Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manager.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." ~ Luke 2:8-14

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Joy To The World

'Joy To The World' is one of my most favorite Christmas songs.  It is so moving, happy and filled with Christmas Spirit. 
I hope you have enjoyed the many Christmas songs that I have shared this month, because I sure have loved listening to them.

Friday, December 23, 2016

What Child Is This

'What Child Is This' is another favorite that is performed by Lindsey Stirling. Enjoy :)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

White Christmas

How can you not have Christmas music without listening to Bing Crosby sing "White Christmas"? I love watching the movie as well as listening to this song.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Do You Hear What I Hear

I like this song as well.  This version is performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ~ John 1:1

Friday, December 16, 2016

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

This is the only version that I enjoy listening to.  I know, Frank Sinatra...right?!?! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Thia is such a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah.  This video was released last year during the #aSaviorIsBorn.  Enjoy :)  (Check out other Lindsey Stirling videos here!)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The First Noel

The First Noel is also one of my favorites.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is singing this version.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." ~ Matthew 1:21

Friday, December 9, 2016

Angels We Have Heard On High (#sharethegift 2014)

This version of Angels We Have Heard On High was recorded for the #sharethegift Christmas 2014.  The Piano Guys and many different YouTubers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir collaborated to make this a world record.   Enjoy :)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mary Did You Know?

When I first heard this version of Mary Did You Know?, I knew that this would be one of my favorites of this song.  The group that is performing is Pentatonix.  Click here for more of their songs.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Angels We Have Heard On High

I love this collaboration of Angels We Have Heard On High by the Piano Guys.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Silent Night

The Piano Guys and Placido Domingo truly make this song beautiful

Friday, December 2, 2016

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This month, I am going to post my favorite Christmas songs via YouTube.  Most of the songs will be from The Piano Guys...just like the one above.
Merry Christmas :)

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Wow, I can't believe that it is December already!  This month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has launched the #LIGHTtheWORLD - Follow the example of Jesus Christ.  Share His light and serve as He served for the Christmas Season.  

During this time of year, amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas and take time to shine our light on others as Jesus has done for us.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 30

I am grateful for the many blessings that my family and I have received.  They are too numerous to list.

Monday, November 28, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 28

I am grateful for prayer.  The kids and I take turns saying our night time prayers and I really do think it helps them to think of others and also the calmness that prayer brings.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 27

I am grateful to have Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in my life.  I am also grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For with them, All things are possible.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 26

I am grateful for our chickens and ducks.  We have had them for a little over 3 years and have had lost a few and gained a few.  It is fun watching these little creatures walk around, scratch at the dirt, run from the rooster, and cluck at each other.  Oh and I can't forget the fresh eggs we gather each day :)

Friday, November 25, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 25

I am grateful for SNOW!!!  We had our first snow yesterday and it was beautiful.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 24

I am grateful for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Not because of the pilgrims, but because of family.  I am so thankful for the memories of Thanksgiving past and new memories that are made each year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 22

I am grateful for the beautiful sunsets we have.  There are times when I miss them because I am too busy to notice.  And then there are those by-chance times that I am able to sit back and enjoy them.  The following picture is from a few years ago.

Monday, November 21, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 21

I am grateful that we are able to homeschool our children.  Has it been easy?  No.  Have there been struggles?  Yes.  Is it rewarding?  Yes.  Am I glad that my husband and I decided to homeschool?  Yes.  Also, the kids love it :)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 20

I am grateful for those rare moments of quiet.  It doesn't happen very often, but when they do I like to sit still and soak in the peaceful quietness around me.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 19

I am grateful for long distance phone calls.  This is the best way to keep in contact with my family.  We do email on occasion, but actually talking to each other is is much better :)

Friday, November 18, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 18

I am grateful to be able to spend one-on-one quality time with my children.  I enjoy listening to what is on their minds and having conversations without interruptions. My daughter and I usually do the errands while my son stays home with dad.  Today, my son came with me to do errands while my daughter stayed home with dad. It was a good day for everyone :)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 17

I am grateful for my co-workers.  They can make a dull day bright and a dreary day fun.  Working for a municipality is not always fun and it can get a bit overwhelming at times, especially this time of year. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 16

I am grateful for the Ensign magazine.  It is a magazine that is put out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This is the only magazine that I read from cover to cover.  The messages are uplifting and I learn so much from them.

(picture was taken from the website a couple of years ago)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 15

I am grateful for first responders (Police, Fire, EMT, etc) who put their lives on the line for us each day. 

(I found out this morning that the high school I attended had a stabbing.  The first responders were at the school within minutes and were able to get control over the situation in a brief amount of time.  Unfortunately there are 5 victims but none of them were seriously injured. They are all in my prayers.)

Monday, November 14, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 14

I am grateful for my great-uncle Alan and Uncle Evan for sparking my interest in genealogy and family history.  It is so much fun to find out where my ancestors are from and to learn about them via journals and historical facts.  In fact, just last week I found out that my husband's best friend and I are distant cousins!!!  Our common ancestor was hung in the gallows for witch craft during the Salem Witch trials.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 13

I am grateful for having religious freedom that is protected by our 1st Amendment.

On a side note, Sam and I went to church today and I have to say that I really enjoyed the third talk during Sacrament Meeting.  The talk was about gratitude and I will try to summarize what I took from it:
The following three questions were asked:
Are you grateful?
Are you happy?
Are you serving?

As you develop gratitude, the happier you'll be.  Express happiness by focusing on the positive.  When we are happy, we want to share.

Remember...The adversary likes to show us what gratitude is not and that would be envy, entitlement, and greed.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 12

I am grateful for the friendly people that live in our surrounding towns.  It is a nice feeling when people at the bank and the small country stores greet you by name and ask how things are going.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 10

I am grateful for the beautiful fall day today.  Blue sky with white fluffy clouds and a gentle breeze.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 9

I am grateful that the silent majority was heard...loud and strong!!!  Way to go President Elect Trump and Vice President Elect Pence!!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 7

I am grateful for living in an area where our family can see wild animals in our backyard...even the ones that get our chickens)

Just a side note...I don't have any pictures of the wild animals that have taken our chickens, but I can tell you that the culprits were coyotes, foxes and a bobcat.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 6

I am grateful for Blackie.  He reminds me of what unconditional love is...even when he likes to attack my arms ;)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 5

I am grateful for libraries.  The kids and I (and sometimes Scott) visit the Canaan Town Library every Saturday.  We have been going to this library since we first moved here over 8 years ago. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 4

I am grateful for the scriptures.  I love the feeling I get when I read them on a daily basis. 

(not sure who posted this picture on the internet)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 3

I am grateful for my sister and brother.

 My sister and her husband

My brother and his wife

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 2

I am grateful for my parents.  They have taught me so many things, but most of all...they taught me about unconditional love :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 1

I am grateful for my family...Scott, the kids and even our cat.  I feel blessed that we are a family, even during our ups and downs.

Happy November

(picture from facebook)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Scripture Sunday

We decided to stay home from church today.  I woke up with a headache and Sam slept in until around 10 this morning.  What did we do instead of going to church?  Sam read for a while and then I gave Sam and Nick a sewing lesson.  It went pretty well for both of them.

Today's scripture comes from my personal reading:

"And though shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." ~ Deuteronomy 6:5

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2 Years Ago Today...

I was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

Earlier that year (2014), my best friend's daughter went on a mission to Mexico.  Ever since she was called to go on her mission, I had a prompting to seek out sister missionaries in my area to just say "Hello".  I missed two chances, because 1) I am not that type of person to just go up to someone and say "Hello", and 2) I came up with excuses.  I told myself that the next time I see sister missionaries, I will talk to them. 

On the first day of the 2014 Summer Reading program guess who was helping with some of the activities??? Yup, sister missionaries.  My kids saw them first and said, 'Mom, they are from the Church of Jesus Christ!'.  (a little side note: i had been talking about the LDS church for a little while and my kids did know about the Book of Mormon).  I chatted with the sisters that day and the kids and I went on our way.   The sisters actually helped throughout the month long reading program, so we did see and talk with them on those Saturdays.    On the last day of the reading program, the sisters asked if they could come to our house for a lesson.  I said sure and we swapped phone numbers and I gave them our address.  Well, due to scheduling conflicts, the sisters were not able to come to our house that week.  The following Saturday, Samantha spotted the sisters before I did and walked right up to them and asked, 'So, when are you going to come to our house and teach us about the Book of Mormon?" Lessons started the next week.

Samantha decided to get baptized first and her baptism date was September 20, 2014 and mine was October 25, 2014.

Hailey (Sister Mayle) and Alee (Sister Crook) were our sister missionaries.  We love and miss them a lot.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today's talks at church were pretty good. The three during sacrament meeting were about 1) Being Christlike; 2) How to become like a little child; and 3) Broken heart and a contrite spirit. 

Here are some scripture references from the above mentioned talks:

1) Mark 14:22, 24
2) Mosiah 3; D&C 93; Mark 10
3) 2 Corinthians 7:10; 3 Nephi 9:19-20; 2 Nephi 4:17; Enos

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


(picture from facebook. not sure who to give the actual credit to)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today, we decided to stay home from church.  So instead of reading scriptures, I watched the Living Scriptures: Prophet series.  The DVD that I watched was "Praise to the Man":  Joseph Smith, Jr.  The movie was very good and educational.  One of the people in the movie was W.W. Phelps.   He was a member of the church but turned his back on Joseph and his fellow members of the church.  W.W. Phelps was the one that had Joseph and others put into Liberty Jail.  Once Joseph and the others were freed, they traveled onto Nauvoo.  In the mean time, W.W. Phelps was feeling rather down trodden and guilty for what he had done to Joseph.  W.W. Phelps wrote to Joseph and asked him and fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for forgiveness.  W.W. Phelps was forgiven and was asked to come join Joseph in Nauvoo.  Later, after W.W. Phelps arrived, Joseph Smith Jr., Hyrum Smith and others turned themselves in.  Unfortunately, Joseph, Hyrum and 2 others were gunned down in the Carthage Jail.  At Joseph Smith Jr's, funeral, W.W. Phelps read a poem about the Prophet.  Later it was put to music and is one of the hymn's that we sing.  This is also Samantha's favorite song:

"Praise To The Man"

Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation,
Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.

Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
Death cannot conquer the hero again.

Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
Honored and blest be his ever great name!
Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
Please unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.

Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.

~ Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sister's Lesson

A couple of nights ago, Sister Hoopes and Sister Galbraith stopped by for a visit and short lesson.  The lesson was about strengthening our weaknesses to become strong and to humbly ask Heavenly Father for his help in this area.  The two scriptures below are ones that the sister's shared with us.  It was a good lesson for all.
"Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things." ~ Jacob 4:7

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." ~ Ether 12:27

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twelve Things I like about October

Here are the 12 things I like about October.  Some of them may be repeats from last month's "twelve" post...

Fall Colors

Cooler Temperatures

Reading a good book while snuggled under a blanket

Baptism anniversary is this month

Fall season is in full gear

Thanksgiving is one month away

Enjoying the non-hustle and bustle before the holidays hit

My only brother's birthday is this month.

The slowness as work before the busy time of year

Harvesting apples for homemade applesauce (this is a fond memory that I will have forever)

Deer and Elk hunting season for those in my family that hunt...the meat is oh so yummy :)

Halloween only happens one time a year...thank goodness for that.

What do you like about October???

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Sam and I went to church today.  It was fast and testimony Sunday.  We heard a lot of testimonies and I attended a little bit of 2nd hour and then rested during 3rd hour.  As I was reading scriptures during 2nd hour, the one I am sharing stood out to me and it had nothing to do with the lesson:

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." ~ James 5:16

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Piano Guys

I enjoy listening and watching The Piano Guys.  Their YouTube videos are amazing (my opinion).  This video is one of my favorites.  Enjoy!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

186th Semi-Annual General Conference

This weekend was the 186th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  General Conference happens twice a year...the first weekend in April and the first weekend of October.  This is a time for all members of the church to listen to messages from the Prophet, his counselors, the apostles and all the General Auxiliary's.  I was unable to watch all 8+ hours of conference this weekend, but I will have another chance to view the conference on at my own leisure.  I am also going to be able to read all the talks next month when I receive the November Ensign :)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Colorful Drive

As I was driving to a nearby town to do some errands during my lunch break, I couldn't help but notice how colorful the drive was.  If only I had a camera with me.  The bright reds, dark reds, brilliant oranges and soft yellows were breathtaking among the pine trees.  It's not peak season yet, but I'll take what I can get. Supposedly there is supposed to be a lot of rain in the next few days...I just hope that the remaining unchanged leaves don't get blown away.
I love this time of year :)

Thursday, September 29, 2016


It's been a while since a moose was in our yard.  This picture was taken a couple of years ago.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Sam and I went to church today.  Sam was a bit nervous as this was her first time to go to Young Women's.  She had a great time.  This is one of the scriptures referenced today:

"Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from him cometh my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved." ~ Psalm 62:1-2

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy 12th Birthday

This young lady has turned 12...

Happy Birthday!!!! Mom and Dad love you very much and we are so thankful that you are our daughter :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happy 14th Birthday!!!

This little guy turned 14 today :) 

Happy Birthday!!!!!  Mom and Dad love you very much and we are so thankful that you are our son :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Twelve Things I Like about Fall/Autumn

Another month, another twelve post.  I love the Fall Season or Autumn if you want to get technical.  Here are twelve things that I love about this time of year:

Colored Leaves

Crisp Air

Crunching through the fallen leaves

Wearing Sweaters

Smell of Pumpkins


Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie


Watching the leaves fall from the trees

Cooler Weather

Family Reunions

Monday, September 19, 2016

Scripture Sunday on Monday...again

Yesterday was the Primary Program during Sacrament meeting.  This was Sam's last year to be in the program.  Next week Sam will be starting Young Women's and she is a bit nervous and excited at the same time. 
I didn't go to Sunday School (2nd hour), but I did go to Relief Society (3rd hour).  In RS the topic of discussion was about family.  We also reviewed the Family Proclamation during the discussion. 
I don't have a scripture from church to share, but I do have one from my scripture reading that I did during the 2nd hour:

"Therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest." ~ Alma 12:34

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Scripture Sunday...on Tuesday

Obviously I am not paying attention to the days.  I didn't even realize that I missed my scripture post...again.  Well, better late than never, right?

Here is a scripture from my reading tonight:

"I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day:  Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?" ~ Alma 5:16

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bright Pink - Pink - Almost Gone

Yesterday, while I was at work, my kids decided to make slime and dye it certain colors. The kids had fun making the slime and probably didn't realize that they were doing science experiments at the same time.  What they didn't realize was that the food coloring (red) stained their hands.  Getting messy and making mistakes is what learning is all about!!! (at least that is what Ms. Frizzle says :) ).

Last night, after dinner, I got on the computer and looked up ways to remove red dye off of skin.  There were several different concoctions mentioned and yes, I did try most of them.  The kids and I tried vinegar (not the apple cider one), baking soda paste (baking soda mixed with a little bit of water), vinegar and baking soda mixed together, and finally dishwasher detergent with a little bit of water (the dishwasher detergent has to be the dry detergent).  After some experimenting, the kids and I found that the dishwasher detergent scrub was the best.  Are their hands still bright pink? No.  Are their hands still pink?  Yes, but the color is fading to almost gone.

Like I told my kids, we live and learn.  Making mistakes helps us to grow with knowledge and helps us to remember to wear food handling gloves when dye's are being used :)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Scripture Sunday (on Monday...again)

Yesterday was a pretty good day in church.  It was Fast and Testimony Sunday and although I didn't fast, the service was very good.  Below is a scripture from my reading:

"Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name, make known his wonderful works among the people." ~ D&C 65:4

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Sewing Crafts
Enjoying the Leaves
Primary Program
Mom and Dad's Anniversary
Birthday Celebrations
Reading Great Books

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's today???

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you couldn't remember what day it was???  Let alone, realize that it is the end of the month as well???
Oh my goodness, that is how I feel right at this moment.  I woke up a bit confused thinking it was Thursday and another lady that I know, who walked into my office not too long ago, also thought it was Thursday.  Funny thing, her daughter thought it was Tuesday. 
The last day of August has thrown a few of us off schedule :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Broody X's Three

We have a hen named Charlotte that will be 3 years old at the end of September.  She, so far, is the only hen we have that likes to get broody.  She does a good job with the whole broodiness, as long as she is not disturbed or chased out of the brooder box (more on that later).

The first time she was broody, we all thought something was wrong.  She seemed lethargic and non-responsive.  Was she egg-bound?  We thought so.  We sat her in a few warm tubs of water...just in case.  After a little research and observing her for a while, it was determined that she was broody...without an egg under her.  So, Scott placed an egg under her and we waited for the 21 days to see if the egg would hatch.  Nope...the egg was a dud and Charlotte went back to hanging out with her friends.

The second time Charlotte was broody happened in the dead of winter (January/February 2016).  This time she actually had some eggs under her (provided by her little hen friends) and she did a great job. After the long awaited 21 days, one little egg hatched on a very cold Sunday morning (-18 degrees).  The little chick, named Frosty, survived and is now our Rooster of the bunch.  The other eggs did not make it and we ended up tossing them in the woods.

The third time Charlotte was broody started at the beginning of this month.  Remember that I mentioned that the broodiness will only work as long as the hen is not disturbed or chased out of the brooder box???  This third round of being broody didn't give good results.  Eggs were supposed to start hatching on the 21st of this month...nothing, probably because she got off of the eggs to take a drink and hopped into a different brooder box and started sitting on different eggs.  The first batch of eggs were thrown out.  The second batch of eggs were being sat on pretty good until Frosty chased Charlotte out of the brooder box.  Luckily, Sam found Charlotte in a different brooder box and moved the second batch of eggs under her because the eggs were still quite warm.  This past Saturday night (the 27th) an egg hatched.  This egg was from our Americauna (Mary) and we were thrilled.  Unfortunately, Charlotte rejected this little chick the following morning and it died.  Sam named the chick "Chatterbox" and he/she is now resting in peace.  The remainder of the eggs are now in the woods for the local critters to eat.  None of those eggs had fully developed chicks in them.

Will Charlotte be broody again??? Hard to tell.  Will we have another hen that will be broody?   We'll have to see. 

Raising chickens is quite educational and quite the learning experience.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Scripture Sunday (on Monday)

Yesterday we went to church and had a pretty good time.  I was able to catch up with a few friends, Nick played with a few younger friends and Samantha was able to practice for the Primary Program (her last one). 

The two talks during sacrament were about Leading by Example and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
This is what I took away from these talks:

Leading by Example:  Show by actions that we are sincere and not to expect anything in return.  Stumbling blocks in life are building blocks for our faith. 

Atonement of Jesus Christ:  Trust in the atonement.  Share testimonies with youth (testimony builders) to strengthen the youth.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:  and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." ~ Psalm 23:6

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Twelve Desserts That I Enjoy to Eat

(yes, another 12 post that is of these days it will actually be posted on the 12th of the month)

These are the twelve desserts that I enjoy eating:

Ice-Cream - flavors that I like are chocolate, dulce de leche, and vanilla

Peach Cobbler - my absolute favorite, especially with fresh off the tree peaches!!!


Cheese Cake

Strawberry Shortcake

Apple Crisp

Home made Chocolate Chip Cookies and a nice tall glass of Milk

Lemon Bars

Fruit Pizza

Chocolate Cake with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream

Fresh Fruit

Scones - either fried or baked

What are your top 12 desserts that you enjoy to eat???

Friday, August 26, 2016

Week 7 Wrap-up

After a week of leisure, the kids are back to lessons.  They have just completed week 7 of the 2016/2017 school year.  This is what they have been learning/doing this week:


Bible Time - Genesis

Reading - at least 1/2 hour daily.  Nick is reading Cove: Inventions of Fire and Sam is reading plethora of books

Language Arts - Life of Fred: Begin Teaching - they have completed this book, 2nd of a 4 book series.

Zoology - Sam is working on Lesson 10 of the Flying Creatures and Nick is working on Lesson 9 of the Swimming Creatures

Vocabulary - this weeks words were:  daunt, debt, deceit, dedicate, delegate

Other items they worked on:

They played outside at least 1/2 hour each day.  They don't realize this, but this is P.E.  Also, I had Nick do planks :)
The kids also helped with the new dug well and with the chickens and ducks, especially putting them in the coop at night.


We usually do math, history, fallacy work and study Nephi and his brothers.  This week the evening lessons were canceled due to me.  I have been dealing with a post oral surgery infection and am now just feeling better.

Tomorrow, we will do the library thing and then our week is pretty much done. 

The kids did well with adjusting back to their schedules and are doing a great job with their lessons.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Scripture Sunday

The following scripture is from my reading this morning...

"And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters.  And under this head ye are made free, and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free.  There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives."  ~ Mosiah 5:7-8

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A week of Rest???

The kids had a break from lessons this past week.  They played, read, played, made messes, played, watched some movies, played, used their imaginations, played and did some chores.  They had a good rest this week.

Scott and Mike (a local who is helping us with our house project) worked on Sam's room.  They insulated the walls, put electric in her room, placed plywood on her floor and put some sheet rock on the walls.  The house is slowly coming along.

As for me, work was work. Although today was the absolute auction.  It's always fun to be a part of this as it is one of the highlights of my job.  I enjoy watching the auctioneers and the people bidding.  A good time for all.

Was there any rest this week?  A little bit.  The kids are ready to get back to their regular scheduled too ;)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Posting a little late as I did not get on the computer yesterday...

"Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves-to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved." ~ 2 Nephi 23-24

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Week 5 and 6 Wrap-up

The past two weeks have been very good in the learning department.  The kids completed their second bridge in Life of Fred and I am very happy that they are beginning to understand the dynamics of Algebra.  They passed their latest test from Mystery of History Vol 2 and have learned quite a bit from Pentecost to Bark-Kokhba (leader that was part of the 2nd Jewish Revolt in A.D. 135).  Zoology is coming along just fine.  I think they will be completing their perspective books by the end of the next 6 week block.  Vocabulary has been interesting to observe.  In the past 6 weeks, the kids have learned 25 vocabulary words.  They have looked up the definitions, used the thesaurus, made sentences using the words, and alphabetized them.  My favorite part of the vocabulary exercises have been reading the sentences. 

Yesterday, we ended the 6 week block with a field trip to the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in South Royalton, VT: 
(picture from the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Sites from

We took Sister McCuiston and Sister Galbraith with us.  After visiting the site, we took the sisters to Denny's for lunch.  We all had a good time.

Next week is a "break" week for the kids. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Scripture Sunday...a little late

From my reading yesterday:

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." ~ 1 Nephi 3:7

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Anniversary of First Date with Scott
Umbrellas now and then
Gearing up for fall
Usual summer weather
Summer coming to an end
Thirty-one days

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." ~ Mosiah 4:9

Week 3 and 4 Wrap-up

For weeks 3 and 4, the kids have been doing great.  They haven't hit any road bumps and are doing very well with their lessons.  The only thing different these past two weeks is that the kids have not had to do a country report.  I've decided that they will do one or two every 6 week block.

Sam completed her last Summer Reading Program with the Canaan Library.  She had a great time and will truly miss this summer ritual.  She is looking forward to helping with the program next year.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." ~ Psalm 32:11

Thursday, July 21, 2016


First chapter books that they read all by themselves.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Twelve things about Blackie!!!

Happy 7th Birthday, Blackie!!!!  

Twelve Things That About Blackie...

He loves to use me as his person scratching post

He loves to nuzzle

He enjoys listening to our read-alouds at night

He loves to cuddle

He loves to sleep under a blanket

He has a favorite toy...a stuffed bird...that he carries around

He likes to participate in our lessons, especially Life of Fred: Math

He loves to scratch at paper, especially around 5am each morning...he knows this will wake me up.

He will only take people food from Scott. 

His favorite people food is cheese, bacon, chicken, turkey and ham

He grunts when he eats

He loves to play hide and seek

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Scripture Sunday

We stayed home from church today because of sore throats, runny noses and coughing...So here is a random scripture for today:

"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
—Matthew 4:19

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wrap-up Week 2

This week was pretty good in the lessons department.  There was one sick day and a couple of evening lessons were skipped, but the kids still managed to to get most of their work completed...

Here is a look at Week 2:

Bible Time - The kids read from Genesis 6 to 10

Reading - Samantha and Nickolas completed their assigned readings and book reports.  They are now reading Gathering Blue (Samantha) and The Giver (Nick)...both by Lois Lowry. 

Language Arts - Life of Fred: Australia was completed this week.  I didn't realize that it would only take two weeks to complete...guess I need to order the next book in the series.  Until that order gets placed and arrives, I will probably generate some language arts exercises for the kids to work on.

Zoology - Nick completed Lesson 6 and has started Lesson 7 in the Swimming Creatures book and Sam just completed Lesson 7 in the Flying Creatures book.

Geography - This week Sam learned about Germany and Nick learned about Russia.

Vocabulary - This week's words were:  prohibit, obtain, communicate, efficient and harvest

Math - Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology - Chapters 5 to 7. 

History - Mystery of History Vol 2 - finished up reviewing Lessons 1 - 3.  We also did some mapping exercises about Paul's Journeys from the Book of Acts

Fallacy Detective - Lessons on Love to Listen and Opposing Viewpoints

Dude, Don't Be A Lemuel - completed Lesson 1 and started Lesson 2

Life Lessons - This week, Nick mowed the lawn for the first time.  He had a blast!!!!  Sam also helped by doing some raking...unfortunately she came down with a cold mixed with seasonal allergies. 

Today is Library Day as well as the Summer Reading Program.  This is Sam's last year to participate and the kids are looking forward to seeing their friends.

Another good week!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Being that it is hot and humid...I thought this would be a good reminder of what we have to look forward to in a few months...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Today, after missing 2 weeks in a row, we went to church.  Great lessons, a couple of good talks and several scriptures to choose from.  Here is one of them:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." ~ Romans 8:28

Friday, July 8, 2016

Week 1 Wrap-up

This week, the kids started their 2016/2017 homeschool year.  We have an 8th grader and a 6th grader...where has the time gone!!!
Wrapping up the first week, here is what the kids worked on/learned...

Bible Time - They read the first 5 chapters in Genesis.  (Last year, the kids read through the Book of Mormon and this year they have chosen to read the Bible (King James Version))

Reading - at least 1/2 hour daily.  Nick and Sam will be reading assigned books for book reports.  Right now, Nick is reading The Outsiders and Sam is reading The Giver.

Life of Fred :Australia - this is a language arts curriculum and so far the kids are enjoying it.  They worked on chapters 1 to 10.  The rate they are going, the book will be finished next week. (Looks like I need to order the 2nd book in the series)

Science - Both kids are finishing up their Zoology that was left over from the 2015/2016 year.  They have about 5 chapters left.  Nick is learning about Sea Creatures/Animals living in the water. Sam is learning about Flying Creatures.

Geography - Country Reports - This was an idea from do country reports throughout the year.  This week, Nick learned about Italy and Sam learned about Canada.

Vocabulary - As the kids were working on their year end evaluations, I noticed that they needed some help with vocabulary.  I gave the kids 5 words to work on this week:  Liberty, equal, pursuit, creation, and respect.  They used the 1828 Dictionary to look up the definitions of the words, they used the words in sentences, they used a Thesaurus to find alternate words that mean the same thing, they alphabetized the words, and wrote out the words at least 5 times each.

Math - Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology - Chapter 1 to 4.  So far so good.

History - Mystery of History: Vol 2 - Lessons 1 to 3.  The kids learned about Pentecost, Saul, who was also called Paul, and Paul's Missionary Journeys.  The time span for these were from A.D 33 - 66.  The kids also worked on the memory cards for these lessons. 

Logic - Fallacy Detective - Lesson 1: Inquiring Minds.  We started this last year but did not finish.  The kids were happy that we started the Fallacy Detective again and they are looking forward to finishing the book this year.

Dude, Don't Be A Lemuel -Lesson 1 focused on 1 Nephi 2.  We will be working in the lesson next week as well.

One thing I want to mention...last year a time limit was put on the kids to have their lessons and chores done.  The results of the time limit were not very good.  So, this year I decided not to have time limits and allow the kids to work at their own pace.  Even though this is the first week, I can already see improvements.  Why I didn't think of this last year is totally beyond me!

All in all, it has been a very productive week.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

"Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions. The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the tyranny mediated against them."
– George Washington, General Orders, Headquarters, New York, July 2, 1776

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Scripture Sunday

"Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written." ~ Ether 2:12

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Re-cap of June

Being that it is the last day of June, I thought I would re-cap some of the things that happened this month...

The siding started to go up on our house and it no longer looks like this:
As soon as it is finished, there will be an updated picture :)

The kids have been enjoying their 'break' from lessons and are anxiously awaiting to start their new school year!!! 

Last weekend, Samantha and I decided to clean out some of our books and donate them to a local thrift shop...We donated 15 grocery shopping bags full of books. I still have more books to look through and decide if I will give them away or keep for a few more years. 

June has been a pretty good month for our family.  Scott has been busy with the house, the kids have been enjoying their 'break' and work has been alright for me.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?
 Since I am not a huge summer fan, I would have to say September.

2. Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?
I do know how to swim and I took swimming lessons when I was about 9 years old. I don't own any sunglasses.
 3.What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?
Myself: patience
Others: I would have to say being around people who always have to be right and are argumentative.

4. Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you?
I have traveled throughout the United States and would love to travel out west and end up living in either Wyoming or Montana.
5. Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor?
I don't eat popsicles very often, but if there is a rootbeer flavored one near by, I will eat it.
6. Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what's Brexit) Is this news you'll follow or is it something you think won't impact your life in any way shape or form?  
I will say 3.  I think it is a positive move for the United Kingdom, especially since they did not have a say when it came to immigration, trade, etc. I plan on continuing to follow this new chapter for the United Kingdom.
7.Share a favorite song on your summer play list.
80's music and anything from the Piano Guys
8. Insert your own random thought here.
There is nothing like eating ice-cream at the end of a long day :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

2016/2017 Homeschool Year

Next Monday, July 4th, the kids will be starting their 2016/2017 homeschool year.  Why is the new school year starting on Independence Day? A few reasons: 1) It's a Monday, 2) I'll be home that day and 3) A great way to celebrate the educational freedom of Homeschooling!

Here is the schedule that I have planned for the year:  6 weeks on, 1 week off ; this schedule will run from July to the week of Thanksgiving.  The kids will have a little over a month break between Thanksgiving week and New Years.  When the kids start back up in January, the schedule will change to 5 weeks on, 1 week off.  This schedule will run until the end of April/beginning of May.

The subjects that have been agreed upon between the kids and myself are:

Scriptures:  The kids have asked to read from the Bible this year.

1/2 hour reading each day 

Math: Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra with Biology

Language Arts:  Life of Fred: Australia

Science: Apologia: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day (Samantha),  Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day (Nickolas).  Once the kids complete these books, Samantha has asked to study Botany and Nick has asked to study Chemistry.

History: Mystery of History Volume 2 and KrisAnne Hall DVD about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Vocabulary: the kids will be using the 1828 Dictionary

Book Reports

Country Reports

The kids will also be learning Home Economics - This will help them with life skills

Last year the kids tried foreign languages and that didn't last very long.  They have no interest in this area and I am not going to push it unless they absolutely want to learn a foreign language.

Now it is time for me to get everything pulled together to be ready for smiling faces on July 4th.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scripture Sunday

We ended up staying home from church today.  So today's scripture is a random one that I found in the KJV Bible:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad

Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad!!!  Wish I could have been with you to help celebrate!!! Thank you for your support and love through out the years.  You both mean the world to me! Happy Happy Birthday :) 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Family Reading Challenge

(picture from

Back in October/November 2015, we were challenged by the missionaries to read the Book of Mormon each night (chapter per night).  I am happy to report that on June 20th we completed the challenge with Moroni 10, the last chapter in the Book of Mormon. 
By reading the Book of Mormon each night, it became a positive habit that the kids and I looked forward to.  I am not sure how much they got out of it, but I know it changed their demeanor in a good way.
Thank you to Sister Evans and Sister Hair for the challenge. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy First Day of Summer

Now that it is officially SUMMER, lessons are just around the corner.
The kids have had a nice break since the beginning of May.  They will soon start lessons the first full week in July.  This break has lasted longer than usual as I wanted to try something different this year. The kids have noticed too!  In fact, they have been asking when they can start lessons!!!  I'm taking that as a good sign :)  The request for this year, from Nick and Sam, has been book reports and country reports.  They also know to expect more challenges this year as well. 

I am waiting for a few more things to come in the mail and then I can start planning our their days.

Stay tuned for what is in store for the 2016/2017 year...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Scripture Sunday

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there...especially mine!!!  Love you, Daddy :)

Today in church, there were several scriptures to choose from and one of them is the following:

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." ~ Romans 8:16-17

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Twelve Things I Enjoy about Summer

The following are the 12 things I have enjoyed/still enjoy about summer:


Cool Breezes

Picking Strawberries

Camping (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Playing in the Irrigation Water (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Sleepovers/Slumber Parties (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Roller Skating (enjoyed when I was much younger)

Riding Bikes

Sundance Outdoor Summer Theater productions - when I lived in Utah, every summer my family would go see the plays at Sundance, UT.  So much fun!

Spending time with Friends

Sleeping In -(obviously when I was much younger)

Going to the Drive-in Theaters