Thursday, December 18, 2014

Share the beauty, pick and share some flowers.

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) My Parents who are always quick to lend a hand when I need it the most. 

2) The youth in our Ward for sharing the Christmas Spirit last night as they came through our neighborhood on their hay ride singing Christmas carols.  Fun, fun!

From the Camera:

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, here is another random act of kindness idea.
Share the beauty of nature with a loved one by picking a special bouquet of flowers for them.  The fact that you picked out the flowers yourself with them in mind will add a lot of meaning to this gift, rather than just sending store-bought flowers. This is a great activity whether you are an adult or child, and what better way to show someone how much you love them!


When you pick your own flowers you get to enjoy nature along the way! Take a nice long walk or hike and select your favorite flowers. Fresh air and exercise will help raise your mood. And the best part--hand picked flowers are free!

From the Kitchen:
Triple-Chocolate Layer Cake

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 2 Tbsp. MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S White Chocolate , chopped
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate , chopped
  • 1-1/2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.), softened
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round cakes, blending dry pudding mix and coffee into batter before pouring into prepared pans. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert cakes onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
  • Meanwhile, melt white and dark chocolates (separately) as directed on packages. Drop spoonfuls of chocolates alternately onto parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet; swirl gently with knife. Freeze 15 min. or until firm.
  • Beat cream cheese, milk and vanilla in medium bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Gently stir in COOL WHIP.
  • Cut each cake horizontally in half to form 2 layers. Stack layers on plate, spreading 1 cup COOL WHIP mixture onto each of the first 3 layers to 1 inch of edge. Spread top with remaining COOL WHIP mixture.
  • Break chocolate into 1- to 2-inch pieces; stand in COOL WHIP mixture on top of cake.

From the Spirit:

When our Heavenly Father wanted to save the world, He didn’t take over a country or develop a militia. He sent a helpless child to a choice and worthy woman and a humble and believing man living in insecure circumstances in a conquered land occupied by a hostile force. The harsh geopolitical and military circumstances of Christ’s birth should remind us that Heavenly Father can bless us even if the external circumstances of our lives aren’t necessarily easy or peaceful.

From the Schmidt's:

This has been a busy day for everyone.  Everyone going in several different directions.  I called the bank about my account and the fraud activity.  I have to submit a dispute which I can't do until this evening.  It will take between 7-10 days for the bank to put money back into my account after I call to request this.  That means right after Christmas we might see the money back.  Arg!!!  Thank heavens we don't have young children.  So, everyone is hanging on.  I know this too shall pass, but at the same time it stresses me out.  I'm gonna need gas to get to and from work and SRP too, otherwise we will be sitting in the dark by the weekend.  I called my Mom to tell her we may need to change up our Christmas Eve plans and she offered to fill up my gas tank, which is awesome.  Thank you Mom!  At least I know I will get to work.  That's a good thing.  

Unfortunately this just adds to Kevin's frustrations.  He is dealing with a lot right now.  He tried to walk out of the bedroom last night with his walker, but couldn't even make a few steps.  He had to have my boys carry him to the bathroom.  He hadn't had pain meds for about 3-4 days now.  The pharmacy had to order them.  We are talking the generics.  If we order the brand name it could cost us over $1000. Out of pocket now.  After January over $3000.00 for one months supply for the two.  Yikes!  Needless to say, the hubby has a lot on him mind and he is not doing well on top of it all.  He needs to stop reading emails and things and keep his spirits up.  The man has been through enough.  He just needs to take it easy for a bit.  

My kids are doing good.  Lexi went back to school today.  We had the flu at our home.  Danielle brought it over, then I got it, then Lexi.  All the girls.  We will see if the guys get it too.  I say get over it all before Christmas.  If you are going to get it, get it now.

That's about it for us.  Just holding on.  With the Lord's help we can get through this and that is comforting and a blessing indeed.  Take care and I will talk to you soon.

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