Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Photo Blogging Challenge: Happy

I'm linking up with A 'lil Hoohaa for September's Photo Blogging Challenge.  The theme for September was "happy," and I just knew this would be an easy theme for me! 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful: Fall, Friends and Family Edition

The calendar says "fall," but the temperatures scream "summer!"  It's OK, though, because I know the days will cool off soon (within the next two months, hopefully!) and a nip will return to the air. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Six Sentence Story: Axe

I wasn't sure I could come up with a Six Sentence Story to this week's prompt ("Axe"), and then it came to me:

I Believe (Final Post in Series): A Warning Voice

Today marks the 20th anniversary of The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.  As readers have commented throughout this series of posts, occasionally the comments have been of the ". . . but that's not how things actually are in some families" variety.  The final paragraphs of the proclamation acknowledge that truth.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I Believe (Part 8 in a Series): Mothers and Fathers as Equal Partners

Over the past few months, I've been writing posts based around The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.   This week marks the 20th anniversary of that document.  In honor of that anniversary, I'm going to finish my series of posts about the proclamation this week.

Today's topic explores the roles of women and men.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer is Waning Edition

Temperatures are still in the 90s, but autumn is on its way, and that makes me happy. With no more of an introduction, here are things that made me smile this week:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 2015 Visiting Teaching Message

The attribute of Jesus Christ that the visiting teaching message discusses this month is "Powerful and Full of Glory."

Photo:  The face of the Christus statue, with the caption: "The Savior uses His power to redeem and empower us."

Monday, September 14, 2015

Six Sentence Stories: Perfect

She forgot to pack shampoo, so she washed her hair with bar soap.
His tuxedo was misplaced, so he was late for photos.
The order at the restaurant was mixed up, so the waiter was apologetic.
The drive to the reception was long, so they were nearly late.
The bouquet to toss was overlooked, so a quickly-picked, foil-wrapped handful of pansies sufficed.
But truthfully, it was a perfect wedding day, so the couple started their happily-ever-after.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

I Believe (Part 7 in a Series): Happiness in Family Life

I've been writing a series of posts explaining my thoughts about family, based on The Family:  A Proclamation to the WorldIf you missed the previous posts, they can be found here:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Today's post focuses on a portion of the proclamation that provides a blueprint for a happy family:

Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful: The Blogging Edition

I seem to have misplaced my blogging groove.  I'm hopeful, though, that I will find it again soon, like I did my lost diamond.  I know it's around here somewhere! 

Posts yet to be written are piling up in my brain.  Ideas are swirling around, waiting to come to fruition. 

This past week was going to be my settle-into-a-routine, catch-up-on-blogging week, but life doesn't always cooperate.  Like the proverbial camel, one little thing after another has required my attention and slowed my progress.  (And let me make it clear that I'm talking about things, not people!  Time spent with people is time well-spent.) The straw that really slowed the blogging down was the demise of my computer, and the subsequent efforts to revive and ultimately replace the laptop. Then the replacement was reluctant to connect to the internet, and I fought frustration. 

I didn't even make it to all of the TToT posts last weekend before my computer died.  I apologize if I didn't comment on your post. 

Despite my frustration with (my lack of) blogging, I have much to be thankful for, and it's the weekend, which means it's time for the Ten Things of Thankful!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful: Opposites Edition

This has been a week of contrast, but that lends variety to life, and helps me appreciate the routine weeks more.

Last Sunday in Relief Society, I suddenly realized that my wedding ring was missing its diamond.  I slipped out of the room and went back to the Sunday School room, but I didn't find the diamond.  I retraced my steps, checking the chapel, hallways, and library.  No luck.  I thought maybe I'd find it in the car, or at home, but still no luck.  I thought I might have lost it for good, but on Monday, we decided to go back to the church building and try one more time to find it.  

Youngest daughter asked if I had prayed about it.  I told her that I had, but it never hurt to pray again.  She asked me to join her in a prayer.  She offered a simple prayer of faith that we would find the diamond quickly.  About 2 minutes after she prayed, John came into the chapel with a smile on his face.  He had found the ring in the Sunday School room! (The seminary class had met in the room that morning before high school, and none of them had noticed it.)

(1) I'm thankful for a lesson in prayer and faith.  While not every prayer is answered in the way we hope, prayers are always heard, and always answered.  
(2) I'm thankful the diamond was found, and we won't need to spend money to replace it. 
(3) I'm thankful that I'll be able to resize the ring when we get it repaired.  I was able, with some effort, to get the ring off, but I'm pretty sure that after a week of not wearing it, I shouldn't still have an impression on my finger where it was.  Perhaps losing the diamond prevented a future loss (of a finger!)

Monday night, as we were rejoicing in the found diamond, I got a phone call informing me that a friend from church was in the hospital, and it looked like she had had a stroke.  Fortunately, she was able to be discharged from the hospital after a few days, and is on the road to recovery.

(4) I'm thankful for the power of prayer.  
(5) I'm thankful for the reminder of how precious each individual is, and how important it is to take time for relationships. 

This week was the first week back from our long western-states driving extravaganza, so this was the week to "recover" from vacation.  The proverbial, "When it rains, it pours," applied, though (except for in the literal sense--I would have welcomed some of that kind of rain!) I found that there were several opportunities to put aside some of my own plans, and to do something better. 

(6) I'm thankful for the reminder that happiness comes from helping others.
(7) I'm thankful that taking time daily to read scriptures and pray helps keep balance in my life.  It seems that whenever I take time for those two things, the hours in my day stretch to meet the demands on my time.  

Today, John and I ran the Disneyland 10 K.  Due to a schedule change in our plans, I went down to Anaheim by myself on Thursday, and John and youngest daughter drove down together on Friday.  

(8) I'm thankful I had some time by myself to catch up on blogging a bit.  I had fallen behind in reading blogs, as well as in writing. I'll never get completely caught up, but it was nice to spend some time reading and writing.  

(9) I'm thankful for exercise.  I've been thinking more lately about just what a gift bodies are, and how I should  do a better job taking care of my physical self.  I know that I feel better when I eat healthy foods, and regularly run.  I have room to improve in both areas.

(10)  I'm thankful for John--the Carl to my Ellie.  We had a great time on our Disney run adventure this morning, and I couldn't ask for a better running partner, friend, and husband!

Photo:  John and I, dressed as Carl and Ellie from the movie, UP, after completing a 10 K race at Disneyland

What are you thankful for this week?  (Another thing--I didn't list it, but I am thankful for it--is that guide dog puppy Willow is now in phase 5 of formal training! I won't breathe easy until she graduates, but I'm thankful for each step of progress.) 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015