Jan 312009

Well Wendy moved out today. I don’t know why, she hasn’t really been telling me anything. I found out through Kyle a little more than week or so ago that the Bishop of the singles ward she attends told her to move out. And I my mom told me a few days later that Wendy says she has a bunch of girl friends she wants to move in with. That’s about all I know. Wendy keeps saying she ‘just feels like this is the right thing to do’. But I thought she was trying to minimize her expenses so she could pay off her debt, save up enough money to have her teeth taken care of (our whole family has horrible teeth, stinky genetics), and save up money for going on a mission (which she will be old enough to go on in just about 7 months). So it seems odd to me for her to ‘feel it’s right’ to move out which is just adding a whole bunch of expenses to her budget. Not to mention that she no longer has access to a car, because she was driving my old car around. I just don’t know what’s going on with her. She had a guy friend come over yesterday to help her move the ‘heavy stuff’, but she left her table and her book case, and a bunch of other stuff in my basement. Not to mention her cat! She wasn’t even responsible enough to find an apartment that allows pets so she could take HER cat with her. (I don’t know why my family seems to think I run a cat motel.) Altogether a very confusing and frustrating situation, considering Wendy isn’t telling us anything (I don’t even know where she moved TO). She didn’t even tell the kids that she was moving out. They started asking her why her friend was helping her take her stuff out of the house, and that’s when she finally told them that she is moving. Of course then they started asking why, and I didn’t have an answer for them. I don’t know why she is moving. She hasn’t said that, just that she is.

Jan 252009

Daniel Trusts in the Lord ‘The Friend’ June 1998, 34

Opening Song: Children’s Songbook pg 160 “Choose the Right Way”

Opening Prayer: Tyra

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Activity: Construct a flannel/felt board-We used a piece of foam board and covered it with a large white piece of felt (we used masking tape to hold it on, but I don’t know if it’s going to hold very well :-/ )

Lesson: Prepare by making the felt board pieces available at the above link. Using the felt board, and felt story pieces, tell the story of Daniel and his friends refusing to eat of King Nebuchadnezzar’s food, because they stood for what they knew was right and would only eat a healthy diet (Word of Wisdom).

Closing Song: Children’s Songbook pg 158 “Dare to do Right”

Closing Prayer: Jeremy

FHE Treat: Swiss Colony Petits Fours 😛

Jan 222009

Tyra is excited to have a new car seat. Well she is excited because it’s purple with pink flowers on it. 🙂 She has a couple pounds to gain still before she can use it in the car, but it was on sale, so we thought we would buy it on sale ahead of time then when she is big enough to use it we would just be able to put it in the car for her. Tyra is so excited and just can’t wait.

Jan 182009

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy “Short & Sweet with a Treat!” Lesson 22 & “52 Weeks of Family Night” Lesson 48

Opening Song: Children’s Songbook pg 157 “When I Go To Church”

Opening Prayer:Tyra

Scripture: Mosiah 18:23 “And he commanded them that they should observe the sabbath day, and keep it holy, and also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God.”

Lesson:Sunday is a special day, and is a day of rest. When Christ was finished creating the earth and all things that are in this earth He rested. Genesis 2:1-3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Keeping the Sabbath day holy is a commandment. Exodus 20:8-11 says

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor they son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

We can try to keep the Sabbath day holy (holy means special) by preparing for Sunday on Saturday. We can:

  • Clean the house, so we don’t have to do that on Sunday.
  • Prepare our Sunday clothes so they are ready and we don’t have to go looking for them. We wear our Sunday clothes all day to remind us that Sunday is special and different than the other days of the week.
  • Make preparations for our crock pot Sunday dinner so all we have to do is put the food in the pot and not really have to cook to have a nice meal on Sunday.

We can keep the Sabbath day holy by:

  • Going to church.
  • Watching movies that mommy & daddy have approved for Sunday viewing.
  • Taking naps to rest our bodies.
  • Reading our scriptures.
  • Spending time with our family and those who mean the most in our lives.

On Sunday we do not:

  • Go shopping, or eat out.
  • Work.
  • Wear our grubby lazy clothes.
  • Play outside like it was a normal day.

“The Sabbath is a blessing to man as a time of spiritual growth and refreshment….Persons who fail to keep the Sabbath lose an opportunity for spiritual growth and forfeit the rich companionship of the Spirit of the Lord.” Elder Dallin H Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (BYU Speaches, September 10, 1974, 218).

Activity: Construct a Sunday box which will be a box that is only gotten out on Sunday. Include activities to help keep children occupied while still keeping the Sabbath Day holy. Some things we put in our box include:

  • Book of Mormon Prophets cube puzzle (each side of the cube belongs to a different puzzle, so it’s really 6 puzzles in one)
  • Stationary for writing to grandparent’s and other long distance relatives (don’t forget to include stamps and envelopes so you don’t have to go looking for them and end up forgetting to send the letters.)
  • “Who am I? a gospel ‘guess who’ game”
  • A card for each movie that is approved for Sunday viewing (that way we can keep the movies in the cabinets, but there is no guessing about which movies can or can’t be watched on Sunday). Some of our Sunday approved movies are: “Mountain of the Lord”, “Legacy”, “The Testaments”, “The Best Two Years”

(We plan on adding other activities to our Sunday box over time and we will keep you posted 😀 )

Closing Song: Children’s Songbook pg 155 “Remember the Sabbath Day”

Closing Prayer:Jeremy

FHE Treat:Cupcakes (from a mix 😀 )