Monday, November 23, 2009

Where Did I Go?

So, for those who were wondering where I went, my mind exploded somewhere over there and I'm still picking up the pieces. It took less than 3 months as RS Pres. for me to lose my mind. But it's cool. It's just occupying too much space in a brain that was already having problems holding it all together. It could be worse. My house might be chaos, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. But then, my standards/expectations were pretty low to begin with. However, it didn't really get too much worse. Actually, even though it's wild, I'm liking this job. A whole lot. I mostly can't talk about half the stuff going on, but let me tell you that there are people facing so many problems out there. Wow. And really, they are super awesome people. So it's fun to get to know so many people and help support them while they work through things, but it's a HUGE responsibility. It's sort of like being a social worker but your boss is God. Then there's trying to help those who can be more helpful realize that they can be. It makes for tons of traffic in the brain. It would be nice if I had the thoughts I needed in the daytime when I could actually call or visit people, but I don't seem to work that way. Besides all that, there's the organizing of our regular activities.
We have done a clothing exchange and had a therapist come talk to us about marriage. Next we are having a Thanksgiving dinner and making Christmas cards and gifts. Plus, we have a group meeting once a week to do Zumba. We are making plans for next year too and we have already started a little project for all the ladies. We gave them a love journal and each week we give them a new goal to work on that week and write about in the journal. Hopefully we will all eventually be better at loving each other :). I put the journal up as is in Spanish here for those who want to join in, and speak Spanish. All 2 of you. I may manage to translate it into English soon and make a link for that. my first lesson went along with that, now I have to start planning the next one I have to give in February. And that, folks, is a reader's digest synopsis of what that part of my life is like. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have all the kids and husband and jobs to deal with, and things like scouts and spelling and taking our meds regularly are slipping through the cracks. I think I seriously need a time management coach. I am not getting anything done in a timely fashion and I waste copious amounts of time trying to figure out what to do and when. Oh, and the organizing projects are shot too. And my budget. And everything that runs has been breaking down. My van, $1000 job to replace the motor, the blender, the freezer, the vaccuum, the camera, etc. And Christmas is coming... I've given it maybe 1/2 hour worth of thought so far. Maybe Papi's new t.v. and the motor was Christmas? Sounds good to me... If I could just think of some awesome spiritual bonding like things to do with my family that would seem fun to them, and wouldn't take a lot of work to do, I'd be in heaven.
Enigma has been doing a special makeup class and loving it. This is the area she is most interested in. Also, she is now working on live people's heads and could use as much practice as she can get at all kinds of things. It's cheap, so if you live in the area, contact me and I'll let you know how to set something up at her school with her. Also, if you could use some quality hair care products or know anyone who could or that would be a perfect gift for a person on your gift list, let me know because you could also help save us from financial ruin while getting the products you need. Also, Enigma is up in arms for the cause of poor kids in Africa who are being kidnapped and forced to fight in wars. She's all ready to save them, if she can get through school and pay it off. She might as well go off and fight for a cause, because I don't think she's ever going to be the domestic type anyways...
Everyone else has managed to keep from killing each other or blow up the house while cracking us up with their crazy antics, so not much has changed on that front. I just love the pictures that come home on the back of their school papers. Some day I'll have to post some. We've had some sickness. One day Papi had to go to the school twice to pick up sick kids but so far they've all blown over fast and we've avoided the worst of the season. I've tried to get us shots this year, but it's impossible to find out when and where to get a ticket to go when they get shots in, so I don't know if that will ever happen.
Papi has decided to take some independent study courses next semester. Who knows how that will go over. Meanwhile he takes us one by one to the BYU games and keeps super busy with work and church. And now I need to stop and go get the boys so I will stop boring you and get back to life.

11 comments:

The Cranes said...

Sorry it's so crazy, Shellie! I've given up on flu shots, too. Our doctor never has them and I don't have time to check back every day.

Jeanette said...

Glad it's you and not me. I would never want that calling. Oops, did I just jinks myself?
Good luck with everything.

Merrianne said...

WOW... i am sorry to hear that thigns have been so crazy. but i know what you mean... i was a counselor in the RS presidency and it got pretty stressful. i can't imagine what you are going through. here is a big hug from Tennessee {{HUG}}

caramama said...

Well it sounds like you are doing a great thing and having lots of great ideas!

Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!

4boyzmdmom said...

It's nice to hear from you again...I can't imagine trying to keep up with all of that! I haven't been doing too well at blogging, either, since I became Primary president, so I can relate a little!

RAQ said...

I think you are doing great and things will get easier as you get more organized in your RS stuff. You just took this on at the busiest time of year school starting and the holidays! Things will come together...enough anyway!:)

RAQ said...

I also have a low level of expectation, so maybe you shouldn't listen to me!

Jam said...

Shellie---You were a great secretary and I know you're a FANTASTIC President!!! You're so likable and fun!! Good luck! Love ya!!!

Patty O. said...

Wow, I don't know how you do it! Your RS ideas sound really cool though. I live in a small branch and am in charge of the meetings formerly known as enrichment : ) Yeah, sorry, dumb joke. Anyway, I desperately need some ideas. Where did you get the love journal idea?

Jen said...

Zumba at Relief Society would be so fun!

I'm just amazed at the needs around me in my ward this year. It's humbling to see, and humbling to see how blessed people are even in times of trial.

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