NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  My hubby and I went to Temple Square a few days ago and enjoyed all the {so beautiful!!!} flower gardens, had a Lion House roll with honey butter (YUM!) and stayed for a college choir concert.  On our way out, the sun was just directly behind the temple, so I shot this silhouette.  I kind of love how it turned out. :o)

So, I thought today’s Sunday sermon should relate to temples.  Right?!?

I’ve come to realize that there are A LOT of misconceptions about what Mormons do in temples.  If you’ve ever wondered, you can read THIS.  Others have heard of our ‘Baptisms for the Dead’ and believe we exhume bodies for some weird ceremony in our temples.  Uh NO….NOT even close!  I suppose we should really change our wording so it’s more clear to those who don’t understand.  It’s actually ‘Baptism by Proxy’ and it is mentioned in the Bible, so I don’t see why many people, (even other Christians) find it so different.  The New Testament indicates that baptisms for the dead were done during the time of the Apostle Paul (see 1 Corinthians 15:29).   You can read more about temple worship HERE.

Have a terrific day today!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo of an old heirloom


Happy Wednesday!  I’ve previously mentioned my project of eventually photographing all heirlooms I have in the house (which aren’t very many :o).  This lone teacup was my Grandmother’s.  How I wish I knew if she was the original owner or if she possibly received it from someone else.  I suppose I’ll never know.  But at least my children and grandchildren will know who I received it from.  That’s better than nothing, right?!?

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW today!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful SPRING!

Well, the NEW things I want to share this week are some very random things I learned recently at a genealogy conference I attended.  So…in genealogy, we strive to find birth dates, marriage dates, death dates etc…and any additional historical information about marriage customs might just help us do that.  I didn’t previously know what ‘Bundling’ was.   However, now that I know, it probably won’t help me break through any genealogical brick walls, but I have to say it is interesting!

Did you know that sweethearts in the 18th century were not only allowed to sleep together before marriage, but were encouraged to???  It was known as ‘Bundling’ (check out Wikipedia OR This Blog)

I also learned of the history of  the Italian infant abandonment system and its name-assignment practices.  (Terrific article HERE)  I found it so sad that unwed mothers could anonymously abandon their babies in a rotating wheel that was on an outside wall of a hospital!  Wow.

That’s it for that random stuff.  Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

texblossoms Happy Monday!  First, I just have to say that I don’t use the Shazam app on my phone too often, but when I do, I smile and exclaim, ‘This is a beautiful thing!’  Sometimes on my commute…{much longer these days}, I’ll either listen to the classical radio station, a TED talk, a podcast or book on CD from the library.  Recently I was listening to the radio and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture was playing.  I knew I had played that piece in one of the orchestras I had belonged to throughout the years….but could I think of the title of the piece?  NO!  So I Shazam-ed it.  This wonderful app did not fail me! Plus the radio announcer explained the history of the piece, so I learned something NEW about Fingal’s Cave.  That day’s commute was awesome!

We also recently attended a concert of a friend who played ‘Concert Paraphrase of The Song of the Soldiers of the Sea‘  which was NEW to me.  Our friend’s fingers were flying! Loved it!

Lastly, I’ll just share a recent minor serendipitous thing.  I’ve had Philomena on my to-read list since seeing this post at A Delectable Life blog…way last year.  When I saw the movie, Philomena, at the library, I realized I probably wouldn’t read the book any time soon (too many others to get through)…so I checked out the movie.  I liked it (other than the unnecessary use of bad language)… because I love genealogy.  One of the characters in the movie quoted T.S. Eliot:

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

I normally would have NEVER even noticed that quote in the movie, but just the day before, I was inputting a PhD Honors Thesis into a database at work.  Part of the title of the thesis was ‘And they shall know the place for the first time’.  So, of course, when I heard it again the very next day, my ears were pricked.  I’ve since researched T.S. Eliot and learned something NEW.  Love it when that happens!

Have a great Monday!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW Texture Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!  I was going to save this post for my ‘Thursday Thought’, but just couldn’t wait.  (If I don’t get a post published for Thursday, you’ll know why! :o)

My breath was taken away when I noticed these beauties yesterday!  I had to walk that same path today, this time with my camera, and capture their loveliness!

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

Linking to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday