We introduced SPOTLIGHTS in our Newsletter & Notes for April. It's a great family tradition. This is one way we put it into practice for our Marine son.
One night when we were on our way to get a treat for FHE we did SPOTLIGHT in the car. We had the time and included everyone. Our son happened to text me while we were traveling. I decided that we need to do SPOTLIGHT for him. It was really nice to include him even though there's such a distance between us.
Just after texting SPOTLIGHT with Reece one of our daughters called. I told her what we'd just done with her brother and she said she wanted to do it with us too. So we did SPOTLIGHT with her, everyone saying something about her. But, I found out what she really wanted to do was to say something nice about everyone else. Which she did.
It was such a great way to connect with a couple of our kids. We've been doing SPOTLIGHT for many years and there's just something about sharing things you like about each other. If done right (tips in the Newsletter) then it just makes you feel the love. Whether your giving or receiving.
Another example of what we do at LDS NEST. Here's a PERSONAL GIFT HUNT IN A BOX. It might come in handy for Easter but you can use it for anything.
I was reading about General Conference the other day and read this quote by Pres Uchtdorf -
"The words spoken at General Conference should be
Being a visual kind of a gal I thought about that imagery and how it would fit into practical terms with General Conference. For me, there is so much said at conference that's inspiring. I often hear one talk and think, "Oh that was wonderful. I'll think on that some more and take some action on it," only to hear in the next talk something that equally moves me. Talk after talk that happens.
Making a record in a journal is one idea but something a little more interactive for kids to keep their attention and that helps remember past the last speaker is what I was after. One thing lead to another and now we have, Our General Conference Map.
It's large like a map, 20" x 30". (I also copied one off that was 40" at its widest point and it turned out just as well. Print at any size you want.) Have it printed off at a copy store on their blueprint machine. During conference place it on a table with some markers and chart your own conference course. As a remembrance, put it up on the wall to be reviewed during the coming months. Or fold it up, map style, and keep it with your scriptures to refer back to during the next 6 months.
You can download it from the here. Easy.
This is the first version so tell me what you liked or how you used it and I'll consider it for version 2. Tell me below.
Our first LDS NEST post. We figured it ought to be about introductions.
We're a family. One dad. One mom. Eight kids. Four spouses. Two grandkids. Another on the way.
Three in the family, Shannon, Leila, and Alisha, are directly involved in LDS NEST. But as with any project in this family, everyone is enlisted. We'll each say a little about ourselves, but first, more about LDS NEST.
Our choice of the LDS lifestyle is lofty. And visionary. The Church gives us that view of what we want, and eventually, can be. The world points us down to earth. And it's gritty. Sometimes, it's downright dirty. We're not to reconcile the two, we're to aim for the one while overcoming the other. To make it even more interesting, family is the main place where we test it all out. It's tricky business. Very tricky.
It's hard to head for something that you don't necessarily see. At times we have need to be shown the bridge between the heavenly and the earthly and we need wings to help us reach the heights to get a bird's eye view of that bigger picture. The reality is that sometimes it's hard to do and we need to be nurtured in the ways of LDS womanhood.
LDS NEST is an attempt to share ways and strengthen women as we take the principles we learn in Relief Society and put them into practice in real life. For many of us Nesties, our strongest desires are toward our family. That's the Genius of the Lord, to place us where we will use whatever heart, might, mind, and strength we have, to its fullest potential, and do things for our loved ones that we may never be inclined to do for ourselves. In the process, we become some pretty fine chicks.
We have a base of shared sisterhood to start from. A big, broad LDS NEST to work within. It's here that we, Shannon, Leila, and Alisha, want to combine and contribute our efforts to add a twig here and a branch there as we LOVE, LIVE, LEARN, and LEAD in our very own LDS NESTS.
If you want to know details about us, the page here.
We, LDS NEST, share a birthday. March 17th. We share it with the Relief Society (1842). And all of our sisters. Lucky us. (We kinda planned it that way. We like the company.) Today we all celebrate and here's a reminder of what the Relief Society stands for.
We definitely have things in common!
with other Makers
love, live, learn & lead
LDS NEST ways
You might find something that feathers your nest here!
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