I can vividly recall the feelings of frustration as my father would begin a parable at the dinner table, when I was struggling with my math homework, or when I had done something wrong. I would roll my eyes and complain that teaching a man how to fish had nothing to do with division, or how the story he told didn’t make any sense! It wasn’t until I got older that I began to appreciate the story-telling and understand the meaning behind my father’s quotes and parables. The children’s book, “I can sleep when the wind blows” brings back these memories. When I dwell on it, I can’t directly recall my father telling me this story. It seems so familiar, so close and comfortable that I wouldn’t be surprised if it came up a time or two; especially when I complained about my chores.
There were so many juicy and uplifting messages shared during General Conference this fall. Due to traveling I missed some sessions and had to catch up afterward. When I caught the Women’s Session during the following week, the very first talk hit home for me. Bringing the light of the gospel into my home is something I am trying to work on every day. This topic is also wonderful to share with our youth and adult classes: how can we be bringing the light of the gospel into our homes, communities, workplaces, and schools? It’s easier said than done, but Sister Jean B. Bingham hit the nail on the head. This is a lesson outline for the October 2016, General Conference talk “I will bring the Light of the Gospel into my Home”.
The other day the cutest video came up on my Facebook feed. My friend was recording her little girl (3 yrs old) reciting a few of the LDS Article of Faith verses. Her pronunciation was so sweet and her running dialog very impressive as she spouted off doctrine about the beliefs of the LDS church with very little help. I felt guilty as I realized that I couldn’t remember more than 2 of the Article of Faith scriptures and my children had never even heard of them. The idea came to me to make these scriptures the focus of our weekly Family Home Evening (FHE) lessons to learn and (ideally) memorize the Article of Faith scriptures. I have decided to start with the first Article of Faith.
Breakfast is hard for me. Most mornings, when I am still rubbing ‘lack of sleep’ out of my eyes and feeling unambitious, I end up giving my children a bowl of cereal and I dish up a bowl of the same. There is nothing wrong with cereal, but reading the ingredients list on even bland and boring cereal is shocking! Most have lots of sugar, preservatives, and other ingredients I can’t even read. My solution? Super Granola!
LDS General Conference is close upon us yet again, how exciting! I always enjoy fun and interactive notetaking while I listen and attend the conference. There are always SO many wise words spoken, but sometimes listening to and remembering 8+ hours worth of information is daunting. I am sure many others, like myself, need a more hands-on, creative approach to remain alert and attentive. While brainstorming for a youth activity for our 12 and 13 year old girls in the youth program, I came across the idea to create a General Conference journal. Our end product has enough pages to dedicate notes from each prophet and apostle’s talks for several years- along with plenty of room to take notes from other speakers. The journals were finished within an hour and a half, and the girls had so much fun personalizing them.
My little boy has become obsessed with all things trains. We decided to throw him a choo-choo-train birthday party for his second birthday. It was a low-key family affair, and this boy had a blast. Who knew that balloons and trains could bring so much excitement? That along with presents, mac and cheese, and cake.
I can’t believe my little baby is two already! Wasn’t it just a few days ago when we brought him home from the hospital, all fresh and tiny? Now he is running around, sleeping in a toddler bed, throwing tantrums, and talking in sentences. He brings just as much joy to our family as he did when he first joined us. I am so grateful for this gentle, kind, fun little boy. He makes a great play mate for his big sister.
September isn’t quite here yet but the autumn chill is already knocking at the door. My fingers are still crossed that we get a few more hot days, but I can’t deny that I am all excitement for the new season. I adore autumn. Yellow leaves, crunching sidewalks, crisp air, pumpkins; so divine. My children love to do crafts. In preparation for fall, I began my search for crafts and activities to prepare. Holy moly there are a tonne! After scrolling through a million different ideas (some intriguing, some useless) I decided to compile a list of my favorite autumn crafts. I have no intention of doing all of these (who has time for that?), but the ones I don’t do this year can be done the next.
Each craft or activity I have selected is simple, easy, and suited for toddlers or preschoolers. None of these will cost much money and most of the items you probably already have at home (or in your backyard). Here are 20 Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving crafts for your little kiddos to enjoy!
Yesterday’s rainy afternoon took us to Walmart; partially because we were out of fruit, but mostly because we needed an outing. Nap time for the almost 2-year-old was being put on hold to try to get on a better bedtime schedule (Summer has been terrible for schedules). Our aisle wandering finally took us to the toy section where the kids explored and pushed all the buttons, creating a chaotic, noisy section of the store. It was still rainy outside so I let them play for longer than usual, I was being a fun mom. There were a few tricycles out on display that my two little rugrats hopped on and started motoring around on. No one else was around, so I didn’t mind.