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Young Women’s Sewing Class

Last week I taught a sewing class for the Young Women in my ward at church.

 It was one of  the same classes that I taught to the women in a Relief Society activity and the young women wanted to learn, so we did a sewing class for them!  It was how to make the maxi skirts that I did here.

These girls were all so cute and eager to learn how to make these skirts.  There were about 15 girls there and they all got their skirts done except for the hem in 2 hours.  They were faster than when I taught it to the women in RS!

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Spring Break 2013

I am having a hard time getting back into a routine.  After our trip to Arizona and a long weekend at the cabin I just want to play all day!  Who wants to clean house and work when you have had so much fun?

This last week was spring break here, so we decided to go to the cabin for 4 days and we had two of our families come up.  It was non-stop commotion, but it was fun commotion!  Not too long after we arrived the first day, my son-in-law texted me asking me to send him a picture of his two kids with the reservoir in the background.  This is what I sent him…

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Easter Lilies

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When I was just a little girl, I had to give a talk in church on Easter Sunday. I still remember that talk from way back then and every time I see Easter lilies it reminds me of this story that I gave.

AN EASTER AWAKENING

Death had come to the little house next to the large mansion.  Poor little Marie was left without the mother who had loved her so dearly.  She found no comfort in any of her brothers, and even Eudora, her best friend who lived next door could be of little help today.  Eudora, who had lived a very sheltered life in a large home, had never come face to face with death’s mystery and she was at a loss to know what to do to help her dear friend.  Seeking help, the confused girl hurried to her mother and cried, “Mama, Mama, she is dead?  Marie’s mama is dead.  She won’t ever have a mother to speak or smile or to love her anymore!”

“There, there, sweetheart, you mustn’t let things like this upset you so,” replied the mother.  “She has her papa and her brothers and she should be thankful for that.”

In her efforts to allay the child’s fear of death, Eudora’s mother took her to the garden where the gardener was at work at planting new bulbs.  “Do you see what this is?”  the mother asked, as she picked up one of the bulbs.

“It looks like a dried up old onion,” replied Eudora.

“Yes it does, Eudora.  But plant the bulb in a pot and watch it for several days.”

As Eudora was planting the bulb, she found a small brown cocoon.  When she showed it to the gardener, he told her to watch it as patiently as she watched the earth where the lily bulb was planted.  Excited, she asked her friend Marie, to watch with her.  Each day they came to look at the plant and the cocoon and they talked often of the surprises they felt might be inside.

Before the day came when the lily bloomed or the cocoon opened, a black crepe of mourning hung over the doorway of the great mansion.  Sudden illness had overtaken Eudora an in spite of all that love, wealth and skill could do, Eudora died.  In a darkened room sat the mother who could not be comforted in her deep despair.  For many long days she sat there, asking over and over again where God and his justice were.

Marie, too, was sad but she had been watching the lily and the cocoon and from them had found comfort.  Now she took them to the inconsolable mother.

“I’ve watched them ever since Eudora told me about them and now look!  They were dead when you first showed them to her, but this morning the lily opened up and I could see it’s heart of gold.  It’s perfume filled our whole house, just like my mama’s used to do.  And look at the cocoon–it is coming alive too!”

As they watched, a beautiful butterfly came out of the cocoon and stood trembling as it’s wings began to unfold.  Slowly it crawled along the girl’s fingers and finally it fluttered up to the waxen petals of the lily.

“This is like my mama and Eudora,” said Marie.  “I’m sure they are as beautiful as this flower and this butterfly-now see them both together?”

The mother looked into the mother-hungry eyes of the little girl and grief and bitterness melted from her heart.

“Come dear.  If Eudora is happy with your mama, then you must come to me.”

The sunlight poured over them like a benediction.  The birds were singing and faintly there came the sound of bells.

“Listen, the Easter chimes!  They tell of the resurrection of our Savior.  But oh, my dear, there has been a special awakening of my soul-opened to a new and better life by the hand of a little child.

Happy Easter Everyone!  Love Ya!

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Fun Easter Bouquet

Today I have a fun little Easter Bouquet for you to make.

This is not only delicious to look at, but delicious to eat!

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March 2013 Visiting Teaching Handout

This month the title of the visiting teaching lesson is

Activation.

I took President Monson’s quote to focus on.    I decided to just go with a spring theme for this month, since St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are both in March, so I took a more generic route.  I love the colors in this handout, they just make me happy.  I am so ready for Spring to come, but it is still a ways off here in Utah.  I still have snow out in my yard!  So I will have to be content to just bring the bright colors into my home for a little while longer.

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To print, just right click over the image and go to “save image as”, then save in one of your folders.  You can print from there or send out to your favorite photo processor.  You can also right click over image and go to “copy image” then open your favorite program like word or presentations and right click again and go to “paste”.  You can then print.

These are formatted to a 4 x 6 size.

Here is the blank one for those of you that want to translate the information.

This would also make a really fun card, invite, or tag!

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I have a really fun idea to go with this that I am giving to  the sisters that I visit, but I did not get it done in time to take good pictures.  So I will take the pictures tomorrow in the daylight and I will post it next week!  Check back then to see what I have been up to!

How is everyone doing with the challenge to get 100% visits this year?  Let’s keep going!

Happy Visiting this Month!  Love Ya!

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Blank Invitation

Happy Presidents Day everyone!

 I hope that you get to spend the day doing something that you love!

Today, I have a little blank invitation for you.  I had to make these for one of our Relief Society activities for church and so decided that I would share a blank one with you!  You can just type your own information on it!  Print and cut and you will have your own individualized invitations!  Doesn’t get much easier than that.

In the orange box I changed my text to white and it makes it show up a lot better.

RS-002-food-storage-blankThis is formatted for an 8.5 x 11 page, so you can just print them on your own printer, and as you can see there are 4 to a page.

Hope that you enjoy them!

Have a great Presidents Day!  Love Ya!

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Feb 2013 Visiting Teaching Handout

This months visiting teaching message for our church is:

Converted unto the Lord

I chose to use the quote by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

 (Does anyone still miss him like I do?)

I love this quote on how to treat new converts, but in a sense are we not all converts?  I think that this quote  is just a good motto to have when dealing with anyone we meet!

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Easy Maxi Skirt

We are starting a beginning sewing class in our Relief Society.  That is the women’s organization in our church and I am in charge of teaching it.  I am so excited because we have some really fun projects that are for beginners, but they are so cute that I think those that already sew will want to join us too! :)

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(Don’t you love my new dress form?  I just got it and I am so excited that I can dress it for my pictures now!)

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January 2013 Visiting Teaching Handout

This month’s message is about Missionary work.

I love the quote from Pres. Uchtdorf, so that is my focus for this month’s handout.  Since it is winter here in Utah, I went with the winter/snowman theme!

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Sinterklaas Party, Our Family Tradition

Several years ago, my oldest son served a mission for our church to the Netherlands.  So I asked him about some of the Christmas traditions while he was there and every year since we have celebrated Sinterklaas day in some way or another.

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