Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sweet Thursday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1)  Good church leaders who make it their mission to watch out for us.  They are awesome.

2)  Our Parents who also watch out for us too.  They are wonderful!

From the Camera:

Yesterday we went to Beehive clothing to pick up a few things Curtis will need when he goes through the Temple.  After that we stopped to Deseret Book and picked up the books Curtis will need to take with him on his mission.  We also picked up an oil vial similar to the one you see below but it has not been stained or varnished like the one in the photo has.

Curtis took his oil vial with him to Scouts and showed the other leader.  This leader carves neck tie slides out of wood and they are really cool.  He even carves things out of bone too.  When he saw the vial Curtis had he offered to carve something into the vial for him.  So, we have been on a hunt for something.  We went on a hunt for some basic drawings.  I told Curtis the lady he should talk to is his Grandmother.  I bet she could design something for him.  Here is what we have found so far....

The Manhattan, New York Temple 


The Mesa Arizona Temple


The Mesa Arizona Temple


So far Curtis likes the New York Temple or the red drawing of the Mesa Temple. Either way, whatever he decides will be a neat way for Curtis to remember spending time with this leader as his assistant 11 year old scout leader.  I love that!

From the Heart:

In keeping with out theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....

The next time you borrow a friend or relatives car, fill it up with gas for them before you give it back. Or if you are on a road trip with your friends and you're taking their car, when you stop to fill it up, offer to pay for the gas. This is a thoughtful and generous thing to do.

Benefits:

You are letting that person know how grateful you are to them for letting you borrow their car. This is a simple way to go above and beyond and to bless someone with your thoughtfulness.

Step It Up:

Even if the vehicle wasn't full of gas at the time that you borrowed it, go ahead and fill the tank completely before you give it back. That way you're not just replacing the gas you used but also giving your friend some extra gas as a "thank you" for letting you borrow it.  You can also do this for someone out of the blue--you don't have to borrow someones car to pay for their gas. For example if you notice your spouse's car is low on gas, go take it out and fill it up for them so they don't have to leave early the next morning to fill it on the way to work.

Keep It Simple:

If you don't have time to fill it up before returning it, be sure to give your friend a gift certificate to a local gas station within a week of borrowing their car. Keep in mind, too, that filling someones car doesn't have to be done just as you're borrowing it. If you know your friend is leaving for a big trip the next day offer to give them time to pack while you go fill their car up. Or, offer to drop them off at the airport and pick them up when they return, saving them from paying for parking for the duration of their trip.
From the Kitchen:


Weight Watchers Lemon Bars (3 pts.)

Prep time
Cook time
Total time


Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups of all purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons of packed light brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons of regular cold butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups of powdered sugar, divided in two
  • ¾ cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest (optional - don't add for a less tart taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. To make the crust: Mix the flour and brown sugar in a food processor until it is fully blended.
  3. Add the butter pieces to the flour mixture and pulse the food processor until the butter is cut into tiny, pea-sized pieces and the dough looks lumpy.
  4. Pour crust mixture evenly into an un-greased 9x13 baking dish. Press the crust down, with a spatula, to make it packed.
  5. Bake crust in oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  6. While the crust is baking, make your lemon topping:
  7. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs until they are well blended.
  8. Add the vanilla extract and ¾ cup of the powdered sugar, then mix well.
  9. Add the lemon juice and the rest of the powdered sugar. Mix until the powdered sugar is completely dissolved and then add the lemon zest.
  10. As soon as the crust is finished, take it out of the oven and reduce the temperature to 300.
  11. Immediately pour your lemon topping over the hot crust and continue to bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Cool and cut into 24 bars.
Notes
The crust HAS TO BE HOT when you pour the lemon topping on it. You can sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on top as well, but that's optional.

From the Spirit:

In Tune With The Music of Faith
It needs to be taught and understood that we love and respect all of the people whom Lehi described.8 Remember, it is not up to us to judge. Judgment is the Lord's.9 President Thomas S. Monson has specifically asked us to have the "courage to refrain from judging others."10 He has also asked every faithful member to rescue those who have tasted of the gospel fruit and then have fallen away, as well as those who have not yet found the strait and narrow path. We pray that they will hold to the rod and partake of the love of God, which will fill their "soul[s] with exceedingly great joy."11
While Lehi's vision includes all people, the culminating doctrinal concept is the eternal significance of the family. "The family is ordained of God. It is the most important unit in time and in eternity."12 As Lehi partook of the fruit of the tree of life (the love of God), he was desirous that his "family should partake of it also."13
Our great desire is to raise our children in truth and righteousness. One principle that will help us accomplish this is to avoid being overly judgmental about conduct that is foolish or unwise but not sinful. Many years ago, when my wife and I had children at home, Elder Dallin H. Oaks taught that it was important to distinguish between youthful mistakes which should be corrected and sins that require chastening and repentance.14 Where there is lack of wisdom, our children need instruction. Where there is sin, repentance is essential.15 We found this to be helpful in our own family.
Religious observance in the home blesses our families. Example is particularly important. What we are speaks so loudly that our children may not hear what we say. When I was nearly five years old, my mother received word that her younger brother had been killed when the battleship on which he was serving was bombed off the coast of Japan near the end of World War II.16 This news was devastating to her. She was very emotional and went into the bedroom. After a while I peeked into the room to see if she was OK. She was kneeling by the bed in prayer. A great peace came over me because she had taught me to pray and love the Savior. This was typical of the example she always set for me. Mothers and fathers praying with children may be more important than any other example.
-Quentin L. Cook, “In Tune with the Music of Faith“, April 2012 General Conference

From the Schmidt's:

We have a lot to do today.  Kevin has more doctor's appointments this afternoon and I too have an appointment myself.  Kevin has been waiting for this appointment and frankly so have I.  We have lots to discuss with this doctor today.  

We set up a time for Curtis to go through the Temple.  Looks like he will go through this Friday.  We called and sent text messages to all friends and family that can go.  So far we have only received some replies from a few people.  He is going through soon but we don't have much time before he leaves.  We are super excited to have Curtis go through for the first time.  I get to add another photo and temple card to my wall.  Love it!

Danielle came by yesterday afternoon.  She stayed with Kevin when I went with Curtis to pick up the things he will need to take with him when he goes through the Temple Friday.  WOW!  That was a fun trip.  It's fun to watch your children pick through the fabrics, turn to you for advice, and then make decisions on those things.  I'm still trying to adjust to Curtis going through for the first time.  It's a good thing.

I got my hair colored and cut.  In fact, I went a dark brown with some blond highlights. I'm not gonna lie....It's a bit of an adjustment for me.  I'm still getting use to the dark brown I see when I look in the mirror.  I've never been brown before..at least not the dark and for this long.  There was that time I colored my hair and it turned out a medium brown, but that didn't last but an afternoon before I fixed it myself.  You say you want to see a picture!!!   No, I can't show you a photo yet.  Not at least until I feel more comfortable with it.  Soon though.  I'm still adjusting...baby steps.

Well, I should go.  Lots to do today.  Take care and we will talk again soon.

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