Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout/Poster

For the month of May, the visiting teaching message is a message given from one of the talks given at General Conference.  It is difficult for me to choose what handout/poster I want to make because there are so many talks given and each one is as equally good as the other.  At first, I chose a quote given by Bonnie H. Cordon, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, from her General Women's session talk titled: Trust in the Lord and Lean Not. 
This was such a good talk and in that same talk, and in the same paragraph, she stated this:
As I was reading more talks, I read the talk given by Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, where he stated this from his talk: Songs Sung and Unsung
If you haven't already done so, go and read these two talks, as well as the other talks given from General Conference
I testify to you that anything you read from the site is true.  I believe this with all my heart.

Easter Horseshoe Tree and Desk Decorations

I figured since I posted a blog yesterday all about our family Easter, I was now on a roll and would finish up Easter by posting today about my Easter decorations. 
As many of you who follow me know that for each holiday I decorate a horseshoe tree that I purchased in December of 2015.  My intent was to only decorate it for Christmas but it has turned out to be a Holiday purchase.  I now decorate it for every holiday and I also decorate the desk it sits on.  It has turned into a fun adventure for me trying to find things to decorate my entry desk  with for each Holiday, using the horseshoe tree as my main centerpiece.
I did use the same egg ornaments to decorate my tree this year that I used last year.
 But, the desk decorations have many more things added.  And, most of them have a story behind them.
Just for fun, I put my camera on a color accent feature and the following picture is the result.  It was a feature that I've not used before but it will probably be one I will use more often.
First I will show the basic new items that were purchased from Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart. The green bunnies were purchased at Hobby Lobby for St. Patrick's Day and I decided to use them for Easter too.  Also purchased from Hobby Lobby was the bunny standing by the egg tree, the carrots, and the spotted eggs laying around the top of the desk.  The egg tree was a Wal-Mart purchase.
The tall bunny that stands in the corner by the desk is a looong ago, garage sale purchase.  It was pretty shabby so when I got it home,  I gave it a good cleaning and a lot of paint touch ups.  I also added the orange bow around his neck and greenery and eggs to the basket he is holding in his arms.
Now this little bunny that is standing on the desk was painted by me back in 1995.  He came up missing in 1998..........quite the story behind this little bunny.  Anyways, he is now back in my possession as of August of 2016, 18 years later.  He's such a cute bunny and I'm glad to have him back! 
And last of all, I have my sugar egg.  If my memory is correct, I purchased, or someone purchased this egg before I got married so I'm figuring this egg is at least 40 years old.  It is in mint condition and still has the plastic covering that it had when it was purchased and there is little fawn laying on the inside.  It was handmade by Kencraft Inc., from American Fork, Utah.  I still have the original box it came in with a $2.95 price sticker still attached. I looked up the Kencraft Inc. company on the internet and to my surprise, they are still in business, and have been ever since 1969. 

Just for curiosity, I called the company and asked if they still sell sugar eggs.  I was informed that they do and for a 6oz. egg like mine, it would cost between $11 - $12.