A dear friend shared a recent experience where one of her young daughters said, "Don't worry, we're the B______'s, we got this!" when faced with a challenging situation. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this innocent declaration of understanding of not only who she is, but who her family is. As I looked around at my children last night with the bickering and teasing, I stopped and asked myself, "do my children feel the same way?" Do they face a challenge and say, "I've got this." and square their shoulders and get it done because they know who they are and that they have a support group waiting to help if needed? Do they remember the countless prayers offered on their behalf, for their success and strength? Do they remember daily "I love you!" and kisses as they walk out the door?
As I watched the little people being interviewed yesterday, I saw a glimpse of that knowledge that they do in fact know who they are and that they are treasured. It wasn't perfect; it isn't supposed to be, life is messy. It's complicated and filled with ups and downs, but together we can accomplish anything. Together we can pull together and say, "Don't worry. We're the Kimball's; We got this!"
I'm not sure if any of the footage will be used. Maybe early next year, but it was chaos on the couch. I probably should have prepped some of the answers, but I wanted them to be authentic. There were some gems. Clearly, we didn't color coordinate. Finding non-logo apparel was more challenging for the boys, rethinking future wardrobe purchases. After thanking the children of participating Dash said, "Wait. We had a choice?" I don't think he cracked a smile the entire time we were filming, which I don't understand because he was so excited to go. Ups and downs.
Want to go to RootsTech, February 8-11,2017?
I am honored to be an ambassador for RootsTech again this year. I am giveaway one 4-DAY PASS (valued at $239) again this year, it includes the following
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest global family history event in the world! The 6th annual conference—celebrating families across generations—is the perfect place to discover and share your family's stories and connections through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for you, regardless of your experience in family history or your skill in technology.
But more than that RootsTech inspires me in ways you are probably sick of hearing about, but it has been an excellent experience for me each year, and I am excited to go again this year. I hope you will join me.
To enter leave a comment about what you hope to learn at RootsTech this year.
The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. RootsTech will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. Airfare and accommodations will unfortunately not be provided.
I am also giving away eight journals because you know how much I love journals. While at the family history retreat in Heber, I met some darling sisters who each had a lovely little five-year journal. They shared with me that their grandmother had many of these such journals that are now a family treasure. I love the idea of jotting down one thing every single day and looking back year after year. So I jumped online and found these fun treasures. I can't wait to start one and prompts are always helpful.
To win a journal leave a comment and suggestion about what I can do to help you tell your story.
Winners will be chosen on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
1 RootsTech winner.
8 journal winners.
Disclaimer: As an ambassador, I am receiving my admission to RootsTech for free. I am not affiliated in with the journals, I just thought they were pretty would be fun to try.
"It is not possible to make real change all by ourselves. Our own willpower and our own good intentions are not enough. When we make mistakes or choose poorly, we must have the help of our Savior to get back on track. We partake of the sacrament week after week to show our faith in His power to change us. We confess our sins and promise to forsake them (see D&C 58:43)."
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15
False prophets and false Christs who appeal on the surface as counterfeit bearers of light but who inwardly follow self-interested, dark purposes and lead others to darkness and destruction are among those who disobey the third commandment:
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Exodus 20:7
Again, in Hebrew the word used in this commandment for vain can mean vanity, emptiness, and deceit, and it can also mean destruction, which is always the end result of vanity, emptiness, and deceit.
King David is one who keeps the third commandment with great faith most of his life in contrast with his predecessor King Saul for whom failure to keep the third commandment is a great weakness. As recorded in 1 Samuel 13 King Saul fears the people as they scatter from him due to their own fear in the face of a great host of Philistines. Rather than waiting upon Samuel the prophet to offer sacrifice before they go out to battle, Saul offers sacrifice in his place in order to create an appearance for the people. He lacks faith regarding the Lord’s timing and ways, and he acts as a reflection of the peoples’ desires, creating an unspoken compact with them of reciprocating self-interest, drawing them back to him based on vanity, emptiness, and deceit. Samuel arrives, sees what Saul has done and says,
Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee. 1 Samuel 13:13-14
The phrase after his own heart is significant in its indication of what is important to God, what He expects, but what unfortunately is so rare. God is completely loyal to His children, to the extent of sacrificing His Only Begotten Son. He is never failing in His constant care and attention to His creations, and key to faith in God and exercising His power is reciprocating complete loyalty or fidelity on the part of His children to God.
David is a man after his own heart as he shows from an early age in his battle with Goliath. David’s reaction to Goliath’s challenge is indignation that Goliath is affronting the God of Israel, and he is full of faith that God will deliver Goliath into his hands as David acts with complete loyalty to God. He upholds and witnesses God rather than himself in a way that will lead his people to faith in the one true God as the only source of salvation and let all the world know of the God of Israel:
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:45-46
David’s complete loyalty to and great faith in God extends to loyalty to the Lord’s anointed. Saul becomes increasingly jealous of David and seeks his life to the point where David flees from him and for many years is a hunted man in the wilderness with his growing band of loyal men. Despite Saul’s persecution, David honors and is loyal to Saul and his seed, not because Saul is a king in a worldly sense or for any other reason than that he is the Lord’s anointed. David demonstrates through this loyalty to the Lord’s anointed his underlying loyalty to God.
David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord’s anointed. 1 Samuel 24:8-10
David is always loyal to the Lord’s anointed, whether that man be king or prophet, and through his loyalty to the Lord’s anointed David exemplifies a foundational principle for all times and circumstances that can be universalized through the following questions: Does the Lord have an anointed representative on the earth? And, if so, will I be loyal to the Lord’s anointed at all times and in all circumstances? Again, David is even hunted by the Lord’s anointed and yet is faithful to him, and in this way David parallels Job when speaking of the Lord Himself who exclaims:
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: Job 13:15
God requires faith in His children to prove and refine their integrity and loyalty to Him and to His anointed; it has always been this way and always will be; even when in man’s limited perspective circumstances appear differently in his own time than in previous times it is always right to be loyal to God’s anointed. In our own time my firm conviction is that the Lord’s anointed is Thomas S. Monson, and loyalty to him rather than to whatever trending alternative principles and leaders may exist is key to true faith. Turning away from this loyalty necessarily leads to vanity, emptiness, deceit, and destruction.
Finally, David is loyal to those mighty men who themselves are loyal to the Lord and to the Lord’s anointed. Throughout his life David takes action based on this principle of loyalty, despite what others say or how they act. His life is a study in living by loyalty as an overriding principle as it is manifest in terms of how he acts when others keep or violate covenant and how he acts in response to the actions of others towards the Lord or the Lord’s anointed. His actions are courageous, faithful, and counter culture. The great exception to David’s loyalty is his betrayal of Uriah the Hittite who himself exhibits the utmost of loyalty. David is tormented by this lapse in loyalty the remainder of his life with poignant, haunting reminders of this found in the record, as for instance when David lists his mighty men in 2 Samuel 23, ending in the final verse with Uriah the Hittite.
There is nothing more important to God in His children than that they are firmly and enduringly loyal to Him. A synonym for loyalty is faithfulness, which means to be full of faith, and loyalty to the one in whom faith is exercised is at the core of possessing and exercising faith in that being. As His children are fully loyal to God, to His anointed, and to His other faithful they will not at the same time disobey the third commandment. Possessing and living by this firm and enduring loyalty is also a great key to keeping the first and second commandments and any other of God’s commandments.
I mentioned in yesterday's post I was helping Risa with her Studio 5 segment (see this post for the recipe card) and I'm thrilled to share these darling place cards. One of the Thanksgiving activities she wants to have her family do is write something to the future generation. What a fun treasure to have and record while everyone is together.
I created the printable to fit basic perforated business cards, 10 per page. I have included a pdf and a jpg because sometimes the different printers work better with one file over the other.
If you don't have business cards, this download has cutting lines. Another benefit of this format is you can print on any cardstock and are not limited to the business card options.
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Risa made the wishbones from Sculpey clay and then spraypainted them. The white wishbones look pretty on her place setting, but it's alway fun to glam things up. It's a quick, easy and inexpensive project. Thanks Risa for letting me help.
I will post a link to her segment when it goes live on the website.
Whitney got this darling recipe card box at one of her bridal showers, and it immediately brought back so many memories of writing down recipes in the kitchens of people I love the most. I copied recipes from my mother in law, my mother and my grandmothers. Sometimes the cards were fancy, but most times they were just 4x6 index cards. I don't have any of those cards anymore. Everything is digital, but as I opened her recipe box I wished I had thought about legacy a simple recipe box contains. I wished I had thought to have people fill her box. I wish I had kept all those cards.
This is my grandmother's recipe book. The cards are yellowing and have stains from the various spills that happened while preparing meals not only for her family but neighbors and friends. I grew up with food being a comfort in difficult situations, a celebration in times of accomplishment, and a memory filled with stories and love.
My father has scanned and added each card to our family history google drive so we can all enjoy the handwriting and recipes, but for the past few weeks, I have thought about food, food preparation, and all things digital a little differently. I love the resources that come from my phone or computer that will never change. However, walking away and moving slowly is very appealing. I can google any recipe I want, but I remember searching through many a recipe box for just the favorite dish and I want that memory for my children.
I made some copies of the scanned recipes and started filling in the recipe box. I am trying to resist the temptation to add photos, but am failing. When my friend Risa asked if I could design a downloadable card for her Studio 5 segment it gave me one more push to start this process. I want to have a recipe box filled with the handwriting of people I love and food they want to share with me: an old fashioned recipe exchange. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Want to join me?
I will work on compiling our family cookbook for the children. I love the ones that have been created within my family, but today I am slowing down, and I'm writing down my favorite thumbprint cookie recipe (you can find it here: simple food) and thinking about the Thanksgiving recipes I want to include in my recipe box. It also makes me want to add a few more entries on our food blog, but that will have to wait for another day.
The file is two pages. I printed the one side and then flipped the cardstock over and printed it on the back. It all works out with my printer, so I am hoping the printer you have at home will also work. After I had printed them off, I noticed the lines are a little tilted and imperfect, but that is the beauty of something hand drawn.
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you have a lovely day filled with good food and beautiful memories.
"Obedience builds faith in Christ. Faith is a principle of action and power. Consistently following the Savior’s example produces spiritual power and capacity. Without the strengthening and enabling power of the Atonement, it’s impossible to stay on the path and endure."
The last few weeks I have been periodically asking the children to share some things we take for granted that others might be praying for and their responsive have been wonderful. Remember our blessings at this time of year is so easy, but it's something that is so vital all year long. As they were expressing their thoughts it made me think about how much gratitude I feel for being able to create and share here on my site. It has enabled me to learn new skills, make wonderful friendships and enrich my life in ways I might not have done otherwise.
In honor of all that I created another set of gratitude lists this year. Each group of lists has a different feeling and theme, for lack of a better word. This year I just wanted something lovely where I could just write. Some pages are more detailed and others very simple, but that is how my life is so you get a reflection how what I was feeling in the evenings as I would sit down and create.
I think it's time to sand the table and give it a new coat of paint. It gets a great deal of love and abuse in our home.
"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.
"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God's love. To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
My sincere prayer is that we may, in our individual lives, reflect that marvelous virtue: an attitude of gratitude." (Thomas S. Monson, "An Attitude of Gratitude", General Conference, April 1992)
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"How can we ever repay the debt we owe the Savior? He paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we can never pay. Because of Him, we will live forever. Because of His infinite Atonement, our sins can be swept away, allowing us to experience the greatest of all the gifts of God: eternal life."