Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Life is not a race; it's a journey!

Enjoy the moment!

President Dieter Uchtdorf

In his October 2012 Conference address, President Uchtdorf told the story of he and his wife's lovely bike rides, which he ultimately wanted to turn into a competion. I love her loving, but firm refusal, "Dieter, it's not a race; it's a journey. Enjoy the moment!"
I made this  little printable to remind me of that fact.

President Uchtdorf goes on to say, " 
Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey. I don’t go cycling with my wife because I’m excited about finishing. I go because the experience of being with her is sweet and enjoyable.
Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end?
Do we listen to beautiful music waiting for the final note to fade before we allow ourselves to truly enjoy it? No. We listen and connect to the variations of melody, rhythm, and harmony throughout the composition.
Do we say our prayers with only the “amen” or the end in mind? Of course not. We pray to be close to our Heavenly Father, to receive His Spirit and feel His love.
We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect. “This is the day which the Lord hath made … ,” the Psalmist wrote. “Rejoice and be glad in it.”
You can find his full Conference Talk HERE.

Monday, March 11, 2013

In my Easter Bonnet

Once again it's time to strut our stuff in that time honored Easter Parade (although we march down Brown St. rather then Park Avenue!)

Oh I could write a sonnet, about your Easter bonnet
and of the girl I'm taking to the Easter Parade!

Bonnet Instructions
Heavy Paper Plates
Heavy Paper Bowl
Hot Glue
Hole Punch
Cut a hole from the center of the plate that the bowl will fit into. Punch two holes on each side for the ribbons (if you don't have a hole punch, just glue the ribbons between the plate and bowl).
After some trial and error I moved the punched holes closer to the center hole.
 It made the bonnet stay on their head better.
Hot glue the bowl and plate together. Add ribbon.
Cut various sizes of circles from different colors of cardstock. Cut the circles into spirals.
Tightly roll the spiral.
Slightly release the roll, hot glue the bottom so that it doesn't completely unroll.
Dab glue along the edges and sprinkle LIBERALLY with glitter.
(We add glitter LIBERALLY to everything!)
Add a hat band of crepe paper, tissue paper or ribbon.
Glue on Glittery leaves and flowers and...
Voila, a lovely Easter Bonnet (with all the frills upon it!).
Happy Spring
Gramma Luvlee
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