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Week at the Boyack's - Week 40 AND 41

The past two weeks have been yet, another whirlwind.  Between doctor appointments, ortho appointments, home school, activities at the high school, and Legally Blonde, we have all been run ragged and rarely have time for some down time.

Last week saw the end of an era.  The fountain in the center of town was removed.  Sad.  My kids spent many summer days romping in the water and dancing around the fountain during summer concerts in the park or afternoons gatherings.  I have no idea how old the fountain was.  I have no idea why it was removed.  I do know that times change.  When we moved here there was a giant slide, large swings, and a merry-go-round.  Slowly, one-by-one, each of these former icons of American parks have disappeared.  I blame lawyers.  In a few generation slides and swings may be extinct.  All those fun things I used to play with will be gone. At least they are replacing it with a splash pad and some other new expensive water feature.

 Last week I spent some time at …

Gospel Study - In Search of Charity

I am out of conference talks until the next General Conference and I don’t have a new Book of Mormon to read to the next grand kid to come along.  Thus, I decided to do a little “subject study” for my scripture study for the next little while.
I have been questioned as to my motives when handling my son and his less than friendly attitude.  Most people who question me seem to feel that I am “allowing” him to rule the family and to walk all over me.
Not true.
I am choosing.  I choose compassion and charity over contention and strife… at least I am attempting to.
1 Corinthians 12:31 teaches that we must covet – or seek - the best gifts.
Among these best gifts are faith, hope and charity.
Today I chose to study 1 Corinthians 13.
Verse 1 Tongues of men: what if you could speak every language? What would you do with that power? Languages are not my thing.  I had to take French 101 3 times and Spanish 101 2 times just to keep my scholarship in college.  I've always wanted to be able to speak …

Gospel Study - Converted unto the Lord

Today I read my last talk of the last Conference, Elder David A. Bednar's talk, converted unto the Lord.  I believe this is the first time I have ever finished reading talks before the next Conference.  I know.  I am pathetic.

I think most of the people I know have a testimony that Jesus is the Christ... even some of my non-Mormon friends.  However, I think it is rare to know someone that it converted.

I know that I am a work in progress.

Testimony I have...

Conversion is a process...

Elder Bednar taught that "a testimony is personal knowledge of spiritual truth obtained by revelation... a gift from God... available to all... obtained by exercising the necessary particle of faith in Jesus Christ to experiment upon and try the virtue of the word... A testimony brings increased personal accountability and is a source of purpose, assurance, and joy... Testimony alone is not and will not be enough to protect us in the latter-day storm of darkness and evil in which we are living.&…

Gospel Study - Becoming a True Disciple

Ok.... I've been A-wall lately.  I just can't find time to breathe, let alone blog about any extra scripture study.   I've barely had enough time to study for my seminary lesson.  But day I don't have Legally blonde.  I don't have to leave the house for a show.  I don't have to leave the house to make Chad happy.

Thus, today I read Elder Daniel L. Johnson's talk Becoming a True Disciple.

This talk was a great reminder that discipleship is a way of life... not a title.  It's "a lifelong process".

Sometimes this is hard to remember.  I am a wimp.  I don't like hard things.  Yet I've got them... children issues... health issues... money issues... relationships with others issues.  I really am not good at this and sadly, I am not passing this test very well.

"Our discipleship will be developed and proven not by the type of trials that we are faced with but how we endure them."

It's all about "whether we will hearken to …

Week at the Boyacks - Week 39

This week I thought I would try harder to get my act together and report things faster around here.  It's been a very busy week.  I worked at the HS Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and evening for an elementary school musical.  It's a paying job.  That's a good thing.  We could use the money to pay down debt.  It does mean I'm gone a little more than I'd really like to be.  At least it is work I love... and I am finally getting a small amount of pay for doing something I love to do.
 Working at the HS also gives me the opportunity to see what my children are up to at the school.  This is what I found on Thursday morning... Chad sleeping on the tables in the ASBEC room... with a new hair do.  LOL.  He has choir 0 hour and then nothing 1st period.  He then has choir again 2nd period.  He often will sleep for the hour he is waiting.  Lately, Mr  Witt has been called into meetings 1st period and the students are just given free time.  On this particular morn…

Week at the Boyacks - Week 37 AND 38

The past two weeks are a blur.  In fact, I am rarely home. The biggest projects in my life take a lot of time and I really haven't had time to sit down and knock out a blog.  My evenings are taken up with Legally Blonde the Musical.  We have now moved into the theater with an anticipation of opening the show on March 8.  It's a crazy process to go from bare floor to rehearsals and then performance at Pentacle Theater.  Once we hot the theater we have to re-block all the scenes to fit on how the set went into the space.
 Two of my students are leads in the Show.  I am so proud of these fine, talented women.  Megan and Amanda have such demanding roles and they are rising to the occasion.  I have one more student in the show.  She too, it doing a fantastic job.  Still.... it makes for long days, long rehearsals, and a very tired cast, crew and me!  It also means that I don't do laundry or dishes.  That's ok.  I've never been a fan of those jobs.  LOL.
I spend a littl…