September 29, 2002

Posted by Ryan on Sunday, September 29, 2002

Fun Stuff

Ummm. . . sometimes it's a little harder to think of fun stuff once you're in school. Let's see-we love getting to know the new freshman in Ryan's ward this year. We've taken one group to Grandpa's backyard, organized a ward wide activity with bag skits and this Monday we're putting on a ward FHE where they're going to play slip-n-slide kick ball. Freshmen certainly know how to have fun!

Oh! Speaking of Grandpa's backyard. I have to report on Ryan's new crazy stunt with Ty. Those of you who prefer not to watch Ryan's baby tricks should skip this information. This one even scared me. He held him as they went down the zip line! I couldn't believe it. They bumped heads at the end and Ty was kind of scared--he cuddled with Mom for a long time. Ryan felt bad--he just gets a little too set on his "Ty could do that!" ideas sometimes.

Tamie's taking a personal finance class and we're learning all kinds of great things about budgeting, taxes, FICO and credit scores, NEVER taking on consumer debt, buying a car and home, investing and so on. It's sort of overwhelming. We changed banks to go with Netbank online. They had the highest interest quotes. We're also canceling our regular visa and applying for a college visa where we earn a sky mile for every $2 we spend-no fees. Baby steps to taking better control and being more aware of what our goals are and how to reach them most effectively. Man-we just have to be more responsible all the time. It's not like you can just give up being responsible for a day, either.

Ryan took his GRE Saturday-talk about pressure. He needs to be within the 90 percentile to be considered in the schools he's applying for. With a quick glance at what scores his schools average-it looks like he did a great job. He's brilliant. It's kind of exciting and scary to think that the application process has begun and that within a few months we'll know where the next 4+ years of our life will be.

Announcements

Ryan and I want to be a pregnant nun and a priest for Halloween but we don't have any of our costumes together. Does anyone have anything we could use? Ty will either be a priest too or Ronald McDonald.

Don't you love conference weekend! Listening to prophets is cool and all but it is just enhanced so much by those fresh Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries and whip cream. Any fun conference traditions you have we could pass on to the rest of the family?

Aaron had his farewell today and we heard it was beautiful. Those of us who missed it really missed out.

I would be so impressed if anyone responded to this request. Please take just of few minutes if you can. Tamie is trying to gather family stories-funny or faith promoting. For those of you who have something already written in a journal or computer-would you mind emailing it to us? We have such a cool family and we know way too little about each other. Stories are the best teachers-along with pictures. We would LOVE your help. Do it as soon as possible-in fact, if you don't do it now you probably will never do it.

We'd like to announce that our best friends, Emily and Rick Diamond just had a bouncing baby boy. Welcome to the world, Max! We're so excited you're here!

Spiritual Lessons

He that hath no rule over his spirit is like a city that is broken and without walls. Proverbs 25:27

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from m: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Mathtew 26:39

Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 (two verses after the previous scripture)

Right now in my life, these scriptures remind me of pregnancy. It is so frustrating to be exhausted to the point where there is so much to do with, seemingly, no way to accomplish it. There are so many times in life where it is difficult to get our flesh to do what we know we should.

Discipline is the root of disciple. Everything worthwhile takes so much discipline-loosing weight, reading scriptures, managing finances, strengthening your marriage, responding to an annoying family story request from us, spending quality time with your kids rather than turning TeleTubbies on and so on. Life truly wears you out and it's so critical to have the empowerment promised to us by following Christ and constantly seeking the Spirit.

The little things become more important and much bigger all the time to keep us going-church, scriptures, prayer and service. You know, it's more than just keeping us going but it's also bringing us joy in a world that, otherwise, does not offer such peace and contentment. We hope to be better disciples and to learn how to better say "not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Love,

Ryan, Tamie, Ty, and Baby