Miracle Maker {Review}

Every Sunday, after we’ve eaten and the babies have gone down for a nap, I look through my movie collection to find one that I will allow my family to continue to feel the Spirit that started during our Sabbath worship.  Last Sunday we sat down to watch Miracle Maker, the story of a small town,…

Leave the Pieces

I’ve always wondered at the term “broken heart and contrite spirit” in relation to coming unto Christ.  I could never wrap my head around the idea that I could find Heavenly joy by having my heart broken and my soul devastated.  The Hollywood picture of a broken heart was not compatible with what I read…

I delight in the words of Nephi

2 Nephi 11:2 says: And now, I Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delights in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. I’ll be…

Charity

Every once in a while I get knocked in the face with the realization that my babies are growing up.  One of those moments happened today when Lucy gave her first talk in Sacrament meeting.  She was asked to speak on Charity and after a week of preparation and very little help on my part,…

The Refiner’s Fire

Earlier this week I was listening to a talk from April of last year by Elder Uchtdorf.  He said, “I believe that all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone, frustrated, and adrift.” Then he said this:  Then he said this: I have learned that there…

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fruit Flies. For Real.

Every once in a while I’ll bring home a bunch of bananas that carry with them an invisible pest that is sure to plague me for weeks to come.  Fruit flies. **Shutter** I can usually keep them at bay even with the regular supply of fresh (and overripe) fruit, but this time it was out…

Murmur Not

A few weeks ago we went to the Bronx Zoo.  We got a late start and the zoo was so big that after several hours of seeing animals and exhibits we decided that, rather than drag eight tired and hungry people through the rest of the attractions (which were numerous), it would be wiser to come back…

Back to School 2015-2016

It became Fall overnight in our neck of the woods.  That means it’s high time for a back to school post.  I’ll share what our family lessons (history, science, etc) are going to consist of another day. Alice Alice is growing like a weed and I can’t believe she’s a year old already!  I especially…

Janitors – Heroes of the Dustbin {Review}

We have been waiting for the final Janitors book to come out for years!  There is nothing like finding a new author that you love and trust and then following along as a series comes to a close. I think it’s safe to say that Janitors: Heroes of the Dustbin is a worthy close to…

Freetown {Review}

Every once in a while I read a book, have a conversation, or see a movie that makes me simultaneously horrified and grateful.  I’ve often thought how our Father in Heaven must weep when he looks down on Africa and other countries in similar circumstances.  Africa is flanked on both sides by civilizations that not…

Happenings

So what exactly have we been doing? We leveled our backyard so we could put in a playground. Alice learned how to smile for the camera. Lucy went to Girl’s Camp. Spencer was Baptized. I chopped off all of my hair. And my bedhead is awesome! I learned how to use a pressure cooker. My…

Burdens Made Light

You know what it’s like when life takes over and you don’t have time to do anything other than breathe? Yeah… that. Today I had a list of things I needed/wanted to do. Go to Home Depot and Walmart to pick up things like screws, a snake for a clogged toilet, garbage bags, cereal, etc….