Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Favorite Quote from Conference

LDS General Conference was a couple of weekends ago. With my kids running around, I don't always get to pay attention to the speakers. So, I usually go online and read a talk each night until I have caught up with the most recent session. (And...sshh! is kind of a nice break from my slow plodding through the Old Testament!).

From this session, Julie Beck's talk, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit", really stuck out to me.
This quote, in particular:

"A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do. Life is not calm for most women, and each day seems to require the accomplishment of a million things, most of which are important. A good woman must constantly resist alluring and deceptive messages from many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater ease and independence. But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently.

Revelation can come hour by hour and moment by moment as we do the right things. When women nurture as Christ nurtured, a power and peace can descend to guide when help is needed. For instance, mothers can feel help from the Spirit even when tired, noisy children are clamoring for attention, but they can be distanced from the Spirit if they lose their temper with children. Being in the right places allows us to receive guidance. It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the Spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks. Personal revelation gives us the understanding of what to do every day to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek those who need our help. Because personal revelation is a constantly renewable source of strength, it is possible to feel bathed in help even during turbulent times."

&hearts I really loved this whole session, but this talk is exactly what I needed to hear. &hearts



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Owie Dolls

A while ago, I saw these Owie Dolls on Ikat Bag (my favorite sewing blog. This woman is super talented and sews mainly fun stuff for her kids) and quickly became obsessed with how cute they were. Handmade cloth dolls! Using special cloth that would allow doll bandages to attach with velcro without snagging the fabric! Eye patches! Reversible hospital gown/ play clothes! I was so excited when a pattern came out. I snatched it up right away and quickly went to work on making these dolls for the Disney Give a Day program. After a couple of months of working on these guys, they are finally done and on their way to Karing for Utah Kids, a local nonprofit for needy kids.

It was such a fun project. I love softies! Here are the sick kiddos:

And all healed and ready to play!


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