Monday, October 8, 2012

Columbus Day

After a wonderful General Conference weekend, we're just having a lovely day together at home...all together, because of an "in-service" day for the teachers!  

I've got to say that there were many wonderful talks this weekend that answered our family's questions:  questions about what we should be teaching our children, how we can be better parents, and how we can feel the Holy Ghost and follow the Savior.

In addition to those talks, I also really appreciated the tenderness of Larry Echo Hawk's remarks regarding the Book of Mormon being the record of his Native American ancestors.  His call to read the Book of Mormon and for this branch of the House of Israel to return to covenants was touching.  It reminded me that the promises in the Book of Mormon are true and that the same call and warnings apply to us as well.

Ever since the Amen was said on Conference yesterday, I've been thinking about how the world makes so much sense while we are listening to the prophets during General Conference...and how quickly we re-enter the confusion of the world that is so full of half-truths and distractions.

General Conference focuses us so quickly and completely on what is important in life, and for that I am most grateful.

In honor of Columbus Day, we read our favorite (probably our only) book about Christopher Columbus.  Then we spent time painting these hand-print "Santa Maria" paintings inspired by this pin on Pinterest.

These photos don't show it, but after the paint dried we added "sails" to our handprint boats.  I love seeing the progression in my children's art over time.  I could see a lot of growth in all of their work today as they blended blues and white for the ocean water and as they depicted volcanoes.

I hope you've all had a wonderful Monday!


  1. That looks like so much fun for the kids! We are celebrating Columbus day on the 12 (the actual day Columbus landed in the new world) because it's a birthday at our house. We might even have a Columbus themed party!

    1. Oh, I just love that...I can't wait to see what you guys do!

  2. I loved the pictures of your children and their art. You have adorable kids. General conference was such a lift. The messages seemed so heartfelt and emotional. At least I shed a few tears while listening to them.
    Blessings to you!

    1. Such a lift is right...cannot wait to review the talks again!!

  3. I did have a wonderful monday-columbus day-discover more ancestors. Decided after 50 plus years of doing genealogy to look at my brick walls with the Internet's help and I found many new relatives that I can now take to the temple and offer the opportunity for them to be eternal families!!!

  4. Looks like a perfect way to spend the day after conference weekend!