Friday, November 6, 2015


I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. I know that his apostles are also prophets of God. They receive revelation from our Father in Heaven to lead His church. I know this.

I also know that there have been times in my life when I have received revelation for my family. As my husband and I have gone to the Lord, He has asked us to do some very hard things. Things we didn't understand all of the reasoning to. At times, only parts of the revelations made sense. Sometimes a lot of it didn't make sense to us.

We have had to trust that the Lord is all knowing. We are his children. He loves us and asks us to trust him. In a smaller, but similar way, we do this with our own children. When we acted on some of the inspiration we have received, it has been hard, really hard. I have not always been necessarily cheerful about it. Looking back, I can see that I had no reason to kick and scream. I am in a better place. The Lord has led and guided us in ways I couldn't have imagined. The Lord has opened my mind to how he works.

I hope as I continue to be asked to do hard things by the Lord or his prophets, I can accept that I know a lot less than I think I know. I am a child of God, but I am just that--a child. I hope I can take it as an opportunity to come to Him and learn more.

Above is a photo of my mother's mom and dad. A while back, we recorded some stories and thoughts from my Grandpa. This little dissertation has reminded me to better trust the Lord.

click on the link above to hear the dissertation

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015

Happy Halloween from Jack (Sir Lancelot), Abe (Shark/Pilot/Superhero), Rose (Cinderella) and  poor crying Eve (Fairy Princess).

Fairy Princess

Eve was a fairy princess this year. Easy as pie. Combine our old Tinkerbell dress with a felt fairy set I made a few years ago, some shiny red shoes, and cute girl. That's it!

For being unhappy at picture time, this is the best I could get. ;)

Daddy was a jester (ie: wore a jester hat for pictures) this year and helped Eve smile a little more. :)

Knight Costume

Jack is obsessed with knights. So much. He has been studying knights and absorbing as much information as he can about them. So, of course, this year for Halloween, he was a knight. Sir Lancelot to be exact.

Jack wanted every single layer that a real knight wears for his costume. While I like a challenge, I had to nix that idea, because, really... who has time to do that?

Pinterest helped me a lot while I was trying to figure out how in the world I was going to make this thing. I'm so happy that it's done, though-- tough project!

Cinderella Gown

I am working on patterns for princess dresses, and did another round of Cinderella's ball gown. This is such a fun dress to make. I think the princess likes it too. :)

Brother Abe is a very independent boy and therefore a mix of shark/dragon/superhero. These two get along so well.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Jack-O-Lantern pillow

Soooo, it seems I'm on a pillow kick. Here is another Halloween pillow I made in an attempt to be more festive at Halloween. I decided to go with a more vintage looking Jack-O-Lantern design.

I accented with red stitching and piping. I'm loving the unexpected detail.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Halloween is almost here! While I'm totally a fan of dressing up in costume and eating chocolate, I am not a fan of very spooky, gross, or creepy things. But isn't that what Halloween is about?! Not exactly--The day was originally dedicated to remembering the dead. These dead are hallowed people or saints.

Crazy how traditions can change over the course of time, right!?

Well, I've been trying to beef up my Halloween decor because my kids are begging for a spooky house. I can't just throw any spooky thing up though, especially if I'm not a fan of spooky things in the first place. I've found a few ideas that I like on pinterest. See my board here.

Earlier this year, I came across a Halloween print that I actually found whimsical and fun (Haunted Gala by Moda). I paired that with a free vintage embroidery pattern, and came up with my spookiest decoration. :)

For any linguists interested, the apostrophe in the word Halloween actually has meaning. Here is a little rundown of how the holiday has been written over time.
  • All Hallows' Eve
  • Hallows' Evening (as in the sun is evening with the horizon)
  • Hallows' Even
  • Hallowe'en
  • Halloween

Happy Halloween!

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