Saturday, October 31, 2009

Luv Shack Reunion

Okay Girlies!

What a wonderful weekend! I truly love the time that we spend together and wish it could be longer. Each one of you motivates me in different areas of my life. It is so great to have friends with such a "history" together. We really do care about each other and want the best for each other.

As I have pondered and prayed about ways that I can be the mother that Heavenly Father wants me to be I have jotted down things that come to my mind, on the back of Sacrament programs, in journals, Word documents, etc. I am sure each of you have done the same. It was so wonderful to spend a weekend with all of you and hear about/watch some of the ways that you strive to teach your children.

I thought it would be nice to have a central place where we can all "jot down" the things that we do as mothers to share with the group. I know that everyday you are doing things with and for your children. This blog is not meant to be all inclusive by any means. Just a casual and informal place to write down ideas you have.

I feel I can learn a lot from each of you. I also know that it is getting harder to teach children the truth. The world is getting more difficult and opposing to family values. Our schedules are getting busier, etc. The more we can learn from each other about how to juggle the challenges and joys of being a mother the better.

I hope that this will be something that you are interested in. I know that for me, I don't even have the time or energy to keep up a family blog! This in not meant to add one more thing to our lists. Just a quick sentence or idea from time to time. Also, if it is easier to email ideas to our luvshack email group, I would be more than happy to transfer the ideas from there to this blog.

I can't wait to see you all next year and hope that opportunities rise to see some of you throughout this next year!

Okay, should I start us off with something I am currently working on???

Hero Binders:

I was thinking one day about the pressures for girls to look a certain way. It seems sometimes like girls (teenagers mostly) feel like they are not of value if they do not fit the world's standard of beautiful.

The idea came to me to create a "Hero's Binder"--full of women who have accomplished wonderful things with their lives. I am working to complile pictures of each of the women as well as a little blurb on what they have done to make the world a better place. How different would the world be if Mother Theresa was to concerned with her outward appearance to step up and serve the Lord and humanity? Other examples include women from the scriptures and women from our own genealogy.

This idea has been put on hold for a bit though, now that Beckham is here I am trying to make one for boys. I have currently checked out some children's Bible story books from the library and am deciding on characters to use as heroes from the BofM and Bible. (The only problem is these characters are usually depicted as very muscly and handsome. Do you thinks this matters?)
If you guys have any ideas of people I can add to my "Hero Binders" let me know!!

When I am done I will share the books with you if you want. It would be pretty easy to make color copies and duplicate the books.


  1. Michele,
    I love the idea of hero binders! I don't think that it matters that most of the BOM "heros" are shown to be muscular. (for instance moroni, cheif captain moroni, "sons" of Helaman, and even Nephi. Come to think of it... cheif captian moroni probably was muscular (: Anyway the focus can be placed on their spiritual stength! There are so many others without that physical build that will be prominant President Hinckley and of course the Savior himself. I think it would also be fun to include guys and girls in the hero binders that have overcome physical limitations and have accomplished remarkable things! So inspiring!!

  2. I love the idea of "hero Binders too" We have about 8 binders that my mom put together for the kids...each one has "a theme" (prayer, missionary work..etc). Inside, she puts lots of pictures of the Savior, activities from the friend...etc. BUT THE BEST is that she puts lots of pictures of them (the kids themselves) with family. She also includes written testimony from her and other family members. I think that the kids look up to their parents, grandparents, and other family members soooo much that having "mission pictures" baby blessing pictures, baptism pictures of you and glen or other members of the family is great. Even the priesthood lineage for Glyn (if he has it). I think that it makes the kids feel like they are really a part of a strong gospel-centered family and gives them a "vision" of what they want their life to be like. My kids look at those ALL THE TIME and love them. Gloria pulls them out for FHE every week to give "the lesson" The pic of the scripture heros can of course go along with the family pix...good stuff!