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Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and I am thankful for the opportunity to honor them as a nation. It means so much to these individuals when their service is recognized and appreciated. As a military family, we remember well the feelings of deployments, and the worry for the safety of my husband. We appreciate the sacrifice […]

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Serving Each Other By Sharing the Gospel

I am so grateful for the opportunity we have been blessed with to be parents, and so thankful for the joy that serving our family brings. As Presiding Bishop Gary E. Stevenson taught, “The primary place of teaching and learning is the home.” I love this picture of my husband from a few years back. He learned […]


Halloween Costume Ideas

For anyone still trying to figure out what to wear this year, here’s some inspiration from our costumes! Happy Halloween! This has been their favorite year so far…George Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Hermione, and Harry Potter. Robes were simple. Quidditch robe sewn using a Simplicity pattern. I was done sewing by the time I […]

Cheesecake (3)


Love this family recipe! Ingredients for Crust: 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 3 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp melted butter Mix above ingredients, and press into a foil lined 9×13 inch pan (with foil extending beyond edges of pan). Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Filling Ingredients: 5 (8oz) packages cream cheese 1 cup sugar […]


Simple Family Traditions

We’ve had a couple birthdays around here this week, and it is always such a fun time of year to celebrate. Family traditions don’t need to be fancy, but consistent simple traditions can create lasting memories that build family bonds. Birthdays are a big deal for us, and the joy is not centered around the […]

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Fast Homemade Applesauce by the Pioneer Woman

I received a bushel of apples yesterday from a friend with a nearby orchard, and didn’t have time for my big batch canning of applesauce. So I tried a recipe for some easy Homemade Applesauce by the Pioneer Woman. It was fast, simple, and so delicious. I tripled her recipe, using two pots to cook […]


Go to Meet the Mormons

Tonight we went to see Meet the Mormons.  I knew it would be good, but it was fantastic!  And we found out the Bishop featured is from our old Atlanta Ward. It was so fun to see old friends in the show!  Such good people, and it sure brought back memories of our years stationed […]