Month: January 2018

Liza’s lentil soup and Frozen in Finnish

Liza’s lentil soup and Frozen in Finnish

Tonight Eliza made some delicious lentil soup that we had with some Finnish potato rye bread. Lane said it was his favorite soup she’d ever made! I jotted down the recipe so we could make it again. (I don’t have a cooking brain like Eliza’s, 

A new prophet today!

A new prophet today!

Today we got a new prophet for the whole world! It’s not often that we get a new prophet! He’s number 17 since the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in its fullness to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. 9 in my lifetime 

It’s a sign!

It’s a sign!

With so many reasons to celebrate each month, disposable decorations aren’t something I want to spend money on year after year. So over the years, we have made reusable signs that we just pull out of the drawer season after season.

One year I made a list of all the sayings we might want signs for. Then I went to a scrapbooking store and bought cute cardstock.

I cut out letters with their die cuts and brought them home to laminate. I then can mix and match my alphabet letters to make signs for any occasion.

Our New Year’s, Valentine’s,and Happy Birthday signs are specific to that celebration, though, while the other signs are disassembled and put back into a Ziploc of A-Z letters.

One time my dear friend Helena brought me this cute sign without letters that you can hang up anytime for any reason. I love it!!

One year we had a Livingston family reunion and helped our extended family make birthday banners for their families, too! That was fun.

And I have to give my sister, Bex, credit for all of this really. Years ago she was the one who made our first sign for someone’s birthday when Lane and I were on a trip and she was babysitting our family. We still use that wonderful birthday sign!

Go about doing good in January: Jelly Bellies, Jillee Bean, and One Little Match

Go about doing good in January: Jelly Bellies, Jillee Bean, and One Little Match

At the start of each month, I love to set out a few of our favorite books for that month. Because Nate and Hunter’s birthdays are this month, I set out the jean belly machine. I bought this machine for their wedding open house, because 

New year, 12 new reads: Standing between our children and the powers of darkness

New year, 12 new reads: Standing between our children and the powers of darkness

Not to spoil everything, but the last line of A Swiftly Tilting Planet (that I  finished this week) says, “In this fateful hour, it was herself she placed between us and the powers of darkness” (Madeleine L’Engle). I think that in this particular “hour” in the 

Melting like a snowflake

Melting like a snowflake

I recently purchased this quote for our kitchen wall, because I liked it so well. I was doubly delighted to discover (from the receipt while working on my finances just now) that the quote is from Sir Francis Bacon. (I was also shocked to see how much one company is selling this print for compared to what I paid for it! Phew! So glad I got it on sale for a fraction of the price online!)

There is more to this quote, apparently: “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake….”

Well, he is partially correct. We are living in sort of the middle of eternity! We lived in heaven before birth (our premortal existence) and are living on earth right now, and then we have the rest of eternity to follow this life.  Alma 34 sheds some light on this:

31 Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.

32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darknesswherein there can be no labor performed.

34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.

But Sir Francis has exactly the sentiment I wanted to remember of carpe deum and not procrastinating until tomorrow which ought to be done NOW! And to savor this moment! Because those around us who we should love and appreciate today might now be here tomorrow, and there is so much to be grateful for right now, right here, today.

And since January is my month of snowflakes, I just thought it was exactly the right thing to put on my wall. ❄️

Time for pad thai

Time for pad thai

Pad thai is such a nice, bright one-dish hot meal for a cold winter night! It isn’t hard to make, but it does take time to complete all the steps. But don’t be disuaded from trying to make it, because it is such a nice 

January is lemon drop jar month 🍋

January is lemon drop jar month 🍋

Sarah and I went to the bridal shower of a wonderful young woman that we love tonight. The bride-to-be’s mother had requested lemon drop cookies, and so Sarah went on the hunt for lemon drops and made the cookies for them. (I am so grateful 

Note to self for next January: plan to retreat 🗓

Note to self for next January: plan to retreat 🗓

I need to remember not to commit to anything I possibly can avoid the first 3 weeks of January!  Because of our family birthday season and successive holidays, January is a time when I want and need to catch up on household and family business. I just need larger chunks of time to mentally and emotionally get off the rollercoaster!

Last January, This January

Last January, This January

LAST JANUARY I created my “January” page, and this is what I wrote: I was reflecting last night (January 31, 2017) on some of the blessings of January: We are inside much more, and the things that pull us outside to work are covered in