Friday, June 6, 2014

The Greatest Generation

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-day.

My heart is tender as I think of the number of lives lost on that day alone, let alone the entire duration of the war.  I am grateful for the greatest generation willingness to fight, to die and to bring down the oppressors of their day. Every person living in a free country in this world should be thankful for the allied troops and their sacrifices made 70 years ago.

The greatest generation (those who grew up during the depression and then went on to fight in WWII) were called such because they were the greatest generation! They worked hard, they tried to do the right things, they cared about their country and about having a family.

Tom Brokaw, who wrote the book and also termed the phrase "The Greatest Generation," explains how he came up with it,
"That came out of a discussion that I had with Tim Russert on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, on "Meet the Press." He said to me, `What do you think of the generation?' Quite spontaneously, I said, `I think it's the greatest generation any society ever produced.' Came out of the Depression with all that economic deprivation, went beyond their own shores to help save the world from fascism, came back, rebuilt their enemies, built the country that we have today, married in record numbers, went to college in record numbers, kept their values, never whined, never whimpered."

One thing keeps running through my mind. Will our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren look back on us with reverence, respect and admiration? Will they look at what we "fight" for and say that it was a good cause?  I mean really, take a good, close look at society. Contrast what you see to the young people of the greatest generation.

Todays counterparts to the greatest generation don't selflessly give for the cause of freedom, the good of society and the world. Many modern young men can hardly be called men, hence the term "man-child." They don't fight for anything. They delay marriage for as long as possible. Even when they get their girlfriends pregnant they still don't step up to the plate to marry her. Why should they in a society that tells them marriage is for ones own pleasure and happiness? Once the do, or if they do, marry they don't want the burden of children to care for, that would take away from them. They shrink at the idea of hard work, physical labor, and responsibility. They become less and less masculine. They care more about their Macklemore haircuts, fantasy football team, video games and their dogs than anything else. We consider men a success if they don't have a criminal history. We literally have no expectations for our young people, young men especially.

As D. Todd Christofferson put it:

"Some act as if a man’s highest goal should be his own pleasure. Permissive social mores have “let men off the hook” as it were, so that many think it acceptable to father children out of wedlock and to cohabit rather than marry. 1 Dodging commitments is considered smart, but sacrificing for the good of others, naive. For some, a life of work and achievement is optional. A psychologist studying the growing phenomenon of what he calls “young men stuck in neutral” describes this scenario:
“Justin goes off to college for a year or two, wastes thousands of dollars of his parents’ money, then gets bored and comes home to take up residence in his old room, the same bedroom where he lived when he was in high school. Now he’s working 16 hours a week at Kinko’s or part time at Starbucks.
“His parents are pulling their hair out. ‘Justin, you’re 26 years old. You’re not in school. You don’t have a career. You don’t even have a girlfriend. What’s the plan? When are you going to get a life?’
“‘What’s the problem?’ Justin asks. ‘I haven’t gotten arrested for anything, I haven’t asked you guys for money. Why can’t you just chill?’” 2
How’s that for ambition?"
Its embarrassing.

With all this on my mind, I begin to wonder, what does our generation even fight for? $15 an hour minimum wage? The abolition of the word "bossy"? The right to pursue their own dreams and interests, because isn't that what life is all about? These things are weak, and completely insignificant compared to what the greatest generation fought for.

I think we all need to take a look at ourselves and decide if the principles, laws, and movements that we promote or fight for are in the same category as what the greatest generation fought for. If not, we might ask ourselves, will my children remember me for this, will they admire me for my efforts or will it all be forgotten?

Next, as parents, we have to ask ourselves what can we do to help our children become more like the greatest generation?
Its quite simple really. Is it countercultural? Yes. Is it old school? Yes. But I think its time we stop caring what our generation and society tell us. I say we raise our kids today the way the greatest generation was raised. That means you  teach them to work, teach them responsibility, hold them accountable; are these things easy? No, you have to be consistent and persistent and its tiring but its the only way. It means you don't give them everything they want. Deprivation makes one more grateful for what they have. This is vital ingredient.

Most importantly, we must, MUST teach them that their duty to God, his church, their family, their country, their fellowman overrule their own comfort and desires every. single. time. Duty is a hard thing. Even the word sounds hard. But duty is what brings a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment, it brings self worth and it gives meaning to life.

A poem by Rabindranath Tagore:

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was duty.
I acted, and behold—
Duty was joy.

I hope that one day my posterity will look back at me and mistake me for one of the greatest generation, because they really were one of a kind and they really were that great.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Winner Announced!

Congrats Heather Linares!! You won!!

But don't feel bad if you didn't win because Laura is offering everyone 35% off all the cuteness in her shop! Use promocode GIVEAWAY2012.

Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Back in the Saddle: A GIVEAWAY!!!

Well, hello strangers! 
It's been months since I was last on here!! 

But I am back in the saddle and here to tell you all about my sister's new etsy shop!

Hi Laura!

After having her baby girl, Penelope in June, Laura started making adorable hair bows and head bands. Now little-miss-Penelope (or Penny-boo-boo as she is referred to by some) is the most decked out baby girl ever, with a bow for every outfit! And I mean every, single outfit!

Laura wants to share the wealth and is offering a giveaway to promote her new head-dress adventures

The grand-prize winner will get all of these bows!!




Which is valued at $40!! Whoa! Generous!!! 

These are not only adorable on tiny babes, my little 4-and-a-half-going-on-15 year old loves rockin' them too! And although, you might not believe me, both my sisters and myself were sporting some darn cute headbands on a little trip we were on this summer! 

OH, wait, here's proof! 

No big deal.
We're hip like that.

But really, Laura is so darn cute when she throws a little clip in her hair almost every day!

So there you have it, these bows are super cute, super trendy and would be perfect for any girl I know!


BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!

We will even ship them to you by Christmas!!! 

Yes, we are the best, thank you very much!

Here's the low down, to enter the giveaway you must do the following:



a Rafflecopter giveaway





Giveaway closes on Wednesday at midnight, winner announced Thursday morning!

Good Luck everyone!






Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pallet Shelfs FOR SALE



In the following pictures you can see some of the pallet shelfs I have for sale.
Small- $15
Large- $20



They are great in a kitchen or dining room.
Or in a bathroom with toiletries.

Pallet shelfs are ideal for storing books for adults or children.

I love how versatile they are. 


Each shelf is different. So, come pick out the one you want!

Bookcase with Pallet Backing: Tutorial

So, one morning I got a call from a family friend letting me know that there was some free furniture on the side of the road near her house. So, when I was headed to the store later that day, I swung by to take a look.
 There was a gem of a book shelf, it had cute detailing along the top and was in good condition except that there was no back. 
But that was okay, since I had seen this idea on pinterest awhile back.

So, I loaded it into the back of my vehicle, by myself, which I am getting rather good at doing!
It was just one of those cheapy bookcases with the movable shelfs, like from Ikea.

When I finally got around to doing it, it didn't take too long and was well worth the work to turn something plain and boring into something way cute!



First, you want to prime and paint the bookcase. 

Next, I had a bunch of pallets sitting around so (I see those things on the side of the road daily and can't hardly pass them up!) using a jigsaw I started cutting the boards off. 

The jigsaw will go right through the nails. 
It's a bit scary, but when you have your sister there holding the pallet steady for you while snapping pictures it really sets your mind at ease. 

 It's kind of hard to see where I am making the cuts here, since you don't have a shot of the full pallet, but you will understand where to saw in order to get the full size boards off your pallets. 

Then, using a circular saw, I cut the boards to the fit the back of the case.

I did start taking the nails that I had cut through (they were level with the board, not sharp sticking out) out of the boards, but my sister and I agreed that it looked better with the nails left it.

 Then nail the boards to the back. 
Use a nail gun, it is way faster then hammering. 

There you have it, a plain, cheap old bookcase turned into something better.
Plus the pallets really make the case more sturdy.


I loved the way it looks! 



Monday, August 20, 2012

Dear Moms,

I needed to be reminded of some things. 
Maybe you do too. 


“Some mothers in today's world feel "cumbered" by home duties and are thus attracted by other more "romantic" challenges. Such women could make the same error of perspective that Martha made. The woman, for instance, who deserts the cradle in order to help defend civilization against the barbarians may well later meet, among the barbarians, her own neglected child.”

― Neal A. MaxwellWherefore, Ye Must Press Forward




You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms.

When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlastingfamily will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time. The women of God know this.

-The Women Of God, April 1978 



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Banana-Rama

I am so inspired by Mavis, over at onehundreddollarsamonth.com! 
I've learned about reclaimed food (food that is saved from the dumpster usually by asking at the grocery store to pick their scraps weekly, but also dumpster diving too) find out more here.

My mom asked about the scraps at a produce wholesaler near her work and ta-da 40 lbs. of bananas (for free!!!!!) later 
The wholesaler couldn't sell these cause they were too spotty. 
But they were still perfect on the inside!

We did frozen chunks, for smoothies.
 (Flash freeze them first on a cookie sheet and then throw them in a ziplock baggie, that way, they won't be one big banana popsicle.)

We mashed some and pre measured them out into ziplock bags for banana bread.

We also dehydrated a few for snacking!
My kids love dehydrated fruit!


So, the lesson for today is, it doesn't ever hurt to ask about grocery scraps cause, really, what is better then free food?!

Friday, August 17, 2012

20-something before the end of my 20's

I am so jumping on the 30 before 30 bandwagon... only I could only come up with 20ish.

*Note: I reserve the right to add to my list whenever I want and to not think of a new clever name. 

I don't feel any anxiety (yet) about turning 30 (it's still so young!!) and I still have quite a while, but I figure it's a good reason to set and reach some goals.

So here is my list:

1. ATTEND THE RIO DE JANEIRO OLYMPICS GAMES
2. VISIT EUROPE
3. LEARN TO DO A CART WHEEL
4. FINISH A QUILT
5. EAT FOOD FROM MY OWN GARDEN
6. CAMP OUT IN MY OWN EUROVAN
7. HAVE LASIK SURGERY
8. GO TO DISNEYLAND
9. DO MORE GENEALOGY
10. LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO
11. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
12. HIKE MT. RAINER
13. PLAY IN A WARM OCEAN WITH MY KIDS
14. DECORATE MY OWN HOME
15. BECOME A COUPON QUEEN
16. TAKE A BIKRAM YOGA CLASS
17. RUN A MARATHON
18. SPLURGE ON A FULL SPA DAY (THE WORKS)
19. START THAT NOVEL
20. SEE A SHOW ON BROADWAY IN NEW YORK
21. RIDE ON A HELICOPTER
22. RIDE ON A HOTAIR BALLOON
23. YWR
24. ATTEND ZOOBILEE
25. BE ON DAVE RAMSEY BABY STEP #4 BY 30TH B-DAY
26. HAVE A MICRO-FARM WITH ANIMALS
27. OVERCOME MY TEMPER
28. READ 100 BOOKS IN 2013


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day 17: Something I am looking forward to....

I can't wait for Labor Day weekend!


Both my sisters will be in town, and we are going up to the Packwood Flea Market so I can sell my painted furniture that I've been working on. 

If you've never heard of Packwood before, it is this tiny town that turns into the largest flea market/swap meet in the state during Memorial and Labor day weekends.
Oh, the treasures you can find! 

I am really nervous that I won't sell anything, but I also have huge dreams of selling out! 
Ha! It could happen... 

It's my first time ever selling somewhere and I am really anxious about people looking at my stuff and judging whether they like it or not, while I am right there. : /

Kinda silly, I know.

But I've decided on all the colors/styles of the pieces based on what I would like in my house, so if I don't sell anything then at least my house will be fully furnished. 

I'm okay with that.

Did I mention both my sisters will be in town!!!! I am pretty dang excited!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Happiness for $4

If you ever want to make your kids really happy and entertain them for 2 whole days, just buy them some face-paint.


At Fred Meyer, D. saw some face paint crayon things. She wanted them and I told her no.
She wouldn't stop talking about them, so Jordan gave her some chores to do and then we went and picked them up for her.


D. became a butterfly.
P. became a tiger.

Then D. took her turn on me and Jordan.
Jordan, obviously, is a clown.

And me, well, she was in the middle of making me into a cat when she said 
"I don't know how to do a cat, so you'll be an old man with whiskers and a box on his head."
Okay.

$4, can't beat it.