"When Mormon implored his people and us to have faith, he was writing not from the book knowledge but from the heart-wrenching, soul-stretching personal experience of a man who knew how important it was to hope on when all reason to hope seemed lost."
"Christ knows better than all others that the trials of life can be very deep, and we are not shallow people if we struggle with them."
"I suspect the Lord has a long list of ways to help me become better, but He's willing to share most of them only when I ask."
(first three quotes are from Extremes, by Robert Eaton.)
"Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay the decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus and opportunity may be missed." (James E. Faust)
"No child in this Church should be left with uncertainty about his or her parents' devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Restoration of His Church, and the reality of living prophets...to lead a child, even inadvertently, away from faithfulness, away from loyalty and bedrock belief simply because we want to be clever or independent is a license no parent, nor any other person, has ever been given." (Jeffrey R. Holland)
"If God has told you that something is right, if something is indeed true for you, He will provide the way for you to accomplish it." (Jeffrey R. Holland)
"This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)
We took the kids up to Michigan City, IN for a stay at a "real" beach.
It was everything we hoped it would be. Perfect sand, blue water, and perfect kid sized waves.
Emily was quite disappointed that she didn't find any real shells. She did enjoy searching for fish, and loved playing in the sand.
Daniel LOVED the waves. The first day had the best waves, and he spent almost the whole day in the water. He was fearless.
Jake followed Daniel into the water as much as possible. He LOVED it. He and I had fun making race tracks in the sand for his cars.
Ben finally learned the wisdom in letting us hold him in the water. He loved every minute at the beach, and laughed uncontrollably when we took him in the waves. He even took a nap on the beach every day.
On the way home, I looked into the backseat, and saw this: