Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Wonderful neighbors that take care of us.  Bro. Hallows for spraying our yard.  

2)  My Ward Family.  They are awesome!

Goals for the Day:

1) Get in a nap before my appointment this afternoon after work.  (I have to try.)
2) Get to my appointment this afternoon.
3) Mail paperwork for Kevin
4) Dishes
5) Laundry
6) Dinner
7) Call doctor
8) Call insurance

From the Camera:

A few Lexi selfies.....

From the Heart:

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

Whether you have a tiny studio apartment, a cabin in the woods, a dorm room, a house in the suburbs or a large home with plenty of rooms to get lost in, work hard to make your home a peaceful and tranquil place. Everyone needs somewhere to go where they can be themselves and relax after a long day of work or school.
You don't have to own new or trendy decorations or furniture, in fact you don't even have to spend money! Your friends and family can sit on pillows or eat off of paper plates, but if you keep your place clean and inviting, everyone will feel at home. Offer fun reading material, and put effort into really paying attention to the conversation. Try and predict the needs of your family, roommates or guests before they have to ask.


You will be surrounded by happier and healthier people. Your family will thank you for creating a safe place for them to live, and your friends will always want to come over and share their lives with you. You are creating a community place where people can be open and honest. It is easier to keep a balanced perspective when your home is an inviting and restful place.

Step It Up:

If you are easily able to keep your home in a tranquil state, begin to think about inviting someone to stay. It could be a relative who lives far away or a university student who simply needs a room to rent. Perhaps some friends of yours just lost their home--invite them to stay with you until they get their feet back on the ground. Go out of your way to find guests to stay in your home. Offer to host a sleepover for your children's friends. Start a fire in the fireplace or add candles for soft light. Have warm blankets handy during the cold seasons. Offer a warm cup of coffee or tea. Play some gentle, peaceful music. These small touches all make a home seem more peaceful.

Keep It Simple:

Hospitality is not a gift that comes easily to everyone. Even if you are more private by nature you can still create a peaceful and tranquil home. Invite close friends or family over for dinner, or for a game night. You do not need to host overnight guests, but rather host a fun game night. Often the simple act of attentive listening is enough to make someone feel at peace in another's home.

From the Kitchen:

Fresh Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, diced
  • sugar (enough to sweeten)
  • fresh lemon juice (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Place strawberries in food processor until blended.
  4. Add enough sugar to sweeten and a splash of lemon juice( if desired).
  5. Pour into prepared pan and spread out into a thin, even layer.
  6. Bake for 4 hours or until the center is set.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Carefully peel up the fruit roll-up and place the sticky, smooth side on parchment paper.
  9. Cut to size so that you have an even rectangle to work with. (I usually cut off the edges of the fruit rollups since they are usually crunchy and uneven.
  10. Cut into 2-inch strips and roll-up firmly.
  11. Store in airtight container.

Some fruit roll-ups will stay roll-up and others won't, I use a sticker to keep them rolled up. Looks cute!

From the Spirit:

Bruce R. McConkie, Making Our Calling and Election Sure, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Mar. 25, 1969], 5-6 Taken from “The Gospel and The Producitve Life” Institute Class student manual chaper 7.
 I also believe that spirituality is “the most important of all fields” because I believe everything else stems from this knowledge or talent. Good music, for me, allows me to have spiritual experiences. Any scientific discovery was made, I believe, because God was guiding them to that knowledge and they were able to recognize the truth of it. Everything is spiritual and the ability to recognize truth in all things will bring us closer to Christ, whom we are trying to be like.

From the Schmidt's:

Slipped in shower

From the Missionary:

Nothing today.  In a few days, hopefully.

Quote of the Day:
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