Saturday, April 26, 2014

Stake Women's Conference

Class Handout



Facebook – social media
Google+ - social media
Instagram – photos
Twitter – witting in 140 characters of less
Pinterest – visual bookmarks – can pin groups - share
Blogger - blog
Wordpress - blog
Tumblr - blog
Vine – 6 second videos
You Tube - videos
SnapChat – message photos – can be see only for 10 seconds – ask questions and have people answer - anonymous
whisper – send messages to others anonymously
kik – instant messanger
Flckr – share photos
Poof – hide apps
Skype – video phone calls
Oovoo – video phone calls
Facetime – video phone calls – church website

1. Become aware of how and what media is being used within the home.
2. Be mindful of what is being consumed.
3. Plan media free time.
4. Seek out the best, reject the bad.

Have you discussed it with your children?

to get information about an app and parent reviews:
 to check the truth about stories circulating online:

METADATA (Information about where and when your photo was taken)
to see how various websites manage metadata:
to see various ways to remove metadata from photos:

FREE WEB FILTERING SERVICE:  - free but must sign up for an account – works for anyone using your wireless


Monday, October 7, 2013


What a great weekend we had. I love my Church. I love the Gospel. I love the Lord.

And I was so happy that we gathered together as a family to watch conference all weekend. I was telling Troy it was the first time that I was actually thrilled to be watching conference and so excited for the thoughts and feelings that I've had.

Don't get me wrong - I like conference. But there was something different about this weekend. I wanted it. Not only for myself, but for my family.

I think it's an indication of how far back i've come.

After spending a long time, under a difficult bishop, feeling like I didn't have a place - I realize now that all the oppression and difficultly of that time in my life have actually brought me to a place I might not have ever come without him. So I'm grateful for that trial and feeling incredibly blessed for my testimony.

How I love the Lord.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mom Fail

Yesterday was rough.

A definite mom fail kind of day. And I have to remind myself that I have more mom wins than I do mom losses.

It's hard to teach kids about what's important and how to work hard. It's hard to remember that they have lives too and that there are things going on with them that I might not know about.

Joe has been having a rough week and while I wanted to chalk it up to teenage moodiness, I found out last night it was girl troubles.

Ah. Girl troubles.

And I was harder on him than I would have been if I had known - but he wasn't ready to talk about it.

That is a reminder to me that I need to remember that my kids are good kids and when they are not acting like it - I need to see if I can find out why.

Monday, September 30, 2013

How Many Times?

How many times in my life will I need to remind myself that the church is true, even if the people in it are crazy?

I feel grateful for my strong testimony of Jesus Christ and for the knowledge of the restored Gospel that I have, because it continues to see me through the hard times.

It's funny how having a poor experience with a priesthood leader actually enabled me to come to a sure knowledge of the Gospel that continues to serve me well.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Going Private

I needed a place where I could tell the stories of my family and my own stories without having to edit myself constantly.

I have enough places where I can publicly share my stores - facebook and instagram - that a private space feels like a relief. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

General Conference

This time of year is so crazy.

All my good blogging intentions go out the window.

But this was such a great weekend.

It was the General Conference of my church, where, twice a year we get to hear what our leaders believe are the most important things we need to hear.

And this conference was so meaningful.

I loved all the talks.

The ones that really stood out to me were:

Quentin L. Cook

and :

In marriage we work side by side.

Jeffrey Holland


Do not start your quest for faith by stating what you do not have. Be true to the faith you do have.

Grateful for my opportunities to learn and grow and to be better every day!

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Wow! The twins turn 14 today!!!!

I can hardly believe it.

Happy birthday Emma and Joe!!!

I love you guys!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Resolution Check Up

I based this year's resolutions on the word "Choose".

And in some areas I'm doing really well, and it other areas...not so much.

Everyday Goals:

I wanted to take a photo a day. Which I've done and I'm pleased with how documenting our life is going.

I am trying to cook more often and try new things. This is also going fairly well.

Physical Goals:

I am trying to get out and move everyday. I am failing miserably. But...I am not going to let it get me down. I plan to keep going.

I am also trying to eat better. Again. Failing miserably. But...moving forward from where I am.

Relationship Goals:

I am striving to make good choices in how I deal with the kids. This isn't perfect for me, but I feel like i've come a long away. My relationships with the kids feel like they are moving in the right direction. I can't ask for more than that. 

We are working on learning everyone's love languages ... and i'm trying hard to love them in the ways that are most meaningful to them.

Troy and I are in a really good place. It's nice to feel so at peace with things...and know we are moving together and with similar purpose.

Spiritual Goals:

I am growing my testimony. I am working on the areas where I feel weak. I'm moving forward. 

I think for me...when I start to fail is when I stop choosing. I need to have purpose in my decisions and sometimes I don't ... I just let things happen to me.

Isn't that true for so many of us? 

2.15.2013 to 2.18.2013

Poor Katie woke up and promptly threw up. She really wanted to go to school, but we made her stay home.

Katie was feeling much better as the day worn on. I don't think she was sick ... maybe she ate something?

All the other kids had activities so we took the little girls out to eat. How much do i love this photo?

The girl's had a game on Saturday. Only one girl from the other team came - so we manned both teams and played. It was quite a victory!!

Saturday night was out with the boys for Tyler's birthday dinner.

And of course, Joe had to put his face in his dessert.

And Sunday was church. Becky is looking sooooo grown up to me!

And cute is this outfit?

Going to church.

Coming home. Katie's face. Seriously.

And since Monday was a holiday...I got to have a date with my sweetheart.

And to make my day...Troy indulged me by going shopping with me. What a good guy.


Happy V Day.

Love this note from Josh. "Pear"ents. So cute.

Since Troy and I went to New York for an early Valentine's this day was so much more low key and it turned out so much better than any valentine's day we'd ever had. 

mmmm. love my valentines. 

2.12.2013 to 2.13.2013

Ohmyword. Love my diva.

I made the dessert for enrichment. It was a lovely night, even though the poor weather kept many away. 


Troy turned 40 today. We had already had a big party so we had a quiet night at home for his actual birthday.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf.

We almost lit Troy's cake on fire with all the candles.

The Darrahs came over and ate with us and brought Troy is great Flowbee T-shirt.

haha. perfect.

2.8.2013 to 2.10.2013


Waiting at the ortho. With 4 kids in various stages of braces...well...enough said.

Love having a Cafe Rio so close by.

Our ward was in charge of an adult dinner and dance. I was in charge of decorations. I though it turned out rather well -- and we had a huge turnout. It was great!

Troy took some time to dance with a single sister in our ward. They really cut a rug.


I love living so close to DC. Being able to drive in and have lunch with Troy is always a treat.

We decided to eat at the Source, a Wolfgang Puck place inside the Newseum.

You know the place you're eating is fancy when it has this nice a waiting room!

Love my sweet hubby!

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