Crinkled Oranges

Friday, July 31, 2015

Charlene and Greg's

25th anniversary party.  Lots of good food and fun.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


I have to rethink what I need to focus my time and energies on.  I seem to have a running commentary of negative thoughts in my mind about what I am, or am not, doing.  Or when I find that I don't have an abundant heart and am judging or feeling envious or critical of others.

I was reading this quote by Sheri Dew:

"Those who think of life as a personal ministry tend to be less lonely, less likely to feel that life has spun out of control, more inclined to have a a gentle heart, more filled with purpose." 

That is a beautiful thought.  Thinking of life itself as a personal ministry, no matter where we live or what we do.  We may minister to many different people in many different ways, but if our hearts are softened we find  life more filled with purpose.
"Those who think of life as a personal ministry look with a different perspective. It can change our attitude.   How do you know what your personal ministry is?   I always felt that my personal ministry was to raise my children.  Then when that is no longer so well defined, we have to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost to see what our purpose could be now.

So how do you decide what your personal ministry on this life is?  Raising young children is definitely a ministry of great importance.  When the children are no longer under our every day stewardship, we can almost float at sea with no direction or rudder and go where the wind blows us.

I'm Thinking of what I want my personal ministry will be for the remaining years of my life   Whatever it is, I want to do it with an abundant heart and a positive perspective.

What do you think your personal ministry is?          

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29

And my front flowers are finally filling in. Plus a few remnants from the wedding are still decorating the front porch.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Elder BIshop

turns 19 today.  I have loved having him so close, though we have actually only met with him once.  It is wonderful to read his emails each week and watch his spiritual and emotional growth (as well as the growth of his hair!)  So proud of him.

Here is a year in photos: