She liked smiling at Mama!!
This is my favorite!
Here is a video of Clayton talking, I don't know if it will work or not, but this is my first time using Blogger's video upload.
We are doing good around here. As usual we are very busy. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. But, that is ok. The dishes, laundry, picking up is a never ending job around here, so I just get what I can done, and I do not worry about it.
I have been thinking about relationships lately. Today in Bible class, Matt (our teacher right now) was talking about how after Saul's conversion to Christianity, he spent 3 years in Arabia. It took 3 years of intense relationship building for him to begin getting ready to share his faith. I think so many of us do not realize how much time it takes to become close to someone. I read the other day (some unknown source) that a true friend will last over 7 years, other friends just fall by the wayside. Obviously a lot can happen in 7 years and it takes a lot of work from both sides to keep that relationship going. I think one of the best ways to improve your relationships with anyone is just to spend time with them. Whether is it friends, family or God, the relationship will start losing some of it's pertinence if no time is spent with that person. When you chose to spend time with someone, you are telling them they are more important than whatever else is going on in your life at that moment. What a great gift to give, and it doen't cost a thing! Time on the phone, time in person, time sending a note, writing an email, and yes, even texting. All of these tools can help improve our relationships as long as we take the time to do it. I don't know why I have been thinking about this lately, but I have. My great-grandfather, toward the end of his life, once said, "I wish I had made more friends." My great grandfather had hundreds, if not more than a thousand friends and yet, he felt he should have more. What an interesting statement. He had been a missionary to the Jews his entire life and he did not say, he wished he had led more people to Christ, he said, "I wish I had made more friends." He knew that it is by having a good relationship with someone that you can touch them in a way that a stranger never will. Your Christian example to your friends is the most wonderful source of encouragement. Service and time with your friends is such an important calling as a Christian.
Well that is my soapbox for today.