One of my passions in life is learning new things, so today I am starting a new monthly feature on Imperfectly Creative. On the last Friday of every month I will be writing about the things I learned that month and linking up with Emily Freeman on Chatting at the Sky.
In no particular order, here’s what I learned in February:
Red Velvet Oreos Are the Bomb
I discovered that Red Velvet Oreos are really good. I gave a package to a good friend during her birthday lunch. I hadn’t even tried them yet, but she loves Oreos and when I saw these limited edition cookies I knew she would be in heaven. I was right!
I will admit that one night after a long day, my husband and I jumped in the car to go to the grocery store, just so we could spend some time together. We picked up some Red Velvet Oreos to try them out. The package (which is really small) did not make it home with any cookies left inside. Delicious!
Go to Work if You Want God to Help You
I like to spend a little time early in the morning before anyone wakes up reading inspirational articles and scripture. One morning I read a thought provoking talk by D. Todd Christofferson, “Free Forever, to Act for Themselves.” This talk goes right along with the thoughts I have had for the past year about acting and not being acted upon.
This is my favorite quote from the article:
“But I know that beyond desiring His help, we must exert ourselves, repent, and choose God for Him to be able to act in our lives consistent with justice and moral agency. My plea is simply to take responsibility and go to work so that there is something for God to help us with.”
Sometimes I pray and pray for something in my life without taking any action on my desires, but lately I have realized that I have to take a step before He is going to help me. I have to act. Go check out this talk. I loved it.
Reading Aloud to Your Kids Has Good Benefits
I learned that reading to your kids is a great way to bond and connect. A few months ago, I felt like my youngest, who is 7, was getting lost in the shuffle with me constantly running the older kids everywhere. I listened to this episode of the Inspired to Action podcast with Sarah Mackenzie a few months ago and decided to start reading The Little House on the Prairie books to Sammie. This month we have almost finished Farmer Boy and we both love it.
Every afternoon she asks if we are going to have what she calls “Mommy/Sammie Time” that night reading Little House. She is a night owl and has a hard time falling asleep, but I think hearing me read to her helps her to calm down and go to sleep quicker. I look forward to this time every night.
I Live in an Awesome Place
I was reminded this month that I live in a pretty great place that is so beautiful, especially this time of year. My kids had a day off of school on President’s Day and after a lots of discussion on what we wanted to do, we decided on a hike. We chose to hike the Hieroglyphics Trail in the Tonto National Forest. This is a pretty easy trail. The top has Native American petroglyphs that are absolutely amazing to see in person.
The last time we did this hike was six years ago when my kids were 9, 7, 5 and 2. I carried the two year old in a backpack and my boys cried the entire time. Our experience this time was much different. Somehow the trail was much shorter than I remembered! No one fell down and no one had to be coaxed up or down the trail. The scenery was still beautiful.
At the top, my kids explored on rocks while I sat down and watched them. I struck up a conversation with a retired couple from Illinois. They were thinking of moving to Arizona in the winter, and we talked about what a great place Arizona is, even in the summer. I told them how we survive by swimming a lot and staying inside.
As I hiked down the trail with a spectacular view I felt so grateful that I live here. People come from all over the world to see my home state. I decided that we need to discover and appreciate our home a little more.
So there you have it–a few of the many things I learned in February.
What did you learn in February? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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