Wow- this inspires me!

Watch this!

IMG_2268Last week, several of my family members and I had an email discussion about cheese.  No, not parmesan and cheddar- cheese as in “cheesy”, “over-the-top”, “hard to experience without cringing” kind of cheese.

Sometimes I watch little videos that are supposed to be really touching but for some reason, it just doesn’t do it for me.  And then I watch one like this that just makes me cry because it’s so beautifully done.  This is a must-see as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  It so beautifully shows the healing that can take place for each of us this season- healing that is possible because of our Savior.  (Get comfy and grab some tissues!)

https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/videos/silent-night-starring-kevin-sorbo-music-video.html

Wow!  Tis the Season,

Laura

Cause it makes me happy... · Wow- this inspires me!

Star Wars

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I’ll admit- I haven’t seen all the new Star Wars movies.  When I talk about Star Wars being amazing, (did I mention that Star Wars is one of my favorite movie-series?) it’s the original 3 that I’m talking about.  Who’s with me?  Hans Solo is witty and handsome, Leia is gorgeous, Darth Vador is the epitomy of “bad guy”, the drama is perfect, the droids, the death star, Chewbacca, the action, Luke discovering….who he is (no spoiler here in case you haven’t watched it!) and of course, the Millenial Falcon…

How much of my fondness is more tied to childhood memories than the actual movie?  I can’t be sure!  But either way, today I had to share this incredible tribute to Star Wars in case you haven’t seen it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgAlQuqzl8o

May the force be with you,

Laura

Cause it makes me happy... · Thought

Non-living

IMG_2267About a week ago, I went on a field trip with my 6 year old, L.  After learning about catagorizing items, the kindergartners were introduced to the idea of “living” and “non-living.”  We went out in the woods to explore, looking for things to write down for each category.

Here’s a question for you that I’ve been pondering today.  How many of you name non-living items in your life?  Sure, it makes sense to name a dog (living), a child (living), or a perhaps a wild turkey (yes, they like to visit our back yard- definitely living).  But how about a toaster?  A car?  A computer?

When Jon and I got married, we had a car that we fondly named “Shenaynay” (shuh-nay-nay).  We talked about it being the car that our oldest, G, would learn to drive someday.   (We’re now 5 years away from that frightening day and Shenaynay is still going strong!  Go Hondas!)  Later we purchased a Honda CR-V that was a beautiful red color and we named her “Cherry”.  No, we have never named our toaster, though we were excited the other day when we realized we still have the same toaster we received on our wedding day (nearly 13 years ago!).

Today as I was thinking about getting up to the piano to start “working” (aka playing) for the day, I thought, “Really, she needs a name!”  Yes, it’s a “she”.  Maybe because it makes me feel less outnumbered with 3 boys and a husband.  Maybe just so the piano doesn’t compete with the boys for being a favorite boy.  But really, she needs a name.

So, readers, I’m throwing it out to you.  Tell me what she looks like: a Bertha?  Glenda?  Leslie?  I need your help- she needs a name.  🙂  (And I’d love to hear about non-living things you have named over the years.)

Have a great day,

Laura

Music

One note to another…

I hope you ate plenty of turkey and pie last weekend!

Today I am still trying to get back into routine after an enjoyable break with the family, but I wanted to share a quote I heard while listening to an instructional video about arranging, composing, and publishing:

“Music is the thousanth of a millisecond between one note and another.  How you get from one to the other: that’s music.”  ~Joel Raney

Here’s the link in case you’re interested:  https://sites.baylor.edu/ccms/2013/07/24/joel-raney-ask-the-composer-2013-alleluia-conference/

 

 

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Re-oriented

A few years ago I went down to a Women’s Conference at Brigham Young University.  I brought back a photo with me that was a reminder of the things that I learned.  I can’t attach it here for copyright reasons, but you can go see it (and get a copy of your own if you love it as much as I do!) if you click on this link:

https://deseretbook.com/p/humility-3×4-print-simon-dewey-15276?ref=Grid%20%7C%20Simon%20Dewey%20%7C%20Taxon%3A%203301-81&variant_id=92818-3×4-print

I look back on that conference as having a personal theme for me (though it had very little to do with the speakers’ topics and everything about what I was learning through the Holy Ghost).  This was it: “Let Him help you.”  To me, that gorgeous photo represented that message.  I was trying to do too much on my own, and it was stressing me out.  I knew that they way to more peace was relying more on my Savior.

This weekend, I heard a quote at church that goes right along with that idea.  The speaker quoted this article, which you can read if you’d like the full story:

https://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/10/i-have-a-question/can-you-help-me-see-the-significance-of-the-account-of-peter-walking-on-the-water?lang=eng

I’m just going to quote my favorite two paragraphs.  For those of you who are not familiar with the biblical story of Peter walking on the water toward Jesus Christ, here’s a link to the verses that tell that story: Matthew 14:22-33

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/14.32-33?lang=eng#31

“As we learn the gospel and develop our faith, we reach the point where we feel strong enough to leave the boat; we determine to stand free from worldly supports and voluntarily walk by faith through the tempest toward our Savior. Each step for us may be a trial. The waves around us are as real in their way as Peter’s waves were to him. And, like Peter, we may slip! We may feel the awful descent toward destruction and, in confused desperation, consider the safety of the ship.

But wait! Our efforts to meet the trials of our faith—our footsteps over life’s treacherous waters—have somehow re-oriented us, and we reach out for safety, not to the boat, as we would have done in earlier times, but to the outstretched hand of the Savior. Hand grasps hand, and we are pulled to the Master of wind and water. No more is he seen vaguely through the storm; no more is his voice indistinct in the roar of the gale. Now we are home; now the trial is over.

And Jesus calms the storm.”

What a neat idea that in earlier times, our instinct would be to reach for the boat- to go back to what we perceive as “safe territory” and definitely less risky- at least less risky for the moment.  And yet through our experiences of walking by faith, we begin to instinctively reach for the Savior, knowing in a new way that real, lasting safety from the storm is only found by reaching toward the Savior.  Have a wonderful day, friends!

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Beautiful

Stephanie Nielson is a blogger who had a tragic accident several years ago.  Her ability to see the good and parent optomistically even in her very difficult resultant experiences is amazing to me.  Today I looked at her blog and I thought that what she shared was meaningful and I wanted to share it here.  Every morning when her daughter wakes up she tells her to
“Remember that your heart is the most beautiful thing about you and 
if your heart is beautiful, then everything else in your life will follow.”
Though this is relevant to boys and girls alike, I think little girls especially need many messages as they grow that help them anchor to the beauty within.  This strikes me as a really good place to start.
If you’re interested in hearing more from Stephanie Nielson, visit her website at http://www.nieniedialogues.com/
Have a great day!