Last year we shared an infographic with tips on teaching the youth. Now it is available (for free) as an 8x10 download so you can easily print it at home and use for training in your presidencies and classes. Enjoy!
Today I put my first editable PDF online for you Nesties. Happy dance. I know it's not a big deal to some of you but it feels like a big deal to me. Other Nesties have been asking me about editable (means you can write your own text in certain places) PDFs. I just didn't know exactly how to do them but now I've figured it out. I've been working on several (Hundred?) projects and many will include the editable feature from here on out. This one just has a few check boxes and one place for writing but that's all this needed. Now on to what 'this' is.
The Nested Family - Collected Bits to Build Unity. This series will include 40ish tips on how to build family unity. Today is only the first tip, COMMITMENT, but it's pretty necessary. Maybe you might want to discuss the level of commitment needed for an eternal family for FHE tonight. Read it below or you can get our gift download for later reading here.
Here's the third page that gives you space to write your Personal Commitment Pledge. Then you can put it on your Ring Thing for handy referencing. (Download our Nestie gift to you here.)
This is part of my RESET One Word Resolution which leads to taking my family COMMITMENT to the next level.
Does family unity come easy to you?
Happy FHE tonight.
The Family • A Proclamation to the World turns 20 this year. All grown up.
Its birthday makes me think of when it was announced and the subsequent comments from some people. At the time they said it was so "vanilla". Meaning that it was an ordinary. A common knowledge flavored document.
Well, prophets being what they are weren't exactly intending it for the generation it was given to. Of course it was meant to guide the 1995 generation but it was given then, when it was so "vanilla", so it would have time to sink in before today's full frontal assault on its principles began. It gave us time as a people to prepare our minds and hearts to really understand God's mind.
It also makes me evaluate how I've passed on those principles to my kids. They're the ones that are really going to have to get out there and articulate the Proclamation's point of view. We've tackled some of the tough subjects - gender, same sex attraction and marriage, gender roles - but we'll continue to talk.
This little download is a Family Proc summary at your finger tips. Puts it in kind of a fun format. Usually I make downloads for My Ring Thing but this one was a special request for a particular purpose and needed to fit inside the scriptures (5" x 7"). Maybe you can use it in yours. Go to our download page here for your gift copy.
Today I read on a friend's Facebook page a poem her daughter wrote. Apparently a family member passed away and writing was a way to express her grief and love. It was moving.
I thought of a similar time when my grandmother passed away. I wrote a poem too. I think of her often and since today is her birthday I thought I'd share it. (I know I just shared a poem. It's not that I had "share poems" on my blog calendar, nor do I feel like a gifted poem writer, but it's just what seems to have come up.)
After she was gone I remember sorting my key ring and finding her house key. It was no longer needed but I didn't want to get rid of it. Her key was a symbol for me of all her home was. It was a refuge for whoever visited. And anyone was welcome. There were so many people in and out of her house over the years. It was no surprise to come over and find strangers, people we didn't know yet, at her home. So many left feeling like family even if they stayed a short time. I've always tried to my home like that.
No matter what you call her name,
by Anna, mom or "G",
She always made her house a home
to guest and family.
She'd clean and stock your favorite treats
and wait the whole night through,
Then greetings of a hug and words,
"I've waited just for you!"
Within those walls she'd make you feel
that all the world was right,
But, then you'd have to leave her place,
she'd hold you, oh, so tight.
She'd look after each one of us
whether traveling east or west.
She'd send a gift and then we'd tease,
"I knew she loved you best!"
She'd give you all she had to give
to grant a needed lift
But, most of all she gave her love,
that was her special gift.
Think of your time with her at home,
bring back the memory
Of how she tied her heart to yours
when you see her key
Anna Marie Jones was one of a kind. That's why I wrote that poem. I guess that's why Stephanie's daughter wrote her poem. When someone so remarkable leaves us for a time we want to capture our feelings for that person. When I wrote the poem it was just for me and when I read it, it brings 'us' back together again. Happy Birthday Gram.
Have you ever done that? Express in poetry your feelings of someone's passing?
We're not a poem writing people anymore. Publishers will tell you it's not really a great financial move to write poetry. People don't buy it anymore. Now writers usually do it for their own pleasure. That's why I wrote this series of Young Women Value Poems. Just for me. But, now for you as well. On our YW Leader's Planner we have this month's focus as Individual Worth.
There's one page that's 8.5" x 11" and the other page can be cut into quarter pages for your Ring Thing. It can be printed on red or pink paper or it can be colored if it's printed on white paper.
Luckily we're still a poem reading people. Get your Individual Worth gift poem download here.
Watch for the other poems later.
I'm in heavy like with Valentine's Day. The Boyfriend usually isn't home for it. (Works on an oil rig) But, this year he will be. So I'm pretty excited to celebrate. This is for him. (He doesn't read the posts regularly, usually all in one sitting, so I think he won't see this. If this is you Boyfriend, DON'T continue reading)
I was totally inspired by this pin on my Graphic Love board.
I made it into a Valentine's Day Countdown. Give one test tube treat a day. I think I'm going to do love notes instead of candy. Sometimes we don't say enough to those we love the most.
So, another Valentine's Day for those of you who are in heavy like too.
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