Month: May 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! “More Than Enough”

Happy Mother’s Day! “More Than Enough”

A new song from my friend Shawna Edwards. Beautiful, Shawna! Thank you!

Real food, real fast 2

Real food, real fast 2

May is the month for easy meals. Let’s be real: which month ISN’T the month for easy meals? LOL If you like angel hair pasta with roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts and pesto sauce, you should try it with spaghetti squash. I’m not kidding! It is…

What does it mean to minister?

What does it mean to minister?

Click on the sign to go to a printable PDF.

Ever since April general conference, I’ve been feeling really excited about the changes made from home and visiting teaching to ministering. I think the change in name, program, and attitude will help me and my family think more about Christ and practice more the ways He loves and nurtures others.

We decided that one way we could begin to think more about ministering to those around us would be to study the general conference talks on that topic. We assigned each child a Family Home Evening for this month to read a talk and teach us what they learned.

Rebecca taught us the first week. I was very tired that night, and we were hurrying with her lesson because of our activity. I’m sorry to say I don’t remember what she taught! Haha

This past week I was more awake. Eliza shared from the Relief Society lesson she had attended with her Laurel class the day before. She showed a funny Studio C video to start us off with the importance of empathy and to keep us all smiling.

Then she showed a video that explains what empathy is. This really got me thinking: How often do I say “at least” to others instead of showing empathy?

Her challenge to us this week is to listen empathetically to others and to report back at dinner. We forgot to report back last night. Today I remembered and made this little sign (the shepherd photo is from ministering.lds.org.) to hang on the fridge to remind us of our goal.

I’m excited for these invitations! I want to minister better. I need to learn how. This will be good practice.

The changing of the books

The changing of the books

At the beginning of a new month, I change out the books I have on display to match what we are celebrating that month. The arrival of this surprise book in the mail sparked the book-changing. I have yet to discover who sent it to…

Going green (and yellow, pink, orange): Finished fabric napkins

Going green (and yellow, pink, orange): Finished fabric napkins

I finished my fabric napkin project in March. It shouldn’t surprise me, but we almost never use paper napkins anymore! I love that! I really have enjoyed getting to use these every night because I’m a sucker for variety, and I love changing the whole…

Real dinner, real fast

Real dinner, real fast

May is such a busy time of year, and dinners often get lost in the shuffle.

Grocery store and Costco to the rescue!

I was so tired the other night, and in my hurry I stopped by the grocery store and picked up some pre-made veggie shishkabobs and pre-made salad mix. I went out to the freezer and found some pre-cooked chicken kabobs from Costco. VOILA! Dinner is ready.

(OK, well, we did cook the veggies on the BBQ and heated up the chicken in the oven, but that was the extent of it. And it was delicious!)

I know this isn’t an inexpensive way to go, but it was a healthy and fast way to go, and cheaper than a restaurant for 7 people, so it was a WIN!

Once There Was a Mom

Once There Was a Mom

Today I received a surprise in the mail: a children’s book! Someone who loves me (I still haven’t found out who sent it yet) must have known I would love this book–and I do! I can’t wait to thank them! Once There Was a Mom…