Singles Appreciation Day

Most of the year I don’t mind being single, in fact, there are a lot of things I like about it. I like having time to myself, I like being able to make decisions on my own, and most of all I really like the one-on-one time I get with my son because of it. However, being alone on the holidays can get lonely, especially on ones like today that are so focused on a love that isn’t in your life anymore. While everyone else is getting spoiled with candle lit dinners, you’re at home alone or taking care of … Continue reading

His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr.

This is truly my favorite relationship book. It really gets to the core of the problem, explains why things like infidelity happen and then give you tools to prevent it. The analogies in this book are great, for example, the Love Bank. They use the love bank to explain how when you meet someone and things are wonderful, this person is making deposits in your love bank. Eventually those deposits add up to a marriage. They also explain how certain things cause withdrawals from your love bank. In the normal course of marriage you will both make deposits and withdrawals … Continue reading

Is Life Fair?

Not often do I hunt quotes down from people that have given a great talk in Sacrament meeting, but this past week, I really wanted a copy of a quote I heard by Spencer W. Kimball read in such a talk. I thanked the speaker in my ward for peaking my interest in the lives of Book of Mormon characters by her great talk on Teancum in the Book of Mormon. But, it was the following quote that I wanted to re-read and think about: “Now, we find many people critical when a righteous person is killed, a young father … Continue reading

Things As They Really Are

The other day, I was on facebook. You know, just browsing through my friends’ posts and commenting here and there. It is easy to spend a lot of time on facebook or other blogs and media today just wasting time. I was struck by something though. As I was scrolling down, I read a very uplifting quote from President Hinkley. It was something that I was pondering and thinking about. It affected me so much that I even wrote a blog post about it that I linked above. Yet, in the next instant, I saw something very vulgar that another … Continue reading

Friends Forever

One of my favorite scrapbooks of all time was given to me by my best friend the day before I flew from my life-long home in Hawaii to my new dorm room in Wisconsin. I was 18 years old and excited to be entering a chapter in my life, but sad to be away from my companion of more than a decade. The memory album was filled with photos of us from elementary, middle and high school. Halloweens spent trick-or-treating for full-size Snickers Bars in matching clown costumes all the way to commencement day when we bid good-bye to fifth … Continue reading

Genealogy That is Truly To-Go

Are you thrilled with the mobility of your iPhone or iPad and wondering whether there is a genealogy program available for these devices that does not require you to sync up with a PC or Macintosh computer? There is a freestanding program called Mobile Family Tree Pro that has been developed by Synium that enables you to use all of its functionality on your iPhone or iPad. You may already be familiar with Mobile Family Tree 2, which is a mobile companion program to the very popular Macintosh genealogy program, Mac Family Tree. Mobile Family Tree Pro takes the data, … Continue reading

A Few More Genealogy Terms

Yesterday I had a lot of fun learning about two new genealogy terms. My thirst for knowledge was not quenched after learning jus those two words, so I have decided to find a few more genealogy terms that I did not know prior to now. Perhaps you know these terms, but maybe you don’t. Either way, genealogy terms are a handy part of your genealogist’s tool kit because if you can’t understand what a document says, it is very difficult to figure out how it fits into your research. If your research involves English and European marriage records and you … Continue reading

A Couple of Genealogy Terms for You

Every so often, I like to add some new words to my vocabulary. I really enjoy having a big vocabulary because, let’s face it, words are a lot of fun. My son, who is nineteen months old, is adding a new word or two to his vocabulary every day or so. I am so pleased about that because he seems to like words just as much as I do. While these two words won’t be on the tip of his tongue any time soon, if you are into genealogy they just might come in handy for you. At the very … Continue reading

“Who Do You Think You Are” Companion Book

If you are a fan of NBC’s hit series “Who Do You Think You Are?” you may be interested in knowing that there is a companion book available. The book, aptly titled “Who Do You Think You Are?” combines information about the celebrities’ families from the show’s first season with instructions for beginning genealogists who want to start researching their family histories. In this book, you will also find information on how to research using Census, birth, marriage, death, and other records as well as what kind of things you can find out from each of those types of records. … Continue reading

Embellishing Layouts with Words

Around here the holidays are all about the kids. As I look back at seasonal scrapbooks I’ve made since giving birth, there are very few layouts that don’t include at least few rugrats running around making merry in some form or another. Even more telling about my scrapbooking technique is the fact that most of the pages that include children also feature quotes or inspirational sayings that tie into the kid-centered design. Using famous or familiar words is one of the cheapest ways to embellish a scrapbook page. You can print them out at home and use them as a … Continue reading