June 2015 Visiting Teaching Printable

The visiting teaching message for the month of June is Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Virtue. I think this is the first month that I haven't been really surprised by the chosen attribute! Virtue is one that I would probably write in my own list of Christlike Attributes, anyway.I did love reading through the lesson this month ....more

Preventing Summer Reading Loss + Our 2015 Summer Reading Lists

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How to Get Great Shots of Fireworks

I love going to fireworks shows. It's just one of those can't miss moments of summer vacation and something I look forward to all year long! I've always tried (even before digital cameras) to get great photos of the awesome fireworks displays, but have always been disappointed in the results.But guess what? ...more

The Perfect Fool by Bethany Herbert: A Book Review

Farrago is happy in his life as the kingdom's fool. He gets to make other people laugh, he juggles all day, and he can eat as many pastries as he wants. But just when he thinks he's found true love in Thea the scullery maid, everything falls apart ....more

Meaningful Gifts for Graduates

There are quite a few people in my life who are graduating from high school and college soon. I've been thinking about ideas for gifts for them that are more meaningful than just a check. I know money is always appreciated, and maybe I'm just sentimental, but I'd love to be able to choose a gift that really means something.When I graduated from high school, I received luggage as a gift ....more

Mother's Day, Weekend Getaway, and a Violin Recital

This past Christmas I gave The Maestro a weekend getaway trip to Minneapolis, complete with tickets to the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera. Of course, this getaway was to include me, so it was kind of a gift to myself, too.That weekend finally came to fruition Mother's Day weekend. I hadn't really thought about the fact that it was going to be Mother's Day back in December when I was planning it ....more

Celebrating Good Parents: Creating Meaningful Traditions for Mother's Day and Father's Day

At our house, traditions are the rule of every holiday. Actually, traditions are just plain the rule. You have to be careful of doing something once, because the kids might deem it a tradition, and you better darn well do it again the next year, exactly the same or you'll have some outraged children on your hands!I love how traditions are like that, though ....more

Celebrating Good Parents: Creating Meaningful Traditions for Mother's and Father's Day

At our house, traditions are the rule of every holiday. Actually, traditions are just plain the rule. You have to be careful of doing something once, because the kids might deem it a tradition, and you better darn well do it again the next year, exactly the same or you'll have some outraged children on your hands!...more

Parmesan Meatballs and Rice with Mushroom Sauce

Two questions govern the making of dinner in the Overstuffed household. 1) Is it gluten-free? and 2) Can it be made quickly? ...more

My 2015 Summer Reading List

Want to know what my very favorite part of summer is?It's reading--preferably while sitting on the beach soaking up the sunshine.Even though the kids still have about a month of school left, my summer has arrived. I finished grading finals last week, just in time for my parents to come to town. We spent five glorious days together getting projects done around the house that my health and frenetic schedule have not allowed me to do this past school year ....more