The bathroom is a great place to invite pondering, don’t you think? I take advantage of my family audience by putting up scripture memorization and other inspiring thoughts in the bathroom. I wanted to create these weekly, but then life happens, and so my goal …
Speaking of questions, do you have any questions about motherhood? If you do, I’d love to hear them. Starting this month, I’m gathering questions about motherhood for my blog and for a future book that I’d like to write. Someday. Not right now. Now I want to plant the seed by making a place for the questions in my mind and on my blog so when the time is right, I can start writing about them. DM (direct message) me on social media (Instagram or Facebook, @raisingamazingchildren) or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Sunday I had a fabulous time exploring a new section of familysearch.org: the early missionary discovery page. (Click on photo below to go to familysearch.org.) I found photos and bios detailing their missions of 20 missionaries directly related to me who served missions between …
July is a great time to celebrate the United States of America and all those who helped to discover it, found it, preserve it, and make it a place where religious freedom is preserved and families can thrive. It’s also a time when we simply enjoy summer and getting together with extended family! Towards the end of July we celebrate Pioneer Day, or the day that the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. We celebrate our pioneer heritage and the sacrifices that our forefathers made to preserve our religious freedom.
- A if for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
- Champions of Change: 25 Women Who Made History by Naomi Watkins and Katherine Kitterman, illustrations by Brooke Smart
- The Declaration of Independence: The Words that Made America, Illustrated and inscribed by Sam Fink
- Doing Her Bit: A Story about the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar, illustraed by Jen Hill
- Elizabeth Started All the TROUBLE by Dorreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
- The Fathers are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Stephen Savage
- Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War by Benson Borrick
- Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo
- Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
- Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America by Carol Bierman, illustrated by Laurie McGaw
- Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
- The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, graved and painted by Christopher Bing
- Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley & Mary Todd Lincoln by Lynda Jones
- A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Ad;er, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner
- A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David A. Ad;er, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner
- Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg, edited by Kathryn Benzel, PhD, illustrated by Robert Crawford
- Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
- Tattered Sails by Verla Kay, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
- To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
- Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney, paintings by Peter M. Fiore
- We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney, paintings by Greg Darlin
- Wee Sing America songbook by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
- Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
- You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton by Jean Fritz, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
To see the other books I had on display during July (to celebrate air travel and pioneers in travel), go here!
Have you ever considered the power a STORY has to unite people? After all, history is made up of stories: his-story and her-story and their -stories. If thousands of folks flock to a storytelling festival every year, consider what sharing stories from your own family …
In less than 2 weeks that big sister will be 26.
And was it really almost 21 years ago that Sarah and Nathan were looking on and loving their brand-new baby sister Rebecca?
I remember once when Sarah was little–I think she was 3 years old–and I was holding her hand and walking up the three steps from our lower level to our main floor. In that instant, that completely ordinary, every day moment, it was as if time stopped for a split second. I realized that I would never have this moment with her again! She would never be that old, holding my hand, needing my help climbing stairs, and that once over, it would not return exactly the same again.
That really impressed me. It helped me recognize how much I needed to begin savoring the little moments with my children. Because now Sarah is married and moving forward with her own new family and school and wonderful adventures! She’s not home at my side holding my hand. (She happily holds my hand if I ever need it!) Those earlier days, now past, are sweet memories.
They grow up SO fast.
I am so grateful for all the photos we have taken, all the journals I have written, all the funny sayings I recorded that they children said, because I forget them so quickly! Time passes, life is so full, and it is almost comical how quickly I can forget the very memories and moments that are so dear. I have started putting family photos not only on my blog but also on my own and my husband and children’s memory pages on FamilySearch.com. FamilySearch is such an incredible memory-keeping resource–and it is FREE.
Thank goodness for recorded memories!