Friday, July 8, 2016

You're a Wizard Harry !

A post I wrote to my children on my private blog for them.... I thought it had some neat truth to it and thought you guys might like it :) ~JL





     Sydney Loren Clare has discovered the magic that is Harry Potter. With just one book she dove in and I don't know when we will see her again! Movies, books, tshirts, posters, necklaces - anything and everything she can get her hands on.... she is lost in that magical world of wizarding. I love it. I love when my kids let their imaginations soar. I was the same way and still am sometimes. I love Harry Potter too! It made me think a lot lately tho. How many times have I wished for a magic wand that would just 'obliviate' bad memories or maybe 'stupefy' someone I didn't like ?? Oh and how cool is it that these kids with their silly hats and long robes and magic wands... could just completely overthrow and kill Voldemort - oh yes I said it !!! I am not a pansy! I will not say " He who must not be named" I SAY VOLDEMORT!!! HAHA!


     Anyway, how cool is it that they can do all of that ???? All they needed was magic in their blood and a magic wand and some cool spells to say. Well guess what. You are magic too. In a different way of course. You have something way more important and powerful in your blood than wizard magic. You have Royal Blood. If you think JK Rowling is amazing for creating Harry Potter... just think - Heavenly Father created JK Rowling :) You see where I'm going here ??? You have the blood. You also have the magic wand. You have Scriptures. They teach you "spells" that make things happen !!! You can fight off your own Voldemorts !

     Memorize Scripture my dear darlings. They are your magic spells. Take your magic wand- The Scriptures and study them well. Memorize Scriptures that will pop into your head just when you need them ! If you are fighting off Voldemort - the devil - use your weapons and your magic. Say that Scripture in your head loud and clear and then say " Get thee hence Satan!" You can do it. You are brave. You have Royal blood. You can do this. No problem.

Genie OF THE LAMP!!!!!

This is a post that I wrote to my children on my private blog for them. I thought you guys might like it though . It has some truth about prayer. :) ~ JL



  I went back in time and really thought about how when I was younger I used to pray to Heavenly Father and I used the word "wish" a lot. I would pray and say, " I wish you would help me with this" or maybe " I wish I could be tall and skinny " hehehe !


 



     We all know and love Genie from Aladdin. Oh I wished I had a Genie ! Not just any Genie- him. I love the tv show 'I dream of Jeannie' just as much as anyone else, but no one in the world is Robin Williams' Genie.

      I thought about the fact that I would pray and use the word "wish" so much in my prayers. What was I thinking ???? That Heavenly Father was going to come down from Heaven dressed in a bright blue robe and blink and I would have every "wish" I wanted ???? NO!!! That is not how it works. 

     We don't wish for things to happen. We pray with full intent, being faithful and ask our Father in Heaven if we truly need something and have faith that He will do what is best for us. It may not be what we "wish". It may be waaaay better ! Sometimes it's nothing at all. We have to work hard. 

     Don't just wish for things my sweet babies. Get up and work for them. Pray with faith. Listen for answers and then get up and work hard ! Life isn't handed to you like a Genie granting wishes. Yes, Heavenly Father answers prayers.. you know that. But your job is to not just sit around waiting for a prayer to be answered. Get up and serve ! Work towards the goal ! Follow the plan !!!! You know the rules :) 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Marlee's Trial and How She Stayed Faithful - guest post

Today we are blessed to have a guest post by my sweet daughter Marlee, age 13. She recently went thru a trial of Atypical Pneumonia, causing her left lung to stop functioning etc and was admitted to St Louis Children's Hospital. She is home now and getting better day by day, but she went through a lot and was faithful the whole way through. Love, JL~ Marlee's Mom and owner of LDS Parenting. :)




So for the past couple of weeks i have been very sick, the doctors had me on my oxygen 24/7 for a couple of days, i was down, it was pretty hard to see everyone going places around me and i couldn't be there with them, i was confused, and i had a spiritual block, i would cry for no reason, and couldn't think clearly.

one day my mom asked if i wanted her to call the bishop or the missionaries to give me a priesthood blessing, i said i didn't know, i couldn't come to the point of being ok with asking that of them, i had a hard time asking anyone for anything, later that day my mom came in as i was sitting in the same recliner i had been in since i had became sick, and said that the missionaries where there and wanted to give me a blessing, silently i nodded, they came in and blessed me that i would be better in the lord's due time and god wants me to be better, also to keep faith, and to continue to study my scriptures, i have been struggling with studying my scriptures, so i just looked at it logically and agreed, that night i got together a binder and started taking notes, me and my mom have been reading scriptures together each night since, and that definitely helped me get through this.



soon it came to the point where my breathing got worse, i went to my doctor, he listened to my lungs, looked at me and said " you sound horrible," i just sort of looked at him for a bit as he sort of stated the obvious, and he said that i needed to go to st. louis to children's, then he told me how the panda pillow pet i had against my rib looked more like a sloth, anyways he is an awesome doctor that i have had for a very long time, we went home and packed then dad came home from work early, we got into the car and left, i was weak, tired, and overall very sick, still i didn't realize how serious it was, i just thought about dylan and sydney [ my brother and sister ], dylan would be at youth conference in iowa, and sydney was staying with some close family friends, being sick i had missed out on a lot, one of those things [ the highlight of my summer, only big thing] was girl's camp, which you may know if you have ever read my blog [ HERE ], i had to send my sister without me, it was awful, but she was happy and safe, thankfully my best friend savannah took her in as a little sister basically and was there for her, and she knows i would do the same for any of her siblings.



 soon we got to the hospital, it seemed a bit rushed, i was weaker than i have felt like ever, i had to be in a wheelchair, and soon we got back into the room, we watched hgtv and talked to various nurses and doctors, and after about 2-4 hours i was admitted, the doctors and nurses were amazing, soon i was admitted into the room, still tired, and very hungry, i had to answer a few questions from a nurse etc., then we were settled, after i ate dinner, i started to think, i am pretty sure i mentioned a few times [ basically all i could think about] was that i NEEDED to read my scriptures, so i did, then tried to rest, reading my scriptures gave me the strength i needed then, and now, before i became sick i began to notice that i wasn't paying attention or understanding as i read my scriptures, which bothered me, but after that blessing i got better with it, it turns out i just need someone to read with, so i understand everything.

soon they got me hooked up to an I.V., i had to have a lot of medicine through that, and it made me sick but better at the same time, i was so sick of getting needles and my arms are still bruised from being stuck so many times with no luck in hannibal hospitals, but they had it numbed and could keep it in so they didn't have to stick me each time, and there were a lot!, i got a bit of sleep that night, then the next day was a bit better, i was eating a bit, and i had horrid heartburn, and that day for two meals straight i had the same thing i had for dinner the night before, [ a cheeseburger ], i was finally seeing some improvement, i was able to make a small craft, watch a bit of tv with dad and i was safe and happier than i had been in quite a while, that night i was ready to go home, i had a bit of tears etc. , but i had gotten through the big part of it all, and i was thankful, this whole time i haven't wanted to get better for myself, but for my family, and friends,  i can't stand when people are worried about me and i can't help them, but it is nice to know that they love me as much as i love them, and i have received lots of messages of hope, love, and prayers for me.



i have became a lot stronger throughout this experience, and the first night i almost cried because i didn't realize that my brother would be worried about me, not because he doesn't love me or anything, because he never seems to get nervous about anything, he is very good that way, i love him too, and i know when he was in the hospital when he was younger i was very nervous about him too, we were very close when we were younger, we still talk and stuff, we just aren't joint at the hip as much as we have grown older, which is ok, since we still hang out etc., which is wonderful i am close with my siblings.

soon it was saturday and i was going home, the doctors were soooooo awesome, and very smart, and they were able to send me home that day, before we left i was able to call my sister, i hadn't talked to her in 3 days and it was good, plus she loves to talk on the phone so she enjoyed it a lot, and she had a good time at our friend's house and was doing good, and thankful i was doing better, i was too, it was good to laugh a bit since i haven't as much, and my parents were great through this too, and keeping me safe and happy, and it was nice to have them just, you know, there.



on the way home i was a lot better, i got some good rest etc., it was so good to be home that night and sleep in my own bed, and i had my whole family together, our visiting teachers brought us dinner, and we were able to talk with them etc., it was good, through this whole experience i think i endured it well, i wasn't as scared as i thought i would be, just sick, that's all, i also didn't realize how big it was at all, anyways i would just like to end with saying thank you to all of those who prayed etc.,  and have supported me through this, i wish you all luck in your own trials also, it was also a wonderful experience to get to write on my mom's blog, Thanks - Marlee <3


ps- from JL , Marlee's Mommy - I'm so proud of her, she was incredibly strong and brave and graceful throughout the whole thing. Love her !!! <3

Friday, June 17, 2016

Review of Lifeology Energy Healing Course for Families



" If all you know is what you see with your natural eyes and hear with your natural ears, then you will
  not know very much " - Boyd K. Packer

  This is a quote that is included in the Lifeology Energy Healing Course for Families. I think it does a fantastic job of explaining what this course does. It teaches you to use your Spiritual gifts. You learn to help your family in ways that you may not know. Ways that you can learn through using the Spirit and the tools and resources that Shiloah Baker, owner of Lifeology Energy Healing, teaches you. You will use so much more than your natural eyes and natural ears.

  Shiloah Baker is a Master Energy Therapist and instructor, using the Lifeology energy healing modality. She is a member of the LDS church, and her joy is in her family. She is married to her sweetheart, Ben and they are the parents of 10 children and another on the way ! She lives in Stuttgart, Germany right now. She is also the owner of The Homemaking Cottage .

  I was blessed to be able to take the Lifeology Energy Healing Course for Families this summer and I am obsessed. That's really the only way to put it. I have learned not only about Energy Healing, but about ways to really connect with my children, how to make my home conducive to the Spirit, how to receive Spiritual revelation, how to be a Righteous parent, and she even covers specific topics that children and even parents, have difficulties with and how to help. Topics that include behavioral issues, autism, allergies, children who don't listen, and so on. She teaches how to achieve harmony in your home, which is something that I feel every LDS parent is looking for.  One of the topics is wayward children, which I feel will be a blessing to many parents.



  One of the best features of this course, to me, is that she teaches us how to teach our family how to use these tools and resources. There is nothing better then being able to sit quietly with your child as they are trying to figure out why they are acting the way they are, and you can quietly and lovingly teach them how to deal with the negative emotions they may be feeling. They can learn tools to use to begin to manage their own emotions. What a blessing for a parent to have that special bond with their children.

  Shiloah uses quotes and books written by General Authorities and also Scripture in order to teach us how to really change our lives and our families lives. She is teaching us how to take control of our emotions and lives and how to become even more like Christ. This course is a little over 8 hours of online teaching. She teaches through a live webinar that has been recorded for us. It is not just a long article written out and you answer some questions. She is teaching and you are listening and watching and can see the techniques she uses. The webinar that was recorded includes the first bunch of students and they ask good questions and bring up good topics and it's really helpful. Shiloah has a bright personality and is a incredibly smart and a great teacher. She was born to do this ! I believe that ! It's so worth the money.


Here is the link to where you can purchase this course and also look around at all of the other great products.     Energy Healing Course For Families

Shiloah has published a book that is incredibly helpful to have for your family -

Here is the link to purchase the book and to find out more about it :   Energy Healing For Families Guidebook

I really hope you invest in this course. You will be thankful to have it for your family. Happy Parenting! Love, JL~

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Motherly Intuition ~ Guest Post


I am so incredibly impressed with dear Mama Rachel ! You can find her at Old Fashioned Motherhood and you will love her style of writing. She is truly talented and a wonderful example of motherhood. Please enjoy this guest post from Rachel! ~ JL 


"There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity." ~Washington Irving

 

Last night one of my little ones was feeling pretty sick. As I rushed around to make her more comfortable, I felt quiet ideas come to my mind quickly and clearly. I was reminded of my own sweet mother and how she seemed to know exactly what I needed when I was sick or troubled. She always seemed to say the right words and do the most comforting things. And I pondered how I, too, instinctively know just what to do when my children are ill or upset.

I could easily attribute my inspired thoughts to all my past experience. I am a mother of many, after all. But that doesn't come near explaining why this intuition has been with me ever since that first baby was born eighteen years ago. Granted, I have made some pretty stellar mistakes, but those seem to happen only when I ignore that still, small voice that fills my mind with thoughts and ideas I know are not my own.

I'd like to share an example from when I was a young mother with three little kids, one girl and two little boys, close in age. I believe they were five, three and two years old at the time. They all slept in a large room together-- the nursery. I had an evening routine where I would help them say their prayers and then tuck them into bed every night singing them lullabies until they drifted off to sleep.

My three year old son had a habit that I was trying to "help" him grow out of. He still insisted on drinking a sippy cup full of milk at bedtime. I had decided that he was too old for this habit, and I was happy when one night he couldn't find his cup. Secretly I was relieved!

I remember thinking to myself, Ha! Now maybe this will force him into giving up his silly cup!

As I helped my tiny son lisp his sweet prayer, he pleaded with the Lord to help him find his cup. I admit that I mentally rolled my eyes when he prayed to find it. I wanted it to stay nice and lost!

After tucking my babies in bed, I began to quietly sing to them. And as I sung, a crystal clear thought came into my mind.

"Check in his drawer."

I could see it plainly in my mind's eye. 

No, no. I did NOT want him to have that cup! I was sure his little nighttime habit needed to disappear. That cup was not so important. He could go to sleep without it.

"He needs to learn this lesson. He needs to know that I will answer him when he asks."

...Oh...

I stopped singing and walked over to the drawer I knew it would be in. And as I opened it, there the cup lay, ready and waiting for my sweet son.

In that moment, I also learned many important lessons that have carried me through my parenting experiences. I learned that our all-powerful Father in Heaven hears and cares about the concerns of even the most small and simple of us.

I also learned that as a mother, I am a living, present tool in God's hands. Simply because the Lord has sent children to my home, He also gives me daily, hourly inspiration I will need to raise them. It's all part of the magic and mystery of motherhood. 

It is humbling and a bit daunting to realize how close to God we need to be in order to mother our children. And yet, how comforting it is to realize that we have such divine, omniscient help available to us whenever we need it.

How grateful I am for motherly intuition.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Our Young Women and Young Men....

                                                         (image from etsy.com)

Well, it happened. We always knew it would. I am the mom to two teenagers and one tween. It's hard to believe. It happened so fast. Let me tell you what.... I love it. I love being the mom to two teenagers and one tween !

I've spoken with a lot of my friends from back when we were youth and would hang out together at stake dances ( Nauvoo Stake is #1!! haha ) and we have all talked about the fact that we really feel that we were born to teach these amazing youth. The children that were born in this generation... that are the youth and primary children now... they are amazing. They are special. Their spiritual gifts are strong and they are strong in their faith. We discuss ways to teach these bright children, who are incredibly way to smart. We throw around ideas on how to teach the kids the Gospel, when so many times my children have actually taught me Gospel truths. We are trying to raise this generation. These Latter Day warriors.

My friends and I have discussed how we were totally not like that when we were teenagers. We didn't plan ahead and think of our future that much... we had hopes and dreams where these kids have plans. We read our Scriptures for Seminary while these kids ponderize their Scriptures during personal Scripture Study and Seminary. A common conversation for us was " hey did you hear that new song by Nsync ? " where I have heard conversations from these kids that include things like " So... I started praying for my future wife.. you think that's a good idea ? " and " When I get home from my mission we are so going to go there and hang out! "   Amazing.  I'm sad to admit it, but I did not grasp the importance of Temple trips while I was a young beehive. The beehives in my small branch are fierce in their love of the Temple and how important it is. They love Temple trips and are worthy to be there. These youth are incredible. They are on a mission now, to learn as much as they can, to be pure, to learn their Spiritual gifts and to prepare for missions and for life. The Latter Days. Do they even realize how special they are ?

All we have to do is look at For the Strength of the Youth and read the message from the First Presidency. They know. They see that these precious youth have a special sparkle in their eye. When we visit the youth.lds.org site and read all of the articles and the special messages for our youth.. we see how special they are. Just this morning I read THIS article and I just couldn't stop my huge smile ! They are special! They have amazing gifts ! We are so dang lucky to be their parents and to watch them grow, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. So what are we doing to help them see how special they are ? Are we teaching them everything we should ? How do we know what to teach them ?

I will never forget the first time I heard THIS talk from President Faust. When he tells the following story it hit me hard! It just proves how amazing our youth are. He quotes :


"A sacred light comes to our eyes and countenances when we have a personal bond with our loving Heavenly Father and His Son......
I recently recalled a historic meeting in Jerusalem about 17 years ago. It was regarding the lease for the land on which the Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies was later built. Before this lease could be signed, President Ezra Taft Benson and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, then president of Brigham Young University, agreed with the Israeli government on behalf of the Church and the university not to proselyte in Israel. You might wonder why we agreed not to proselyte. We were required to do so in order to get the building permit to build that magnificent building which stands in the historic city of Jerusalem. To our knowledge the Church and BYU have scrupulously and honorably kept that nonproselyting commitment. After the lease had been signed, one of our friends insightfully remarked, “Oh, we know that you are not going to proselyte, but what are you going to do about the light that is in their eyes?” He was referring to our students who were studying in Israel. "



This is my daughter Marlee. She's 13. In this picture she is getting ready to head to the Symphony with her young women class. When Marlee was first born, her daddy and I looked at her in wonder, and both of us said ' she needs to be protected ' there was something special about her. A few years later we found out that she has autism. It didn't hurt us the way you would think... we were prepared. We knew she was different, we knew she would need our protection from this world. We gave that to her until a certain time in her life when she was willing and ready to adventure out on her own. Marlee didn't talk until she was almost 4. Her first words were ' happy happy happy! ' How perfect. She was happy. She struggled, but she was happy and loved. She would sit in her room at night, when she was around 4 and 5 years old and I would sit in the hallway where she couldn't see me. She would begin talking and it sounded like she was telling someone about her day. It was amazing. I asked her one time... who are you talking to ? 'Jesus' she said. That was that. She knew who she was talking to. She knew that He loved her and that He listened. I peeked in once and she was sitting calmly on her bed , talking away to a spot on the bed next to her. I think that Jesus was with her. These youth today have an incredible connection to their Savior. They are spiritually mature at a very young age. This quote really explains how I feel :

“Youth of Zion, do you realize you are living in the days of the fulfillment of these signs and wonders? You are among those who will see many of these prophecies fulfilled. Just as certain as was the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jews, so shall these words of the Savior be certain to your generation... You will live in the midst of economic, political and spiritual instability. When you see these signs – unmistakable evidences that His coming is nigh – be not troubled, but ‘stand... in holy places...” These holy places consist of our temples, our chapels, our homes and the stakes of Zion, which are as the Lord declares, ‘for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from the wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth'... We have every confidence that you, ‘the rising generation,' will not falter. I repeat: You were valiant spirits reserved for this exceptional time. You have but one choice: To rise to the task of history's most significant hour!”

- Prophet Ezra Taft Benson, “Prepare Yourselves for the Great Day of the Lord," address delivered to the Devotional Assembly, Ricks College, Idaho, September 16, 1980



I want to discuss this. How do we teach these children ? How do we know what to teach them ? How do we make sure they never lose the light in their eyes ? 
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas FHE ~ Symbols of Christmas

   




     This year our family is celebrating Christmas the entire month of December ! We kicked off our celebration last night with THIS FHE on the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas time. It was great. 

Today we used a lesson from A Year of FHE and once again I am amazed at the lesson! This woman is so talented ! We use the blog a lot when we do FHE and I was just so excited to find this lesson because I think it compliments last nights lesson really well. 

The lesson is on the symbols of Christmas. You can find it HERE. It has a free printable of pictures of the different symbols with corresponding Scriptures. As always , it includes an opening and closing song, an activity ( a cute one!! ) and treat ideas. For free ! It's so cool! 

                                                       check it out HERE for the free printable! 

Also, I'm going to admit it here lol.... I didn't know that the colors Red, Green, and White had an actual symbolic meaning behind them! I just thought they kind of matched Christmas trees and all that ;) Hey, you learn something every day ! 

I will be trying to make sure and post the different lessons and activities we will be doing as a family this month. What are some traditions and activities that you do with your families at Christmas Time ? Comment below ! 

Happy Parenting! Love, JL~