1.18.2011

French things make everything better.



Day 4 of the Snowpocolypse.
School had been cancelled for everyone again.
Despite what you might think, we were not going stir crazy.

Good thing we brought some of my homemade wheat bread.  
It is full of flax seed, oats, and crushed almonds.
Yum.
We decided to try to make some homemade french toast with the wheat bread.

Here is how you do it:


This morning John left for his first day of school for this semester. I'm gonna miss that guy during the days.  The Snowpocolypse spoiled us.

I'm feeling a lot this morning as I think about what this semester might hold for us. 

I'm scared I might get bored.  This is the first time, since I was four, that I haven't been a student.  I feel like its hard to gain a sure footing right now.  I am faced with all of this time and the freedom to choose what I would like to do with it.

I have always been an extremely busy lady.  
I have prided myself on my "to-do" lists.  I went through school in a whirl wind of things to do, songs to memorize, assignments to complete, and places to be.  I had a schedule and places where I knew I had to be present.  Now, I feel like I am floating around in some sort of uncharted territory.  Although now I occasionally have work, voice lessons, and a grocery run, I find myself in possession of one of the most precious gifts: time.

My father-in-law encouraged John and I to read (this talk) from October General Conference again.  We did, and I am so grateful for that.  Here are some things that Dieter Uchtdorf said that spoke to my soul.

"Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. We all can think up a list of tasks that will overwhelm our schedules. Some might even think that their self-worth depends on the length of their to-do list. They flood the open spaces in their time with lists of meetings and minutia—even during times of stress and fatigue. Because they unnecessarily complicate their lives, they often feel increased frustration, diminished joy, and too little sense of meaning in their lives."

"It is said that any virtue when taken to an extreme can become a vice. Over-scheduling our days would certainly qualify for this. There comes a point where milestones can become millstones and ambitions, albatrosses around our necks."

"Strength comes not from frantic activity but from being settled on a firm foundation of truth and light. It comes from placing our attention and efforts on the basics of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It comes from paying attention to the divine things that matter most.


Let us simplify our lives a little. Let us make the changes necessary to refocus our lives on the sublime beauty of the simple, humble path of Christian discipleship—the path that leads always toward a life of meaning, gladness, and peace. "
I am very much looking forward to devoting my time to simplifying my life and emphasizing the basics of the gospel in my life.
I am looking forward to being a supportive wife while my husband soldiers through another semester of college.
I am looking forward to the next time I can make this french toast.
And I am looking forward to all of my precious time and turning it in to something wonderful.

17 comments:

Ahn said...

good golly that looks tasty.

Preston & Syd said...

That really does sound good! I'll have to try it! And I know what you mean...I am sort of scared to finish school and figure out what to do with my time!! Good luck and enjoy your free time!

Rachael said...

Coming from me, I've had a lot of free time lately, and frankly, I prefer to be busy. But it is nice to have time to yourself sometimes. I'm sure you'll be able to find a good balance with it.
Yum...French toast! I tried to make it a while ago, and it didn't turn out so good. Well, practice makes perfect!

Megan said...

sigh....time...I am so ready to be done with post grad school...and school in general..so that I can have time to make french toast, and discover the things I truly enjoy.

vintch said...

looks amazing {YOU and the french toast!} there are few things i love more in this world than butter and bread. happy tuesday! i love what you said about simplifying. whenever i get bored, mama always tells me to cherish and remember these times, because soon i'll be busy again and pine for them.

kylee said...

that was my favorite conference talk!

grace said...

delishhh! i must try. did you make your own bread? dang girl.

Jamie Lane said...

"Strength comes not from frantic activity but from being settled on a firm foundation of truth and light. It comes from placing our attention and efforts on the basics of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ."

That spoke to my soul. :) Thank you so much for sharing. *Takes a big sigh and throws out tonights to-do list*

{av} said...

I am right on board with you on so many levels in this post...I love all things French and they definitely make like better. I also have more time on my hands than ever before and I'm trying my best to make the most of it and give more of my life to the one who gave it to me :) great post! xoxo {av}

Ashley said...

As a lover of all things french, I must say this french bread looks truly scrumptious. :)

p.s. I just want you to know that I always look forward to reading your amazing posts. They make me smile.

Ashley said...

As a lover of all things french, I must say this french bread looks truly scrumptious. :)

p.s. I just want you to know that I always look forward to reading your amazing posts. They make me smile.

Shalyn said...

First of all, that french toast looks to die for! Thanks for the recipe- french toast is my very favorite! And I love elder Uchtdorf- he gives such great talks! I think all woman need to read this one! Have fun simplifying:-) Hope your having a terrific week!

Haley K said...

honey in the mixture?? brilliant! thanks for the recipe & the fun pics to go along with it :)

Haley K said...

PS - love the highlights you mentioned from President Uchtdorf's talk...it was a favorite of mine. It is very hard to simplify when where are a million and one things you can be doing...but doing so definitely helps you be available to the promptings of the Spirit :)

Jonathan & Ashley Slater said...

what a sweet blog, and you and your husband are so cute!

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Lynn said...

mmm hmmmm, that they do! looks so delish rachel! what a beautiful talk, thank you for sharing. it's so thought provoking and wise. ♥

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Rocio Rincon said...

I love the photos! Mmmh! this recipe looks so good, I want to try it.
Thanks for sharing.

Rocio Rincon

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