Wow! I feel like I haven't been around forever. My computer was in the shop for a few days, and it seems like I have barely had time to read, let alone type. Welcome to G-Dawg and Quella- it's so good to have you.
I have so appreciated everyone's thought about priorities and how to integrate more spirituality. Things like this really got brought to the front of my mid after conference- I had the thought that I was spending all this time on the computer and reading novels (mostly at night before I go to bed) but how much time am I spending reading my scriptures? DH and I have really been making an effort this week and it's amazing what a difference it makes in our spirits. I mean, we take time to nourish our bodies and our appetites, but often we neglect the nourishment of our spirits. I want so much to take full advantage of the spirit. I can't imagine how much richer my life could be. I'm so grateful for the kick in the pants that comes from conference!
About the Discipline discussion... I know that I'm a little bit late. I've been doing a lot of thinking about this one, especially since dd is getting so much bigger and so much more mobile. I've been thinking a lot about modeling my parenting/discipline afer the way our Heavenly Father parents. What better example could there be?
I think that He is so loving and so involved, and wants nothing more than for us to be happy. He doesn't remove all the challenges from us, but is always there whenever we might neeed to turn to Him for answers or comfort. I don't think that the scriputre about "Reproving sharply" is baout yelling or spanking, I think it talks more about firmness or direction. There have been more than a few times in my life where I think that Heaveny Father has been scolding me, or I have felt very certain that the things that I was doing were not what He wanted me to do, but I never felt humiliated, demeaned or unloved. I think that's the key- always disciplining and guiding with love. I don't think that obedience should be forced, (Do this because I said so) but I also don't think that children should be taught to obey without question. Some of my greatest testimony building experiences and learning moments came because I wasn't afraid to question the things that were taught to me. (I think that's a large reason why I started believing in AP- more "mainstream things weren't working!
) Anyway, all these theories might be tested as dd and I grow together... I hope what I said made sense!
Hey, I'vebeen thinking about KatherineinCA. Has anyone heard from her? I'm wondering how her pregnancy is going- I think she's due fairly soon....