Sunday, May 31, 2009
He said, "Do you remember me?"
I didn't, but before I could react or quiz him about what class I had him in, he said, hoping for recognition, "You gave me a prize!"
My face lit up, "You must have been extra good because I don't give out prizes very often."
He told me how I had only given out two in his class that day. "You gave one to me because I was very quiet," he said.
"You need to remember that about me." I replied. "When I give instructions to students and I find most of them aren't following my directions, I start looking around the room to try and find someone who is."
"You gave me some clackers," he smiled again.
I wish now I had gotten down on one knee. He was straining his neck to look up at me and was so attentive and intent on listening to what I had to say. "It's nice to get a prize, but whether you receive a prize or not, you feel good inside when you do what your teacher asks you to do."
His face glowed in agreement. I was so proud of him. I said good-bye, me grinning from ear to ear, and then I was off to my car.
The class I had substituted that day was especially difficult, but I got through it. I don't think that little boy realized how his cheerful conversation made my day. I should have said to him, "You gave me a prize!"
“My dear brothers and sisters, may the laughter of children gladden our hearts. May the faith of children soothe our souls. May the love of children prompt our deeds. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Ps. 127:3.)”
Thomas S. Monson, “Precious Children—A Gift from God,” Ensign, Nov 1991, 70
Friday, May 22, 2009
I don't think I'm going be to be Mother of the Year either, but happy day, Sammy is Student of the Month! Hooray! I received a call from his teacher a few days ago making me aware of Sam's honor assembly today.
Hugh and I both filed into the assembly together and surprised Sam. We took pictures and complimented him on his achievement. I was so happy for Sammy and he was pleased about it too. What a nice way to top off his school year.
Ms. Munoz (Sam's teacher) and Sam at the awards ceremony
Friday, May 15, 2009
I also received a Mother's Day gift from Tommy earlier in the week. I was so pleased. It's a shadow box with a white shirt and tie with the pocket stuffed with all the things Elder Blair keeps in his pocket as a missionary.
I certainly had other gifts and well wishes on Mother's Day, but Tommy's call and gift were definite highlights for the entire family.
"Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them." Alma 57:21
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I tell this story in conjuction with Janna's prom events. She attended the Lancaster High School prom with some friends when I was visiting in Arizona and then last night she went to what we refer to as the "Mormon Prom". She wore the same dress to both events and looked lovely as the Traditional Girl.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
My Heavenly Father Loves Me.
I Have a Garden
by Maryhale Woolsey
"Sing With Me" G-18
I have a garden, a lovely garden,
With flowers blossoming ever fair;
Where sun shines brightly and rain falls lightly,
And breezes gather sweet fragrance there.
Songbirds come singing out of the sky;
Butterflies winging, hovering by;
And in my garden, my lovely garden,
There's always beauty to greet the eye.
I have a garden, a secret garden,
Where thot's like flowers grow day by day;
'Tis I must chose them, and tend and use them,
And cast all wrong one like weeds away.
Goodness and love are seeds that I sow;
God up above will help me I know,
To keep my garden, my heart's own garden
A place where beauty will always grow.
If ever there was an affirmation, I hope that my blooming garden will be a reminder of what my thoughts and heart should be.
Also, Sammy received his YELLOW belt today. Congratulations!
And, It's Billy's B-day. Happy 29th Bub!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
It was such a pleasure tending to Ryan. I had a nice visit, but everyone missed me at home. I definitely had to get back to my Lancaster agenda. Besides caring for Ryan I exercised, which I hope to continue. I haven't been as consistent as I should since I started working. I also did a little cooking for Bill and Chelsea and took advantage of the opportunity to do some reading.
~ Author: Unknown
Grandmas are for stories about things of long ago.
Grandmas are for caring about all the things you know.
Grandmas are for rocking you and singing you to sleep.
Grandmas are for giving you nice memories to keep.
Grandmas are for knowing all the things you're dreaming of...
But, the most important thing of all,
Grandmas are for love.