I had to leave to feed Ammon during gospel doctrine. I was SO sad, because the lesson was about Elizabeth and Zechariah, and Mary. It is one of the things that I have actually really studied about in detail, so I would have been able to contribute to the lesson for once. Bummer. It is also a topic that really interests me, so I was anxious to see what sister Volk had prepared.
I got to go to relief society though. The lesson was about spiritual gifts. Heidi had a huge list that she posted of some of the many many spiritual gifts that exist. One that I was looking for was not on the list to my suprise...patience. One thing I have always lacked is patience. That is one thing I am always working on; waiting on the Lord. When I ask Nate to do something, I want it done now. When I start a project, I want it done now. When I'm hungry, I need to eat now. And when I pray for something, I really...want it...right....now!
Nate has patience. LOTS of patience. He is patient with me, thank goodness! Another spiritual gift he has is to offer mighty prayer. It was on Heidi's list, and I thought of Nate right away. He does really well with giving talks and lessons, but I have heard him say the most profound things when he prays and/or gives blessings. Nate AND Kaylee have the gift of being calm. Something Brenna and I don't relate to as well. She related each of us in the world as being part of a whole, like a limb is part of the body. The ear is the ear, and it can't be a mouth or a toe or an elbow. To sum it up, we are all different with different gifts, and working together, we make a body. We shouldn't be envious of others gifts or want to be just like someone else. We all have a job to do, and compliment each other with our differences. Just the way Nate's patience compliments my lack thereof! Haha.
She also reminded us that we can seek after gifts, and should seek after the best gifts. In that way, we become like our Father in Heaven.
After church, I asked Kaylee what she learned. She said,"Hmm....I can't remember. Wait, I know! We learned nothing." I was laughing. Later she said, "We didn't learn anything, we just colored. And I colored a picture of Jesse and Jesse's hat."
For Christmas, I gave Nate a 'coupon' book. One of the coupons said I would watch 1 full game of football with him. He decided to use this coupon on the game that evening. Every time I'd start doing something that would take away my attention even the slightest bit, he'd refocus me, you know, reinforcing the unwritten terms of the coupon. In the end, I was surprised how much I enjoyed watching the game! I don't know if it was the spandex, or getting to spend a full 2 hours with Nate! ;)
This morning, I ran. It was really hard to get up at 4:50. I wanted to go back to sleep. But I was so glad I went, because when I got back I had enough energy to clean both bathrooms, mop the floors, wash the dishes, and dress and feed the kids, all before noon!
Once we had lunch, I took Kaylee and Brenna with me to discover the magical world of Winco. And that is how I would explain it...it truly was magical. I was there for like an hour and a half just looking at everything! I'm loving the bulk stuff that you dump into baggies yourself! There was such a huge variety, I didn't know what to do with myself.
Afterward, we went to Mark and Cindy's for the big college game. Cindy made us some amazing calzones and cinnamon rolls! (They always spoil us.) It's weird that I still have 2 days off before I work because I already have all my chores done! Food in the fridge, sparkling toilets...man I'm read for some high tech R&R!