Maya Angelou said, “The more you know your History, the more liberated you are.”
Pumpkins, apple cider, and crisp air… Some see Fall as leaves dying, cold and the step before the snow comes. For others, it is a favorite time of year. A season full of beautiful warm colors, family and love.
There are countless articles written about “being happy”. Is there a secret to happiness? It seems that the root of joy starts in the home. We’ve always heard that eating dinner as a family is one way to bring a family closer. In these days it is easier said than done with both parents working, soccer practice or dance. Here is a list of five other ways to make your house a happier home.
It is “back to school” time and I think of all that we do as we prepare our kids to go. Lots of school shopping for back packs, supplies, and name brand clothing. How nice if it was just simple. There is always a worry about who my kid’s teacher is going to be. Will they teach my child well? My husband’s 2nd Great Grandfather Benajah Julius Record shared some experiences when he was a boy and attended school.
A few books have been said to change people’s lives. There are always classics on the list, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, Pride and Prejudice, The Diary of a Young Girl are just a few. Harry Potter became a sensation to readers and writers alike, changing the audience of many books. A few of my other favorites on the list are The Help, The Book Thief, The Fault in our Stars, The Hiding Place and Unbroken. One book from 2013 has joined the list: Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
I was so blessed to be able to go to LDStorymakers Writing Conference this year for the 3rd time. I went, knowing a little bit more about what to expect and what I wanted to learn this year. The classes were all so amazing and I wanted to share a few quotes and other wonderful words that I learned while attending LDStorymakers.
Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Isn’t this statement so true? I feel that it can be true to every single person. If you had a wonderful mother, who was everything that a mother should be than you want to be like her, thank her by having a wonderful life. There are some who didn’t have such wonderful mothers, who maybe made the wrong choices and that weren’t around. But you still owe everything that you learned to that person. Your experiences growing up made you the person who you are today, good and bad.
Disney movies all have a lesson that we can learn in the end. Cinderella helped us believe in true love. Aladdin taught us that money doesn’t buy us happiness, but we provide it ourselves. Merida showed us that we hold fate inside ourselves; we have to be brave enough to find it. Beloved Dori helped us learn that when life is hard, just keep swimming.
They say a picture says a thousand words, so what does your Instagram account say? When Instagram came out I thought it was an amazing idea. We have so much access to record our lives. I often feel like words aren’t needed. A picture can say more than words could do justice. It can show time period, emotion, and an insight into others lives.
I was doing laundry one day and a rock fell out of my eight year old daughter’s pocket. When she got home from school I asked her why she always has rocks all over. Why she love collecting so many rocks. Her answer amazed and inspired me. Brooklynn has many goals; one is to be a writer. I asked her to write down her answer, because it needed to be heard. The following is what she wrote.