Monday, November 20, 2017

Over the river and through the woods to Arizona we go.

Tomorrow we are going over the river and through the woods to 
Arizona to be with the rest of the Nielson's for Thanksgiving. 
We are so so excited for this break to spend time with family and 
of course our best friends, Spencer and Lindsay!!

The cattle and ranch will be fine while we are gone,
and we are all caught up in school which will make this trip even better.
Now our holiday season can officially begin!

Well, after I clean up the ranch house and get packed up.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Good books

I love reading books to my children.
I especially love holiday books and have more than several for each occasion.
If I had the time (and I wish I did), I would read thousands of
 pages to them and probably all in one sitting too.
And I absolutely love reading pictures books.
Usually at the end of the day and after showers, we get in my bed covers and
 and read story books until it's time for dreamland.
One of my very favorite elements of The Good & the Beautiful
 home school curriculum (which is what I am using for Charlotte and Nicholas), 
is a wonderful book list that accompanies the lessons.  
During school we have discussed many times the importance
 and the power that good books can bring into lives.  
Books that are wholesome, clean, uplifting, and give good messages. 

The Good & the Beautiful has produced a list of wonderful books for every age.  
I always tell my kids that good books are for the soul what
 water is for the body: soothing, refreshing, healthy, and healing.
Now until November 25th, you can download the book list free!
I hope you enjoy it with your family  HERE.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
(Angus is a fan of the good word.)

Here is a list of my favorite Thanksgiving picture books:

Happy weekend! 
Speaking of books and children, Spiritual Enlightenment:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Evening of Excellence

In the Mormon church, we celebrate girls and women for who they are, 
and what they are accomplishing in their lives.
The young women (ages 12-18) are recognized for the
 good things they are doing in a event called "Young Women in Excellence".
The girls display to those in attendance like;
family members, friends, other church members, and leaders
what she is working on or completed that year.
Often times girls will preform a skill or talent to the group.
Claire brought some of her amazing art work and paintings to display
and then spoke about how she has been preparing for her future by taking school
seriously, serving others (like me!!),
and how she's learning that making wise choices
will bless her life as a woman, mother, and wife one day.

Jane brought a recipe book that she's been working on.
She has been collecting and gathering all different
yummy recipes for her future family.
She also displayed gardening tools, her scriptures,
 and a journal (one out of the 30 she has)
to show her dedication to writing her life history.
Women are disciples of Jesus Christ, and every woman in the
 Church is given the responsibility
 to know and defend the divine roles of women. 
These include that of wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. 
They stand strong and immovable in faith, family, and in relief. 
Women participate in councils that oversee
congregational activities throughout the world. 
They also have, by divine nature, the greater and responsibility
 for home and children and nurturing there in in other settings.