"Regular participation in family home evening will develop increased personal worth, family unity, love for our fellowmen, and trust in our Father in heaven. It is our promise that great blessings will come to all who conscientiously plan and hold weekly family home evening."The First Presidency 1915 (Joseph F. Smith)
3. I'm so thankful for Laila hugs. These are few and far between lately. When Laila turned 12 and hormones kicked in, my loving child became a stereotypical teenager who rolls her eyes and mumbles at her mother. It kills me. I'm trying to be mostly patient and just love her through these years, but I do appreciate a good Laila squeeze now and then for my efforts.
4. I'm so thankful for my Grandma Butters. Always in November I think about her. She was born and she died in this month. She's been gone 5 years, but I still remember her vividly and the warmth she generated and the fun conversations we had. She was always good for a laugh or a love. Sometimes I catch myself doing things that she would have done...a little "jig" for the kids, making an embarrassing moment less embarrassing by just embracing it and laughing, singing the "garbage" notes in 5 part harmony, trying to keep it "light" at ward choir practice, paying for the "gourmet" shoes, getting the sweater or shirt with the design that goes all the way around not just on the front, being excited when a baby drinks out of a straw, sneaking diet coke to the baby.... all Grandma Butters stuff. She was a spiffy lady, a classy lady, a loving lady.....oh to be more like her daily!