Roman has wanted to drive since he was about 5. Golf Carts, lawn mowers anything. Here in Texas he can get his permit at 15. We thought we would just be able to go over to the DMV and get his learners permit. We had done some looking on the DMV website and called. Nothing was really that clear. We didn’t do it right and it’s going to take some more doing. Roman was pretty good about it. But I know he was disappointed.
Last week was stake conference and I had been meaning to write down a couple of stories I heard.
First was from the temple President now serving in San Antonio. I guess he’s had kidney problems most of his life and 30 years ago he had a transplant from his father. However, I guess it cuts the life of the kidney by about 25% if it is transplanted. So his transplanted kidney failed. His father is 81, but his kidney was worn out and it needed to be replaced. They had been looking for a donor among the family, but none were a match. President lee was thinking maybe this was his time. But he said the tender mercies of the Lord were shining upon him. There was a Lady in the stake that wanted to donate a kidney to her husband but she wasn’t a match. However she was a match for president Lee and President Lee’s son was a match for her husband. And so the transplants were made and were successful.
Coincidence, the president thinks not.
I love to hear stories where everything works out for the best. Someday I hope to be able to tell that stories like that for me. I already have a couple. But not one like that yet.
Life is full of ups and downs. I know my own roller coaster ride, and because of my ride I can see the ups and downs in the lives of those around me. Sometimes people post on blogs, Other times I just see it written in their eyes. I wish I knew how to ride mine better, I wish I could help other people with theirs. It’s amazing to me how many don’t want help, and many more don’t seem to know they need help.
I remember being younger and looking forward to school being out. Now that I have my own children I want their summers to be more productive than mine were. So It’s time to set some goals. This year with my work situation being a bit more flexible I think I am going to try to get my kids to study for the first 3 or 4 hours everyday. I am not sure how they are going to take that, but we are going to try. I need to find out from my kids what they want to accomplish, if anything, this summer.
I am also going to setup an exercise schedule, which I believe will also help them. Now that I am 40 I realize what a difference it would have made in my life if I would have become a better runner at an early age.
Big Hail, That’s what hit Oklahoma city last week. Here are a couple of videos. The first one you should turn the sound down. plus the camera work is pretty lame. Pool Video – Warning turn down sound
The second one is shot better and much better commentary. Better Commentary Some could argue this is part of the signs of the times.
About a year ago we had had some pretty big hail that hit Austin. I talked to a couple of people that helped fix roof damage. It is definitely an opportunity. So I started to talk to a couple of people to see if we can help with marketing and operations for some of the roofing companies. Like everything else it is going to be some work. I am just now testing the waters to find out how real the opportunity is. I should know in a week or two.
Hope I think keeps most of the world running. I get up every morning with hope in my heart. Maybe sleeping is a way to recharge some of that hope. at the end of the day sometimes I feel I am running pretty low on hope. Then I sleep and some of it is restored. However, it’s a bad day when I run out of hope before that day is through. I think Victor Frankl explained it best in his book “Man’s search for meaning” In the concentration camps in WWII the prisoners used cigarettes as money. When prisoners in the concentration camps started smoking their cigarretts that indicated they had nothing left to live for. In that extreme circumstance giving up hope meant they would probably die. Victor Frankl being a psychiatrist would try to help people find that hope.
Sometimes I feel like smoking my metaphorical cigarettes. I am sure many people do. Luckily I don’t live in those extreme conditions and usually can find my meaning before I die.
I look around at many people and wonder if they are smoking their cigarettes. I wish I new how to help.
I have been a sprint customer for 5 or 6 years now. I started with Nextel and switched to Sprint when I needed to add my family to a plan. For several years Sprint has had the best deal for the person with a smart phone. After the iPhone came out I thought about switching. But realized it was going to cost me double for what I was paying at Sprint I decided to stay. Now with my Android Phone I am feeling like I have more than the iPhone can offer for technical features.
I am excited about this new phone. Because it blows the iPhone out of the water on Technical features. With the HD Video and 8 mp camera.
When I get my phone I will probably do mostly video blogging.
I am trying to get into the video blogging more. I just don’t feel as comfortable as I need to with being on camera. We will see what happens.
This weekend we were supposed to go camping with the church for the Aaronic Priesthood commemoration campout. But as has been common this year it rained. The boys weren’t too happy. But I am glad we weren’t out there in the rain. It would have been a pretty miserable time for me.
Sometimes I just feel old and tired. Only a few years ago I would have been up to the challenge. I have been swimming a bit lately and I am disappointed in my lack of speed and endurance during workouts. I would try to loose some weight but the low blood sugar just makes me irritable and tired. Something I can’t afford at this time in my life. I get up and move on.
Sometimes I wish life would get a bit easier and it would stop raining. However, I am without much hope of that. I believe life is too be difficult, as much of my life has proved this too me. I hope some how this will be different in Heaven and the next life. However, the pain and suffering seems to be what makes us grow here and I often wonder if the next life will be the same. I live under the fear that giving up will only make things harder in this life and maybe in the next. Not a very hopeful out look but once again I get up and move on.
I am hoping it will be as it says in the song “Come Come Ye Saints” … Happy day all is well … ”
I guess I have to hope for something.
Why does the camping have to get more difficult every time. I have been involved with scouts as a volunteer leader for over 15 years. I seemed at first things went pretty smoothly I showed up taught the boys a few things and then we came home. Now it seems even with over a couple of months of pre planning everything seems to come down to the last minute and that last minute is starting to take up a couple days. This time the older boys decided they wanted to go kayaking. Which I was glad because it is something they planned and were excited about. But getting all those kayaks transported was a last minute ordeal and took up way too much time.
Another thing that is really taking all the fun out of volunteering is the attitude by all the boys they want the fun of the campouts but don’t want to do any of the work to make the campout happen. They all complain about having to clean up, prepare food, move stuff around. I realize I have gotten lazy and just started doing things, which in the end just makes me upset. But it’s my own fault. It’s nice to have adults that will help, but they when the do what the boys should be doing. It just makes things harder. I should give it all up, I am not really sure why at this point I don’t. Luckily there isn’t another campout until August or September.
It always go to fast. We always wait in anticipation and then it’s hear. I am more amazed each time how quickly we burn through 10 hours of church. It always ends too soon. Here are some of the highlights.
Elder Uchdorf spoke on patience. He told a story about how a professor at Stanford University did a study with 4 year olds. He would put a big marsh mellow in front of them and tell them to wait 15 minutes and the would get two. Only 30 percent would wait. It didn’t seem that significant to him. However, he kept track of the children from the study. Those that had waited had less behavioral problems, got better grades and made more money in their professions. Patients really is a virtue we need.
The Young Mens General President Brother Beck, spoke about the new Duty to God program they are going to be starting in June. President Eyring also spoke about it to. As far as I can tell the basica premise for the program is outlined like this. The boys pray, fast and discover what they are to do. The plan how they are going to accomplish what they need to do, and then they act with diligence to accomplish the plan. I am excited to get involved. I am sure it is an inspired program.
One of the general authorities spoke about using the Book of Mormon more diligently in our families. Another spoke about the importance of eating dinner together with our family.
I am looking forward to studying what what said and trying to put these things into my life so I can be better.