“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Monthly Archives: February 2013
Today’s “Strength Scripture ” is a piece of last October’s (2012) conference address that has been on my heart all week. It has lifted me when I desperately needed it, so I thought I would share.
Trial of Your Faith
By Elder Neil L. Andersen
“… President Ezra Taft Benson said, “Every [person] eventually is backed up to the wall of faith, and there … must make his stand.” Don’t be surprised when it happens to you!
By definition, trials will be trying. There may be anguish, confusion, sleepless nights, and pillows wet with tears. But our trials need not be spiritually fatal. They need not take us from our covenants or from the household of God.
“Remember, … it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
Like the intense fire that transforms iron into steel, as we remain faithful during the fiery trial of our faith, we are spiritually refined and strengthened.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson explained what he learned from a personal trial: ‘Though I suffered then, as I look back now, I am grateful that there was not a quick solution to my problem. The fact that I was forced to turn to God for help almost daily over an extended period of years taught me truly how to pray and get answers to prayer and taught me in a very practical way to have faith in God. I came to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father in a way and to a degree that might not have happened otherwise or that might have taken me much longer to achieve. … I learned to trust in the Lord with all my heart. I learned to walk with Him day by day.'”
I wasn’t sure I was up to handling Friday– until a half hour ago. But now, all is awesome, and I have to share it with someone!
Yesterday, my 14yr old come down with her monthly cycle of fun– it’s only her 3rd or 4th month, and the first real heavy time. But today, she handled things like a perfectly normal teenage young woman; even remembering to bring her gear to school with her!
This may seem like a super tiny thing to celebrate; and there is certainly very few people I can mention it to… but this is what I see. For this one thing- maybe only for this one day- she was “Capable” and totally equal to all her neural normal peers. For this moment in time- my heart soared!
Just a little scripture for those moments when you feel, like I do sometimes, that figuring out the way forward with my kids is like charting a path thru an unknown wilderness….
1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice,..
2 … and rejoice even with joy and singing:
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come … he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
10: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
😀 Just a note to share some great news!
The Church is working really hard to update and make easier to find all of it’s helps and resources for working with disabilities… this is a great leap in their sincere efforts to care all the members. Here’s a few helpful jumps to their site.
Disability Resource menu page; https://www.lds.org/topics/disability?lang=eng
Introduction to the calling of stake and ward Disability Specialists:
link aimed at help for the teachers who find a special need in their class:
Drilling down from the Disability Resource page, to the “List of Disabilities”, you will find pages for many different specific needs- one is for Autism… make sure you scroll all the way to the end- they have some links to some really good and reputable resources.
It has sure been a nice Sunday. Just enough rain to bring a gentle smell of ozone, the kids were all on a good day, and I had a chance to just rest. With the result, that I felt ready to do a little experimenting in the kitchen….
I have been really wanting to try some home-made power bars lately. Store-bought ones are so expensive, and I have no control over the ingredients. I have one son who is highly lactose sensitive, and another who I am really struggling to get enough calories and nutrition into his 6’4″ body that is growing faster than his sensory taste buds are willing to keep up with. So all this week I have been reading recipes online, and special thanks to a blog post on the elements of a good power bar (http://www.glutenfreeforgood.com/blog/backcountry-nutrition-for-peak-performance ) I was ready to adapt to things I knew they might enjoy, so here’s the beginning of my experiment in sneaking more good calories
Super Cookie Dough Bites!
This make a smooth, truffle type texture when the chopped nuts are left out- one of the problems I have had is my son does not like the crunchy or chewy type of bars that are so popular right now.
1/2 Cup coconut butter or butter (I used coconut butter for lactose free, but I may have to go back to butter for my taste sensitive ones.)
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tea vanilla
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (see following recipe for a home-made lactose free version)
1/4 tea. salt
1 Cup flour
1 Cup power flour (see notes, below)
1/2 c. chocolate chips (I keep a jar of mixed milk choc., minis, and mini m&ms for cookies)
1/2 c. pecan pieces or other nuts
chocolate candy coating wafers
—lightly grease a 8″X 8″ pan with coconut oil
— mix together the first 5 ingredients with a beater on medium speed. Add the flours, chips and nuts, stirring with a wooden spoon, as the dough gets very heavy.
— spread batter into pan, pressing down with fingers. Refrigerate till set. Cut into bite-sized squares.
–pour about 2 cups of chocolate wafers into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. stir chocolate, if needed microwave again for 10 seconds, stir till all the wafers are melted.
—Dip squares with a spoon, set to cool and harden on a wire cookie rack (with wax paper under it to catch the drips), or wax paper on a tray.
in a medium bowl, add— 1 Cup Almond flour, 1/2 Cup Coconut flour, 1 Tbl. flaxmeal, 1 Cup Oat flour, 2 Tbls. cornstarch. Mix thoroughly with a fork.
***Peanut Butter version…..
Replace butters with peanut butter; follow the next 6 ingredients as listed. And since this one is for me, I felt free to replace the chocolate chips and nuts, with 1/4 Cup rolled oats and 3/4 Cup rice crispy cereal.
***These would be easy to make fully gluten free by replacing the regular flour with more of the power flour, or other GF flour of your choice— just be sure that the chocolate chips are gluten free.
GF/CF Home-made Sweetened Condensed “Milk”— I used the suggestions here for using Coconut Milk instead of Milk, and I chose Honey as my sweetener. I liked it, but learned not to do this part of the experiment while my kids were home- I can’t be tied to the stove that long. 🙂
Sweetened Condensed Milk – Dairy Free
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or 1 can of coconut milk
- 1/2 cup honey or (vegan can use agave) or sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)