Saturday, March 19, 2016

Eggcellent Event, Stake Conference, And Single Adult Dance

I was going to go to the temple this morning, but I turned off my alarm on accident instead of hitting the snooze button. Autumn & I finally got up, got dressed, and headed over to an "Eggcellent Event" put on by the city. We did NOT come prepared, b/c I thought it was going to be warm today. We were in carpis and tshirts, and it was only 45 degrees plus wind that made it feel even colder. We got there right when it started so Autumn was able to do the fun rides & jump on the springless trampoline before there were long lines.

Even though it was super cold, we enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful Spring flowers that were blooming in the flowerbeds. We LOVE nature & Springtime.

There were a bunch of vendors set up at tables around the park. They give you a sheet of paper when you come to the event and you're supposed to get a stamp from each table you visit. Once you get 16 stamps, you could turn in your paper into a drawing for a chance to win some super nice Easter baskets that were filled w/ nice prizes. We didn't win any of the drawings, but Autumn still had fun going around to the different tables. The ballerina one was her favorite.

I am still scared to death of people in costumes like this, so I kept my distance and just zoomed in close w/ my camera for this picture.

Even the Easter bunny was there!

I had posted a pic on Facebook, and Nate saw it and just happened to be working in the building right next to the park so he came out to say hi. We went back into the building w/ him for a minute to get away from the wind and the cold for a little bit. I also got signed up to do a drive along w/ him! He looks so super snazzy in his cop uniform. We're so stinkin' proud of him!!!

After all the fun and excitement we came home, had lunch, and then did some yard work. We trimmed some trees, cleaned out the flowerbeds, and did some weeding.

Then we spent a few hours practicing volleyball skills w/ Autumn. I'm so glad that she loves it so much and wants to improve and do her best. We're excited for her next practice and her first volleyball game.

The rest of the afternoon we relaxed inside, watched TV, cleaned the house a little bit, and then I made dinner. After dinner I hurried and got showered and cleaned up and went to the adult evening session of Stake Conference. A few of the wards in our stake will be taken to start a new stake up north, so we had 2 members of the Quorum of the 70 there. It was a great meeting, but my main takeaway from the evening was a small comment one of the 70 made about Ezekiel 34. I got out my phone to look up that chapter, and it was an answer to so many of my prayers. It talks about how important it is for the shepherds to feed the flock.

In a way, I'm like the shepherd of the YW in our ward. Here are some things that stood out to me:

Verse 2: "Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks." That made me do some personal inventory as to how I can be better at "feeding" the gospel to the Young Women.

Verse 4: "The diseased have ye not strengthened ... but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them." None of the YW are "diseased" and I don't think I've ruled them w/ "force and cruelty," but again it helped me do a personal inventory to see ways that I can be more loving and kind.

There were also a lot of words in this chapter that stood out to me such as: seek out, deliver, bring, gather, feed, strengthen, save, dwell safely, etc.

I really loved at the end of verse 26 where it says, "there shall be SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS." That's what I hope and pray for each of the young women I have stewardship over and that our group as a whole can have "showers of blessings."

It got over at 9:00, and I decided to stick around and talk to some people that I haven't seen in a long time while I waited for the traffic of people leaving to die down. I checked in w/ Nick and he said Autumn was asleep in my bed, so I decided to go to a Single Adult dance. I haven't been to one in a long time, and figured I'd give it another try.

I was only there for about an hour and I spent most of the time talking to the DJ b/c he's a friend of mine. After talking to him, I went and got a cup of popcorn from the refreshment table and found a place to sit. I love to just sit back and people watch. There was the most adorable Down Syndrome guy dancing in the middle of the dance floor and having the time of his life. A slow song came on and I saw him point at me and motion for me to come dance w/ him. I looked behind me to see if he was pointing to someone else, but he was pointing at me. I gladly jumped up and went and danced that slow song w/ him. It made my whole night!

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