Thursday, October 30, 2008

For Andrea ♥♥♥

Someone told me I haven't been writing enough on my blog. Hmmmm Hmmmm. True, I haven't. I have been a slacker-- and a little busy. A week ago I was offered a full-time position with benefits at the place I've been serving coffee in the mornings. Dylan and I were readily enticed as we have been going through our share of the worldwide wealth distribution (or lack thereof) problem (that's for you Janette) This week I started full time. This week I will be ending full-time. Yes, I am officially a FLAKE. One of my pet peeves is people who flake out, and that has definitely been me over the past month.
My apologies to the whole world on that one. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Here's the lowdown:
1. Dylan still has a job-- ?????
2. Sarah had a full time job, but is saying sayonara manana-- She'll still be serving coffee in the AM if you need a Cafe Mocha-- I make a mean steamer :D
3. Sarah got a new calling in the Relief Society Presidency-- sorry Mom, I thought I told you :D
4. Claire is really excited for Halloween tomorrow-- Sarah is sad she has to miss the preschool Halloween party.
5. Janie has been awesome watching Claire and is definitely the next best thing to family.
6. Dylan's birthday is Saturday. This is the first year that Sarah has not planned out and purchased his gift at least a month in advance-- I told you I have been a flake this month-- do you think he'll forgive me???
7. Sarah doesn't know what to do for her most fabulous husband, who cleaned the house while she was at Presidency meeting tonight, for his 31st birthday-- another gift card to the golf course?????
8. Sarah is sick of feeling guilt ridden because of her desire to be a mother and wanting to take care of her family--- If you didn't go visiting teaching or didn't get visit taught this month-- or if you don't know what visiting teaching is-- I have included this month's message-- please take the time to read it-- I am tired of living in a world of mixed messages.
Regardless of our financial status right now, I feel that home is the place that I need to be. I am not lazy, I am not avoiding work. I am doing the Lord's work. I am raising a child, taking care of a home, creating and designing, and I am fine with being JUST a stay at home mom. I am okay with the tight financial spot we are in-- I have faith that we have done the best we can and we will continue to work hard and things will be okay. I truly do. To some of you this may sound silly or stupid. To me it makes perfect sense.

I know who I am: I am a daughter of God who loves me and I love him. I will stand as a witness of him at all times and in all places.

Gender Is an Essential Characteristic of Eternal Identity and Purpose
Ensign, Oct 2008, 67
Teach the scriptures and statements that meet the needs of the sisters you visit. Bear testimony of the doctrine. Invite those you teach to share what they have felt and learned.

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona, Oct. 2004, 49; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Why Is Gender Essential?
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “[Gender] in large measure defines who we are, why we are here upon the earth, and what we are to do and become. For divine purposes, male and female spirits are different, distinctive, and complementary. … The unique combination of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional capacities of both males and females were needed to implement the plan of happiness” (“Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Liahona, June 2006, 51; Ensign, June 2006, 83).
Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “As spirit daughters of God, women ‘received their first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth’ (D&C 138:56) on the earth. They were among the ‘noble and great ones’ (D&C 138:55) who ‘shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7) at the creation of the earth because they would be given a physical body with the opportunity to be proven in a mortal sphere (see Abraham 3:25). They wished to work side by side with righteous men to accomplish eternal goals that neither can attain independently. Female roles did not begin on earth, and they do not end here. A woman who treasures motherhood on earth will treasure motherhood in the world to come” (“A ‘Mother Heart,’” Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, 76).
What Can I Do Because of My Role in Heavenly Father’s Plan?

Margaret D. Nadauld, former Young Women general president: “Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. … We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith” (“The Joy of Womanhood,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 18; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 15).
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “The premortal and mortal natures of men and women were specified by God Himself. … [Sometimes women] ask: ‘Is a woman’s value dependent exclusively upon her role as a wife and mother?’ The answer is simple and obvious: No. … Every righteous man and woman has a significant role to play in the onward march of the kingdom of God. …
“… My dear sisters, we believe in you. We believe in and are counting on your goodness and your strength, … And we believe that God’s plan is for you to become queens and to receive the highest blessings any woman can receive in time or eternity” (“Women of Righteousness,” Liahona, Dec. 2002, 36–37; Ensign, Apr. 2002, 66–69).


My name is Andrea said...

Thank you.

All I have to say is, I sure love you! What an awesome husband you have. What an awesome woman you are. Thank you for being my friend!

shahna said...

Thanks for the update. I was wondering how the Rager family was doing. I think you are so awesome Sarah. I gave you a shout out for the amazing costumes you did for us on my halloween post, BTW. Is there anything you CAN'T do well????

Lisa said...

I love this post. You are a great woman.

Janie said...

Amen sister friend.

good decision on the job -

I support you 100%

I may need to go take your position soon though :)

tentatively laughing out loud

The Moose said...

But I want to know where you're serving coffee!?!?!? {{{sarah}}} you and I are a lot alike - we both have minds that just won't stop talking to us! All I know is that those cream puffs were absolutely mouth watering - THERE is your calling right there honey! ;) I've always thought you are a great mom, and a fabulous neighbor - I hope those people over there know how lucky they are!

Janette said...

So, after we talked yesterday, I hung up and thought, 'Sarah is SO quitting VERY soon', lol. I don't blame you one little bit ... sometimes I think that Heavenly Father just wants to see exactly how much we REALLY will do, before He makes up the rest. lol.

Meredith said...

Welcome back, my friend....I've missed your posts as well! Love you!

Amanda said...

I am so glad your life will be getting a little less stressful and busy. Claire seemed to have a great time at the party:) I have some pictures I'll e-mail them to you when I get them on the computer:)

kira lee said...

i've missed your posts.

Ryann said...

I'm glad that you posted. I have missed more of the personal writings since you started your shop. Welcome back!

And I think it is great that you are just staying home. Enjoy it!

Blockbuster Parking Here said...

Amen and I'm so glad you're staying in the SAHM club!