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Toilet Paper and Pondering

Toilet Paper and Pondering

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 

Books I have read in 2020

Books I have read in 2020

Lane and I set a goal to read at least 4 books together in 2020, and I set a goal to read or listen to at least 1 book each month (not including picture books). Here are the books I have enjoyed reading or listening 

Got questions?

Got questions?

I can’t wait for general conference! It’s coming up in just over a week–which means I need to start thinking about and writing down my questions!

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: liz@raisingamazingchildren.com.

July Books part 2

July Books part 2

My fascination with hot air balloons completely took off after watching the movie The Aeronauts on my date with Lane recently! I decided to pull out many of the books as we have on flight and flying and then pioneers in transportation and dreaming of 

Missionaries Through the Generations

Missionaries Through the Generations

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 2020 Books

July 2020 Books

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!

“I Do!” Family History Wedding Photos

“I Do!” Family History Wedding Photos

I recently posted on Instagram some of the family history wedding photos I used for Sarah’s wedding. I wanted to post them here for future reference, and add to the collection, noting who is who and when they were married.

That kind of integrity

That kind of integrity

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 

Making memories last

Making memories last

In less than 2 weeks that big sister will be 26.

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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!

Alma 23

Alma 23

June 30, 2020: I was asked recently if I would continue recording the Book of Mormon in French. Despite my imperfections in making these recordings, I do want to help people learn French and listen to the Book of Mormon. So I decided I will