Today is Sunday. It is supposed to be a "day of rest", and today kinda was. I ended up flying solo to church with the kids because my wife still isn't very well. She seems to be bouncing back today, though, and we'll see how well she is doing tomorrow.
Sacrament meeting was pretty darn peaceful. My kids were well-behaved and the speakers were quite good. There was a musical number by seven sisters in the ward who played a musical number on the flute. It was quite good and I was very impressed. Playing the flute seems to be a dying art, and it was surprising that there were so many in our ward who play.
True to expectations, I didn't get a chance to share my lesson during deacon's quorum today. The new secretary needed to be set apart, and the boys needed to debrief from the campout, and we needed to do some training on how to appropriately stand when they pass the sacrament. All this ate up all the time, and when they finally turned the time over to me, we were already due to end the meeting. So much for my preparations, but at least I was able to give the boys something to walk away with. I had prepared a flyer on the Duty to God that outlined steps for finishing their deacon duties. It's another tool they can use to help them make progress ... and another one for them to ignore, if they choose.
Anyway, after church we came home and had some quiet time and then I took my oldest son over to the church for a board of review so he can advance to the rank of 1st Class in the Boy Scouts. He was well-prepared and I didn't worry about him at all. The rest of the family joined us and we went in to visit with the bishop for tithing settlement this year. It was a nice meeting, but my wife still wasn't doing well, so I sent her home pretty quick.
The rest of the day my wife and I called our parents, we played with the kids, dinner was made, dishes were washed, laundry was folded, and we watched The Amazing Race from 2 weeks ago. The kids were happy and they each did what they each like to do ... the two oldest kids read and my youngest played with cars and Legos.
A good day.
So, my Gratitude List for today:
1) I'm grateful for the Boy Scouts of America. It's a great program, which has given so much to me personally and to my family collectively.
2) I'm grateful for Legos. They're expensive, but worth it.
3) I'm grateful for books. My children are readers and it is special to be able to share so many ideas with them.
Well, there you have it. Good night!