"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
My husband got a new job (finally!), and we've moved to the other side of the state. We've been here for two weeks. In some ways, this move has been fantastic. In other ways, it's been such a struggle for me.
So I thought that blogging about it might help.
(This photo is staged. But he was doing the same thing a few minutes before.)
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
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Sunday, October 6, 2013
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
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-President Ezra Taft Benson, quoted by Elder Dallin H. Oaks in "Adversity"
Friday, September 20, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
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-Elder Boyd K. Packer, "The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character"
Friday, September 13, 2013
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I know that it's not fall yet, but it's close enough, right? Right!
I don't know if I've ever linked to We Love to Illustrate before, but if not, I should have. I love it. Give 'em a visit--they have lots of free (and adorable) printables by children's illustrators. You're welcome.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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"Therefore, perhaps the challenge is to have the kind of faith during the hard times that we exercised when we first chose. The kind of faith that turns questioning and even anger into acknowledging the power, blessings, and hope that can come only from Him who is the source of all power, blessings, and hope. The kind of faith that brings the knowledge and assurances that all that we experience is part of the gospel plan and that for the righteous, all that appears wrong will eventually be made right. The peace and understanding to endure with dignity and clarity of purpose can be the sweet reward. This kind of faith can help us to see the good, even when life's path seems to be layered only with thorns, thistles, and craggy rocks."
-Bishop Richard C. Edgley, "For Thy Good"
Sunday, July 14, 2013
“It would be nice if life were so calm and consistent that we never had occasion to feel discouraged or depleted. If there were no tribulation in our lives, no difficult or taxing circumstances that consumed our spiritual and emotional capital, we would have little need for any restoration to our soul. But life isn’t calm or consistent, and we all face times that drain us of strength. Fatigue is a debilitating fact for all of us. We all get tired. This is why we all need sleep, we all need a break from our routines, we all need a vacation, however brief or inexpensive it might be.
"Certainly this is the reason God ordained a Sabbath. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner has written regarding Exodus 31:17: 'In six days the Lord made heaven and earth and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.' He notes that in Hebrew, the verbs that translate 'rest' and 'refreshed' are shavat, meaning He stopped (from which the word Sabbath comes) and yinafash, meaning literally He got his soul back.
"If God needs rest and refreshing, needs to 'get His soul back' (if only symbolically and as an example for us), then surely we do as well. Every one of us needs refueling, regeneration, encouragement, hope. Fortunately, God has structured life in ways that we can get these if we will.”
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
I did yoink this first photo from the article, though. Happy Friday!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
But here's the thing...I don't even like to eat chives.
This plant survived our move from Utah to Washington in 2008, and I gave it to my mom then because I knew I wouldn't use it. I forgot all about it. A couple years later, I was out on my mom's porch, and I saw that little chive plant, still thriving. I was so inspired by the plucky little plant; I took it back to my apartment with me. It's been with me ever since.
The next spring, it blossomed. (Okay, it might have blossomed before that. I wouldn't even know.) It had maybe four or five flowers on it. Last spring, it had a dozen flowers. This spring, it looks like this:
This photo was taken about a month ago. I've eaten--and loved--some of the blossoms, and I've clipped some and put them in a vase on our kitchen table, and the plant just keeps blossoming. It's turning yellow now; I think it's outgrown its pot. It may die. I don't have a bigger pot for it; besides that, we'll probably be moving this summer, and it's too big to take with me.
I don't really have a point for telling you all this. Maybe as a symbol of what this summer could be--letting go of some things that have been with me for a while. I heard Julie B. Beck say once that life is a series of losses, but that the important things stay with us. I keep telling myself that. I might lose my chive plant, for example, in the changes that could be happening soon, and I'll feel a little pang about that. But that's nothing compared to what will always stay with me--family, friendships, the gospel. And that makes the losses easier to bear.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
-Elder Boyd K. Packer
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
I've had a SUPER stressful Friday afternoon, so I turned to the internet to find something really different for today's post. Here's what I found:
Sunday, May 19, 2013
"The future of this kingdom will rest on our offspring; and its power and ultimate triumph, on their education and proper training. If we wish to sway a proper influence over our families, we must show them good examples as well as give them good precepts. We should be able to say, do as I do, as well as to say, do as I say. Strive to teach your children in such a way, both by example and precept, that they will unhesitatingly follow in your footsteps and become as valiant for the truth as you have been."
-President Lorenzo Snow
Friday, May 10, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Erm...yes. About that.
Okay, here's the thing. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'd made sourdough bread. I had made one loaf, and that turned out okay...kind of. I figured that there was nowhere to go but up, and that my future sourdough loaves would get progressively better.
And then the universe said, "BAHAHAHA, not so fast."
Between then and now, here's how the sourdough thing has gone. (And it was a months-long struggle to begin with, thankyouverymuch.)
- I tried two other bread recipes. Each batch turned out more doorstop-like than the last. I considered starting a brick-making business.
- The sourdough experts say to do easier recipes, like muffins and pancakes, before trying to make bread. Fine. So I made muffins, and they were shockingly soft and delicious.
- A third bread recipe rose properly, and looked nice and pretty, but man was it sour.
|You're totally drooling right now.|
|Deceptively innocent looking.|
- And then, I checked on my sourdough starter and saw...*gulp*...that it was moldy. Mold = sourdough death. I poured all of it down the drain. And I cried a little. And I did everything possible to not touch the mold left in the jar. [By the way, please donate to the Moldophobics of America Fund. Mold-o-phobia is a serious and debilitating condition.]
Sunday, April 28, 2013
-Elder Quentin L. Cook
Friday, April 26, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
So, how's your Friday going? Good? Not?
I really like this thought:
|[from The Happiness Project]|
By the way, if you haven't read The Happiness Project, you totally should. There's a Happiness Project website, too.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I was going to write a post about the sourdough bread I made this week. And I probably still will, some time.
But I know that there's a tendency in the blog universe for women to look at each other's blogs and say, "Wow, she homeschools, she makes her own bread, she reads a lot, she does genealogy, she grows vegetables...I could never do all that. What's wrong with me?"
So before I write that bread post, I just want to say: there's nothing wrong with you. Or, if there is, there's just as much wrong with me. None of us is perfect, right? And I want to point out a few things that I should do, but I don't, and it seems like every other mother in the world does.
- clean my house very often or very well. I'm serious. If the laundry gets done and we have enough dishes to eat off of, that's a good day for me. I'm trying to get back into some FlyLady routines, and they've helped a little, so we'll see how that goes.
|This is what my kitchen table looks like almost all the time. Except for when we know someone is coming over.|
- take amazing photographs. (See evidence above.) I wish I did, but I don't have the time or inclination to learn. Once in awhile, one will show up on my camera by accident. Isaac insists that those are the ones he takes.
- get out much. We have one car, and Isaac takes it to work. He does some of the errands, and I do the rest on Saturdays. The Boy and I do get out to see friends sometimes, but we don't go out every day.
- have more than one child. This is not by choice, but there it is. Maybe someday.
I'm not trying to throw a pity party or anything. I'm okay with where I am. But if you find yourself thinking I've got it all together, don't worry--I don't, and I probably never will.
If you do want to homeschool, or make bread, or find good books to read, or whatever, and you think I could help you with that, then feel free to ask! I'm happy to help. Just don't ask me anything about cleaning. Or sports. I'm really bad at sports.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Dang, it's Friday again already! How was your week? Mine was busy, I guess...school for me and The Boy, writing a lot (not here, obviously), and trying to get our house decluttered and a few other projects finished before (maybe) moving when Isaac finds a job.
But. It's Friday. And you know what makes me happy?
Bubbles, that's what! Go outside and blow some bubbles today, okay?
Friday, April 5, 2013
I usually post jokes here on Fridays. But not today! This is the happiest thing I've seen all week. Watch it. You might feel happier, too.
And here's the latest blog post from the girl in the video, Al Fox: "Tattooed Mormon."
I love this part: "This- what we’re a part of- is real. What you do does make a difference. His ways- His promises- are worth it. And how grateful I am that I decided to keep going. How grateful I am that I made the decision to trust. The decision to have faith. How grateful I am for the decision to choose God. I do not have words adequate enough to express my gratitude I have for how I feel. For who I have become. For what my life is today. It would not be have I not made those decisions.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Yesterday, I wrote on Pie for Breakfast about how The Boy may grow up to be as nerdy as his father, in a soldering-iron-and-goggles kind of way.
But I have to admit that there's another possible future for The Boy:
Taking after Isaac still, but in a very different way.
Or...maybe he'll grow up to be an underwater basket weaver. Who knows?
Sunday, March 31, 2013
I just can't find anything better to express my feelings about Easter than this painting and video that I've posted on Easters past.
This video is beautiful:
And I love this painting of Peter and John running to the tomb.
"What did they think as they ran? Were they simply curious to see for themselves? Did they fear, like Mary, that their enemies had stolen the body? Or did they remember His promise, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up"?
"The decision that faced Peter and John that Sunday morning is the same decision that faces each one of us today. Will we doubt? Will we hope? Or will we know that He lives? I know that He lives."
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Last week was a very, very good week. Isaac finished up his two-year program at the local technical college, and The Boy finished kindergarten. (If you're interested, you can find more info on the home-kindergarten thing on one of my other blogs, Pie for Breakfast.)
So we had ourselves a little homemade-pizza party.
Whole-wheat pizza, anyone?
Pepperoni always gets a thumbs up from The Boy. Pizza was accompanied by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and we followed up with some ice cream. We know how to party.
Now, we're on to a new job and first grade. And I'm totally not freaking out about it. Nope. Not at all.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "The First Great Commandment"
Friday, March 22, 2013
The performance itself was kind of a mixed bag--that was to be expected, I guess, with such a wide variety of experience in our little community. Some of the show was great--breathtaking, even, especially in the second act--and some of it was a little rough.
But here was the interesting thing: regardless of the quality of the acting, the singing, the dancing, or the script, the feeling in the room was undeniable. It was a feeling that didn't come from any of those things--it came from a perfect God working through imperfect people. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and I felt that so clearly last night.
I'm glad we went. It was a beautiful way to start the Easter season.
(Have I mentioned that I love Easter? I do.)
**For those of you who are local and would like to see Savior of the World--tickets are sold out, but admission is free, and walk-ins are welcome. Walk-ins will be seated a few minutes before the performance starts. Click here for more information on when and where.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
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-Jeffrey R. Holland, "Because She Is a Mother"
Friday, March 15, 2013
Have you seen Kid History or Kid Snippets on YouTube? Each video is acted out by adults, but voiced by interviews with their kids. Funny stuff. (And clean, which is always appreciated.)
This is my favorite of the Kid Snippets. (That is, of the ones I've seen. There are a bajillion others that I
might maybe okay-probably-will-never have time to watch someday.) Watch, laugh, and have a happy Friday!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Boy and I just finished our latest read-aloud books: Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. We watched the old Pooh cartoons, too. He loved all of it. So much that this is what bedtime looks like:
And yes, I've now heard every Pooh (i.e., poo) joke that a six-year-old boy can dream up. Several times. For weeks.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
|[If I weren't so lazy, I would've taken a photo of my |
actual tortilla press. Alas, I am lazy.]
Or, I guess I should say that I had always hated corn tortillas...until I bought a cheap tortilla press and some masa*, and made some of my own.
(Why would someone who hates corn tortillas decide to make some herself? I can't really say. But it was a good decision.)
Turns out that homemade corn tortillas taste amazing. Plus, have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a package of tortillas from the grocery store? It's not terribly long, but there are several preservatives listed (and food dye and thickeners, in some cases). As for the homemade tortillas, I use 100 Days of Real Food's recipe, which contains three ingredients--and that's including water.
Now, I'm not saying that I think you're a bad person if you eat store-bought corn tortillas. I'm not even saying that I'll never eat a store-bought tortilla again. I'm just saying that I loooooooove corn tortillas now, and the three-ingredient thing makes me happy.
Also? Squashing a ball of tortilla dough in a tortilla press is kind of fun.
*Masa is Mexican corn flour--or it can also mean the dough made from the flour. Unlike American cornmeal, masa is whole grain.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
|[Faith, by Liz Lemon Swindle]|
"I can't see it.
"Instead I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day."
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf