Sunday, December 20, 2009
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name, JESUS
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Last week we attended the Christmas Devotional with the First Presidency. During that hour we heard the beautiful choir sing along with the orchestra and also messages from the prophet speak as well as the 1st and 2nd counselors. Each message was wonderful but President Monson spoke of things that seemed to be just for me. As we were driving home I talked with Charlie about re-focusing our time and energy on the more important part. He had the same feelings. We set goals to spend time each day reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.
I recently found this great blog, LDS handouts. If you haven't heard of it you will thank me to hooking ya up! This sweet girl not only gave me a great idea of how to celebrate the season but also the sweet little handouts to go along! You can find her at: 12 Days of Christmas
Instead of giving these to a neighbor we are doing it for our little family. The intent is next year to branch out and share with a couple friends. We started with the stable and spoke about how blessed we are in our lives. How the Savior was born of such humble beginnings. We pondered how God used that simple birth as an example. How He could have provided any and all luxury for His son to be born. How there must be something for us to learn from His humble birth.
Shortly after that as I was tucking Morgan in; she asked me to read a book to her. Morgan picked "The Small One", by Alex Walsh. If you have not heard of it you should try to find it.
This story is about a young boy who lives on a farm with his family. The donkey, Small One, is old and no longer able to do his work. The boys father gives the boy the responsibility to sell Small One for 1 piece of silver. The boy spends much time trying to find a good home for his friend. The tanner offers 1 piece of silver but the boy does not want his friend to die. In the end of this sweet story Joseph buys Small One for Mary to ride. It is a lovely little story that we as a family have enjoyed for years.
Now here is the interesting part. The Small One is no longer in print. In face the original printing was in 1979 and was re-released in 1995. I remember buying this book years before I had children. I had seen it at the book store and fell in love. The publisher is Disney! Can you imagine Disney printing a book about the birth of Christ today? In fact the first page starts with a scripture: Proverbs 15:33, before honor is humility. I really was astounded reading this book tonight...couldn't help but think of just how far off track the world seems to have gotten. Today this would not be the popular choice at all. I am thankful that I bought this book before my little family started..thankful that I can share this sweet Christmas story with them.
Remember this holiday season while you are running from place to another the real reason we celebrate this holiday.
I am so very thankful this Christmas for my savior Jesus Christ. I know that it is through him that I will return to my Father in Heaven one day. I know that without his Atonement I would have no chance to achieve that! I also know that God loves me. That all good in my life comes from Him. I feel such joy and peace in that knowledge.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
And those who did belong to the church were faithful: yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Go check it out... Last month the theme was soup....who can't use more great soup recipes? I can honestly say the the Chicken Tortilla Soup is the best tortilla soup I have ever made! Use the Chipotle Chili powder!
Uh Oh spinning around!
And now backwards with no control, except to dig her heals in to stop!
Chad on the steep hill!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
And then presto! I sewed on some borders and paid a very nice lady to machine quilt it for me! Then I stitched on the binding and tada, a very cute baby blanket. Now I just need to send it to a very pretty little baby girl!
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darknes at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the lifht, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
While my family laid low...and tried our best to not infect everyone...this is what I worked on. Well in between caring for sick kids and taking a ridiculous amount of hot showers to drain my head! It's funny how I always want to work on stitching but never seem to have the time. I am glad I took of advantage of this house bound week to make a cute Halloween decoration!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
A bike accident? Car accident? Fighting at school? Bad seat mate on the bus? Nope....football. Gee I wonder why so many mom's hate this sport! The small ones that are fading are from practice and the big ones that are nice and dark are from today's game. But hey..he did his job and the team earned another win! Go Eagles!!!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
She tripped and fell and I put the camera down to make sure she was ok...she gets up and SCORES!! So no picture, darn it!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
These cupcakes are the most heavenly cupcakes ever!!!
1 box yellow or chocolate cake mix
1 4oz vanilla or chocolate pudding
1 C sour cream
1/2 C water
1/2 C oil
Mix together with a wooden spoon. Batter is very thick. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes
I frosted them with homemade buttercream frosting. I googled the recipe and found this on cooks.com.
1 Cube butter, softened
1/4 C. + 2 tbls cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz bag of powdered sugar
cream butter add cocoa. To that add milk and sugar, ending with vanilla.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
While speaking with my very good friend, Sandy, who happens to live on a farm! OK not really but what do you call it when you have 10 chickens, a rooster, 3-4 ducks, 2 rabbits, a cat, a frog, and a SNAKE! Yes Sandy, I know about the snake, thanks for not asking me to feed that! GROSS!! AND an orchard with a huge successfully producing garden!
Is that not a farm?
Back to the conversation...what the heck to do with all this squash? Well you make zucchini pie she replies!! Okey Dokey, Sandy! It is so yummy!!! A huge hit! The original recipe was good on its own...but you know me! We can make it better! I will post both recipes! I promise your family will enjoy it!
Pretty huh??? This pie is with my additions!
A slice of the original recipe!