Thursday, February 28, 2013

Where there is great love

In this home…
We do second chances
We do real
We do mistakes
We do I’m sorry’s
We do Loud really well
We do hugs
We do Together best of all!

Grant Me patience to deal with my Blessings

You never know the value of a Moment until it becomes a Memory


This picture is from an article called "The Rescuing Hug". The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two, threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby's heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

You will be blessed


“The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness, the less likely we will be on a path to regrets. The more we rely on the Savior’s grace, the more we will feel that we are on the track our
Father in Heaven has intended for us.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Do not fear the future. Go forward with hope and faith. Remember that supernal gift of the Holy Ghost. Learn to be taught by it. Learn to seek it. Learn to live by it. Learn to pray always in the name of Jesus Christ The Spirit of the Lord will attend you, and you will be blessed.”
Boyd K. Packer
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored
than to anything on which it is poured.”
Mark Twain
Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys."

Be the type of person you want to Meet.
Don’t Shine so others can see you.
Shine so that, through you, others can see Him.
Your dream has a heartbeat listen to it.
“Often we do not know what we can endure until after a trial of our faith.”
Robert D. Hales
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"You never Know"

"You never Know"

Author Unknown

You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you.
You never know when a little word
Or something you may do
May open up the windows
Of a mind that sees the light
The way you live may not matter at all
But you never know it might.
And just in case it could be
That another's life, through you
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader and brighter view,
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right
Of course, it may not matter at all,

But then again it might.

When you feel like you're drowning in life don’t worry your Lifeguard walks on water.

Butter Cake Delight

1 Duncan Hines Deluxe yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 stick butter, melted
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
Pat together cake mix, 2 eggs, and butter until lump free onto a greased and floured cookie sheet (10 1/2 x 15).
Beat together cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar. Pour over the top of the cake mixture.
Bake at 350°F for about 20-25 minutes.

Monday, February 25, 2013

I have loved thee with an everlasting love

I never will leave you I will never for sake you
Hebrews 13:5

It’s so hard to ever forget someone who gave us so much to remember.

Because every second He Loves You

I have loved thee with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

“In considering such beauty of the át-one-ment’ in that first Easter season, we are reminded that the relationship between Christ and His Father is one of the sweetest and most moving themes running through the Savior’s ministry. Jesus’ entire being, His complete purpose and delight, were centered in pleasing His Father and obeying His will. Of Him He seemed always to be thinking; to Him He seemed always to be praying. Unlike us, He needed no crisis, no discouraging shift in events to direct His hopes heavenward. He was already instinctively, longingly looking that way. In all His mortal ministry Christ seems never to have had a single moment of vanity or self-interest. When one young man tried to call Him ‘good,’ He deflected the compliment, saying only one was deserving of such praise, His Father.”

Jeffrey R. Holland

“Tears came to my eyes when I read of a mere boy in one of our eastern cities who noticed a vagrant asleep on a sidewalk and who then went to his own room, retrieved his own pillow, and placed it beneath the head of that one whom he knew not. Perhaps there came from the precious past the welcome words: ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’
Thomas S. Monson
“…Even as we should think on the name of Christ more often, and use it more wisely and well, how tragic it is, and how deeply we are pained, that the name of the Savior of mankind has become one of the most common and most ill-used of profanities. In this Easter season of the year-when we are reminded yet again of all Christ has done for us, how dependent we are upon his redeeming grace and personal resurrection, and how singular his name is in the power to dispel evil and death and save the human soul-may we all do more to respect and revere his holy name and gently, courteously encourage others to do the same… We love the name of our Redeemer. May we redeem it from misuse to its rightful lofty position.”
Howard W. Hunter
“Christ was abused and beaten. His head was crowned with sharp and platted thorns; a mocking robe of purple was thrown upon His bleeding back. Again He was taken before Pilate, to whom the mob cried, ‘Crucify him, crucify him’. With stumbling steps He walked the way to Golgotha, where His wounded body was nailed to the cross in the most inhumane and pain-ridden method of execution that sadistic minds could conjure. Yet He cried out, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’. The hours passed as His life ebbed in pain. The earth shook; the veil of the temple was rent. From His parched lips came the words, ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost’ It was over. His mortal life was finished. He had offered it as a ransom for all.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
In God’s hands even the things that have broken us can be used by Him
to make us whole again.
“Even as He moved toward the Crucifixion, He restrained His Apostles who would have intervened by saying, ‘The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?’ When that unspeakable ordeal was finished, He uttered what must have been the most peaceful and deserved words of His mortal ministry. At the end of His agony, He whispered, ít is finished: … Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’ Finally it was over. Finally He could go home. I confess that I have reflected at length upon that moment and the resurrection which was shortly to follow it. I have wondered what that reunion must have been like: the Father that loved this Son so much, the Son that honored and revered His Father in every word and deed. For two who were one as these two were one, what must that embrace have been like? What must that divine companionship be yet? We can only wonder and admire. And we can, on an Easter weekend,

yearn to live worthily of some portion of that relationship ourselves.”

Jeffrey R. Holland

Nice White Cake

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Celebrate the Sacred in the ordinary

“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go.
A simply abundant world awaits.”
“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments.
You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”

“Faith is the very first thing you should pack in a hope chest.”
“Celebrate the Sacred in the ordinary.”
“It doesn’t matter where you move from or to, you always take yourself with you. If you don’t know who you are, or if you’ve forgotten or misplaced her, then you’ll always feel as if you don’t belong. Anywhere. ”
“Always remember that striving and struggling precede success, even in the dictionary.”
“Success in life is not how well we execute Plan A; it's how smoothly we cope with Plan B.”
“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what's working and what's not, so that we can make changes for the better. ”
What we say to others – and ourselves – must be kind and uplifting.
“Words are sacred, and must be spoken with care, and by constraint of the Spirit.”
“For in many things we offend all.  But if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man,
 and also able to bridle the whole body.”
Jeffrey R. Holland
“Speak hopefully.  Speak encouragingly, including about yourself.”
Hilary Weeks
“Remember, no matter what life throws at us, we can always bake a cake!”
Sarah Breathnach~ Simple Abundance

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.


Chewy Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

Chewy Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one large lime, finely minced
3 tbsp lime juice
½ cup unsweetened toasted coconut
½ cup sugar for rolling cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you haven’t already toasted your coconut just put a layer of coconut on a cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Watch out. It goes from white to burnt really quick if you aren’t watching closely.
2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy.
4. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and toasted coconut.
6. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. I made mine too big and they ran together. These do spread quite a bit.
7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned.
8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

what we do in life echoes in eternity

"When faith is properly understood and used, it has dramatically far-reaching effects. Such faith can transform an individual’s life from maudlin, common everyday activities
to a symphony of joy and happiness."
Richard G. Scott
“Strength to do battle against evil begins with enlisting the strength of God.
He is the source of all true power.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
 “A man, traveling through the country, came to a large city, very rich and splendid; he looked at it and said to his guide, ‘This must be a very righteous people, for I can only see but one little devil in this great city.’
“The guide replied, ‘You do not understand, sir; this city is so perfectly given up to wickedness, corruption, degradation and abomination of every kind that it only requires one devil to keep them all in subjection.’
“Traveling on a little further he came to a rugged path and saw an old man trying to get up the hill side, surrounded by seven great, big, coarse looking devils.
“‘Why,’ says the traveler, ‘this must be a tremendously wicked old man,
only see how many devils there are around him!’
“‘This,’ replied the guide, ‘is the only righteous man in the country and there are seven of the biggest devils trying to turn him out of his path and they all cannot do it’”
George A. Smith
“To the duty designated by His Father, the Savior turned His face, pledged His heart, and gave His life. And what a sinless, selfless, noble, and divine life it was. Jesus labored. Jesus loved. Jesus served. Jesus testified. What finer example could we strive to emulate? Let us begin now, this very night, to do so. Cast off forever will be the old self and with it defeat, despair, doubt, and disbelief. To a newness of life we come a life of faith, hope, courage, and joy. No task looms too large; no responsibility weighs too heavily; no duty is a burden. All things become possible."
Thomas S. Monson
“‘Come,’ Christ says lovingly. ‘Come, follow me.’ Wherever you are going, first come and see what I do, see where and how I spend my time. Learn of me, walk with me, talk with me, believe. Listen to me pray. In turn you will find answers to your own prayers. God will bring rest to your souls. Come, follow me”
Jeffrey R. Holland
“It is significant that when we partake of the Sacrament we do not witness that we take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.  We witness that we are willing to do so.  (D&C 20:77.) The fact that we only witness to our willingness suggests that something else must happen before we actually take that sacred name upon us in the most important sense.  Our willingness to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ affirms our commitment to do all we can do to be counted among those whom he will choose to stand at his right hand at the last day.
Dallin H. Oaks
There are three important things that we do in the name of Christ we pray in His name,
we repent in His name, and we serve in His name.
With those in mind, consider one way you might show that you are willing to take the name of the Lord today.
Emily Freeman
If you are willing to pay the price for success, good things, even great things, can happen to you, even beyond your fondest dreams and expectations! Often we do not have even a glimpse of our potential for happiness and accomplishment in this life and in eternity because, as the Apostle Paul said, “Now we see through a glass, darkly.”  But the lens can be lightened and become crystal clear through the influence of the Holy Ghost. The Savior promised us that the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, will “teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,”  and “guide you into all truth.” 
We must recognize that our natural gifts and abilities are limited, but when augmented by inspiration and guidance of the Holy Ghost, our potential increases many fold. You need help from a power beyond your own to do something extraordinarily useful. You …… can have opportunities and receive blessings beyond your wildest dreams and expectations. Your future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity.
James E. Faust