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Being Free from Addiction

As I am approaching my 45th Birthday....I can't help but think back over my life...and all those experiences that have had long lasting affects upon me.  A few stand out. One in particular comes to mind... with a lesson attached to it. When I was nine years old, we lived in Bemidji, Minnesota. If you are unfamiliar with where this is...this is in northern Minnesota . COLD country!  The Land of 10,000 Lakes, 10,000 mosquitoes and the best childhood you could ask for.  We had a Paul Bunyan Amusement Park in our hometown...everyday!  We were a short distance from Lake Itasca State Park, the place where the Mississippi River begins. Our lives revolved around the lakes that literally dot  that area.  In each town you will find many lakes, some right in your back-yard. We floated down canals, fished, swam in the lakes, skied, ice-skated, and ice-fished. It was mandatory for every child to take swimming lessons.  I had  swimming lessons all year long. In the summer we were t

Proclamation FHE Chart

It is the 3rd day of the 3rd Annual Celebration of The Family: A Proclamation to the World .   Have you joined in or checked out the  wonderful blog posts that have been written?  They are all testimonies of how others are applying the principles of the Proclamation into their families!  LOVE it! Here are the blogs hosting this family celebration:    We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ Diapers and Divinity Chocolate on my Cranium Middle-Aged Mormon Man   Today is a blog-hop sharing any crafts, Family Home Evening ideas, or other creations inspired by the Family Proclamaion. Here is mine, and this comes from a previous post.  I really wanted a Family Proclamtion FHE Chart to make  the Proclamation the focus of our Family Home Evenings.     Our previous Family Home Evening board was out-dated and was needing a face-lift. I am not the most creative crafter out there by any means. I am not a scrap-booker, although I have a thing for bu

God's Way/My Way

I know it is tempting sometimes to want to make all of our decisions alone ["My Own Way"] It is interesting though, that the picture depicting  two signs," God's Way" and "My Own Way" are perpendicular signs, not parallel. One denotes pride and the other humility. Now we don't consciously WANT to do everything alone. We think we know what is best and what we want. There are times when  we don't want anyone getting in the way to tell us different because we know.  We forget to turn to the Lord and rely on Him.  In that case, we are doing it alone, or our own way. I have personally been reminded several times, to rely on the Lord. Which leaves me with the same "a-ha" moment:  "oh, YA!"   It is so easy to forget that there is someone who knows better and more, and we should rely on His wisdom more than our own. God is our Father in Heaven and has known us before we were born for an infinite amount of time.  Think abo

Proclamation Series: By Small and Simple Things

I love  The Family: A Proclamation to the World  and everything it stands for!  It's powerful, it's true, it teaches us what families have always been and should be. The paragraph above, I love especially because it teaches us timeless principles we need to have in our families, in order to be happy and successful. We are reminded  that the family is ordained of God and that our families are our greatest blessing.   All of my warmest memories are associated with  family Favorite childhood memory:    I had to go back really far, and I saw myself sitting on the couch next to my Dad.  I was maybe 3 or 4 years old.  If you wonder what 3 and 4 year olds think about ...I looked over at my Dad  and noticed how the couch cushion sunk down around where he sat...and with all the wishes of 4 year-old girl, I couldn't wait until I was BIG enough to make the couch cushion sink down when I sat.  I love my Dad and have always wanted to be just like he was.  And