Sunday, July 28, 2013

I Am A Child of God - Balloons

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You may remember that at the beginning of the year I posted some "I Am A Child of God" printables in a few different languages. They have been used in Primary classes all over the world at this point! I am planning on printing up a few for my own Sunbeam class in the next few weeks. 

I had a friend request that I recreate this printable with hot air balloons so that it would match the decor of her kids' bathroom and bedroom. Seeing as how I'm temporarily in Albuquerque, NM (the most fanatic hot air balloon place that I have ever heard of), I thought it would be fitting to share these printables with my readers.

I have always been fascinated by hot air balloons. When I was a little girl, I watched "The Great Chipmunk Adventure" over and over again. In this delightful film, the Chipmunks and Chipettes race around the world in hot air balloons, and they enjoy incredible adventures and some catchy songs. I imagined it would be the greatest experience to do the same thing! I still have yet to ride in one myself (I blame it on my excessive fear of heights + lack of finances haha), but I dream of it every time I see those gorgeous balloons rising above the horizon.

I'm not sure why I think hot air balloons are so magnificent, but I assume it is because as you are riding, you are floating in the air, above the world, free to feel the wind blow lightly through your hair. The trials and problems of the world stay below you, and you can see so many of God's marvelous creations for hundreds of miles in every direction. I imagine that I would have no worries, no fears, and complete peace.

However, with my feet planted on the ground, I can also have those three things because of the knowledge that I am a child of God. That fact alone rings so true to my heart, and I know I can do anything because of my divine inheritance.

I am a child of God. He has enabled me with some of His holy qualities. I can rise above all that is impure and unholy because of the example of my Father and His Son. Whenever you see this print, remember that you, too, can rise above the world because YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon? What were some of the feelings you experienced?

Download vertical version here.

Download horizontal version here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I Love the Young Women Values

I've been pondering how/when to share today's printables for some time now. I prayed about them a lot. I wanted designs that were clean, vintage, beautiful, and simple, and wanted them to be used by the young women of the Church. I hope I have achieved that with these prints. I have sought lots of feedback on them and I usually don't do that with my designs--I typically just post them as they are.

However, the Young Women theme and values are very important to me, and I think they are crucial to the success of our youth. My baby sister is visiting with me this week, and she is a Beehive now. I have spoken to her about the values and about how they are being taught to her to protect her and provide her a path to happiness. She is innocent, pure, and faithful, and I hope she continues to live a virtuous life. She KNOWS that she is a daughter of God.

I wish I had paid more attention to the theme and values when I was a youth. I sure would have avoided a lot of heartache. I stand with the leaders of the Church in pleading with the young women of the world to be refined, virtuous, modest, and faithful. Take it from someone who has not always been those things--it is never worth it to leave the path that Christ has set. Never.

I am so grateful for the Young Women leaders and the program and how their purpose is to help me prepare my daughters to have testimonies of Christ, serve missions, enter the temple, and someday be sealed for eternity.

I hope the young women and their leaders find these printables to be a helpful resource in teaching and learning the doctrines and values given by the Savior through our living prophets. I have created value circles (can be cupcake toppers also), bookmarks, individual values, and 3 different themes, all with either a gray or white background.

How have the Young Women values or motto helped you in your life?

All Young Women prints are available to download in PDF format here

(All of the PDF files are freakishly large for some reason and won't show a preview in Google Docs, but they should download just fine, even if you see an "error" message. If it still won't work for you, click here to access the files via Dropbox. Please email me if you have any problems.)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Real Happiness, Time, and Talents

In 2007, President Thomas. S. Monson gave a talk to students at a Brigham Young University devotional (click here to read it). As I read through it, I kept finding more and more quotes that I thought were so important for my life. I picked two of them to share with you today, and encourage you to read his talk and tell me more of your favorite quotes from it.

The first one says, "To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves." I have found this to be SO true in my life. The more self-centered I become, the less happy I become. When I seek for happiness by helping others, doing service, or sharing the gospel, I am the most happy I can be. My life right now is full of happiness, REAL happiness, and I feel like it is because I am doing my best to serve others and make them happy.

The next quote says, "...your time is valuable, your talents are many, and your future is bright." Our time on this earth really is valuable, because we only have a short time to live, and the seasons of our lives change so quickly. God expects us to make the best out of our time here, not only to learn the gospel and live it to the fullest, but also to enjoy the blessings that the world has to offer. We are each endowed with amazing talents and ways that we can bless others, and we need to wisely use our time to build our talents. Our future is bright, regardless of our life situations, because Christ has atoned for our sins and provided us a path back to God, including a promise that our bodies will be resurrected and perfected. That is the brightest future I could imagine!

I needed these sweet reminders, and hope to remind my children of them frequently. I desire to seek happiness and use my time and talents to build the Church.

How have you found happiness in a focus outside yourself?

What other quotes did you love from President Monson's talk?

Download "Real Happiness" here.

Download "Your Future is Bright" here.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sweet Summer Printables - Fruits of the Season

I love summer. I love being outside with my kids, eating watermelon, and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. I love seeing my daughter get more and more tan as she runs around in the green grass and makes new friends at the park. I love taking walks with my babies and hearing the birds chirp....sigh. Happy me.

Since I am experiencing summer bliss, I want to make YOUR summer even brighter with these free "Sweet Summer" citrus party printables! These printables were originally created for my good friend, Christine, over at I Dig Pinterest. She has tons of other great summer ideas on her blog, so head over and tell her hi and check out her site. Let us know how you decide to use these this summer--we'd love to hear!

This free download includes a "Summer" pennant banner, water bottle labels (which can also be used as napkin rings), and cupcake toppers.

Because fruit is one of my favorite summer treats, I'd like to share some of my favorite scriptures that use the words "fruit" or "sweet" in them:

Psalms 119:103 says, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Alma 32:42 says, "And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst."

John 15:2 says, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."

One of my goals this summer is to feast upon the fruits of season and feast upon the sweet words of the Lord.

What are you doing to taste of the fruits of the Lord this summer?

Download "Sweet Summer" citrus printables here.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pray, He is There

My husband and I recently got an unofficial calling in our ward to teach the 3-4 year old Sunbeams for the summer, and we absolutely love it. Our little Sunbeams are dynamic, smart, and busy. Most importantly, they are innocent and pure, and we have the great blessing of teaching them about how much their Heavenly Father loves them.

As we have been singing Primary songs with them at church and teaching those songs to our nursery-aged daughter at home, I have learned more and more about how much God cares about each one of us. I know that we are His children, and the first time I heard our Primary sing "I Am A Child of God," I was filled with the Spirit, confirming to me that it is true. We are children of a loving, merciful, all-powerful Father in Heaven, and He has a purpose here for us.

One of my favorite Primary songs is "A Child's Prayer." The first verse is a child asking God if He is really there, then remembering that the scriptures teach that Christ invited the children to come to Him. The second verse is an adult (mother, father, teacher, etc.) speaking to the child, telling them to pray because Heavenly Father is there, and He is listening to them:

Pray, he is there;
Speak, he is list’ning.
You are his child;
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer;
He loves the children.
Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heav’n.

As a Primary teacher and mother, it is my divine duty to teach the children in my stewardship of these great truths. Each child in my care should know that they are loved, that their prayers can be heard and answered, and that they can return to live with Heavenly Father again after this life.
So often, life seems to "pour down" on us. Trials come, heartache abides, and it is easy to feel like we are alone or hopeless. This inspired Primary song reminds me that no matter how tough life gets or how much I get "rained" on, I can pray and know that my Heavenly Father loves me and that He is there in the rainstorms I will face.

I am so grateful for these truths. I am grateful for the knowledge that no matter how old we get, we are still His little children.

What are some ways that prayer has gotten you through the rainstorms of life?

Download pink here.

Download orange here.