We don’t usually post on Sunday’s but wanted to share a few things that have been on our mind lately. Kristi and I spent this weekend going through old pictures to create a gallery wall in our parents revamped guest room and noticed a theme to the pictures: handmade. Whether it was from the meal or dessert to the dresses we wore or toys we played with, we were surrounded with things that were made with love, not money. (Thanks mom!)
Isn’t that what DIY/craft blogging is? We create pretty things to put in our homes to make the space feel warm and inviting or create something a friend will “just love” and think of us when they wear it or eat it or enjoy looking at it. Right? To create “is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul” and put so eloquently in this video, “you don’t need money to create something of substance or beauty.”
Our mother was like that. Many mothers are like that. And we, now mothers, are definitely like that. In fact, most Mormon mothers are like that. Kristi and I are Mormons; we belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We think this is why there are so many Mormon bloggers… we have been taught to be frugal and provident since our youth- to repurpose, upcycle and revamp before it was the cool and trendy thing to do! LOL
We want you to know what goes on behind the scenes of Lolly Jane. Kristi has taken a step back from blogging to focus more on her 2 young boys as she doesn’t want to miss a thing. My littles are all in school now (youngest started preschool! Whaaah!) so you’re stuck with me (; But, we are both actively involved with the youth program in our church, specifically looking over the younger women, (ages 12-18,) and you may have noticed young women (YW) ideas on the blog before. Working with them is not a paid job but voluntary- we spend hours with them each week, from time at church to youth activities during the week. Driving them around. Texting with them. Inviting them in to our homes, to play with our kids or just hang out, chat and give advice. And you’d better believe there are late nights talking (sometimes crying) to help them through the tough, dramatic teen years. We love our young women! We treat them like our own children. We are blessed to be able to work along side them and see their testimonies of their Savior and Father in Heaven grow. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve with them as our testimonies of our Savior and Father in Heaven grow. We, as Christian women, love the Lord. We love our role we are blessed to have and especially love to share our talents, time and creations with our readers and document them on this little blog of ours.
So why do you think some of your favorite bloggers are Mormon?
I will personally send you a free packet filled with the personal thoughts of some of our fave Mormon Mommy Bloggers, who share why they are:
A free book? Yep! The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is the ancient records of prophets who lived in the Americas before, during and after Christ’s time on earth. It does not replace the Bible but goes hand-in-hand with it and we feel so blessed to have these scriptures to offer guidance in time of trial and to help us get to know our Heavenly Father and Savior better.
Of course you are under no obligation to read it… or attend our church services, or get baptized or have 9 kids like our saintly mother (; What you do with it is entirely up to you, we just want you to have it. And if you’re worried that we’ll use your info to send missionaries to your home, we won’t. Promise! You get the packet + The Book of Mormon, that’s it. No strings attached. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about many of your favorite bloggers and why we are Mormon. Easy peasy.
Happy Sunday, you guys!
ps: The church is our most favorite thing but here are more of our earthly favorite things, 2 days left to enter to win it all!