May 30, 2011

Explosive Treats

I think we were about an hour out of town 
before I remembered something really important. 
We went camping this weekend. 
As a treat I bought some soda for the trip. 
I put it in the freezer 4 hours before we left. 
They are so good 
when they have a bit of slush in them. 
Just like a Slurpee. 

Sometimes forgetting has severe consequences.
Like explosions.
The last time this happened 
It was Memorial Day weekend 2009. 
I put the soda in the freezer,
 remembered to take it out
and we had a FANTASTIC treat. 
So fantastic, in fact, that when we got home 
Jovana wanted to make the treat again.
She put a can or two of soda 
or maybe four into the freezer.
There was an explosion.
Similar to this one.
But on a little smaller scale.
She cleaned my freezer for me. 
This time, 
there's no Jovana. 
It's all me. 

May 24, 2011

Crazy Hair = Wild Child

When my kids have wild and crazy hair, sometimes I think that's how they behave, too. As if the longer locks make them into wild monsters. So Sunday morning before church I got out the clippers and cut it all off. Well, just the boys. That way they would be nice to each other and obedient to their parents. Just like angels. Because I really like angels.

I shared my hair wisdom with Elliott's Sunday School teacher. She laughed and said that she didn't think my theory worked for Navy guys. (Her son is in the military.) And even though children make a few stupid decisions, for the most part they are fantastic and loving individuals.

May 23, 2011

Thirty Five

Some of you may know that my husband married me, an older woman. Not too much older. Just 6 months. But the strangest thing happens inside his brain when I have my birthday. He also has one. And I must admit. My brain is just as confused. So it doesn't really seem like he had a birthday today. But he did. And now it's official. Happy Birthday Lover!

May 3, 2011

Without Civilization

My thoughts and feelings on Osama bin Laden's death are without a doubt mixed. Mixed because I believe the Navy SEALS who killed him were right to do so. Bin Laden has taken credit for the deaths of thousands of people. 
Americans celebrate as the White House shares news of bin Laden's death.
And the celebrations over someone dying repulse me. These are the same types of photos that I have seen a half a world away...and though we are not beheading anyone or dragging dead bodies in the street, the uncivilized celebration over someone's death indicates that our culture is not so different than theirs. Hate begets hate and nothing positive will come from it.

Anti-American protest in Pakistan.
I am reminded of another people whose neighbors hated and warred against them. The ancient prophet Alma wrote this about the Nephites and the Lamanites:
Alma 48
v. 23Now, they were sorry to take up arms against the Lamanites, because they did not delight in the shedding of blood; yea, and this was not all—they were sorry to be the means of sending so many of their brethren out of this world into an eternal world, unprepared to meet their God.
 v. 24Nevertheless, they could not suffer to lay down their lives, that their wives and their children should be massacred by the barbarous cruelty of those who were once their brethren, yea, and had dissented from their church, and had left them and had gone to destroy them by joining the Lamanites.
 v. 25Yea, they could not bear that their brethren should rejoice over the blood of the Nephites, so long as there were any who should keep the commandments of God, for the promise of the Lord was, if they should keep his commandments they should prosper in the land.
It saddens me that bin Laden is unprepared to meet God. In his heart he knows that he has led unjust attacks against innocent people. Just like the Nephites, our government has a responsibility to protect our people against such attacks. It just disturbs me to think of my fellow countrymen falling into the same trap of hatred because we as a people are also unprepared to meet God.

Another prophet Moroni, who lived about 500 years after Alma, wrote of his Nephite people and how far they had come from being a righteous people to being without civilization.
Moroni 9
v. 5For so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death; and they have lost their love, one towards another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually.
 v. 10...they did murder [the Lamanites] in a most cruel manner, torturing their bodies even unto death; and after they have done this, they devour their flesh like unto wild beasts, because of the hardness of their hearts; and they do it for a token of bravery.
v. 11O my beloved son, how can a people like this, that are without civilization—
v. 14How can we expect that God will stay his hand in judgment against us? 
It is my hope that as a people we can learn from those who went before us. Wickedness never was happiness. It all starts with me. And you. And everyone individually. We will be faced with many choices today. I hope for the strength to choose kindness in both word and deed.
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