In no apparent order:
* Today is my first day of teaching classes to little ones. I am so excited!!! And a little nervous, too, like you are before you start any adventure like this. My husband gave me a priesthood blessing last night, I've prepared, I've said my prayers, all will be well. I am not over being completely amazed, shocked, and pretty overwhelmed at the response I've gotten. It is an incredible answer to old and extensive prayers... and trust. I am hoping the beginning goal is being reached: blessing our family and blessing other peoples families. I do have varied talents, just like we all do -- but only one that can branch out like this. I've been really interested by the fact that this seems to be a time in my life where I can love children -- and learn to love children -- like never before. That is a pretty great opportunity!
* Last night I was reading the news and totally cried. The Double B was on one couch, I was on the other, the light was dim. I've been thinking I should not read the news so much, because it tends to upset me more the older I get, yet I am a news junkie -- so this is tricky. I've been very disturbed lately by news stories of private businesses being shut down because they will not provide service that violates their religious belief. Last night was a new example -- a small family business being "investigated" by the state of Oregon for refusing to bake a cake for an event they were morally opposed to. The same story referenced similar cases happening in several other states. The Oregon head investigator hoped he could "rehabilitate" these quiet, God-fearing, family-oriented businesses. I am by no means an alarmist, and I am so hopeful of mutual tolerance -- but I truly believe the fight for religious liberty is about to become a fight for our lives, so to speak. I cried. But I know one thing -- I am not the only person committed to standing for truth and righteousness. There are millions more, of many faiths. This morning I was reading my scriptures and the Savior explained how by their fruits we shall know them. My mind immediately went to the story I read, and I realized it is becoming clearer and clearer all the time, the fruits that we all produce. Still not sure I should continue reading the news...?
* My parents are coming to visit in 13 days. Don't think this hasn't obsessed our household for more then a month! We are so excited! Can't wait. The only problem, as I see it, of having the dreamy visit with family when you live far away, is that you are so excited it's coming and yet still feel a little dread that it will also come to an end. Am I the only one that does that? Probably.
* For real.