Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap for Joy!

Happy Leap Day! I don't normally go around leaping for joy, but if I did, here are some of the things that would be cause for rejoicing:
  • finding new information on my ancestors (today I discovered that E stands for Erwin)
  • accompanying a choral performance without any noticeable mistakes (Michelle's school earned 2 Superior ratings at the Musical Performance Assessment this week)
  • fresh flowers on the dining room table (thank you Wayne)
  • a successful seminary class (one where you can tell the kids felt the Spirit)
  • Jeff noticing that the bathroom's been cleaned and saying thanks

That's enough for now. There are a lot more things that could be added, so maybe I'll come back.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rest and Relaxation, part two

We're not much for "resting and relaxing," but even as we kept busy exploring, the change of scenery was very rejuvenating. Here are the quaint towns of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillipsburg, St. Maarten; and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

We gazed at the gorgeous Caribbean waters -- Cruz Bay Harbor and Hawksnest Bay in St. John.

In addition, there was plenty to do on board.

And it was a real Whitaker vacation - we found a National Park Visitor's Center!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Rest and Relaxation, part one

Now that things are caught up at home, it's time to post some pictures from our very relaxing week of leisure. Cruises are definitely a true vacation - no cooking, no cleaning, no homework, no worries.

I was going to say no alarms, but I'm married to someone who set the goal to see every sunrise, and while none of them were super spectacular, it was definitely the most peaceful time of day and we enjoyed getting up before everyone else on the ship. (Notice the lack of people on deck!)

We also did our best at catching every sunset!

I discovered that as you add pictures, they go to the top. I'll have to work backwards if I want things in chronological order, so it's time for a new post.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Duty Calls

You'll notice that these entries will lag days, maybe even weeks, behind their occurence, but that's okay. This is my blog! I like mulling things over before committing them to "paper." Anyway, Wayne and I had a wonderful time on our vacation, and I'll get to that post later, but I walked into seminary the day we got back to the news that President Hinckley had passed away the night before. Now, a week later, we have a new prophet - Thomas S. Monson. I'm extremely grateful for my testimony that Christ leads and guides His church, so that I didn't even have to wonder or worry about a seamless transition in leadership.

In fact, I found it very interesting that my lesson last Monday, on the importance of following in the footsteps of the Savior, included a story told by President Monson of the little boy who found the king's emerald while he was doing his duty of taking care of the sheep. When we learn our duty and then do it, we are following the example of Christ. And it was very easy to adapt the planned lesson to a discussion of following a new prophet.

I like this quote by President Grant that keeping the commandments is more important than gaining a testimony if we want to return to Heavenly Father. However, one of the great blessings of being obedient, is that we gain a testimony of the truthfulness of what we're doing. We just have to do our duty first.

And now, I'm off to do my duties of buying milk and toothpaste and returning library books and figuring out what's for dinner!