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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Makes You Go "AWW"


Dear Mother,

I have been thinking about this article all month.  It is such a sweet story and will make you go "awwww".  I think I even teared up the first time I read it.

My favorite line is "All of us know how it feels to be lost or afflicted or spiritually sick.  Yet our Savior never gives up on us.  He is always there with outstretched arms, ready and willing to rescue us, strengthen us, and bless us."

I know that my Savior has done that for me.

This is just a quick one,

Love,
Lindsay

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I Have Misjudged You


Dear Friend J,

I've only known you post-divorce.  I've heard others describe how you were and relied on their judgments.  I've also heard many that were quick to point out your flaws.  I have misjudged you in the past and am sorry.  It has been nice to get to know you for who you really are.  You are a wonderful person doing wonderful things and you have a friend in me.  I have been meaning to write a note forever, but I have been one great big chicken.  For the past 6 months I have wanted to, but am just getting around to it.  The Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting given on February 9, 2008 has brought me a lot of peace over the years.  When I re-listened to it 6 months ago, I thought of you and that you might enjoy it, since I believe you were still married at that point.  It is about building up a righteous posterity and addresses those who are not living the life that they had planned.

I look forward to becoming better friends, because I have secretly been watching from afar.

Friendly,
Lindsay

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

General Relief Society Meeting


Dear Grandma,
  
How are you?  This morning we seem to have had our first bit of cold.  It looked like frost on the grass, but I was too much in a hurry to get a good look.  I'm sure it was just a heavy dew.  We all woke up freezing as the thermostat was still set to the air conditioner instead of the heater!!!  I guess this means that Fall is here.  It is probably my favorite time of year.  I wish I was up by you to feel the crisp cool mornings, and the light drizzle and fog that lingers in the moonlight.  Ahh, memories...

Saturday night I went to the General Relief Society Meeting.  This meeting is for all of the women in our Church ages 18 and up.  We listen to a satellite broadcast together, gathered in countries all around the world to hear what the Church leaders would say specifically to the women.  I know you are wondering why I am telling you about this, and it is because I wish you were there.

The topics included the history of Relief Society and how we should learn the stories of those who came before, to know who we are now as an organization.  Visiting teaching is a way to minister to all of the women and make sure their needs are met, and most importantly that everyone has a friend.

Our prophet spoke to us.  His name is Thomas S. Monson, and I know that he is a true prophet that has been called by God to be his mouthpiece to us here on Earth.  He spoke about being critical of others.  He quoted Mother Teresa and said "“If you judge people, you have no time to love them."  He asked that women would stop being so hard on themselves, because we are unique and special.  He asked us to be charitable.  I know you would have loved to hear his words, Grandma, to see of the love that our prophet has for the women of this Church.  His message was to all women everywhere, and that includes you.

I know you'll probably say no, and that's okay, but I would like to invite you to watch General Conference this weekend.  October 2nd-3rd we will be listening to more messages from the Prophet, the Apostles, and other leaders of our Church.

Love,
Lindsay

Monday, September 27, 2010

Green Thumb Gone Bad


Dear Friend V,

I was embarrassed to talk to you at Church a couple of Sundays ago.  Forgive me for trying to quickly get away.  I wanted to ask you about your garden, but I didn't want to ask you about your garden.  If I asked you about your garden, then you might ask me about my garden, and well......I don't know that I want to be asked.

Basically, it was one big failure.  We yielded 8 ears of corns (that kind of were moldy from the rains) that did taste delicious once all of the bad parts were gone.  I also got 2 banana peppers.  However, these 2 banana peppers were ready to be picked when I bought the plant, so I don't know that it counts.  Otherwise, the beans dried up and died long long ago.  The broccoli never came up the first time, so we planted it again, and never saw it.  The onions and carrots died (too much water?)  The tomatos started, but couldn't pull it together to finish.  The pumpkin, squash, and zuchinni plants all withered up in the late summer sun, despite our best efforts to keep everything watered.

AND, I am embarrassed by this.....I thought it was a bell pepper plant.....but it wasn't, just a monstrous weed.
I could barely keep my flowers out front alive, though I do have roses blooming so I don't feel like a complete failure with the blackest green thumb of death ever.

I always love eating vegetables in the fall.  Growing up my parents always had a very large garden (and years of practice, I know), and it was delightful to eat the bounteous harvest.  Shopping at the store to buy these vegetables now only seems to rub in my shortcomings.

So, how did you do?  Great, I know.  Last year I couldn't believe your garden.

We'll plant again next year, and we can only get better!

Woefully,
Lindsay


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Provide, Preside, Protect


Dear Friend K,

Don't worry.  Your secret is safe with me.  My husband once took a job that we kept secret from everyone too.  I know that this was difficult for him to do and he had to swallow a lot of pride, because the job was WAY below his college degree.  He did it anyways because for us at the time circumstances were grim.

At the time I was too stressed to really appreciate it, but looking back now I am so grateful that Husband fulfilled his role as outlined in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World".  The specific sentence I am thinking of says:
"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families."
When I think of how much he hated that job, but did it anyways for me I am humbled.  This is not just true love, but earning a spot in the Husband Hall of Fame right next to yours of course!  I know there are so many women that would kill to have husbands that step up to the plate and take care of business.

I am so thankful for all of the instances where Husband has chosen to preside, provide and protect our family.

Cheerfully,
Lindsay

Friday, September 24, 2010

Who I Am and What I Am About


Dear Readers,

***Warning: I know this is going to be the longest blog post ever, but I just feel like I have to say it all in one place, instead of breaking it up***

Ever since I observed my Four Month Anniversary I have been thinking about this blog.  I knew I kind of wanted to make some changes, but I was going to wait until I hit 100 posts, because that seemed like the magic number where all of a sudden you weren't a newbie anymore.  I planned on updating my FAQ page, etc.  However, since I have been so bothered, I am writing this update now to reflect how I feel about my blog, and who I am and what I am about.

I have always thought that blogs were an interesting idea.  The idea of publicly publishing your life and expecting other people to read it, seemed weird to me.  I never was interested in blogging until I attended a Relief Society activity and the topic was blogging.  I wasn't even going to go that night, but I did.  Everyone there raved about how they loved to have an online scrapbook, to record their family's history, to share pictures with family who lived out of state, a recipe database, etc., but I wasn't buying it still.  Blogging was just another one of those faddish follow the crowd endeavors.  It wasn't until I was reminded of the the article by Elder Russell M. Ballard entitled "Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet" that I started thinking about it.  I felt that with all of the negative things on the internet about Mormons that I did need to add my voice to speak up for what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really believes or else I was letting my Heavenly Father down.

So I came up with the idea of letters, something which is familiar to me.  I am always writing someone, and I am always thinking of things that I want to write to someone.  Then I planned to try to link back to the Church in hopes that others would learn more about it and see Mormons painted in a positive light.

Over the past four months I gave it a try, posting and slowly finding my voice.  I didn't immediately tell everyone I knew (or more than five people) that I had a blog, because I had to figure out all of the features and hoopla that came with it and if I wanted to be a positive representative for my church then I felt like I had to get things figured out before I could hope to project myself to strangers.  Some days I don't want to blog and I think the whole idea is dumb, but I am always driven by the promptings of the Holy Ghost that this is what God wants me to do (and I've learned not to argue with Him).

I have stated before that my goal is to share my beliefs with those that I don't know.  This is true.  However, I like to think of this blog as a sharing blog rather than a proselyting blog.  I am hoping that someone will read my blog, feel of my hope in my beliefs, and if they choose to want more information then there is a link for them to find it.

I go back and forth between feeling like a narcissist.  I guess I just know too many people that blog to feel popular through receiving validating comments.  That is so not me.  I am confidant in who I am and what I believe, so I don't care whether or not I am lavished with praise.  I used to worry about being mocked behind my back, but I have realized how dumb that would be.  I write what I write as directed by the Holy Ghost.  I am NOT an entertainer and if it ends up that no one ever reads my blog or is helped by it, at least I know that I am alright with God.

One thing I do like about my blog is the raw emotion and thoughts.  These aren't works of fiction.  The letter format makes for an interesting read.  It is like a secret peek into Lindsay's brain, which for those who know me might be interesting, and maybe not so much for those who don't.  These are letters that I really send to people or wish that I had the courage to send.
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With all of that said, here are my blog rules (and my expectations of my readers).

1.  Readers will understand that Lindsay is NOT an official spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nor is this one of their official websites.  These are Lindsay's own thoughts and beliefs and should be recognized as such.

2.  I reserve the right to post whenever I want.  There will be no set schedule as to create zero pressure to me. (kind of like how I spent forever on this post, thank you for your patience!)

3.  I reserve the right to follow my personal blogging policy which is such:  This is not my journal.  This not a family scrapbook.  These are thoughts that I would like to share with others.  I hope these posts brighten some one's day and lightens their load.  My personal policy is that I blog about me.  This is my blog, not my family's, and not my friend's or neighbor's.  I hate it when people talk about other people on their blogs.  If somebody moves or has a baby then that is their news to post.  If they don't post it then they don't want it broadcasted.

3.  I reserve the right to be concerned about my privacy.  This includes not naming names, places, dates, and being vague in some details.  This also includes protecting my pictures.  Readers who take screen-shots of my content recognize that that is completely lame and cowardly because they are welcome to email (lettersfromlindsay at gmail dot com)and ask for it respectfully.

4.  I reserve the right to avoid giving shout-outs.  I don't link to others (except for sites affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).  I don't mean to take credit for others ideas, so I'll say that I read or heard it somewhere, I just won't mention where, because that is distracting to my purpose.  Email me if you have a specific question about something.  People talk like this in conversations and these letters are meant to be conversational, not written for a blog.

5.  I reserve the right to use CAPS whenever I want.  Readers are to understand that I am never yelling when I use them.  I use caps instead of italics.  They are to show emphasis on a word (and are in my opinion, easier to read than italics).  Those who know me, might be able to imagine my voice inflection as my use of caps reflects that.  Caps are about the only thing I use instead of making the font larger, colorful, etc. (because I think those other things are totally annoying).

6.  Readers will acknowledge that these are Lindsay's true thoughts and feelings and will be respectful of her views.  I feel like this is my gift to the world to openly talk about things that I hold so dear to me.  You are my guest and I will be try to be a good hostess.  Hecklers and critics will spend their time elsewhere.  Seriously life is too short to waste on this blog if you are not getting anything positive out of it

7.  Readers will understand that just because I post something on my blog does not mean that I want to talk about it in person, or maybe even at all.  These are MY thoughts and I just don't want them to be thrown around like they are no big deal in passing conversation.  Surely you can understand that.  Most of us guard our thoughts, and I am no different.  However, feel free to comment or email me at anytime as I can control when I read those (i.e. in a bloggy mood).  Like I have always said, I don't NEED your comments to validate me. I don't NEED your praise, because I am confidant in my thoughts and feelings.  They are always welcome though, because I don't want to shut my readers out.  That would be rude.

8.  Lastly, Readers will not take offense to posts.  I have met thousands of people throughout my life, and they ALL are reflected in these letters.  It might be about you, it might not, so relax.  If you are 100% sure you recognize yourself, know that I have done everything possible so that others won't recognize you.  I am not trying to tear anyone down, so take my criticism or praise with a grain of salt, and enjoy!!!
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Well, I feel better already.  I just needed to redefine my purpose and get it all out there where I stand.

Now here follows some things that I DO want you to know about me.  I hate it when people assume things about me and make judgments without knowing all of the information.  Everyone wants to be understood and appreciated for who they are........so here's me!

I am a daughter of God.  He loves me.  He knows who I am.  When I grow up I have the opportunity to be just like Him, the same way that my daughter hopes to grow up just like me on Earth.  I love my beliefs and they are central in guiding every decision that I make.  I try to live a life filled with hope, because the future is bright.
I love my husband.  He is so awesome to me and the much better spouse in our relationship.  He is so patient and forgiving.  I love working together at our marriage, for indeed marriage is not for pansies!  I love being united on EVERYTHING that we do.  I love trying new things together and I am sooooo excited to spend forever with him.  I love being a wife.  It is one of my most important roles.
 
 I love being a Mom.  My daughter is so sweet and a joy in a my life.  I am thankful that Heavenly Father chose me to teach her what she should know.
I love to cook.  I love to never follow a recipe, whether that means I make something up or I tweak a recipe to make it my own.  If I had a cooking blog it'd be called "They Call Me Spinach Woman" (I don't have time for this....wish I did, but I totally don't.  If I am ever stranded on desert island with a laptop and wi-fi then I will have time.....haha, so never)  These s'mores were crafted during a "burn ban" and so we had to be creative with the camp stove.  If you've never put peanut butter on a s'more.  I dare you to try it.  You'll never go back.
 
I received some photography pointers a few months ago and have enjoyed putting them to use.  The following picture isn't anything special, just a caterpillar on a campout, but before this workshop I never would have been able to take a shot like that.  I do like to camp, because I love being out in my Heavenly Father's creations.  I don't know if I could call photography a hobby yet, because I don't really have time for it.  I just try to take better pictures than I used to.  I am not really sure why I am including this tidbit about me, but oh well.
 
I love music.  We sing a lot in our house.  We also play the piano and dance daily.  I love being efficient with my time and resources.  I hate waste.  This has led to my struggle with clutter as I am always struggling to throw things away.  I am a self-proclaimed stuff-a-holic (I didn't say I was proud of it) and am trying to change.  I also love to run.  I ran a marathon five months ago and I hope to do it again next year.
I love me.  I have a great life.  Best wishes to you all.

Yours,
Lindsay

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Family of Four


Dear Readers,

I have been avoiding this post for some reason for 23 days...almost a month.  I am not sure why, but I have been.

When I first started working on these thoughts I was going to go in the direction of Daughter's bear.  "Bear" has somehow managed to become a fourth member of our family.  He has been in 30 some states with us.  He has gone camping, to Disney World, to the park, to the beach, on a houseboat, to church, to the zoo, just everywhere.  More recently he eats, sleeps, sits on the potty, gets his face washed, teeth brushed, etc.  I talk to Bear just as I talk to my Daughter.  i.e."Time to get in the car, Bear.  Let's go!"

The way Daughter played with Bear it was as though they were siblings.

I thought it'd be fun to post pictures of Bear over the years with our family, but I don't feel like it anymore (which ironically is mainly why this has been delayed, I didn't want to take a current picture until Bear went through the wash, again!).

Maybe Bear has become so real because we were trying to subconsciously fill a void.   You see, back when I was writing here and here it was about this:

Excerpt of a Letter to Friend D. (not posted on this blog)
"In short, we were asked to adopt 2 children.  This was completely out of the blue with no warning.  This seemed perfect considering we have a small chance of having more, and a whole host of other reasons.  We prayed and felt right about it.  We started to make preparations for these children.  A few days later, we just knew we couldn't take the children.  Not because we were chickening out on being adoptive parents, or because of financial reasons, or fear of having 3 children under the age of 3, but because we knew that it was God's will for us NOT to take them.  That He had a plan for us that was wonderful though it might involve less children than our wants or desires."
 As you might imagine there was a roller coaster of emotions.  Something so surprising and unexpected, but wonderful, but then it didn't end up happening, so we were back to where we were before, except for the big emotional deviation.

And I really am fine about the whole thing and have been for awhile.  I don't plan to go back and write more about this, not because it is too tender or unresolved, but mainly I just feel like it is such "old news" to Husband and I.  We have had so many experiences since then that looking back this one situation is just another drop in our bucket of testimony oil.  It didn't end up happening, so there's just nothing to really say that wouldn't be dwelling on the past and unproductive.

However,

Last week I did have a breakthrough.  I realized that all of these months (so way before this situation) I have always been thinking in terms of "the next one" and how Daughter would make a great sibling, even though I had accepted that it was going to be a long time and was out of my control.

So, in short, because I feel like this post is getting awkwardly long, I have been a much better parent to Daughter.  I talked to her doctor about being an "only" child and she said that there is no significant research that shows it is detrimental.  After that, I finally embraced the idea of having an only child, something that I have never been completely willing to accept, because Husband and I both come from large families.  It was foreign to me.  That doesn't mean I am saying we'll always have an only child, but for the benefits for MY brain, for now we have a permanent family of three.

Today is my final word on adoption (for awhile).  We don't qualify and to our understanding, can't for 2 years.  I am open to it, and that's all I need for now.  I have a lot of years left to live, so I can worry about it in 2 years.  I haven't been thinking of it really that much lately.

I have been enjoying my FABULOUS family of three!!!!!!!!!!!! (and loving it!)

(insert picture here, but I just don't feel like it today.  I guess I just wanted to spit these words out, so that they stop bouncing around my brain taking up valuable space.)

Wordily,
Lindsay

Monday, September 20, 2010

Exercise Encouragement


Dear Friend M,

I looked over at your blog and I think it is fabulous.  Keep it up, even if it is only for you.  I have never had a healthy relationship with food even though my weight was semi-okay.  The past couple of years we have switched over to using whole wheat flour instead of white and using less sugar in our cooking.  We are eating more vegetables than ever, but probably still not enough.

In the past 12 months I have gone from being completely sedentary to casual running to training for a marathon to running a marathon to zero exercise after the marathon to eating at a bunch of family reunions to joining a gym and now weight lifting/ running again.  Doing all of these varied activities my weight has fluctuated between 5 pounds.  On the one hand I am pretty disappointed that all of that running didn't help me to lose weight, but I finally realized that this is the first time that I have ever really maintained a weight.  Since I was a teenager it has yo-yo-ed up and down in a 20-30 pound range.  That does seem like the first step to having a healthy fit lifestyle.

I know you can do it M.  Keep it up.  You are totally worth it.  I have decided that Heavenly Father made our bodies to be skinny and fit and that this ability is within all of us.  I am still working on my "skinny" me, but I also am seeing the progress.  I hope this doesn't sound discouraging, but it did take awhile for me to feel "fit and healthy" even though I was running a lot.  It was like my body had to get to a certain point before it could really function properly.  I figured it was just because everything was clogged up with so much fat packed around everywhere so that the systems couldn't work right (personal opinion, this isn't backed up scientifically:)  I would encourage you to try walking or running.  I am glad that you signed up for the bike race.  Want to commit to the marathon with me?  You are allowed to walk it if you want (lots of people did last year), or you could run the half marathon that day as well (13.1 miles).  By setting a huge goal like that, it kept me motivated because I didn't want to fail, so it made the during the week workouts easier, because I knew I couldn't skip them to meet my goal.  It is in Kansas in April.  The other reason why I chose a marathon was because I knew that it would take self-discipline and that you couldn't cheat, and well with my eating habits I knew I lacked self-discipline.

Don't give up.  My friend started well over 300 lbs.  She is now down to 250ish by following the Weight Watchers diet and walking/running. I also know several other men who have lost 80-100 pounds each in the last couple of years.

I am so glad that we got in touch. and can't wait to hear your reply.

Encouragingly,
Lindsay

Saturday, September 18, 2010

LDS Church Music Interactive Music Player - Review


Dear Readers,

***HERE IS A RE-POSTING AS A REMINDER FOR NEW READERS!!!

I have often linked to the LDS Church Music Interactive Music Player website.  This is an awesome resource. I would like to point out one feature that you may or may not know about.

When a song page loads, if you look at the upper left hand corner of the page you will see where it has the "play" button controls.  Below that it says "Interactive" and the button is filled next to "Music with Parts".  This is to help people learn the song.

If you click the button next to "Words and Music" which is just below that, then you will get a a nice MP3 recording that is not so choppy of a fake piano.  If you just want background music then choose "Music Only".  music.lds.org has the downloadable files if you would like to download them.  Click here for the specific page.

There are many other wonderful features to this site, but I just wanted you to enjoy the songs that I link to.

Respectfully,
Lindsay

Listen to the Still Small Voice


Dear Sister,

I have had THIS song stuck in my head.  I think it is the shortest, simplest song in the Primary Children's Songbook, but the message behind it has really been impressed into my heart.

I have been working on our Primary's Sacrament Meeting Presentation.  I know, the last time we talked I didn't know that I was I going to write it, but I found out last weekend so I have been working on it all week.  How is yours?  Did you have that planning meeting yet?

This has been a unique experience for me.  I have been learning how to listen to the Spirit over the past few months.  Well, I guess I have known how to listen, but I am working on being diligent and following what the Holy Ghost prompts me to do.

Working on this presentation many times I would write something and I would be directed to change it.  The exact wording would come to my mind.  I also didn't think it would be long enough, but the Holy Ghost told me not to add anything to the program.  It is written in a different format than anything that I have ever seen done in a Primary Presentation.  It made me nervous to submit it for approval.  I was afraid that others wouldn't feel what I had felt so strongly to write.  Exact names came to me for who should say what and how the order of speaking should be.

I am looking forward to seeing it all come together during the next month.

I have learned a lot about following the Holy Ghost or listening to the Spirit of the Lord.  I know we have many names for it and that it can be confusing.  I do hope that my confidence will grow in the future so that I won't worry so much about what other people will think.  The Holy Ghost will testify the truth of all things to me.  I don't need to worry even if it does seem unconventional or unpopular.

I love you.  You sounded really tired the last time we talked.  I hope all is well for you.

Love,
Lindsay

Friday, September 17, 2010

An Invitation


Dear Brother,

I was inviting B to become an indexer and I thought that I would also invite you too.  In the FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter this month it asked that we invite others to become indexers.  I know that you are kind of lonely at home, so this would be a good activity to help fill up your time.

Here are some videos that talk about what FamilySearch is trying to do.  I hope it inspires you to want to help.  Family history is not just for retired people like it used to be.
 


They also have more draft card projects!!!

Love,
Lindsay

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Join the Fun


Dear Brother,

I know you are incredibly busy with your new semester, but I want to invite you to become an indexer.  I recently received this message from "Headquarters":
"Sunday and Monday were our best indexing days this year.  We indexed a combined total of 2 million records.  Additionally, we arbitrated almost 1 million records.  Great work, everyone!  From the 455 people who submitted their first batches on Sunday, to the 182 people who indexed over 1000 records each, to the 14,150 other wonderful individuals who contributed, it's amazing what we can accomplish together in behalf of researchers around the world.  Thank you!
Tuesday was our third best day of the year, right after Sunday and Monday.  Fantastic!  We can't express enough thanks to all of you who are contributing."
Woo hoo!!!  I was a part of that!  Don't you want to join?  I believe that I only indexed 100 names on Sunday and I am not sure about Monday and Tuesday, but look at the collective effort!

Go HERE to the FamilySearch indexing website and then click the Get Started button.  Trust me there are plenty of places to get help if you have questions.

Love,
Lindsay

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Four Months


Dear Readers,

It has been four months since I started this blog.  A huge thank you to my regular readership of, oh four people.  However, it drives me nuts that I cannot figure out how to show my international visitors.  I just found out the other day that I have had 17 visits from Canada!  I have also been visited from 12 states, six other countries and my blog has been read in Portuguese nine times!  I hope that means that I am making a positive impact.

At times I have wondered if I should continue this blog, because it kind of goes against my personal technology/ social networking beliefs, but as stated in my original mission statement and the first post of this blog, I am trying to share my beliefs with others as I have been counseled by my church leaders, so I suppose I'll stay with it until I feel inspired otherwise.

I have finally figured out how to schedule posts so that way I can write several at once and not have to be on my computer every day.  I definitely think thoughts everyday, but sitting down to share them can be cumbersome and interfere with my family time!

I still am okay with no comments, but now my readers, I do ask for your input.  I would like to know if a certain post has really stuck out in your mind.  I do enjoy rereading my posts sometimes, but I find that the one that pops into my mind ALL the time is the one about change.  So I will be posting more on that soon.  If you wouldn't mind leaving a comment (how tacky, I have finally resorted to asking...but remember that it can be anonymous) or sending me an email, I am interested to know your favorite post, mainly to make a "favorites" page or something like that.

Lastly, I am trying to stay true to myself and my privacy convictions, but I am also wondering if I should change my blog a little bit.  It is about me, not my family, but do I need to add more personal stories?  Do I seem like a real person?  I email my family all of the time, to "keep them in the know", but am I obligated to also do so with my viewing audience?

Typing this, I have decided that I am going to stay true to myself for now.  I will try to post more pictures.  I am usually the one taking them, not posing for them.

***The Lord works in mysterious ways.  I was interrupted from posting this post because Husband left the house leaving me to supervise Daughter in the tub.  I grabbed the September Ensign to read in there and what do I turn to? a piece called "Role of Members Important in Sharing the Gospel Online".  Reading it I also realized that I needed to blog differently.  I want to share my beliefs, but I don't want to seem forceful.  I do live a normal life like everyone else on Earth.  While I do spend a lot of time working to build up God's kingdom, I do still grocery shop, wait in line at the post office, sleep, etc.  I have interests I have just been keeping them to myself and only revealing my spiritual thoughts with you.  So stay tuned to see what changes come, but know that I am still concerned about my privacy (and you should be too).

I am humbled that the Lord cares enough about me to give me the answer to something that troubled me (but might seem silly to others), i.e. my blog.  I love receiving personal revelation.  God is real.  God knows me.  God loves me.  This is exactly why I blog about Him.  I want others to feel of this love.***

You keep coming back, so there must be something you like.  Please share.

Respectfully,
Lindsay

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happily Ever After


Dear Friend M,

I was thinking about you last night.  I was wondering if you were still together with J.  I remember when you guys hooked up.  We were sophomores and I remember hearing about him daily in Mrs. C's english class.  You would tell M.H. and I all about how you were feeling.

I remember you describing to us how sometimes you would pray and read your Bible for guidance to know what to do in dating him.  I always was so impressed to know of your devotion to God.  It's been over 10 years, but something made me think of you the other day and wonder if you were still with him.  I thought I heard once that you guys had plans to get married.

I am hoping that you guys did get married, because marriage rocks!  I love being married to Husband.  He is so great to me, just like I remember J. treating you.

I know you don't go to my church, but I wanted to share this article with you.  It is talking about getting to live a real life fairy-tale of "happily ever after."  This is something that I have always wanted and because I make certain choices I am living it.

I am very happy that I chose marriage.  I am very happy that I am a Mormon.  If you have any questions about how you can have this same happiness, let me know.

Happily,
Lindsay

Monday, September 13, 2010

You Heard it Here First


Dear Readers,

You heard it here first!!!!  That's right I am happy to announce that I will be making plans to run another marathon in April of 2011.

I was running on Friday and I realized that I really missed it.  I know it was hot all summer (my excuse!) so that is why I took some time off, but I really really missed it.  It feels good to run.  It feels good to have time to think.  It feels good to challenge myself and accomplish something.  I'm not going to lie, it feels good to look at marathoner legs in the mirror, but that is definitely a bonus, not my motivation to run a marathon.


I am running this marathon for a few reasons.

1.  I want to run the entire thing.  I am not upset that I had to walk some in the last one, but I want to set a higher challenge for myself this time.  I know that I can push myself to do it, because when you hit the very end, it is definitely mind over matter.  I want to be in control.  I love pushing through a run knowing that I told me what to do, not my body nagging me to stop short, so  I do.

2.  I want to post a faster time.  Once again, I am proud of my 5 hour 17 minute finish last time.  I finished (and thankfully during the 6 hours of diverted traffic and water support).  One thing that is hard about training for a marathon is that it takes so much time.  If I can speed up, then it won't be so long and that definitely sounds appealing.  5 hours and 16 minutes would be acceptable, but I am hoping for anything under 5 hours.

3.  I want to run another marathon, because now I know stuff.  Before I just ran.  Now I know more about proper attire/ shoes, what to eat, when to rest, etc.  This will definitely makes things a lot easier and I will be able to achieve my goal in comfort, not just because of sheer grit/ determination.

***My one disclaimer is that I won't enter the race if I have a financial issue, but I am definitely training for it (and I know that Husband wouldn't let me not enter, if I tell him that this is my goal...I'm the one that would say that we didn't have enough money.  Husband is the best ever!)

Disclaimers aside, it's time to lace up the old running shoes.  Anybody want to join me?  If not, think about your own life marathon as laid out in this wonderful analogy by Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Excitedly,
Lindsay

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Internal Clock


Dear Friend R,

I just wanted to ask if your children have the same internal clock that Daughter does.

Every Sunday in Sacrament Meeting it is difficult for my daughter to sit still and quiet the entire time.  She doesn't like to be quiet during the passing and partaking of the sacrament.  Today I loved it.  A six year old turned around and put her finger to her lips to my daughter.  The example did rub off and helped Daughter to sit better.

My daughter has this internal clock.  She knows when it is has been one hour and five minutes.  No matter how silent and reverent she has been during the meeting, when it gets to be one hour and five minutes she loses it.

Do your kids do that?

Sometimes I want to tell the speakers to watch my daughter so that they will know when to sit down.  Alas, they don't and they just keep talking and talking over time.

How do you keep your children from creating a scene?

Searchingly,
Lindsay

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Panic Button


Dear Brother,

I have decided that my brain has a panic button, and it gets pressed every time that I am about to fall asleep.  It is like my brain is addicted to thinking.  It can't cope with sleeping, so it goes into panic mode and I think of EVERYTHING.

I know part of it is that tomorrow is the first day of piano lessons!!!  I am so excited.  I have developed some of my own material for the Fall.  I won't be using this resource, but there is this course also.  I hope to use it for a special series of workshops that I will be teaching sometime in the future.

Anyways, it makes me chuckle to think of my brain having a panic button.  Do you have one too?

Love,
Lindsay

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Infinite Power of Hope


Dear Readers,

I don't know that I emphasized enough that THIS TALK was a turning point in my life.  I know I have mentioned it before, but really if I could share one piece of advice with a person, I think it would be to read that talk.

I looked it up so that you may watch it here
and here
 

Hopefully,
Lindsay

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Getting the Hint



Dear Daughter,


I get it.  You want me to spend more time with you.  You came over and unplugged the laptop and then proceeded to put the cover on the outlet clearly symbolizing that I should be done being "plugged in".  So I will.


Good bye blog.  Good bye all of my thoughts that I want to express.


My family is important to me.  I believe in eternal families.  So one quick link to help others find information about the importance of families, and I am yours.


Love,
Lindsay

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coolest Radio Station Ever


Dear Readers,

I have decided that I live in the coolest state with the coolest radio station (and yes I know it is incorrect grammar).  Everyday at 5pm there is a radio station here that plays our state song.  It makes me smile every time I hear it, because lots of times I am not paying attention to the time or to what radio station it happens to be currently tuned on.  I just get surprised.

If that is not the best patriotism ever, than I don't know what is.  Not just for your country, but also for your state.  I love it.

Standing tall,
Lindsay

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A New Month


Dear Readers,

Today is the first day of the new month.  This means a new visiting teaching message.

This month it is about nurturing the rising generation.  It's not just about how and why to do this, but that it is our responsibility to help these children and youth understand Heavenly Father's plan.

Last month I sent these cards to the women that I visit teach, just to say Hi.


A visiting teacher is a friend.  A visiting teacher is a helper.  A visiting teacher helps to lighten the load of those she visits through sharing an uplifting message each month.

In case you missed out before, I already posted once about visiting teaching explaining it better.

Sincerely,
Lindsay