Saturday, August 30, 2008
Labels: LDS quotes
Marjorie Pay Hinckley, Small and Simple Things (2003), 31.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Labels: Mama resource
It is beautiful! I am so excited to use this resource in my family. It almost makes me want to be a nursery worker again.
You can view the manual and download the lessons here.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Labels: Mama resource
I read all about her Home Management Notebooks and have started my own. Isn't it a pretty green?
Here is a snapshot of my to-do list, which was embellished by the Ant Bug.
It feels great to have a functional to-do list again, but I do have to control myself to make sure that the list doesn't get out of hand. So this post by Simple Mom is a great reminder for me.
She says "My main job is to parent, not to get my to-do list done. Remind yourself today that there are more important things in life than getting things done."
Monday, August 25, 2008
“No power or influence can or ought to be maintained … , only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; …
“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
“That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death” (D&C 121:41, 43–44).
Gordon B. Hinckley, “These, Our Little Ones,” Ensign, Dec 2007, 4–9.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Labels: Mama moment
The Ant Bug has loved it, and she still sleeps with it every night. In her words, this is how she feels about her special blanket: "gdnbvcnvhvlffgfkkfjfmfmjff,jfmj,,gh,h';jj;h;h'h;j"H'j;j'hljkjkhgkjhjgkjgjghjhghjghjkhjhgyth;hg;h.lhglhlhlhlhlhlghl./
Now that we live in Florida, I knew I was on my own to make a quilt for the B. Using the previous quilt as my pattern, and thanks to my good friend who loaned me her sewing machine, I was able to make a quilt. Now, I am really not a seamstress, and I wouldn't want anyone to look too closely at my stitches, but it turned out decently well.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Labels: Just for fun
Have fun making your own here.
Labels: LDS quotes
First Presidency Statement in Conference Report, Oct 1942, 761.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Labels: Book review
This is a great, imaginative book. Today we decided to experience the book on another level with our own purple crayon in hand.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Labels: Nurture, Something to think about
You can start by reading the article: The Divine Institution of Marriage
The article illustrates very clearly why marriage between a man and a woman should be preserved and protected. The primary purpose of marriage is to nurture children and teach them to be responsible, moral adults. "Extensive studies have shown that in general a husband and wife united in a loving, committed marriage provide the optimal environment for children to be protected, nurtured, and raised."
The article concludes with the following:
"Strong, stable families, headed by a father and mother, are the anchor of civilized society. When marriage is undermined by gender confusion and by distortions of its God-given meaning, the rising generation of children and youth will find it increasingly difficult to develop their natural identity as a man or a woman. Some will find it more difficult to engage in wholesome courtships, form stable marriages, and raise yet another generation imbued with moral strength and purpose.
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has chosen to become involved, along with many other churches, organizations, and individuals, in defending the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman because it is a compelling moral issue of profound importance to our religion and to the future of our society.
"The final line in the Proclamation on the Family is an admonition to the world from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve: “We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” This is the course charted by Church leaders, and it is the only course of safety for the Church and for the nation."
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Labels: LDS quotes
"We have again the warning voice sounded in our midst, which shows the uncertainty of human life; and in my leisure moments I have meditated upon the subject and asked the question, why it is that infants, innocent children, are taken away from us, especially those that seem to be the most intelligent and interesting. The strongest reasons that present themselves to my mind are these: This world is a very wicked world; and it...grows more wicked and corrupt...The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth; therefore, if rightly considered, instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice as they are delivered from evil, and we shall soon have them again...
"...The only difference between the old and young dying is, one lives longer in heaven and eternal light and glory than the other, and is freed a little sooner from this miserable, wicked world. Notwithstanding all this glory, we for a moment lose sight of it, and mourn the loss, but we do not mourn as those without hope."
Smith, Joseph. (2007). Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, p. 176.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
As a student at BYU, one of my required classes was Family Life 100. This book was the textbook for my class.
"This compilation of essays by more than 80 respected LDS theologians, sociologists, and thinkers across many disciplines explores the Proclamation in depth, illuminating its rich doctrine and key principles. The book also offers hundreds of practical tips for strengthening marriage and family relationships, guiding children, and helping families in challenging circumstances."
This book has often given me something to think about. Check this out.
"In modern society we experience an accelerated sense of time in family life that can leave family members, especially children, feeling like a cog in some time machine rather than a loved individual. In a recent representative national survey, 44% of children reported that their time with their mother was rushed, and feeling rushed was related to children's negative feelings about their mothers. Children's time is not the same as adults' time; their pace is slower and less structured" (p. 71).
I'm a little chagrined to realize how much of my daily vocabulary is comprised of phrases like this: "Fast, fast" and "Quick, quick" and "Get in the car right NOW". Do we really need to be in such hurry all the time? I don't want my children to look back on their childhood and have feelings of rushing and rushing be the dominant memory.
Author Anna Quindlen offers a compelling reminder: "The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make...I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. and I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and getting it done a little less" (Loud and Clear , 10-11).
The next time I find myselt thinking "hurry, let's get in the car and go", I hope I'll stop and take the opportunity to examine the tree branch or the pine cone my daughter offers for my inspection.
And I'll hug my children close and show them how much I love them. Time is precious, and so are my children.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
"I hope that you mothers will realize that when all is said and done, you have no more compelling responsibility, nor any laden with greater rewards, than the nurture you give your children in an environment of security, peace, companionship, love, and motivation to grow and do well.
"Set an example for them. That will mean more than all the teaching you can give them. Do not overindulge them. Let them grow up with respect for and understanding of the meaning of labor, of working and contributing to the home and its surroundings, with some way of earning some of their own expense money. Let your sons save for missions, and encourage them to prepare themselves, not only financially, but spiritually and in an attitude to go out to serve the Lord without selfishness of any kind. I do not hesitate to promise that if you will do so, you will have reason to count your blessings.
"May the Lord bless you, my beloved sisters. You are the guardians of the hearth. You are the bearers of the children. You are they who nurture them and establish within them the habits of their lives. No other work reaches so close to divinity as does the nurturing of the sons and daughters of God.
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World,” Ensign, Nov 1995, 98
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Labels: Mama moment
Nurture Mama: "Hmmm. I don't know. What would we do?"
Ant Bug: " We would have to get a new house. The snake could have this one."
Wouldn't it be nice if the answers to all of life's questions were so obvious!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
"If she has children, she is a “goodly parent” (1 Ne. 1:1) who lives and teaches standards of behavior exactly in line with the teachings of living prophets. She teaches her “children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord” (D&C 68:28). Rather than listening to the voices and partial truths of the world, she knows that gospel standards are based on eternal, unchangeable truths. She believes that to be “primarily responsible for the nurture of [her] children” is a vital, dignified, and “sacred responsibilit[y]” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Liahona, Oct. 1998, 24; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). To nurture and feed them physically is as much an honor as to nurture and feed them spiritually. She is “not weary in well-doing” and delights to serve her family, because she knows that “out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33).
"I was recently at a park where I met a group of women with mother hearts. They were young, covenant-keeping women. They were bright and had obtained advanced degrees from respected universities. Now they were devoting their considerable gifts to planning dinner that evening and sharing housekeeping ideas. They were teaching two-year-olds to be kind to one another. They were soothing babies, kissing bruised knees, and wiping tears. I asked one of those mothers how it came about that she could transfer her talents so cheerfully into the role of motherhood. She replied, “I know who I am, and I know what I am supposed to do. The rest just follows.” That young mother will build faith and character in the next generation one family prayer at a time, one scripture study session, one book read aloud, one song, one family meal after another. She is involved in a great work. She knows that “children are an heritage of the Lord” and “happy is the [woman] that hath [a] quiver full of them” (Ps. 127:3, 5). She knows that the influence of righteous, conscientious, persistent, daily mothering is far more lasting, far more powerful, far more influential than any earthly position or institution invented by man. She has the vision that, if worthy, she has the potential to be blessed as Rebekah of old to be “the mother of thousands of millions” (Gen. 24:60)."
Julie B. Beck, “A ‘Mother Heart’,” Ensign, May 2004, 75
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Labels: Just for fun
Friday, August 1, 2008
Labels: Book review
This is the latest installment in the story of the Pigeon. We were introduced to the Pigeon books at a library story time and we have loved every one.
Don't be afraid to branch out from the Pigeon. Mo's other books are definitely worthy of a spot on the bookshelf.
After you've read the books, you can check out his website for some fun games for the kids.
The New York Times Book Review called Mo "the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's." So if you haven't read them yet, what are you waiting for?