Thursday, October 16, 2014

Primary Theme for October {Free Printable}

The LDS Primary theme for October comes from John 15:11.  I read a beautiful explanation of some of the verses that precede verse 11 here:
 “‘Abide in me’ is an understandable and beautiful enough concept in the elegant English of the King James Bible, but ‘abide’ is not a word we use much anymore. So I gained even more appreciation for this admonition from the Lord when I was introduced to the translation of this passage in another language. In Spanish that familiar phrase is rendered‘permaneced en mi.’ Like the English verb ‘abide,’ permanecer means ‘to remain, to stay,’ but even [English speakers] like me can hear the root cognate there of ‘permanence.’ The sense of this then is ‘stay—but stayforever.’ That is the call of the gospel message to [everyone] in the world. Come, but come to remain. Come with conviction and endurance. Come permanently, for your sake and the sake of all the generations who must follow you. …
“Jesus said, ‘Without me ye can do nothing’ [John 15:5]. I testify that that is God’s truth. Christ is everything to us and we are to ‘abide’ in Him permanently, unyieldingly, steadfastly, forever. For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy name. He is the vine that is our true source of strength and the only source of eternal life” (“Abide in Me,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 32).

I believe that Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ experience no greater joy than when we choose to follow Their commandments. Being obedient shows them that we love Them above all else & that our ultimate goal is to return to live with Them.

You can get this free printable by clicking {here}. Make sure you don't click on the ad buttons that say Download. The real download button is below the picture of the file. This printable is sized to 11x14, and I like to have mine printed at Costco.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Primary Theme {Free Printable}

The LDS Primary theme for September is the 13th Article of Faith.  It reads, "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
You can download the print by clicking on this {link}. The print is sized for an 11x14 & I like to have them printed at Costco.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scrapbooking catchup from 2013

I've been doing a bit of catch-up with my scrapbooking this past week, & I've been on a roll! I got really behind because I haven't really done any scrapbooking since a few months before we moved (about a year ago). I figured it was about time to get those memories recorded, mainly so I don't forget what was going on when I took the pictures. So, enjoy some photos from 2013!

Friday, August 8, 2014

August Primary Theme {Free Printable}

The LDS Primary theme for August comes from The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Click on this {link} to get to the download page.
The teachings found in the proclamation are ones in which I firmly believe. I hope you take the time to read the full proclamation & find the beauty, peace & comfort in the words that were spoken by a prophet to the families of all the world.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Primary Theme for May {Free Printable}

The Primary theme for May counsels us to remember the words that prophets have spoken in the past. I am so thankful for a living prophet who knows what to say to help me want to become a better person! You can download this free printable {HERE}. It's sized for an 11x14, and I like to get mine printed at Costco.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Primary Theme {Free Printable}

The theme for Primary for April comes from The Family: A Proclamation to the World. It teaches that we believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and that the family is central to the creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Feel free to download this free printable by going {here}. The print is sized for an 11x14. Have a great April!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Geese are scary

We went on a family walk through Kathryn Albertson Park this evening. The light was perfect, so I was able to get some great pictures of my family! There were also geese everywhere, and they all had their knickers in knots anytime we walked too close to their nests. We were able to distract a few pairs of parents so that we could get a closer look at their eggs. The girls were pretty freaked out by some of the geese, especially when they started hissing at us & flapping their wings. I didn't know geese could hiss. They also tend to drool a lot when they hiss, which is kind of hilarious to watch. So, enjoy these photos that I shot while we enjoyed this beautiful spring day!

Sister hugs!

Friday, February 28, 2014

March Family Scripture

For March, our family is going to be memorizing 1 John 4:14. I truly believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Many religions focus on the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we focus on what the Savior did in the garden of Gethsemane, when He took upon Himself the sins of all the world and bled from every pore. Then, He chose to die on the cross, but even more importantly, He was resurrected and lives again. I created a print of this scripture that we will hang in our home throughout the month & help us as we memorize. You can download the full resolution print {here}.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Product: Are You My Mother?

This may be my new favorite bunting! I've always loved the story "Are You My Mother" so I decided to use it to make a bunting. I paired the book pages with brown craft paper & mint green scrapbook paper. I love how it turned out! Check it out in my shop {here}.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February Scripture {Free Printable}

I was a little late getting this month's scripture printed, but I'm sure we'll have time to memorize the entire verse. This scripture comes from the Book of Mormon and explains that we each have the agency to choose. Because we are human, we sometimes make poor choices & have to deal with the consequences of those actions. That process is one of the laws of heaven. If there weren't consequences for choices, then we wouldn't have the ability to change, grow, repent, & eventually return to our Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ, through the atonement, made it possible for us to repent of our sins & become more like Him. Without the atonement, we would end up like the devil, having no opportunity to return to live with God. Enjoy this month's free printable! Click {here} to be taken to the download page.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

I took the girls on a walk in the snow this morning. After a bit of crying they finally realized that as long as you aren't rolling in it, you can stay pretty warm. They enjoyed throwing a few snowballs & building a few tiny snowmen along the way. After we got back to the house, I decided to try making some snow ice cream. It was so easy! You just have to make sure to use fresh snow, & don't scoop up any grass or leaves. We gathered about a gallon of snow in a large bowl, then sprinkled about 3/4 of a cup of sugar, a tablespoon of vanilla & about 2 cups of milk. We stirred it all together & then enjoyed eating it by the spoonful. It took less than five minutes of work & tasted great!

Snow Ice Cream
1 gallon of snow
3/4 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups milk

Sprinkle the sugar over the snow, add the vanilla. Stir to spread around the sugar, then pour in the milk while stirring. Eat it when it gets to the right consistency. Your kids will think you're a super hero!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Shavings & Sawdust

My husband just opened up his own Etsy shop! He's been making wooden spoons to give as gifts for a couple of years now. One year he made enough spoons, spatulas & scoops to fill my Christmas stocking & they are by far the best, most useful gift I've received! I love that he took so much time & that they turned out so beautifully! I love handmade gifts! So, now you have the opportunity to give & receive these beautiful spoons for yourself! His shop name is Shavings & Sawdust. He chose the name because "That's what I make the most." I have to leave you with some images of my favorite spoons! Links to each spoon are above each picture.

Monday, December 30, 2013

January Family Scripture {Free Printable}

For 2014 we decided to use scriptures that correlate with the Primary theme for the month. The overall theme for 2014 is Families are Forever. In January, the primary children will be learning about how Heavenly Father prepared a way for us to return to His presence. So, our scripture for the month is John 3:16. You can get this free print by downloading {here}. It's sized to be printed as an 11x14.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A little snow & other stuff

 The girls played in the snow for about five minutes before they started bawling because it was too cold.
I love him! This was in Oregon for Thanksgiving. We went on a walk together in the fog & took some pictures. 
The girls were excited about the Christmas pajama pants that I made for them.

Merry Christmas

I just want to wish you a very merry Christmas! We had a great time at our Ward Christmas Party & the girls both got to sit on Santa's lap. Savannah wasn't too sure until her gave her the candy cane. Sharon was too shy to say anything & told us in the car on the way home that she forgot to ask him for a doll house.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A bit of thanksgiving {free printable}

  Have you ever stopped to take a look at your life? Have you really noticed how much you have to be grateful for? When I stop to think about my life, I am dumbfounded by all the blessings I've received. Not all of them are huge, or even that noticeable if you aren't paying attention. If you've followed my blog for awhile, you'll remember one of our greatest blessings & miracles. November 2009 was a good month for Sharon. Every milestone that she meets, every time she does something new, I'm reminded what a miracle it is that she is simply alive, let alone that she is healthy & happy!
  Another part of my life for which I am extremely grateful is my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For me, it isn't just a Sunday church, where you go and worship & then come home & forget about it until next week. The gospel is a part of my every day life. From family prayer & scripture study, to simple service opportunities, to going to the temple & doing family history research, the gospel is part of my life & changes me for the better.
  I'm grateful for the miracle of modern medicine, for changing leaves in fall, for kind neighbors, for messy living rooms (because, you know, we live here), for my amazing family & so much more! November is often a month where we give thanks & show gratitude to friends, family, & sometimes complete strangers. Hopefully we can carry that attitude of gratitude throughout the rest of the year. Say "thank you," give hugs, send letters, & simply be kind. Everyone could use a little more encouragement & a little less criticism. So, here's a little reminder that you can download & print out. Go {here} for the leaf one, & {here} for the glittler one.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Family Scripture {Free Printable}

  During the last General Conference, I had the thought that we should start to memorize a scripture every month as a family. The first scripture that we chose was 3 Nephi 18:19-20 & I was amazed at how quickly our 4-year-old was able to memorize it. She was awesome! Even after we chose a new scripture for the month of November, she still wanted to say the old one. I asked if she remembered it & she was able to recite it from memory completely on her own. Children are amazing! So, for November, we wanted to choose a scripture that had a focus on giving thanks, you know, since Thanksgiving is coming up. We've chosen Alma 37:37 which reads: "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
  I decided to make a cute print of the scripture to hang on our wall for the month to help us memorize it. I thought I'd share, just in case you might like a print as well. I sized it for an 11x14 & printed it at Costco for less than $3. My husband is going to make a frame for it, & we'll switch it out every month for whichever new scripture we choose. I think I'll also make up a set for the 13 Articles of Faith, since Sharon is encouraged to memorize one of them each month in Primary.
  So here's a preview of the print, but you can get the full resolution print for free, by going {here}. Enjoy!