Archive for June, 2011


I can’t believe I’m old enough to use the phrase, “When I was a kid…”

When I was a kid:

George Bush Sr. is elected President.

The greenhouse effect is discovered.

America’s Most Wanted debuts.

Prozac is introduced to the public.

CD’s outsell albums for the first time.

#1 Song of The Year: Roll With It – Steve Winwood.

Top grossing film of the year: Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Penny Loafers with a penny in them and Levis with the cuffs rolled up were the fashion statements of the year.

Average price of a car in 1988: $14065.00

Average price of a gallon of milk in 1988: $2.00

Average price of a loaf of bread in 1988: $0.61

Average price of a stamp in 1988: $0.25

Cost of a gallon of gas: between 72 cents and 98 cents


When my mom was a kid:

The soviet Union puts Sputnik III into orbit with a total payload of 7,000 lbs and called it a “flying laboratory”.

The median U.S. family income is $5,087 and half of the families income is below the median.

A gallon of gasoline was 30 cents per gallon.

Levi’s cost $3.75 for one pair.

Mutt & Jeff’s hot dog was 25 cents, french-fries 10 cents and a coke was 10 cents.  We ate lunch for less than 50 cents.


IHOP opened it’s first restaurant in Los Angeles.

Stereo records are introduced

The U.S. launches it’s first communications satellite.

Aluminum cans first produced by Kaiser Aluminum.

President Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into US law.

“Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin was a big hit.

Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight boxing title for a record fifth time.

Americans buy 100 million hula-hoops, introduced by Wham-O, Mfg.


It’s fun to see, (or sometimes not so fun to see) how times have changed.  But!  No matter how young or old we are, one thing doesn’t change.  Diapers or wrinkles, binkies or dentures, we are all children of a loving God who will lift us if we fall. 


sMaLl and SiMpLe ThInGs

Back home I would play a game with some of my friends that we called ‘small and simple things’.  This is how it worked.  When any of us were down or just didn’t feel particularly cheery, one of us would say something like: hot towels fresh from the dryer.  Did I just hear an “Ahhhhh…” through the computer screen?!  Good!  A small and simple thing that brings great comfort or joy.  Anytime one of us shot out a super random comment such as this, the rest of us caught on pretty quickly and added on:  brushing your teeth.  getting an ‘i love you’ text.  a child’s laugh.  smell of baking brownies.  puppies.  sitting by a fireplace.  jumping into a pool on a hot day.  getting a candy bar in the check out line.  flip flops.  snow angels.  sneezing. light turns green right as you approach it.  making a fort.  popsicles.  newly trimmed hair.  a foot massage.  the list goes on and on.

ChAlLeNgE:  this week, when you’re down, explain this game to a friend and play.  It won’t take long for your mind to leave your troubles and start thinking hard about all of the small and simple things we might fail to see in our everyday life.

Watch this clip and look for ways you can turn bad or awkward situations into beautiful memories.  What matters the very most?

I know as we focus on what matters most, we’ll have better attitudes of grattitude and be more ready and willing to help others who are struggling because we have learned to appreciate the little things and learn all we can from the big things.  I know it’s true.  Experiement!  And comment about your experience!!

Kickin’ the Bucket!

I’ve always liked the idea of having a bucket list: a list of things to do before you die. 

I have a friend who is serious about her list.  Crystal made a pact with herself that ANYTHING she put on her list, she had to do.  No matter what.  In her young teenage years, she put ‘go on a road trip across the country without a road map.’  She probably thought it would be all fun and games, money wouldn’t be a problem, not much planning, and quite the adventure.  Well, at least she was right about it being quite the adventure!  Crystal studied maps intensely beforehand (her rule was she couldn’t bring them with her), got a few friends together, saved the money, reserved places to stay, etc, and off they went. 

My first thought when hearing about this experience and all the fun they had was, “I wish I could do that.”  My second thought was, “Well, why can’t I?!”  Maybe not the exact same thing, but something to fulfill a wish I have or had at one time in my life.

What is important to you to pack into this life? 

First of all, “A goal not written down is merely a wish”, so…here are a few pointers on how to set goals, which will help you accomplish both what you want to (like bucket lists) and what you need to.

Step 1: Evaluate (decide what needs to be done). Make a list of the things you would like to know, qualities and abilities you would like to develop, and things you want to accomplish in your life.

Step 2: Plan (what to do and when). Write down the goal and how you plan to reach it. Remember, a goal not written down is merely a wish. If you want to, choose a parent, friend, or leader to whom you will report the progress you make. Set a time to complete your goal and dates along the way to check your progress.

Step 3: Act on the plan. If the goal is something you can do by yourself, do it! If you need help, ask someone to help you complete your goal.

Step 4: Report on progress and results. Meet with the person to whom you chose to report your progress. Tell what you have done and check your progress. Some of your goals may be confidential.

Last tip:  You can also check yourself or always report them to Heavenly Father in prayer.  I know He loves to see our progress and help us when we need it!

What if we felt the same way Crystal did about our goals?  If we just had to accomplish every single one of them!  It takes a little planning and a little patience, but not many things are impossible!  Try to apply these steps to something you’re trying to accomplish now!  I’d love to hear about your experience.  Please comment!!