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Week 92, ‘Elizabeth + An Incident Reported’

April 18, 2016

Hey Peeps! It’s been a great week! We played “Jesus Says” with the primary kids at church. It’s like Simon Says but with Jesus so that was pretty awesome and adorable. Also a while ago Elder Jardine and I wrote a song for our zone and we recorded it so I’ll see if I can send it to you guys.

We’ve been seeing miracles err day! The other day a teenage girl named Elizabeth came with us to visit a family that we have been teaching lately. Elizabeth is a new convert to the church and she had never gone to a lesson with the missionaries before so she was really nervous. We really wanted her to have an awesome experience and feel the joy of sharing her testimony so we prayed like crazy that everything would work out well. We knocked on the family’s door and no one answered. So we tried by another person who lives close by, but they didn’t answer either. Then we went to a third and a fourth house and STILL no one answered the door. We felt really bad cuz we really wanted Elizabeth to see how awesome missionary work is, so we all said a prayer together that we could find someone who needed us. Right after the prayer, someone we had met before that lived really close popped into our minds so we went and knocked her door and she opened! We had an awesome visit with her, and then she referred us to her friend that she felt we could help as well, so we visited her friend and Elizabeth shared her testimony with her. Elizabeth felt really good about it after, and we could tell that experience strengthened her faith. Heavenly Father is such a great guy!

Mark also wrote this to Bren this week:

On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 4:08 PM, Mark Eisenhut wrote:
‘How would you like to be me, doing your work and minding your own business, when you are suddenly alarmed by an email report that your son was in an accident.

“An incident has been reported for your organization by Brennen Lemar Eisenhut at meisenhut@calljensen.com email address. Please see the attached summary report for details. If you have questions or would like to be contacted about this incident, please email us at riskincidents@ldschurch.org and reference the incident number. Regards, The Risk Management Claims Response Team”

As I read through the attached “report,” my horror was interrupted by this “detailed description”:

It was a beautiful spring afternoon in Laredo, Texas. The birds were chirping, the Catholics were praying, and the smell of tacos filled the air. It was like any other P-day, or so we thought. We were pulling in to our parking spot at our apartment complex. The right side of our parking space is a painted line, and the left side is a wall. Ever so carefully, we made a slow, sharp right turn into our parking space. When to our horror, the front left corner of our truck scraped against the wall.

You is bad boy!

tu Padre’

Bren responded, ‘Hahahah that’s hilarious!!’

I wrote, ‘It is so dang funny!!!!! U wrote that? It’s so YOU!!!!’

Bren responded, ‘Ya I wrote that. I just cant take those things seriously haha.’

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    Week 81, ‘Weirdest, Craziest, Longest Night of My Mission!’

Week 81, ‘Weirdest, Craziest, Longest Night of My Mission!’

February 1, 2016

How was ur birthday Dad? Are u using a walker yet? Yay Mama! Sorry I was already gone when u sent this last week. It sounds like ur week was awesome! Lots of crazy stuff going on! Ur a spiritual giant Mama. That’s so cool how much u and dad are doing to help TJ! So did she get baptized?

It’s been great week! I don’t have much time cuz I have to go to McAllen for a meeting! My new comp is Elder Jardin and he’s so dope! We had so much fun this week. So Monday night was the weirdest, craziest, longest night of my mission cuz the AP’s told us to get all the missionaries who were getting transferred to a city that’s an hour and a half away at 3:30. So we all got together at 1:30 in the morning and we sent the missionaries who were getting transferred to another church building in Laredo to meet up with everyone else that was getting transferred. I went home and went back to sleep and then I got a call from the missionaries saying no one was at the other church. So long story short the APs were talking about 3:30 PM not 3:30 AM. Woops! When I realized what happened I was laughing so hard! I was so confused cuz when the APs told me 3:30 I asked them if they were talking about 3:30 in the morning and they said yes so they must not have heard me or something! And transfers here are always super weird so meeting up at 3:30 in the morning really didn’t seem that out of the ordinary. Anyways everyone came back home, got a few hours of sleep and then left to their new areas the next day. I felt so dumb but it’s ok cuz it was hilarious. I love you mi familia!

Leader Summit

I recently received this question from a friend, ” I know that you attend a lot of leadership summits and read books of the like. Do you have any book or summit/conference suggestions?”

I thought it might be fun to turn my response to her into a Blog post.  Some of you may know I have been involved in the Network Marketing industry over the last 20 years. I started with Mary Kay Cosmetics waaaaay back in the day, then Southern Living @ HOME, then Arbonne International.  I am currently with Jewel Kade, a handmade artisan jewelry and decor company out of Alpine, Utah whose mission is “Reminding Women Everywhere of the Power Within”, and I could not be happier.

There are many perks to being involved in Network Marketing.  Some are:

1.  The ability to start your own “franchise” for an extremely minimal start up fee, thus allowing most people to become “cash positive” within their first few months of business.

2.  The ability to work from home or other remote locations.

3.  The ability to set one’s own work hours.

4.  The ability to “be one’s own boss” and therefore promote when one desires.

5.  The ability to leverage one’s time and earn residual income.

One of the MAIN perks to me though, is the ability to receive continual (almost free) leadership training.  I love that in order to be successful at Network Marketing one needs to constantly grow oneself as a Leader.  Most Network Marketing companies (such as Nu Skin, Beach Body, Jewel Kade, etc.) offer constant leadership training.

The Summit I just attended was the Annual Leadership Summit that Jewel Kade offers its’ Crystal Leaders and above.  It was absolutely phenomenal of course!  What I love most though, is that the leadership skills I learn at these type of events help me in all aspects of my life…in leading myself, my family, my church/volunteer work, AND my Jewel Kade Team better.  It’s a “Win-Win” for all!

Outside the Network Marketing industry, I have found the work of John Maxwell to be excellent.  John C. Maxwell is an author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold more than nineteen million copies with some on the New York Times Best Selling List.

My daughter Holly, is also an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker on The John Maxwell Team. (www.johnmaxwellgroup.com)  John’s mentorship program has been invaluable in Holly’s life, as she has been able to attend quite a few of his seminars and spend time with him personally, by being on the John Maxwell Team.

Of course there are many other inspiring authors and speakers to choose from, on a variety of subjects.   I recommend doing a least 15 minutes of personal development daily by reading, listening, or watching your favorite books, CD’s or videos…on whatever subject your trying to improve on at the time.  For example, I’ve recently been reading a fabulous home decor book entitled, “Inspired You”, by Marian Parsons…it’s helped me tremendously in that area of my life…so much so that I wrote my last Blog post on it.

Let’s enjoy learning, and remember, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  –Benjamin Franklin

Have a wonderful day,

Katherine 🙂

‘Inspired You’

If you have ever felt insecure, inadequate or uncomfortable about your decorating, please do me a favor and read, ‘Inspired You’, by Miss Mustard Seed (www.missmustardseed.com) Marian Parsons.  What a breath of fresh air!  I had the wonderful opportunity of reading the first few chapters on my way to Texas yesterday, and wow, was I inspired!

“It’s pretty rare to have all the time, money, and skills required to turn every square foot (of your home) into all your heart desires,” Marian states.

She continues, “We’re constantly bombarded with images of gorgeous rooms in magazines, on TV, and all over the home-decorating blog world.  It’s easy to feel like everyone is good at it but you.  Like everyone is living in an “after space” and you’re sitting around in your “before”, hoping a celebrity designer with a crew will show up on your doorstep.”  (Haha…I’ve so felt that way, have you!?)

Then she adds, “I am not denying that it would be awesome for that crew to swoop in and create a dream home in three days, but there is so much satisfaction and self-discovery that comes when YOU transform your home.  I’m talking to YOU.  YOU can create a beautiful home.”

“Let’s now redefine what a beautiful home is.  It’s not about big budgets and magazine-quality perfection; it’s about making the best of what you have and finding contentment despite what you don’t.  It’s not about keeping up with the hottest trends, style setters, or the neighbors; it’s about creating a space that feels inviting, is functional for your family and shows off the style and interests of the people who live there.  You don’t need a huge budget, a degree in interior design, or to start with a dream home.  Your journey can start today, with what you already know, what you have, and whatever time your schedule allows.”

I just love that!  I must admit, I’ve never read a decorating book in my life, or even a decorating blog until yesterday.  But I bought this book for a reason, and now I know why!  It has already changed my life!  As I’ve mentioned before,  ”The day I let go of what others think of my decorating style was a great day. I honestly just like throwing things together until I get that “yes” feeling… and that’s the extent of it!  It’s fun, and doesn’t have to be “perfect” or “right”.

Let me fill you in on something, I have felt inadequate at times…and looked at what “wasn’t” done in my house or on my ranch.  I’ve looked at some of the gorgeous things my neighbors have done to their yards and thought, “bummer…I’ll never be able to afford that.”  I’ve looked at my overall decor style and thought, “it’s too frilly…people must think it looks outdated.”  I’ve wanted to get a decor project done, and simply not had the time to do it without sacrificing my family’s well being, and thought, “I’ll never have the home I truly desire.”  … And then I’ve had to change my thinking, and get into gratitude … FAST!

‘Inspired You’ has helped me feel better about my decision to let go of that crazy imagined image of perfection I get from time to time, that simply doesn’t exist.

One day I posted on my Facebook wall, “My house would be clean, but we live here.”   You would be amazed at the number of likes/comments I got from stressed out women just basically saying, “Thank you!  I needed that!”

When it comes to decor, most of us are limited by time, money and skills, and that’s the reality.  No one lives in model homes, and that’s why they stay perfectly clean all the time.  Let’s be grateful for what we have and for how far we’ve come:

I remember Mark’s and my first apartment…it was 600 sq. feet with avocado counter tops , green cement tile floor, and ‘cottage cheese’ ceilings.  Somehow we turned that into a little dream home where our first two children were born. And it was wonderful.  That’s the kind of stuff that truly matters, and that’s the kind of spirit with which I want to approach the decor of my current home.

Have a wonderful day, and I hope you enjoy ‘Inspired You!’

Katherine 🙂