I remember being in the MTC (missionary training center) and feeling such a spiritual high that it was exhausting and invigorating at the same time. My brother in law, Mike, had prepped me for this by describing the MTC experiences as trying to take a drink from a firehose. The spiritual power is amazing and strengthens us as we try hard things (like learning a language). Today after a bit of work, I drank from a spiritual firehose throughout the day.
Today I presented at a teachers’ conference. I spoke about using technology to boost motivation and achievement specifically using a class blog for the kids to write and post video of book chats and math demonstrations. It went well and my girls were in good hands with a babysitter in the morning and a neighbor’s in the afternoon. I was the first presenter so I finished at 9 am and took off to see my girls instead of staying to watch other presentations.
When I arrived at my house, the place was empty. I figured the babysitter walked them to the park, so I got really excited that I had no one expecting me to be anywhere. I jumped back in the car, called a friend and met him at the temple. What a great escape! We had a 2 hour worship session and then lunch. I then picked up my girls and took them to my cousin’s house for a sleepover. (It was weird to not have much time with my girls, but they were so excited to play with their 2nd cousins) I was free again. Should I try for a nap or head to the movies. I decided on the movie 17 Miracles. It was wonderful!! I cried (a lot). It ended at 6:50 pm giving me just enough time to get to my Wednesday night Institute class. Our instructor tonight was President Hollingshead. I had heard great things about him, but was over the top impressed. He was so down to earth and spoke from the heart. You could really tell that he loves and feels genuine concern for our group (singles age 27 - 40ish). His stake has generously sponsored all of our classes, activities and socials.
By 8 pm tonight I had experienced at least 5 hours of spiritual nourishment. What a fabulous day. After 75 minutes of socializing, I headed home for journaling, scripture study and blogging. Fantastic Day Off!! I am excited to squeeze my kids tomorrow morning though. Sometimes I just want to gobble them up--they are ADORABLE!! (especially after I’ve had a nice wholesome break from mothering)