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30 June 2008

My Apologies, Bakers

I am using the first of my 4 free months in June: I was out of town from the 8th to the 28th, gardening like mad the 2 weeks before we left, and then sick as soon as we got home. Just not enough time in the day, although it looks like I missed out on the Danish Pastry this month, and that's a bummer. To see how things turned out for those who actually managed to do this month's challenge, browse through these blogs.

Errr.... now that I think about it, I missed the Opera Cake too. I am bummed about them both, and may have to try one or the other of them as an extra in August. We'll be out of town again in July, and although I am going to attempt to do the challenge, there's no way I'm going to get any extra in.

A Very Good Question

29 June 2008

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

James 5:14-15

I am incredibly grateful for the elders of the church, particularly for Andy, and the Priesthood that he brings to our home. Yesterday, I was quite sick. (That's why I'm late posting my scripture.) We called another brother to come and assist and they blessed me. Today I am so much better.

26 June 2008

Home Again!

After almost 3 weeks of vacationing we're back HOME. It's good to be home. Monkey is trying out his new Big Boy Bed this evening. We realized that he seems to sleep more soundly on a real mattress than he was on the crib mattress on the toddler bed, so although it was extremely cute, and even though he hasn't actually outgrown it, we're trying him on a big boy bed. I may get some of those little fence things to put next to him, even though it's just a mattress on the floor. There's not far to fall, but the little fence things on his toddler bed were more than just decoration! It's just one more thing in the ongoing efforts to get the little guy to sleep in his own bed at least part of the time.

22 June 2008

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
-John 16:33

15 June 2008

When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Deuteronomy 4:30-31

13 June 2008

Homeschool quotes

From the LDS-HEA website:

President Boyd K. Packer
In many places it is literally not safe physically for youngsters to go to school. And in many schools--and it's becoming almost generally true--it is spiritually unsafe to attend public schools. Look back over the history of education to the turn of the century and the beginning of the educational philosophies....which have led us now into a circumstance where our schools are producing the problems that we face.
BYU, Oct. 9, 1996

President Brigham Young
I am opposed to free education as much as I am opposed to taking property from one man and giving it to another....Would I encourage free schools by taxation? No!
Journal of Discourses 18:357

President John Taylor
And then we want to study also the principles of education, and to get the very best teachers we can to teach our children; see that they are men and women who fear God and keep his commandments. We do not want men or women to teach the children of the Latter-day Saints who are not Latter-day Saints themselves. Hear it, you Elders of Israel and you school trustees! We want none of these things. Let others who fear not God take their course; but it is for us to train our children up in the fear of God. God will hold us responsible for this trust. Hear it, you Elders of Israel and you fathers and you mothers!
The Mind and Will of the Lord, John Taylor, Address 4:22

11 June 2008


Monkey took his shoes off twice the day I took this video. The first time we were at Home Despot, where he removed his tennis shoes and threw them at me when I wasn't paying enough attention to him. This is the second time. Took him quite a while to get the sandals off: long enough for me to get the camera and still take some video. But in the end, he was Victorious!

08 June 2008

And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Numbers 21:5-9

Yea, did [Moses] not bear record that the Son of God should come? And as he lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, even so shall he be lifted up who should come.

And as many as should look upon that serpent and live, even so as many as should look upon the Son of God with faith, having a contrite spirit, might life, even uto that life which is eternal.
Helaman 8:14-15

Behold, he was spoken of by Moses; yea, and behold a type was raised up in the wilderness, that whosoever would look upon it might live. And many did look and live.

But few understood the meaning of those things, and this because of the hardness of their hearts. But there were many who would not look, therefore they perished. Now the reason they would not look is because they did not believe that it would heal them.

O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might e healed, would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts in unbelief, and not be slothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?

If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins; and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all en shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.
Alma 33:19-22

06 June 2008

Thanks Cocoa!

Cocoa made a great set of tutorials on how to customize your blog. I used those and a linkware webset from Touch a Memory to pretty up my blog a bit.

Here are the links to Cocoa's tutorials so far:

Part 1: Choosing colors & patterns
Part 2: HTML code
Part 3: Fonts
Part 4: New Headers (I skipped this because my webset came with one.)
Part 5: Columns & Margins

Kudos to Cocoa for the great tutorials!

05 June 2008

Mothering Style

Your type is: INTP —The “Love of Learning” Mother

“I keep the encyclopedia in the kitchen so we can look up things together while we eat.”

* Intellectually curious and patient, the INTP mother relishes those times with a child when they are learning something interesting together. Whether they’re at the zoo or computer terminal, she sparks to answering his or her “whys” with in-depth responses or new knowledge.
* The INTP mother is also objective and introspective. She listens to and discusses children’s ideas and questions as she would those of a peer, fostering self-esteem and confidence. Open and non-directive, she allows children the freedom to do for themselves and quietly encourages them to believe they can do it.
* Independence, autonomy, intellectual development, and self-reliance are probably the INTP’s highest priorities for her children. An avid reader, she naturally imparts an appreciation and love of reading as well.
* Drawn to all types of learning, the INTP may also value her mothering experience for all the new insights about life it provides her.

Take the quiz here.

01 June 2008

He maketh the barren woman to keep house and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.
-Psalms 113:9


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