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Friday, September 30, 2011

Blessings of Conference


“If you trust God enough to listen for His message in every sermon, song, and prayer in this conference, you will find it,” says President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency. “And if you then go and do what He would have you do, your power to trust Him will grow, and in time you will be overwhelmed with gratitude to find that He has come to trust you.” 


Get your pen, paper and heart ready, because Conference Weekend is here, yay:). I hope you get answers to to lift and direct you, and come away feeling renewed:)
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Freebie Fridays - Free Halloween Printables and Crafts

I have loved Halloween since having children, and now that my oldest is 3yrs old and is starting to get excited it's even more fun. Here's a few ideas for some Halloween fun for your family:

Free patterned template for Hats, HERE


 Witch Broom favors tutorial, HERE


Free printable vintage Halloween sign, (5x7 or 8x10), HERE

Fall Wreath Tutorial, where the materials only costs $3.10 to make!! See HERE (you could easily change this up for Christmas with some red, white or green flowers, same for spring / summer etc. by clipping the flowers on instead of gluing them on).

Silhouette template of bats to decorate pumpkins with, HERE
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prayer and Answers

"By becoming the answer to someone's prayer, we often find the answers to our own."
(President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 'Waiting on the Road to Damascus, Ensign, May 2011)

(image from Sugar Tot Designs)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Simplify

“We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are.” 
 ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Tell All - Great Grandparents

Do you remember your great-grandparents? What do you know about them?
I didn't personally know my great-grandparents as they were born in the 1880's, in fact I only had one grandparent still alive when I was born, but I know a fair bit about them, at least I feel like I know them. We named our son after my great-grandfather who I felt a particular connection to. One of the stories that I likes about him and his wife was that at dinner time they would set an extra place at the dinner table incase a beggar came by their house who was hungry, I love that act of charity and that they placed themselves in a position where they were ready to act on good impressions immediately.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Peanut Butter Smudges and All

Marjorie Pay Hinckley:
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." 
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forget-Me-Not, by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I was able to attend the General Relief Society Meeting last night, and it was amazing (obviously:). I really loved President Uchtdorf's talk about the delicate and often overlooked, Forget-Me-Not flower. He said:  


"There is something inspiring and sublime about the little forget-me-not flower. I hope it will be a joyful symbol of the little things that make your lives joyful and sweet."
~Dieter F. Uchtdorf~

I loved it so much that I whipped up a couple of images covering the 5 points he told us not to forget...


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and this one:

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Then discovered even more awesome Forget Not images made by far more creative women than I, so enjoy - and the list of cute handouts is ever expanding, so I will add new ones I come across too, so check back:)

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I also found out that you can buy a Forget-Me-Not Willow Tree figurine, I bought one for my best friend for Christmas and teamed it with one of the above printables in a frame. It turned out so cute! You can buy it here:
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Freebie Friday - Beautiful Prints of LDS Temples

I came across this website a while ago, she has some beautiful images of some LDS Temples which you can download for free, also some 5x7 images with quotes or scripture on. You can get to them, HERE.

Here's a small sample:

Salt Lake Temple


Nauvoo Temple:

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Where Else Would We Look?

"In Minerva Teichert's magnificent painting Christ in a Red Robe, the Savior of mankind, with nail prints in His hands, stands majestically with outstretched arms. In tenderness and compassion He looks down upon the women straining to reach Him. "I love the symbolism of women reaching out to touch the Savior. We long to be close to the Lord, for we know that He loves each of us and desires to encircle us 'eternally in the arms of his love.' His touch can heal ailments spiritual, emotional, or physical. He is our Advocate, Exemplar, Good Shepherd, and Redeemer. Where else would we look, where else would we reach, where else would we come but to Jesus Christ, 'the author and finisher of our faith'?" 

(Anne C. Pingree, To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 113)
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Judging Defines You


"Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are."
~Unknown~

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Tell All - Fall!

With Fall now here, what is something that you look forward to about it?

As for me, I love, love, love Fall. I love the cooler weather, all the Holidays and family time that comes with it, all the yummy food, and excuses to eat sweet treats, and this year more than most I am looking forward to welcoming another baby girl into our family in 58 days - wooohooo:)
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Family Life

“When we have sampled much and have wandered far and have seen how fleeting and sometimes superficial a lot of the world is, our gratitude grows for the privilege of being part of something we can count on—home and family and the loyalty of loved ones. We come to know what it means to be bound together by duty, by respect, by belonging. We learn that nothing can fully take the place of the blessed relationship of family life.”
(Thomas S. Monson, Love at Home, Liahona Aug 2011)
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Freebie Friday - Daughters in My Kingdom, free download from lds.org

The new book 'Daughters in My Kingdom' is available for free download from HERE. I have been itching to read this since I heard it was coming a couple of weeks ago. It's a valuable resource that is encouraged to be used in lessons, talks, council meetings and at home. You are promised that "as you study this history you will see that our Heavenly Father knows His daughters, that He loves them, that He trusts them with sacred responsibilities, and that He guides them as they fulfill those responsibilities. "

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flecks of Gold Video

I loved this analogy from last General Conference, from Elder Ballards talks on 'Finding Joy Through Loving Service, so was pleased to find this video on it:)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Relationship that Lasts

"A relationship that lasts is one with Christ in the center. Two people putting God first, seeking Him in every way possible, in order to be as good a spouse as one can be. It’s about trusting in one another and trusting God’s plan, that He will build your relationship into one that will last for eternity."
Taken from Sugardoodle!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Tell All - Fashion

What has been your biggest fashion mistake? Post a picture if you have one, if you dare!
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Freebie Friday - 'Lessons Learned in the Home' Printable

Thank you Proclamation Pictures! Print and frame it, print it on canvas, use as a handout out, or modge podge onto a wooden block, all of those would look great:)




Click HERE to be re-directed to the original source,

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hatch, or Go Bad

I really liked this quote from a talk called "That Summer House in Babylon" by Sharon G Larsen at the 1999 BYU Womens Conference: 


 "According to the great Christian theologian C.S. Lewis, Christ says, "Give me all. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you.... Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked - the whole outfit. I will give you a new self". Lewis goes on,"The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self - all your wishes and precautions - to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is remain what we call 'ourselves', to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life,....to let our mind and heart go their own way - centred on money or pleasure or ambition - and hoping, inspite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do.... When he said, 'Be perfect,' He meant it. He meant that we must go in for the full treatment. It is hard; but the sort of compromise we are all hankering after is harder - in fact it is impossible." And Lewis explains why it's impossible: "It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like birds at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg. We must be hatched, or go bad". 


I hope your hatching goes well today!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Equal Partners

President Marion G. Romney taught: “[A husband and wife] should be one in harmony, respect, and mutual consideration. Neither should plan or follow an independent course of action. They should consult, pray, and decide together. … Remember that neither the wife nor the husband is the slave of the other. Husbands and wives are equal partners”.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

To Be Yourself

"To be yourself in a world that is 
constantly trying to make you 
something else is the 
greatest accomplishment." 
 - Ralph Waldo Emerson -
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Be Kind

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
~ Plato ~
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Service & Christ

‎"No service, No Christ. 
Know Service, Know Christ." 
- Unknown-
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Freebie Friday - Super Cute Child and Youth Printables

These are from a site called Proclamation Printables, they would make super cute handouts or pictures, or even printed on a t-shirt/bag/pillowcase etc, put on a tile or wooden block, or printed on fabric and framed. Oh the possibilities! Just click the picture and save to your computer, or click HERE to be redirected to the original post.










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