Monday, May 12, 2008

It's beginning to look A Lot Like Christmas

...on the Internet. Yep! I'm officially a blogger. Just recently I heard a quote given by President Gordon B. Hinckley (who was quoting Jenkin Lloyd Jones*): Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around and shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey...delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and a thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.

Some days are definitely trickier than others. Today I am thankful for the ride that I'm taking with my family. Yesterday, Mother's Day, was one of those beautiful vistas...I was served breakfast in bed by miniature waiters and waitresses, ate lopsided-heartshaped cake made by amateur bakers, read a love note on the front porch and was given gifts from tiny hearts filled to overflowing with love. A used lipgloss "cell-phone" could, under some circumstances, be less desirable, except when it comes from your six year old as one of her most prized possessions. Kids Meal toys also top the charts.

Hopefully, I'll never forget that the best things come in small packages!

*"Big Rock Candy Mountains," Deseret News, 12 June 1973 was referenced in Pres. Hinckley's Talk that appeared Mar. 1997, Ensign.


  1. Chris, it is so good to see you've entered the blogging world. I hope you're mutch better at it than me! The kids are so cute, I miss you all like crazy!! Can't wait to see you this summer.

    ~Auntie Carrie

  2. whoa you heard it from Pres. Hinckley recently! Whoa! He's back??!! Just kidding. Welcome to the digital world.

  3. I am uplifted by your happiness about Mother's Day, as all I got for Mother's Day was the stomach flu, a husband who praised his mother (but not his wife) in his sacrament meeting talk, and children asking me what we were going to eat for dinner! I needed to be reminded what it was all about so I could have an attitude change!