Monday, November 24, 2014

Enter to WIN - FREE Subscription to LDS Living Magazine

We're hosting a contest this week to
 WIN a FREE year subscription to LDS Living Magazine.  
 ENTER NOW!  (see rules below)
Contest ends Dec. 2nd at Midnight  (MST)

Each publication is filled with stories about "Mormons" who are doing much good in the world.  They are people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, men and women of God who are seeking to fulfill their God-given responsibilities by using their gifts and talents to help make the world a better place. 

We invite you to enter the contest by telling us why you'd like to WIN a free subscription.  We'll select our favorite entry and post the Winner on December 2nd.  Send your entries to  Include your full name and full mailing address (in case you win.)  We'll keep your information private and not share with any outside sources.

Also, included right now is a promotion for everyone.  For only $12.00 you can get a whole year's subscription for 2015.  Go to this subscription page for more details.  You must sign-up for that by the end of this year.

The LDS Living website is also filled with wonderful information and articles about strengthening home and family, building a better marriage, fun crafts, delicious recipes, holiday ideas, home decor, LDS businesses etc.  You'll want to check them out if you haven't already.  

Enter to WIN a FREE year subscription!

Email us with your full name and full address to:
Tell us why you'd like to win a free subscription.  We'll select our favorite entry. 

Contest ends Dec. 2nd at midnight.  We'll select a winner and announce it on December 3rd.

Then, LDS Living Magazine will get you all set-up to receive your new magazine for all of 2015.

Good luck to all!   Free free to share this with your friends and family!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Missionary Son - Sacrifice - Our Family Photo

My only son, Andrew, entered the Provo Missionary Training Center this past week.  I'm still eagerly awaiting his first letter home.  I'm SO happy for him to be able to serve.  The blessings for us all are great.  Service to the Lord always brings greater blessings than the sacrifice required but, yes, the sacrifice is real and it is great.

Until I had a missionary of my own (Amber served two years ago and recently returned home) I didn't know, for myself, the tears that would be shed in departure.  It was much harder on me than I thought it was going to be.

And, it was hard again with Andrew.  He's my beloved and only son.  His tender heart, joy, hard work, example, personality and amazing computer skills will be greatly missed.  In short, it's a big sacrifice to send him out but...I wouldn't want it any other way.  I know he will grow, serve, love, learn, develop and come back a better man.  I am happy for him in a way that only other missionary moms know.  But, I'm still 'processing' through the emotions that are part of letting-go and giving a child to the service of the Lord.

I posted about him on our family blog if you want to read more.

On this site I just wanted to thank my sister for taking our family photo on a very cold and windy day last week - before Andrew left.  She was kind to do so was very appreciated.

Much love to you all,

From our home to yours:  Me (Heidi), Amber, Andrew, Ashley

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Send us your favorite 'Mormon Family' Recipes.  Include your own PHOTO and full instructions.  We'll post the best ones on our site with a link back to your blog (if you have one.)  We want to fill the internet with wholesome, positive things, and help you out in the process (by linking back to your blog).

People are always looking for wonderful home-cooked favorite recipes on our site.  Here's your chance to share yours with the world and to build your own readership.

Email your favorite recipe(s) to:   Subject Line:  Favorite Recipe
(Include a good photo of the food and one of yourself or your family if you'd like. We'd like!) 

Thanks and...Happy Home Cookin'!

One of our family favorites: Aunt Eva's Chocolate Pudding  (yum!)

Monday, November 17, 2014

NEW: LAUNCH of Missionary Mailbag; An Online Service for LDS Missionaries.

I thought this might be of interest to some of you. I'm eager to check-it-out myself!  It's wonderful to see such good things happening to help in the work of the Lord.

I encourage you all to continue to do your part to 'fill the internet with light and truth'.  That's my goal as well.  We've been blessed with these technologies for a reason and, I believe, we'll be held accountable for how we use them.

Elder Bednar's recent address to the whole church was a powerful catalyst to keep us all moving forward in the direction the Lord would have us go. 

Missionary Mailbag 
"Mission Memories Saved in the Cloud, Not Lost on the Page"

NEW:  Missionary Mailbag takes email and pictures sent home by missionaries in the field and automatically organizes them into an easy­ to ­navigate website. It’s a great way for missionaries and their families to share news about the missionary with friends and family at home, as well as a priceless repository for missionaries to access memories, both text and images together, after their missions. In addition, a hard­bound book is available when they return home.

“The idea behind all of this was to....create a way for all missionaries to save and share [their] mission experiences.”  For more information. visit their website:  Missionary Mailbag

Friday, November 14, 2014

Our Choices DON'T Just Affect Us

The choices we make have a ripple effect.  Let us never think otherwise.  We read about people throughout time who have, by their words or actions, affected those around them - for good or for ill.

Most of us can remember both kind and unkind things said to us as children.  Those things remain with us and the hurtful ones stay with us until we forgive and let them go.  The positive things encourage, strengthen and often help us want to become better.

"On this mortal journey never think that our choices affect only us."  This is one of the great lies of the adversary (father of all lies).  He seeks to make all men miserable like unto himself.  He wants us to believe the worst about ourselves and others and to think that we can do whatever we want (selfish) and that it won't affect anyone else.  That's just not true.  Whatever we do is felt or sensed by those around us.  It affects how we feel about ourselves and then, how we treat others.  We cannot live in sin and be at peace.

A smile, a kind word, a pat on the back, love given through service or prayers etc. blesses and strengthens those around us.

We may watch a marathon and see those on the sidelines cheering the runners on.  Let us do the same for all who run the race of life.  In that way our choices can affect one another for good and, then, ripple on forever.

Monday, November 10, 2014

I Don't Post Everyday:

I don't post everyday.  In the beginning, years ago, I did post a bit more often.  But, this particular site was started as a place where Mormon Moms could intermingle, share with one another, and read each others' blog posts (see right hand side of site - part way down.)  We have over 600 bloggers on here - and each time they post they are automatically updated to the top of the list.  This provides a way for all to be seen and for things they share to be read by others. 

I hope that this site has served that purpose; to help regular bloggers be read more often.  Sometimes bloggers wonder if anyone reads or even sees their posts.  Often, they don't as there are over 40 million blogs in cyberspace.  Well, this list provides that opportunity since we are a 'hub' site and have more activity than most 'single' sites.

That being said - I also know that I am not a writer.  Well, I'm not a writer in the sense of incredible writing abilities - but...all of us have something to say and...all of us have stories to share; things we've learned in life that have helped us and may boost someone else.  That's my desire and I hope I've done that in some way - through my several blogs and as a 'connector' as I think that's been my role on here. 

Thanks for all who read and have read and...for all who come to just drop by and see what we're doing.  Many don't leave comments but...they ARE looking as we have quite a large viewership and it continues to grow.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

This is a month of Thanksgiving; not just the holiday but an attitude of the heart, the attitude of gratitude.  

As we ponder and reflect upon all the things that we have to be grateful for, let us include faith, family and freedom.  

One of my favorite hymns during this season is Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.  I love the words and their expanded meanings.  I share them with you in the spirit of gratitude for all that the Lord has given to me and my family.  We've experienced many hardships, as have many of you, but, through His goodness and grace we have been lifted up beyond our own understanding, cradled in His arms of mercy, and carried across a wilderness, but, not left alone.  We have much to be grateful for!

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

  1. Come, ye thankful people, come;
    Raise the song of harvest home.
    All is safely gathered in
    Ere the winter storms begin.
    God, our Maker, doth provide
    For our wants to be supplied.
    Come to God's own temple, come;
    Raise the song of harvest home.
  2. All the world is God's own field,
    Fruit unto his praise to yield,
    Wheat and tares together sown,
    Unto joy or sorrow grown.
    First the blade, and then the ear,
    Then the full corn shall appear.
    Lord of harvest, grant that we
    Wholesome grain and pure may be.

    Text: Henry Alford, 1810-1871
    Music: George J. Elvey, 1816-1893