Month: January 2015

A late Christmas present

A late Christmas present

We just got a letter from Elder Livi, dated 12-25 (2015). Even after a month, it was such welcome news and made my day! (We have been thinking about him in particular this week, since he turned 19 this week, and just today baked some…

Feeln good about some good flicks

Feeln good about some good flicks

You know the drill: It’s Friday night, you’re tired, and you just want to relax and watch a good movie with the family. You didn’t think ahead to find a good DVD to order from Netflix, so you begin a search for something you can stream…

Good Things to Come

Good Things to Come

“Everyone of us has times when we need to know things will get better.”

Today has been very hard. I wondered if I wrote too much on that last post earlier today. I feel too vulnerable today. Not that I care that people know what I struggle with, but just that today I don’t really want to talk about it much. Just want to get through today.

So I knelt down and prayed for help and got up. I turned on the Mormon Channel to listen to while I get some things done.

I saw this video again. It’s one of my favorite videos, and I even asked my children if they remembered it this morning when we were having scripture study and talking about how God doesn’t always give us immediate consequences for our choices. “Don’t you remember that video? Where he says that the radiator let off some steam and he matched it with his own?” They shook their heads. I couldn’t remember the name of the talk right then, just the video.

I was happy to find it today. God is looking out for me. And to hear it today. I needed to hear it again, to feel that reassurance that I just need to hold on. Things work out. Today will pass, and tomorrow will be better. Just hold onto faith.

“Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven, but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.”

#faith #sharegoodness #dontyouquit

Winter blues? Hormones? Send me to Mexico

Winter blues? Hormones? Send me to Mexico

It’s winter. It’s cold. The sun is out, along with the pollution, but I don’t want to be out in it. I’d like to board an airplane and going to Mexico. Hawaii. The Caribbean. Southern California. Then I’d go stretch out on the beach and let…

Point com

Point com

With Sarah taking French at university this semester, and I having the opportunity to speak French while driving her to school, I have noticed that my français is un peu rouillé (a bit rusty). I need to brush up, or perhaps even get an extreme make-over. Nope.…

Instead of arguing

Instead of arguing

a child who sings happy quoteA couple weeks ago, I was driving a carpool when my children started bickering.

Ugh.

I remembered a general conference talk in which the speaker had said that when in the car, their family would sing Primary songs to keep from arguing. I told the children we were going to take turns picking songs–any song they wanted–and sing it together.

Once we got singing (after the initial grumbling), the mood changed immediately! We sang some Primary songs, some Disney songs, whatever.

I was delighted when I had to drive somewhere else on another day, one of these children suggested we sing again. Soon we were singing and laughing again. Who knew driving together could be so much fun?

For a list of some of our favorite music, go here.

(Thanks to Tami Ray from A Pocket Full of LDS Prints for this beautiful, free downloadable quote!)

Preparing happiness

Preparing happiness

Have you ever thought about the ways you “prepare happiness” for your children? This morning I read 2 Nephi 9:43, and it was one of those verses that reminded me how being a parent is preparing me to become like Heavenly Father. In this amazing…

Take a picture of where you met

Take a picture of where you met

Lane and I met last night in the HBLL to commemorate 22 years from when we met there. Unfortunately, because the entire library has been hugely remodeled since then, the computer lab where we met no longer exists. Boohoo! The “Learning Commons” is where we…

Celebration signs

Celebration signs

aloha signOnce upon a time, Lane and I went on a trip. Without children. Over a child’s birthday.

My sister, Becca, came to babysit. She is never one to delay a party. In fact, she is about the best party giver I know. She has celebratory blood pulsing through her veins. If you EVER get invited to a party at her house, you will want to go.

She made a “Happy Birthday” banner and hung it up over the kitchen window.

When I returned from my trip, I wanted to preserve the memory of that fun party, and so I laminated the sign.

That was YEARS ago. The sign is faded but still well-loved.

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I decided last year to go to a scrapbooking store called Pebbles in My Pocket and cut out a ton of letters. I wrote out about 30 celebratory phrases and counted up how many letters of each letter in the alphabet I would need to spell out those phrases. Then I brought them home.

This year, I went back and did some more letters. I have started laminating those letters.

laminator

laminating packetscelebration sign letters die cut

laminated letters

Katherine Ann signWe hung up a sign when our newest second cousin (my grand niece) arrived to celebrate her safe arrival.

diaper napkins folded baby shower(I also folded some cute diaper napkins for our dinner that night, after finding the idea on the purple pumpkin blog.)

We just keep the laminated letters in a Ziplock baggie, along with colorful ribbons and strings and some mini clothespins for when we want to use those. One of the strings has jewelry clasps at the end, which make it easy to attach to the wall hook that we screwed into the wall next to the window. (One piece of advice: in order to fit the clasp through a regular-size hole punch hole, you have to open the clasp and slide it through. A little tricky, but not so hard.)

wall hook

I’m pretty excited about my laminated letters because something as simple as a little sign can add that fun feel to a dinner with bright colored placemats, some colorful napkins, and a special menu.

And VOILÀ! Dinner becomes a celebration!

Here are some other examples of celebration signs:

 

Clay snails on the toilet

Clay snails on the toilet

During the weekend, Peter and Anna pulled out some clay and created some pieces that they didn’t want to squish back into the bag when it was time to clean up. I walked in the main floor bathroom later to find their collection displayed on the…