Nursery · Printables

The Purpose of Nursery

Yes, I’m still here and yes, I’m still in Nursery. I was actually thinking of deleting the blog. I don’t how people find time for blogging. I have so much to do. But sometimes I’m working on something for Nursery or family history and think someone might find it useful.

I was working on the Nursery lesson for Sunday. It doesn’t take too much time anymore as most of the stuff is already done. So I have time for the extra stuff that I’ve always wanted to do. I thought I would make a sign about the purpose of Nursery as stated in the manual, “Behold Your Little Ones”. I think some people don’t understand what Nursery is and isn’t. This might help for those who are newly called to Nursery or just subbing for the day. It is definitely not a babysitting service. Maybe they should think up a different name for Nursery as the word “nursery” kind of implies that meaning. Anyway, it’s just black and white because I was printing on colored/patterned paper. I just got a frame from the Dollar Tree to display the sign. At the very least maybe it will inspire you to create your own 🙂


Here is the link to the printable: The Purpose of Nursery .doc or .pdf

Family History

Organizing Media in Family Tree Maker

I use FTM for my genealogy. Over the past few days I have been working on organizing the media. I have over 8600 media items. Most of them are the source images from Ancestry. I leave the source images alone, but I do categorize them. For the rest of the media I’ve decided to edit the captions to make identifying them easier when I’m in the media view. I put the last name of the principal person in all caps at the beginning of the caption. FTM lists all the media alphabetically. If I have the last name first all my media will be alphabetized. There are some media where this method does not work. Those are very rare instances. I’ve been trying to make a note of those so I can attach them to other people in my tree later. For an example of the caption/indexing result here I am in the “Media” tab under “Collection” tab with the media category “Photos” selected.


While working in media, I have also been renaming files. Again, I am attempting to have them index alphabetically, not just in FTM but also in my Windows Explorer. I do not have them all named properly yet. Ideally the naming process will be lastnamefirstnames-birthyear-deathyear-descriptionifnecessary-01(etc.) As I cannot see the dates in the media view most of them do not have the birth and death years yet.


If there is a media item that has more than one person I will put the principal person first and then after their deathyear- I will put the other people firstnamelastname- and then the description, if necessary. For example, here are my grandparents. I need to go look up their birth and death years because I do not have them memorized.

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By naming my files this way, they index alphabetically and I know which person it refers to as there are a few people with the same name.

This is an extremely long process. I highly suggest deciding on a standard naming convention for your media files when you are just starting so you don’t have to go through this. I also have a few duplicate files that I need to delete.



Printables · quotes



Every man and every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil. It is not what he says alone; it is not alone what he does. It is what he is. Every man, every person radiates what he or she really is. … It is what we are and what we radiate that affects the people around us.

As individuals, we must think nobler thoughts. We must not encourage vile thoughts or low aspirations. We shall radiate them if we do. If we think noble thoughts; if we encourage and cherish noble aspirations, there will be that radiation when we meet people, especially when we associate with them.

I really liked this quote by David O. McKay so wanted to put it in my scripture journal. I like pretty things and like putting quotes and stuff on journal cards or labels to glue in my journal. Some quotes are too long to write by hand onto a physical journal card so I wanted some digital ones where I cut copy and paste quotes.

I bought a pack of digital journal cards from Joyful Heart Designs at Creative Market. I like these because the file includes individual image pngs so you can just pick one card to use. It also has a PDF file of all the cards for printing.

I added the border while I was editing it in Paintshop. If you would like to print for yourself, just click on the image for the full-size.


Serve the LORD Your God with JOY and Gladness of Heart

I was reading Isaiah 1:7-15 this morning and pondering on how these verses apply to my life. In verse 7 there is a cross-reference to Deuteronomy 28:51-52. The verses in Deuteronomy are the prophecy and the verses in Isaiah 1 are the fulfillment of that prophecy. I decided to read a little bit more in Deuteronomy 28 and saw that the preceding verses also matched up with the verses in Isaiah 1. In Deuteronomy 28:45-47 it says:

Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee:
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

This has been on my mind for quite some time. I have known I need to repent. I am very grateful today that each time I read the scriptures it applies to whatever happens to be going on in my life. The truth is we are not always asked to do things we enjoy, but the Lord needs us to do them anyway. We need to overcome our sorrow and pride and find it in our hearts to serve Him with joy and gladness.
The verses I was reading in Isaiah spoke of the Israelites performing the actions of the law but not living the heart of the law. They did not serve with joy and gladness. Their service was an unacceptable sacrifice to the Lord. As a result, they were faced with the prophesied curses.
I love this image with Deuteronomy 28:47. I love how it is a reminder to serve with joy and gladness of heart.

Heart Inspirations


Deuteronomy 28:47 encourages us to

“…serve the LORD your God


joy and gladness of heart,

 for the abundance of everything…”

Isn’t it true…that we are so richly…abundantly…filled-to-overflowing…with blessings?


I hope wereally see that!


And what is our heart’s response to Him for such loving care and provision?

The awesome God Who has so abundantly cared for us deserves ALL of our praise…

…and ALL of our lives,

…devoted to Him in joyful, gladness

…with ALL of our hearts!!

The Hebrew word used here, translated joy, means blithesomeness or glee.

Do we find our hearts feeling that type of joy when we consider the abundance of God’s love and care for us?  He most definately deserves no less!

Sending hugs!


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Getting Organized

Shoe Organization

Today I finally got around to taking photos to put on my shoe boxes. I bought these clear boxes so I could see the shoes without opening the box. However, my closet is dark so I couldn’t always tell what pair it was. I took pictures of all my heels and wedges today. Tomorrow I’ll do flats and boots. My flip flops are all in a bag together so I won’t bother with those.


After I took the pictures I transferred them to a folder labeled “Shoes” in my Pictures library. To print, I selected the “Share” tab at the top of the toolbar in Windows Explorer. I then pressed Ctrl-A to select all of the photos.  Back to the menu bar…I selected “Print”.




When the Print window opened I used the scroll bar on the right and scrolled to the bottom and selected “Contact Sheet”. This allows you to print 35 thumbnails on one piece of paper.

I put a sheet of sticker paper in the printer and printed them out. All that is left is to cut them out and apply to the appropriate shoe box. A paper trimmer would be great for this job, but as you can see in this blurry photo, I just used my scissors. ✂️


Holly Journals Subscription Box

One of my guilty pleasures. I’ve  had a subscription to this box for a couple of months. I would have shared earlier, but I feel it is an indulgence and I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I spend this much money each month on a handmade journal. The journal definitely lives up to the cost but I don’t have the budget of a “Real Housewife”. This month I felt I had to share because of the personal touch included in the box. 
For the month of May, Holly created a travel journal. My first thought, “Great. The one year I’m not making two cross-country trips.” But as always it is gorgeous. 

And every few pages is a section filled with various ephemera, envelopes, bags and/or smaller bits of paper.

Each month she includes a loose sheet of journal prompts. This month she also included a sheet of photo opps inside the journal.

I was pleasantly surprised today to find this charming pendant personalized with my town! 

The journal box ALWAYS arrives by the first of the month. I opened the box when it arrived but not the little packets inside. I’ve been really busy, and exhausted, with yard work this month. That is why I am just opening the “little” bits today. The box also includes a little sweet. This month it is a mini altoids tin.

I love Holly Journals. I always intend to journal but I struggle, as with everything else, on making it a daily habit. These journals are just the right size to use up in a month. I didn’t journal this month because a topical journal was sent. With the way the month has been going I don’t know if I would have journalled anyway. I did go to two events the past two Saturdays so those will be definitely recorded in this travel journal.

Holly Journals are so beautiful I love opening them up every day. Having the various ephemera in them gives me plenty of space for including pictures, recording notes and lists, and making focused journal entries rather than just my daily thoughts. Yes, it is a luxury, but it will be one of the last things to get cut from the budget if the need arises.


Nursery Lesson 02 – Heavenly Father Has a Plan for Me

I made cue cards for the lesson. I made a two-page template with four 3 ½ x 5 text boxes on a page. I printed them out and cut them out. I just used scissors here, even though I have three different paper trimmers. Just being lazy. I will probably redo them with a paper trimmer sometime today.


I still need to make cards for action songs and activity verses. Actually, I want to make objects for those so we can just pull some from a bag and do that. I just haven’t made time for it. I’m focusing on getting my house and yard taken care of so I don’t sit down to work on Nursery items until Saturday. That doesn’t give me much time to do extras. Once I am caught up (ha ha) I want to designate a time just to sit down and work on extra stuff.

This lesson is basically singing the first verse of I Am a Child of God and discussing each line. The manual uses two pictures. I printed them out on photo paper so I wouldn’t have to flip through the manual. I also printed out two posters from the Friend. Heavenly Father Prepared a Way for Me to Return to Him (just the first page) and Take My Hand Hold On Tight.

  • I am using the first poster for the first line of the song because it has a picture of the earth on it.
  • For the second line, the manual uses the picture of Jesus Christ. I will use that also but I plan on referring back to the first poster to discuss the things we can do to return to Him.
  • For the third line, I will use the picture of the family as stated in the manual.
  • For the fourth line, I will use the second poster as a visual. It shows an adult hand holding a child’s hand and following a path.

Optional Activities:

I don’t always do the optional activities but I like to have them prepared anyway. There are a lot of resources and Sugardoodle and Chicken Scratch have a lot of links but being in junior nursery most of them are too advanced for my kiddos. I usually just pick things I can use as visual aids with the lesson and maybe something to use as a handout. Always something from though as we are only supposed to use church approved materials in our lessons. I might print out file folder games or other activities made by other people to use during play time but not for lesson time.

I printed out the coloring page from the manual onto card stock so we can make mobiles out of them. I am in junior nursery so my children don’t really color. I probably should have printed it out on colored card stock and laminated it because of that. Oh well.

I also printed out two coloring pages from the Friend. I printed one and then put it back in the printer and printed the other one on the back side. I printed out a bunch of lesson summaries on one piece of sticker paper. I cut them out and covered up a section of text on one of the coloring pages. You can see that on the reverse of this coloring page is the other one I printed out.


These are the coloring pages I used. I did not want to link directly to the PDF files. To get the PDF files select the “download” links.


Note: I have the sharing link at my Google Docs set to view only. If you can’t download let me know and I will change it to edit also. I uploaded my Word Docs because they are easier to edit. I can publish them as PDFs and upload those also.