Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
She answered after only a couple rings, and she was oh so apologetic. Says she totally forgot, and that she and her husband were on their way out of town. I began to laugh, and I could only think of one things to say..."Thank you", you make me feel so much better. That may sound like a bit of a strange reply, but in actuality, it was one that made me feel like I am not the only one who forgets things. I have determined after about age 40+ our brain cells must be all dried up. I have become so forgetful, even when there are post it notes, pasted all over my house... I still forget. So here is my confession... When I was assigned to Visit teach this very woman who just forgot about our visit today, I forgot the very first appointment to visit her some months ago. I was so humiliated that I forgot, as she had not lived in the ward for very long, and I was really looking forward to getting to know her better. But I forgot. Guess what... I almost forgot the second appointment. Gee willikers... I can be pretty dense at times!!! Now can you see why I told her Thank-you? I was so glad to be in the company of others who forget things too, and it makes me feel alittle more normal, even minus the brain cells.
So my story isn't over..... We wait for the 45 minutes until the time to go to our next appointment, and my partner and I just waited at my home and chated for the interim. Finally it was time to go, and as we pull up to the 2nd sisters house, her garage doors were open, and she was sitting in her car, ready to back out of the garage. Her rear brake lights went on once she spotted us and she stopped. She turned off her car, and came out the door toward us, and I simply couldn't hold back the laughter. To totally busted up and said, "Looks like you forgot we were coming." She said that she had programed in her telephone a reminder of our Visit for today, and had even set the alarm to remind her as well. The alarm didn't go off, and she was on her way." We all laughed together, and I said, "Well I don't remind myself with an alarm, but I have post it notes pasted on my bathroom mirror, my computer screen, my refrigerator, my purse, and still I forget things. I told her how grateful I was that I wasn't the lone ranger and the only one whose brain cells were drying up! We laughed again.
Obviously we didn't get any of our intended visits in, but we did get to have a light moment of laughter and forgetfulness! Sometimes we just need to let things roll off of us, and enjoy the moment and this happened to be one of them. Now.... when will I be able to find the time to go back and visit these sisters again this month? Who knows, and I must add that I had already visited them briefly delivering a Valentine Surprise on Valentine Day. That's ok, and I am just grateful that we can all humor and appreciate each other, in spite of the lack of brain cells.
http://4mind4life.com/blog/2008/02/22/50-things-that-kill-brain-cells/ Now women also lost a few more brain cells giving birth, so as I figure, I have had 5 children, and so I have that many less brain cells. Right? Stress can really cost us brain cells too, and women are the worlds best at being stressed, aren't we? Gratefully for all of us, we have so many brain cells that when we lose a few, it doesn't matter... we just become a bit more scatter brained.
Anyway, to sum all of this up, we are all the same, and we all have lost some brain cells or two thousand, but one thing is for certain, that no one is exempt. We all need to just laugh about it, adjust ourselves, and let a whole lot more roll off of our shoulders. We need to smile and laugh a lot more. Everyone makes mistakes, and as I well know, some make more of their share of mistakes than others. (that would be me.)
I did do some more research on the Internet and found that there are also some things that make brain cells grow including.... meditation, an enriched Environment, the act of learning, exercise, and even eating blueberries. After reading that, I wondered just how many blueberries I needed to eat to get my brain cells back into a more normal range. Once again, I am laughing. Wish we were alittle more like robots, and could plug ourselves into the power supply on the wall, and let the brain cell regeneration begin!
You know when you hear..."Laughter is the best medicine?" .....well maybe there is something to that after all! Laughter reduces stress, and thereby, reduces the amount of brain cell loss! Laughter boosts your immune system, and even lowers your blood pressure. So there you have it from Dr. Katie... NOW go out and have a great day!!!
Enjoy! Katie G.
P.S. How many blueberries did you say you ate today? Oh and another piece of food for thought, and yes punn was intended.... If anyone wants to do the math, times our daily brain cell loss by the age we would like to live to, and subtract that from 10 billion, and that should give you a ball park number of how many brain cells we will have left by then. Maybe it is a good thing that we all die oneday so we can go back and live with Heavenly Father to regenerate!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Here is a printable valentine note card for you, or for you to print and take with you when you drop off a thoughtful little gift or card of love to those sisters you teach, just to let them know you are thinking of them. I have to add one more thing... I don't think everyone will agree with me on this one but since this is my blog, I am going to share my opinion. When I take a Valentine gift or card over to the sisters that I visit teach, I don't consider that my visit for the month. I consider it a friendshipping effort, and a way that she really knows I am thinking of her. I will also plan a Visit for the month, but when there are holidays and I feel so inclined to drop something by, that isn't the visit.
Happy Valentine Day!!! Love, Katie
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
"The Lord Needs Missionaries", Liahona, Jan. 2011, page
4 –6 Thomas S. Monson.
Bike to the Future By Peter Evans and Richard M. Romney
Lots of young men prepare financially to serve a mission. In Africa part of that preparation is earning enough money for a passport. Sedrick Tshiambine earned what he needed in an enterprising way: by selling bananas from the back of a bicycle.
Sedrick lives in Luputa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He’s one of 45 young men in the Luputa district who is working to save money for a passport to go on a mission. In DR Congo a passport costs $250, which is about two-thirds the cost of building a house.
But Sedrick was undaunted. He earned his mission money by cycling 15–30 kilometers (9–19 miles) from Luputa to small villages, where he purchased bananas, then cycling back across the hot African savanna, his bike heavily laden with fruit to sell in the city. Each week he traveled about 180 kilometers (112 miles) along the sandy roads, and only once did an unbalanced load cause a tumble.
For his efforts Sedrick earned about $1.25 a week, or $65.00 a year. It took him four years to save enough to purchase his passport, but now he knows his future will include a full-time mission because he is financially ready to answer the call to serve.
The scripture found in Matthew 16: 28 comes to mind as I think about this story. “He who loseth his life in this world, for my sake, shall find it in the world to come.
We are so blessed to live in an area of the world, where going to church, attending the temple and serving in our wards is so easy, close and relatively effortless… really only requiring the sacrifice of our time. Because we have it so good, we sometimes take for granted our blessed circumstances. . We should be mindful of the sacrifice so many others have to make just to attend church or like the young man in this story, to be able to earn enough just to get a passport so that he can serve a mission. May we all today, rededicate our lives in serving in the capacities that we are called, with all our hearts might mind and strength, and like the scripture in Matthew 16:28 says, “losing our lives in His service, that we might find it (meaning our lives) in the world to come. (Matthew 10: 39)
Enjoy! Katie G.
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.