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Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 4

What a beautiful chapter!

The people have an interesting thing happen to them, that I never quite noticed before. In verse 2 they ask the Lord to "apply" to atoning blood of Christ. They believed. They had faith. But they knew it took more than just those two things. It took action.

It's like knowing that you can wash your hands at the sink. Standing there, with dirty hands, in front of the sink, believing with all your heart, won't get your hands clean. Something needs to happen- action. The water needs to be turned on, or "applied."

In the sink, we know it s simple turn of the knob and pump of the soap that does it.

But, with the Atonement it's a little more.

First, we do need to acknowledge that our spirits have become dirty through sin. Then, we need to stand before Him, knowing that He can make us clean. But, we can stand there, dirty spirits, in front of the Savior, believing with all our hearts, and be healed or cleansed. Something needs to happe…

Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 3

What a beautiful chapter about the Savior- and it was written over 100 years before the Savior came.

King Benjamin made it very clear a number of times: Salvation ONLY comes through Jesus Christ, and FAITH in Him. It's so beautifully written.

Mosiah 3:5 Christ, who reigns “from all eternity to all eternity,” would “come down from heaven among the children of men, and ... dwell in a tabernacle of clay.”   Omnipotent (v. 5)—All powerful; Tabernacle of clay (v. 5)—Physical body

Mosiah 3:5–6 Christ would work “mighty miracles,” such as raising the dead and healing all manner of disability and disease, and casting out the evil spirits that “dwell in the hearts of the children of men.”

Mosiah 3:7 He would suffer temptations, hunger, thirst, fatigue, and “pain of body,” more than a man can suffer “except it be unto death.”

Mosiah 3:7 Blood would come from every pore, so great would be His anguish over the wickedness of mankind.

Mosiah 3:8 He would be called “Jesus Christ, the Son of G…

Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 2

A few things I found interesting today: Verse 4: They appointed a just man to be their teacher and their king. We need to appoint just men as our leaders and teachers. I guess this is one reason to be aware and even somewhat politically active. We need to be choosing just men as representative in government, education, and judgment.

More importantly, they understood that obedience and education (vs. 2 - and including learning and knowing the scriptures (vs.3-7) were keys to peace and, more importantly, the love of God. That's why they rejoiced. Not because they had riches, or worldly goods- but because they had love.

We read about the love of God in 1 Nephi 8 and 1 Nephi 11. It is the beginning and end of all that is good, of faith, of joy and of purpose. It is the love of God that brought us here, and will bring us home, if we let it.

They recognized that, and were grateful for it.

And of course, I love verse 6: And they pitched their tents round the temple, every man having his …

Book of Mormon Study - Conference Talk

Today I read the talk, Dare to Stand Alone by President Thomas S. Monson.

I very much needed this talk.  Today was a stand alone day, until I wrote my thoughts and had some people comment and realised many people stand with me.  I am not alone.  Today was a stand alone day as Chad grumped at me until god, in His mercy, allowed our favorite missionary to call and Chad's intire mood changed.  God bless that missionary for his  friendsship and his influence on my son.

I loved that President Monson reminded me that, "My strength is as the strenth of ten, because my heart is pure."  Well... I'm working on having a pure heart.

I am grateful for his reminder that "those who hold the iron rod until they come forth and partake of the tree of life." are the true winners here.

As I look at how hard it is to live and to parent and to teach these days, I love that President Monson reminded me that "God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final da…

Some People should Keep their Thoughts to Themselves

It's been a little chilly the last couple of days.  I only live a couple of houses from the church, but I decided to drive the three houses in case the weather decided to blow, snow, hail, rain or all of the above, like it did yesterday, when it was time to go home.  Besides, I don't really have a coat.  What I have are sweatshirts.  Some how a sweat shirt doesn't seem good enough for church.

I came rushing into the back hallway and was met by two elderly ladies coming in from the opposite door.

"Where is you coat?" my friend Max asked.

"I don't have one.  I'm ok."

The other woman scoffed.  "Come on.  That can't be true."

It is true.  Every coat I've purchased for myself has been claimed by other family members.  I don't really mind.  They need a coat too.  Besides, it's been years since I've been able to find a coat that will zip up.  My gut is too big.  Besides, that old sweat shirt has been ok.

Then she started i…

Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 1

First of all, I'm glad I'm not the only one to feel like parenting sucks the life out of me. "And it came to pass that after king Benjamin had made an end of teaching his sons, that he waxed old, and he saw that he must very soon go the way of all the earth;" LOL

This morning I took a child to a court mandated class. Said child is very angry with me that I requested the class. No kind words were issued this morning. Sometimes parenting seems so lonely. I can’t tell you how reassuring reading this chapter was this morning.

Seriously, though, I was moved by how much King Benjamin loved the scriptures, and how important he felt they were. The same promises are extended to us today.

Prior to addressing his people, Benjamin gathered his sons together and taught them by way of personal testimony about prophets and prophecy, scripture and obedience. He also taught them to love the Lord, and “many more things” which are not recorded in the Book of Mormon (see Mosiah 1:18). T…

book of Mormon study - Words of Mormon

Two verses stuck out to me:

7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will.

I have had a couple opportunities the past to be put into people's paths, seemingly by happenstance. But, it turns out afterwards that it was by design, for the benefit of them.   It seems that often times angels are placed in my path when I most need it.

It's neat to see, after the fact, the way the Lord knows us, and our needs, and meets them through each other.

I also loved:

18 Wherefore, with the help of these, king Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul, and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land.

He didn't try with part of his soul, or even most- but with the faculty of his whole soul. Why should I t…

Book of Mormon Study - Omni

Omni is a cool book. It's where the three different major groups of people tie together. It brings clarity to the expanse of the scriptures, and the beautiful choreography of the Lord's will for this nation and His people.

Looking back in my life it's easy to see that same thing: This thing happened because that thing happened, which only happened because this other thing happened. All of which happened because of the Lord's influence in my life.

I also love the words in the end of the chapter, exhorting us to come unto Christ. If I had only one page to write as my last testimony, it would sound much like this.

To fully come unto Christ, we must be willing to offer Him all that we are and all that we have.

President Ezra Taft Benson: “Yes, brothers and sisters, the mission of the Church is glorious—to invite all of us to come unto Christ” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1988, 98; or Ensign, May 1988, 85).

I wish every person that has ever questioned if I am a Christian c…

Book of Mormon Study - Jarom

There's the time for preaching and talking.

Then there's time for action.

Jarom was a man of action.

He says in the first few verses that he won't record any prophecies, etc. It had all been said. Jarom did not record the prophecies and revelations he had received because he said that previous writings already revealed the plan of salvation in sufficient detail. I can see his point. These past couple chapters have been so inspiring. Already my little Book of Mormon is fat with notes.

Jarom speaks of the continuing spiritual apostasy among many of his people (v3).

He also speaks of many who have revelations and keep the commandments.

In Jarom's day there was a growing, diverse society. People with many practices and beliefs.

It might have been much like our day where there are many righteous, but also many who are stiff necked and refuse to obey the teachings of the Lord.

Here is a list of things I found in this chapter that seperates the righteous from the wicked:

Salad Days 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, and 326

Tuesday, February 14 I enjoyed a Roasted Veggie Salad for lunch.  I am surprised that I like those Spanish olives as much as I do.  It must be the salty flavor I like.
Wednesday, February 15, I ate leftover salmon from our Valentine's Day dinner and Warm Mushroom Salad.  Tat was yummy!  I used mixed salad greens, sauteed mushrooms, shallots, garlic, chives, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sugar and black pepper.  yummy!
Thursday, February 16, I made Roasted Shanghai Pepper Salad and added Korean Beef Strips to the mix.  I roasted yellow and red peppers, rice vinegar, a little soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, cilantro, on a bed of salad greens.  I made beef strips with a Korean flare.  It was pretty good.
Friday, February 17, I made a Thai Beef salad.  Truthfully, two days of beef made me feel sick.  This salad was spinach, beef cooked in Thai peanut sauce, and tomatoes.  It tasted yummy, but it wasn't my smartest move since my tummy hurt the first couple days of "Do Noth…

The "Do Nothing" vacation

This past weekend John and I enjoyed a “Do Nothing” vacation. It has been a very long time since we’ve had the opportunity to do nothing. Usually our days are filled with work, children, plays, school work, lessons to teach, seminary, house and yard work, school board stuff, church, animals, technology, friends, home teaching and visit teaching, and on and on and on…

Back in December, I arranged for the two of us to ditch the kids and to spend a couple days on the coast at a friends coast house. I arranged for Lillian to spend time with her friend Leah (who lives in Waldport). I arranged for Chad to hang out with Jon Jessop and Kimber and Ray. I arranged for Hannah to have a movie party with friends and then to hang out with McKay. I arranged for John to hang out with ME!

We stayed in Waldport at my friend Amanda’s house. It was a cute little place. We made food at “home” and only ate out 2 times. We sat around and watched movies and TV. We went for a small drive and watched the storm…

Book of Mormon Study- Enos

There is so much in this chapter! But the theme that hit me the most today was parenthood.

We learn in the first verse that Jacob's effect on his son Enos was great. Enos may not have agreed with his father or followed him in his younger years, but what he did know what that his dad was a just man. He knew his dad was a teacher, and he often spoke to his son of the things pertaining to the gospel- even if Enos didn't always seem like he was listening or believing.

He knew his dad followed the example of the Lord in the way that he nurtured and admonished him.

He remembered the words his father spoke of, particularly about eternal life, and the joy of the saints.

And so, Enos, as an older young man, was alone in the woods when all of what he knew about his father sunk deep into his heart. This pricked his heart to repentance.

How different would Enos' story been different if he dad never taught him? Or if he wasn't trustworthy, or loving or anything other than who and …

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 7

Flattery is an interesting word. It reminds me of politics. I don’t like politics. Maybe flattery is to blame. Flattery is to use excessive praise to manipulate someone.

God doesn’t need to manipulate anyone. The doctrine of Christ - Faith, repentance, Baptism, enduring to the end – is pure. It is real.

Sherem is bold. He accuses the prophet of leading the apostasy.

Ye have [1] led away much of this people that they pervert the right way of God, and keep not the law of Moses which is the right way; and convert the law of Moses into the worship of a being which ye say shall come many hundred years hence. And now behold, I, Sherem, declare unto you that this is Blasphemy - serious charge punishable by death.  [2] blasphemy; for no man knoweth of such things; for he False Prophecy  [3] cannot tell of things to come. (Jacob 7:7)

Holy Cow! That is bold!

But he’s good. He is hard to resist. How do you avoid and combat such a skilled player?

Jacob gives us the clues.

Vs. 8-9 - The Lord was …

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 6

I’m sorry I didn’t post this Friday… I went on “vacation”. I will explain more in a later post.

I can hear the anguish in Jacob's voice as he pleads with his family, and us, to repent and follow the Savior.

Sometimes I wonder how numb they had to have been to be reminded so often. I mean, how hard is it, really, to make good choices?

But, then I am always reminded that everyone is in need of repentance. And everyone struggles to make the right choices- just some more than others. Pride, hurt, anger, resentment, desires, expectations, etc- all stand in the way of people and repentance. And I don't know if there isn't anyone who hasn't felt these things.

O be wise. What more can he say?

What more can anyone say?

That's good advice- even if it is really hard.

Taxes are out of control!

Sometimes it doesn't pay....

It doesn't pay to "volunteer"...

It doesn't pay to help a friend...

It doesn't pay to be nice...

In fact, YOU pay...

Today John did our taxes.  I was paid a small amount ($1700) last year for helping at the HS.  I worked around 22 hours a week.  The works out to being around 792 hours of work for that $1700.  I worked for $2.15 an hour.  Granted, I worked because I like the work.  I love to create in the theater.  I want to see education become better for everyone.  What I don't like is the fact that I got to pay $450 in taxes on that $1700.  My hourly wage dropped to $1.58 an hour.  Now, when you factor in the money I spent on using my cell phone minutes on help lines, and the baby-sitting I paid to care for Lilli and the other little people at my house, I made a $-.62 an hour.

Holy cow!

No wonder on one truly volunteers.  No wonder small little business fail.  No wonder so many expect to get the world on a platter for nothin…

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 5

I love the imagery in the Parable of the Olive Tree. The Allegory of the Olive Tree depicts the gathering, scattering and final gathering of Israel.
What is an allegory? An allegory is a story with more than one level of meaning. It uses symbolic representations to stand for moral or spiritual ideas, which generally have far more significant meaning than appears on the surface of the allegory.

Jacob 5 could be called the Parable of the Over Sensitive Master of the Vineyard and it records 4 visits of the master of the vineyard. Each of the parts of the allegory has a meaning.

Here are some of the symbols in this story:

(1) Tame olive tree – The house of Israel
(2) Wild olive tree – The Gentiles
(3) Branches – Groups of people
(4) Roots of tame tree – The gospel
(5) The fruit – Works of men
(6) The vineyard – the world
(7) The master of the vineyard – Jesus Christ
(8) The servant – The Lord’s prophets
(9) Digging & pruning – The Lord’s work with people
(10) Planting the branches – …

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 4

Jacob chapter 4 has Jacob telling us about the scriptures and the power they have... what they do for us...

A few things are made very clear in this chapter:

1. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings.
2. They kept the Law of Moses- which was brought by Lehi and his family from Jerusalem years before.
3. It is great faith and the Priesthood that gave/give prophets their power.
4. We can only know of spiritual things (the mysteries of God) through spiritual ways (revelation)
5. God knows all, so don't tell him what to do, listen as He guides you.
6. Have faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
7. The Spirit cannot lie.
8. God witnessed to prophets throughout time his truths and mysteries.
9. Elder Neal A. Maxwell, said of Jacob 4:14, “The mark is Christ” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 39; or Ensign, May 1976, 26). “Looking beyond the mark” (Jacob 4:14) means that the Jews were looking for something other than Jesus Christ to save them. Jaco…

Salad Days 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, and 318

Monday, February 6, I made Chinese Chicken Salad.  It's quick and easy salad... a Chinese cabbage, Chinese chicken salad dressing from the salad dressing section of the store, canned chicken, chopped green onions, smashed ramen noodles, and peanuts.  It is one of my favorites because it is that easy.  On Tuesday, February 7, Hannah helped me make a Zucchini Salad.  She sliced zucchini, sweet onions, orange bell peppers, and mixed it with a dressing of cider vinegar, water, olive oil, sugar, salt, black pepper, marjoram, on a bed of salad greens and sunflower seeds.  It was very yummy! Wednesday, February 8, I finished of the leftovers.  For breakfast I had the leftover Chinese Chicken Salad.  For lunch I had the Zucchini Salad.  I can't stand to see things wasted, but I must say that salad really doesn't make very good leftovers. Thursday, February 9, I made a Antipasti Focaccia Salad.  Ok... I illuminated the bread.... but I got the idea and the flavors.  For the dressing I…

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 3

I love the first two verses of this chapter- probably because they are so uplifting.

I try hard to count myself as one that is pure in heart, so I apply what Jacob has to say to me.

These are the things I must do:

• Look unto God with firmness in mind.

• Pray unto Him with exceeding faith.

• Lift up my head and receive the word of God.

• Keep my mind firm forever.

If I do these things:

• God will console me in my afflictions.

• He will plead my cause.

• He will send down justice upon those who seek my destruction.

• I may feast upon His love- forever.

I love the simplicity and beauty of it.

Chapter 3 talks about how the Nephites think they have more knowledge than the Lamanites. That darn pride thing gets in the way.

The racial prejudice problem is linked to the immoral concern Jacob has. Jacob gives a prophecy here. “If you continue in this immoral behavior, the time will come when it will cause God to remove the righteous and then let the Lamanites destroy the rest of you!”

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 2

So I read Chapter 2 and wrote my blog yesterday… then my computer crashed. GRRRR! Hopefully, I remembered everything I wanted to say.

There is so much to learn in this chapter! I’m not even sure where to begin. Jacob loves plainness, just like Nephi did. What amazing men they must have been.

Jacob is talking to his people in Jacob 2. These are good people, but they are just beginning to fall into the trap of materialism and wanting to seek more earnestly after the things of the world. Jacob is more concerned about the immorality problem than the materialism and pride problems, but again, he starts to deal with the easier problem ... the materialism problem.

I think it is interesting that Jacob takes the first little bit of the chapter to make sure the people knew a few things:

1. He is called of God and has the authority - Priesthood- to say what he is going to say.
2. He is diligent in His calling and commitment to serve God.
3. He loves and cares for them.
4. He hurts for them.


Book of Mormon Study - Conference Talk

Today I read President Henry B. Eyring's talk Preparation in the Priesthood: I Need Your Help.

I loved how he reminded me that we have been prepared for all of this before we were born.  The trick really is to remember what we learned before.

God calls the weak and the simple and then strengthens them for the work.  As  a parent, I couldn't feel anymore weak and simple.  Most days I don't feel like He is really making me stronger.  I still feel weak as a parent, making mistake after and mistake and failing miserably at teaching my children the gospel and persuading them to follow Christ.  I guess that is where faith and hope comes into play.  Something and someone else will have to step in and make up the difference.

Still, I strive to "be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit in faith, in purity."  The key word being strive.  Sadly, I fall short of always setting that example of being a believer most days... but I give it m…

Book of Mormon Study - Jacob 1

I will be so excited when we get a more detailed record of the people.

When Jacob received the responsibility of record keeping, fifty-five years had passed away since Lehi left Jerusalem (see Jacob 1:1). By this time Lehi’s posterity likely included his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. His descendants by this time may have numbered in the hundreds or even over a thousand. Not only had the people grown in number but also in wealth (see v. 16) and, unfortunately, wickedness (see v. 15). Later on, Jacob describes himself as “weighed down” (Jacob 2:3), and writes “it grieveth my soul” (v. 6) and “it burdeneth my soul” (v. 9) to have to call the people to repentance.

I identify with this.

He understood that if he “did not teach them the word of God with all diligence,” he would be partly to blame for their sins (Jacob 1:19). For this reason Jacob taught that we should center our lives in Jesus Christ.

Every time I read this chapter, there are …

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 33

In 2 Nephi 33, Nephi taught one more thing to help understand how the Holy Ghost works, and it will also give us a fourth way to help us walk that path....

Two points that I loved.

1- It isn't man that teaches, it's the power of the Holy Ghost.

2- If you believe in Christ, you should believe the things that Nephi wrote.

Plain and simple. Nephi loves plainness (v 6). I love Nephi.

He starts this chapter in such humility. “I, Nephi, cannot write all the things… neither am I mighty in writing…” I feel this way too! When I teach, stuff just comes to mind and I say it. When I write, it never seems to come out. When I write, I just can’t seem to find the right words to express what my soul has learned. At least I know that if I try to write it down, eventually I will be able to succeed in communicating what I truly feel in my heart. Like Nephi, I hope that the Holy Ghost will carry the truths I attempt to record to the hearts of the reader, particularly my children and grandchildren…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 32

Love this chapter! I think I say that all the time! LOL! But how can I not?

A couple things that caught my eye today.

Nephi ended the last chapter by talking about enduring to the end. I don't know how many classes I've had throughout my life that talk about what that means. Here we learn that that is not a new endeavor. People throughout time have follows the very tangible and physical steps of obedience, then sought for clarification on just what exactly they do next.

He spells it out here: Ask God, through prayer, to direct your path. Listen to Him through the gift of the Holy Ghost, which you received after baptism. Then, use the gifts of the Holy Ghost, keep the covenants you have made, and do the things which you are prompted to do by Him.

Feast on the Holy Ghost! Feast upon the things he is going tell you! Yes, it’s THAT easy! It’s not intuition you will be given, but rather the Spirit. And he will always tell you the right way to apply the principles which the Savior …

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 31

Nephi tells why Christ was baptized—Men must follow Christ, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end to be saved—Repentance and baptism are the gate to the strait and narrow path—Eternal life comes to those who keep the commandments after baptism. About 559–545 B.C.

I love this chapter! It clarifies the doctrine: faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. When we learn that the Book of Mormon contains and clarifies the gospel- that's what it means! It's all there!

But- aside from the beautiful obvious: there are a few things that really stuck out to me this time.

Verse 3: For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding."

It really dawned on the as I read this passage this morning that we are all so different. The gospel and the Atonement are the same, unchanging- but the way that we are taught about it is as different as…

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 30

Converted Gentiles will be numbered with the covenant people—Many Lamanites and Jews will believe the word and become delightsome—Israel will be restored and the wicked destroyed. About 559–545 B.C.

I labeled this chapter "THE FINAL VICTORY." Christ's plan IS going to work, and people from each of the three groups (Jews, Nephites, and Gentiles) will come to accept Him and will become a pure, delightsome people.

Vs. 1-3 ~ In previous chapters Nephi spoke of the Jews and then the Gentiles. Now he is going to reverse that and talk of the Gentiles first, and then the Jews. There will be many Gentiles who will believe and come out of darkness (apostasy). I love that they become his people through obedience and through believing on His name.

Vs. 4-5 ~ Not only are the Gentiles going to accept Jesus Christ's gospel, but they will also help Lehi's children (descendants) come to accept it. I’m humming a little Primary song now!

Vs. 6 ~ I believe that all those who accept …

Book of Mormon Study - 2 Nephi 29

I am tired! It’ has been a long day. A piece of me wanted to count my seminary in-service meeting as my scripture study. Nope. Doesn’t count. The meeting set me off. I didn’t get to read in the morning. I didn’t get exercise. I didn’t eat very well. I didn’t get my room clean. I didn’t get my laundry done. I never got my kitchen clean. I tried though. I did 4 loads of dishes. I did 8 loads of laundry. I wiped of counters more than once. I went shopping. I carted kids around. I helped my daughter with her baby.

Now it is 10:00 and I’m getting to read my scriptures. I am tired. Tomorrow is seminary at 6:00 and then a full day of teaching and babysitting and starting over at trying to clean the house.

Today I read 2 Nephi 29. I labeled this chapter: “SATAN’S COUNTERATTACK & GOD’S ANSWER.” As mentioned earlier, Satan will not just sit back and watch the Book of Mormon and restoration come forth without a fight. He is going to fight tooth and nail (well, if he HAD teeth and nails...),…

Family Bed

When my children were young I heard all kinds of advice… how to dress them, how to feed them, how make them sleep. It seemed everyone had an opinion.

I first started letting my kids sleep by me because it was convenient. I was too tired to get up and nurse and then to put them back in their own bed. I needed my sleep and so did they. Then there was that whole “we were all in the same over crowded room” issue. The crib was often full of stuff. Also, my kids just slept better when they were near someone else. My kids were social and wanted to be near others. It seemed mean to banish them when it was time to sleep. Besides, I know that they felt more safe… and I rested better knowing they were safe and content. I’ll just blame it on the days I wasn’t allowed to see Kimber after her birth. I want to know where my babies are at all time.

Many people thought I was crazy. My mom thought I was nuts. But hey! In many cultures parents and kids have been sharing sleeping arrangements for centur…

Salad Days 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, and 310

Monday, January 30, I enjoyed a salad of greens and Thai Peanut Chicken.  It was tasty.
Wednesday, February 1, I enjoyed a Chicken Taco Salad from the hospital cafeteria.  My daughter, Kimber, was laboring and I needed a little extra fuel.
I put these in the wrong order.  Tuesday, January 31, I had a Subway salad on my way to the final Dress Rehearsal of Cinderella.
Thursday, February 2, I enjoyed a green salad with Greek dressing.
Friday, February 3, I enjoyed a spinach salad for lunch.  I spent most of the day at the hospital helping Kimber.  It is tough to get salads on the go.
Saturday, February 4, I had an Italian salad from the grocery store after taking breakfast to Kimber and Ray and heading to the HS for the Matinee performance of Cinderella.
I also had a taco salad for dinner.  The school had a taco bar come in for the kids since there were 2 shows.  I was able to find something that worked for me.
Today, February 5, I used the "hockey pucks" my husband made for burgers,…