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Apr082013

A Conference Cabin Weekend

Every six months our church has what we call General Conference, where our leaders talk to all the members all over the world. The meetings are broadcast over the Internet, and everyone watches at home instead of attending at their different meetinghouses (pajama church!).

We thought it was a great weekend to get away to our cabin, and we invited any of the kids to join us. The Hoops and Browns took us up on the invitation, and we had a great, relaxing weekend watching church meetings and snuggling with the grandchildren.

We have a rule whenever the grandchildren stay overnight—you’re free to come jump into Grandpa and Grandma’s bed any time AFTER 7 a.m. Every morning we were at the cabin, Sterling and I would be talking quietly in bed and, right on time, we’d hear the patter of little feet running toward our bedroom and one by one, tiny little (and not so little) bodies would tumble into bed with us. “It must be after 7 a.m.,” one of us would say.

At one point, we had all five of the little ones in bed with us—that didn’t last long, of course. Sterling and I slipped out pretty fast. . . it was just too crowded. But what a great way to start the day! And then, to move from hugging little ones right to good food to watching TV and being spiritually strengthened and fed meant that the entire weekend was amazing!

I loved listening to our leaders, and the kids were pretty quiet as well. They each had packets that they’d gotten in Primary, and every time one of the leaders got up to talk, they took notes and put stickers under the photo of the leader speaking. I took notes too! I loved lots of the talks, but I think my favorite was Elder Jeffery Holland; he’s always a favorite. He talked about faith and focusing on the positive rather than negative. Other leaders talked about everything from the importance of marriage to obedience to finding peace in today’s world.

I’ve always loved General Conference weekends, and I love them even more at the cabin!

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Sounds like a wonderful time of renewal.... Love the idea of pj church....

Faith
April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFaith Gaspar
To me life seems to be getting more & more difficult so I am so grateful every 6 months to hear positive & inspiring messages of peace. Sounds like a new Gardner tradition may be in the works! :)
April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSHH
Jumping in bed with Grandpa & Grandma is THE best! I'm almost 50 and when I'm visiting my parents, I still climb into their bed after my dad has gone off to work. I love laying there talking to my mom; just being there is so comforting. Now I have 6 nieces and nephews who all jump in my bed whenever they are visiting (or I visit them in Utah) and they love their snuggle time with Auntie. It's just a safe, cozy, fun place to be!
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterL. Fernsler
Shelli-
I'm always so touched when I read the stories of your faith and that of all the Gardner clan enjoying their services together. All of those cousins will be able to cling to one another later in their lives. It stays with you, all the fun you had with them at Family gatherings. And it just blesses my heart when I read about one of the many traditions and memories you and Sterling have created for all of them; by establishing, building on, and then celebrating the relationships between themselves AND their Fav grandparents (I'm sure). You all have been blessed, and a blessing to all of us watching from the sidelines of life. Take gentle care...
April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel

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