Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Good with the Bad... I'll take what I can get!

Okay, so Wednesday was Book Club. It was so AWESOME. It was nearly impossible to get there, but I was going no matter what! Kaia had a last minute birthday party. Zeke and Gabe went hiking with the scouts. At least my friend Nancy agreed to watch my kids, but right before I left, the Young Women came by doing a service scavenger hunt (how could I say no?) I had to take my Dad's old Chevy, very groovy in my opinion, although a tad hard to reach the gas pedal. I was an hour late, but it was worth every crazy minute spent trying to get there!

Sushi at the Black Pearl and Cannoli's at Sweetly Divine?
Oh yeah, but that's just the beginning!
Without incriminating anyone I will just say we hand a grand old time shopping for lingerie at Dillard's. What?!? Don't you go shopping for lingerie with your Book Club? Well, you should.

Oh and of course we talked about the book, a bit. Actually most of us hadn't finished it yet. It's over 500 pages and well... life happens. But I did finish it Friday night. If you didn't read my last post, it's called "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton. I really liked it. I would probably give it 3 out of 5 stars, maybe 4. It's hard to follow sometimes, jumping between the early 1900's, 1975, and 2005 all through the book with each chapter labeled with a different year. It's a great mystery with interesting characters. However, I was a bit frustrated by this woman's apparent allergy to conjunctions. I don't think I've read a book with longer, more confusing sentences. (other than my blog!) I'd have to go back and reread a few sentences here and there trying to figure out what she was saying. I'm very impatient and it just didn't flow at times. But the overall story was great.

Seriously, this whole paragraph is TMI I know, but I don't care. Friday was one of those days.... my dumb bladder. Does anyone wanna trade me? Deb? Amanda? You've offered to trade other things with me, I just thought I would ask. :) Anyway, having IC does have it's benefits, I guess. When I'm having a "flare-up", I can't hold still for anything, for fear of, well, you know. So I spent most of Friday running around the house getting stuff done. A week's worth of chores done in one day: Litter boxes, weeding, laundry, more weeding, dishes, etc. I guess I just need the proper motivation. Hmm? The kids and I had fun in spite of my inability to sit still. My medicine just wasn't cutting it so I had to keep VERY busy in order to keep my mind off of it.

Random: Kaia and Beck watching Scooby Doo
For the record, we're just a week into summer and my kids are so good at helping me around the house. During the school year, they have a few chores each day, but with so much homework and scouts and activity days and all that, I don't really focus on heavy duty chores until summer. I have a very simple chore chart and I rotate it everyday. Did you know that Kaia seriously LOVES to dust? I don't know where she came from, but I am definitely keeping her! Gabe mows the lawn for me and takes out the trash. Zoe is my best sweeper and clothes folder and Beck will do anything if he thinks he's "helping". Yeah, I'm pretty dang blessed!
Here's Gabe and Beck chillin' on the back deck after Gabe mowed the lawn.
Beck LOVES his big brother!
Friday night, we built a camp fire in the backyard and made smores.
It was a bit chilly, but fun.
Saturday was a Mother-Daugher Picnic for the Activity Day girls (kinda like girl scouts, sorta). Zoe and I went together and well, she is my buddy. We had a picnic on the lawn and painted flower pots.
Afterwards, we went to the store to grab a few things and Zoe saw a display of Justin Bieber dolls and was NOT happy about it. I'm glad she's not into all that yet. Honestly, why is he so popular? He sounds like a girl, well, at least the doll version of him does. We had to test all of the dolls just to see if they worked -- at the same time. You know the guy that spins dinner plates on top of sticks or whatever? We're WAAAY better than him!
Saturday night, we invited our wonderful neighbors, Lora and David, over to help us eat some some dutch oven potatoes and ribs. They obliged and brought some dutch oven cherry-chocolate dump cake. It was a feast! I can't believe it's only been a year since I met Lora. We are so blessed! I was so sad last year when I got released from Young Women's and then, Lora moved in across the street and life just keeps getting better. We have a lot in common so we can relate to each other, but we are very different too and it's keeps things interesting. :) I didn't take any pictures :(

Okay, today, Sunday, has been quite a day for me. I've been praying earnestly for answers to some things that have been troubling me lately. I'm always amazed at how those answers come. Testimony meeting was inspiring and I really appreciated my friend, Michelle's testimony of prayer and how she's gotten answers to the "small" things and that's given her Faith to keep praying for the "big" things and now the big things have been answered. I need to have more Faith! I hope I can endure the trials I have been given. Sometimes I'm not so sure. They're nothing too major, but for me they seem unbearable.

I was thinking about how wonderful my life really is aside from one or two things and if I didn't have these trials to deal with, how would I learn anything? There must be opposition in all things, right? Sometimes I just wish I could pick the what and the when... yeah, it just doesn't work that way.

Also, while preparing my Primary lesson this week, I've had this cute little Primary song going through my head (and it's no coincidence):

Help me, Dear Father, to freely forgive
All who may seem unkind to me.
Help me each day, Father, I pray;
Help me live nearer, nearer to Thee.

Why is it so hard to forgive people? Maybe it's just hard for me. I look at other families and wonder what it would be like to have a different family. But you know, I was given my family for a reason. ALL of them. I'm really trying to figure out what I'm supposed to learn from all of it and REALLY trying to feel charity in my heart. I think it's interesting the lyrics say "all who may seem unkind". It's how we perceive things... and I could go on forever about that one. But regardless of perception and true intent, I am still REQUIRED to forgive. My trial isn't "finished", but I got a lot of answers today and I am very grateful for the peace I felt. I think I've made some progress. There's NO way I could handle what I'm going through without the help of my Father in Heaven.

Here's to a new week! :)


  1. That looks so fun! I'm way ready for more week of school.

  2. Um, I don't think I would trade you that one, but I really hope your medication starts working better for you. Any kind of physical ailment that limits you living your life sucks. :(
    Amanda (stupid blogger won't let me sign in to comment)

  3. Summer vacation is the best! Five days left of school-I am so glad to be almost done!!!! I love that you find the positive in IC. Glad you were able to get so much accomplished...bummer your not feeling great. I hope it gets better ASAP!
    Glad that you got to book club. I wish we were neighbors-your book club sounds way better than the ones I have been too! :)

  4. Mmmmmmm.....s'mores.....mmmmmmmm......dutch oven potatoes....mmmmmm....dump cake....

    (um. I MAY be hungry.)

  5. Glad you made it lingerie shopping club. Same thing. :) And now you have me craving some dutch oven cooking. God bless summer!

    Hope you feel better soon. Boo for IC.

  6. I will have to look that book up at the library - it sounds interesting and i havent read a good book in a while. then maybe i will have an excuse to go lingere shopping. hah!

  7. I love this post. Hope the physical ailments subside but so glad you take a positive spin on things.

    May you have a wonderful summer with a dust free home and fresh cut grass and all the s'mores you can handle :)

  8. So I'm a little behind in blogger life! Can I tell you again how glad I am you guys decided to stay!!! SUPER DUPER GLAD! And so glad that you let us enjoy your family with you. Seriously. Love you guys. This is Lora by the way. Same problem as Amanda... what is up with that!! grr.

  9. BAH! I can only utter this for risk of incrimination.

    You usually inspire me for better, lady. Thank you.

  10. Lacy, I found your blog last night. I read several post, what a great blog! Reminds me of home :)

    I also have a blog, but it is private. If you want an invite send me an email,

  11. wow, you sure have been busy busy! i honestly don't know how you do it, Lacy. i'm considering having a 3rd but dunno if i'll be able to keep up. how do you get those kids to do chores anyway?

    that book club "meeting" sounded like so much fun. i wanna join! but i'm terrible about reading/finishing books. i so much enjoy it but dunno how you find the time. i really should make time! anyway, maybe when the kids get older things will slow down and i'll actually be able to do other things then just be a taxi, maid and cook.

    i think forgiveness is one of the toughest things but also the deadliest because it can eat you up inside. i deal with it all the time and seriously also have to turn to God to help me let go. i'm amazed at how freeing it can be, but i've had to really REALLY work at it with a few people.

  12. I attend a book club too, and it's rarely about the book. It's more about girlfriends hanging out. I wouldn't change a thing.


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