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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Card/message

I have just posted a wonderful Christmas message on my Visiting Teaching Tips handouts and Ideas blog. If you would like to have access to it, go to that blog by clicking on the title of this post. Need a reminder how to print from my blogs???? I posted it at the bottom of the post you will go to.
Enjoy!!! Katie G.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Candied Yams Recipe

Our ward's Young Men and Young Women's group are doing a food drive for food for Thanksgiving Dinner. I decided to provide Yams and all the ingredients to make "Candied Yams". Since many people don't have their own recipe, I thought I would create my own Recipe cards and thought I would share with you too. Enjoy! Katie

Monday, November 14, 2011

I'm thankful for.....

My daughter in law who lives in Wyoming, is such an amazing young woman, mother and wife to my son. She is so talented and uses her talents to teach and bless the lives of her children. She is always doing something fun and unique. She has a personal blog that she keeps updated where she shares through words and photos, what is going on in the lives of her family. We don't get to see them very often so her blog is such a blessing for us! I wanted to share with you an idea that she is recording on her blog.

She started at the first part of this month of November, having each family member share one thing that they are thankful for each day. By the time that Thanksgiving comes, I can only imagine the feelings in their hearts of the blessings that they are given. What a way to make their Thanksgiving alive in all of their hearts. I am listing day #6 of what they are thankful for, as an example.

Tonight we are thankful for:
Dad: A steady job
Mom: Reliable vehicles
Max: Highway trucks...I don't know where he learned about highways, but he's slightly obsessed with them right now!
Matty: That we can play with each other.
Blyss: a new Dora crown.

Their children are under age 4, so the things that each of them are thankful for are mostly fun things. These kids are learning an attitude of Gratitude from their parents. What great dinnertime conversation. Every so often, my daughter in law will print off and bind into a photo book, the newest posts and photos on her blog, and to date she has quite a few books. Once while my husband and I were visiting them, she pulled down these priceless photo memories and read with her children about the things they did when they were younger. Can you imagine if she prints her thanksgiving list each year, just how many blessings that they will be able to count once they are older?

Thank you Jenna for your example of doing good things for your family. I thought I would pass on this to all of you, and maybe Jenna's idea will rub off on your family as well. Happy Thanksgiving! Katie G

P.S.One other thing... my little Granddaughter (my oldest daughters child) last year, just after we said the prayer on our own Thanksgiving feast, suggested we go around the room and have every person share something that they are thankful for. This little granddaughter was only 6 at the time, and I thought about how thankful I was that her parents, my daugther and son in law, had taught her about thankfulness and appreciation. It was a great experience and like the saying goes... "And a little child shall lead them".

You know what they say about old friends and antiques? They grow more valuable with time.

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This blog and it's contents go hand in hand with my Visiting Teaching Tips and handouts blog found at If you by accident get to this blog first, make sure to go back to the other one and see all that there is for you there. This is sort of my overflow or stroage blog because I can't keep everything there, so I add my creations to this storage unit and that is my Visiting Teaching Surprise for you. Sometimes however, I do put in things that I think you would enjoy even if they aren't specifically related to Visiting Teaching, but my vision in life is that if I take all the time to make things, I may as well share them and get more use out of them. Sorta like hand me downs but brand new "Down loads". I hope you enjoy these freebies. Drop me a note to say hello in the comments under the downloads posts.