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Monday Mentions: Jane and Emma Movie

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see a screening of the movie, Jane and Emma. I always face screenings with a bit of trepidation, because I really want to be able to give a good review, but recognize that not all films deserve high praise. Fortunately, in the case of Jane and Emma, I was very impressed. 

Jane and Emma is based on real people, Jane Manning and Emma Smith, and tells the story of their friendship in Nauvoo, Illinois in the early 1800's. I appreciated the fact that the writers did not gloss over the challenges that Jane faced as a black convert of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the prejudices of some of the other church members. Though I'm sure that being familiar with the history of the church added to my enjoyment of the film, viewers who have no background knowledge will still appreciate the story of friendship, loyalty, and faith.

The acting was first-rate, the writing was solid, and the musical score added to the feeling of …
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Ten Things of Thankful: Oh, the Things I Can Do (when I'm not distracted!)

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm coming off of a social media fast. I enjoyed my time away immensely. Although I really appreciate all of you, my readers, I also would encourage you to take time off from your devices every now and then. 

I must admit there were times that I would see/hear something and think, "Oh, I can't send out a tweet, or post on Facebook," but then I realized that I could still enjoy the moment without having to share it with the world. 🙂

Now, however, I will share with you ten things I've been thankful for in the past two weeks:

1. I'm thankful for General Conference. This year, both the April conference and the October conference brought changes in the way the church operates. Most recently, it was announced that starting in January, our Sunday meeting schedule will decrease from 3 hours to 2. This is to better align with the idea that church is to support the home, and that gospel-learning is primarily a home responsibility. I'm very e…

Social Media Fast Ends: Here's What I Learned

When Russell M. Nelson urged the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to take a 10-day fast from social media, I gladly accepted the invitation. Although I had actually been revving up my use of social media in the preceding days, and felt like I was getting into more of a groove with my blogging and online presence, I also recognized the value in what President Nelson was suggesting. He said:
The effect of your 10-day fast may surprise you. What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit? Is there a change in where you now want to spend your time and energy? Have any of your priorities shifted—even just a little? I urge you to record and follow through with each impression.I knew immediately that I needed time away from distractions. A smartphone, computer, and even my Fitbit constantly turned my attention away from what was happening right in front of me. Little minutes here and there added up to big chunk…

Social Media Fast: Blogging to Return Mid-October

As many of you know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tonight, at the women's session of General Conference, President Nelson challenged us to take a 10-day fast from social media. Although technology can be used for good, it is easy for me to become unbalanced in my time. I decided to accept his challenge and am looking forward to focusing my attention elsewhere. 

The posts that I've promised for next week will be delayed; they aren't ready to schedule to publish yet. However, I will return to blogging and other social media platforms later this month. 

You are welcome to join me in the break, if you'd like. I'm thankful for you, and will catch up with you when I return. 😊

Ten Things of Thankful: Grand Week Edition

The past week and a half has been a blur, as my parents came to town and we visited four national parks in four days. I'll publish a post next week detailing our adventures, but for now, let's just say we all had a grand time!

I'm so thankful this week:

1. That my parents could come to visit.
2. That we could enjoy the beauty of nature.
3. That we could laugh (a lot!)
4. That my parents extended their trip on both ends, so we could visit with other relatives and enjoy other sites (like Moon's Rare Books) as well.

Sometimes, after a vacation, it is hard to get back into a routine again. I'm thankful to be easing into things:

5. John and I were able to attend a meet-up for bloggers here in Utah. We were served dinner, learned about the #LightTheWorld Christmas campaign for 2018, listened to the Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir, and watched a showing of the movie Jane and Emma. While we were there, we also just happened to run into someone who used to live in our area in Cali…

Six Sentence Story: Crunch

Each week, Denise ateGirlie on the Edge hosts the Six Sentence Story link up. It's an enjoyable challenge: to write a sentence of only six sentences, based on the prompt word. This week's prompt is "crunch."

As a little girl, she read the papers, and knew that the Peanuts gang and others derived joy from jumping into big piles of fallen leaves, but she couldn't imagine exactly how that translated into fun. The leaves on the oak tree in the neighbor's yard turned brown before falling to the ground, and the Oregon rain kept them constantly soggy. 

She grew up knowing the jokes about Oregon's weather (Oregonians don't tan, they rust, and Rain is liquid sunshine), but didn't truly appreciate the underlying truth until she moved out-of-state for college. She couldn't get over the fact that the sky was cloudless most of the time, and that weeks could go by without precipitation--even in the fall!

Walking to her apartment after class one day, she was st…

Wednesday Works: DIY Fall Wreath

Since moving into our house in July, our front door has been naked. I couldn't stand that any longer, so ventured into the abyss of the basement to find the box labeled "wreaths." Alas, though I found that box, I didn't find a fall wreath. I probably should have tackled unpacking and organizing all of the boxes in the basement, but what fun is that? I decided instead to pick up some supplies and make a different autumn wreath. I also thought, "Maybe I should try my hand at making a YouTube video."


Basically, I spent 10 minutes explaining my complicated technique of how to shove stuff into a grapevine wreath. You don't have to be crafty in order to make a wreath. 😊
Do you like to decorate for fall?