Sunday, December 30, 2012

Great Party Rolls


·       2 cups water
·       ½ cup butter (1 stick)

Heat over medium-high heat in saucepan for 2 minutes, then set aside.

·       5 cups flour
·       2 Tbs. active dry yeast
·       1 tsp. salt
·       1 egg
·       ¼ cup sugar

Combine dry ingredients in bowl.  Add water/butter mixture and blend well.  Add egg, slightly beaten.  Knead for 6-8 minutes, until smooth and elastic.  Place in a greased bowl, turn once and cover with a clean cloth.  Let rise until double. Punch down and divide into thirds.  Roll out each third into a circle and then cut into 12 pie-shaped pieces with a rolling pizza cutter or knife.  Roll each pie-shaped piece into a crescent and let rise again on baking dish.  It also works to just make round balls of dough for the rolls.

Bake at 350o for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Roasted Peanuts, Quick, Easy and Delicious

Just roasted a batch of peanuts today. They are so sweet, and I love them unsalted.


1 pound raw peanuts
Place on a cookie sheet
Bake in 325 degree over for 15 - 20 minutes.
Cool and eat!

Some recipes bake them at a higher temperature, but I think they lose their sweetness.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cherish Each Moment

After the shock, horror, and grief all of us felt over the events of this past week, I began to look for the blessings they brought into my life and the lives of those around me.
Our daughter-in-law squeezed her first-grader’s hand and gave her an extra hug and kiss as she walked her into school. “I’m so grateful that my children are well and alive, and my heart is broken for those who have lost loved ones,” she said.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Here's the Deseret News Review of the John Taylor Book.

"TEXTING THROUGH TIME: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle," by Christy Monson, Bonneville Books, $12.99, 176 pages (f) (ages 8 and up)
A new book by Christy Monson is a wonderful piece of fiction for young children. “Texting through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle” is also a useful tool for parents who want to teach their youngsters about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the sacrifices of the early Mormon pioneers.
Alicia and Micah are young children with a fascination for church history. Their father recently developed a cell phone that allows people to travel through time. The children have already used this tool to visit Brigham Young in the first book it the series, and they tell their father they would like to use the phone this time to visit the prophet and third president of the LDS Church, President John Taylor.
Their father is skeptical at first because he has learned of a few glitches the phone has. He tells his kids he will go with them. But when the phone is activated, it only takes Alicia and Micah to England, the place where John Taylor was born.
Alicia and Micah meet John Taylor as a child. After playing war games with him and his friends, Alicia and Micah decide they should go home and see their father. The phone will not transport the children back home, however, until they finish a puzzle.
The puzzle makes the children travel throughout the entirety of President Taylor’s life. They go with him to Canada where he was a Methodist preacher. They also go to Nauvoo, Ill., after he was shot in Carthage Jail.
The most poignant part of the book comes when President Taylor describes the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith to Micah and Alicia. Children reading the book will not only understand the gravity of the situation, but they will appreciate Joseph Smith and his sacrifices on a much higher level.
The combination of time travel, cell phones and church history makes this book appealing to young children.
Monson does an excellent job intertwining scriptures into the book as well. The scriptures are placed in such a context that children will be able to understand them easily.
Monson is also the author of “Texting Through Time: A Trek with Brigham Young.” Her works have been published in multiple church magazines, as well.
Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

English Toffee, Quick and Easy

I have had over 3,000 views on this post, so I decided to show the entire picture process.

Toffee Recipe
2 squares better
1c. sugar
5 T. water
Stir well. Put on high heat and don’t turn the head down. It takes about 15 minutes to make it. (I’ve made it in my electric frying pan and it works well, but I really like it best cooked in my cast iron frying pan.) Cook until it starts to burn, stirring constantly, and then add a little vanilla. Pour on a marble slab. (If you don’t have a marble slab, pour it onto a cookie sheet. I set it on a bread board because the candy is so hot.) Before pouring onto marble you may spread broken pecans, walnuts or sliced coconut on the marble and pour toffee over it. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and spread when melted. After it cools, break it into pieces.
When you’ve made it a few times, you’ll be able to tell when it starts to burn. I tell by watching the bubbles as the candy cooks. When they begin to let off little puffs of smoke, it’s burning. You can also tell by the color. It needs to turn a caramel color.


Chop the nuts

Melt butter, sugar, and water

Cook for 10 - 15 minutes on high . . . 

until mixture caramelizes

Pour over nuts

Sprinkle Chocolate Chips

Spread and let cool

Break into pieces


Monday, November 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

When you cook with butter and sugar, you can never go wrong!
I took some of these bars to my book signings at Deseret Book in Ogden, and the Bear Lake Craft Fair. Everyone thought they were so good, they wanted the recipe. So, here it is.
They are so very easy to make. I always make a double recipe. You get a lot of dessert for a little amount of work. Just my style!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

English Toffee

Toffee is one of my favorite holiday candies. I like to make it because it’s fast and easy. It’s also fail-proof once you know how to do it. You can make it with or without nuts, depending on your taste and allergies. I love it with sliced almonds, but my favorite is fresh chopped walnuts. We have a walnut tree in our back yard. (The squirrel and I have a contest each fall to see who gets the nuts. When I get there first, he scolds me soundly.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Delivering Hope by Jennifer Ann Holt
What an inspiring book this is! I loved reading it.
Olivia and Michael are unable to have children. Through years of waiting, anticipation, hope and prayer, the fertility doctors finally tell them there is no chance of them getting pregnant.  Olivia has a difficult time accepting this path until she reads her Great Aunt Elizabeth’s journal and finds that this grand lady walked the same road with honor and dignity, giving love and service throughout her life.
Allison is a model young woman, active in the Church and a good student with plans to attend college after high school graduation. A night of poor decisions changes her life forever, and she finds herself in the Bishop’s office, telling him that she’s pregnant.
The author has skillfully presented all the obstacles that line the paths for each situation. Her understanding of the issues for both parties is presented with depth and insight.
As a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, I would love to have had this book for my couples who faced infertility as well as the young girls I worked with who found themselves pregnant. My hat is off to you, Jennifer. This is a well-written book. I give it a great recommendation.
Jennifer says:
“I am donating my royalties for books sold during November (excluding e-books) to the National Council For Adoption's The Hope Challenge project ( My publisher has agreed to donate $1/book sold of their profits, and with the help of several other charitable foundations who will be matching these donations, $5 will be donated to this terrific cause for every copy of Delivering Hope that sells during November!

Christy Monson, L.M.F.T., Retired.

"Jennifer Holt" <>,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


“Gratitude is the twin sister of humility” James E. Talmage

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers

Monday, November 12, 2012

Uplifting Reads: 'Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle' Book Tour

Uplifting Reads: 'Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle' Book Tour

Rules and Relationships

Rules and Relationships

Relationships with children and youth are so important because the majority of our learning takes place in the context of relationships. Consider the lessons you learned as a child. Where did the most important ones come from?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Giveaway Hop

Join the Giveaway hop, November 15th through the 25th.
Follow this blog and leave a comment. You're entered to win
Texting Through Time, John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle.
Good Luck, and thanks for following.  Christy

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kris Kringle's Magic

Kris Kringle’s Magic by Diane Stringham Tolley is a fun family read.
In a world where elves are only slaves, one boy is determined to make things right. With the elves' help, Kris decides to begin with the children. But can a pile of gifts on Christmas Eve really change anything? This enchanting story is sure to captivate kids of all ages. An instant holiday classic you'll want to read again and again.
The author spins a magical tale full of fun, and suspense to explain how Kris Kringle and the elves got to the North Pole. This truly believable tale of love and charity fits right in with the Christmas Season and will fill your holiday with the spirit of good will.
Thanks Diane for sharing your magical creativity with us in this never-to-be-forgotten story. Reading it will make your season of love and joy a time to remember. I give this book a five-star rating.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sometimes I sit alone, worrying about my life. Maybe I’m not the best I can be. Am I reaching my potential? I push the thoughts away and go on with my busy schedule. I arrange a bouquet of flowers from the garden for a sick friend, make a potato casserole for a funeral, volunteer at the school, or weed the garden. But all the time I’m thinking that I can’t succeed and I’m not making a difference anywhere.

During these times, I pray and ask for help. I sit in the sunny garden and reflect on carefree days—like picking wild flowers as a child.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero
            Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero by Matt Peterson is a fun read for kids. From passing the sacrament with his fly down to failing miserable at capture the flag, Andrew knows he’ll never be able to fulfill his duties as a deacon. But when tragedy strikes on his Boy Scout camping trip, Andrew’s whole troop must become stronger than they ever imagined. This hilarious coming-of-age story is bound to have you rooting for a misfit hero!
            Matt Peterson has hit a home run with this fun adventure. It’s sure to please the entire family—most especially those boys who are about to become deacons. The story rings true right town to the spilled cheerios on the carpet during Sacrament meeting.
            Andrew must reach down deep inside himself, with the help of angels, and find his inner strength. He comes through like a true hero. This is a great five-star read! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trials Bring Blessings of Strength

But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
- Anne Brontë

Trails are difficult when we are going through them.  I would not ask from mine back, but I am grateful I have had all of them.  I never thought I would say that.  There were times when I walked just one day at a time, unable to think of tomorrow.
One of my low points was when I was recovering from pneumonia. All six of our children were still at home, and I was so sick I could hardly get out of bed.
Authors, visit to learn about ANWA Conference in February 2013 in Mesa Arizona. Check it out.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Open Fire J. Golden Kimball Takes on the South is a debut novel by Scott M. Hurst. In this fast paced story filled with holy high jinks and missionary mayhem, J. Golden Kimball squares off with his characteristic cowboy sense of humor against everything from spiteful preachers to the threat of death at the hands of the terrible Ku Klux Klan. Join Golden as he takes on the South in these unbelievable but true stories.
The author has captured the spirit, humor, and voice of this colorful character in Mormon history. This fast-paced missionary tale is full of suspense, wit and wisdom that will keep the whole family laughing. Everyone will identify with J. Golden’s humility and lack of pride. At times he surprises himself with his ability to solve a problem that he thinks is unsolvable. As a reader, that’s something we all wish for ourselves.
Hats off to the author! This is a great read!

Friday, October 26, 2012

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A second Texting Through Time book is here, John Taylor And The Mystery Puzzle. It’s a fast-paced quick read—fun for kids and the entire family.
As Micah and Alicia get to know John Taylor, they find he is faithful, courageous, prayerful and loving. They must solve a mystery puzzle about his life before they can return home. While hunting for the puzzle pieces, they land in France with a dead phone battery—and Micah is in a dress! What else can go wrong?
This was such a fun book to write. I enjoy doing the research. It’s a blessing for me to learn about our modern-day prophets.
I am honored that Mary Jane Woodger, BYU Faculty and editor of Champion of Liberty, John Taylor, has written a forward for my book. Maureen Smith, International President of the Daughter’s of the Utah Pioneers has endorsed the book. And Mathew Buckley, author of Chickens in the Headlights, and Bullies in the Headlights has given it a thumbs-up.
If you like contests, be sure to join the book blast on November 13th. Order a book from Amazon and leave me a message on one of the following sites to win a $25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate.
My book launch will be at the Ogden Temple Deseret Book Store on Friday, November 23rd. Join the fun. Come for refreshments and a fun signing.
Check the websites for other scheduled signings.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Promises and like the full moon. If they are not kept at once, they diminish day by day.” A German Proverb

Friday, October 12, 2012

God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now D&C 121:26

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands Isaiah 49:16

Monday, October 8, 2012

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  Isaiah 64:8

Friday, October 5, 2012

If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others. ~ Dalai Lama

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Be the best you can be.

Make the absolute best of what God made.
-Robert Browning

Monday, October 1, 2012

Saving Savannah by Sara Fitzgerald is a tender Christmas story that will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your heart as you read. Devan Smith clings to the bitterness he feels at his wife’s death. The innocent sweetness of his daughter Savanna wedges itself into every fiber of his being. His family tries to love and support him. But neither can chip away at the hate he feels for the drunk driver that killed his beloved—until something surprising and unnerving happens at the Nativity program on Christmas Eve.
This book will make a wonderful Christmas gift, and the memory of the story will keep on giving throughout the year.

Friday, September 28, 2012

It is important that we eliminate the weakness of one standing alone and substitute for it the strength of people working together.” Thomas S. Monson, in “Who Are the Mormons?” http//

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It is appropriate to disagree, but it is not appropriate to be disagreeable. Quinten L.  Cook, “We Follow Jesus Christ,” Ensign, May 2010, 84-85.

Monday, September 24, 2012

I read this today. What a beautiful scripture.

He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
(Book of Mormon | Mosiah 16:9)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Here is the review of a book published by Cedar Fort. If you or anyone you know suffers from chronic illness, this is an excellent resource. I enjoyed reading the book, and it's full of excellent information.


When Someone You love Has Chronic Illness, written by Dr. Tamara McClintock Greenberg, brings the important topic of chronic illness to the forefront, allowing readers to become aware of all aspects of a problem most all of us will have to face in our lives. It is a concise review of every facet of this issue—brought into focus in everyday language with examples we can all relate to.
As a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, I had many clients faced with situations such as Dr. Greenberg describes in her book. I would have loved a valuable tool such as this book to discuss with my clients. It will become a guide and support to all who read it.
Dr. Greenberg discusses the following topics:
1.      Living Longer
2.      How to talk about illness
3.      How to deal with doctors
4.      Addressing denial
5.      Can you give too much
6.      Getting support
7.      Coping with loved one’s pain
8.      Staying connected
9.      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
10.  Dealing with loss
Thank you Dr. Greenberg for this well-written volume of pertinent research presented with in-depth discussions, and shared through compassionate understanding.
I recommend this book as a healing tool for anyone who has been associated with chronically ill loved ones.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Man is a creature of reflection; he becomes that upon which he reflects. Hindu Proverb.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us. Thomas Merton

Monday, September 10, 2012

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. Unknown

Friday, September 7, 2012

If you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the man who goes back and forth on it. Zenrin

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A man stands taller when he stoops for a child. Proverb

Monday, September 3, 2012

Your beliefs become your thoughts. You thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. Gandhi

Friday, August 31, 2012

Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy. Phyllis McGinley

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If you love something set it free;
if it returns its yours forever,
if not it was never meant to be. Proverb

Monday, August 27, 2012

Success and happiness are not destinations, they are exciting, never-ending journeys. Zig Ziglar

Friday, August 24, 2012

To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Life can be very easy when love is your way of life. Don Miguel Ruiz

Monday, August 20, 2012

..."I promise you if yo do all that you can, God will magnify your strength and your wisdom. He will season you...those you set an example for will praise your name...." by President Henry B. Eyring

Friday, August 17, 2012

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. Proverb

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Buddha

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fear can be defined as:

False Expectations Appearing Real

Paul tells us: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

I love this scripture. Sometimes I am afraid and then I repeat these words with a prayer in my heart to get through what is before me.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, a vision with a

task is the hope of the world. Unknown

A great reminder to me to focus on my dreams and goals and keep working with hope.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
- Margaret Mitchell
I love this quote. I have to make things happen in my life. Many times I want to take a passive role, but these words jolt me back to reality. My life is blessed when I am in charge of it. :}

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

“No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, He will never desert us. He never has, and He never will." George Q. C annon

Monday, July 30, 2012

"When life's labor is complete may we find that we have listened to the whispering of that still, small voice that always guides us in the path of righteousness. . . to go forward throughout the ages . . . happy eternally." George Albert Smith

Friday, July 27, 2012

For I have only been in the service of God. . . . When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:16 - 17

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it. Enos 1:15

Monday, July 23, 2012

"None of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they  have spoken concerning . . . Christ." Jacob 7:11

Friday, July 20, 2012

I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth. I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father. D&C 110:4

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We have given of our substance to build a house to thy name, that the Son of Man might have a place to manifest himself to his people. D&C 109:5

Monday, July 16, 2012

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.
- John Milton

Friday, July 13, 2012

But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
- Anne Brontë

I have quoted this before, and I think of it often when I'm working in my rose garden.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.
- George Sand

Monday, July 9, 2012

"You can be smart and happy or stupid and miserable. . .
it's your choice"
- Gordon B. Hinckley

I love this!!! Because it's true! Sometimes I'm smart, and sometimes I'm stupid.

Friday, July 6, 2012

"When I say do your best, I mean you're very best."
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sonja wrote a little about how she came to write Carnival Girl. I wanted you all to see it.

"During the few times we carnival children attended school, I once received an A for a story about a Greek myth I had written, and on that day I decided to write about my mother’s life when I grew up.
All through the time I raised my six children here in the U.S.A., this thought was with me, and when the younger ones were a bit older, I started on my mother’s story. As the story unfolded, I realized that it would not be complete unless I also told my own story, the story of my childhood and my life with my mother.
And that’s how Carnival Girl began. I originally called it Conversations with Margot (my mother’s first name), but since the novel I wrote about her life isn’t published yet, I decided to re-name the memoir and publish it first.
As I wrote the story and remembered the things that happened in my early life, old feelings also returned, and I had to confront the childish reactions of my younger self. Now, as a grown woman, I was able to see things I had not seen as a little girl, and when my memoir was finished, I had a new insight and understanding for my mother, who had suffered so much and still came out ahead.
My mother, Margot, is now ninety-one years old. She lives in Stuttgart, Germany, and is still going strong!
Thank you Mutti, for everything you have taught me!"
Carnival Girl
Searching for God in the Aftermath of War
By Sonja Herbert

The only life Sonja has ever known was on the road. Now she must choose between the carnival and her convictions, between her family and her faith. This beautifully written memoir of growing up in post-war Germany and meeting the Mormon missionaries will remind you of how much God loves each one of us and how his power can make anything possible.

Sonja Herbert and her five siblings were raised in a caravan, traveling the carnival circuit from town to town in post-World War II Germany. Sonja converted to the LDS Church, later married, and immigrated to the United States, where she received a bachelor of arts degree at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and a master of arts degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. You can find more about her unusual life at

I felt drawn to this story because I come from similar roots. I have Polish ancestry as does Sonja, and my grandmother spent time in a German orphanage just like Sonja. My grandmother had funny little nicknames for all her children just as Sonja’s mother did. I love reading memoirs like this because they seem to fill in missing pieces of my family.

The reader watches Sonja grow from a toddler to a young adult who knows her own mind and what she wants out of life. Her mother consciously chose the exciting carnival life, but Sonja’s choice was a very different path than her mother’s. Sonja seems to be born with a testimony of Heavenly Father, and she began to recognize it even as a small child when she was taught to pray in the orphanage. Even though Sonja’s family rejected God, she found comfort in her constant belief in a Divine Being, which ultimately led her to the gospel’s light and love. Thank you, Sonja, for sharing yourself in this heart-warming story.

This is a great read! Take time to enjoy it this summer.

Friday, June 29, 2012

"It is a wonderful blessing that we enjoy in these times of stress and uncertainty to feel sure of divine guidance, to have absolute faith in a personal God who is interested in us and who hears and answers our prayers." George Albert Smith

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I am thinking about George Albert Smith. He was such a wise man.

"Our comprehension of this life is that it is eternal life--that we are living in eternity today as much as we ever will live in eternity."

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old. Jacob 4:13 I love the plainness of the scripture.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Those who grieve frequently find themselves alone. Missed is the laughter of children, the commotion of teenagers, and the tender, loving concern of a departed companion. The clock ticks more loudly, time passes more slowly, and four walls can indeed a prison make. I extol those who, with loving care and compassionate concern, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and house the homeless. He who notes the sparrow's fall will not be unmindful of such service - Gordon B. Hinckley Do a kindness for a neighbor. I will, too.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sometimes I need an attitude adjustment. I love this quote: "Life is to be enjoyed, not endured" - Gordon B. Hinckley

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe. - Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, June 15, 2012

People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of. Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked) This is the premise of the musical Wicked and one we all need to internalize--at least I do for myself.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sometimes I tend to pity myself and feel sorry for things that have happened in my life. I love this scripture because it helps me get my head back on straight. First I remember that I have to wait patiently, and then I know that all things shall work together for my good. Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament—the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted. 3 Therefore, he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled; and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good, and to my name's glory, saith the Lord. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 98:2 - 3)

Monday, June 11, 2012

This is one of the most beautiful scriptures I have ever read. I love it because it's my hearts desire when I pray for those around me--especially my children. It's a scripture of such great hope. I love it! For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry. 4 And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 33:3 - 4)

Friday, June 8, 2012

It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - J.K. Rowling I love this quote. I have it on my email as a reminder to me that I'm in charge of my life and can choose it's direction. I don't know why I have a hard time remembering this concept, but I do.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." — C.S. Lewis

Monday, June 4, 2012

Had a wonderful booksigning last night at Union Station for "Tales from Two-Bit Street and Beyond." It was fun to see old friends and make new acquaintances. You'll love the ghost stories about Historic Twenty-fifth Street. Get a copy. It's a fun read. He who has a thousand friends has not one friend to spare. Emmerson

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Your soul is all that you possess. Take it in hand and make something of it! Martin H. Fischer

Friday, June 1, 2012

“In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil, and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike—and they will—you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection. They will always be there, these armies of heaven, in defense of Abrahams’s seed.” Jeffrey R. Holland, “For Times of Trouble,” BYU Speeches, 1980, p. 45.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

GIVE ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: Psalms 78:1 - 7

Monday, May 28, 2012

My mother has a pear tree that has wonderful pears on it. Each year the grandchildren love to come to her house to eat the pears from the tree. Now they are grown and the children live far away. I help her dry the pears and mail them to each grandchild so they can eat them during the winter. Fresh pears are available in the stores. But grandmother’s pears mean more than just nourishment for the body. Grandmother’s pears are nourishment for the soul.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My grandmother had two wonderful apricot trees in her back yard. I lived with her when I was a child. We waited for the apricots to get ripe. Then we would eat and eat and eat our fill. There were many more than we could eat, so we put them in a screen cage with shelves to dry in the sun. The dried apricots were kept in tins in a cupboard in the basement. Whenever I think of dried apricots, I think of my grandmother and her love and companionship. The apricots meant a lot to others also. My aunt and her husband and little girl lived in London in 1942 and 43. My aunt was frightened to be so far away from home. She lived in fear of the bombings each day she was there. My grandmother packed up tins of apricots and mailed them to her. The apricots were nourishment to them when fruit was not available. But they were much more than that. They meant someone loved my aunt. Someone thought of her and cared for her, even though she was far away. They were nourishment for the soul. The apricots kept the generations connected.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I do not walk my path alone. There have been many ancestors on the path before I began to walk. There will be many after me. What gifts are mine from the past? I am who I am from them. I am who I am because of me. What will I leave for those who come after me? I love connecting with the past. It tells me who I am. I'll spend the day thinking about thses questions. You do also. Happy memories.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Memorial Day

Memorial Day “The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.” Goethe As Memorial Day draws near, I love to connect with those who have gone before me. As I child, I helped my grandmother decorate our family graves each May. First, I would drag the old glass vases and wicker baskets from the top of the garage. She had saved them from past funerals for this specific purpose. We gathered all the flowers from the yard—iris, peonies, snow balls, tulips (if there were any left) and roses (if there were any in bloom). Arranging them in the containers was fun. We organized them one way and then another until the color combinations were just right. When the sprays were ready, we carefully laid them in the trunk of the car with wet dish cloths over the stems to keep them fresh. It was my job to take the wire cutters and snip and bend wire hanger sections to anchor the baskets and vases upright to the ground in case of a strong wind. All that accomplished, we set out for the cemetery. As we walked among the head stones to our family graves, a feeling of reverence for those who lived before me settled into my being. I loved being there—drawing inspiration from those who had gone before. I can’t help but wonder what their existence is like now, knowing that they are close to me and I am close to them. They all had faults—same as me. But they are mine and I am theirs, and I am glad to take a day to honor and remember them. I am a living breathing being because of them, and that thought fills me with gratitude.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Congratulations to Kirs. She's the winner of Texting Through Time. Thanks to everyone for entering. Happy Reading! Christy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Welcome to Connections where short quotes are posted three times a week for a quick read to help center you for your day. To enter the contest: 1. Follow this blog 2. Leave a short comment You may win Texting Through Time, a great summer read! Good luck! And Thanks for stopping by! Christy

Monday, May 7, 2012

Million Dollar Diva by Tristi Pinkston, Brett Kitchen and Ethan Kap Finally—the woman’s answer to growing rich safely! Women today face more money challenger than ever before, from managing careers and families to finances—the demands on their time and resources are increasing. Bad financial advice abounds, and it can be hard to know what to do. Award-winning author Tristi Pinkston teams up with bestselling authors Brett Kitchen and Ethan Kap to bring you Million Dollar Diva. Tristi leads you through her financial experience from debt to financial freedom. You are with her each step of the way: Tracking your income and outgo Becoming aware of your emotional spending habits Taking ownership of your financial situation Giving yourself permission to become wealthy Finding ways to cut your budget Paying off credit cards Saving and investing your money Establishing a plan for financial freedom I highly recommend Million Dollar Dive to everyone. This book is easy to understand, well outlined, masterfully written and lots of fun to read. Discover financial security with Tristi along her path to becoming a Million Dollar Diva!
One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. - Sophocles

Friday, May 4, 2012

Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith. - Gordon B. Hinckley

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phillipians 4:13

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Faith in something greater than ourselves enables us to do what we have said we'll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain." - Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I've been focused on humility the last couple of days. Sometimes I get running in all directions and forget that the Lord will bless me if I just take time to ask him. First I have to figure out what my goal is in asking, and then I pray specifically, according to my desires. This helps me focus on what I really want and changes me from an overanxious, whining child to a humble follower of Christ who desires a blessing. Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers. D&C 112:10

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Savior's Open Arms

“May I be bold enough to suggest that it is impossible for anyone who really knows God to doubt his willingness to receive us with open arms in a divine embrace if we all will but come unto Him . . . I am convinced that none of us can appreciate how deeply it wounds the loving heart of the Savior of the world when he find that his people do not feel confident in his care or secure in his hands.” Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, “Come Unto Me,” April 1998, 19.

Friday, April 20, 2012


We are saved by Grace. For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. 2 Nephi 25:23

And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. Alma 7:11

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Grace is divided into four powers: Resurrection, redemption, healing and strengthening. (Ensign April 2012, 39)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


David A. Bednar, April, 2012 Ensign:
“Oh, Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound. 1 Nephi 7:17. Nephi did not pray to have his circumstances changed. Rather, he prayed for strength to change his circumstances.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

At Season's End, Five Star Rating

Here’s a Five-Star read! Don’t miss it!
Season of Hope
There was Paw in the lead goin’ as hard as he could, then Maw, Tim next, and me tryin’ to catch up knowin’ they must all be crazy. Even the river didn’t stop Paw. Clothes and all, he jumped into the whirlin’, swirlin’ waters of the great Columbia.
At this Maw let out a scream. Mebby she thought Paw was goin’ to end it all. Then Tim yelled, “Oh, no, Paw!” But I was too surprised and scared to say anythin’.
I suppose it was just a second or two, but it seemed like minutes before he came up again to show us he had two heads and four arms. Then the mighty water turned him over to prove he had four legs. That was when we realized Paw was holdin’ on for dear life to a young drownin’ boy.
Hit hard by the Great Depression, Sal’s family loads up an old Buick and heads out to find work wherever they can. Driving from place to place, living off the little they can make, they soon realize they’ll never be able to afford to settle down again.
Then, when tragedy strikes, Sal and her brother must learn to fend for themselves. In a world of harsh realities, there’s no room left for romance. But that can’t stop Sal from dreaming of a life with Ben—a boy from another migrant family—even though she knows she may never see him again.
This heartwarming story about growing up in a troubled time is sure to resonate with modern readers of all ages.
Eric Hendershot, a writer/director has produced several family friendly films and documentaries. At Season's End is one of the most heart-warming stories I’ve read in a long time. Hendershot’s writing style is smooth and engaging. His character development is superb as this family goes from hilarity to tragedy as the pages slip by. The book is engaging and a fun easy read.
Paw and Maw become migrant workers during the great depression. They, along with their children Tim and Sal, create an old-fashioned family filled with kindness and morality.
Trouble devastates this family, and Tim and Sal learn to live by their wits. Will Sal ever see Ben, the boy she truly loves again? Odds are against it.
I highly recommend this read.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop
Than when we soar.

- William Wordsworth

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Life consists in what a person is thinking of all day.” This is a good reminder for myself to stay our of the negative thinking I get into sometimes.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

He Lives

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 76:22 - 23)

Friday, April 6, 2012


Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. ~Bill Gates

Monday, April 2, 2012


The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.
- Tony Robbins
Good reminder for me. I often forget this.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
- Aristotle

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Set your goals thoughtfully because you just might achieve them.
I'm using my positive thinking all day today.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Compassion creates a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, and the necessity for intellectual honesty. Bertrand Russell

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Things as they are:

Here comes the therapist in me--projection--it's the name of the game.

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anaïs Nin

Friday, March 23, 2012

Good Books

"Good books are as friends,
willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort."
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Thursday, March 22, 2012


"If Life Gets Too Hard To Stand, Kneel."
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Monday, March 19, 2012


"Stop looking for the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight."
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cobble Cavern

What starts out to be a fun field trip to Ireland for Flin and his school debate team turns into a life changing adventure when their bus ends up in an earthquake. Flin and his teammates get swallowed deep into the earth and become trapped under the ocean inside a clear dome where they discover an unknown civilization. Now they must fight their way back to the surface if they ever want to see home again. Join Flin and his classmates on a journey of a lifetime in this thrilling adventure story.
Flin is just turning 13. On his birthday he can’t wait to get his special ring—only he doesn’t choose the ring, the ring chooses him. He’s going to Ireland with his debate team and after the competition, the school crowd takes a field trip. Imaginative adventures follow for all the students. We see Flin and his best friend Pilt confronted by snazzards and wonderful little creatures in a beautiful cathedral housed in a dome under the ocean. Rollicking frolicking adventures await Flin and his associates. Kids will enjoy this great adventure.

Friday, March 16, 2012


“Whatever God hath said unto thee, do.” Genesis 31:16

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Your Unique Vantage Point

Life's gift to you is your unique vantage point. Your gift to life is expressing from it.
Alan Cohen

Monday, March 12, 2012


Without hard work,
nothing grows but weeds.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, March 9, 2012

On Becoming

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


What is that you express in your eyes?
It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.
- Walt Whitman

Monday, March 5, 2012


The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us,
. . . the divine floods of light . . . no longer flow into our souls.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Saturday, March 3, 2012


The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.

James Truslow Adams

Sometimes I need an attitude adjustment. This week my feelings have been negative about several things. Today I'm working on a positive attitude. I have so much in my life to be grateful for--so many blessings. I'm focusing on them and not felling sorry for myself.

Friday, March 2, 2012


I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards. ~ Abraham Lincoln

I found this quote by Abraham Lincoln. I'm wondering if I always walk forward. Maybe walking backwards sometimes is okay. When I do, I learn about myself.

However, forward motion is always good.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Woman's Power by Fay Klinger

This well-crafted book guides women to a more thoughtful, binding relationship with their Father in Heaven. Scriptural references and stories lead women of all ages toward a more spiritual sense of self. Through prayer and scripture study, a woman can gain knowledge, companionship of the Holy Spirit and confidence in their ability to make wise selection.
A frank discussion concerning cautions in relationships will lead readers to make enlightened choices in friendships and partnerships. Her personal examples lead those who read to know that she truly understands these principles.
The goal-setting chapter is particularly enlightening because it aids the reader in changing wants into goal-statements and daily actions as outlined with specific examples.
The author ends with sections on supporting one another and having patience, abolishing dysfunctional thoughts of ‘I want what I want;’ and ‘What I want should happen right now.’
In a very gospel-oriented way the author leads the reader to healthy thinking skills through scripture study, prayer, and daily actions that will give the reader to a greater spiritual and temporal life.
I recommend this book to all those interested in deeper self-understanding and a greater sense of spirituality.

Friday, February 24, 2012

What we believe

Our lives are the only meaningful expression
of what we believe and in Whom we believe.
And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Be wise in the days of your probation . . . ask . . . to . . .but serve the true and living God. Mormon 9:28.

Monday, February 20, 2012


And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:17

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Everything Good is of God

I love Moroni Chapter 7. It's one of my favorite scripture chapters of all times. I found a verse I haven't noticed before.

"But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God." Moroni 7:13

I love the thought that all the good that everyone does is of God. It puts the world and the love in it in perspective.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Retirement Quest by John Hauserman

Retirement Quest by John Hauserman, CFP
I really enjoyed reading John Hauserman’s Retirement Quest. The information is pertinent, insightful and easy to understand.
Many of the reviews of this book will be by younger people who need to plan for retirement. My husband and I are already retired, and this book was a good reminder that we have done well in preparing for the retirement we are now experiencing. We have a pension and social security, plus our 401K so we have adequate money to live on.
It is good to remember, though, that our children need to save because some of them won’t have pensions to rely on. I am planning to let them read this excellent assessment of the future so they’ll know what’s coming.
Hauserman is conservative in his planning. He says those who invest with the idea that ‘gambling mentality’ and ‘high-risk’ behavior will probably find loss in the long run. Steady day-to-day planning and investment with moderation in all our finances will bring the best results.
The author postulates that as all of us add to our 401K’s and IRA’s, we are inadvertently boosting the economy of the United States and putting our country in better financial status in our global society.
I personally think a Certified Financial Planner is a great initial investment for your retirement plan. Our planner has given us sound advice and helped us develop a savings system that works for us.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone interested in a comfortable, anxiety-free retirement.

Self Esteem

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, February 13, 2012


One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I was worried last week because our Ensign didn't come. I wondered if our subscription had run out. I was very happy when it showed up yesterday in the mail. Funny how we appreciate something ony when it's missing!

I love President Eyring's First Presidency Message. I love his statement: "No exhortation to pray has had as great an effect on me as have the feelings oflove and light that come with answers to humble prayers."

We have all felt this way. I pray to feel this way often. I love the feeling.