So - over last weekend, while watching conference President Monson talked about acts of service. More specifically he talked about the request he had made his last birthday and how primaries around the world had upheld that request and shared with him their successes. When asked what he wanted for his birthday he asked only that others do more acts of service. He received cards and letters and tokens showing how this had been achieved. My favorite was a glass jar of "warm fuzzies"...little fuzzy balls from the craft section. I loved it.
Our Ward is doing a missionary puzzle right now. Where you cut the puzzle apart and as you achieve missionary things you piece it back together. One of the pieces was as a family to perform service for someone else. Frank and I decided to use that as a family home evening project but before we could get there, the usual happened in our house. Jake and Kenzie were bickering.
Now, Jake wasn't feeling well, which automatically makes the bickering worse. He's like me when he's sick - ultra grumpy. But this night it was particularly bad so we decided to open FHE with a scripture in Mosiah 4:15: But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. We decided we needed to start with service to another in our home before we could begin to teach serving another outside our home. So, Frank and I decided to establish a warm fuzzy jar of our own that will end in a homemade pizza and ice cream night when it's filled.
The last few days have been much more peaceful, the kids have been much more conscientious of their actions, towards one another as well as in the house in general. They've been great about putting their dishes in the diswasher (not leaving them for mommy to take care of - that's an act of service to me for sure), they've been quick to get each other drinks or napkins at dinner, the fighting has calmed. But yesterday -- Kenzie wrote Jake a note. And it was adorable.
Frank and I chuckled at Jesse...must be Heavenly Father's other son! :) I just thought the note was adorable and one to save...and definately one for the warm fuzzy jar.