Thursday, January 25, 2007

Primary works-especially with death threats!!

This last Sunday over dinner we asked the kids the usual post church question, "What was the lesson about in your Primary class today." Both our boys answered that their teacher's had talked about the commandment to "Honor thy Mother and Father." Great! Stanton and I jumped at the chance to have a lively discussion over that delightful topic. -(I am always up for being honored more. ) Well, as the discussion continued on, Tustin pointed out that he also learned the blessing that goes along with keeping this commandment, "That thy days may be long upon the earth," and since he wants to "live a really long life and not die by a sword or something," he is going to always obey me. I'm not sure where he got the dying by a sword part, but I feel pretty good about his decision to always obey me. (It's the control-freak I harbor inside me.)

Later, as we drove down the street and noticed some lovely road kill, Stanton pointed out that the animal had died because he didn't obey his mother. I'm not sure the kids get their Father's sarcasm quite yet because I think they truly believed him. Just to prove my point- the next day when I asked them to clean the mess in the basement they immediately dropped what they were playing with and obeyed me!!! (Just so you know- that is HIGHLY unusual.) My first impulse was to congratulate myself on being such a great mother. All my nagging and lecturing was finally paying off, and then I remembered their Sunday lessons, and I think they just really value their mortal lives.

Here's the clincher though: Today, four days later, I asked them again to clean up their mess in the basement, and guess what? There was no whining, complaining, moaning, gnashing of teeth or anything of the sort. They happily and immediately obeyed. Amazing!

Primary (and violent swords) do wonders when raising children. I can't wait for next weeks lesson....

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Piano! Yipee!!!!!!

Here's a picture of our new piano, The Kawai K-3. I feel like a kid at Christmas!
I have been married for eleven years, and in all that time have dreamed of the day we would have piano of our very own. For someone who loves to sit and emote at the keys ( I am no pianist- I just like to play around) it's been hard for me to be without. Besides, I firmly believe that every home should have a piano.

Well, my time has finally come- due in part to me sucking it up and getting a "good" piano rather than holding out for my "dream" piano. Sticking to that previous limitation was going to leave me with a piano void for many more years to come. Anyway, we found a good piano, in the finish I like, and for a good deal at The Piano Clearing House up in Peekskill. If you are looking, I would suggest going up there. They also have a website
Now to find a good piano teacher, (preferably one who comes to my house, since I hate chauffeuring).....

Great Fabric!

I was perusing Ebay the other day under "custom/handmade" clothes and found an adorable little girls dress made out of the cutest green fabric covered with daisies. And since I have an obsessive problem with fabric I found myself desperately searching the web trying to find this particular one. I'm embarrassed to say how long I spent on this mission-but I was successful. ( never underestimate the perseverance of a fabric addict!)

Turns out the fabric is made by a designer named Denise Schmidt. She has a website and some great stuff that I can't wait to turn into fancy-pants and purses Check it out here: She is definitely on my favorites list now.

Monday, January 08, 2007


My brother-in-law Rhett, wakes up every morning and proclaims to the world around him,"This is going to be a great day! I'm so grateful to be a part of this day." I learned this bit of info from his wife( my sister) last week who says their 3-yr-old now wakes up in the morning announcing what a great day it is. That very same day, after talking with my sister, I received an e-mail newsletter from in which the editor shared a quote:

"Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body."
-James Addison

Now most of my family members know that I can be a stress-case about disease and healthful living. I have spent various eras of my life experimenting with different tools of "sickness-prevention." (currently I am a firm believer in drinking a nice cup of "Night-Time Airborne" every evening before bed. - I am also a firm believer in the placebo effect!) But, according to Mr. Addison, "cheerfulness" is the best concoction for me. (I've read numerous articles sharing the same type of info but it is hard to remember when you're sweeping the kitchen floor for the tenth time that day!)

Anyway, I'm sharing this because it seems the cosmos are sending me a message that they want me to be more cheerful -and I've decided that they are right. What a great way to live one's life! Sure it's not always easy, but I need to put a lid on all my whining and choose to be happier. So I am endeavoring to try.

I've been experimenting this week. For two days I have woken up and said, "This is going to be a great day. I am so grateful to be a part of this day,"( this is my new mantra-thanks Rhett) and so far it's working really well. The dishes aren't done, I have a mountain of laundry to do, grocery shopping and numerous other yucky things on my agenda- but I'm feeling pretty happy about it all.

I've decided happiness is my choice- and from now on I am going to choose it. After all I have a lot to be happy about, and if my kids don't learn how to be grateful and upbeat from me, who will they learn it from?


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