, O Lord!”  And God replied that this would be its name….First, forget not to be patient with yourself…God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect…God is also fully aware that the people you think are perfect are not…Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice.  An acceptable sacrifice is when we give up something good for something of far greater worth…”Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?”…Third, forget not to be happy now…if we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us…The happiest people I know…are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments…Fourth, forget not the “why” of the gospel…the gospel of Jesus Christ is not an obligation; it is a pathway, marked by our loving Father in Heaven, leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come…Let us not walk the path of discipleship with our eyes on the ground, thinking only of the tasks and obligations before us.  Let us not walk unaware of the beauty of the glorious earthly and spiritual landscapes that surround us…Fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you…whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten.  No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may fell, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you.  In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.  Just think of it:  You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe!  You are loved the King of infinite space and everlasting time!  (October, 2011)

I was reminded to “forget not” when I feel there is too much to do, and never enough time.  How grateful I am for the reminder!

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Exciting patterns…

Yesterday on my way home from school, I stopped at a local “dangerous to enter” (fabric) shop, and, yes, I did spend money.  All I bought was yarn for a shawl I want to crochet and a quilt magazine.  (Link to pattern: http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Sweaters/Goddess-Shawl-from-Naturally-Caron/ct/1#)   I am excited because I found two patterns in the magaize I want to make.  Both use batiks, which I love to work with (and I need to diminish my stash).  One is a table runner that looks like a cathedral window, made without hand stitching or curved piecing, quilted while assembling.  My kind of pattern!  The other uses strips and rectangles in a planned pattern for a quilt (easily made whatever size I want).  This pattern is reminds me of the classic Yellow Brick Road as far as assembly methods.  I need to finish a tote bag first, then crochet hook and fabric, here I come!  I love to create!

Next week is mid-winter vacation at school, some of the family is coming to town to celebrate my husband’s retirement.  Then, I’ll go back to work…no retirement yet for me.