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My Dirty Windows August 15, 2012

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I have realized something about myself in the last little while that I am not such a fan of.  I tend to be extremely critical sometimes.  Often I am hyper critical about myself, and other times (these are the more frustrating times) I am critical of others.  I have been working it – consciously working on it – for a while now.  This past weekend, I spent a long weekend with my Mom and my 3 big sisters having a girls’ retreat.  It was so much fun!  I sometimes struggle with my personal criticisms when about to gather with them, because they are so good in many of the ways I struggle.  I often go into those times feeling like I am so inferior to my sisters on so many fronts.  I take it way past humility and deep into the realm of self doubt and hopelessness even.  This weekend I was determined to just keep embracing who I am and not worry too much about what they would think of me, and I mostly succeeded.  It was better than I have ever been able to do that before.

Then came the really frustrating moment.  It was not a moment when I was filled by self doubt, but a moment when I started thinking, “Well, why don’t they just do it like me?  It’s so much better my way.” (more…)


The start of the rest of my General Conference Prep. March 26, 2012

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Well, Sunday did not go according to my plans this week.  I had a lousy experience in Primary (a sick tummy and finding out I was re-teaching the exact same lesson as last week were a discouraging combo), but came home eager to hit Inkscape and see if I could pull together all of the rest of the ideas I have for this Conference.  I have already come to the conclusion that with all that I have on my business and school plates right now, there was NO way I was going to be able to do EVERYTHING I had originally wanted.  I decided to focus on the new NOTES pages I envisioned for my little guys and the ones for the older girls.  I dove in with great enthusiasm, but sometimes enthusiasm is NOT quite enough.  I was able to pull together the sticker sets to let everyone use to play the guessing games tonight for FHE and the ones for THREE and FOUR to use to take “notes” during General Conference.  I really want to start encouraging the kids to really listen for their own understanding – whatever level that can be.  I do not want Conference to ONLY be about bingo and eating super random foods from the 72-hour-kits.  I want those things to be part of it, but not the whole enchilada.  If that is all I teach my kids that General Conference is about, what a disservice I have done. (more…)


Primary Handout for the 4th Week of March March 18, 2012

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I have already posted my new General Conference notes page for President Monson.  Then I sat down today to prepare my lesson for next Sunday’s Sharing Time and realized it would be perfect for a handout, but with one easy addition.  I added the phrase, “I am blessed when I choose to follow the Prophet!”  Now I am super excited to act out the stories in the Sharing Time Outline and share my firm testimony of President Monson and encourage the kids to take their questions to Heavenly Father and then take the time to listen to the Prophet in General Conference for answers.  Ohhh, I can’t wait for General Conference and I hope that I can help the kids feel the pricelessness of the opportunity to hear from the living prophets, seers, and revelators!

President Monson Treasure Notes Sharing Time March 4

Like always, please feel free to use this handout for personal or church purposes – nothing commercial.  Thanks!  I hope you enjoy! 🙂


President Monson Treasure Activity Page February 26, 2012

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I realized today that General Conference is not that far away!  Time sure does fly sometimes!  I decided I should start gearing up for General Conference now, since I don’t really have much ‘weekday’ time to work on it.  I only really have a few Sundays to work with and I better use them well.  Last fall, I started working on some great (in my opinion) activity pages for during General Conference.  I wanted something specific to go along with each of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve.  That way, when that speaker came up to the stand the kids could hunt through their packets, find that General Authority and have something NEW each speaker!  (I am still working on getting permission to put them up here for everyone to use, but so far I have not gotten that “go ahead.”  I used someone else’s great line drawings of the Apostles to make my activity pages, so I need her final approval before putting them on my blog – I hope to have them up for this year though.  We’ll see.)

I made all these fun activities for the Quorum of the Twelve last time, but I just used some of the things that are already available out there for the First Presidency.  I will try to take the time to link up to all of those other GREAT activities next Sunday!  Well, I decided that this time around, I wanted to make my own contribution to what is available to use during the First Presidency’s talks too! President Monson Treasure Notes March 4 I just finished the first one – and it is of course about President Monson.  I am a HUGE fan of allowing space for the kids to take notes (written for older ones or drawn for younger ones or even glued on pictures cut from old church magazines for even younger ones) during Conference – especially during President Monson’s talks.  This fun little sheet has four “pieces of treasure” in which the kids can put their notes.  The idea stemmed from Natalie Houston’s post on Sugardoodle.  It was an idea she offered to go along with one of the March topics for Primary Sharing Time, but I am totally going to use the idea for a General Conference review session this time!  I am so excited!  Go check out her idea and you’ll see why I’m excited. 🙂  Anyway, after getting excited for this new idea for a post-Conference wrap-up, I decided to make my President Monson printable go along with the treasure theme.  That way the kids can already be thinking in those therms before we ever start F.H.E. the day after Conference.

Now I feel like I have taken that first step toward gearing up for Conference!  Hooray!  I can’t wait!!!

President Monson Treasure

I have posted the PDF here, but if you would like me to also post the Inkscape vector image, I’d be happy to do so, just drop me a note and I will throw it on here too.  Like everything I make and post here – please feel free to use it for your family, friends, or wards.  Please do not redistribute this though.  I am very happy to share it with anyone you would like to share it with! Thanks for playing nice!  🙂


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