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My Week

I really don't have a good excuse for not having written this week. It was kind of a crazy busy week, but also a very sad week for us. You see, my husbands awesome 88 year old grandmother died on Monday. We were able to go and visit her in the nursing home not two weeks ago, she hugged us, kissed us on both cheeks and extracted a promise that we visit her as soon as we could. Within six days the nursing home people said that she was on her way out. We chose not to let our 10 year-old and 5 year-old see her like that, at the very end of her life and not really making complete sense, because they had just seen her very much alive and well and we wanted them to remember her that way. Within 8 days of visiting her she was gone. Within a week and a half we've had her funeral and she's been buried. I feel that I've learned a lot this week, between teaching our kids what we believe happens to our body and our spirits afterwards, the very awesome funeral home's explanation to the kids about what happens to the body and spirit that also touched my heart and her beautiful funeral, I've learned that I do have a testimony of our gospel, sometimes I feel that I'm floundering. Sometimes it's just so hard, but I'm so grateful for the beautiful testimonies that were given to us yesterday at her funeral. At one point my husband leaned over and asked me, "How can you not believe after this?" He wasn't meaning me, but those in the family and the room that have kind of gone away from our church and don't believe the way that we do or that have never been baptized into our church. I'm not sure how people who don't believe in any afterlife at all get through funerals and death. I'm not sure that I'd be able to handle losing anyone if I didn't believe we'd all be reunited. A few weeks ago, I finished reading the Book of Mormon again, I just read for a few minutes (5 or 10) per day,so sometimes it takes a while to finish it. When I finished I felt that I should talk about this book on my blog, but I haven't been able to get up the courage or whatever to do it, not until Grandma died. Thank you Grandma for your beautiful testimony and for the strength that I was able to gain from you. I can't even tell you how many times I've read it, but if you haven't read it, I highly recommend it, through reading this book you can come to know about Heavenly Father's plan for his children, Jesus' atonement and sacrifice for us, and about the love that we can all have in our homes and families.

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About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …