Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday: Eggplant Parmesan


With a plethora of eggplant growing in the garden and a meat-o-saurus hubby away on a backpacking trip I have been living the Life O' Riley and indulging in one of my favorite meatless dishes this week, Eggplant Parmesan!

I have tried this delectable Italian dish at many different restaurants and I found that I like a crisply coated eggplant with rich sauce and melted cheeses as opposed to the baked, soggier versions I've been served.

This dish is easy on the budget, quick to put together, cooks up in minutes and is such a satisfying comfort food it will be in your weekly rotation in no time!

{Ingredients}

1 eggplant, you can peel it or leave it with the skin on - I prefer peeled as the skin can sometimes be tough
1 C panko breadcrumbs
1/2 C flour
1/2 finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp pepper

1 egg, beaten

Oil for frying

1 C shredded mozzarella cheese (or preshredded Italian cheese blend)
Jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce (right now I love Classico Family Favorites Parmesan and Romano)
*You may need more bread crumb mixture depending on how big an eggplant you are cooking

{Directions}

Place pasta sauce in sauce pan, cover and heat on medium.

Slice eggplant into 1/8" to 1/4" rounds depending on your preference.

In shallow dish combine bread crumbs, flour and seasonings.

Beat egg in bowl.

In large skillet, heat 1/4 " of oil on med-high until shimmering and hot.

Dip eggplant slice in egg, then dredge in bread crumb mixture. Flipping over and pressing crumbs into each side of the eggplant.

Place in hot skillet.  Repeat until skillet is full of one layer of eggplant.

Let cook a few minutes until brown, flip and brown on the other side.  Eggplant cooks quickly so you won't have to worry about the veggie being tender if both sides are browned.

Remove slices to paper towel lined plate to drain as you finish cooking the rest of the eggplant.

Remove paper towel.  Top each eggplant slice with shredded cheese, then with a few spoonfuls of pasta sauce.

Enjoy!!

{Quotes to Cook By}

“Amor, ch'al cor gentile ratto s'apprende
prese costui de la bella persona
che mi fu tolta; e 'l modo ancor m'offende.

Amor, che a nullo amato amar perdona,
Mi prese del costui piacer sì forte,
Che, come vedi, ancor non m'abbandona..."

"Love, which quickly arrests the gentle heart,
Seized him with my beautiful form
That was taken from me, in a manner which still grieves me.

Love, which pardons no beloved from loving,
took me so strongly with delight in him
That, as you see, it still abandons me not...” 
― Dante AlighieriInferno: A New Verse Translation


“Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts.” 
― Rebecca SolnitWanderlust: A History of Walking



"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." 

Adventures in Infertility #71

# 71 Perks of Infertility



Let's face it, infertility blows!  Plain and simple, it is something that will turn your life upside down if you let it but despite my  *ahem* complaining there are some "perks" to being infertile.  Here is my top 10!

10. Sleep!  I am able to sleep as much as I want, even take a nap after work once in a while.  I know some new moms who would kill for as much sleep in a week as I sometimes get in one night.



9. Want to go to the beach?  A concert?  Shopping? I am your gal!  Without children to tend to I can pick up at the drop of a hat and be off and running.

8.  My car is usually always clean.  The down side is that if it is dirty everyone knows my husband did it I did it.

7.  We can watch a movie once and then put the DVD away...except Elf, The Runaway Bride and Grumpy Old Men - I play those on repeat like they are a Wiggle's Special or the new Disney DVD!

6.  Breasts:  Perky, not saggy.  I can honestly say I cannot hide a can of tuna under either of my breasts (you can thank my friend and mother of 4 for that lovely visual) ;)

5.  Hobbies.  I am able to fill my time spend my time doing hobbies and things I enjoy after work.

4.  When I clean the windows at home, they stay clean.




3. No one to keep track of at Costco, except the husband...I wonder if those monkey harnesses come in XL?



2.  Uninterrupted activities.  Take me out to the ball game, the theater, the orchestra and the play and we can sit an enjoy the whole enchilada - and then go out for enchiladas!

1.  No baby proofing!!  Left out the scissors?  That's okay!  (Don't forget to run with them!)  Love that pointy metal coffee table?  No prob-lame-o!  No need for child proof me proof door handles - you get into that garage and all up in that paint and cleaning supplies!

And one more for good measure...No mother-in-law telling you how to raise your kids!



*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #70

#70 Baby Blues


I like the comics.

I read the comics everyday.



My husband likes to watch me read the comics everyday.

I don't laugh at the comics, sometimes I smile but never do I laugh out loud...



except when I read Baby Blues.

I don't know what it is about that family but they just always tickle my funny bone.  I think if we are ever able to have kids our lives would be a lot like their's.






*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #69

#69 Let Go Infertility!  That's MINE!

 Family Vacations



Friends and family of ours often push aside daily responsibilities to take their kids on family vacations to "build memories" and to "strengthen family bonds"  sometimes they are even because someone in the family did something great and they want to celebrate or because it is summer/spring/winter break and they want to "have some fun together."  As an infertile couple I can tell you we have a hard time justifying putting aside the daily grind and rewarding ourselves with a vacation or planning a trip just to create memories and strengthen relationships especially when we could should? be using that money to pay for more infertility treatment or tosave for adoption.

Aside from the fact that we spent all our money on fertility treatments we just don't feel like we are worth a vacation. We are lucky our family invites us to visit otherwise we would never go anywhere. Shouldn't we be able to do all of those things in our spare time, after all it is just the two of us?  No need to take time off when we see each other every night with lots of uninterrupted adult time, right?

Don't get me wrong, we have been quite a few places!  Just recently we spent a whole week in NYC visiting some family, and in May we went on a family trip to Disneyland, and most years we drive out to ABQ to visit family.  These trips are always amazing and so much fun!  I often find myself crying on the trip home, sad that it was all over so soon and sad to leave such precious family.  However, it's just not the same as a VACATION.  I should know, we took one in 2002 to Miami for a week and a half and then again only 11 years later to Hawaii for four days.  Relaxing with my honey, watching sunsets and having no particular schedule what-so-ever, to me is vacation.

There are so many places we planned on taking our brood of children when we first got married.  What if we go now and then by some miracle end up having kids?  We would just have to go back again.  But what if we never have kids and never go anywhere?

I think we shouldn't feel guilty about going away a few weekends a year and having some fun.  I also think it would be nice if others didn't give us grief for taking some time for a few fun vacations.  Trying to make us feel guilty is not cool.

Here are some of the things I hope to see/do with my husband:

Grand Canyon
All Major League Ball Parks
Yellowstone
Disney World

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Australia
Pacific Northwest
New Orleans

New England in the FALL
Washington DC
Europe (I've been by the hubby hasn't)
Opening night of A Prarie Home Companion with the street dance and Meatloaf dinner included
All the LDS Church Sites
Niagra Falls
Maine
Vancouver, BC
Alaska
Brazil
Hawaii (again!)

What's that Grams?  You wish you would have gone on vacation before your 80th birthday? He looks like he wishes the same thing ;)


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday's Matter FHE: Chubby, Single (just for this week) and Ready for a Pringle! AKA Solo FHE

At our home and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Tonight, I am flying solo for FHE because the Aussie is on a 50 mile - that's right Five Uh-Oh! backpacking trip with the Boy Scouts.  So while they are toiling away, mosquito bitten and stinky exhausted, lumping 11 miles on the first day and gaining thousands of stink lines feet in elevation before they can make camp the first night (it is exhausting just thinking about it!) I have decided to have a relaxing night.  After all, I did get up at 2:45 am this morning to help get everything loaded and stand in the doorway in my jammies and cry a little wave good bye .

 Today's starting point for their week long adventure...

 50 Miler as a teenage Boy Scout (Aussie is the second from the left) circa 1993?

 Same 50 Miler, bottom row second from the right

Where the Scouts are hiking this week, I think the first night they are supposed to be at Lunch Meadow.

So, a night full of favorites is in order!  I have eggplant in the garden so I'm going to make some eggplant parm, there is an NCIS marathon on TV tonight which I plan on taking full advantage of, and a spot on the couch that has been calling my name all day.

But first, FHE!  There is no reason I can't have a fun filled (all be it, LESS fun filled than it would normally be with the Aussie - he makes everything more fun) FHE tonight.  Here is my plan, I'm going to pull double duty and cook dinner while I...

"Welcome everyone out to FHE tonight!" (The cat, the dog and I)

Opening Song: For the Beauty of the Earth

Invocation (fancy word for prayer) given by:  ME

Watch:

2014 Pioneer Day Concert with Santino Fontana - A Summer Celebration of Song




If you would like to learn more about Pioneers in every land throughout our church check THIS out!

Benediction (fancy word for closing prayer) given by : Me! Me!  Pick Me!!  ;)

Activity:  Eat dinner and watch NCIS in my p.j.s !!

{FHE Doesn't Have to Be PERFECT, It Just Has to BE!}


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday: Mongolian Beef

I am not a big beef eater but the rest of my family is so I try to find recipes that please us all.  This dish is a favorite of ours at restaurants.  The beef is crispy and tender and the sauce is spicy-sweet.  It is delicious and easy to replicate at home with minimal effort, which makes it a keeper for us!


{Mongolian Beef}

{Ingredients}

1 lb of thin sliced steak, we use flank steak or carne asada
1/4 C Corn Starch
1/4 C vegetable oil
1-2 TBS of Panda Brand Garlic Chili Sauce  (depending on how much spice you like)   
1/2 C brown Sugar
1/2 C soy sauce
1/2 C water
1 bunch green onions sliced up

Enough cooked rice for your family

{Directions}

Dry beef slices by blotting with paper towels and place in large bowl. Combine with cornstarch until they are coated, you can use more cornstarch if needed.  Set aside.

In LARGE skillet* combine oil and Garlic Chili Sauce on medium/high heat until oil is hot, stir around so garlic pieces don't burn.  When oil is hot, add beef to pan in one layer.  Cook until beef is brown, making sure not to turn too often.  When beef is browned, remove from pan onto a plate.

In same skillet combine brown sugar, soy sauce and water. Stir and scrape browned bits from bottom of the pan.  Bring skillet to a simmer.  Return beef to pan and simmer lightly until sauce thickens and reduces slightly.  Taste it and see if it needs more Garlic Chili Sauce.

Serve with rice and topped with green onions!  

Hope you enjoy it!

* You don't want to over crowd the pan otherwise your beef will not crisp up, if you only have a smaller skillet do beef in batches.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“The more you know, the more you can create. There's no end to imagination in the kitchen.” 
― Julia ChildParticular Passions: Talks With Women Who Have Shaped Our Times

“Life is an onion - you peel it year by year and sometimes cry.” 
― Carl SandburgRemembrance Rock

“I am three forks away from eating all your food with two homeless guys. It’s too bad I only have a suitcase full of spoons and a bucket of soy sauce.
” 
― Jarod KintzWhenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #68

#68 We're Worth It!

Remember those old L'Oreal hair color commercials shouting "Because We're Worth It!"?  I've been thinking about that lately, not because I have grey hairs (because I don't and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar!) It's because sometimes I feel that we infertiles shy away from doing things families do because we feel unworthy.  There are a lot things infertility can rob from you, here is one of the things we are trying to take back...

Example #1 Family Pictures

How many times have we seen amazing and cute family pictures with everyone in color coordinated outfits in a great location holding hands?  Man they look fantastic! And don't even get me started on the amazing family Christmas Letters we all get that make us feel like total losers  detailing all of the fun and super-cool family members and their year of adventures!  So dang interesting our lives just don't compare.

Family pictures are great but when you don't have a family it is just a couple's photo shoot and we all know unless you are at your senior prom, getting engaged, it is your wedding day, or grumble, grumble,grumble you are pregnant, nobody takes professional couple photos.  The thought is just sad because when you look at the photos you can always imagine the happy, smiling sons and daughters you have never had filling up the frame. You would have had so much fun getting your family ready for they yearly family picture!! Just think of all the wonderful possibilities...

How would your dress?  Would you wear matching outfits?


How would you pose?

Maybe you could have matching hairdos!!


Instead, you find yourself wondering how you can spice up your Couple Photo to make it more interesting...
Maybe bring along the family pet?



Or you could always show off a hobby?



I know!  A pet and a hobby!!  That will show all your friends and family that you too, infertile couple, are interesting and worthy of a family picture! 


Looking for more Akward Family Photos?  Check them out HERE!


*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!


Adventures in Infertility #67

#67 The Greasy Spatula

There are some things that we have been able to do, because we don't have children, that most other couples our age wouldn't have been able to do.  Some really fun things.  Some Adventurous things.  Some things we wish never happened...

When my husband was working on his undergraduate education he also worked as an alarm technician running the entire Northern California route all by himself.  On days when he needed to go to bigger cities with lots of traffic I would come along as his "car pool dummy." That way he could get to appointments quicker using the car pool lanes.

I would bring a book and listen to the radio while he fixed appointments all over the large metropolitan areas in Northern California.

Once he fixed the alarm for a recording studio in the bay area that had just had Metallica in the studio.  The guy who ran the studio saw me sitting in the car and invited me to wait in the lounge where they let all the musicians rest!  It had T.V., plush velvet couches and he even ordered take out for me!  However, that is not the story I wanted to tell today.  Today I wanted to tell you, dear reader, about a little late night adventure we had...

It all began one hot summer day.  We took off early for the bay area, him the alarm technician, me the car pool dummy.  His day was packed full of appointments in far off exotic locations like San Jose, Pleasanton, and Vacaville.  There were so many appointments that we never got a chance to eat.  We didn't have lunch and we didn't have dinner.  So when the last appointment wrapped up around 10pm and we began our long and arduous journey home we were hangry.  So hangry, in fact that we became desperate to find an open restaurant.  We could find narry a drive thru with an open window, Denny's seemed only an illusion, even all- night mini-marts seemed to be only on the other side of the freeway.  At almost midnight we pulled up to a deserted truck stop in the middle of nowhere.

Over joyed, we willed our tired bodies to to exit the car and trudge into the establishment.  A waitress smelling of stale cigarettes seated us next to the bathrooms, in the empty truck stop.  The urinal cake smell was so strong we could taste it with every breath but nothing would deter us from obtaining nourishment!

All I remember of the food that night is that I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich, for when the waitress came over we noticed she had no teeth and it all was downhill from there.

A pretty girl, even without her teeth, she quickly took our order and scampered to the back to hand it off to the cook.  A few short minutes later she arrived with our food and we dove in.  As the waitress stepped aside from our table, we noticed a man who must have been the cook coming out from behind the counter.

What happened next is the stuff only seen in movies.  We had to rub our eyes just to be sure they weren't playing tricks on us.

As the cook came into our full view we were shocked by his appearance.  Morbidly obese, his huge belly poked out of his greasy white t-shirt, making it look more like a half shirt.  His face was unshaven and moon shaped.  He squinted at us and sighed AS HE SCRATCHED HIS NAKED, CURLY HAIRED BELLY WITH A GREASY SPATULA!  One can only conclude that in a dive like this there may not be more than one spatula and, therefore, HE was scratching himself with a utensil used to make OUR food.  And if he was doing it now, in plain sight, he was probably doing it back in the kitchen while he was waiting for the cheese to melt on my sandwich!!



*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday's Matter FHE: "Who Am I that I should..." A Lesson of Service

At our home, and millions of others around the globe Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE) can reinforce and strengthen bonds between you and those you love.

Some of my favorite activities have been opportunities to give service to those in my family, my neighborhood, my church and my community.  There is just something about helping others that make you feel so good!






Points to Ponder:

"Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Abraham was old,... And Lazarus was dead."
Author Unknown

Who ever you are, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Nobody is perfect but everyone can be the perfect answer to someone's prayers.  Look for opportunities to serve those around you - you will be surprised with how much you are needed. 

READ: Read the story of Captain Wiggly Wings HERE

Share and discuss the story of Colonel Gail Halvorsen aka The Candy Bar Bomber who brought joy to thousands of children after WWII.

WATCH:  The Mormon Message "Unselfish Service" HERE

SHARE:  Share your ideas for serving those inside and outside of your home.  How can you make someone else smile?  Can you do something to lift someone's burden even for a moment?  What do you have to give?

{Activity:  Feed My Sheep Pudding! }



{Supplies}
 Arm length dowels or sticks for each person, masking or duct tape, spoons for each person
Chocolate pudding and Whipped Cream

The idea is to tape the spoons to the sticks so they are too long to feed yourself with. You can have people try and feed themselves.  The only way to get pudding is to have someone else feed you!  The longer the stick spoons the funnier it is to try and feed someone else.  Pick a partner and try and feed them a cup of pudding using your long stick!  You can even race - the first team done gets extra pudding!

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see your pudding faces

**You can also make candy parachutes like in the story and "drop" them by your friends and neighbors!**

{FHE doesn't have to be Perfect, it just has to BE!}




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #66

#66  Birds and the Bee's


This picture is hilarious.  I'm thinking it would be the perfect costume for us for Halloween!

We can hand out Baby Ruth candy bars (Get it? BABY Ruth? Hahaha)  I crack myself up!

Maybe if we dressed up like this and danced around a bit it would be like a Rain Dance but for babies?

Couldn't hurt right?  Well...except our self-esteem ;)

*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #65

#65 A Pox Be Upon Thee Insurance Company!

Did I ever tell you about the time that the Dr thought they would have to do a hysterectomy on me due to a large mass in my uterus?  I left the office worried and tearful.  A few days later, after a long and exhausting day at work, I got a phone call at home.  It was my friendly insurance company calling to congratulate me on my pregnancy!  They wanted to give me information about the area birthing centers and make sure all my questions were answered regarding all the medical care I would be needing in the next 9 months.



It was so ridiculous it made me laugh.  Struggling to catch my breath I kindly told her that her information was wrong and I, in fact, was about to - possibly- never have a baby.  Oops.

Did I ever tell you about the other time, a few weeks after that?  When I had a barrage of new tests (MRI, ultrasound, blood work) all trying to determine what kind of mass I had?  Of course the Dr said he would call me if anything looked out of the ordinary.  I never got a call from the Dr's office but I DID get a call from my friendly insurance company.  This time they wanted to assign me a nurse case manager to help get me through the extensive cancer treatment and chemotherapy I would need in the next few months, they also wanted to set me up with therapist in case I needed someone to talk to during this difficult time.



It was so ridiculous it made me cry.  Struggling to catch my breath I kindly told her that her information was wrong and I, in fact, was told nothing of the sort by my Dr. Double Oops!

And now it is just a funny story to tell, so I guess...thanks friendly insurance company!



*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Adventures in Infertility #64

#64  The Infertility Fairy Tale

 Once upon a time, in a land far far away, lived a handsome prince and beautiful maiden.  They lived in a small bedroom castle! In her father's house With their trusty cat Sirius and their faithful dog Bear.  And all was well in the land!  But things were not always so grand...oh who could ever learn to love a beast?

Not so many years ago, a darkness crept upon the land and put the princess under a curse causing her to have mood swings and to cry at stupid things like commercials on t.v. and the fact that someone ate the last potato chip.  The poor prince was beside himself, it seemed no matter what he did the savage beast could not be soothed.

You see, even girls who are married to princes can find fault with their husbands when under the control of fertility medications the evil queen ...

Especially when....

 Thankfully the handsome prince had a secret weapon!  A weapon that could only be used for good.  Passed down to him from his royal birth and refined in the finest of middle school institutions.

No it wasn't magical powers. No, it wasn't the sword of Griffindor. It wasn't even true loves kiss (although that never hurts!).  It was a power greater than all these.

Humor!  The kind and gentle prince was able to tame the fiery beast and rescue the kingdom and his sweet and beautiful princess using the goofiness that came so naturally to him.


The moral of the story, for those who care to know,
is always choose a funny prince no matter where you go.
If you choose one who jokes does crack,
he is one who will always have your back.
At times it may seem that passion and love may flame and dim
but if you select a prince who makes you laugh you will always love him.
For moments when the darts of the adversary are fiery and burdens make you boo,
a man to make you chuckle will get you out of any stew!

*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Adventures in Infertility #63

#63 Mask of Preggo (get it?  Like Zoro but...never mind)



Who doesn't love a good mask?  I like masks.  Mud masks are good!  Cream hydrating masks? Oh yeah! I've had peppermint masks, cucumber masks, even an avocado mask.  And I couldn't have enjoyed them more.

But never, until now, have I had a Pregnancy Mask.  Now before you pop off an acrylic nail pounding your "Congratulations" out on the keyboard I AM NOT PREGNANT.

I've have been getting this all-over darkening of the skin on my face in patches so I went to the dermatologist who told me, "Silly you've got pregnancy mask!  It will calm down once you have the baby."  I AM NOT PREGNANT.  "Oh. - awkward pause - well, it's not that you looked pregnant it is just that it is usually associated with pregnancy hormones....have you been on hormones lately?"  Looks at my chart.  "Oh yes.  Well that will do it!"

Apparently the hormones they gave me before my surgery 2 years ago, and then the hormones they gave me to restart my period, and then the hormones they gave me to try and help me get pregnant have convinced my face that I am pregnant, even though, I AM NOT PREGNANT.  Funny right?  Well, not funny ha-ha but funny I'm going to go eat a gallon of ice cream and cry into my pillow funny.

HERE is a link to some great make at home facial masks.

*Laughter is the best medicine right?  Why not laugh at my infertility?!  I do not mean to offend with any of these posts, it is just a way to let go a little and see the humor in our situation. Please laugh with me!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday's Matter: FHE Don't Worry Be Happy!

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE) filled with (hopefully) fun and giggles, spiritual and important topics and lots of love!

I'm not gonna lie, in this summer heat I feel like all I want to do after work is take a nap.  I can't imagine how exhausted all you parents are feeling, kids cooped up in the house with the air conditioner running, blazing sun baking the lawn.  It saps me just thinking about it.



I know FHE can be a struggle some times but I am here to tell you that whatever your effort may be, grand or small, it is appreciated and it builds such a good habit of setting aside time for family, for fun and for important spiritual matters to be discussed.  A time for you and your family, large or small, to focus on what is important to you.  And it is FUN!!

Opening Song: America The Beautiful  
(I used to despise this song as a kid because when we would sing it all the kids would look at me when we came to "amber waves of grain."  Nothin' worse for a shy kid than to have the whole class lookin' at 'em!)

Discussion:

Take a minute and discuss what makes you happy.  What things in your life do you think would make  your parents, your spouse, and your Heavenly Father happy?

Watch and Talk About:  We Can Find Happiness

See the stories of three people who find happiness through the plan of salvation as taught in the gospel of Jesus Christ. To learn more about how to find happiness, visit http://lds.org/plan/our-eternal-life?



Closing Song:    "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin!



{FHE Doesn't Have to be Perfect, It Just Has To BE}