Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Repentance and Listening to the Spirit



     A few days ago I sat down with the kids to have our Gospel lesson for the day. We were discussing the steps of repentance, which is one of the things that the Prophets have asked us to teach our children. So I'm talking to the kids and all of the sudden, I felt the Spirit whisper to me, tell the kids about a big mistake you made... well of course I wanted to say, NO! But I followed the prompting and I told the kids about a time where I had made a big mistake and I had to go through a big repentance process. I wanted them to know that it wasn't a scary thing to repent. It is a gift!

I was always a little afraid of repentance when I was younger. I know that's so silly, but I was truly worried! When I went through this big repentance process with the help of an amazing branch president who loved me and was patient with me and taught me so much about repentance, I was so excited to learn that repentance is not scary in any way! It's such a gift. I wanted my children to know, that we are so incredibly blessed by this gift. As I was talking about the mistake, the repentance process and how I felt after I had completed the process, I was really excited to see how much this story was touching my children. I think they actually loved me even more, to see that I totally messed up!

I still wasn't sure why Heavenly Father wanted me to share this with my kids. It's definitely not one of my better moments in my life! Well, I found out later that day, why Heavenly Father asked me to share this. I was shocked when about ten minutes after our lesson, one of my kids came in to my room and asked to speak with me. They were able to ask a question about something that they weren't sure was good or bad. They wanted me to help them to go over the steps for asking Heavenly Father whether something is right or wrong. I was happy to show them the Scripture D&C 9 : 8-9 and we were able to quietly discuss the steps and they were able to study it out and ask Heavenly Father whether it was right or wrong. They were also able to talk to me about whether or not I felt it was a mistake and that they needed to repent for it. I was so thankful that they felt safe to come to me and discuss this with such a calm manner. I'm really blessed that way with my kiddos. They aren't shy in any way about what they discuss with me! Sometimes I laugh because it's a bit TMI! The child was able to tell me that they were happy that I shared the story with them today because it made them feel really good about coming to me and talking to me about this issue.

We have to make sure that each day we, as parents, are asking our Father in Heaven what we need to teach our children that day. I try hard to remember each night to specifically ask Him what I need to teach our children the next day. We homeschool and so I'm blessed with that extra time to do a Gospel lesson each day but I know that not every family is able to do that. So one thing I truly recommend, is praying especially for inspiration on what to teach your children for Family Home Evening each week. He will give you the answers of exactly what your children need to hear ! I'm so thankful that I have a Father in Heaven who truly cares about my kids and helps me to know what to do while raising them. Of course I still screw up big time ! But He is patient with me and thank goodness, so far, my kids have been pretty patient with me too ! :)

Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

GIVEAWAY ~ WORTH THE WRESTLE BY SHERI DEW


WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER !!!!!! Congrats to Carrie M who won the book! Drawing was done using random.org as always :) Thanks to everyone who entered !!! 





I was so excited when DESERET BOOK asked me to read and review Sheri Dew's new book ' Worth the Wrestle '. I love Sheri Dew !!! This book didn't disappoint ! I did a review post on it HERE so go check that out ! 

I finally received my actual print copy of the book last week so I'm excited to be able to give that away to a reader ! Will it be you ??? 

It's easy peasy to enter.... just go read the review post and then come tell me that you read it in the comments here ! :) 

Here's the link for the review post again : REVIEW POST !!!!!

Enjoy and good luck ! I will draw for the winner using random.org on April 21st ! :) 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#PRINCEOFPEACE Family Home Evening and Easter Tree Activity

Winner winner chicken dinner 🐔
Congrats to amy malone our giveaway winner ! 




     When I learned what the new Easter campaign was going to be for the year, I was so excited. Oh how we all long for peace in our lives. In this troubled and loud and chaotic world, it means so much to be able to take time and to be still and learn from the Prince of Peace. The church has suggested eight core principals that can help us to achieve peace in this life. This is something that is so important to teach our children, because not only will it bring them peace, but it teaches them to trust the Savior. That the Savior is loving and involved in their lives and truly wants them to be with Him one day and with our Father in Heaven. 

     I decided to do a Family Home Evening with my family on the #PRINCEOFPEACE campaign and we made a fun Easter Tree that has the eight core principals on it. I'm going to share the FHE with you and also encourage you to go to www.mormon.org and learn more and also, please go to THE REDHEADED HOSTESS to find more blog posts with fun activities and printables etc for your family !!! Don't forget to enter my giveaway at the end also ! :) With Love, JL~ 




FAMILY HOME EVENING ~ PRINCE OF PEACE
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Song ~ Be Still My Soul Hymn No 124
This is one of my favorite versions of it ~ David Archuleta singing to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir :)

Prayer ~ Select a Family Member :)

Scripture ~ Isaiah 9:6

Lesson ~ On mormon.org each one of the Eight Core Principals has a section. Use that as your lesson. It has videos and all kinds of stuff. It's perfect !!!!

Activity ~ Making an Easter Tree


Go outside and find a good branch that you can make a little tree ! I used a part of my apple tree that we had pruned but even tiny little "charlie brown " sticks will work if you use little eggs hehe  !!!!
I used EASTER EGG TEMPLATE this site and printed out a bunch of fun easter egg templates for the family to color. Now we let them color the stuff while we did the lesson.... that might help keep little ones occupied while you go over the lesson :)
I used 8 big blank easter egg templates and wrote each of the eight core principals on the eggs.
Then of course we just hung the eggs up and I added a few cheap little plastic eggs etc. and then display it proudly ! When you look at it you can remember each off the principles and throughout your day you can stop and point to the tree and say can someone name one of the things that can bring us peace ? etc etc... plenty of fun ways to teach these principals !



Service Project ~ "You've Been Egged !! "  Print some more of the big easter egg templates ~ Color and write nice things on them about a family or member of your ward that could use a surprise. Maybe write things like " we like the way you always smile and say hi to us each sunday !" or " we love when you sing " etc etc.... then go tape all the eggs to their door and you can leave a little treat etc... and then ring the doorbell and run fast ! Don't forget to make a big egg that says " You've Been Egged !!!" It's so fun !

Song~ I Can Almost Imagine/A Child's Prayer by Kelsey Edwards
You can find more great music from Kelsey Edwards at KELSEY EDWARDS YOUTUBE CHANNEL



Prayer~ Choose A Family Member

Treat~ These cute treat bags from The Dating Divas are darling and they have a huge kit with tons of Christ Centered Easter Activities and Ideas ~ and it's cheap ;) Gotta love a good deal !!
You can go HERE to download it :)


Thanks for stopping by and seeing the different Family Home Evening Ideas I had for the #PrinceofPeace campaign. You can head over to THE RED HEADED HOSTESS and see all of the great things she has and other fun ideas from bloggers !
Here's just a few of the things she has in store for you!

LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO ~ DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!!!

I am giving away a gorgeous Print Pack from DESERET BOOK in honor of the Easter #PRINCEOFPEACE campaign !!!! Here's what you could win :


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