Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Personal Revelation

I've been tossing a question around in my head for a while. I love to learn new things and want to constantly be learning and studying great books, but lately I've felt really disorganized in that. Like I had no direction, no goal, no anything. So every time I was ready to move onto something new I just felt lost as to where to go, and I've ended up reading less because of it. Saturday afternoon I was driving home from helping to paint the barn at my grandma's house, thinking about it again.

Saturday night I attended the general Relief Society meeting. I don't think there was anything said that made me think of it, but at one point the same question popped into my head, and a moment later I had my answer. I need to study things about home and family.

Before going to bed that night I took a few minutes to stare at my bookshelf and pulled off most of the books that I felt like could fit into that category. Here's a partial list:

Daisy Chain by Charlotte Mary Yonge (currently reading)
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Little Britches by Ralph Moody
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey
The Power of a Positive Mom by Karol Ladd
The Book of Mormon: It Begins with a Family (essays)
The Book of Mormon: A Pattern for Parenting by Geri Brinley
Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinkley
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss (thanks Lara)

Like I said, a partial list. There are some here that might leave people scratching their heads but I have my reasons how they fit into home and family. It was also just perusing the bookshelf next to my bed, not all the other bookshelves throughout the house. I'll stick with these for now.

This also includes home and family skills I need to learn. The ever-hovering cleaning/decluttering skill I find so hard to keep up with, canning, meal planning, gardening, and many other skills I can learn to strengthen my home and family. All the things I'm currently a failure at. This list could go on for miles, but I'll spare you the gory details.

I'm excited! I noticed a book that I had checked out from the library recently that doesn't fit here, and I can easily decide to take it back for now and save it for another time. Doesn't mean I'm not willing to throw in other books, but that my focus is on home and family.

Direction. Purpose. Peace.

Any other suggestions for my list?


  1. You're welcome! It looks like an inspiring list and I'm sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for.

  2. I love the Glimpses book about Sis. Hinckley!! I haven't read the whole thing, my ADD problem, but what I have read, I LOVE!! And you're right, I don't know how I could ever forget your week of chicken postings!! (:

  3. You didn't say anything about wanting to learn to knit! ;)

    IMO, you are not a failure. They are called weaknesses, not failures, for a reason. You can't be fabulous at everything!

  4. Can't currently be fabulous at everything, but I can sure try to get there!! :)