Founder's Messages (12)
I love this time of year. I love the hint of brisk in the air and the way the golden light of late afternoon lingers and reflects back through the leaves. I love the smell of fresh cut crops, burning leaves, and the hint of frost in the morning air. I love fall, the season of the harvest. I love the way the days shorten and hearts and families turn their thoughts towards home. Schedules firm up and routines become the norm. We’re more likely to gather for family dinners and snuggle in for an evening of family fun around a game board or munching popcorn in front of our favorite home movie. The season simply beckons everyone home. We remember we need each other. We need each other to hold off winter’s chill and to help one another learn all the vast new things the school year brings. We need each other to remind us that we matter and that we are needed. We need each other to recollect what’s most important. Naturally, home is where our thoughts turned for our articles too.
This last Spring, I had a life-changing opportunity to visit the United Nations in New York City. The delegation of women I attended the Commission on the Status of Women conference with, were there to promote support for the traditional family. I experienced so many wonderful moments the week that I was there. But mostly, I seemed to constantly be asking myself, “what's a girl like me doing here?” It was big. It was overwhelming. In some ways, it was scary. But in every way, it was educational and enlightening. And I'm convinced, more than ever, that standing for the family is vital for a sustainable society.
Lately, I've had some opportunities to share some of those New York moments; and some of those presentations have been recorded. Following are links you are welcome to listen/download. Because of the nature of the subject, much of the time I have spoken in religious settings. So if you decide to listen to these recordings, it helps to understand my audience in these situations. I haven't turned down a single opportunity to talk about my experiences – and I won't. I will come share at a cottage meeting in a home, or speak to thousands, anything to help spread the word. So, if you hear something you appreciate in these recordings, you're welcome to share them as well.
Either way, I hope where ever you are, you find a way to stand up for the family in your corner of the world. For ideas on ways to do that, here's some groups I've really appreciated getting to know:
United Families International have been at the forefront of defending the family for over 15 years, soldiers on the front lines!
Big Ocean Women is a group of Maternal Feminists that inspire, stand and support the role of women and the families they love!
Little House on the Prairie... you know you cried, and couldn't stand Nellie, you adored Pa, wanted to make Ma proud and eventually fell in love with Almanzo. And mostly, you wanted to run through a flowery, hill-side field when your chores were done, just like Laura. No? Well, I did. Growing up, I was convinced I was a long-lost member of the Ingall's family. I really wanted to be a pioneer. Compound that desire with the fact that I grew up in Utah, where pioneers are pretty much king – and have a whole day to themselves to annually celebrate their achievements. July 24th is Pioneer Day in Utah – it's as big as the 4th of July. For some, it's bigger!
What's not to love of a people that accomplished this:
“The Mormons were one of the principal forces in the settlement of the West. Their main body opened southern Iowa, the Missouri frontier, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah. Samuel Brannan’s group of eastern Saints who sailed around the Horn in the ship Brooklyn, and the Mormon Battalion that marched 2,000 miles overland from Fort Leavenworth to San Diego, were secondary prongs of the Mormon movement; between them, they contributed to the opening of the Southwest and of California. Battalion members were at Coloma when gold gleamed up from the bedrock of Sutter’s millrace. ... Brigham Young’s colonizing Mormons, taking to wheels again after the briefest stay, radiated outward from the Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber Valleys and planted settlements that reached from Northern Arizona to the Lemhi River in Idaho, and from Fort Bridger in Wyoming to Genoa in Carson Valley ... , and in the Southwest down through St. George and Las Vegas to San Bernardino.”
But the feeling that I had missed out on something (by a century or more), changed for me when one day I heard the following:
“It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity... We are all pioneers in doing so.”
I didn't miss out on anything! I. Am. A. Pioneer! And so are you!
Over the next week or so, I'll post some questions, that explore those principles of being a pioneer. Follow me on Instagram, use and explore the hashtag #IamAPioneer and join in sharing YOUR Pioneering stories. Use the questions to interview family members, and start some fun dinner-time chats with the ones you love. And if you don't have plans for the 24th of July – come to Utah and join the party!
I don't live in a musical – how about you?
I love musicals. Damsels break into song, with perfectly choreographed back-up from their friends, guys can dance (I mean, really dance) and carry you away on perfectly blended notes. Life's most mundane moments burst into excitement with detergent boxes that high kick and furry forest animals that finish your chores.
Life in a musical would be great, wouldn’t it.
Jump start your Thanksgiving table talk with some great Story Starter questions. That way, there will be no talking turkey – just some fun chit chat that will leave everyone feeling full – figuratively and literally!
Ok, I accept the fact that soon everyone will be writing posts about chilly days, sharpened pencils and the beauty of routine and order. But just for today, can it still be summer!
Love Story - A New Chapter To Our Family's Story
This Spring, my daughter married the man of her dreams. I'd say it was months worth of planning, but in reality, I was surprised to find out, it was really a lifetime of planning that went into their special day.
I'm LUCKY enough... are you? Along with almost 40 million other Americans, I consider myself LUCKY to have Irish ancestors. One of my Irish ancestors, in particular, became very important to me at the age of 18.
Stories are nothing more than enjoyable conversation between two or more people. When we start telling stories we connect, teach and often heal. We relate in a way that brings power and purpose to our lives.
We are the story experts, and we'll teach you how to get your family talking and creating a family tradition of simply sharing your stories.
FamilyStorytelling.com is just getting started. If you have stumbled across our path, you are lucky enough to have found us before our official launch. You can probably see we are are up to something BIG. Be sure to enter your email to be a part of all that will be happening, and we promise to keep you in the loop!
I imagine you will find that we tell stories to come home, find ourselves, regain our footing,discover our roots and ensure our legacies. But mostly, we tell stories to connect with the ones we cherish most. ~Carol Rice