I read this message this morning. It's such a good reminder of what is important in life. The following are different parts of the message I took straight from the talk.
"This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now."
In the 1960s, during the Vietnam War, Church member Jay Hess, an airman, was shot down over North Vietnam. For two years hisfamily had no idea whether he was dead or alive. His captors in Hanoi eventually allowed him to write home but limited his message to less than 25 words. What would you and I say to our families if we were in the same situation—not having seen them for over two years and not knowing if we would ever see them again? Wanting to provide something his family could recognize as having come from him and also wanting to give them valuable counsel, Brother Hess wrote—and I quote: “These things are important: temple marriage, mission, college. Press on, set goals, write history, take pictures twice a year.”
The ancient Roman philosopher Horace admonished, “Whatever hour God has blessed you with, take it with grateful hand, nor postpone your joys from year to year, so that in whatever place you have been, you may say that you have lived happily.”
by President Thomas S. Monson, "Finding Joy in the Journey"You can read his full message here.
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So, I decided I wanted to make the kids blankets for Valentine's Day. I wanted them to have something special that they could have forever and say that their mom "made" it for them:). I think it makes it that much more special to them. I was pretty excited to give the blankets to the kids. They are the soft Minki stuff on both sides. The material is pretty expensive, and with it being on both sides, I needed a total of 10 pieces of fabric. Ben Franklin had a lot more of a variety than Hobby Lobby, so I bought most of it there. Ben Franklin took competitors 40% coupons. You could only use one coupon per day per family for up to 2 yards. The material was like $17.99 a yard and I was not about to pay that:). I guess I must have gone in there eight times to buy separate pieces of fabric. It started to feel like ground hog day:). I was able to buy two at a time at hobby lobby so that was nice. Anyway, like I said on my last post, they were very imperfectly done, but the kids really liked them. Hopefully a lot of it is the thought that counts right? I hope so. I really wanted it to be special. I wrote them each a nice card to go with them.
I hope you love your blankets. They were made with love. Always remember how much I love you.
p.s. Don't be jealous of my new vintagey camera bag I got from Adam for Valentine's Day :). (I may have picked it out and ordered it myself, along with a book on film making:)Thanks honey!