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Wise Words

I love and admire Ronald Reagan. I wish he were still alive and kickin‘ and able to run the government. However, this cannot be so. However, we should all be able to learn from him some amazing lessons. A friend sent me an e-mail with these Reagan quotes today. They hold true even now.

–‘Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.’
–‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
–‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’
–‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.’
–‘I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.’
–‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’
–‘Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.’
–‘The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.’
–‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.’
–‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’
–‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.’
–‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’
–‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God , then we will be a nation gone under.’

Now, wasn’t he wise!?

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Another Christmas gone by, and I feel bit strange about it this year. We really didn’t have much in the bank for presents, and made the smart decision not to use the credit card this year. We got the kids 2 things each, which is less than we’ve ever done. Oddly, though, they were all just thrilled with those 2 things, and couldn’t care less that there weren’t more. At first it was hard for me; I wanted to get them so much. But, I soon came to realize that the amount of presents doesn’t matter. Santa still came. The kids were ecstatic Christmas morning, and quantity didn’t matter. It was really very touching to me, and the big slap in the face I needed.
I’ve always loved Christmas! As a kid, I just knew it meant presents and a big dinner. But, my parents always taught me about the real meaning of Christmas. As I grew, I learned to appreciate it more and more. After I joined the Church, my testimony of the Savior and the glorious events of His birth grew even more. Over the last year and a half, I’ve gained an amazing testimony of the Atonement, and my appreciation of and love for Christ has grown to levels previously unimaginable for me. I have such gratitude in my heart for Christ and ALL He gave to me, and all of us!
Sadly, I’ve lost sight of all that over the last couple Christmases. Not my conscious decision, but by getting carried away in all the gift business. I’ve commented to a few people that this year and last year, it just hasn’t “felt like Christmas.” I’ve had this longing for something that has been missing out of the holiday. At first, I thought it was missing those family members that aren’t with us. While that may be part of it, I realized that my problem was I was focusing most of my attention and energy on things that really didn’t matter. What I needed to do was focus on the Savior, not just His birth, but His whole life, death, and resurrection. What magnificent events!
Once I re-focused on what mattered: Christ and my family, I felt at peace again. I had no stress, no worry, no sadness about Christmas. I felt joy in my heart, and wanted to shout from the roof tops, “Glory to God in the highest!”

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
~Luke 2:8-14

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I’ve been reading The Reagan Diaries, which I am really enjoying. I’ve really loved getting to know this side of Ronald Reagan. I have to say that the more I learn about him, the more I admire him. He was a remarkable man, with remarkable character. The other day I was reading his entry from when he was shot in an assassination attempt. One paragraph in the passage really hit me hard. Here’s what he writes:

“Getting shot hurts. Still my fear was growing because no matter how hard I tried to breathe it seemed I was getting less & less air. I focused on that tiled ceiling and prayed. But I realized I couldn’t ask for Gods help while at the same time I felt hatred for the mixed up young man who had shot me. Isn’t that the meaning of the lost sheep? We are all Gods children & therefore equally beloved by him. I began to pray for his soul and that he would find his way back to the fold.” (The Reagan Diaries, pg. 12)

Wow! I can’t imagine. Had I been in that situation, I don’t think I would be concerned for the welfare of the soul of the person that had shot me. This is truly amazing to me! This just speaks to the character of Ronald Reagan. What an incredible man. I just have so much admiration for him!

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Kids, gotta love em!
The other day, Gavin and Daphne got a hold of a tube of diaper cream and proceeded to make a grand mess with it. (I mean, come on, what 4 and 2 year olds could resist?) So, needless to say, when I found it, I was not a happy mom. They got it all over one of Genevie’s toys, and all over Daphne, and some on their clothes. Now, anyone who has ever used diaper cream knows what a nasty thing it is to clean up. So, I put Gavin to work cleaning up the toy, and Daphne clearly had to go in the tub! It was all over her hair, so I washed it twice. I thought I had it out, until it started to dry. Her hair was so oily from all the diaper cream. I didn’t know what to do get it out. So, the next day, I asked Adam’s mom, who suggested using dish soap. The idea being all the grease fighting power would take the grease out of her hair. I happy to say that now, after two washings in dish soap, it finally looks like it’s out! Hooray!
So, there are lessons to be learned here: 1. Keep the Desitin up high. 2. Keep plenty of dish soap on hand for when the kids climb up to your high place and get it down (cause they will).

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I got yelled at by Dr. Laura!

Yesterday I was at my wit’s end, trying to get my kids to clean their rooms. I got very frustrated because they just weren’t doing what I had told them to do. So, I went into another room and knelt and prayed for guidance. I had planned on just taking everything away, but I knew that wouldn’t really work, and was too extreme. So, while praying, I calmed down and felt that I should try something new. Then it hit me: call Dr. Laura! Surely she has a solution for how to get your kids to clean up after themselves. I looked at the clock, and it was a couple minutes after noon; her show had just started. So, I called in, and what do you know, I got through! I was pretty surprised. I told her screener my dilemma, and gave her tons of info about me, like how long I’ve been married, how old my kids are, how old I am, etc. Then, next thing I know, I’m on the air with Dr. Laura. I thanked her for all her kind words of support for our troops, which really means a lot to me. Then I told her that I was 25 and had 4 kids (an I am my kids’ mom), at which point she asked their ages. After telling her, she said, “You’re the epitome of ‘bare foot and pregnant.'” That made me laugh. I told her I love what I do. Then I explained my problem to her. This is where she yelled at me. (Well, not really yell, more like just sternly telling me that I was ridiculous.) So, she said that I couldn’t expect them to understand the importance of cleaning up at their ages. (And thinking about I, I know she’s right.) So she said the thing to do is offer them “rewards” of sorts. Like if they want to watch a movie, say, “If you clean up all the blocks, we can watch the movie.” I realized she was right, and just said OK. After I got off the phone, I felt much better. I changed my attitude and went in and worked with the kids to do clean up their rooms, in a positive way. I didn’t expect them to do it all themselves, or understand the importance of it. I just made it more fun for them. It actually worked really well. So, I felt much better, and I’m sure the kids did too. So, I’m grateful to Dr. Laura for giving me the reality check I needed. Who knew that the Lord would answer prayers through Dr. Laura?!

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