Some Stuff and Other Stuff

This morning Herbie and Moses picked up their best friends and brought them to church! It is the first time we've ever been able to get anyone here to come to church with us. The friends enjoyed themselves and Herbie and Moses were great hosts. Moses even encouraged his friend to help him pick up hymn books with him after sacrament meeting by making it a game.

After I learned more about my spiritual gifts, of course I encouraged all the kids to pray about theirs. I'm not going to list what everyone got, just a few notes...

Ruby: Music (kind of a surprise), and humility, if she wants it and works on it.

Moses: Sports and making people laugh (not a surprise), but he wasn't sure how those would help people. He prayed again and learned he could use those gifts to help people who aren't good at sports to feel better about themselves.

Penelope's was also not a surprise; it was love. But how she could do it better was. She learned that she should stop jumping up on me when giving me a hug. And she stopped. How much more pleasant her hugs have become, and I can stop telling her to stop.

Ruby got her first "muito bom" of the year. It was the first thing out of her mouth when she got home, and she gave us a blow-by-blow account of how the tests were handed out and everything everyone said. She was super happy, and especially because it was in history (of Portugal). One of her weakest subjects last year.

Herbie finished the Book of Mormon in Portuguese for the 4th time this week.

Linus has really been getting into the Book of Mormon during his reading time. He LOVES Captain Moroni, and he even sometimes laughed (?!) when reading about sneaky war strategy.

Our time changed last Sunday. Kids have been, well, like they always are when the time changes in the fall; although, I hardly think about it any more, and even Woo will say, "They're just tired," when they are constantly bickering. They seem to be okay in school, though.

I had to smile while picking up Archie from school. He was the only one sitting quietly on the rug, looking at his teacher. All the other 3-5 yr olds were wriggling, jumping, rolling around on the rug... with the teacher desperately trying to get them to at least sit. Felt kind of like my house.

We had a branch activity this week, on a day with no school. Woo ran the whole thing, organized it and us, kept us entertained and mostly happy, and I believe he stayed 5 1/2 hours! 3 hours is my absolute upper limit at a social event (which may go down to 2 as I lose my 3 hr Sunday conditioning?). I was about to throw a tantrum myself. I took the 3 younger kids home to bed, while Woo soldiered on and Linus threw the tantrum as I pulled him out the front door.

I wasted too much time looking for a CAD program before I realized that's not really what I wanted. What I really wanted was something more like Illustrator. (Sorry, everyone that's obvious to... it's been a long time.) I found a free program I really like called Gravit. I like it now, but took me awhile to find a work around to a missing tool I really like in Illustrator. But, after I got that, I was zipping along.

As I work, I realize I actually know quite a lot about drawing house plans, and I'm recognizing that Kurt taught me pretty much all of it. I'm pulling out of the back of my brain all sorts of measurements, associated with a memory of him telling them to me; also ways to save labor and money; and of course, the all important instruction to pay special attention to what wall you put the toilet on. No one wants to hear flushing while they're sitting down to dinner. At least according to Kurt. (And okay, all the rest of us.)

Here we are practicing for the primary program next week.

Woo is amused by this "Bad Cat college" jacket someone gave Ruby.

And most of the pictures are from exploring little caves with some friends, which was a fun Saturday activity.

Well, that's about it. Hope your week was great!

Testimony Below:

I love the Book of Mormon. I have prayed about it and felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that it is true.

I read the Book of Mormon every day and every time I read it and try to learn something or to feel peace, I receive the Holy Ghost again.

Over time, reading the Book of Mormon heals us of our weaknesses. This happens because the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. We come unto Christ and we follow him when we read it, and his atonement has power to work in us.

I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is led by him.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Eu amo o Livro de Mórmon. Eu orei sobre o Livro e o Espírito Santo testificou para mim que é verdade.

Eu leio o Livro de Mórmon todos os dias e toda vez que leio e tento aprender algo ou sentir paz, eu recebo o Espírito Santo novamente.

Com o tempo, a leitura do Livro de Mórmon nos cura nossas fraquezas. Isso acontece porque o Livro de Mórmon testifica a Jesus Cristo. Nós nos achegamos a Cristo e o seguimos quando lemos o Livro de Mórmon, e sua expiação tem poder para operar em nós.

Eu sei que Jesus Cristo vive e que a Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias é guiada por ele.

Em nome de Jesus Cristo. Amém.