This is a blog filled with wonderful surprises that I am giving to you ... FOR FREE, just to help you get your Visiting Teaching done each month. It's a present for you every single month! Make sure to check out my other blog too at http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com for other Great Visiting Teaching and Relief Society oriented ideas!
A couple weeks ago, a member of my ward's Elders quorum presidency, made an announcement in Relief Society. This man is such a handsome man, not to mention a very good man, and every woman's eyes were on him as he made his announcement, or should I say "plea". He asked the sisters to help their husband in their assignments to get their home teaching done. He mentioned that we know how to do it because the women in our ward get the job done, but the men need some help. My husband isn't an Elder, but I knew that I could do something to help the other men in the ward with their home teaching, much like in the ways that I try to encourage and help the women to do theirs, through this blog. So... here you go... this is for the Elders, High Priests, and Relief Society Sisters alike. Here are some cute door hangers, to remind the families that you visit of what shepherding is all about, from the master shepherd. The other hanger reminds us through the words of our Prophet, about the true spirit of Christmas. The other ones, are some that I came up with that I thought would be fun to give out as well. MERRY CHRISTMAS and go out and get your Home teaching, and Visiting Teaching Done! Your families are waiting!
These are intended to be printed out on an 8.5 x 11 piece of white card stock or photo paper. Right click, save to your computer and print from your computer.
Merry Christmas, and I pray for each of you that as you follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, that you too will draw in the sheep that are not of this fold, or those that are, and let them feel of your kindness and love. Serve them, love them, do as He did and become their Shepherd. Let your kindness not only last throughout this glorious Christmas season, and throughout the entire year. The job of Shepherding is never over, because there will always be sheep who will stray, or need you to draw them in with your friendship. Find them, let them know your voice and serve as Visiting Teaching shepherds. Best wishes, Katie G
I am still having lots of requests for my Thanksgiving Wanted Poster invitation, and so I finally decided to edit it so that you can add your info, then make it available once more, for you to use for Thanksgiving if you have not already sent something out. Here it is:
This has been one of my most popular and sought after creations. I had so much fun making it, so here it is again for you to enjoy! Please go to my http://printablesbykatie.blogpspot.com and see other of my newest printables. Happy Thanksgiving!
P.S. R. click on the image, save as, then save it to a file on your computer. Then print from that file.
I am so excited to announce that finally after so much work, I am launching my new printables site. It isn't yet really how I want it, because I am doing it all by myself, and there are some technical things I don't know how to do, but I decided to jump in with both feet and just get it going. I have some darling new Thanksgiving and Christmas printables on my site and I am offering each print for only a dollar, as my grand opening special. I have some LDS oriented printables on my blog and will continue to add more, as I have time to do it. It simply just takes time. Wish there were more hours in the day.
I hope you have enjoyed all the printables I have created over the past 7 years, and put on this blog and my other blogs, and don't worry, I won't neglect them either. I just felt like it would be nice after doing it all for free, to actually get a little bit back for a change. I am saving my shekels to hire a builder of an ecommerce website so that I can actually take credit cards, but for now, it will be done the old fashioned way. Please take a moment and go to my new www.printablesbykatie.com and you can make a request for a download there.. It is really cute, and vintage as I found the image at the Library of congress and was so excited. This is freebie is a great printable to print and frame and take with you to your sisters that you Visit teach. Tell them to keep the frame and every holiday you can come to my blog and see what new art I have come up with for the next holiday or season of year. (Sorry about the Watermark on Santa Subway Art, but he only costs $1 for my grand opening special, and I wanted you to see how cute he is!)
My new website is still under construction, however I can arrange to send you what you are looking for, and go to the contact page and request what you are looking for.
I have barely scratched the surface with my new business, and have so many darling things I have created, but just have to come up with the time to post them. Keep checking in regularly and follow me on Pinterest, and I will keep you up on the newest things. Oh and by the way... the Santa Subway art turned out absolutely beautiful. It is pictured on the top of this post. The Jesus Christ, Wonderful, Counselor, is also really nice, and good for any occasion too.
It is really late, so I am going to bed, but don't forget to go get your freebie!!!!! Enjoy, Katie G www.printablesbykatie.com
When a disaster of this perportion strikes anywhere in the world, most people react with sadness, and disbelief, and bewilderment, but quickly their mind takes them to the next step... "What can I do to help with this disaster?" Our church once again has the answers and this article tells that the LDS Church is called upon by the American Red Cross, to help fill the needs. I loved the tour of the Bishops Storehouse, that was a segment on the Rock Center program some weeks ago. The show was focused on meeting Mormons in America and this was just a part of the segment. It was awe inspiring to see how prepared our church is to help at a moments notice. this is the link to that video clip however it is at the end of the program but well worth waiting to see. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/48774023#48774023
How can we help?
Well I certainly don't have all the answers, but I know that donations are gladly accepted by the American Red Cross and they go directly to the efforts that they are making on behalf of those who are suffering.
We can help and donate at the humanitarian center, who provides food, clothing and supplies needed during disasters. My best guess is that there will be crates labeled with "LDS Church" on the outside of them, being delivered to assist.
I feel certain that your sons, our Missionaries will be out in full force helping in the neighborhoods who have great need of service.
If you live in that area, after you have taken care of your own family and secured their safety then you can reach out and help your neighbors. Maybe your food storage could be well served by sharing with your neighbors. Hope you are prepared and heeded the council of our prophets for years to have your food storage. I have always felt that my food storage really wasn't mine, but for me to share and help my children, friends, and family in need.
Please feel free to comment and let me know of the other ways that you can help, or have helped in past disasters. The world has need of willing hands, so put your shoulder to the wheel!
These are my new printables for you, from Sister Dibbs message from General Conference. We all need to be more bold in our expression of the love we have for our religion. We need not shrink when we are asked, but boldy say, "I am a Mormon, I know it, I love it, I live it". What more needs to be said? Hopefully you will have an opportunity to share more of your beliefs. Be bold and share the gospel whenever you have the opportunity.
I also printed these bookmarks too thinking that if you print these off, you can keep them with you and when you converse with someone about being a Mormon, just give them one of these. Sign your name on the back of it and include the phone number of the missionaries in your area. Who knows where this tiny missionary experience will lead?
I just submitted a book to a publishing company that I wrote a couple of months ago. It is called "I met a Mormon". When I listened to the talks today in Conference, I realized how in tune I was in the writing of this book. I pray that the message in that book will be shared, and that the publishing company will see in it, what I do. It is needed to help our youth know how they can live their religion just by being who they are, and setting an example others will look to as they learn about Mormons.
I love subway art, and I decided to create one for a friend of mine, who had surgery. I am on a diet, so I can't really take her food, unless I want to run the risk of taste testing it... if you know what I mean, so I thought I would create something fun to brighten up her home. This sweet lady happens to be my Visiting teacher and we have become great friends! I love Halloween, probably because it is my birthday month, and I must admit, I have lots of Hauntingly cute decorations that make my own home festive. My sister sent me a cute Halloween Subway art framed picture, and I was going to use that one (I found the site on the Internet that it came from) but I could not size it to look good. SOOOOO I decided to create my own and it turned out really cute. Feel free to print this off for yourself, or for friends or even the sisters that you Visit teach, but please if you share, link back to me. I have a whole bunch on my Pinterest site too that I have been finding, but honestly, I like mine the best. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween! Enjoy! Katie G
I created a Halloween note card as well to match this cute framed Subway art and had them posted on this site until I was able to get my new business up. You can see all of my holiday printables, as they become available on http://printablesbykatie.bigcartel.com
I found this wonderful poem by Josiah Gilbert Holland about who we should elect as our president. It gave me pause for thought and I hope it does the same for you. I felt prompted to design this up nicely and pass this on. I also found a very well written quote that is a fabulous follow-up to this quote:
"Author and publisher, J. G. Holland, composed this sonnet well over a century ago.His cry that God would intervene and provide our nation with committed public servants is as timely today as when he first wrote these lines.It is still our privilege as free citizens to vote for a candidate of our choice.It is also our duty, since people are up for election or reelection periodically, to petition God, that he will grant the placement of men or women into office who will prove themselves worthy of the position.And let us remember they are accountable to God, not merely us, for their conduct".Clyde Brogan
These are printable note cards, that go along with the message that suggests that you could maintain contact with the sisters that you teach in different ways. This particular way focused on the suggestion of writing notes of encouragement. Here are your printable note cards. Save to your computer and then print on white card stock. See the message on my other blog at http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com
I made this cute handout to go with this particular lesson. The image is of Florence Nightengale, and if you want to see how it ties in, then go to my other blog http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com and you will find out. Also on that blog, I list the link to the LDS.org message in it's entirety.
To go with this, I thought since Florence Nightengale was a nurse, that I needed to come up with a Prescription for Visiting Teaching. So here you go... a couple of perscriptions ready to go, and a couple not filled in yet.
With these you could take an empty jar filled with M&M's and add to the Persctiption to take a handfull daily, or write in the perscription area something like...." Eat more chocolate... they say it is good for you!" or something like that. Also you could give something healthy and say... "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" or some other piece of sage wisdom you might want to impart.
I was also thinking that if you got a pill box or a compartmental container you could fill each little section up with different kinds of candies. The perscription could read: Try one of each daily to determine which one has the best effect on you, then eat all of them!
LDS Décor, a an online store that sells beautiful temple pictures. Recently, they approached me to do post on them , and that was very easy for me to do because I found that I already had one of their pictures hanging up on a wall of my house.The combination of unique temple images, and their beautiful frames, creates an absolutely beautiful picture!These frames are so georgeous they have been featured in movies, the White house, and hotels.Go to www.ldsdecor.com and you’ll be able to view all their temple images.
LDS Décor sent me an example of their work and I was a bit afraid of the condition it would be in when it arrived.I should not have worried because I could see how carefully LDSdecor package their pictures, to ensure that they arrive at their destination intact, without blemish and ready to hang up on the wall. It was as snug as a bug in a rug, if you get what I mean! They offer free s hipping in the USA and Canada but will ship all around the world as well, though you pay shipping.There is also a 30 day, no questions asked guarantee on their products.
LDS Décor is a new branch of a family owned company that has been manufacturing picture frames and other décor items since the 1980’s.Their products can be found in homes throughout the world, as well as in galleries, museums, hotels, churches and also have been featured in magazines, movies, and television programs.Their frames are all done by hand, except for the initial cutting, and are sanded, painted, leafed and decaled, creating a beautiful accent to already lovely temple art.
GIVEAWAY: They are doing a giveaway right now and the winners are getting a temple necklace with the temple of your choice. You just have to go to their facebook page and "Like" them, and leave a comment on their wall of what your favorite temple is. Simple as that!
If you are looking for beautiful Temple art for your home, office, church or wherever, you should go check out http://www.ldsdecor.com
This month's message is about Loving one another and becoming disciples of Christ. I created this printable to be as a stand alone handout for you or your sisters or both, and if you want, you can frame it. (Keep the costs down, and go to a $1 store and find an 81/2 x 11 frame and put this in it) I shared on my http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com my thoughts about this months message, and if you will go read it, you will see and understand more about this message.
I picked the last verse of some poetry written by Edgar A. Guest, as it describes what I feel is the message of providing humble service and the things we do don't need to be elaborate, expensive, but we can show our love and friendship through "simple things", and become disciples of Christ in the process.
Feel free to copy this for yourself and the sisters you visit teach. Enjoy, Katie G
I whipped up this cute Fathers Day card, thinking that some of you may have a need for one. I made it generic for any father, brother, grandfather, etc. Personalize inside the card. I probably missed my calling in life, when I didn't write greetings for hallmark, so I thought I would come up with some verses that could be include with your sentiments inside the card.
"Now go tie one on" to go with a 6 pack of root beer in bottles
"You are a Tied and TrueDad" (play on the words tried and true)
"I think it's time for a new tie" and give the card with a nice new tie
"I get tongue tied thinking of the right words to say to you so..." then go on to write a few nice comments.
"I couldn't think of which tie to buy
So take this card instead,
because sometimes my best efforts
get mixed up in my head".
Money can't buy a great enough gift,
To express my love for you,
So I will write it down for posterity's sake,
and this card will have to do.
"I tried to find the perfect tie,
I looked from dawn till dark,
I sorted patterns, stripes and plain,
They all seemed to miss the mark
So when I saw this card, I thought,
I'll get this one for my honey,
And you can pick out the perfect tie,
With this stack of money".
Those should get you going. If you come up with any others that are cute that uses the play on words of "TIE" then please comment and share with the rest of us. Enjoy! Katie G
P.S. By the way, if you don't know by now, I am not a very serious person and like to laugh and have humor, so none of these verses are meant to be a serious sentiment. They were meant to put a smile on the face of the receiver and the giver.
Once you have read it I think this picture will have more significance. The quotes on the frame are from the talk I chose. Here is the printable you can use if you like. I think it would look nice framed. I found some cute 8 x 10 black frames at a local dollar store or you could just give it out unframed. It turned out nicely.
Here is a little gift for you to print off and take with you on your visits this month, or whenever you feel so inspired. The message on the card is small so here is what it says:
"Visiting Teachers are earthly ministering angels sent to Love, Watch Over and Strengthen the heart of her sister!"
Just a thought I had... maybe you could write a note to your sisters inside the card of your desire to serve them and become friends. Be sure to sign your name and add your phone number and let them know that they can refer to this card when they need you!
And if you have not already read my message on the Visiting Teaching Tips blog, I think you may want to go over and read it. I tell a wonderful story about serving our sisters that was published in the Ensign, and lived by my own Visiting teaching partner.
I am really excited about how cute this turned out. The picture doesn't do it justice. I spent my morning today creating up this cute Easter bunting. I have been really enjoying creating these, as I will have a bunch of different options for parties, showers, holidays, etc., on my new website. (That is once it is up) I thought I would share a last minute decoration for you to print off and make for your own. It was so easy. Print it off, cut it out, attach the ribbon to the flags, then add colorful pieces of ribbon or fabric if you like. It is so springy and cute. Wish I had made it before the day before Easter. So... you can freely use the buntings that I am going to put up for only 2 days, and then they come down. Hurry and get them if you like and please let me know how you like it and if you used it. Please don't copy it because it will be one of my copyrighted collection.. but because I am feeling Eastery, I wanted to share.
Oh and I also threw in this name place setting page as well. Print them off and write in the names of your guests and set them where you want them to sit at your Easter table. Enjoy! Katie G
PS my new business is called "Printables by Katie", but I have a ways to go to get my website up... but working on it!
I realize this post has nothing to do with something cute to take with you Visiting Teaching, unless you pass on what I am going to do with my own Grandkids this Easter and it is explained below. I posted the letter on my visitingteachingtips blog that was sent to me by the Church Missionary department about the campaign that will be going on this Easter. Please go to my other blog and read it and participate. The link that will take you to that blog is just under the header or banner on this blog.
Now for the Easter idea:
The reason I picked this cute vintage Easter bunny/egg postcard, was because it reminded me of what I am going to do this Easter with my grandkids. This year I only get to have three of them (plus a baby) to have Easter festivities with. My 5 year old Grandson called me today and asked if we thought we could catch the Easter Bunny this year, because last year he knocked on the front door, but when we opened it, he was gone. WHEW!!! So I told him that we would have to see about that, but what I didn't tell him was that we are not having an Easter egg hunt but a great Bunny adventure. This is how it will go:
The Easter Bunny will leave a note on my door that says, "Help, I have lost my baby bunnies, and I need your help to find them!" Then there will be clue after clue about where the grandkids should look to find more clues to eventually find the baby bunnies. (Not real baby bunny's just darling little stuffed animals)
So... I went to the store to look for things that could fill the grandkids baskets as they searched for clues. I bought things like plastic eggs.... because the bunnies were last seen when the Easter bunny was dropping off eggs at someones house, and he spilled some along the way. We think the little bunnies must have picked them up and began munching on the goodies inside the eggs, and forgot to follow the Easter Bunny... thus they got lost.
I found little Easter notebooks and pencils for the kids to take notes and write down clues or whatever... probably they will just draw.
I bought some little cans of soda pop to hid in the bottom of a tree, so that when they get tired from hunting for clues to find the bunnies, they can sit down and have a little drink to refresh themselves.
I bought peeps in different colors because the Bunnies were seen hanging out with the "Chicks". After the find the bunnies these chicks will be roasted and enjoyed overy the flame on my stove. Roasted peeps are the best, and even better is if you stuff them with M&M's after they are all melty. YUMMY (one more thing to do wtih the grandkids... put the peeps on shiskabob scewers and roast them like marshmallows.
I bought other things too, like whoppers to lay around, because they are a sure sign that bunnies have been around. (You know Bunny poo droplets)
At the end of finding all these clues, they will be directed to the place where the bunnies can be found. I will make a little nest in the bushes and hide all the little bunnies in one place, and there will be one for each grandchild to rescue and take home and make sure it never gets lost again.
Anyway this is a twist on the ordinary Easter egg hunt that gets over in less than 10 minutes. My grand kids are getting old enough that they can read the clues and enjoy the intrigue of the hunt for the bunnies.
Thought I would share that idea with you. Enjoy! Katie G
PS I have been accused of having lots of typing and spelling errors, and that is very true, because I am always posting late at night. Please forgive me and enjoy the spirit of my ramblings.
I just love the "Tip nut" site don't you? Here is the link to some darling printables for Easter. http://easter.tipnut.com/04/printables/ and when you get there, you had better go exploring, and plan on taking lots of time, because there are so many wonderfiul "TIPS and ideas" that you will really have fun at that site.
For my Easter ideas, go to my tags on the right hand column and click on "Easter".
I have people from time to time who come to my blog for the printables, and ask me how to print what I have designed. Since I don't use a file share program, I guess I thought that everyone would understand that they can just click on the image they want to print or have access to, and then right click, save as, then save to your computer in a particular file that you will remember. So..... does this method work for all of you? Is this confusing?
I started to use dropbox for multiple images, and for word documents that cannot be downloaded directly to this blog. It generates a link for you to click on, and you can access that way. BUT... going back to my question. Do you all understand how to access the images, bookmarks, printables, etc., that I design and share on my blogs?
Your feedback would really be helpful to me. Please comment.
My granddaughter spend the night at my home last night and she is a little singer. She takes vocal lessons and was singing some songs for me. Who would have thought she would bust out singing..."Raindrops on Roses, and whiskers on kittens..." you know the song from the Sound of Music... My favorite things? Well that has been swooshing around in my mind all day and I thought I would go back into my favorites and look at the folder called "My favorite blogs". I have many but a few stand out and especially because Valentines Day is coming up. OK... here are a few of my favorite blogs that have some cute Valentine things to do and see:
Can you believe that I finally created a project of my own? I am going Visiting Teaching tomorrow and wanted something cute to go with this darling little journal that I bought from Hobby Lobby today. for $2.50 each, to give to the sisters that I visit teach. So... I thought a bookmark would do the trick, and save the page that they last journaled in. I think you will be able to see the tie in that the journal has with the message, which I have posted the link to on my http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com blog. Click on the image to enlarge it, then right click and save as (a particular file on your computer) and then you can print from there. .
You know what they say about old friends and antiques? They grow more valuable with time.
Glad that you dropped by my blog!
This blog and it's contents go hand in hand with my Visiting Teaching Tips and handouts blog found at http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com/ 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.
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I have been doing quite a few hours of research on Pioneer cooking. Did you realize that most of Pioneer food had to be cured, or dehydrated or made so that they could keep it preserved on the trail. I am sure that must have gotten old, over the miles and they were pretty excited when they were able to find buffalo, or game to add to their menus. I have found some Pioneer recipe sources that I have written down for you. Because I have added them as a post, you will have to copy and paste the links into the address bar to get to these recipes, but I believe you will enjoy this. I marvel at what these pioneer women, wives and mothers did. Can you imagine using buffalo chips to cook with and keep warm, when there was no wood available to burn? (see photo) Cllick on this link and it will take you to the recipes and enjoy youre reading. http://visitingteachingsurprisedocuments.blogspot.com/2009/07/pioneer-recipes.html Katie G.
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