rocky road

So, I’m home now. After five days of traveling and driving a gamillion [I made that up . . .] miles and working 11 hours today on the gym floor, I’m ready to go to bed. But instead, I’m on my way back to the school to work on a cute hand-out for Mikelle’s Enrichment [Oh, stop. Wait. I guess they are called Weekday Meetings now. I liked the name Enrichment.] She asked me last week, before the three-day hospital stay and the torn ACL and the gamillion miles if I could help her, and of course, I said yes.

[Oh, and by the way . . . Tracy’s scale is not right. Not even close to being right because back here, at home with my trusty Diet Center Scale, I was 147, not 144. But what the cow. I am what I am.]

Mikelle’s Enrichment [Weekday Meeting] is about dealing with adversity. They are having the 8-minute clip of Nie Nie [Stephnie Neilson] who was burned over 80% of her body in a small plane accident two years ago. She is the famous LDS blogger who has been on the Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, Larry King and talked at hundreds of gatherings with thousands of people. She is inspiring and aMAYzing! I try to read her every day.

They also have a couple of other women in their ward speaking and sharing their own personal, challenging stories.

This is the darling part! They are having Rocky Road Ice Cream!!!! Is that adorable or what!

So, I have been trying to come up with a craft or a hand out. I thought of a refrigerator magnet with a road sigh [get it?] about ONE WAY to Christ. He is, after all, the ONLY WAY to get through adversity. Just ask Nie Nie if you don’t believe me!

My own current Rocky Road [I just want a husband who will say please and thank you once in a blue moon — is that asking too much?] is a little overwhelming, so I suppose I should listen to my own advice [or my own craft idea.] I definitely should make an extra one to put on my own fridge.

Love this quote that President Hinckley used in a talk

“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey — delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” GBH quoting Jenkin Loyd Jones. Pictures [hopefully] to follow . . .

There is also a wonderful and thought-provoking quote by Neil A. Maxwell [my favorite quoter of all time!] in the January 2010 Ensign:

The Growth Required to Return Home

“One’s life … cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free. …

“Therefore, how can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, ‘Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!’ …

“Real faith … is required to endure this necessary but painful developmental process.”

It makes me realize that the only way back “home” is through our adversities! Not around them. Not above or below them. But right through them! It’s what gives us the power [fuel, resource, strength] to get back to our Heavenly Father and his Son.

Total aha moment for me, here!