Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Back at our Goals for 2013

I can't believe it is already December 31, 2013!

The goals that I posted for 2013 were:
  • Read Scriptures Daily
  • Read a chapter book each month - Nick and Sam
  • Nick and Sam to expand on their individual interests
  • Be a mentor to Nick and Sam
  • Move upstairs to new living space
How did we do?

I did not read my scriptures on a daily basis.  I did read them throughout the year and read from the KJV Bible, Book of Mormon and Ensign magazines.

Nick and Sam did reach their goal and even read more than I asked.

Both Nick and Sam focused on their individual interests and it was very interesting to see their interests change throughout the year

Mentoring the kids was a bit more difficult that I thought.  Work and other things seemed to get in the way.

We did not move upstairs.  A lot more needs to be done.

What are the goals for our family in 2014?

  • Read Scriptures Daily - instead of myself, I am going to encourage the whole family to read and study the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Ensign, Living Scriptures DVD's) daily
  • Read a chapter book each month - this will be a continuation for Nick and Sam.  They enjoy reading and if they can read more than one chapter book a month, than that is a plus :)
  • Mentor Nick and Sam - both Scott and I need to make it a point to mentor our children.  We also will be looking for people outside our family to mentor our children.
  • Finish the outside of our house (siding) and work on getting the heating system put in place for the new living space upstairs
  • Monthly Budgets - This goal is mainly for Scott and I to work on together.  We are debt free, but a monthly budget will help us to see where our income is going and how we can put some in savings.
 Farewell 2013!!!
Looking for to 2014!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Merry Christmas

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  ~ Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas to our family and friends

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Joy to the World

This song was one of my grandpa's favorites.  I can still picture him singing it while his eyes filled with tears of joy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Spirit

"When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit." –Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Let it Snow

With the snowy weather the last few days, I thought this song would be fitting.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dreaming of a White Christmas

I am not sure if we will have one or not, but having a white Christmas sure does set the mood... I love this version of "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


'It is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.' ~ 1 Nephi 11:22

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Spirit

I saw this quote/picture on facebook (I Sustain Thomas S Monson facebook page) and loved it so much I wanted to share it with you.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Nativity

I saw this on the Mormon Channel and wanted to share with you.  Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 8, 2013


When I was but a youngster,
Christmas meant one thing,
That I'd be getting lots of toys that day.
I learned a whole lot different,
When my Mother sat me down,
And taught me to spell Christmas this way:

"C" is for the Christ child, born upon this day,
"H" for herald angels in the night,
"R" means our Redeemer,
"I" means Israel,
"S" is for the star that shone so bright,
"T" is for three wise men, they who traveled far,
"M" is for the manger where he lay,
"A"'s for all He stands for,
"S" means shepherds came,

And that's why there's a Christmas day,
And that's why there's a Christmas day

~ Author Unknown


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Carol of the Bells

The Piano Guys is a favorite around here.  Listening to Carol of the Bells played on the cello, or in this case 12, is rather creative. Enjoy :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Flash Mob

I have seen a couple of flash mob videos and now here is another one.  I wish I could have seen this in person.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hallelujah Chorus

I love this song and listening/watching it performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Christmas Alphabet

I have had the following for a few years and I don't even remember who gave it to me.  I am not even sure who put this together.  Thank you, whoever you are.  Enjoy :)

A is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host.” Luke 2:13

B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold.
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.”  Micah 5:2

C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He lad His head.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.”  Luke 2:7

D is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone.
“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.”  Luke 1:32

E is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar.
“Behold, there came wise men from the east asking ‘Where is the king of Jews?’”  Matthew 2:11

F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told.
“And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

G is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

H is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream.
“The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt…for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”  Matthew 2:13

I is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house.
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

J is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust.
“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife.”  Matthew 1:24

K is for King.  A true king He would be, coming in power and authority.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation.”  Zechariah 9:9

L is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth.
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”  1 John 4:9

M is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save.
“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”  Luke 1:38

N is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”  Luke 2:8

O is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past.
“I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Revelation 22:13

P is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth.
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.  A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.”  Numbers 24:17

Q is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word.
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:16

R is for Rejoice.  The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in.
“And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.”
 Luke 1:14

S is for Savior.  To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him his name.
“She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

T is for Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”  Luke 2:10

U is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11

V is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  Matthew 1:23

W is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

X is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.”
  Acts 10:38

Y is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord.
”For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”  2 Corinthians 1:20

Z is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart.
“And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of your house has eaten me up.”  John 2:1

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Twas the Night Before Christmas - Charlie Daniels style

A video from 2012.  I like the poem, but I like Charlie Daniels message at the end.  Merry Christmas :)

Before I forget, I got this idea of posting my favorite Christmas videos (songs, poems, etc) from my cousin Brenda, over at Quiet Pandemonium. Brenda is "Caroling for Christmas" each day by sharing her favorite Christmas carols.  Here is day 1, day 2 and day 3.  Brenda did this last year and I am happy she is decided to share her love of 'Caroling for Christmas' again this year.  So, head on over to Quiet Pandemonium and get into the Spirit of Christmas :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Reason Behind Christmas

This video has been making the rounds on facebook, twitter, etc.  A good reminder of what Christmas is all about.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gratitude for the Season

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. ~ Luke 2:14

This is a brand new video from the PianoGuys. I love the way the PianoGuys played "Angels We Have Heard On High".  Unique and Beautiful.