Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another Dose of Deedee: Puppy-proofing Fail


Deedee's insight for the day: 

Kristi says I have some 'splaining to do.  She says it would have been humanly impossible to reach my puppy vest from inside my crate.  I say she forgets I'm a canine.  She says I must be part giraffe, because that's the only tongue long enough to reach so far.  In any case, I'm grounded until Kristi gets another puppy vest for me, because she says I can't go out without one on.  She also says she's going to have the memory of an elephant about this event, and I'm not going to get a chance to eat another puppy vest.  

Photo:  A green guide dog puppy vest, chewed to pieces

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Thanks for a cute puppy, who will learn.  

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Little Straws Edition

"It was the straw that broke the camel's back."  Isn't it interesting that the break occurred due to a straw, and not a heavy rock?  There might have been rocks in the pack, but it was a tiny piece of straw that did the camel in.  Isn't it interesting, too, that it wasn't a nutritious piece of hay, but a mere straw?  This week I've felt a bit like that camel.  I've been thinking, though, that just as a small, unimportant piece of straw can make me want to scream Enough already!, other little straws can completely turn my attitude around.

(Mom, or anyone else who is wondering:  I'm OK.  Maybe a tiny bit stressed, but it's just the normal rock or two, with a bunch of straws thrown into the mixture.  I'll be fine--promise.)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Marriage is Ordained of God--February 2016 Visiting Teaching Message

Can you believe that it's February already?  I think the visiting teaching message--"Marriage is Ordained of God"--is perfect for this Valentine's month.  

Marriage is a covenant, a promise between husband, wife, and God. I loved the quote in the lesson by David A. Bednar:
“The Lord Jesus Christ is the focal point in a covenant marriage relationship. … [Imagine that] the Savior is positioned at the apex of [a] triangle, with a woman at the base of one corner and a man at the base of the other corner. Now consider what happens in the relationship between the man and the woman as they individually and steadily ‘come unto Christ’ and strive to be ‘perfected in Him’ (Moroni 10:32). Because of and through the Redeemer, the man and the woman come closer together.”
I decided to use part of that quote to make a handout.  It is sized for a 4x6 print.  


I know that when I say my prayers and read my scriptures daily, I find that it is easier to be kind, loving, patient, and service-oriented. Those traits help me to be a better wife, mother, and individual.  

What helps you to 'draw unto Christ', and how does that strengthen your relationships with others?

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Thanks for the strengthening influence of Jesus Christ, and for marriage.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: What My Grandchildren Remember

Parents and grandparents have hopes of what kind of legacy they will leave their posterity--not so much in a physical sense, but more in a values and traits sort of sense.  I'm no different.  Today, I had the chance to spend most of the day with my grandchildren, and we enjoyed the time together.