I was so completely overwhelmed with emotion in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, visiting the Helping Hands exhibit today. Early this year in the Children's Friend magazine, kids everywhere were challenged to be Christ's hands and help others. We participated and for FHE cut out hands and wrote down what we had done to help someone else. Thousands and thousands of cut out hands representing service by children were sent in to the Friend and they are on display here.
As we walked up to the exhibit the sheer size touched my heart. Everywhere I looked, tiny hands hung, each with a different sincere story of love and service. One act of service such as, "I helped my grandpa get the newspaper," might seem small, but together they are changing the world.
Yesterday in general conference, Elder Holland spoke of mothers and compared them to the Savior in love and sacrifice. I had never thought of such a thing! As a mother and person I am so far from being anything like the Savior. I can't even hold a candle to him. Yet Holland's words were so empowering. Not only was it nice for someone to recognize and sympathize with being pregnant, laboring, bearing, nursing and raising children but he also encouraged and comforted me. I felt like I can someday be like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I can try to be more loving, patience, honest, compassionate, kind, selfless, humble, teachable and non judge mental as he is. He makes up for my faults and failures. I am grateful for the words of the apostles and for how women are and have always been valued in the church and in the eyes of Jesus Christ and Heavnely Father. And I am grateful for my eternal role of mother.
Who knew there was a replica of the liberty bell in the basement of the Utah state Capitol!
The kids and I really like going to random breakfast places lately.
Super fun engagement sibling celebration dinner the other week. Thai food and then "cazookies" for dessert. Such a cool group. We love Amelia and love David and love the two of them together.
My bunka walking to church!! So determined!
This is the place monument
Freddie: "am I going to fall off this?" Nervous, yet allowing his mother to pose him.
We ride the bus all over!! Free zone!!!
Our beautiful street in a construction zone lately!!!! The sidewalks and streets are all getting redone. It's inconvenient but it will be nice and we love watching the jackhammers, diggers, loaders, dump trucks, rollers, bulldozers and construction workers right outside our window.
"I want shoooooooeees, mom."
And then suddenly it rained for three days and became freezing. Welcome to Utah, Smith family. Now go buy a winter wardrobe or you will be frozen solid within weeks.
Waiting forth raisin the freezing rain. You dressed us really really badly today mom. BAD MOM.
Home, in our PJs, heater on, bacon and fries for dinner...am I getting any better? Ugh.
Fun at dada's work.
Fun day with Collin's grandfather, Sherwood, and his sister, Wilma. We loved having lunch with them and hearing amazing stories about growing up on a farm during the depression. "No body knows about the depression anymore. You have to be 100 years old."
Hattie did not let go of their hands! She loved being with them and making them laugh. She also tried to "swing" and just about pulled poor Wilma down with her.
Sherwood told a story about how his father made only $18 a week and sustained his farm and family with 3 kids. Sherwood later was going through his father's things and found tithing recipes for $1.80 every single week. What faith that would take. Well when Sherwood was little he wanted a pony so badly. Not understanding the realities of money he begged for one for two years. And his father, being like any father who just wants his kids to be happy and wishes he could give them the world, convinced himself he could use the pony on his farm and got it!!! What a sweet and selfless man.
Sherwood and Wilma also told of how during those times you either had a job or you starved. They remember many people who were wandering, stopping by their home and just asking for food. Their mother would always welcome them and make them a big plate of food on the back porch.
For dinners the family had vegetables every day and chicken on Sundays and hot homemade biscuits 3 times a day!!!!!!!
One of the highlights was that my mom came to visit! The kids were so happy to see her and it was fun sharing what we have been up to and though we had all been there many times...showing off our new neighborhood.
Freddie told us early on, this year he wanted a Batman and Soiderman party. Here is the awesome invite. Colli and I work together in the idea and then he works his creative magic and always comes up with something amazing!!
Masks making table
Batman was well represented in our family.
I love Freddie in the following pictures. He is just so happy surrounded by friends!!
We went across the street to the Capitol lawn where Mr. Bruce Wayne had a series of tests and obstacles for our little super heroes in training.
^John and Cecil Schultz with Noah Ingley
The Ellis family
Happy Jayden and Kamree!
In the back in Amelia's family: brother Chris and his wife Becca and their three kids, Eli, Liam and Zola and Amelia's younger sister Hannah. I love them all so much and feel they are family already.
He put the candles on himself (8 instead of 4!! ) And blew them out one at a time. Smart boy. Love him so much.
Great-grandpa Sherwood Smith was visiting his sister Wilma and they came to the party. It was the best ever and everyone loved them. The kids adore them both!!