Showing posts from October, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Our decorated trunk for trunk or treat.

Everyone thought Marissa was a gypsy, but she was really a Greek goddess.

Didn't she do a great job making the tombstones?

Marcus was the 11th Doctor.

She's going to a church dance tonight.

Marissa mod podged this witches hat. Marcus mod podged this pumpkin.
Happy Halloween!

I Am Malala- Read it!

I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai; co-written by Christian Lamb
Marcus and I read this inspiring book together, along with his Liahona Junior teacher, Sister Rowley, a couple of years ago and I've been meaning to write a post about it ever since. We read the Nook version and was pleased with the quality and the photographs included.
We absolutely loved this book. As Sister Rowley told her class of 5th and 6th graders, this book was a good stretch for them. I would recommend this book as a family read-aloud or for a book club because it will certainly inspire discussions, but do read it! Even though Marcus was 11-years old when we read this book, he was able to relate to Malala's desire for a better world, especially for children and for families. I think reading her story helped him appreciate his own education more.
This is Malala's true story of her life in Pakistan with her family. She shares her family hist…

Blissful Monday

Our Happy Heart's scripture verse for this week. This verse comes from The Book of Mormon. If you've never read this beautiful book of scripture, I encourage you to do so. It is another testament of our Savior, Jesus Christ, taken from records of the people who lived in the ancient Americas.
Our F.H.E. lesson will be given by Marissa-Mouse. She needs to complete a Personal Progress goal. She is getting closer to earning her Young Womanhood medallion. I'm not sure yet what her lesson will be about.
I don't have our week's menu planned out yet, and to be honest, I didn't stick to the menu plans of the last two weeks. It was really hit and miss. Sometimes we have enough left overs for a second meal, which is nice, although David never seems to be in the mood to eat the same dinner twice in a row. I do think I'll be making my taco soup, which is a family favorite. Here is my recipe:
In the crockpot, brown one pound of ground beef, turkey or chicken on high for…

Sharing My Feelings

This may come out in a bit of jumble. I love my family. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing husband and four wonderful children. Marissa and I have started making invitations for the Madsen family Thanksgiving party which we are hosting at our home this year. We're hoping most of David's family can make it. It means so much to him. Lately he's been feeling very strongly that he needs to make sure his family knows he loves them.

We are looking forward to spending this Thanksgiving and Christmas in Utah. I had hoped to host my side of the family for Christmas, but it didn't work out. I know my family doesn't understand why it meant so much to me to have our family party at my home. I was remembering how much fun we had together the last time we had our family party at my home. It was like a little get away for those in Salt Lake. We did out-of-the-normal activities such as going on a wagon sleigh ride through a herd of elk and the kids loved sledding in my back…

Mod Podge Pumpkin

We love Mod Podge crafting at our house! This week Marcus created a textured pumpkin in honor of the Autumn season (which is pretty non-existent here in Arizona!).

We started with the following supplies: A cardboard pumpkin from Michaels (the witch hat is for Marissa), Mod Podge, a foam brush and torn up pieces of the orange textured paper roll you see in the picture, which also came from Michaels. (Ok, can I say how much we love Michaels for craft ideas and supplies? If you ever need craft inspiration, just go to Michaels!)

I didn't take very good "before" pictures, but we set up the table first, with a mat from the  Dollar Tree to protect the table surface (don't worry, Mod Podge is easy to clean up, just like Elmer's glue, from table surfaces), a paper bowl for the Mod Podge, and we had already  torn the paper into approx. 2-3" square/rectangle pieces (the shape of the pieces makes no difference).

Then Marcus set to work applying the Mod Podge and the pap…

Blissful Monday

Our Happy Heart's scripture verse for this week:

For our family home evening this week, we are watching Face to Face with The Piano Guys. Your youth can watch it too. It's tomorrow, October 20th at 6:00pm MDT (Click on the link above for all the info. This is a live event.)
As a family activity this week, the kids and I will be preparing Halloween cards to mail to all of their young cousins and a few friends.
This week's menu is:
Monday- macaroni and cheese bake Tuesday- pulled turkey sandwiches Wednesday- cod stir fry with rice Thursday- chicken alfredo Friday- sub pizzas Saturday- crockpot chili Sunday- oven fried chicken

Sunday Thoughts (Luke 15)

I learned a new way to ponder the parable of the lost sheep today at church:

At the beginning of Luke 15, it's important to note whom Jesus was addressing:
"Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying,  This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine and go into the wilderness after that which is lost, until he find it? (Joseph Smith translation added).
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
(verse 7) I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."
Consider: Who was/is the &qu…

Our Curriculum Choices for 2015-2016

We are in our seventh week of this Happy Heart's homeschool year and I thought I'd share the curriculum we are currently using.

This is Marissa's senior year! I can't believe it. My baby is growing up. I'm so glad we homeschool so that I can enjoy every day with her. Marissa's basic subjects (English, math, science and history) are taught through Liahona Academy. We love Liahona! Their distance program is simply amazing and second-to-none.

In her English class, Marissa will study these books/novels:

1. The Book of Mormon.
2. Jane Eyre (A Norton critical edition), Charlotte Bronte, edited by Richard J. Dunn
3. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
4. Oxford World's Classics Twelfth Night, or What You Will, William Shakespeare, edited by Roger Warren and Stanley Wells
5. Stone Mage Wars, Journey to the Fringe, Kellie Swofford Nielson

For grammar, Marissa will use the Line Upon Line series, which is Liahona curriculum.
Marissa is taking Geometry this year for math. She…

Blissful Monday

Blissful Monday posts will feature our Happy Heart's scripture verse for the week, our planned F.H.E. lesson and our weekly menu.

Marcus and I had to give ourselves a high-five after listening to Devin G. Durrant's talk: My Heart Pondereth Them Continually. We started the practice of "ponderizing" one scripture verse each week at the start of this homeschool year. We (Marissa, Marcus and I) take turns selecting the verse(s) for the week. On Monday, I type out the verse and post it to our whiteboard. At our breakfast devotional, we read the verse together and discuss what it means to us. The kids and I then write the verse down in our scripture journals. Throughout the week, at our breakfast devotional, we try to memorize part or all of the verse together. At the end of the week, the verse is taken down from the whiteboard and placed on a wall in the dining or living room areas. So far we have ponderized the following verses: D&C 88:118-119 (this is our scripture …

Sunday Thoughts

David and I both spoke in Sacrament meeting today. It was our newcomer talks. I spoke on patience and David spoke on Christ-like love.

I learned so much about patience in my preparations for my talk. I followed Robert C. Oaks counsel from his talk entitled: The Power of Patience and I looked up every single scripture verse under the topic of patience in the Topical Guide. I marked each verse in my scriptures and wrote a summary of each verse in my scripture journal. Over 48 verses about patience taught me the following:
Christ-like patience means we are slow to anger and quick to forgive. It means we submit to God's will. It means we take the time to think about significant decisions before making them. It means we labor diligently to serve the Lord in our callings, in our families, as full-time or member missionaries, and in every aspect of our lives. It means we continually strive for perfection. It means we endure our afflictions, in all their forms, in an optimistic, hopeful m…

Sunday Thoughts

I loved this General Conference weekend! It was just the spiritual nourishment I needed. I loved hearing from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson. He truly lives a Christ-centered life and is an example of the believers. 

President Monson said:"The words we use can lift and inspire, or they can harm and demean." Our words truly do have the power to build another up or tear another down. I've been thinking about my grandma today. She had this way of overlooking others' faults and complimenting their positive traits. She was a lovely example to me of speaking of others as our Savior would. Thank you, Grandma. I am trying to be more like her which is why I wrote a heartfelt letter just last week to a person in my life who has exchanged hurtful words back and forth with me for a few years now. This breaks my heart and I want it to stop. My letter wasn't received well, but I feel good about my resolve to no longer participate in any conversation with this person that will w…

YOU are invited to watch General Conference this weekend!

Whether you are a member of The Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as I am, or you are of another faith, you are invited and welcome to watch General Conference this weekend. At General Conference, we will hear from our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as well as other selected speakers. We will hear beautiful music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

I love General Conference! It's a time for spiritual nourishment. It's a time to listen carefully and feel the spirit whisper of the truthfulness of this Gospel. It's a time receive personal revelation if we are prepared to do so. It's to renew our faith and commitment to following our Savior, Jesus Christ. This General Conference will be even more special as we might be introduced to some new apostles.

You may watch General Conference, broadcast and streamed live from the comfort of your own home. Times are on Mountain Daylight Time so adjust accordingly to your time zone. …