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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Has Arrived in Da UP!



Today it is a balmy 49 degrees. Literally crazy hot for my brood! They had to go out and sit in the snow to cool off.

I stayed home from church with a sick Sophia today (I think she got glutened plus has a touch of a stomach bug--together it does not make a very nice combo)(poor darling). It was to be my last day as Primary President in my branch. It's a little bittersweet to be released, as it always is. I really loved working with the kids--they are all my little friends, and I will miss teaching them.

And now I am without a calling. I'm sure not for very long, though.


I really enjoyed the General Women's Meeting last night. And it was really fun to have both Bria and Chloe with me to watch it! While Sophia slept this morning, I made some printable spiritual help wanted signs based on Sister Burton's talk. I am counting it as my church for the day. (You can find them HERE.) Loved that talk. Loved them all. And the music. And everything. I was spiritually filled, and I sure needed it!

The opera is coming along nicely. We open in less than two weeks. The audio will be streamed live over the internet, so let me know if you'd like a link and I'll email it to you. I'll probably post it on my Facebook page, too, so look for it if we are friends.

Speaking of Facebook friends, if we are friends I've probably annoyed you with this enough, but I entered a photo of my cutie puppy Puccini into a little contest on a total whim and she ended up as a finalist. As of yesterday she was in the lead, and there are two more days of voting. What will I win? A year's supply of cleaning products! You know I need them, so go VOTE HERE! (It's quick, I promise.)

I'm hoping that this lovely weather begins to melt the snow more quickly because I am done with it. I nearly killed myself falling on the ice earlier this week. Thankfully, I didn't die, but I am fairly sure I gave myself whiplash and possibly even a mild concussion. It was pretty fun.

Despite being overwhelmed with life, I have to admit, I have it pretty darn good. Look at my lovely children cooling off in the snow! I have a wonderful husband who helps me so much, a cute dog who is capable of buying me cleaning supplies, a great job, a roof over my head, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Who could ask for anything more?

Happy Sunday!

24 comments :

  1. Hope Sophia feels better soon. I'm sure you will have a new calling soon too. Mama's are never long without one!

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  2. Love these! I need to listen to or read all the talks ago, 'cause I kept getting distracted by kiddos. Pinning your cute signs! :)

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  3. I love this picture - sitting in the snow like you are in balmy Florida.... so cute....

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  4. There are quite a few in our home. My kids are getting older, but they still love Jan Brett's Christmasbooks. The Stable Where Jesus Was Born, The Christmas Star, Bear Snores On/Bear Stays Up For Christmas, and Snowmen at Night/Snowmen at Christmas are are all exceptional. The last two even have hidden pictures to seek and find, making them great family time books.

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  5. Thanks Jillian. This was a really wonderful talk--it made me really think about how we help the Lord further his work. Definitely listen when you get the chance!

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  6. Thanks! They thought it was pretty funny to sit in the snow like that. :)

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  7. Thank you--she is finally feeling better, poor dear. And yes, I know one is coming, but I will enjoy the little bit of extra time I have right now.

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  8. To us it was pretty balmy! It's been a brutal winter with all this polar vortex nonsense! We are looking forward to summer with great eagerness!

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  9. Thank you! I don't know if I have seen those books before--I will have to look for them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Steph @ Crafting in the RainMon Apr 21, 12:27:00 AM

    Love these--so cute, and great reminders!

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  11. Thank you!! Just found your post while doing a google image search for printable "help wanted" signs. I teach the 4th Sunday in RS and this is the talk we're discussing tomorrow. These will be perfect! :)

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  12. I'm so glad! I hope that your lesson went well. :)

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  13. It went beautifully, and everyone loved your "help wanted" signs. :)

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  14. "The Sparkle Box" by Jill Hardie is out fav! It's become a family tradition in action.

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  15. This is one I haven't heard of...I hopped over to Amazon to take a look and it looks really great. Thanks for the suggestion--I always love adding new books to the pile, that's for sure!

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  16. LOVE your book list! I have a bit of an obsession with children's Christmas books. I look forward to getting them out every year, even though my kids are almost grown now. I have most of the books on your list, but got a few great suggestions to add to my list, so thank you! One I do want to add, and I hope you'll check it out, is "Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect" by Richard Schneider. A friend first introduced it to me 24 years ago, before I was married or had children, and it remains my favorite. I've given it as a gift dozens of times over, to many who say it is also their favorite. Enjoy! :)

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  17. Thank you for your suggestions. I can't wait to read these to my nephew! We love "The Littlest Angel" by Charles Tazewell.

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  18. Trinity Ann Maki SilvanSat Sep 27, 06:05:00 PM

    Thank you! I'm using these for my lesson tomorrow :)

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  19. I'm glad you found them helpful. I hope your lesson went well!

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  20. I've been working on starting a collection of Christmas stories to read to my girls. I'm so glad to have found your list. If you're looking for more may I suggest The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, I get teary just thinking about it. I also really enjoy The Candymaker's Gift

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  21. Please read this book and add it to the list. It has been a family favorite of ours for decades and I always gift it to children in my extended family: Mr Willowby's Christmas Tree

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  22. My kids like the Christmas Cat by Maryann Macdonald. It's in reference to the Madonna and Cat painting by Davincci, and tells about the legend of a cat that soothed the baby Jesus on the night of His birth. I also like how the book highlights the flee to Egypt.

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  23. I like Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus. And my favorite is "Holly and Ivy" by Rumor Godden, about a doll who wants a child for Christmas, and an orphan...

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