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Salad Days 351-359

Next week people!  Next week I will have made it through 365 days of salad.  Hard to believe.  I do need to make up my mind as to what I should do for the next 365 days.

Friday, March 23, I kept it simple.  Salad greens and Italian dressing.
Saturday, March 24, I got one of those salads from the store.  I need to find a way to pack quick grab and go salads of my own without everything getting slimy and gross.
Sunday, March 25, we made Broccoli Salad.  My Friend Vicky Hilton introduced this tasty salad to us years a go.  It is still a favorite.
Monday, March 26, we were entertaining McKay's boyfriend who was in town from New Mexico... once again I went with easy... salad from the store.
Tuesday, March 27, easy cop out again... salad greens and Italian dressing.
Wednesday, March 28, I went with the trusty Taco Salad.
Thursday, March 29, I went with fruit salad... i.e. peaches and cream... tehe.  cheating a bit, but I hadn't gotten to the store yet.
Friday, March 30, I still had broccoli…

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 2

I know I've been doing gospel study nearly all day - with all of the Conference sessions and all - but I'm on a roll.  I had to read the Book of Mormon too.  So, I read Alma 2.

Three times in this chapter it's pointed out that the Nephites were strengthened by the Lord in their trials. The battles were not taken from them but they were strengthened enough to be victorious.  I think most of your trials are like this... they are not taken from us but we are given just enough to make it through  the tough times.

I can't imagine the sheer terror they must have felt, being confronted by such violence and hatred. Altogether, nearly twenty thousand people were killed in one day. I can't even imagine.  That's a blood bath!

I have trials in my life, some that really do frighten me- but nothing like a scantily clad Lamanite boasting a cimeter trying to kill me. Yeah- I'll take my trials over that.  LOL.

What I took from this, though, is that no matter what my trial…

Favorite Thoughts from Saturday Afternoon Conference

Loved this session as well!  The MTC choir was great.

This time I wrote several things that were my impressions and not so much what was said.  Thus, some of these thoughts won't reflect exactly what was said, but definitely what was learned.

... In the Parable of the Laborer, no one was treated unfairly... everyone knew and agreed to the wages for the work... why should you be jealous when I choose to be kind?... I wish I could get that through to my kids and to my students and to my own heart...

... envy is a mistake that keeps giving...

... forgive and let go and move on...

... remember the thrill of being merciful... it will make a difference when dealing with people making poor choices...

... AWAKE and be MEN...

... keep saving for a mission... you never know, he just might surprise everyone and go... I need to be ready...

... DON'T delay.  It is getting LATE...

... prepare for Sunday meetings...

... Live worthy of temple covenants...

... help youth to be self-reliant, le…

Favorite Thoughts from Saturday Morning Conference

I love conference.  It's like getting an extra boost to make it through the winds of life that batter us all around.

First of all, the music always lifts me.  I love the Tab Choir.  I think angels will sound just like that in heaven.

Here are the thoughts I wrote in my conference journal:

... find the courage to change...

... resolve to live worthy of the blessing God has to extend...

... oppose evil...

... children are the joy of the Lord...

... no pain will last forever...

... my first calling is within my family...

... we often learn more from our children than from our parents... So TRUE!

... make time for family...

... children are the heritage of the Lord...

... must teach the doctrine, better to teach to UNDERSTAND the doctrine...

... create a Spirit filled atmosphere...

... Be ACTIVE in the gospel... by 1) deepen understanding of God 2) focus on covenants and ordinances and then live up to them 3) unit the gospel with the church...

... follow the pattern...

... LOVE of Go…

My own Spin... Easter Wreath

So... I started looking at Pintrest recently.  I mostly went to do something with Kimber.  It's not like we are on the computer at the same time.  It's just so we can share ideas and common interests.  However, it seems so unproductive to "pin" something and than to never "DO" anything about it.  Why not try some of the things I see?  So I tried to do just that.
I liked this Easter Wreath.  It was so cute!

It looked easy.

I headed to JoAnn's to find what I needed...

... and it wasn't there.

I was bummed.

I put my mind to work.  How could I do this in a slightly different way?

I found a foam ring... I found small lace daisies... I found a cute pink ribbon (although it wasn't exactly the same), but I couldn't find the green fuzzy yearn.

I went round and round through the store looking for inspiration.  I had to come home with something.  I went to Salem just for this and I couldn't go home as a failure.

Then it hit me.

FEATHER BOA!

So I bou…

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 1

Nehor, Nehor, Nehor, oh how you sound like so many out there today! Proclaiming what you term the truth, buying people's allegiance with lies and misperceptions, playing to their vanity. And how easily the people succumbed.

Of course they did. He made the path wide and easy. He removed the struggle, the accountability and humility and replaced it with selfishness, laziness and pride.

Sinning always seems the path of least resistance. But we see in the end of this chapter (and pretty much all cases of sinful behavior) that it is not the path to happiness. Only righteousness is.

This man, Nehor, claimed to be a man of God; killed an elderly hero because he didn't like what he had to say. It's amazing how a wicked and weak mind can justify sinful and destructive behavior!

In comparison, the righteous, in spite of other church members going astray and fighting, held steadfast and immovable, continually living the gospel they knew to be true.

I think of people being offended w…

Book of Mormon Study - Mosiah 29

Well... I've reached the end of Mosiah.  Marvelous are the words in this book.

It's interesting that Mormon decides to put most of Mosiah's letter word for word, rather than summing it all up. His own words show his humility and the love and concern he had for his people. Sometimes I forget that these aren't just great stories, but that they were real people. He was inspired to set up the government by the voice of the people, with judges and judge, and systems in place to ensure fair and appropriate judging by all and for all.


He gloried in following God, in liberty and the freedom to choose.

Verse 27 is eerily similar to the direction of this great land today, "And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you..." Things are changing here- and not for the better. The tide of standards and integrity are receding; the voice of the people is crying louder and louder for redefi…

My Own Brand of Magic

I am inspired by many of the beauties of this world.  How can I not be.  God is good.

It is my goal to be that good.  (in more ways than one).  I make an attempt and fall short.  However,  I practice.  Here is my last attempt at creating magic with Cinderella at Central High School.

 I started with my model...
It was real magic that we some how got this whole set on the stage... ready for tech and dress... in thee and a half weeks.  We had a lot on the line.  My daughter, Kimber was due with her first baby.  I couldn't leave the director, the kids, and the show in a tight corner.



We got this far after our first week.  Not bad... considering.  I love what my friend Dean was having for breakfast.  Actually, it was mostly mine.  I lived on diet Pepsi for a couple of weeks.  I was so tired!