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Monday, October 06, 2008

Peace like a river

I am the first person to say that my home is very often not the oasis of serenity that I wish it were. Quite often, daily in fact, I raise my hands in exasperation and silently wish to be transported to the famed peaceful river, or maybe an abandoned beach in Hawaii, or just anywhere where there are not screaming kids. Which totally rules out Disneyland, I am aware. And I am actually okay with that. It may be the happiest place on earth, but it certainly has never claimed to be the most peaceful.

This last weekend, though, was one of the most calm and peaceful and serene times in the history of the Neves household. While much of the credit obviously goes to General Conference and the uplifting and edifying messages from our Church leaders, I am thinking that I, the mother, get a large portion of that credit, too.

Usually, I am gone to work Saturday mornings. It was a stroke of luck that everything needed to cancel this week, and I was able to be home for the first session. That alone made a huge difference in the way Conference started out for me. Instead of rushing home from St. George, barely in time to catch the second session, after having been in vocal problem listening mode, I actually got to start out in spiritual listening mode.

I usually print the Conference activity sheets and such for my kids to do during each session, but they often get bored and cranky about it. This time was different. I don't know if it was the fact that the packet my friend emailed me was 30 pages long, or if it was just a new level of maturity on their part, but they all 3 stayed quiet and reverent for each session of conference. Even Sophie enjoyed quietly coloring at the kitchen table with Chloe. Bria, on the other hand, really loved doing the activity sheets where you had to listen for certain words to be said, or the one that you fill in the names of the apostles.

On Sunday morning, I got up super early to make cinnamon rolls. I know it's practically a requirement to have the conference cinnamon roll tradition if you want to keep your temple recommend, but I have never done it before, except once when Bria was a baby. You all know how much I like to cook and everything. I always appreciated my mom doing this, though, so I called her on Saturday night for her amazing recipe. While I guess I didn't get up early enough to have them out of the oven by the time the first session started, we were eating fabulous rolls by the rest hymn.

How did that contribute to peace, you ask? I'm not really sure, but I feel like it did. My getting up early, instead of rolling out of bed just in time to turn on the TV (okay, so it was only like that when we lived in Arizona and it started at 9:00 instead) again made me more prepared, and when Mom is peaceful, everyone is peaceful. When Mom has her spiritual ears on, maybe the kids do, too. I'm sure the anticipation of yummy food didn't hurt the girls' incentive to be good, either.

For the last session of the weekend, I listened as I cut out the pieces for Bria's Halloween costume. Sophie was asleep for this session, and Bria and Chloe were totally enthralled in the pinning and cutting of pattern pieces. Yet another thing to give them incentive to be reverent. They quietly helped me take out pins and fold fabric pieces for nearly the entire session.

No fighting, no arguing, no yelling or playing loud games.

It was just lovely. I can hardly wait six months to experience it again.

14 comments :

  1. Conference is such an uplifting time for me too - and having kids seemed to really make that difficult. I think you've hit on a few really great ways to make it a more enjoyable experience for the whole family.

    Except the cinnamon rolls. I may have to hand in my recommend. I've never made cinnamon rolls for conference before!

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  2. I think there is something in the air my kids were great too. We bought legos for the kids and they played nicely and quietly for the whole time. Emma and Mckenna took a nap for the second half of each session so I had Tanner color at that time too. It was great.
    I can't wait for all the talks to come out to read.

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  3. {sigh}
    It all made me want to nap {shock}

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  4. Pillbury cinammon rolls totally count, right?

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  5. Sounds lovely! I did some painting while listening.

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  6. I've never heard of the cinnamon roll rule; we make sourdough pancakes. But we also never got out of our pajamas on Sunday. I'm so glad you got to listen to all of conference! My husband played in the playroom with my boys for all of Sunday morning conference so I could listen in peace and quiet.

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  7. How nice! Elodie is a little young for some of the packets but she did a great job of either playing in her bedroom or sitting quietly and coloring in the living room. We enjoyed conference...in between naps of course! Thank heavens for tivo! Christopher kept dozing during some of the talks and had to go back and rewind a few times! LOL!

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  8. I slept in (though I was up several times with the baby that night), Hank made belgian waffles & bacon & woke me up just in time for the start. Felt the Spirit in my jammies.

    Sounds like a lovely day out there. When are you coming up?

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  9. Our kids were surprisingly good on Saturday, but something happened during the last session on Sunday. I think they had enough of "being quiet and listening". What a great conference though! Loved the focus on service and reaching out to our neighbors!

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  10. We had a great Conference session here too. Ellie actually listened. GASP! SHOCK! President Monson's talk was exactly what I needed to hear at this month in my life.

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  11. I've never done the cinnamon roll thing either, but that's a great idea (except for me they WON'T be homemade.) This year, my kids decided to set up a tent in the TV and watch like the people who listened to King Benjamin's address... "they pitched their tents..." It was really cute.

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  12. I was very jealous reading this post. My conference experience was much much different! Yelling, fighting, screaming, more yelling, fighting and screaming. Sigh.....

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  13. I don't know what was so different about this conference, but it was great for us, too. Loved the talks, loved the fact that the kids wanted to stand up and sing with the primary choir, loved the bingo game the kids played, which made them SILENT listening for certain words. Great weekend.

    PS Never heard of cinnamon rolls for conference either. What's the deal?

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  14. I've never heard of the cinnamon rolls for conference, but I made my first ever cinnamon rolls a week or so ago. Didn't love how they turned out, but was proud of myself for trying. I'd love to get your mom's recipe!!!!

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