Saturday, April 20, 2013

Family Time is Sacred

My life has felt extra crazy these last few weeks. I had my baby boy a month ago, my toddler got more messy and needy, my husband got extra busy with work and school, and then we found out that his summer internship wanted us to come 7 weeks early. That shocker has changed everything for us. Not only did we have to give up our apartment that we love in a ward that we love, but we have to move out of state to a place where we don't know anyone, as well as find a new place to live when we get back. Between my late-night feedings (and every two hours during the day) with the baby, my husband's all-nighters at the school to get his projects finished and finals studied for, our regular school/work/kids schedules, and packing for our big move, we haven't had much time as a family. In fact, we only have gotten a few precious minutes of time in the same room.

Needless to say, we're all feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed.

However, we have a hope for our near future. As soon as my husband's finals are finished, he gets to be with us 24/7 for a week or so until the internship starts. We'll finish packing, move to our new summer home, and then he will start his internship. Family time will be normalized once again. Every morning we'll be together, and after work we will all be together for dinner and the rest of the evening. I can't tell you how excited I am to have every night with my family together! I love my little family!

When a friend recently requested a quote from the April 2012 General Conference, I jumped on the opportunity. This quote by Boyd K. Packer is one that I love, and one that I hope I can become even better at living.

"Family time is sacred time and should be protected and respected."

We all need family time. Whether or not we notice it each day, the time spent with our families completes us and builds us up. Even if the time we spend together isn't necessarily fun or exciting, we are growing as a unit and strengthening each other.  I need to be much better at being with my family when we are together too--not being on the computer, on the phone, or finishing projects all the time, claiming that we are "together" simply because we are in the same home. I just need to sit, talk, cuddle, and play with my husband and children without other distractions.

I am so grateful to be a member of the true church of Christ and to have prophets and apostles who teach me how to be a better mom and wife. I am grateful for wise counsel to cling to the values that are most important - family and the gospel.

How do you make sure that you are protecting and respecting your family time?

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By the way...did you know that I re-did my "Stop It" printable from the April 2012 General Conference? I had to--I was so embarrassed at my first attempt! Click here to download the newest version right now!

1 comment:

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