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August 2015 Review

August was crazy busy and full of transitions! My nest is a little roomier as I sent a kiddo off to college. And I started training for a new position. I’m surprised at how much energy those two changes took!

New York Skyline web1 – Test passed, only 5 left to earn my CPCU and a trip to Hawaii!

1 – Book read; my friend Tamara Passey’s The Christmas Tree Keeper.

2 – Cub Scout meetings, sadly they were my last.

3 – Kiddos attended an 80’s Murder Mystery party.

4 – Days in New York City with some of my favorite people.

10 – Sit ups, a weak effort.

15 – Projects completed, four of them were even fun.

16 – Photos on Instagram.

23 – Days of the 30 Butt Lift Challenge. A stupid cough kept me down!

24 – Cupcakes, I made as a farewell for my Scouts.Butterscotch cupcakes

38 – States visited the blog, including the District of Columbia

39 – Countries visited Just Wanna Be Me

110 – Flutter Abs

125 – Bicycle Abs

165 – Crunches

312 – Bridges

368 – Heel Kicks

449 – Fire Hydrants

517 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

551 – Pointed Butt Lifts

711 – Squats

42,055 – Pinterest viewers

I’m not sure how I gained weight this August with all that exercising, but I’m ready to finish kicking these respiratory issues and get back on track! Please share your accomplishments from last month and this month’s goals!

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Family Home Evening: Missionary Work

Another Sunday and another Family Home Evening!

Family home evening missionaries Opening Song: Give, Said the Little Stream


Scripture: John 4:35

Lesson: Missionary Work

What can we do right here and now to be a good missionary?

  • Be an example
  • Serve others
  • Be obedient
  • Follow the spirit
  • Use familiar terms; for example, congregation instead of Ward

I’ve had the opportunity to go back to work outside of the home. With this opportunity, I’ve shifted from associating from mostly Mormon women to a whole lot of other people from all kinds of different backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles. I’ve caught myself needing to redefine or explain my Mormon lingo. To help me and my children to be more aware, we started a “Mormon Dictionary”. This is something that we can refer to that will help us translate some of those terms into something everyone can understand. I was surprised to see how long the list became after a few minutes of brain storming.

Activity: Spoons

Closing Song: Little Jesus


Treat: Caramel Cups

I’d like you to spend some time this week thinking about how you as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints interact with those from different religious backgrounds. One of the men I was talking to was hurt when I referred to those who are not Mormon as non-members. He felt excluded. I’m becoming aware of how our words impact those around us. Leave me a comment to let me know what you discover!

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Family Home Evening: Service

Happy Sunday! I’m glad you could us for this week’s Family Home Evening.

Opening Song: The Spirit of God

Opening PrayerFamily home evening service

Scripture: Matthew 14:31

Lesson: Service

First we listened to a recording of the song “Called to Serve” and then discussed what it means.

  • We need to work / have a job to do
  • Missionary service
  • We are all chosen to serve
  • We should serve cheerfully and willingly

Next, we answered the question “What is service?”

  • Doing something for someone else  or yourself (in a nurturing, not selfish way)
  • Doing something for Heavenly Father – In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethern, you have done it unto Me.

Finally, we talked about how to serve.

  • Bring food
  • Help others
  • Love
  • Visit others to uplift
  • Do yard work
  • Participate in the Helping Hands program
  • Temple work
  • Giving talks
  • Giving gifts
  • Including others

The most important thing to remember is that everyone can serve.

Activity: Family Mission Statement

We used some of the questions from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families to start putting together our own mission statement. The questions help us focus on what’s important to our family, so we can create an effective one for us. It’s important to divide this activity into small chunks to keep the native from getting to restless.

Closing Song: Called to Serve

Closing Prayer

Treat: Homemade milkshakes

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Family Home Evening: Hymns

Welcome back for this week’s Family Home Evening!

Opening Song: I Like to See the Temple


Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-11

Lesson: HymnsFamily home evening hymns

First we shared a few of our favorite hymns.

Next we discussed the purpose of hymns.

  • They are a prayer in song
  • They show our devotion to our Heavenly Father
  • They are a form of worship
  • Hymns invite the spirit
  • One of my kiddos said the hymns during the meeting helps them stay awake during the meetings

The preface to the hymn book states, “Three months after the Church was organized, the Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructed Joseph’s wife, Emma, to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church: “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (D&C 25:12).” It’s easy to understand why we have been counseled to memorize a few hymns so we can sing one when we are facing temptation or need to have His spirit with us.

Activity: Apples to Apples – my favorite game

Closing Song: Once there Was a Snowman


Treat: Muddy Buddies

What hymns have inspired you or brought you comfort?

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