Month: February 2014

FF: First signs of spring

FF: First signs of spring

The weather here has been amazing! It feels like California right here in Utah! Last Friday, I had only left 10 minutes for myself to exercise. I took them and ran. OK, well, really it was a jog then walk. I’m out of the swing of…

Psst! Home teachers making a difference, multi-generationally

Psst! Home teachers making a difference, multi-generationally

When you’re a Mormon, you can have the most amazing support system ever! When I was growing up, my parents struggled and my dad moved out, at first temporarily and then permanently. Dad’s departure was horrible. But with God’s help, it wasn’t permanently devastating. One…

STAND: Teaching our children to logically evaluate the news

STAND: Teaching our children to logically evaluate the news

I was driving in the car today, listening to a news radio program “The Takeaway.” One of the reports was over a bill in AZ that their “state legislature passed… that grants business owners the right to cite religious liberty in refusing to serve gay customers.” The woman being interviewed was a wedding planner and cake designer, Angela Saban. Mrs. Saban discussed how she thinks that it would be a mistake for this bill to be signed into law and hopes the governor will veto the bill.

The primary argument seemed to be over how the law would affect her income stream.

How, I would ask, will the law negatively impact her income stream? If she has no problem serving same-sex couples customers, won’t it only serve to direct business to her? If I understood correctly, the law in no way inhibits cakes from being made or sold to those who are being married, regardless of sexual orientation.

The whole program’s argument seemed pretty illogical and certainly biased. If Arizona is a destination place for gay marriages, why would anyone who is pro-same-sex marriage concern themselves with those who are saying, “We choose not to serve gay couples,” particularly when it will only serve to increase their business?

As mothers and nurturers of children, we must help our children to evaluate news reports logically and thoroughly. We have to help our children to ask, “What is the heart of the matter? Are their any flaws in the argument? Who are these people trying to persuade and why? Is the argument logical? And how does this argument jive with constitutional law and the purposes for which this country was founded?”

One of the flaws in news reports today that I hear often is that somehow those who want to protect religious liberty are being judgmental or not loving as Christ taught. That is completely illogical. I can be both loving (kind, polite, generous, forgiving, compassionate, respectful, etc.) to someone who has a different sexual orientation than I while standing up for my religious beliefs. Those behaviors are not mutually exclusive. I would say that it is often that we see the reverse is untrue, such as was demonstrated in this news report today. Doesn’t it smack of judgment to say that you are not judging a gay person while saying that a person who wants to protect their religious liberty is being mean and judgmental?

Hmm.

Happy Evaluating,

Liz 🙂

 

 

RWM: “Coming Home”

RWM: “Coming Home”

Our friend Shawna Edwards starting writing songs after her children had mostly all left home. And what a talent she discovered when she began! She has been using her music to bless the lives of youth and their families. She came over to our home…

3T: Stovetop potpourri

3T: Stovetop potpourri

On Saturday, when we were cleaning house “madly” for our company, a child retrieved a 10-gallon cooler of hot chocolate that he’d forgotten about and emptied it into the sink. That left a putrid smell in the whole main floor that had us all gagging.…

Mmmm: Night games

Mmmm: Night games

night games fheLast week for family night we played night games, and that activity ranked up there in fun next to our family “Dance Dance” activity and our “Chopped” activity (when Sarah and Eliza claimed victory with their marshmallow-mustard-mint crème brulée).  My “favorite” part of playing games as a family is watching how competitive every one gets. “All chiefs and no indians,” as the saying goes. We ended with “Sardines,” which was the first time I could ever remember playing Sardines in my life (can you imagine?). I found the best hiding place, tee hee.

Just for the record, our family’s number one FHE activity is the water game. It has never been my favorite, but I play it anyway. Family peer pressure.

Here’s how you play: you put a tiny bit of water in a cup. Then you have one person standing up while the rest of the family sits on the couch. The person who is “it” picks a category and then an item in their head in that category, such as a brand of cars. Then the family members go around the circle guessing the item. When you guess correctly, you get splashed with the water.

I know. Loads of fun.

Guess who taught our family that game? Yep. Lane.

Happy Playing,

Liz 🙂

 

 

 

SOS: No regrets

SOS: No regrets

Nate issued me a challenge (invitation?) today in his mission farewell talk today, to share this video to which he referred. I had forgotten about it, but when we were sitting visiting on the couch, he reminded me! LOL. So here’s Sean’s story. And I…

SOS: Each child

SOS: Each child

One of my favorite parts of motherhood is getting to enjoy each of my children’s personalities and their individual senses of humor. This morning I was getting ready when I wanted to go share something with Nate. I walked over to his room where he…

Psst! Scout leaders: THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart

Psst! Scout leaders: THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart

Renee, Nate and Scouts

Scouting is Greek to me.

It doesn’t matter that I worked with Nate and that he moved through Scouts from a Cub to an Eagle. It’s still Greek.

I don’t know what it is about those handbooks, but even though it a marvelous program, I still don’t have it down in my head. (Someone could reorganize the program. Not me.)

I was visiting with an old friend yesterday, and I mentioned that Peter is a WEBELOS now. She nearly gasped as she remembered helping Nate when he was a young Scout. Immediately I could remember a picture of her awarding him something. (That totally looks like Pete! But it’s not–love that family resemblance!)

It filled my heart with gratitude, because after so many moments of feeling utterly lost with regards to Scouting, there have always been kind friends along the way who have helped us out. Held our hands. Walked us through it.

Thank heaven!

Without them, we might still be back in Webelos with Nate.

I much prefer the view from here.

Nate, Scout pledge

Thank you, thank you, thank you to every person who has ever helped our sons with Scouting! (Including my husband!!!)

I just have to say that recently, at a Pack Meeting, I had to laugh when our faithful Den leader was teaching the boys Olympic cheers and said, “This is the ‘Curling Cheer.'” A curling cheer? Boy, do our fabulous leaders get creative! Love it! Go curlers!

Happy Scouting (and Scout Cheering),

Liz 🙂

RWM: A little romance

RWM: A little romance

Julia begged me, not long ago, to read a romance novel that she loved: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. I was skeptical at best, burdened at worst. Seriously? At the rate my daughters can consume a romance novel, I wasn’t feeling inspired. But she urged me,…