Monday, September 22, 2014

Honest People

Honest people don't practice what they preach, they are what they preach.  David A. Benar.

Where Do You Find The Answers To Life's Questions?

A Worn Out Bible
Is One Sign of a Disciple of Christ

Many times in our lives we are looking for the best of something.  It might be the best friend, the best book to read, the best use of our time, the best joke of the day, the best decoration to make, the best recipe to cook and so on.  My suggestion is in order to find the best of anything, you need to first figure out the best source.  In the bible, over and over again, great things happened with women at the well.  I do not think this is a coincidence.  Great things happened at the well in part because great people are found at the well.  Those women who went to the well were women willing to work and serve and therefore were prepared for greater things.

I think the same can be said for just about anything thing we are searching for.  Our source for the information we pursue in life needs to be a good source.  There are many things that don't really matter that much.  If you don't have the very best caramel corn recipe known to man, a pretty good recipe will be just fine, but when it comes to spiritual matters, being led to the best sources are very important.

Looking for the Best of the Best
Have You Looked By The Well?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Girls Night Out- How to host a great Fall Social

We have had so many new ladies move into our area we decided to have a Fall Social to get to know each other better.

We started out with an apple theme.

Next we needed to secure a location.

My neighbors cleaned out barn was perfect.

Melted caramel, chocolate and cream cheese dips were on one table

Additional toppings were offered on another table, 

along with hot chocolate and ice water

On the table there were mason jars filled with getting to know you questions.
Each lady took two questions out of the jar.
We then went around the table answering the questions.
It was a great icebreaker

After we were done eating, we cleared the tables out of the center of the room, made one large circle and played a game as a large group.  It was the "I Never" game.  We had so much fun laughing and running around, before we knew it the clock struck 10:00.  Not too late, but for a school night and the crowd being a bunch of moms and ladies with jobs we knew all good things must come to an end.  No one wanted to leave we had so much fun.  Now that's a great way to host a party!  A special shout out to Kelsey Hadley for organizing and planning this fabulous event!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doughnut Tire Swing!

How to Make a Doughnut Tire Swing

Get an old truck tire and scrub it with soapy water.Let Dry Completely

Drill some large holes all around one side of the tire.The hole side will be on the back side of the swing.
The holes will keep water from collecting inside the tire.

It also help keep mosquito's from nesting in your swing.

Paint the side of the tire that has the holes the color you want your doughnut to be.

We chose a golden yellow. Let Dry.

Flip tire over and paint the"glazed" frosting color.
We liked chocolate brown.
Paint it wavy to look like it's dripping down in the edges.
Once the"chocolate"color is dry, add sprinkles with a small sponge brush.
Use all different colors.
Once that is dry, spray with a clear coat of polyurethane spray paint.
This helps keep paint from peeling.

Now your tire swing is ready to hang.
We will give hanging instructions soon.

Guest Post by Christie Call

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Cousin Lynell

My Cousin Lynell

Who In Your Life Inspires You?

I recently was talking to a friend of mine and told her something about a cousin of mine. She was surprised at how close I was to my cousins. She went on to say that she didn’t even know most of her cousin’s names, and certainly didn’t have a relationship with them. She went on to say, she wouldn’t even recognize them if she passed them on the street. This completely shocked me, because to me, my cousins were and still are my world. The way I think, the decisions I make, and the person I am now, and continue to be are all very closely intertwined with the relationship I have with my family, including my cousins. My world when I was growing up consisted in large part to counting down the days until the next time I would see my cousins. The time in-between visits were filled with letters and cards. We would write to each other and think about each other often.

Lynell was about 6 years older than me. When you are a child, it seems like a very large gap. She could babysit after all. She was always so much fun and so wise. I remember watching a cartoon when I was young and in the cartoon there was an owl. I don’t remember very many details of the cartoon except to say, that whenever there was council needed, the children would go to the wise old owl. I knew that I had a wise owl in my life and for me that was Lynell. I used to ask her so many questions. Surely I must have worn her out, but she was so calm and patient with me. Her family did a lot of traveling. I wanted so much to be able to travel and in some small way I got to, through her eyes. She would tell me stories in great detail of what it was like in different places she had been.

When I think of Lynell in my younger years, I remember she was always in the middle of a book. I saw her reading all the time. I thought it was the most curious occurrence, because to me reading seemed so boring and the only people I knew who did read were old. I always thought reading was only for them, but Lynell didn’t seem that old and yet there she was reading a book. Not just any book either, her books were thick and didn’t even have pictures. I decided in my mind right then and there, that one day, when I was older and a better reader, I was going to try it out myself.

To this day one of my favorite things in the world is to curl up with a book and lose myself in the wonderful world of a great novel. I have become an avid reader. It is almost like there is a feeling of anxiety deep in my inner soul. It feels sort of like a pain or a feeling of starvation, but it’s not hunger, pain, or anything of the kind. It is a driving force in my mind that can only be satisfied by a good book. Each night as I get ready for bed, I can’t even consider drifting off to sleep without reading at least one chapter of something, in order to calm the hungry thirst in my soul. Many nights of my life, when I am in the middle of a great novel, I sacrifice sleep completely. I can’t even count how many times my husband’s alarm has gone off in the early hours of the morning and I come to the realization that once again I had been up all night reading.

In large part I now recognize my desire to give reading a try as an enjoyable hobby, was first sparked by my memories of my cousin Lynell. Her example was the reason I decided to crack open a book, not because it was a school requirement, or because there was nothing better to do, but because I was curious to find out why anyone would choose reading as a good use of their time. I had a desire to find out for myself if it was a worthy cause back when I was very young and as you can tell the answer for me then and still is today a resounding yes. Thank you Lynell!

Do You Love To Read?

Do You Understand What It Feels Like To Ache 

For A Good Book To Read?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Learn It, Live It, Share It

I am teaching a lesson tomorrow and I came across this quote from  In 6 simple words it encompasses the entire lesson I am planning on teaching.  I also created a handout to use during the lesson to help encourage participation and revelation.  

Please fill free to copy and paste
This can be used to help the learner and the teacher invite inspiration into your lesson.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Why BYU (Idaho) Pathway Program Is

The Right Choice For Me

My Sister Sara
Graduated from BYU (Idaho)
Pathway Program 2014

I am a mother of four boys and in the latter end of my forty’s so why would I even consider going back to college at my age? This is the question I have asked myself over and over, and thus far in my life, I have talked myself out of it. Even though I have a desire to get my degree, I have always had an excuse. I can’t afford it. I don’t have time. I have too many responsibilities. I don’t want to miss out on my children’s lives. I’m not sure I am smart enough to succeed. Why would a stay at home mom need an education? It might be too hard for me. I am afraid of failure. I don’t know what I would major in. I don’t have a university close to me. I don’t have adequate transportation to get to school. I’m scared.

You might have a few of the same things rolling around in your head. If so, read on. I have written down all the reasons why going to college would not work for me. Now I am going to tell you why it will.

I have been thinking about it since 1988. This is the year I dropped out of college after only 1 ½ years. I always said I would finish my degree, LATER. In the mean time, I had four kids, moved from Utah, Georgia, California, and now Nebraska. I am always heavily involved with my family, my church, my children’s school, my community, and my hobbies. All of these things have made it easy to put my own education on the back burner.

A couple of years ago, my younger sister Sara, decided to finish her education through Pathway. She has 3 small children at home so online courses seemed like a perfect option for her. This spring she graduated with her bachelors’ degree and was invited to speak at the BYUI graduation convocation. The entire time she was going to school, I have to be honest, I was thinking in the back of my head, well that all works for her but she is super smart and learning comes so easy for her. If I were to try and do that, it would be a much larger commitment because it takes a lot more study time in order to lodge information into my thick skull. I know this because I used to teach seminary and it would take me three hours a day to prepare a lesson. I didn’t know anyone else that needed that much time each day.

Sara-Speaking at BYU (Idaho) Convocation

For these reasons I still didn’t really consider myself as being a serious candidate for the program. Then, back in April, I was attending a meeting for church. I am currently serving as the Relief Society President of my ward. All the Relief Society Presidents met together and were instructed about the Pathway Program. We were asked to take the information we had learned and share it with our individual wards.

While I was sitting in the meeting, I had a feeling pierce me in my heart, that I should not only share the program with my ward sisters, but that I should consider it for myself. At that moment I decided that one day, I was personally going to go through the Pathway Program. At the time I didn’t realize it would be so soon. I was in full mom mode, doing all the things mothers do to get a son on a mission. Believe me, it’s a lot of work. Especially when your son has to have shoulder surgery before he can go. He was also being recruited to play football at many colleges. It took extra time to visit all the universities a find out which one would hold his scholarship long enough for him to serve a two year mission. On August 20th my second son entered the mission field. He is called to serve in Mexico. My oldest son is currently serving in Peru. A few days after he entered the Missionary Training Center, I signed up for Pathway.

As far as all of my excuses, well I will put my trust in the Lord and move forward. I have always believed in putting God first in my life. I also believe in following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I know I was moved upon by the spirit to further my education, so I will go forward in faith.

I keep thinking of the following quote:

“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.”
Ezra Taft Benson

I know that I currently have many claims to my affection that can certainly drop out of my life to create the time I need to be able to study and learn. I will still put my family and callings first, but schooling can now be in all the between places in my life.

As far as all the other concerns I have had in the past, many of them are dissolved because of this wonderfully inspired program. Some of them I still don’t have the answers to, like what will I major in, but I can worry about that later. The most important step for me right now, is just to get started. Watch the video to learn more. See if it’s right for you.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Joke of the Day

The thing I love most about children, is their absolute innocence. There are so many times when you misjudge, or get frustrated with a child, when really, they are not trying to be bad. A lot of our trials with children really stem from communication and understanding. At times it would do us all good to slow down and try to remember what life would be like if we didn't know everything we think we know.

I have a great friend who has a child that puts everything in her mouth. I'll call her Lizzy, (names have been changed). We were getting in an elevator and little two year old Lizzy saw some food on the ground and before you could blink an eye, she had it in her mouth. I'm not sure if it was a piece of chicken nugget, or dog food. Either way, to this little girl, it looked as good as anything else she might be asked to eat.

Later on in the evening, she was lucky enough to find some already chewed gum on the ground. In her mind, she figured it looked delicious and interesting so she popped it in her mouth. After her mom told her to spit it out, five minutes later she spotted a discarded cigarette. She felt the need to pick it up and taste it too. This is when my sweet friend recognized the need to stop everything, and get down and look into her sweet child's eyes and explain in detail, on a level she could understand without confusion, why we don't pick everything up and put it in our mouth. What a great teaching opportunity and parenting moment.

Had she punished this little girl at this time, she still would have missed a wonderful teaching opportunity. This same day I witnessed a parent on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I was standing in line at a store when a father and son who appeared to be about the same age, around two years old, came in. As soon as they entered the store the oxygen in the room seemed to get sucked out. The father was yelling and screaming and calling the poor little guy names. At one point, his phone rang and he talked the same way to who ever was on the other end of the line. I looked at this little boy and he seemed to be mentally crushed and broken. I just wanted to scoop him up in my arms. From my perspective this little guy was expected to follow a set of instructions far beyond his capacity to understand. In the end both the child and the parent were left angry. Neither one was satisfied with the outcome.

I look to the bible for help whenever I wonder how to handle the raising of a child. “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” (Hebrews 12:6). I know at times we need to chasten our children.

President Boyd K. Packer has observed that when a person in a position to correct another fails to do so, he is thinking of himself. Remember that reproof should be timely, with sharpness or clarity... and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy.

I love it when I see a parent who does this in such a wonderful manner.