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Is it really Monday?

My aunt went into the hospital on Friday, so I was with her until about 9 PM Friday night. On Saturday I spent most of the day making ear rings and other jewelry to sell at the craft fair for our Indian tribe this weekend. Sunday I goofed off in the morning and then went to Church, suddenly realizing I had a ton of stuff to do, including finishing up my weekly lesson prep, that I started on Thursday. Generally I’ll have one lesson that just doesn’t come together super fast. This week’s difficult lesson was Monday’s, and so I had to spend some time last night trying to prepare the lesson. I worked on it (inefficiently) for probably an…

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Jacob and Esau reunite

We started off by singing “Happy Family” from the Primary song book. I drew names out of the prayer bucket for us to use in singing until everyone’s name had been sung. It was silly, but Happy Family fit in with our lesson pretty well. In today’s Seminary lesson, Jacob and Esau reunite. We did a short exercise on what Jacob did to prepare for Esau to come, reading several verses in Genesis 32 and 33 that described how Jacob prepared to meet Esau. I did describe to the students what it meant that Jacob separated the flocks and herds out so that they could arrive to Esau a little while after each other. Maximum impact was what Jacob wanted.…

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Rocky Days

So, the last two days have been a little rocky. Monday the kids were chatty again. Today they were droopy. It’s never in between, I guess. Genesis 25, Genesis 26 Today I based my whole lesson on the word flippant. I was pretty confident that most of my kids would not know the meaning of the word, but since it describes Esau so perfectly, I decided to use it. We started out playing Hang The Bishop. Hang the Bishop is Hangman, just with a necktie :) I wrote the word down on a slip of paper and let one of the students run the game for me. After they discovered the word, I had one of the students who said…

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Laid back Friday

Today we kicked back and just had a fun day. I didn’t assign any reading. To start off I read an article about a couple that died after 72 years of marriage holding hands. I just used it as a little devotional kick off for the day, reminding them of yesterday’s lesson (which apparently I didn’t blog about…). Mentioned that the key to success for this couple was not how long they dated or how long they were engaged — which was about 12 hours, incidentally — but that even when they were uncomfortable and dying, their thoughts were of each other. They were unselfish. The boys separated out and wrote a Plan of Salvation outline for their Duty to…

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Abraham and Isaac

Today I woke up in a panic — I was sure that today’s lesson was on Rebekah, and I wasn’t prepared. So I thought: “Meh, I’ll just fake it,” and went back to sleep. Yes, I really am that wicked. Then I woke up again a few minutes later worrying about Rebekah and what a bad person I am. And then I remembered that I was actually covering Abraham and Isaac, and that I was actually probably over-prepared. I came downstairs at 6:01, and I could hear the kids sitting on the couches in the dark discussing how they were going to jump out and scare me from the library. LOL. I guess we left the basement door unlocked and…

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That’s bananas, Girl!

I’m a little behind on my blogging due to our family vacation this weekend. We drove up to Shenandoah National Park for our annual weekend in the mountains. Yesterday I was so sore from hiking I could barely move. Normally I teach standing, but yesterday I had to sit for the whole lesson. OUCH. For our first hike this year, we hiked to Little Stony Man and around the ridge to Stony Man and then back down to the parking area. It was kind of a last minute decision, and the sun was setting….. not wise. While Jared went down Little Stony Man to get the car and move it up to Stony Man parking, the kids and I raced…

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Wickedness all around

I warned my kids yesterday that I was supposed to have an observer from the stake in my class today, so they were giving me a bad time this morning. As it turned out, the observer forgot our appointment, and I was off the hook. Above you can see some caterpillars that look a lot like our Delilah. Our Delilah has a much uglier face, though. Today’s lesson went really well. I have been making more of an effort to have a stronger beginning and conclusion to the lessons. I’ve been trying to establish the background of what we’re reading a little better each day. Today I had the kids tell me the “generations of Noah” or, the ancestors of…

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General Conference and Seminary Review

Wasn’t general conference great this weekend? Best in a long while for me. I really enjoyed all the talks. I tried to help get #ldsconf to trend again this year, but some of our main DC Mormon tweeters were out of commission for various reasons. Basically, it was just me MormonShare and Lady Ozma. Couldn’t do it this year. I feel pretty confident it was all the football related tweets going on that threw off the trending stats. Next time. Anyway, had the kids write their conference questions. 1 lost her card and asked questions from the Saturday session. 3-4 didn’t bring questions at all. So, nearly a 50% fail rate. I suppose that was to be expected, and I…

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Seminary lessons learned from National Geographic

This month’s National Geographic magazine has an article in it on the teenage brain. As the mother of a teenager and a Seminary teacher, I was interested to read what they said. Much of the information was not particularly new to me — this information on the developing teenage brain has been available for a while now. I first read about it in Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind (a fantastic parenting book). In short, researchers have discovered that the teenage brain is developing more that was previously believed. While the brain does not change much in size during adolescence, neural pathways are developing at an astonishing rate. Though the teenage brain can evaluate…

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