Monday, April 7, 2008

Conference Weekend

Isn't general conference weekend the best? To me general conference is all about relaxing, listening to uplifting, inspired, motivating talks, spending time with our families, and eating good food! My favorite talk was Russell M. Ballard's. He talked directly to Mothers and it was just what I needed. I've felt so overwhelmed lately with all my responsibilities as a Mother and sometimes unappreciated. (I wish my Mom was living because I can relate with her even more now that I understand some of the sacrifices she made for me and my siblings.) I wrote down 4 points Elder Ballard made to help all of us Mothers...

1. Recognize the joy of Motherhood comes in moments
2. Don't overschedule yourself or your children
3. Find time for yourself
4. Pray, study, and teach the gospel

I love it because he gave advice directly to husbands and children too... for the husbands

1.Show extra appreciation to your wife- give more validation
2.Have regular time scheduled to talk about each childs needs
3.Give your wife a day away, when you take over the household
4.When you come home from work, take an active role with your families. Don't put work over playing, teaching, and spending time with your children.

For the children...
1. Pick up toys, do the dishes, make your beds, etc. WITHOUT BEING ASKED!
2. Say thank you
3. Give your Mom a hug and say I love you

Such great advice!! I would seriously pay for it. I feel so blessed to have the gospel in my life and to have a modern day prophet and apostles that guide us in this day and age. President Monson is AWESOME. I am going to work on keeping my priorities straight and try to find joy and happiness in my sacred role as a Mother! I hope that all of you can too...

I told you it was about good food! Jason cooked a huge roast but we fed a lot of people...

Love having the missionaries in our home!

8 comments:

Tracy said...

That picture of Avaree with the huge slab of raw meat is hilarious! My first thought was "like father, like daughter"!

Todd, Janelle & Sydney said...

That was my favorite talk too. You summed it up nicely! It is always nice to have those reminders.

DEE said...

Also- my favorite talk. Good taste, huge roast...

Tristie and Dax said...

first off, that roast looks awesome and delicious. secondly, i loved E. Ballard's talk! Thanks for writing these points down so I can always come back to your blog if I forget. love it all.

California Roney's said...

Amen to all those things you said. I sure loved that talk and you look like you had fun and great company to dine with. What a big piece of meat!!!

janet said...

great post, Karlin. what a weekend! and what a crowd you have!

Keri said...

Karlin-
thanks for the note on my blog - - i'm new to the blog world, it's so fun to keep in touch this way. i can't believe how big your kids are getting. i don't think i've EVER seen Weston (that's embarassing to admit, I'm a bad cousin!) anyway your fam is darling! i will let you know that next time i'm up that way and we can meet each others little ones in person. keep in touch!

Harbach Family said...

Wow! your family is so beautiful! I love your blog! It was so good to see everyone again.