Have a wonderful Mothers Day!
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I will be emailing you later today with information on claiming your prize!
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You have until April 1- so don’t wait!
I am off to bed- just love the spring allergies/sinus headaches 🙂
I absolutely LOVE soft, sugary sugar cookies that seem to melt the moment they enter your mouth. I found this delicious recipe online and thought I would share it with you!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups shortening
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large eggs, beaten
- 4 1/3 cups cake flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- sugar, for decorating
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the sugars and shortening using an electric mixer.
- Mix on slow speed 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
- Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes. You want the sugar and shortening cream nice and soft.
- Slowly add vanilla and beaten egg while mixing.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, mixing on slow speed until just blended. Do not overmix.
- Scoop with an ice-cream scoop and roll in sugar. A very important step!
- Place directly on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with palm of hand.
- Bake at 375° for 9-10 minutes. Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden. Ideally, the edges do not brown.
Live in Utah? Wondering what to do with your family this summer? This post is for you! I just jotted down some of the fun things we love to do during the summer!
- Family Movies- discounted movies are playing at local theaters such as Cinemark.
- Art Festivals- we just attended the Ogden Art Festival and had a blast! There were lots of cute (and FREE) kids crafts, local music, and of course all the fun and inspiring booths!
- Ogden’s Dinosaur Park- we have been to a few dinosaur parks and this is by far our favorite! We love running around to each of the dinosaur statues and spouting off their names and what they liked to eat. (my little girl LOVES dinosaurs!!)
- Union Station Museum- This is an interesting museum where you can learn a lot about the history of the railroad. They have a little play area for kids and a miniature train. We especially love looking at the old locomotives and railway cars in the train yard. This is a great place to get some darling pics of your kiddos so don’t forget your camera!
- Golden Spike Arena- There are some free events at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden this summer- from barrel racing to youth rodeos. Despite my husband’s allergies, we plan on making a short trip out to watch the horses in action!
- Treehouse Children’s Museum- A fun museum housing a wide variety of learning areas. We like to go when it’s cooler outside. There are a few free days this Summer, so be on the look out for those!
- Nature Center- It’s a little piece of the great outdoors in the middle of Ogden. Beautiful walking trails and some rescued birds. A great place to spend time outdoors this summer! They have some great day camps for kiddos as well.
- Red Butte Garden- We took a little field trip here recently and loved it… there are beautiful gardens, hiking trails, and a fun splash area for the kids. Come prepared to walk and another great location for pics!
- Library- Lots of books/DVDs/games/CDs… and best part, it’s free!
- Thanksgiving Point- There is a wide variety of activities here! We hope to one day go down and visit the farm this summer.
- This is the Place State Park- We always have a good time when we go here- and we have been lucky enough to go on free days. They have a petting zoo, train, pony rides, and lots of old buildings. A fun way to learn more about our pioneer heritage.
- RAMP- If you live in or near Weber County, check out this link for a lot of fun and free activities on Saturdays this summer.
- hiking trails- Drive towards the mountains and you are bound to go by a few trailheads. Best hiking tips: go early- the earlier the better and bring plenty of water.
- Hill Air Force Base Museum- This is a free museum full of airplanes. I will admit that after looking at the fifth airplane I had pretty much zoned out, but my husband and daughter really like it! And they do have a little play area for the kids…
- Splash Parks- Let’s see… fun, a great way to cool off, and did I mention FREE?!
- Tracey Aviary- You have to go at least once! They just opened a new owl exhibit that we are excited to see. The aviary is located next to a fun park/playground with a splash fountain… so if it’s hot, bring those swimming suits!
- Hogle Zoo- Most people we have talked to have told us to avoid the zoo this year because of the construction and remodeling. But we say- THIS is the time to go! They have dinosaurs!! I am not sure how long this exhibit will last, but we are super excited to go to the zoo this year!
Hello blogging world! I hope all you moms had a wonderful mother’s day. My daughter, husband, and I talked in sacrament meeting. 3 years ago we adopted our girl and were sealed to her in the Salt Lake Temple. It was so heartwarming to hear my three year old talk and sing “Families Can Be Together Forever.” I am very grateful to have the knowledge that we can be a forever family!
I want to share some excerpts from my talk… Maybe it will help someone out there who is struggling with infertility.
“My husband and I were married almost 12 years ago in the Salt Lake Temple. Through years of countless tests, endless amounts of praying and fasting, about 6 years ago we received the devastating news that we would most likely never have biological children. Several years of hoping and believing if we just had enough faith crashed down on my weary heart.
Like many mothers in the scriptures we were given the trial of infertility. In the first chapter of Luke we read about Zacharias and Elisabeth and how they had no child, because Elisabeth was barren and they were both well stricken in years. An angel appeared to Zacharias and told him that his prayer was heard and he would have a son, and his name would be John. An angel later appeared to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and told her about her cousin Elisabeth’s pregnancy despite her age and boldly declared “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” That scripture has come to mean a lot to me. John, as we know, was the one who baptized Jesus Christ.
We can also look at Sarah, the wife of Abraham. In Genesis chapter 18 we read that Abraham was visited by 3 holy men who told him that Sarah would have a son. In verses 11-14 we read :
“Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age….
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself….
And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Abraham and Sarah did have a son, which they named Isaac. This very Isaac’s wife Rebekah struggled with infertility. In Genesis 25 verse 21 we read
“And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.”
Rebekah later had twins- Esau and Jacob. Jacob’s wife Rachel was also barren and watched as Leah had many children. In chapter 30 of Genesis we read in verse 1:
And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
and in verse 22:
And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Joseph”
Hannah, who, before she had Samuel, had a grieving heart, and she wept and prayed and poured out her soul before the Lord for the opportunity to be a mother.
These mighty men- John the Baptist, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Samuel had mothers who waited and prayed and struggled with the trial of barrenness.
Jeffrey R. Holland has beautifully said “ Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.”
In the words of Maureen Hawkins:
Before you were conceived, I wanted you
Before you were born, I loved you
And before you were here an hour
I would have sacrificed everything for you.
If you were to ask me today about my definition of the word motherhood, I would be able to sum it up in just one word….joy.
(2 nephi 2:22, 23, 25)
And now behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen,
but he would have remained in the garden of Eden.
And they would have no children, wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy
Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy.
It is my prayer that we can celebrate the joy in our lives.”
Take a few minutes to hug those little miracles. Motherhood is truly a sacred blessing and privilege!
The time has come for me to do another review for CSN stores. It works out perfectly because we need a new humidifier and I have been dying to try out those cute animal ones! While i haven’t read the greatest reviews on this product, it will be tons better than what we have now! For those who don’t know, CSN stores carry everything from wooden swing sets to the kitchen sink!
This is not the typical post today. Its not a topic that I like to dwell on and most days I handle it well. But lately, for some reason, it has been a powerful force of emptiness and grief. (cue the violins….)
Many of you are aware that my husband and I adopted our beautiful daughter. I can not put into words the love and appreciation we have for her birthmother. I am grateful that our daughter came to us through adoption… It really was such a miraculous experience. As she gets older the desire to expand our family grows. I long to be able to provide my Boo with a brother or sister, but I physically can’t. It seems as if pregnancy and babies are all around me. In a 12 month time period I will be an aunt four times. Each of these babies are a miracle and my sisters and sister in laws are (or will be) the best moms. It seems like neighbors, friends, and extended family are being blessed with pregnancies. Most of the time I am OK with the cards we have been dealt. I have an illness that requires me to be on medication that could potentially harm a fetus, so being infertile is a good thing, right? (sense the sarcasm tinted with humor?) It is so easy to want to throw myself pity parties. I hate being asked by others when we are going to have another child or told we will only be the parents of one. I hate being the last one to know when a friend or family member is pregnant because they don’t know what to say. And I especially hate seeing children born and later are abused and neglected.
Life is full of inequality, isn’t it?