Sunday, 25 October 2009

Prayer rocks

When down at the beach last time we visited we gathered medium sized pebbles with smooth surfaces we washed and dried them then painted, printed (using stamps for card making) and marked them using permanent markers with designs and the word PRAY. Along with the rock comes a poem in the form of a bookmark or letter which says:-

examples of prayer rock poems from some excellent sites


I'm your little prayer rock

and this is what I'll do.

Just put me on your pillow

'til the day is through.

Then turn back the covers

and climb into your bed,

and, whack! your little prayer rock

will bump you on the head.

Then you will remember

as the day is through,

to kneel and say your prayers

as you intended to.

Then when you are finished

dump me on the floor.

I'll stay there through the night time

to give you help once more.

When you get up next morning,

clunk! I stub your toe,

so that you will remember

your prayers before you go.

Put me back upon your pillow

when your bed is made,

and your clever little prayer rock

will continue in your aid.

Because your Heavenly Father

cares and loves you so,

He wants you to remember

to talk to Him, you know.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Christmas LDS Advents

You can prepare for Christmas now by remembering how others prepared for Him then.
Many prophets in the Bible and Book of Mormon foretold Jesus Christ’s birth and ministry hundreds of years before the actual event. For the 12 days before Christmas, this advent calendar will serve as a reference to scriptures about the birth and life of the Savior and activities you can do to be more Christlike. Read the scripture each day, and if you desire, try the corresponding activity. You could use ideas from this calendar in family home evening.

President Thomas S. Monson has said: “For a few moments, may we set aside the catalogs of Christmas, with their gifts of exotic description. Let’s even turn from the flowers for Mother, the special tie for Father, the cute doll, the train that whistles, the long-awaited bicycle—even the books and videos—and direct our thoughts to God-given gifts that endure.”

When the Christmas season comes to a close, keep what you’ve learned in your mind and heart, and celebrate Christmas all year round by serving others.

Here are some lds advent ideas:-

Prophecies of Christ’s Coming

Countdown to Christmas

Adult Journal Jars

Similar to children's journal jars however the questions are aimed more for the adults experiences.
Check out Organized christmas for over 48 colourful pages full of questions.

Some decoration ideas for jars

Childrens Journal Jar

I love this idea where you get a question to prompt positive and interesting stories and memories to put into your journal. Just pull out a question and answer it - no more boring entries and a wonderful family history tool.

Check out Organized christmas for a colourful list of questions (20 pages) which can be stored in a recycled jar decorated, or for increased safety a plastic decorated container.

This makes a great stocking stuffer for children who can write a journal entry

Here are some fab ideas for decorating jars to get your imagination going

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

The Legend of the Christmas Stocking
Many years ago there lived a merchant who was very poor. He had several daughters of marriageable age. It was the custom in those days to provide a dowry for each daughter so she could find a suitable mate.

The merchant was most distressed because he could not provide his lovely daughters with a dowry. St. Nicholas, hearing about his plight, dropped gold coins down the chimney of the good merchant. Some of the coins were caught in the stockings his daughters had left by the hearth to dry. And thus began the custom of the Christmas stocking.

Give this poem to friends and neighbors along with a pair of socks, dollar store stocking, or paper stocking stuffed with gold chocolate coins.

This year I wrapped a pair of socks, the poem and a gold chocolate coin into a Christmas cracker and am giving them to the children's teachers, home teachers, visiting teachers, auxiliary leaders that work with the family and have some set by for extra stocking stuffers for family.

My Last Rolo

Using the box template from allfreecrafts make boxes half the size of the suggested size to make boxes 1/2 the size of a ring box. Inside place a single rolo wrapped in tissue, foil or cellophane.

Label the box with "I love you enough to give you my last rolo"

Box of Love

Take a small empty box about the size of a ring box, You can make one from card or old birthday/Christmas cards by following the link to AllFreeCrafts for full instructions.

click for template

Once you have a finished box wrap with a ribbon and a bow so the box is sealed then take a copy of the poem below roll into a scroll and slip under the ribbon and secure in place with a bow, button or other small decorative attachment.
I took an ordinary box
As empty as can be
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully.
But please don't ever open it
Just leave the ribbon tied
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because my love for you inside!
This is a very special gift
That you can never see
The reason that it's special
It's just for you from me
Whenever you are lonely
Or when you're feeling blue
You only have to hold this gift
and know I think of you
You never can unwrap it
lease leave the ribbon tied
Just hold this box close to your heart
It's filled with love inside
I'm giving you a present,
It's my love inside a box.
It's not too much to look at,
But it's the best I've got.
So I hope it makes you happy,
If it doesn't, I never can.
But if love in a box is worth it,
then,I'll take you by the hand.

Preparing for Christmas

I've actually been preparing for Christmas a better part of the year now its time to put the finishing touches to all the plans, gifts and surprises. Some of the things for the upcoming Christmas season we are planning:-

  • Christmas Caroling
  • Secret Santas
  • 2 Christmas Fayre's
  • Christmas Elf's
  • 5 "You are Special" Candlelight meals
  • Christmas Disco

Keep coming back for more updates.

10 mile walk round Millport for Sean and Workmates

Sean and his workmates John, Lynn and her dog took the ferry for a day away to the isle of Great Cumbrae for a short 10 mile hike round the island

Sean's latest art work

Our Ruth is into the Manga style cartoons found on the Internet so much so she's got a crush on this romantic character and used all her wiles to persuade her dad to do a piece of work for her newly decorated bedroom - needless to say dad jumped at the chance of doing quality work for his daughter

first sketch finished work

Hanna's Pink pigout 11th Birthday

Happy 11th Birthday Hanna

Our Hanna loves Pink and lots and lots of sweet things so for this years birthday the last before her teens we thought we would have a pink pig out - We filled a long dish full of cake, ice cream, smarties, maltesers, chocolate drops, cream, strawberry sauce and loads of other sticky sweet things served with pink lemonade and other pink things.
Hanna gets a little camera shy and we had to promise to put the camera away after blowing out of the candles which ended up being a family affair before we all got stuffed in.

Quest seekers awards

All three of the children participated in this summers reading programme and were awarded by a certificate and gold medal for reading 6 book in 6 weeks. Well Done, Mum and Dad are really proud of you.

Adam Hanna Ruth

Everyone was pleased if not a little shocked at all the attention and glad we participated. Looking forward to next years reading challenge.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Good advice for me


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career,
however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

_Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952 italacs added

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Read this message shared on facebook from mormon mommy blogs ..... need to share......

But If Not . . .

Recently, I have been watching someone I love go through a very difficult thing. My heart aches for her, as we sit and talk, and run the "what if's" over as she struggles to make sense of her new reality.

As this trial for my loved one has unfolded, I have found myself reflecting on one of my favorite stories from the Old Testament, the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.

I love this story because of three little words...But if not...The Three Amigos, as I lovingly call them (please don't thrust me down to hell for that one...) refuse to bow down to the King's idols. The King is angry, and tells his servants to make his fiery furnace seven times hotter than usual so he can burn these guys alive. The King mocks them, and says that if they didn't fall down and worship his idol properly, he would thrust them into the fiery furnace and they would burn to death. And really, who did they think would deliver them? Not their silly God. He, their King, was the one with all the power.

I love this next part...

My Three heroes say: " If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to a deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king" "But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not a serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up"But if not...Essentially they were saying that they know that God could deliver them from the Kings hands, but if not, they would never stop believing in their God, and they would never turn their hearts from Him.

At various times we are all thrown into "the fiery furnace" with things we wish the Lord would take away. Things that we would rather not have to deal with or even experience. Sometimes we can pray and pray and pray, and nothing seems to change. That fiery furnace, so to speak is still there. Our trials do not go away...Some would find themselves wondering where God is? Why is he not answering my righteous desire?

That's where the whole but if not business happens. Sometimes we have to do hard things. We can go to church, read our scriptures, pray, and those hard things are still there, every morning waiting for us. No matter what we do, they just wont go away and we are still in that furnace.That is when we turn to the but if not phrase... "Lord, I need you take this trial from me. I can't do this anymore. But if not, I will still be true and faithful to you." It's how we react in the but if not part of our lives that the Lord is interested in seeing. And I think, that's the hardest one to give.I mean, who doesn't want to have their trials removed? I know I do. But if not, I will stand firm. It will be hard but I will not waiver.

I know, just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego did, that the Lord is perfectly capable of delivering us from our own personal "fiery furnaces". However, sometimes he doesn't. And the whole but if not part means that even if my crappy stuff is still here in the morning, I will be steadfast and immovable in my commitment to Christ.Sometimes our faith is pushed to the very edge, and we have to rely on that but if not principal. We have to trust that even though things aren't turning out the way we want them to, God is still in control and aware of us.

We know that Heavenly Father will not try us beyond what we can handle, and further, we know that these trials are what make us not only a better person, but also take us one step closer to being more like Him.We have to have faith that God will deliver us from the trials of teenagers going astray... but if not...We have to have faith that God will deliver us from the trials of sick children... but if not...We have to have faith that God will help us sell our home... but if not...We have to have faith that God will deliver us from a wayward spouse or a difficult marriage... but if not...We have to have faith that God will deliver us from the trial of not being able to have children... But if not... We will still believe in God and we will still press forward in Faith.That is the test that God has sent us here to perform. He wants to see what will happen when we are faced with that but if not part of our faith.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Dad's DIY for Ruths Newly Decorated Bedroom

In the beginning there was instructions.....

And sean saw it and thought it was good....

Ruth's 14th Birthday

Ruth thought it would be a good idea to have the day of seminary, school and going back to school for her presentation this evening ...... mum disagreed. Happy Birthday darling.

Mum made a try at a homemade birthday cake.... not really my area of expertise.. never mind Ruthie didn't seem to mind.
In the evening we went to her school for a presentation on the Holocaust.

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