Month: March 2015

From panic to favorite book ever

From panic to favorite book ever

Yesterday and this morning we had a little miracle at our home. Anna had asked to go to the library, and I thought that sounded like a marvy idea. So we grabbed our book basket, a couple of friends, and headed over. We had a…

Lead note

Lead note

This morning in scripture study, our family read about how when the Savior visited the people in America, he blessed them one by one. He let them feel the marks in his hands and in his feet one by one. He healed them one by…

General Women’s Meeting

General Women’s Meeting

strong eternal families quote

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the general women’s meeting on Saturday. A year ago, we got to attend the meeting up in the conference center. In the fall, I can’t even remember where we watched it! But this year, we enjoyed it from our basement couch, streaming from a tablet.

I love technology.

(When it works.)

general women's meeting Sister Carole Stephens

We have the most amazing women leaders! They are strong, kind, brave, and simply awesome!

One of my favorite quotes from this meeting was,

I’ve never had to live through a divorce, the pain and insecurity that comes with abandonment, or the responsibility associated with being a single mother. I haven’t experienced the death of a child, infertility, or same-gender attraction. I haven’t had to endure abuse, chronic illness, or addiction. These have not been my stretching opportunities. So right now some of you are thinking, ‘Well then, Sister Stephens, you just don’t understand.” And I answer that you may be right. I don’t completely understand your challenges, but through my personal tests and trials, the ones that have brought me to my knees, I have become well-acquainted with the one who does understand–He who was “acquainted with grief,” who experienced all and understands all. And in addition, I have experienced all of the mortal tests that I just mentioned through the lens of daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend” (Sister Carole M. Stephens, 2:38-3:51)

It was very easy to feel the Spirit of the Lord as we listened, and as I listen again. I’m so grateful to know that God lives and loves ALL of His daughters, every single one, wherever on earth they live and no matter what their circumstances. I can feel so easily in these settings how much He desires to help us in nurturing with love and truth those around us.

Elder Nate Update: More “Just great stuff all around”

Elder Nate Update: More “Just great stuff all around”

Elder Livi was so excited to report that he did NOT get transferred today! And neither did his companion! They DID move apartments and pensions, though. He didn’t tell us before, but the walls were covered in mold and the toilet didn’t work the entire transfer that…

Why our junior high drama program matters so much

Why our junior high drama program matters so much

This week the junior high run of “High School Musical” ended, as did Rebecca’s role as a head cheerleader. Who knew Rebecca could cheer so well? She didn’t. But she tried out for the musical and was cast in that role. And then she worked…

Vanbulence

Vanbulence

VanbulenceThis week, when I was at BYU, I passed by a van and realized that this is Sarah’s “getaway car” at work. It’s what the EMS staff use to attend to people on campus quickly. When I told Sarah I saw it, Rebecca remarked, “It’s her vanbulence!” ☺

I am happy that Sarah is working so diligently at her job. She doesn’t get paid, but she treats her job as seriously as if she did. She supervises several days a week, from early in the morning until late at night. Longer than missionary hours! And she loves it! Emergency medical services is just that: a very valuable service. Hats off to you, Sarah!

Eliza’s Mexican Soup

Eliza’s Mexican Soup

My dad’s family came to visit last Sunday and joined us for lunch. We were delighted to get to spend an hour with them en route to their vacation destination. His wife is such a gracious and fun woman, and his children are bright and beautiful. Dad asked Eliza…

Rank advancements at our house

Rank advancements at our house

“Twelve years old is a rank advancement at our house!” Peter noted cheerfully this morning. This made me laugh. I saw that he was looking at the little clipboards with job chart time cards on them on the counter. He continued. “You get money instead…

All skill

All skill

We were playing Rummikub tonight all together when Peter told me, “Do you know that the first two times I played Dad Rummikub I beat him?”

“That was lucky!” I commented.

Peter clarified: “No, it was all skill. Pure skill.”

“My little boy’s all grown up!”

“My little boy’s all grown up!”

Here are two photos of Elder Livi’s district! In this second photo, he is wearing a tie that Anna picked out for him. Looks like the tie came with a matching hankie! Missed that detail when I bought it :). One of my favorite parts…