Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jack Frost Nipping at your Nose!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The promptings of the Holy Ghost helping me along the way.

2)  Easy going kids.  What a blessing!

From the Camera:

My mother has two Christmas trees up in her home.  One with all the family ornaments over the years that we have collected and one that is absolutely beautiful!  My photos do not do it justice!  Originally the tree was full of ornaments in golds.  Since then my mom has changed it up a bit and now the tree is full of golds and browns.  Talk about perfect ornament placement!  My mother can decorate with the best of them!  Take a look. 

It's so pretty!  Thanks Mom for sharing.

From the Craft Room and Other Cool Things:

A couple of weeks ago I purchased the files for the Living Christ, the Family Proclamation, the Articles of Faith, the Ten Commandments, and Families are Forever.  I can get them in chalkboard or a white background and I have them in three sizes too. The smallest being 5x7, the middle being 8x10 and  The largest being 24x32, and I spent less than $20.00 for all of them.  I thought they would make nice gifts for some of my friends and family....and myself too!  

From the Heart and Spirit:

Here is an idea to help put Christ into your Christmas...you could study "The Living Christ" in 12 sections.
Section 2

He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the
Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father,
He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by
him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made” (John 1:3).
Christus_statue_temple_square_salt_lake_cityBefore Jesus Christ had even came to earth he was an important part of our existence. He was the one that created this wonderful earth that we live on following our Heavenly Father’s instructions.
President Elder Russell M. Nelson gave a wonderful talk back in 2000 entitled “Jesus the Christ: Our Master and More” that I will be referencing frequently throughout these twelve days.
There is a part where President Nelson talks about what Christ’s title of Creator means. He explained that not only did he create this world but that includes each one of our bodies.
This hallowed Creator provided that each of us may have a physical body, uniquely individual yet in many respects comparable to every other human body. Just as a well-educated musician can recognize the composer of a symphony by its style and structure, so a well-educated surgeon can recognize the Creator of human beings by the similarity of style and structure of our anatomy. Individual variations notwithstanding, this similarity provides additional evidence and deep spiritual confirmation of our divine creation by our same Creator. It enhances the understanding of our relationship to Him:
“The Gods went down to organize man in their own image, in the image of the Gods to form they him, male and female to form they them.
“And the Gods said: We will bless them” (Abr. 4:27–28).
Indeed, they have blessed each of us. Our bodies can repair and defend themselves. They regenerate new cells to replace old ones. Our bodies carry seeds that allow reproduction of our own kind with our unique individual characteristics. Little wonder our Creator is also known as the great Physician (see Matt. 9:12), able to heal the sick (see 3 Ne. 9:13; D&C 35:9; D&C 42:48–51), restore sight to the blind (see John 9:1–11), unstop the ears of the deaf (see Isa. 35:5; 3 Ne. 26:15), and raise the dead (see Matt. 9:23–26; John 11:5–45). And in these latter days, He has revealed a code of health known as the Word of Wisdom that has blessed the lives of all who have obeyed it in faith. So we honor Jesus as our Creator, divinely directed by His Father.
My body is a very special gift from my Savior. I know I complain a lot about the body I was given because of imperfections. It’s really easy for me to look at my body through a worldly point of view but I never appreciate it when I do.
I challenge you and me to draw closer to Christ today by appreciating the gift of our body that he created for us in his and our Heavenly Father’s image.
From the Kitchen:

Apple Enchiladas

1 (21 ounce) cans apple fruit filling and topping ( or other fruit filling)
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas...
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water

Spoon fruit filling evenly down centers of tortillas.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Roll up, and place, seam side down, in a lightly greased baking dish.
Bring butter and next 3 ingredients to a boil.
Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, 3 minutes.
Pour over enchiladas: let stand 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

From the Schmidt's:

It's 10:30 p.m. and I am still up.  I should be getting ready for bed, and I am, even as we speak....but what does that tell you about how my day has gone?  It started out pretty crazy and we will just leave it at that!  Thankfully, after a trip to the drug store, it has calmed down and things are much better now.  That being said, I will have to make this a quick post.  

Here are a few Christmas ideas.....

If you've never had a homemade donut, this is a great time of the year to try it!  Especially when the kids are home and can help, because it can be a tedious job for just one person.  BUT, with many hands, it can be a fun evening.

Here is another idea... I am not an eggnog fan at all and the only time I tried it was in Home Economics Class in Junior High, to be honest....it just doesn't sound good!  But, it looks so darn good.  All I know is that it always disappears.  If you want a good recipe for eggnog here it is.  Pour your eggnog in a punch bowl, add scoops of vanilla ice-cream (half a gallon) and pour a 2 liter bottle of Sprite or 7-up over it.  It's so pretty and apparently, very tasty!  Give it a try. 

Here is another idea....
When you are gathered together with friends and family, this fun song will bring laughter and sore thighs to the group!  Make copies or write on a white board the following list.  You may want to change a few of the "If You" column items to suit your own family or group!  

Have the group seating on chairs.  Sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with this little twist.  Everyone sings the "On the ___ day of Christmas, My true love gave to me" lines.  Then, only those that fit into the "IF THEY" categories, sing the "gift" lines of the song. They sit back down on the lines that they don't fit in to.  Throughout the entire song, everyone is popping up and down trying to keep up with the song.  It's a riot!  BUT.  Be prepared to be out of breath by the last few verses!  Very fun, Very funny!  Everyone will love it!

 SING:                                                        IF YOU: 
A partridge in a pear tree                   Have pierced Ears                                
Two turtle doves                                    Are married
Three french hens                                 Are a Student
Four calling birds                                  Know how to Text Message
Five golden rings                                   Love Christmas
Six geese a-laying                                  Have brown or black hair
Seven swans a-swimming                   Have red or blonde hair
Eight maids a-milking                          Love Eggnog
Nine ladies dancing                              Enjoy Dancing
Ten lords a-leaping                               Love a sport
Eleven pipers piping                            Own an iPod or MP3 player
Twelve drummers drumming       Know the words to Silent Night

Here is another idea....
This idea brought back some memories for me.  My mom sometimes buys us a cool calendar.  They are awesome with all of the stickers and reminders to add to each special day.  You could buy someone special a calendar and then write the dates of each of the family members birthdays and anniversaries on the correct dates, so that they could more easily remember them, especially if your family grows as quickly as ours does.  Give it a try.  You might be surprised how much someone in your family really appreciates this.

I know I promised to include something from the blog challenge each day, but I am tuckered out.  I will make it up to you and include two in my next post, so be watching.
I hope you have an enjoyable day tomorrow.  Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
From the Missionary:

We received the coolest Christmas card from Elder Schmidt's Mission, Mission President, and all the other missionaries too.  

This is President & Sister Smith and their children.

But then when you open the card further, they included all the couple missionaries and each and every single Elder and Sister serving in the NY NY North Mission.  Take a look!

This is the inside page....

this is the back page....

this is Elder Schmidt

And the back page....
Isn't that cool!!!????
This was my favorite Christmas card of this season....in fact, this could be my favorite Christmas card of all time.  I absolutely love this!  It will go in mission book we are keeping for Elder Schmidt and will probably serve as kind of a "yearbook" for him when he returns home.  This is so cool!
Thank you President & Sister Smith!

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