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Week at the Boyacks - Week 36

This was a busy week... yet fulfilling.  However, I remembered that I forgot to mention a story from last week.

John got in a car wreck.  See... John stayed home sick one day.  I wasn't feeling well either.  Chad finished math and John volunteered to go get him.  However, John blew right past Chad as he drove down the road in a stupor. Chad wasn't impressed.  I agreed to go get him in a different car. By the time I reached Chad, John had found him.  I was a little annoyed and headed home.  I went around a corner and John went up a different block.

Traffic was crazy.  I couldn't cross the highway, so I decided to turn right and head north and take the first left.  John was confused as he watched me turn off the highway on the side street in front of him.  He was so dazed that he didn't notice the truck right behind me and he shot across the highway.

He said he noticed the blue smoke from the truck breaks first.  Chad yelled, "sh*#!" and clung to the roof f…

Gospel Study - By Faith All Things Are Fullfilled

Today I read Elder Marcus B. Nash's talk, By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled.

There are days I know that my faith is weak.  Today is one of those days.  There are certain things that I pray for... that I dream of... that I want desperately to come to pass...

I want to be thinner and to have better health.  I have tried cutting wheat, milk and soy... I have tried exercise (but have stopped because I feel so discouraged due to lack of change).  I've started measuring and counting every morsel that goes into my mouth.  I visit an acupuncturist   I even sucked it up and ground the courage to call the doctor to fix this darn hernia.  Trust me.  That took courage.  I do not have faith in doctors.  Even more, I fear that they will insist that I got on drugs for the rest of my life.  I fear that I will be told that I will be just like all those that came before me and that I have a failing heart, blood vessels, cholesterol, and diabetes.  Truth is, I'd rather not know and just move…

Gospel Study - One Step Closer to the Savior

This talk made me think of my calling... seminary teacher.

We have been trained in these methods of teaching for several years now.

Nearly every in-service our supervisor hammers in "what to teach" and "how to teach it."  He encourages us "to focus on the needs of the learner... to help them discover truth for themselves... and to listen to their questions."  In in-service we focus on acting "out of love for the one [we are] teaching."

I have seen for myself that conversions is a "lifelong quest to become more like the Savior... to know is not enough... to be converted... requires us to DO and to BECOME."

Trust me.  This is harder than it looks.

I have found that my personal study of the scripture is key.  I have to do more than just study the lesson.  I have to study the words of the living prophets.  I have to study the Book of Mormon.  I have to record my feelings about what I learn.  Study of the lesson is not enough.

I loved the s…

Chopped Greek Salad with my canned Chicken

I tried a new recipe for lunch today.   It is pretty tasty.

Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

4 servings, about 3 cups each Active Time:25 minutes Total Time:25 minutes INGREDIENTS1/3 cup red-wine vinegar2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or oregano or 1 teaspoon dried1 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper6 cups chopped romaine lettuce2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken, (about 12 ounces)2 medium tomatoes, chopped1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped1/2 cup finely chopped red onion1/2 cup sliced ripe black olives1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese PREPARATIONWhisk vinegar, oil, dill (or oregano), garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives and feta; toss to coat.
NUTRITIONPer serving:343 calories; 18 g fat ( 5 g sat , 7 g mono ); 89 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrates; 31 gprotein; 3 g fiber; 619 mg sodium; 659 mg potassium; Vitamin A (140% daily value), Vitamin …

Gospel Study - The Joy of Redeeming the Dead

Today I read Elder Richard G. Scott's talk, The Joy of Redeeming the Dead.

Once upon a time I was very interested in Family History.  I chased around family records and put together my dad's side of the family to the best of my ability.  I collected stories from my grandparents, parents (they weren't very co-operative) and my living grandparents (also not very co-operative).  I searched for pictures. I also decided that keeping a journal was also a big part of connecting family, so I kept a journal of sorts off and on for years.

As I started having more children and less time, I dropped my dedicated search for ancestor and slowed down on taking the family names I have sitting in a drawer to the temple.

Hmm... this talk has given me reason to pause.

It may be time to dust off the records, family group sheets, and computer programs and see if I can clean up the mess of neglect on my family tree.

Today I went to Family Search and attempted to link the people I know I am relat…

Tasty Tasty! - Grilled Steak with Pepper Relish

I tried a second yummy recipe from Eating Well today for dinner.  I am on this Greek/Mediterranean kick. tehehe.

Grilled Steak with Pepper Relish

Makes 4 servings Active Time:35 minutes Total Time:35 minutes INGREDIENTS3 small red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers, sliced1 small onion, halved and sliced2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon capers, rinsed1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried, divided1/2 teaspoon salt, divided1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided1 pound sirloin steak or strip steak (1-1 1/4 inches thick), trimmed and cut into 4 portions1 teaspoon garlic powder PREPARATIONPreheat grill to medium.Combine bell peppers, onion, vinegar, oil, capers, 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 3/4 teaspoon dried) and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl.Stack two 30-inch-long pieces of foil. Arrange the pepper mixture on one half and fold the foil. Tightly seal the packet by crimping and folding the edges together.…

New Tasty Food - Lemony Lentil Salad with Salmon

I tried a new recipe today that was yummy!  I got it from the Eating Well website.

Lemony Lentil Salad with Salmon

6 servings, 1 cup each - Active Time:30 minutes - Total Time:30 minutes INGREDIENTS1/3 cup lemon juice1/3 cup chopped fresh dill2 teaspoons Dijon mustard1/4 teaspoon saltFreshly ground pepper to taste1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced1 cup diced seedless cucumber1/2 cup finely chopped red onion2 15-ounce cans lentils, rinsed, or 3 cups cooked brown or green lentils 2 7-ounce cans salmon , drained and flaked, or 1 1/2 cups flaked cooked salmon PREPARATIONWhisk lemon juice, dill, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Add bell pepper, cucumber, onion, lentils and salmon; toss to coat.
NUTRITIONPer serving:354 calories; 18 g fat ( 3 g sat , 12 g mono ); 31 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 9 g fiber; 194 mg sodium; 743 mg potassium; Vitamin C (80% daily value), Folate (49% dv), S…

Gospel Study - Being a More Christian Christian

One of the greatest dreams I have is to be known as a good Christian.  Sadly, I make many mistakes and I fear many that meet my would never guess I am a Christian.  Elder Robert D. Hales talk, Being a More Christian Christian caused me to thing...

"How am I doing in my quest to follow Christ?

I should try harder.

The answer to that question depends on the day... and sometimes the time of day.  I am working toward that "mighty change of heart until I have no more disposition to do evil."

How grateful I am for GRACE!  I can even say that I am grateful for my weakness exposed so that I can work on making them strengths.

I think it is hardest to be that good Christian at home.  At home my flaws are out in the open and my kids often use them against me. sigh.  Although I try my best to share the "gospel with young and old, lifting, blessing, comforting, encouraging and building" others, I fall short in teaching my family... well at least I think I do.  I struggle t…

Week at the Boyacks - Week 35

The week was full of sunshine and surprises   This is a good thing because it was also a LONG week.  I only had one day of Legally Blonde and spent the rest of the week with Once Upon a Mattress as my extra curricular activity.  During the sunny days Lilli, Lagi, and Case made good use of the yard.  They do this are great risk.  First, the little people dumped out the backyard trash and spread it all around.  Second, no one has bothered to poop scoop since winter began,.  Third, no one has cut the grass either.  This facts contributes to the dangerous situation we call The Backyard.
On Thursday I spent 3 hours in a dentist office.  Chad got his top braces.  The thing with Kaiser Dental is that they have not been smooth sailing.  They have made mistakes at every turn concerning Chad's care.  They make appointments - they cancel appointment.  They make a payment contract - they change the contract without telling me.  Today (this week report a little early) informed me that they pa…

Gospel Study - Consider the Blessings

I actually read this yesterday, but my day got away from me.

A couple of thoughts struck me:

Follow promptings.  I may be the needed hands someone prayed for... and I may be needing those "hands" soon.  :)

Think positive thoughts.  "rather than dwelling on the negative, if we take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness."

God DOES HEAR and ANSWER prayers.

God wants us to be truly happy.

Gospel Study - The First Great Commandment

I love this talk!  Elder Holland has a way of breaking down the scriptures into real life, bite sizes that are easier to consume and apply!

I have to admit, I truly identify with Peter.  My heart is often in a good place, but I'm not always to confident enough to follow through.  I often feel inadequate.  I often feel like "that is done... time to start over."

"I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs.  I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith."

He's not asking much.

A willing heart.

I can do that.


I can do that.

There are "neighbors to  bless, children to protect, the poor to lift up, and the truth to defend.  I have wrongs to make right, truths to share, and good to do... a life of devoted discipleship to give in demonstrating my love of the Lord."

I can do that.

Every little thing counts.

Gospel Study - Learning with Our Hearts

The heart is truly where my deepest learning takes place.  It is in my heart that I "feel" the Savior in my life and "know" more about him.  I know I have gained knowledge in my heart that I could not obtain in any other way.

I am working on reading scriptures and following the living prophets.  I am working at understanding prayer and applying the principles of prayer to my life.  It is a little harder to "take time to be still and feel."  The world can be so loud and overwhelming.... especially in a houseful of teens with their competing electronic noise devices!

Then there are all those mistakes I make.  Those mistake most definitely get in my way of seeing, feeling, and loving others.

Repentance.  I need a little more of that.

Remember!  Such a hard thing.

It may be hard but it is worth it!!!

Week at the Boyacks - Week 33

I'm running behind on my weekly review.  I haven't been feeling my best and just can't find the energy to do more.  But I can't get too far behind or I won't be able to catch up.  So her it goes.  I review of last week.

Last week was full of lessons, school and rehearsal. But the best event of the week was baby Ben's first birthday!  He is such a blessing!  To everyone!  It is hard to believe that he was been blessing us with his giggle, smiles and snuggles for a year!  I remember the day he was born so well.  His mom was brave and labored without drugs.  She was strong as she helped him into the world.  I was blessed to be invited to the near sacred event.  I was blessed to be part of the team and to watch Ben's parents lovingly help each other through a long and tiring day.
 I think it is so awesome that Ben and Lillian are the best of friends.  Seriously, they can hardly be separated   Ben thinks Lillian is the best thing ever.  Who needs toys when you …