Sunday, October 30, 2011

Beautiful Heartbreak

A little over three years ago I shared a POST about Stephanie Nielson.  Then there was this one on the POWER of HOPE .... and this inspirational video on FAITH.
via Pinterest
The amazing "Beautiful Heartbreak" 
that Stephanie has so graciously shared with the world is a testimony that indeed…
 "We can do all things through Christ which strentheneth us." ~Phillipians 4:13

Although I don’t have the time to follow my favorite blogs as consistently as I’d like, I do love to when I can find the extra few minutes here and there.  So I just recently did just that over at “Nie Nie’s Dialogs”  where Stephanie mentions this amazing video that she got to take part in.  

Hilary Weeks new song: "Beautiful Heartbreak".
I was so touched by this song.  I think the two biggest things I took away from it are:
~Although sometime in our lives everyone will face heartbreak of some kind or another , we can still choose to make it beautiful because of the grace of our Savior and
~that if we all wrote our signs and were truly able to read everyone else’s, we would all be a little kinder to one another.

I couldn’t find all the lyrics but the Chorus was posted in the comments on YouTube. 
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Every fear, every doubt, all the pain I went through
Was the price that I paid to see this view
And now that I'm here I would never trade
The grace that I feel and the face that I find
Through the bittersweet tears and the sleepless nights
I used to pray He'd take it all away
But instead it became a beautiful heartbreak.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Zombie Pumpkins

Zombie Pumpkins

via Martha Stewart

Don’t you Just love these guys!

Ogre Eye Cookies

Ogre eye cookies

via All You

Preston would love these.  If I don't have time to make them this year I will definitely put it in the file for next year!


  • stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • egg yolk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • Green sugar
  • long strands black licorice, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 36 white-chocolate chips 
  • 36 brown mini M&Ms


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer. Mix in yolk and vanilla, then flour and salt, well. Roll into balls (size of a large marble). Coat in green sugar. Bake on 2 baking sheets for 12 minutes; rotate pans halfway through.
  • Remove from oven. Lightly indent centers. Push licorice "eyelashes" into cookies; bake for 2 minutes. Push tip of whitechocolate chips into centers. Bake for 3 minutes. Immediately press a mini M&M in center of each chip. Cool.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sally wants to be.....

 a Witch for Halloween
Sally and Miss Fiona have become BFFs
I suppose that has influenced her somewhat. I will tell you this.
When her mind is made up….her mind is made up!
So a witch she shall be.
Weve been on the lookout for the perfect hat.
What do you think about this one?
It is rather small but don’t you just love the way the green trim
brings out the green in her eyes? She said, “possibly”.

To this one, her response was “no way Jose”.

I thought the fit was better. Sally said it was too heavy.

I guess she does look a bit weighted down …. so the search continues.

til next time

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thank You Thursday~Reflections on Gratitude

EveryDay a Thanksgiving

A grateful heart … comes through expressing gratitude

 to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those 

around us for all that they bring into our lives.
—Thomas S. Monson

The Magic of Gratitude

Just read this book and LOVED it!

You can find it HERE

Some Great Quotes about GRATITUDE:
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” –Doris Day

“To understand the power and the magic of gratitude, you have to experience it for yourself. If you practice gratitude every day it won't take long before gratitude is your natural state of being, and when that happens you will have unlocked one of the greatest secrets to life.” Rhonda Byrne

“Gratitude is a Spirit-filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God. —Bonnie D. Parkin

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” — Cynthia Ozick

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Gratitude can have a profound effect on perspective, completely determining or altering the way we look at an experience Vaughn E. Worthen, PH.D.

 “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” — Epictetus
 “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson
 “Find the good and praise it.” — Alex Haley
“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it-would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.” — Ralph Marston
“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” — William A. Ward

 “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what you want, but an all-the-time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.” — Marelisa Fábrega

Gratitude is deeper than thanks. Thankfulness is the beginning ofgratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
—President David O. McKay
“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner
  “If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.” — Meister Eckhart

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.” — Author Unknown

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” — Richard Bach
 “There is a law of gratitude, and it is . . . the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions. The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to supreme intelligence is a liberation or expenditure of force. It cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed, and the reaction is an instantaneous movement toward you.” — Wally Wattles
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mindful Monday

A friend of mine had this on her Facebook wall and I just had to share it.
I've always loved this song!