Saturday, January 24, 2015

38. Organize a FHE Packet group

I found a company that sells Family Home Evening Packets. You can get them in either pre-colored or black and white (you color them yourself.) Each packet includes: a story/lesson, picture sheets (like flannel board figures to go along with the story), a game or activity,a scripture, and a treat recipe. All you have to do is (color if you got the B&W), cut out the pictures, laminate anything the kids will touch, add magnets or flannel on the back and it's ready to go! I have two already - and I think they are really great, so I wanted to set up a group to do them every so often. I want to start in February.

I'm not sure about how to work out putting them together because I don't have a laminating machine and I definitely want mine laminated! Maybe we could cut them during one group, then have them laminated by the next group when we could put flannel or magnets on the back. I guess we don't have to actually meet, but I like getting together - food, chatting, etc. What do you think?

Group Pricing:
Black & White: $3 each
Color: $5 each

What to do if you want to join:
  1. Check out
  2. Download the Free Sample Packet and decide if you like it.
  3. Jot down the packets you would like to purchase.
  4. Decide if you want to order them in color or if you want to color them yourself.
  5. E-mail me or leave a comment with the ones you want to order and which Saturdays in February would work best for you.

Also, if you don't want to join the group, but want to do a one-time purchase let me know that too...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quote Pictures

I was so happy when the Young Women asked me to take pictures for them for their Evening in Excellence night. I mean, as much as I'm loving Relief Society... I miss my girls.

The YW Pres asked each of the girls to choose their favorite picture, and their favorite quote and then I put them together. I had a lot of fun:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Study Stickers

Okay, I promise this is my last post about General Conference for a while! All of these things have been on my mind for a while, and I just want to get them checked off my to-do list...

As I searched through my Conference Journal a couple of weeks ago in preparation for my talk, I started thinking how fun it would be to make stickers for my side margins instead of just writing my impressions. I didn't think I would have time to make some up before this session, but I was too excited to let them slide. :)

(Aren't they cute?) I made these stickers specifically to go in my Conference Journal, but they are open-ended enough, you could probably use them for any study journal of sorts. I printed this .pdf on a full sized clear sheet of sticker paper, then cut out the individual stickers.

After I finished those up, I started thinking about what I want to get out of Conference this session... and my church calling (a volunteer "job" in the church for right now) kept coming to mind. I currently serve with the Young Women, and I want to be a better example to the girls (ages 12-17) I serve with. One of the ways I want to do that, is to recognize the young women values in my scriptures and in my life more often, as well as topics in the Come Follow Me lessons.

To help, I made up some more stickers... I went through the list of scriptures in the personal progress book, and marked each one with the color pencil in the coordinating value color and added the little value sticker in the margin. I love them! I also included a little silhouette of Christ with "Come Follow Me" on it to add next to an amazing scripture shared during one of the lessons. I think I am going to make some for my girls. Hopefully you can get some use out of them, too!

For more ideas on preparing for General Conference, click HERE.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Our General Conference Center.... New and Improved

I've been wanting to add a few things to our Conference Board, and I finally made the time to sit down and get it done. I'm so excited for my kids to use the updated board in a couple of weeks!

Here is the whole board, so you can see where I added new items:

I wanted to change the music section a little, because I noticed that Harvey didn't really do anything with it unless I prompted him. I figured it was probably because he couldn't read the words, so now that section is non-reader friendly. I split the two arrows up - one for the choir, and one for who is singing (men, women, or both). I also added little pictures of an organ and a music stand. I also included both a male and a female guest conductor, and a guest organist.

I also added a map. Jen Lund had a map on her original board, and I went back and forth on including it due to space, but I finally decided to make it work. I added an airplane, like she has, to move around any time a country is mentioned. I also added 5 of our favorite temples, so my children can place them on the map wherever new temples are announced.

I also liked her idea of placing her family members in attendance on their couch watching Conference, but I couldn't figure out where to add that feature due to space. Now I have added a picture of our family on the couch to move from session to session instead of the temple. (This isn't included in the download... for obvious reasons.)

I also wanted to add a little more diversity to our anonymous Quorum of the 70s guys, since there are men called from all over the world, after all. I added a couple more skin colors.

Lastly, I added a spot for my kids to write in a couple of the statistics given during General Conference; total members of the church, full-time missionaries, and total operating temples in the world. (Don't trust those numbers, I just guessed for the pictures.) The dry erase marker will wipe off the contact paper with a tissue.

Instead of trying to keep two different posts updated with the free printables, I'll update the first post. Just head back to the original General Conference Center post to download and make your own. :) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Max: 7 Months

Max often bites his lower lip. I think it's adorable.

(I made the above baby book page using my Milestone Templates. You can order them HERE...)


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