Month: June 2013

Psst! What Can I Do to Help End Poverty?

Psst! What Can I Do to Help End Poverty?

Today I met a woman who, along with her husband, created an effective poverty-ending program that is the most impressive one I have seen. The principles her program is based upon are the same principles I have been teaching my children all of their lives. 

SOS: Why I love true romance stories

SOS: Why I love true romance stories

Biography is my favorite genre. If I watch (or read) a true story from someone’s own life, I learn something is possible. I believed enduring love was possible because of gospel teachings I received in my home, but I knew that enduring love was possible 

Why Should I Take My Child to the Library This Summer?

Why Should I Take My Child to the Library This Summer?

Boston Library

I feel at home when I walk into a library! Last summer, when I got to go on a business trip with my husband, I spent the day–the DAY! (well, much of it!) in the Boston Public Library! It is GORGEOUS! I just drank in the architecture, the murals, the engravings on the outside. I loved the exhibit on some of the first children’s books and periodicals written in the U.S., including tiny books containing the first copies of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” (Do you know about Sarah Josepha Hale? She is the woman we can thank for our Thanksgiving holiday. You have GOT to read Thank You, Sarah to your children if you haven’t yet.) I gazed in awe at the stories told in art by an artist I love, John Singer Sargent, on the murals that cover the upper walls of an entire hall. Incredible. If you are in Boston, do go. And the café inside has delectable eats, too.

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This room made me want to sit down and read. So quiet. Look at those ceilings! The lamps! The light!

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John Singer Sargent paints about “The Triumph of Religion.” Incredible.

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Yummy food purchased here…

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And eaten here, where the accustomed birds are well-fed on crumbs.

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The reading (and listening) lists are engraven on the outside of the building. Moses is the first one on the list. Wish a few more folks read (and lived) Moses’ words today!

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Do you know about amazing Sarah Hale and “Mary Had a Little Lamb?”
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I have the fondest memories going to the library with my mother to get stacks (around 20-30 books) of picture books for her to read to me, when I was too young to read them on my own, perhaps. Titles that I picked out again and again include Go Away, Dog and any of the Frances series.

Go Away, Dog

Birthday for Frances

Then I grew old enough to bike to the library by myself or with a friend or my older sister. I brought home as many as I could carry in my bike basket. Thankfully in Palo Alto, the weather is nice enough that I could basically bike there year-round. But I remember summer reading the best. Mmmm: the musty smell of the stacks, the shelf after shelf of possibilities ready to be tasted at only an arm’s reach—such sweet memories!

Yesterday was my first day back at the library this summer, and when I walked in, I felt home again! Home in the library! Cozy as a clam in what to others might be waters too chilly or salty. But not to a child whose mother included the library in her upbringing. I’m so grateful!

I read aloud to a small group of darling children and a couple of parents. Such fun! We shared an interesting smorgasboard of tastes: Tacky the Penguin, the first chapter of My Father’s Dragon and part of chapter one from Pippi Longstocking Then we were out of time! We talked about how Tacky has such a wonderful, unique personality, and how Pippi kind of reminds us of him. We talked about how we can’t take a vacation every week in summer, but we can take an imaginary trip in a book. We talked about different methods of traveling, and that’s where flying on the backs of dragons in My Father’s Dragon comes in. I ended with an invitation to make a butterfly and write a poem or story about traveling on the back of a butterfly, then bringing that poem or story to share next week.

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Tacky the Penguin

Is there any better gift that to share with children? I am happy as a clam doing so.

Happy Library Discovering,

Liz 🙂

P.S. Here’s a must-read.Thank You, Sarah

Mmmm: How Can I Exercise?

Mmmm: How Can I Exercise?

  Keeping the commandments is something I have learned I can’t afford NOT to do. EVERY word of instruction from God powerfully blesses my life, but I am thinking of three that I really couldn’t live without: 1. Trying to love God and others; 2. 

RWM: What are Some Creative Ways to Preserve Family History?

RWM: What are Some Creative Ways to Preserve Family History?

Tonight I read the story, The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco, to my children at bedtime. I LOVE this beautiful autobiographical story which tells several creative ways to preserve family history: 1) make a quilt out of clothing; 2) tell who the clothing belonged to and 

3T: Cleaning copper pots

3T: Cleaning copper pots

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I learned a cool trick from Lane tonight. After our dinner with extended family, he was cleaning my mom’s pot with salt and vinegar. He poured a little vinegar on the pan and sprinkled some salt and spread it around with his hand. It was an instant brightening! Very cool! Mom loved watching her 50 years old copper-bottomed pot brighten up!

I love being married to someone who knows cool things like that AND does the dishes! (And makes scrumptious banana bread and chocolate chip cookies from scratch AND without a recipe and…!)

Happy Brightening,

Liz 🙂

FF: Park City Alpine Slides

FF: Park City Alpine Slides

We drove up to Park City today to watch my darling niece, Lindsay, play in her soccer tournament. She is one great player! After the game we ate some lunch and headed to the Alpine Slides at the Park City ski resort. We had a 

RTW: How to Iron a Shirt

RTW: How to Iron a Shirt

Nate returned from his Stake Young Men’s MTC Camp today, and he had a great time! Many thanks to all the leaders who worked together to prepare that experience for the young men. For the camp, the young men wore white shirts the entire time. 

Mmmm…Bruschetta on the Brain

Mmmm…Bruschetta on the Brain

Ever had bruschetta? (I just learned that the “ch” is a “k” sound in Italian!) If not, think Italian toast with toppings. Not quite pizza. VERY yummy. It’s simple to make and good for you, and in my opinion, goes with pretty much any Italian entrée. The night I made this I ended up not having the bread I wanted, so we ate it on 9-grain toast! I know, I’m a practical mom, not a purist. I typically use sliced baguette or sliced Italian bread. Any way you serve this Bruschetta, it’s all delicious….

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What Can I Give My Husband for His Birthday?

What Can I Give My Husband for His Birthday?

Birthday gifts for men can be challenging, in my opinion, because they aren’t women! Ha! Women use so much STUFF. Men don’t. Just take a look at the different sides of a married couple’s closet. Who has more shoes? More clothing items? Look in the