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I have been married to Ryan for 6 years and I love being married to my wonderful husband. I am a religious Christian and I love God. I live in the United States and have lived in China. I love being free and those who sacrifice(d) for my freedoms (not just servicemen and women.) My hobbies include photography, music, art, basketball, and trying new things... I believe in the family and marriage. I love spending time with my family.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hard Growth Encrouages Becoming More

Writing in Prose

Sometimes life is hard.
Sometimes things are hard.
Don't give up.  Don't give in
when your world seems to crumble
from beneath your feet.

The babies come or maybe don't.
The job offers roll in
or maybe not.  But the prayers
we give will not be vain if with faith.
and life can be hard.

Then a blessing,
Then a glimmer
of hope and peace are seen ahead. 
Realization that the trials are
for happiness, the pain for joy is not
wasted.  Hold on to Christ
who heals and makes whole. 

Spring Granola

Today is my first day of Spring Break.  I got to make breakfast for the hubster today.  It was granola!  I love granola and thought this recipe turned out quite well, so I wanted to do 2 things:  1) share this recipe with you.  2) put it on my blog so I wouldn't lose it!
Spring Granola
(Inspiration: Elizabeth Rider's blog and Buttered Up.  Mostly, I used Elizabeth's recipe and added some dashes of whatever because of Buttered Up... And I used a recipe from Rachel Sanders.)

Spring Granola Recipe

2-3 cups of multi grain.  (5 grain, 7 grain, 9 grain, or oats.  Whatever fits your taste.  I used 2 cups.)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds  (Okay, I probably used a little more.)
1/2 cup chopped nuts.  (I had peanuts, so that is what I used.)
3/4 cup rice crispies
1/2 cup coconut.  (unsweetened flakes are the best, but if you have shredded coconut, like I do, that is good too.  You may want to add more.)
2 Tablespoons of oil (for the crispy crunch)
2-3 Tablespoons of honey
Cinnamon (To taste.  1/2 Tablespoon?  I just sprinkled it on and it needed more.)
2/3 cup Craisins  ("Add me last so I don't burn!)
a pinch of salt *optional

Mix everything *except the dried fruit!!*
Pour/dump and spread it on a jelly roll pan. Make it as even as you can.  It's not hard with this recipe, because it covers the whole pan!
Cook @ 300°F for 15 - 20 minutes.  Add Craisins.  
*My way:  Cook @ 300°F for 15 minutes.  Add and mix your Craisins (or your choice of dried fruit.)  Spread it back on the pan and cook it for 5 more minutes.  
Let it sit for a while then store it in an airtight container until you are ready to put it in milk, over yogurt, on ice cream, or just eat plain!  


I love this recipe.  
And I think it would be good with dried apricots. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What I Love Most About Spring

There are many things that I love Spring for.  In preparing for a science lesson on seasons, I read a short book about Spring.  Most of it talked about the new life that comes in spring.  Birds lay eggs and chicks hatch.  Tadpoles, deer, rabbits, and other new animals arrive for their Earth adventure called life.  The sun begins to warm the ground, air and plants.  Vegetation begins new growth. 

I love these things about Spring.  I also love the rain showers and splashing in the puddles with my family (if it is not too cold.)  I love graduations.  I love the holidays; Mother's Day, Father's Day, Spring Break, Easter, Passover, Chinese New Year, Palm Sunday, Memorial Day.  I especially love Easter and Passover. 

But you know what?  I was just realizing today that my true favorite part of spring is General Conference.  It is so beautiful.  

I would like to invite you to it.  No matter where you are, what you think, how you feel, what you know, or what you do, God loves you and he welcomes you to this beautiful, glorious, peaceful, elevating event. 

I love General Conference.  I love that growing up, my mom would get up early and make cinnamon rolls and orange juice for the Saturday morning session.  Since I was little, I have loved sitting in the family room and kitchen with my family just watching the prophets speak and hearing the choir sing.  I loved playing Conference Bingo, and seeing the posters of the prophet and apostles from the Friend or Ensign magazines.  I loved seeing the pictures of all the latter-day prophets.  I loved the feelings that came.  I loved the stories that were told and what I learned from them.  I loved my brother mowing the lawn with his radio and headphones on, listening to conference. I loved that I could move around and eat whenever I wanted or needed to.  I loved that when my friend came over, she got to play Conference Bingo with us before she left.  I loved that I could move around and eat whenever I wanted or needed to.  I loved being able to go into any room in the house and still be able to hear Conference.  I loved trying to draw a picture of whoever was talking and when I was willing enough, taking notes or writing down inspiration and revelation that came to me.  I LOVED going to Temple Square to listen or just visit between sessions.  I loved going to my grandparents' house and watching Conference downstairs with all my cousins while we played our Conference Bingo games and the adults would watch it upstairs.  Between sessions we would go outside and play.  I loved that when I grew up and got married I knew how to make cinnamon rolls (so that I could keep the tradition going since my little brother doesn't like them and my mom wants to be healthy, so they don't make cinnamon rolls anymore.)  I love going to my grandparents' house after the Priesthood session ("pie night" for us) and hearing the men tell us what they learned.  It is so fun to hear from my dad, grandpa, brothers, cousins and uncles.   

I have loved all these things and I still love them.  I love the testimonies I hear and the prophets and apostles and others who speak of Christ and how we can become better people through giving heed to the messages.  I love how I feel elevated when I listen and act on the things I have learned.  I love that God is always willing to give us another chance if we try to follow him.  I just love conference and there is no way to describe it or how it feels unless you are there and you feel it, too.  I guess that is because it is God speaking to you. 

This is my favorite part of Spring. 
And you know what?  You are invited. 

General Conference ideas for children:
dot to dots
Apostle Bingo
Preparing Children for General Conference

Monday, March 31, 2014

I Wonder What Their Children Think

I just read this article online, "I Wonder What Their Children Think."  It is from The United Families International blog. 
The main point of this article is that the pressure the world puts on the mothers and wives in the workplace is damaging to society (via families.)  She says, "Mothers in the home should be celebrated and congratulated."  She reminds us that children don't care in the slightest if their mother got a 4.0 or a 3.0, that women don't need to do the same thing as men to be successful, and that mothers as mothers are important to children.
The question she poses stands out to me, so I want to ask it.  Please feel free to answer in the comment section.
If you had a mother who worked out of the home, what did you think of that situation when you were younger?  What do you think of it now?  How did it make you feel?  How do you feel about it now?

That's all.  I hope you answer. 
Signing off.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Post 150 "And now, seeds, start growing!"

Welcome, peeps! 
I was going to put my gardening posts in order, but then I saw that this was the 150th post and I changed my mind about putting things in order.    ~Happy 150 posts~     The next post will be about finding seeds  and we will resume the order then. 

Steps to creating a garden:

       1.  Plan a garden. 
       2.  Create a space for it.  
       3.  Prepare your garden space.
       3a.  Plant starters and put them in your window.  (Sometimes you may want to do this before you prepare your garden space or after you plant your early seeds outside.  It depends on what you intend to grow.)  
       4.  Plant your seeds. 
       5.  Label areas where you planted with the names of what you planted.  
       6.  Water, Weed, Wait.   
       7.  Reap what you sow!  This is harvest time!  I love harvest time.  (I also love sowing time.)  

Let's talk about step 6; The three W's.  There are many things you can do while you wait for your plants to grow.  If you remember Frog and Toad, Frog shows Toad how to plant a garden.  Toad has a hard time with the waiting part.  He tends and tends his garden.  He shouts at it.  He listens to Frog telling him that shouting won't make the seeds grow.  He sings to it.  He plays beautiful music for it.  He waters it.  He does everything he can think of and finally, his seeds "begin to grow."  (Well, they already had started growing, but he couldn't see that, because the sprouts had not come up.)   

This is the stage I am currently in.  I have planned my garden (and made alterations along the way)  Created space for my garden, prepared the ground, planted starters, planted my early seeds, labeled them, and am in the middle of step 6.  I actually don't know how much they need to be watered this early in the year, so I will have to find out. 
I told you things that Toad did to help his garden grow.  These are things that I need or want to do while I wait for my seeds to grow:
  • trim the raspberries (because I didn't know you needed to do that in the Fall)
  • trim other bushes I don't know the names of
  • transplant a bunch of bulbs
  • transplant a bunch of strawberries that are growing in the raspberry patch
  • beautify the flowerbeds...  That is a big one.
  • transplant some grape vines
  • trim the fruit trees
  • organize the spare room
  • clear off all the gardening stuff from my dining room.  (check!)
  • continue planning for when I go back on track.  (I teach year-round school.) 
  • huswifery
  • religious duties
  • rehydrate myself
  • chase the birds away from my outside seeds
  • enjoy time with family (they are coming into town!)
  • and last but not least adoption paperwork and classes. 
Needless to say, I have plenty to occupy my time and self with while I wait.  I think by the time those all happen my seeds will be growing abundantly... if they are good seeds.