Month: January 2020

February 2020 Books

February 2020 Books

This month I’m starting early on listing the books I want to share! February is such a wonderful month. I already put away the January books and set out the February books and decor. The Valentine-making supply basket is back out on the kitchen table.…

January 2020 Books

January 2020 Books

It’s the evening of January 31, and I wanted to record the books that I shared during this past month before moving on to February. I LOVED getting to share these books. There are some remarkable stories here–especially that of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, whose parents…

Winter Walk

Winter Walk

Winter Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow. This wintry tale takes you on a walk outside along with a grandmother and her children to discover some natural beauties of the season. We meet a fox, raccoon, bear, and cardinal, as well as holly, snowdrop, blue spruce pines, and chestnuts. There are even instructions at the end of how to make a pinecone bird feeder!

Viriginia Snow is a native Utahn artist who lives near the woods and loves to take her grandchildren (she has 7 children) on walks to see all the things she writes and draw about! She has also written “walk” books for summer, spring, and fall.

2019 Christmas Books

2019 Christmas Books

I didn’t get to list the titles of the books pictured above that were listed in my Christmas 2019 sidebar: The Giver of Holy Gifts by Kristine Hastings Knudsen, illustrations from paintings in the BYU Museum of Art Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illustrated…

Tacky the Penguin

Tacky the Penguin

“Tacky was an odd bird but a very nice bird to have around.” (Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.) Tacky is a penguin who is quite different from the other penguins around him: socially awkward, dresses in loud Hawaiian shirts, does…

Happy New Year! Moving forward in 2020

Happy New Year! Moving forward in 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you had some lovely holiday moments in the past few weeks that warm your heart when you remember them. And I hope you have some thoughts that are lighting a flame of hope in your heart for a goal or two in this beautifully new and clean new year.

One of my hopes for this new year is to make Sunday–my Sabbath–more of a spiritual feast day. I need that internal renewal once a week that comes from such days.

I remember as a child my parents turning on the radio to “Music and the Spoken Word” with the then Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (Now the Choir’s name is “The Tabernacle Choir.”) Or they would put on records (yes, LPs) or cassette tapes or later CDs of them singing Handel’s “Messiah.” That music always brought a feeling of happiness, safety, and peace with it.

I have done this for our children over the years, but not as consistently as I would like. Recently I discovered that Music and the Spoken Word is live streamed over YouTube every Sunday morning at 9:30 am. I can turn it on in the morning to help set the tone for this special day to help us invite the Spirit into our home and to help me feast on the uplifting, strengthening, peace-giving spiritual nourishment that I’m seeking.

Did you know you can attend a live recording of Music and the Spoken Word in the Conference Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints nearly every Sunday in Salt Lake City? It’s a tremendous experience! I have loved getting to go the handful of times our family has been able to go.

To learn more about the choir, click here. To find out more about attending live, click here. To watch or listen to them on the choir’s website, click here. YouTube, you can google “tabernacle choir music and the spoken word you tube” and go to the playlist.