". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Saturday, April 30, 2011


As many of you know, my college boy is at the University of Utah and majoring in film studies. I love to see his talents expand and creativity flourish! 

His latest assignment included use of a green screen, MANY layers, and separate sound. I hope you enjoy this. We'd love to get your thoughts and will be thrilled if you pass it along. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Awareness: The Choking Game KILLS

This is not anything new, 
but there are still too many that are not AWARE of this. 
We just received information that this is a problem 
NOW in OUR schools/neighborhood TODAY! 
Please educate yourself and your family! 
Share the info and let's save some lives! 
I will review this with my boys NOW!

What IS the "Choking Game"?
It’s not a game at all—just an act of suffocating on purpose.
Adolescents cut off the flow of blood to the brain, in exchange for a few seconds of feeling lightheaded. Some strangle themselves with a belt, a rope or their bare hands; others push on their chest or hyperventilate.
When they release the pressure, blood that was blocked up floods the brain all at once. This sets off a warm and fuzzy feeling, which is just the brain dying, thousands of cells at a time.
What can I Do to STOP this?
Talk to the children in your life, as well as parents and everyone you know who works with children. Make sure they understand why the Choking Game is so dangerous: even if they survive, they’re permanently killing thousands of brain cells, and other children may be indicted and prosecuted for their involvement in a death or injury.
What are the WARNING SIGNS?
  • Any suspicious mark on the side of the neck, sometimes hidden by a turtleneck, scarf or permanently turned-up collar.
  • Changes in personality, such as overtly aggressive or agitated.
  • Any kind of strap, rope or belt lying around near the child for no clear reason—and attempts to elude questions about such objects.
  • Headaches (sometimes excruciatingly bad ones), loss of concentration, flushed face.
  • Bloodshot eyes or any other noticeable signs of eye stress.
  • A thud in the bedroom or against a wall—meaning a fall in cases of solitary practice.
  • Any questions about the effects, sensations or dangers of strangulation.
where you can also find: 

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Please check out more important awareness topics at the links in the list and add your own! 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday Expressions: Never a Better Hero - This Man - Jesus Messiah

I pray that you have a beautiful Easter and always remember in your hearts that we are celebrating that Christ LIVES and has provided the way for us to return home again...  (((HUGS)))
'Why Weepest Thou'
by Liz Lemon Swindle
Never a Better Hero
by Kenneth Cope

This Man by Jeremy Camp

Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin

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This week my prayer's are on overtime for my sister-in-law who has suffered a stroke and 2 heart atacks. She has had a rough go of it for years and my brother-in-law has been giving her excellent care. They have informed him that if she pulls through, she will never bee able to be home again due to the severity of her health needs. May His spirit be with them at this time and comfort in the trials that may come. Blessings and love to you BOTH!!  

Monday, April 18, 2011

Project 52 Update Week #16

#18: Made a new recipe. A casserole containing ground beef, mushrooms, onion, Cr of celery and cr of mushroom soups, broccoli, rice, and Worcestershire sauce. YAY!! EVERYBODY liked it!! You are all my witnesses when I make it again in a couple weeks Stitch Kid declares that he doesn't like it... that TONIGHT HE DID! *sigh*
#38: Made the Easter/April background for the blog... 
#44: I've done a few scrap pages... Still WAY behind... 
#49: I did finish The Confession by John Grisham last month... It was good and yet... there was a lot that bothered me about it. I agree that there needs to be improvements in the judicial system, but I think this one goes overboard. The biggest reason being that we have turned into the 21st century and I felt like this was trying to throw us back into the segregation issues of the 60s. For crying out loud, I grew up in the south where I was actually a minority... We didn't have those kinds of problems even in the 70s! We had friends beyond the racial lines and stood up for one another... etc... Only at the end did you see some of that coming together. Through most of the book it was white vs black... the black side of town vs the white side of town... the white church and the black church... And this is set in current time??? Come on... Can we PLEASE MOVE ON?  That is all... *sigh* 
#51: Had mom and pop for pizza at the beginning of the month and went to visit later in the month.   ;D

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Sunday Expressions: The Worth of a Soul

The end of last month when it was my turn to do our Family Home Evening lesson. I had it planned since we started our Netflix free trial and I saw the video in the streaming section and watched it. AWESOME!! 
I feel it's something important... and believe in it... but it makes me feel a bit 2 faced as much of a funk I've been in. BUT, I thought it was good... and probably something I need a regular reminder of, too... What better lessons are there?? 

For the record, I didn't come up with the whole thing on my own... I know what I wanted for the topic and found what I wanted to use at Mormonshare.com for the object lesson and references and actually found the video on Netflix... but it's also available in the 2 parts posted below on You Tube. 

Subject: Worth of a Soul 

First I pulled out 2 $20 bills. one crisp and new, the other tattered. I asked the boys if one was worth more than the other? Both agreed that they had the same value. 

Then I shared a quote from Dieter F Uchtdorf
"I am not suggesting that we accept sin or overlook evil, in our personal life or in the world. Nevertheless, in our zeal, we sometimes confuse sin with sinner, and we condemn too quickly and with too little compassion. We know from modern revelation that “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” (reference-D&C 18:10) We cannot gauge the worth of another soul any more than we can measure the span of the universe. Every person we meet is a VIP to our Heavenly Father. Once we understand that, we can begin to understand how we should treat our fellowmen.
One woman who had been through years of trial and sorrow said through her tears, “I have come to realize that I am like an old 20-dollar bill—crumpled, torn, dirty, abused, and scarred. But I am still a 20-dollar bill. I am worth something. Even though I may not look like much and even though I have been battered and used, I am still worth the full 20 dollars.”"

I had one read Mosiah 2:26
And I, even I, whom ye call your king, am no better than ye yourselves are; for I am also of the dust. And ye behold that I am old, and am about to yield up this mortal frame to its mother earth.

The other read 2 Nephi 26:33 
For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.

Then  we watched "The Touch of the Master's Hand" 
If you don't have time for both clips, 
the 2nd is the most important part.
A great message for the world!! 
Have a beautiful Sunday!
This week I added the Simpson family who are dealing with the loss of Cindy who was a blessing to all that knew her. She will be GREATLY missed! (((HUGS))) 
Another friend that was able to get to the funeral (I had to be with hubby for a medical procedure that couldn't be rescheduled...) did a post on her blog that was a lovely tribute. I had Cindy's daughter as a "daughter" for YW's Girl's Camp in California. My heart is with them. 

"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever." Psalm 30

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hubby's Backyard Gold Mine

I'm stealing family creativity this week! Hubby actually took these pictures and posted this to his blog last month. His brother is a carpenter and has been making this display for the last two years! Each time we go to SoCal for anything, it seems he has additions for us to bring back to add to our display around the pool. We LOVE his talents and creativity!! So since MY creative juices are at a bit of a stand still along with my funk, I find that this is an AWESOME CREATION to SHARE.   ;D

Since I'm busy with a wedding this week, 
I'll rest on their laurels this week. ;D
Besides, it IS pretty AWESOME!! 


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

I'm Relating to Everybody Hurts by Avril Lavigne

Everybody Hurts 
from Avril Lavigne's new album: 
Goodbye Lullaby 
Don't worry, this one doesn't have any bad words 
like some of hers do...  ;p
Don't know, Don't know If I can do this on my own
Why do you have to leave me?
Its seems I'm losing something Deep inside of me
Hold on, on to me

Now I see, Now I see
Everybody hurts someday
It's okay to be afraid
Everybody hurts, everybody screams
Everybody feels this way, it's ok
Ladadada.... It's ok

It feels that nothing really matters anymore
When you're gone I can't breathe
And I know you never meant to make me feel this way
This things are happening on me
Now I see, Now I see

Everybody hurts someday
It's okay to be afraid
Everybody hurts, everybody screams
Everybody feels this way, it's ok
Ladadada.... It's ok

Lalalala.. It's ok

Everybody hurts someday
It's okay to be afraid
Everybody feels this way
Yea, it'll be ok
Get somebody take me away
To a better place
Everybody feels this way.
Lalalala. It's ok
So I'm not alone... "EVERYBODY HURTS"  
Just relating to the hurting part a lot lately. For the record, hubby will only be gone for a week on a trip with #2 (SMILEY) + fam... We will survive... Don't know that I'll be around the "net" much, though... I've been in a bit of a funk... "This too shall pass..." To be honest, though, it may be sporadic till June... This is a funky time of year for me and I really can't go into it here.

Having music to relate to... 

My "CREATION" this week: 
My new Easter/Spring background 
and relating to this song... 
is about as creative 
as I could get this week... 
Maybe it's a little "Madness" too... 
but it's not Monday! LOL!
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