This week was another long one. Ryan was gone every day from 5 am to 7 pm for his defensive tactics training – but he passed! He is now a level 1 defensive tactics instructor, and we don’t have to worry about any more training for a while. His training was mentally and physically challenging, but he worked hard and came out strong. He’s an inspiration to me with his stick-to-itiveness… I totally would have given up. I’m so proud of him ❤
Ryan’s mom was very sweet and took the older boys on a lunch date so I could get a break. They came home after a few hours with smiles on their faces and giant donuts in their hands. What could be better than a donut the size of your whole face?
This weekend we got to enjoy some very welcome spiritual nourishment through General Conference. I always sit down with questions or troubles on my mind, and walk away with the inspiration I need. I was completely burnt out from this past week and was hoping for some renewed motivation for our day to day routine with school and life, and that’s what I got. My goals are ambitious, and I know there will be lots of days that don’t go as planned. I know that with every accomplishment there might be 10 accompanying frustrations. Especially with a 1 year old who refuses to walk by himself and whines for me to hold his hand every time he sees me… It’s super cute, but also quite exhausting for my introverted brain. But I feel my Heavenly Father’s love for me, and I know we will get through this stage.
My biggest takeaway from conference was the importance of putting on your spiritual armor daily. Of carving out a few minutes every day to pray and study the scriptures. That’s something I struggle with in this stage of life. I used to take some time in the mornings to pray and read scriptures, but it’s been more difficult to take advantage of the few quiet moments in my day since bringing three little boys into the world. There are literally no quiet moments until bed time, and usually by then my brain is mush and I’m exhausted… But I know that God blesses our efforts. So I will make the effort.