Friday, June 29, 2012

Freedom isn't Free

So on July 4th, 1776, when Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams and and a few others unveiled the official Declaration of Independence, it was about much more than declaring political freedom from England. The Declaration of Independence was the first time in history a nation had been founded on the principal that all people "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" and that these rights would be guaranteed. It has fed the character of the people and institutions of the United States of America ever since. The founding fathers were declaring not just the independence of a nation but of all humankind.

My Heart is humbled when I think of all the Brave Souls who have fought for my everyday freedom
I hope you have a safe memorable 4th. of July

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Special Bag for your Journey...

I have created this bag for those of you who love the Salt Lake Temple.

Let me know what you think....I've been checking into machine embroidery..
I paid to have this done.. but I''m on the edge of purchasing a Machine.. just can't justifiy
the price yet..!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sharing my morning walk...PRICLESS!

My Walk is 1-hr.
this is where I start!

                                                                  OLD CHICKEN COOP


Thursday, June 7, 2012

God's Embroidery

I wanted to share this special story with my "Special Blogging Friends"

When I was a little, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side." I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee." This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy.

Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing." Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, "Father, what are You doing?" He has answered, "I am embroidering your life." I say, "But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can't they all be bright?" The Father seems to tell me, "'My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side."

by Melanie

Sunday, June 3, 2012


We are getting ready for our FAMILY REUNION!
This article say's it all....

Family Reunion
Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell
Family reunions help us reconnect with loved ones and remind us of what really matters. Reunions need not be extravagant affairs—they can be as simple as an afternoon in the park or a barbeque in the backyard. The food, decorations, program, and activities are not as important as the gathering itself: just getting together, remembering and sharing stories, and renewing family bonds.
Some family members might consider such gatherings unpleasant or boring. One family recalls that their teenage children were not looking forward to the long drive and full-day commitment it would take to attend a family reunion. But their parents persisted and eventually delighted in the change of attitude they witnessed. At the reunion, the teenage son talked sports with a cousin he did not know he had, and he ended up with a new friend. The daughter realized she was not the only person with hard-to-manage hair, and she was able to get advice from other family members who had the same problem.
Family reunions create memories, connect family members, and build continuity from generation to generation. As families gather to celebrate their roots, they learn things about each other—and themselves. They are inspired by family stories, keep their family history alive, and gain wisdom and strength from the elders in their clan.
In every family, there comes a day when a beloved family member is no longer there to recount the family lore. So now might be a good time to gather together. Be a family. Have a reunion.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Whats for DINNER?

I know it's hard and sometimes just plain boring to -- Think.. What can I fix for Dinner?"


Please go to my Pinterest Button-- THEN go to the recipes... you will see a picture of pork chops..
(Oven Baked Pork chops by by "Fat Dudes & Tasy Foods"

Note:  instead of wrapping meal in tin-foil.. I put mine in a Roasting pan ( spray ) and baked approx. 2 hrs on 350 degees.  I deboned my pork chops and dipped then in the sauce and placed them in the bottom of the Roasting pan... then I took all the cut up veggies and placed them in the bowl with the sauce and coated them.. then I poured it over the pork chops and put the pan in the oven..

I'm telling you ... it is fast easy and yummy..  HUBBY IS HAPPY!