For a happier workplace, please, please, please pay attention to the following when using the elevator:
1. Stand back from the door, both inside and outside the elevator. Nobody wants your mug in their face as soon as the doors open. (Yes, I know you're very handsome and an incredibly smart and eligible Mechanical Engineering student, but I'm taken. Sorry.)
2. People exiting the elevator have the right of way. If you are outside the elevator, stand back and wait for those inside to exit before you attempt to enter the elevator. If you are inside the elevator, you might want to wait a second before attempting to exit because someone is bound to plow you down if you don't.
3. Don't text as you walk in to or out of the elevator. It prevents you from looking to see if there is anyone else on the planet, or even in the elevator. If you are texting, it is probable that you will be the one doing the plowing, and this makes YOU the dork, not the person you plowed into.
If any of these common courtesies seem difficult to understand, or seem unfair to you, the stairs are directly behind you and around the corner. Please use them.
Today in Relief Society we had an awesome lesson. I'm positive that it was a direct answer to my prayers, and although I'm sure many others benefitted from this lesson, I'm also sure that it was for me. ME.
He heard my prayers and used another pair of hands--four pairs, in this case--to help me find the answer I have been seeking. And I know the women who shared very tender feelings and horribly difficult experiences as part of this lesson did it because their hearts were led to do so, because He knew it is what I needed. I'm so grateful to these wonderful women for sharing. They didn't know, I'm sure, why they needed to do it. But I know.
I like to have a personal motto--a "Team Cheer," for Team Marianne. Former mottos, that have not been retired, but have taken their places as steps in my journey are "Try a Little Harder to Be a Little Better," and "Find Joy in the Journey," and "Be a Mother Who Knows." Oh, and don't forget these ones, "I Think I Can, I Think I Can!" and "Never Give Up, Never Surrender!" Well, here's my new motto:
TODAY'S TRIALS ARE TOMORROW'S TESTIMONY I have the resources to not only endure, but to emerge triumphant from the trials that I have experienced and am experiencing and will experience. Sometimes, for WHATEVER reason, I don't use the resources available to me, but as long as I come back and keep trying, as long as I don't give up, I will be the winner. And I love to win. I think having a testimony makes me a winner, and if my trials are what takes me there, then I guess I'll hop on board.
We had a bit of heartache around here last week. I shouldn't be blogging about it, because I'm not exactly at liberty to divulge the nature of the ache, but I want to share a few things I learned:
1. Crying helps.
2. Yelling really loud in the car when no one can hear you helps (although it scares the kids on the school bus who might happen to look your way while you're looking like some kind of wide-mouth banshee).
3. Printing out hundreds of old family photos helps.
4. An hour of peace and rest helps, if you know what I mean.
5. I've heard time helps, but I'm still waiting on that one to kick in.
6. And in the end, you have to turn it over to Him, because sometimes, there is nothing else you can do.
I think Kris Kringle put it pretty well when he sang, "Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking 'cross the flo-o-or. Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking out the door!"
I'm pretty much your normal mostly-crazy mother with a sweet husband who puts up with me, four amazing children, one beautiful daughter-in-law, one wonderful son-in-law, two perfectly perfect grandbabies, and one incredibly dumb (but cute) dog. They are the joy and the trauma of my life. My sister says pressure turns regular coal into perfect diamonds and regular people into perfect basket cases. I know I'm not a perfect diamond, but I think I'm getting pretty close to being a perfect basket case!
10-16-11 While watching 17 Miracles, Isaac comments: "I'm really glad I live in the modern world. I hate all this pioneer crap!!"
5-23-11 We are playing Spoons and Kate and I are kicking butt and taking names! Wade complained that nobody else ever won, and I told him to get used to it. Girls usually win, that's just the way it is. A few minutes later, Kate won again, and Isaac shouted, "It's not fair! You have Lady Luck!!"
10-13-10 We have been reading in Matthew about Jesus healing the sick and raising the dead. Isaac says: "Mom, Jesus is like Elvis. Only more famous!"
10-05-10 Kate: Did you know that "vacuum" is the only word in the English language with two "u"s together?
Wade: What about "u-underwear?"
06-15-10 Dennis and Kate and the boys are watching a cartoon while they eat breakfast. Isaac comments, "That frog should wear some pants."
Kate: Isaac, frogs don't have to wear pants.
Isaac: They do if they can talk!
05-15-10 We're driving through Yellowstone, and we've seen quite a few buffalo and elk; even a bald eagle. Dennis asked Isaac if he thought there might be some gorillas living in Yellowstone.
Isaac, after thinking for a moment: No.
Dennis: Why not?
Isaac: Because the branches aren't thick enough!
04-04-10 We're talking about Christ, and I mentioned that he lived in Jerulasem:
Wade: What? Jesus lived in Jerusalem?
Mom: Yes. You know he was a Jew...
Wade: Jesus was Jewish?!!! I thought he spoke English!
10-05-09 Isaac: Who invented fire?
Wade: A caveman.
Isaac: Which one?
9-24-09 Isaac has been bringing home his school papers with his name written "Isaac Cutchin." I've commented to him about it several times, and said that I think he should probably spell his last name correctly.
Today he brought another one. "Isaac Cutchin." I said, "Isaac, I think you need to spell your last name with the "S" at the end. That's the right way to spell it."
He looked at me, very perplexed, and said, "But Mom! There's only one of me!"
9-5-09 Wade tells Dad: "Dad, for my next birthday, I want tools. You know, a saw and a hammer and some nails. Like you have."
Issac pipes up: "Dad, for my next birthday, I want a fake beard and mustache."
6-13-09 Isaac wondered when Kate is going to go to "Lake Pal" with her friends. We all laughed, because Kate is actually going to Lake Powell.
5-27-09 Isaac is telling me about an episode of "Arthur," and he said, "Arthur and Pal were having a tuggle war."
Me: "Really? A tuggle war?"
Isaac: "Yeah! Pal had Arthur's shoe and Arthur tried to get it back and they were tuggling!"
3-12-09 Isaac with a "robber stocking" (read "pantyhose") on his head: "Hey Wade, look! My hair looks like an ant volcano!!"