Monday, September 20, 2010


I had homework to do tonight. Obviously I did everything in my power to avoid it. I got crafty. I have had this little crafty vibe for the past few weeks. It's weird. I like it. I want to make things.

I love FALL AND HALLOWEEN. For some reason they hold some of my best childhood memories! I love the feeling of new teachers and lockers and pencils and school supplies. Cozy weather, football games, leaves, and candy. Everything about Fall says new, maybe because of the new school year, or maybe just because I am a weirdy.

My friend Cassidy made the cutest wreath the other day and so I asked her for left-over materials and made one too. I made one for my mom too because she always makes stuff for me. Speaking of which: she made me the darlingest (word?) fall table runner for my kitchen table. So I also had to make a Halloween table runner because we had gno with sewing last Thursday. I decided to stock up on crafty for a while because I have been so low on it for years and years and years. is what I have done! Enjoy!

(Excuse the pics: some of them are from my phone!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

You are Doing Better than You Think You Are

On Sunday we were really privileged to have Sister Julie Beck (General Relief Society President) speak to us in stake conference. Her message was dear to my heart and the spirit bore powerful testimony that I was one of the people who really needed to hear what she had to say.

Sister Beck began the message by tearfully thanking the women and mothers (and all people) for their efforts in behalf of the Savior. She acknowledged that life is hard and that "You are doing better than you think you are." What comforting words to hear from such a powerful and sweet woman! She told us that God recognizes our needs and silent struggles and we are doing well in the efforts we are making.

Then, she said, "As a stark contrast, we could be doing better." I was a little surprised by this turn of events, but Sister Beck was very inspired in her message. Though she spoke of many things we can improve on and become better at, one thing she said concerning young mothers really struck me and brought a flood of affirmation from the spirit.

"Young mothers should limit their time spent in front of the computer." She talked of how she has unexpectedly wasted hours online and that if we are not careful, we can go days without truly nurturing and loving our children.She talked of how we need to truly nurture and love these strong and faithful spirits from God because "they are too valuable to ignore." This struck my heart and made my soul sing with truth. We can all do better. We can all give more to our children to love, nurture, and build them into the faithful young servants that Heavenly Father needs.

This talk helped me to assess my own life and to make some improvements. It also made me further appreciate the beautiful effort men and women are putting forth every day. Remember: you are doing better than you think you are. Love you.

Friday, September 10, 2010

School Days

Man! I forgot how hard school was until Cache started studying with his uncles. He loves doing Drivers Ed and Chemistry with Coleby and he surely is tough enough to wrestle (and smooch) Mckay for P.E. It is hard work going to school, but Cache is up to the task!