|Goodbye dear house!|
After much consideration Bill and I decided it would be good for our family to have an adventure in an RV before moving into our new home. The house won't be ready until spring so instead of renting a home somewhere - we put the money into an RV where we can have an adventure now and many more adventures in years to come.
So far it's being going really well. Maybe I will feel differently in a couple of months, but for now if feels simple, cozy, unifying and fun. Our friends let us park it in their driveway so we have had a good time getting to be near them too. We just hope they are not sick of us in a couple of weeks ;-)
Going through the house and getting rid of lots and lots of stuff was really freeing. I feel much lighter. We did put some things in storage - couches, piano, beds, bikes, books. But I tried to follow the advise on "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." It was kind of fun.
What made moving even remotely doable too was the help from some dear friends. Some brought us meals during our moving week and several good women helped me clean on Wednesday. Friends also helped us transport some things and store them. There are some very good people in this world for sure!!
It's kind of hard for me sometimes because I hate feeling like I'm inconveniencing other people, but they are so sweet and kind about it that it reminds me how good it is to just take care of one another because we all need help sometimes.
We watched The Little Prince last night. It is one of my new favorite movies. I loved the message of "What is essential can only be seen with the heart." And how sad it is that we are filling our children's minds with "head" knowledge of things that can be measured and tested while neglecting the heart - the truly essential .
One of my favorite lines, "We don't just want to count the starts - we mean to OWN them." Isn't that what dry science does today? Gives us facts and figures about what stars are made of so we can pass our astronomy test - and distracting us from noticing how wonderful they are?
I love looking up at the stars . I think of how my little ones look up at me with their innocent little eyes and am reminded of how much Heavenly Father loves me when I look up at Him. I remember my inherent worth.
I also loved the message that the world will laugh at you when you are on the right path to discovering your true self, your way of serving others, and your relationship to God and His creations.
I just started reading a book with evidence that this is true. It's called "Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life is Designed." It's very interesting, funny, and thought provoking so far. He starts out talking about how it's hard it is to go against the flow in scientific thinking. Peer pressure is very strong. "The stream of scientific consensus flows with an almost irresistible current. Almost."
But then he says something similar to what I said in my last post, "As we think more about how science works, we'll see that those rare people who oppose the stream are the ones to watch."
I wrote the following today about a presentation coming up this week:
This Thursday! I know life is busy, but this is worth attending. Science should strengthen our faith, but often weakens it instead. Why is that? Do we have to fight a battle between science and faith or is this a false dichotomy? Can we teach our children that all things really do testify of Christ?
I have really enjoyed learning about the evidence for creation. Not because it convinces me that there is a creator (I believed that even when I bought into the evolution of man), but because I see God's hand more clearly in everything.
I was never taught evidence against evolution - only the evidence for it. I think that is the case for most of us. It's certainly the case for those in school today. There are so many scientists who have done incredible research that isn't talked about in our school textbooks. Now that I am learning about it, I am even more in love with nature and it's amazingness, I've developed a love of science (I think I had a slight fear of it before because of my experiences in science classes), and I've grown closer to my Savior as I have learned to appreciate Him more. It has increased my joy and love of truth. That's what I want for my kids.
This presentation teaches us about why an accurate understanding of science is so important to our freedom. We see that freedom being taken from us everyday, but we are often unaware that the battle stems from some basic assumptions about our origin and worth. If we want to defend our freedom, we need to understand what we are up against.
I hope to see you there :)
Has Darwin Erased the Self Evidence of Our God Given Rights?
Presentation by Vincent Newmeyer
1645 S 500 W Bountiful, Utah 84010
And that's pretty much what we've been up to. Busy times full of good people and exciting life lessons. I'm grateful for a family that likes adventures!