Monthly Archives: December 2016

Interesting Way to Leave the Fall Season


Did you notice yesterday’s dawn and dusk?  It was the last day of Fall as today is the first day of Winter.  And of course, I wasn’t even thinking about that yesterday.

When I opened the front door in the morning to see what the day was like, it felt almost like when Dorothy opens the door after landing in Oz.

I opened the door and there was a pinkish hue to everything.  The houses across the street looked crisper and brighter than usual, almost as though I had on rose-colored glasses.  And it seemed that someone had painted the sky!

The sky had several various shades of light blues, interspersed with large white fluffy clouds tinged with pinkish hues.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and almost surreal!

And when I left work, instead of being totally dark like it has been over the last few weeks, and without heavy cloud cover to keep it light, there was twilight.

And again there were blue hues, only more medium to dark blues.  It was also an amazing sight!

And I thought about what I’ve learned from the scriptures about signs and wonders in heaven (see Daniel 6:27 and Helaman 14:6).  And I suddenly thought, looks like I’m witnessing some of those signs and wonders today!

Amazing!  🙂

Did you notice anything?

Christmas Elves Follow-Up


You’ll remember the delightful Christmas Elves that dropped off a goodie basket at our house?  (the young men and women in our church)

Well, one of the goodies in that goodie basket was so good, and so simple to make, that I did something I haven’t done in years!

I located a recipe for it on the internet, and then not only did I make some, but I shared them with others!  Wow!  🙂

I used to do stuff like that all the time, back when I was a stay-at-home mom.  But now that I have a job outside the home, there is just not much time left for other things, especially the non-essentials.  😦

But, these are so quick and easy, it only takes minutes to do and they look very festive and taste so good!

They are Rolo pretzels with peanut M&Ms!

I bought the little waffle pretzels and laid them on a cookie sheet.  Put one Rolo (chocolate-covered carmel) on each.  Bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes.  Top with a peanut M&M.  Let cool.  Viola!

These are fast, delicious, and can be topped so many ways.  I even made some on rice crackers with colored mini marshmallows on top so they’d be gluten-free.  Also delicious!

Thank you, Christmas Elves, for such a wonderful treat that jump-started my “homemade” gift-giving efforts again!  🙂

Christmas Elves


christmas-elvesLast night some Christmas elves stopped by our house.

They left a basket of Christmas goodies.  This thoughtful gift warmed our hearts and stirred my soul.

Being remembered is such a nice thing.  Though we don’t always think about it, it does fulfill a basic human need we all have.  We all have the need to be loved, and this was a sweet, simple way for “elves” to demonstrate that to us.

They left a card denoting themselves as the young men and young women (of our Church).

With this kind act, our elves fulfilled another basic need – to give service and show love for others.

They were following Jesus Christ, the great Example to all mankind, who taught us in word and deed the true path to happiness and everlasting life.

And the really great news is, “elves” such as these are going about doing good and serving others all over the world.  Many of our young people are leading good and honorable lives, striving to live our Father in Heaven’s great Plan of Happiness by sharing what they know and showing love for others.

You don’t hear about these “elves” very often, especially not in the news.  But they are out there, quietly and relentlessly serving God one person, family, or community at a time.

What Christmas Elves are you aware of?  🙂