Monday, October 20, 2014

Tender Mercies

Sometimes things happen and you just know the hand of the Lord was in it.
 Last week, out of the blue, our sweet neighbor-friend dropped off a huge pile (I'm talking crammed-packed garbage bag full) of clothes her cute little daughter had outgrown.
It couldn't have come at a better time as I had just (seriously the day before) gone through the girls' closet and assessed that #5 had outgrown most all of her clothes.  Which meant that #6 now had a ton of clothes to wear and #5 was basically down to just her underwear.  (Okay not really, but I was going to need to go buy her some more clothes.)
This girl was giddy with joy going through one by one, each and every single piece of clothing, while her little sister looked on hoping there would be something in there for her.  No such luck!
 After looking at the clothes, there was a few hours spent trying on each and every single thing.  Most of that time was spent posing in the mirror.
 Posing some more, assessing how she looked in each outfit, and then discussing with her little sister  which hair bow or accessory they each thought would look good with it.  Because that's what little girls do.?!?
She's had a blast this past week dressing up in her brand new wardrobe, and Lucky Me -all I had to buy her was a new pair of boots! 

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 
-Philippians 4:19

Friday, October 17, 2014

Be Still and Know that I am God

Psalms 46:10

Sometimes life gets hard, and frustrating, and worrisome, and depressing.  That's been my life the past few weeks.  I know it will get better.  I have the faith to make it through, but let's just face it, sometimes it's a lot to deal with all a once and you wonder if you'll ever make it through.
 Last week I woke up to this:
gorgeous blue sky with bursts of white puffy clouds everywhere.
Then there was this pink sunset 
 That colored every single cloud in the sky from the east to the west.
 The next morning, there was this sunrise.
It was as if the sky was on fire.
All a message to me from God to "Be Still", stop worrying, be happy, let Him be in charge.  He can create a much greater masterpiece with my life than I ever can on my own.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Welcome to Conference

and to General Conference Club!
I'm changing up how I do General Conference Club.
This time, I'll be going in order, and I'll be posting randomly during the week instead of on Sundays.

by President Thomas S. Monson

Every conference, I feel that the speakers always know and say exactly what I need to hear and do.  This conference was no exception.  I felt the Spirit in every talk,  The speakers definitely "sought heaven's help concerning the messages. . .and. . .felt inspiration regarding [was] said."

It was interesting to note the two anniversaries the October 2014 conference celebrated.

1.  The 90-year anniversary of general conference being broadcast by radio.  That must have been an exciting time for the people back in 1924!  I can just imagine how exciting it must have been for families to gather around their large radio and hear the words and messages of the prophet, then Heber J. Grant.

2.  The 65-year anniversary of conference television broadcasts.  "In October 1949, the sessions were first televised throughout the Salt Lake area. . . ."  I wonder how many families had TV back in 1949?

I couldn't agree more with President Monson when he said,
"We acknowledge the blessings of modern media in allowing millions of members of the Church to watch or listen to general conference."  

How blessed we are that general conference is now broadcast via not only radio and television, but cable, satellite transmission, and the Internet, including on mobile devices.  Can you imagine what people 90 and even 65 years ago would think if they could see us watching conference on our telephones?  HA!

The next fact I found fascinating is that "when all the previously announced temples are constructed and dedicated, we will have 170 operating temple throughout the world."  What a blessing.  Temples literally dot the earth now.  There were 16 operating temples when I was born in 1977.  There are 143 operating temples to date!  It is incredible to me that 127 temple have been dedicated during my lifetime, and I'm only in my 30's!

In 1982 Elder Bruce R. McConkie prophesied that:  "We expect to see the day when temples will dot the earth, each one a house of the Lord; each one built in the mountains of the lord; each one a sacred sanctuary to which Israel and the Gentiles shall gather to receive the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Perhaps they will number in the hundreds, or even in the thousands, before the Lord returns."[Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 277.]

How awesome would it be to have 1000 temples?

Last but not least, I'm amazed at how quickly the Church is growing.
"The Church continues to grow.  We are now more than 15 million strong and increasing in numbers.  Our missionary efforts are going forward unhindered.  We have over 88,000 missionaries serving, sharing the gospel message the world over."

I think of how proud the early pioneers must be to know that their sacrifice was worth it!  The Church is now over 15 million strong with 88,000 missionaries sharing the gospel to others everyday!  WOW!

Speaking of missionary work, President Monson reaffirmed that "missionary work is a priesthood duty, and we encourage all worthy and able young men to serve.  We are very grateful for the young women who also serve.  They make a significant contribution, although they are not under the same mandate to serve as are the young men."  

As a mother, I pray for the worthiness of all my children.  As I train and teach my children I do so with the goal that they will grow up with the desire and worthiness to serve God as missionaries one day.

During our "club meetings", as we discuss the talks from October's general conference, it is also my desire that ". . . our hearts be touched and our faith increased".

What impressed you the most about President Monson's opening talk or about conference in general?  Please share your thoughts below in the comments.
OR
If you've written a post on a general conference talk please share your link with us in the comments.

Thank you for all who have commented on "General Conference Club" posts or sent me emails.  You insights and comments are always amazing.  I love learning from you.
-Rachael




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Witch Hunt FHE

 Yesterday for FHE (Family Home Evening) we decided to get into the spirit of the Halloween season by going on a Witch Hunt.  Gardner Village in West Jordan, UT has the cutest witches displayed all over.

 Like this one talking on her "EYE" phone.
 And these two making a brew from their Book of Spells.
There is even a Witch Scavenger Hunt you can go.
 Once you've located where that witch is you write down her location and once you have found them all, you get a discounted chocolate chip cookie from the bakery. 
 My sister and her two boys joined us for the fun.
 Everyone's favorite witch?  
It was a tie between Witchy-Poo, which was popular among those still of potty joke age,
and this witch, popular among the older crowd (mostly Clint- who is apparently still of potty joke age).  

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

That's What Make You Beautiful

 Dearest Daughter,
Looking back on these photos from your Homecoming date last weekend, I still cannot get over how beautiful you are.  True beauty is more than skin-deep.  You seem to know this secret.  While you are gorgeous on the outside, what truly makes you beautiful is your countenance.  It is aglow with Godly virtue and happiness.
This happiness creates your beautiful smile that I so often see.  It brightens a room, and cheers others.
You know that modest is hottest.  And instead of drawing undue attention to yourself, you seek to glorify God.  That's what makes you beautiful.

 "True beauty can’t be painted on but is a gift of the Spirit. It is literally letting your light shine before men." (sourceKeep Shining your light!

Love,  Mama

Friday, October 10, 2014

Prayer


"Choose to converse with your Father in Heaven often. Make time every day to share your thoughts and feelings with Him. Tell Him everything that concerns you. He is interested in the most important as well as the most mundane facets of your life. Share with Him your full range of feelings and experiences." 
"Parents, help safeguard your children by arming them morning and night with the power of family prayer. Children are bombarded every day with the evils of lust, greed, pride, and a host of other sinful behaviors. Protect your children from daily worldly influences by fortifying them with the powerful blessings that result from family prayer. Family prayer should be a nonnegotiable priority in your daily life."

Elder Scott also talked about prayer HERE

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Changes

 Wordless Wednesday
Photo taken last Tuesday morning
Photo taken yesterday afternoon

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Life

a.  My day was made when I woke up this morning to chocolate on my pillow.  It was undoubtedly left there for me by my oldest.  He knows his mama well.

b.  On the flip side, yesterday I woke up to no internet service - thus no blog post.  I would reset everything and it would work just long enough to get me excited, then it would shut off again.  Living out in the sticks, we only have 2 options for internet one is super slow, the other gives spotty service.  Guess which one I have.
c.  This past weekend was LDS General Conference Weekend.  As always, the talks were incredible.  The topic that stood out to me was PRIORITIZE.  Put prayer, scripture study, Family Home Evening, and the temple first, then fit everything else in.  
d.  This selfie of these three boys was taken at the Priesthood session inside the Conference Center.  Don't they look  handsome.  Thanks Uncle Steve for the tickets.

e.  This year we started a new conference tradition.  After seeing several other families post about putting together a puzzle while they watched the conference sessions, I decided to do the same thing.  Saturday the boys put together half of a 1000 piece puzzle before they left for the Priesthood Session.  While they were gone, my girls helped clean up the family room, including the half completed puzzle.  No worries, Sunday we began again and finished it just before the last session was over.
f.  Saturday night, while the boys were at Conference, I, my sister, her two boys, and my three girls met up for Cafe Rio, ice cream, and playtime/talk time at the park.  While the men are away, the girls will play. . .. 

g.  Today, I'm trying to find the energy to deep clean my house.  You know wash walls, dust ceiling fans and the tops of cabinets, wash windows, wipe mop boards- stuff you don't usually do, but needs to be done.  Wish me luck.  And if anyone wants to help, just come on over.

Friday, October 3, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like

FALL!!!!

Fall or Autumn is my very favorite season.
The weather this week has been perfect sweater weather.
 The black-eyed Susan sunflowers are growing rampant and the leaves on the mountain tops and even some in the valley below have changed to bright yellows, reds, and oranges.
The house is decorated with garlands of leaves, pumpkins, skeletons, spiders, and bats all in anticipation for Halloween.
I've got my Witches Brew simmering,
and a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies baking away in the oven.
You can't get any better than this.
Man, Life is GOOD (especially in the Fall)!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Just Dance

We've been in total dance mode around here this past month.
First we had Sadie Hawkin's (Girl's Choice).  Why they chose to do Sadie's before Homecoming, I'll never know.
 #2 used this cute "I'D BE A DING DONG IF I DIDN'T ASK YOU TO THE DANCE!" idea from lilluna (thanks lilluna) to ask her date, 'JB', (the nickname we gave him) to the dance.
His answer was found in this gigantic cake.
 -Cut the cake to find your answer-
 and that she did
 After a little digging she found it. . . . 
 YES! 
This was definitely the funnest idea yet. 
 .   
The theme for the dance was Grease (you know, as in the movie),
The dance took place on a "Su-hum-mer ni- hite"
For their matching outfits, they decided to go with 50's black 'Greaser' t-shirts and jeans, which made it super easy to Hand Jive in.
Doesn't this photo just scream 
We go together like rama-lama-lama-ka-ding-it-ty-ding-de-dong!

Okay, enough of the bad Grease puns
 Before Sadie's even came and went, this showed up at our house-
an invitation to Homecoming.  
This dance asking/answering is so much fun!

Her answer back:
"ICE CREAM YES!"  (Get it- I scream yes. . . )

Last Saturday we spent a long day shopping for a MODEST semi-formal dress.  We found two, which she is still deciding on.
Dress 1

Dress 2

Decision, decisions.  What's your choice?