Sunday, July 24, 2016

What Experiment are You Trying in Your Home?

Years ago, a book called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten became popular.  While the author recounted many good lessons, I believe that most of those ideas were initially introduced at home, rather than at kindergarten.

Children learn from their parents what an inside voice sounds like. They learn to talk instead of hit.  They learn to take turns, to share, and to be loving and kind.  All of those lessons start long before kindergarten.

The visiting teaching message for August is "Nurturing Families Together."  One quote by President Russell M. Nelson particularly caught my attention:  "The home is to be God's laboratory of love and service."  The idea of the home as a laboratory was intriguing, but the idea of the home as God's laboratory was especially exciting.  Home is the place where we can try out the Golden Rule. Home is where we learn that "a soft answer turneth away wrath." (Have you ever tried whispering to an angry toddler?) Home is where we come to realize the love God has for us.  


Photo:  A handout, sized for 4x6 paper, with 3 copies of Russell M. Nelson's quote
An idea for a handout came readily to mind. The laboratory quote made me think of beakers.  I found some little measuring beakers (inexpensively purchased at Walmart), filled them with Hershey's kisses (for love) and an Almond Joy (for service).  


Photo:  5 oz. beaker filled with candy
Next I printed the quote and taped it around the glass.  I hope this will serve as a reminder that our homes are laboratories for us to treat each other as children of God.  Love and service go hand in hand, and both really do make life sweeter.  



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I'm thankful for my family, and for the gospel, which strengthens family bonds.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

TToT: Not Exactly the Picture-Perfect Summertime Edition

I think that when most people think of summer, they envision blue skies, green grass, warm weather, and playing in the water.  Today, summer looks much different for me.  The sky is smoky, the temperatures were predicted to be record-tying (108), ash is falling, and everything smells like campfire.  Personally, we are in no danger, but this post-apocalyptic setting casts a strange feeling to the day. 

Here's a photo that I took from my driveway during winter months. . . 


Photo:  Snow-dusted mountains

. . . and here's a photo taken from my driveway today.  Notice how the mountains aren't even visible.


Photo: Smoke-obscured mountains

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Command

I'm joining with Ivy's Six Sentence Stories link-up again today.  I really enjoy this challenge; and find that I am sometimes surprised at where the prompts take me.  I usually base my stories on events from real life, and today's story is no exception.  This week's prompt:  command.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: Road Trip to Zion (in Photos)

1.  I'm thankful for a weekend trip to Zion National Park.  One sign (literally) that we are headed out of California (and/or that we are done with the alphabet game!) is the Zzyzx Rd. sign.

Photo:  A freeway exit sign for Zzyzx Rd.

2.  I'm thankful for clear roads (at least from the time we got on 1-15).  

Photo:  A clear stretch of road, surrounded by desert mountains
3.  I'm thankful for beautiful sunrises, even when viewed through dirty windshields.

Photo:  The sun rises over the mountains
4, 5, 6, . . .  I'm thankful for nature; for being able to hike; for rental equipment that makes hiking in rivers possible; for getting out early enough to have stretches of the river practically to ourselves; for youngest daughter for being a real trouper on the hike (and for getting some artistic photos); for youngest son for suggesting this weekend get-together; and, of course, for John, who exhibited some terrific accident-avoidance skills when the stray hubcap came flying across the center divider of the freeway and landed in our lane just feet in front of us.   

Photo:  The view of the canyon walls, when looking up from the river

Photo:  The canyons tower over the hikers
Photo:  A rented pair of water hiking shoes, which protected our toes from all the rocks in the river and provided traction
Photo:  John, youngest son, and youngest daughter hiking in the river

Photo:  Youngest daughter and I smile while hiking

Photo:  John and youngest son smile for the camera
Photo:  John and I, on one of the few banks of the river
What about you?  What are you thankful for this week?  Been hiking recently?  


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Better than #SharkWeek : Indexing #theworldsrecords

Are  you ready?  This coming weekend, you can be part of history as you join together with thousands of other people to index digital genealogical records.  It's easy and fun and very helpful for family history researchers.  You can spend as much or as little time as you want, although I feel I must warn you that family history work, including indexing, is a little like eating potato chips:  it's hard to stop at just one!

Given the choice between binge-watching shark shows and indexing, though, I'd choose indexing. (So you know it must be fun!)




Click here, or on the graphic on the right sidebar of this blog to be directed to the (free) software to download, so you will be prepared to help.
And I think I speak for all family history researchers when I say, "Thank you!"  


Can I count on you?

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