Giving Thanks, part 13: The Sabbath

Today I am grateful for the Sabbath.  Sundays are such peaceful days of worship, family, and food.  Today was particularly tranquil.  My boys are feeling much better, and John even took James last night so that I could finally catch up on the sleep I lost the two weeks before.  I was a new woman this morning!  And church was great, as always.  I’m still feeling a little sheepish in my new calling as the Primary chorister, but I’m getting there {why am I scared of children!!}.  I just need some creative ideas and some go-to games and visuals.  I’m excited to start working on Christmas songs with the kidlets.  Some of the wee’uns are little punks, though, and think it’s “un-cool” to sing in singing time.  I need to figure out how to crack them.  Any ideas??  I’m thinking something in the vicinity of cookies, or cupcakes . . . or both. . .

The Elders spoke in Sacrament Meeting today.  They seem like very devoted missionaries.  I couldn’t help but think of my mission and the immense respect I had for the Elders there.  It’s a miracle, really, that young boys can do what they do on missions.  My heart turned to my brother, Matty, serving in the Czech Republic/Slovakia mission.  He was originally assigned to the Slovakia side of the mission and learned Slovak in the MTC but has recently been given an assignment that requires him to serve on the Czech side of the mission, meaning he has to learn that language now, too.  It sure takes a special spirit to be able to teach the Gospel in another language.  I am SOOO glad Heavenly Father didn’t require that of me.  It was hard enough teaching it in English.

Our wonderfully dependable home teacher came over after church {well, after a Sunday nap after church} and gave a beautiful lesson on the importance of scripture study and how that can bless every other aspect of our lives.  I needed to hear it.

And then off to the D. Family Sunday dinner: Sukiyaki, baby!!  In short, it’s like asian fondue, and oh, so heavenly.  Table talk consisted of my dad telling us about Steve Jobs’ life and what a weirdo and meany-head he was and how that helped his employees break through the limits they had set for themselves, resulting in incredible products.  It was truly fascinating.

And then, cuddle time with my boys at home.  This day really couldn’t have been much better.    

sometimes crying pictures are adorbs!


  1. Jessica says:

    So I read this post a few days ago, but can’t stop thinking about how to crack those kids not singing. I have some ideas.

    1. Positive praise. When anyone is doing what you want, point it out, make your feedback be specific about what you’re seeing/looking for. When I taught 3rd grade, I found this to work the best to get exactly what I was wanting.

    2. I think maybe you need to position yourself more toward the older kids. It’s easier to stand near the piano but maybe toward the older kids more would help.

    3. Maybe suggest singing time be split again. I almost think it would be better for all kids involved. The older kids need to be treated differently than the younger ones and it creates the chance for the older kids not to participate because they feel grouped with the little ones. I also think the smaller groups would get more participation. I know my class doesn’t sing, and I think if they had more attention because the “class” was smaller they would. They love to participate, but I think they feel overwhelmed in singing time.

    I hope this helps.

  2. CKE says:

    So this comment is a little slow, but I have a suggestion for the non singers: I’ve been doing a game for singing time that gets all the kids to sing. I brought a red glittery Christmas ornament and then I picked two kids. One to go out in the hall and then one to hide the ornament somewhere in the room. Then after bringing the first kid back from the hallway, I told all the kids they were going to help him find the ornament, but not by talking. As he walks around the room we have to let him know if he’s close by singing REALLY LOUD or if he’s far away then sing really softly. Hot and Cold. The kids get all excited and everyone is on the edge of their seat watching the one kid hunt for it. They’re all singing and it’s great because I have them sing the song over and over again until the ornament is found. So it helps them learn the song that way too. ANYWAY, sorry for the long comment! But that’s been my main success in the past 3 weeks of being a scared little chorister myself! haha! 😉

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