Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 3

I Stand At The Door

Revelation 3:20
Read Hymn 240 Know This, That Every Soul Is Free
Doctrine and Covenants 42:61
-How can you open the door to the Savior?
-Identify one way to let Him in and start today.
-Are there changes you can make in your life that will help you draw nearer to Christ?

One thing I can definitely work on is being quick to understand and listen to my boys. Sometimes I am way to irritated or "busy" to take the time to treat my children the way the Savior would.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day Two

Come and See
Mark 1:16-18
John 1:38-39

"My desire today is for all of us....to have a more straightforward personal experience with the Savior's example.  Sometimes we seek heaven too obliquely, focusing on the programs or history or the experience with others.  Those are important but not as important as personal experience, true discipleship, and the strength that comes from experiencing firsthand the majesty of His touch."   Elder Jeffery R Holland

Learn how to listen for the Savior's invitation to come and see. Most often it will come as we read the scriptures, visit the temple, attend church meetings and during our sincere prayers.

-determine what fills your nets. Are everday challenges ad demands, or feelings of inadequacy holding you back from developing a relationship with Christ?
-try to listen for the invitations from the Lord to come and see.
-prepare with a prayer in your heart for the experiences of each day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Today I was starting to put out my Christmas decorations--every year since Joe and I were married (1999) I have made the Christmas cards we receive into these cute little boxes. I learned how to make them from some awesome YW leaders. I love them. But today I love them even more.......
I have cards from when my brother was on his mission, cards from Grandma Betty, cards from friends, if you have sent me a card--it's a box! I used to put them on my tree, but there are too many now! 
I was getting out last years cards to make them into boxes and I happened upon this card and this box--
I lost it....I miss my Uncle RJ so much! I started thinking about this past year and all of those that we love so dearly that have passed away.....our dear friend Leo, my Uncle, Joe's Grandma  it's been a tough year.  When I look at all the cards from years past I am so grateful to know that I have a Loving Father in Heaven who has made it possible for me to be with these sweet people again someday! And I am grateful for traditions that remind me of them and help me to still feel close to them.

Week Two Menu

French Toast
Pancakes, Boiled eggs
Toast, Eggs, Strawberries, Yogurt
German Pancakes, Sliced Apples
Dino Biscuits, homemade Apple Butter
With cut up in season Fruit.

Kids for school-- Fruit, sandwich, crackers, water or koolaid, yogurt, string cheese if we have some, dessert
Mom and Dad-- Leftovers from last nights dinner, salad, sandwich, or just some fruit.

Chicken Spaghetti, Corn, Salad
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Date Night
Hot Dogs @ Sam's Like I said we aren't perfect it was grocery shopping day :]
Italian Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Salad, Rolls
Beef Stroganoff, Fruit Salad
Stir Fry

*I do not claim to be an expert or perfect--I can only try not to use processed foods

Day One

Last year at our Relief Society Christmas Dinner they gave each of us a booklet "28 Days closer to Christ".  I just re-found it and thought I should start on it now--I will finish on Dec 20th--just before we head to Utah for Christmas.....hopefully, and I'm sure it will, help us (or at least me) have a more spiritual Christmas. 

So to start Day One:
Mark 5:25-34
"Faith is a principle of power.  God works by power, but this power is usually exercised in response to our faith."    President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Day One Challenge
What "healing" do you need in your life?
How might coming closer to Christ help heal you?
-write down what you hope to gain from this process.
-decide when and schedule a time to devote to coming closer to Christ each day.

I hope to, like I said, gain a more Christ centered Christmas.  I hope to be a good example to my children of a woman who believes in and  follows the Savior.  I hope to be able to lead a more fulfilled and spiritual life.

I would like to set a time but for now I will just say that I will be doing this for the next 28 days everyday--and post it here!

**I only posted part of what is in the booklet.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I'm the coolest because I make biscuits in the shape of dinosaurs!   And I need to figure this one out--Jimmy says "I can't wear my socks, they don't feel good--they need to rest in my dresser." Sometimes that boy!!!  And Chase has been having "the best lunch(dinner/breakfast) he has ever had!" lately--I think we all like the new plan! And the results for week one--Joe -4 and me -2.4! Not bad at all!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Something I L.O.V.E.

I love the smell of clean laundry--in fact if it's the right combo of soap and softner I don't even mind folding it all! So right now my absolute favorite is Tide with febreeze Sport paired with Bounce outdoor fresh dryer sheets.  But if I lived in a drier climate I adore line dried clothing. (I really do--when I visit my mom's in Utah during the summer I line dry my clothes. I don't know which I like better the smell of them or the actual hanging--but I love it!)
  Crisp and Clean!

Week One Menu

French Toast
Toast, Eggs, Bacon
With cut up in season Fruit.

Kids for school-- Fruit, sandwich, crackers, water or koolaid, yogurt, string cheese if we have some, dessert
Mom and Dad-- Leftovers from last nights dinner, salad, sandwich, or just some fruit.

 Grilled Chicken, Salad
Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Sliced Strawberries
Oven Chicken, Corn, Salad
Pizza (homemade :])
Sunday dinner with friends
Meatloaf, rolls, carrots, and apple slices
Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

*I do not claim to be an expert or perfect--I can only try not to use processed foods

Monday, November 15, 2010

Food 1

It's almost been a week since I started this one--we are going off the grid--in a food way that is,  no processed food and also no food containing Aspartame.....I know there have been reports both ways that aspartame is cancer causing and arguments that it is not, but here are my thoughts on it.........it is no secret that I have spent the last year losing weight, and I have lost quite a bit 40+ lbs...so I of course am no stranger to light, no sugar added products!  But I started noticing labels a while back and decided that I no longer wanted to eat ANYTHING that contained aspartame... I don't know if it causes cancer or not all I know is that it is in A LOT and I mean A LOT of products most diet sodas (which I pretty much have cut soda out completely very hard for this avid Diet Coke drinker) most gums, almost everything that says "sugar free", light yogurt, crystal light, little drink packets for water bottles....you know a lot of things a person trying to lose weight relies on....so the new adventure begins with food I am not sure how it will all turn out--Joe and I both got our starting weights and will give it a week and then see what the results are. As for processed food--we are trying the "if you can't pronounce the ingredients-then don't eat it" rule--a little harder than it sounds? It might take some time to wean my kids off  of  some of their favs--but hopefully I will be able to replace them with some new healthier favs--Jimmy (5) did request meatloaf and carrots for his birthday dinner--so it might not be as hard as I imagine it to be?

Now here is where my old soul mojo comes in--we are on day 5 of  me getting up early to make a HOT breakfast. We all have homemade lunches.  We have only gone out to eat once--that was Thursday for my normal McD's playdate for Jimmy.  And I am trying to make more balanced meals--like my Mom and Grandma do.  I have loved every single minute of being in the kitchen--adds a lot of work to my day--but there is nothing I love more than serving my family!

The BIG plus to all of this is we are growing closer as a family--I have had help with the dishes EVERYday so far--we all seem a bit happier!

I hope to start getting my menu's and shopping lists up on here so that by next year I will have a full year's menu and shopping done!  Wouldn't that be exciting!

Friday, November 12, 2010

What am I doing?

Last week we took a whirlwind trip to Utah for my husbands Grandmothers funeral. Beautiful lady, wonderful life, happy (I'm sure) to be with her husband again.

While there we stayed at my parents house, which is right next door to my Grandparents. Grandpa almost 91--Grandma 89  When we arrived Gramps was down in the barn working on some wood projects--just as he was when I was a kid.  Grandma cleaning and cleaning, just like when I was a kid. 

That's when I started to wonder how on earth they have that much energy--it seems they have more than me--how come--how do I get some?

So here on this blog I will attempt to record my efforts in making this old fashioned soul of mine (for I know and am made sometimes painfully aware that I am old fashioned) happy and healthy BODY and SOUL.