Tuesday, April 28, 2009
An era that is dying. How can we sit by and watch? It is breaking my heart.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I have a confession to make. In our house we have a ban on the Easter Bunny. Here's the story:
Several years ago one of my daughters became frightened the night we had gone to visit the Easter bunny at the mall. At first I thought "Sure, just an excuse to not go to bed and after we spent all the time in line!! How ungrateful!!!"
Then the charitable me (yes, there is one) thought "Wait a minute...a big bunny which may or may not be a man dressed up is coming into our house at night...Yep, kind of creepy!" And so I made a fateful decision.
I said "The Easter Bunny is not real. I put the candy and treats in your basket. See nothing to be afraid of, go to bed!"
Now some might say that I was just trying to get the whole "I'm scared" ordeal over with quickly, but I reasoned it like this.
Easter is really a more important holiday than Christmas. Yes, we celebrate the birth of the Savior, but isn't the resurrection of the Savior even more powerful? Without the atonement and resurrection of Christ there would be no eternal family for us. His birth is beautiful and there are wonderful songs to sing and celebrations to be had, but His death and resurrection are key to our salvation. With Santa Claus at least there is a spirit about him that emotes joy and hope and faith and believing in things we can't see. Santa I can more easily incorporate into our belief in the Savior.
But why do we get caught up in a big bunny? What does he do? He can't even talk!! And he doesn't even have elves!! I didn't want to take the fun out of Easter for my kids (and I definitely still wanted the Cadbury Eggs!) so this is our way of leaving the made up stuff out and concentrating on the meaning of Easter.
So I apologize if my kid is the one who tells your kid "The Easter Bunny is not real!", but because he has been raised to follow in the footsteps of Christ, hopefully he won't be hitting your kid while he debunks the myth. Sorry that's the best I can do.
The gift of His atonement and helping my family focus on that is more important to me. Maybe to you too.
So Ban the Bunny and Happy Easter :-)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Chloe—Sterling silver and red-orange Swarovski crystals $20
Bryn—Sodalite gemstones and sterling silver $30
Jocelyn—Iolite Swarovski crystals and sterling silver beads w/ dangle accent $32
Montana—Real coral beads with sterling silver accent
beads and charm, also a double toggle for the right fit $38
The Story of Jesus—All sterling silver with olive wood bead, Swarovski beads serpentine bead, millefiori lampwork heart bead $30
Reagan--Tiny 4mm white pearls with Swarovski crystals and a lobster claw clasp make this beautiful for any baby girl. A portion of these proceeds will got the the National Down Syndrome Foundation's Buddy Walk $20
Wicked the Bracelet--Sterling silver beads combined with olive green and amethyst Swarovski crystals is finished off with a dangle and Emerald City charm. Stunning!! Please check for availability $50
My Story--Here is a one of a kind piece made just for you! You tell me your story and I will create a keepsake that tells your story.
Serpentine, the California stone--I was born in California
Five rings--there were five people in my family
Irish Conemara marble--my heritage
German glass bead--my heritage
Chocolate truffle bead--I love chocolate!
Petoskey stone--I consider my home to be Michigan
Music note charm--I began performing in high school
Swedish quartz-- I went to Sweden when I was 17
Millefiori heart bead--I was married in 1985
Five birthstone crystals--I have five children
Silver basket--I sold Longaberger baskets
YAYA letter beads--my girl's group calls ourselves the Ya Yas
Hawaiian Kiwi stone--my favorite vacation was to Hawaii in 2003
Acai berry seed--I sell and use Monavie acai berry juice drink
Now let me tell your story or the story of a loved one...Makes a great Mother's day gift for yourself or your Mom.
Made to order $75