Month: December 2017

December 2017 Poetry Group

December 2017 Poetry Group

On the first of this month, I attended a small poetry group with some of my dear friends. I felt the Spirit so much as each person shared. Some of these poems found a place readily in my heart. It has taken me all month, 

Letters from Father Christmas

Letters from Father Christmas

From https://oxfambalham.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/8th-of-december-tolkeins-father-christmas-letters/. Click on image to go to the source.

I discovered a gem this December: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas. This book contains letters that he wrote to his children under the guise of Father Christmas. He would also include illustrations with his letters!

I’ve been listening to this book while sewing a dress for my missionary daughter. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Tolkien–having loved The Hobbit as a young teen and never having finished The Lord of the Rings! I want to do that someday. (I think most of our children have read them, though. Sarah even took a class in college on Tolkien! Lucky!) Mostly I just love discovering books that parents have written for their children. In fact, so many of the delightful books we’ve loved fall in that category.

Tolkien not only writes as Father Christmas, he also includes words from the Polar Bear and an elf as well as descriptions of his gardener, the Snow Man. Truly whimsical, even for a Santa-naysayer like me. 😄

More Christmas reading recommendations to come (as soon as I finish sewing that dress that I need to mail today…).

Someone hurt me! Lessons on dealing with negative emotions

Someone hurt me! Lessons on dealing with negative emotions

This morning in family scripture study we read part of 1 Nephi 2. Verses 18-19 touched me and reminded me of of some lessons I have been learning over the years–especially in recent years–and thought I would jot down some of my thoughts about dealing with 

Light the World 2017: A great way to start the day!

Light the World 2017: A great way to start the day!

Beginning December 1, we started watching the daily videos and reading the scriptures and service suggestions on the Light the World (mormon.org) website. (There is also a cute calendar you can print out for children.) We love doing this as a family! It is our