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Learn to listen to your heart. Listen to your Creator. So much truth here. I am old enough and I have had enough life experience to know that my journey is my very own experience, unique to me. How I choose to take that journey is up to me. My attitude can make all the difference. I can choose to embrace my journey and make the very best of it or I can murmur and complain the entire way. Sometimes my journey has been hard.

Sometimes my journey has been full of joy. Always it has had the guiding hand of my Heavenly Father and always it has required my faith in His plan for me. And always, when I choose to focus on the good things in my life, I can find joy in my journey, even through the hard parts, and it is so much better! If you are 12 years old, you might wish you were At 14, you might wish you were And at 18, occasionally you might even wish you were 12 again and could start all over. You can spend your days feeling sad, alone, misunderstood, or unwanted.

Remember, you are truly a daughter of God! With this in mind, I invite you to walk confidently and joyfully. Yes, the road has bumps and detours and even some hazards. Look for the happiness your Father in Heaven has prepared for you in every step of your journey. As you joyfully use the map your loving Father has provided for your journey, it will lead you to holy places and you will rise to your supernal potential. You will grow into the daughter of God you hoped you would become.

Dear sisters, dear young women of the Church, dear young friends, as an Apostle of the Lord I leave you a blessing that you will find your way on this journey home and that you will be an inspiration to your fellow travelers. It is also my promise and prayer that as you honor and live true to the covenants, the principles, and the values of the gospel of Jesus Christ, at the end of your journey Heavenly Father will be there.

He will embrace you, and you will know once and for all that you have made it home safely. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. My daughter and her husband bought a home at the end of last year and since spring and warmer weather is finally here, she is anxious to make some changes outdoors. Her first request was to paint her front door a fun new color.

I have to give it to my girl, she knows what she likes, and how to find it. The color that she chose was Nautilus SW and the work began. We took the door off its hinges and I sanded it down. Did you see how we used a hair dryer to get rid of the saw dust? Who needs a compressed?

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Well, yes, that would have been nice! A repair of the outside corner needed to be done before we painted and since we bought a paint that had primer included, the transformation began. My sweet girl is trying her hand at learning the ins and outs of home improvement. She is also very patient and gets the work done right.

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  8. Even my granddaughter got into the fun. She is pseudo sanding. Is that a thing?! After the first coat dried we had to wait a few days before I was able to come back and lightly sand the door again so that we could add a second coat. SHE added a second coat. When I came back today to work on another project , the gorgeous door was the first thing I saw and it made me smile. I love a home that makes me smile!!! Yes, we are working on something new here at her home. It was a gorgeous day here in Minnesota and it was glorious being out side with no coat and just wearing sandals!

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    Bring on the sun!!!! Yup, that was me, when I decided to put in a kitchen back splash the weekend before I was to host Easter dinner! In hindsight, it was great motivation to get it finished before company came the following weekend.

    I got Mr Man involved with the lighting. It was divide and conquer time. He worked on disconnecting the lighting while I cleared the counters and assembled what I would need to get started. I usually work on this kind of project by myself but, I would have to say, it was quite fun to work together using our unique talents. I found glass tiles online quite a while ago and I brought in a sample in with me to buy the grout. I had comments about how pretty and unique it was. That is why I love it so much.

    It is not common and the pop of color is just what I need in my kitchen. The starting point is so important. I had to make sure the black aluminum trim was set exactly level vertically because, if you have that off, everything that follows will be off. Take the extra time at the beginning to make sure that you have it right!!! For the most part it was fairly easy, but when you times it by ok, not that many, but it sure seemed like it.

    I took a sheet of paper and outlined the outlet, cut out the square, and then lined it up over the sheet of tile. I used a dry erase marker to mark the tiles that I was going to cut off the sheet because, when I finished, I could wipe them off. It is a bit tricky to maneuver if you are using it in a small space, but I found that if you start the line score it you can use a hammer and flat head screwdriver to separate the tile in a clean line. We found them at Home Depot. They are made to go in between the box and the plug like a washer but are made out of a hard plastic.

    Sometimes I had to back butter the sheets of tile but for the most part I was able to apply it directly to the wall. I waited 48 hours for it to dry and then I grouted. Once the grout was dry …. I have company coming for Easter dinner! In my head scary place that it is I cannot imagine not sealing it. That means find a sealer that you can use with glass tiles.

    I had a lovely new look in my kitchen in time for Easter. Now can someone remind me to check the calendar before I tackle a project just to make sure there are no potential holidays coming up in the next week? Appreciating that journey requires the right mindset, which BJ obviously has. Once we created a Facebook group for all of our old school friends, people began to reconnect and share. Some shared stories of hard home lives and going down dark roads in life and how that they overcame to create pretty good lives for themselves. Unfortunately, my classmate is right. Not everyone moves on.

    Not everyone starts new or builds a better life. Because of my faith and because I believe that our homes are so foundational in shaping our lives, I took the opportunity to tell some students to whom I was speaking that if there is something they do not like about their current home life, then they can make a change as adults in their own homes.

    BJ went on to say that she found ways to work through her feelings and develop a good relationship with her parents. Our childhood homes have such an impact on who we become in life, for better or worse. She has created what I call success at home. Thank you Sharon for the kind words. I learned a lot about making a house a home, and for me, here were 3 things that stood out the most for me in your book. If I have to think about it too long, I know it is something that I will regret buying.

    It is almost as if I am talking myself into it. BUT, if I fall in love and just have to have it … I will never regret the purchase. You can click here to read it. For one week, we are going to let those of you who want to win a copy of the book, comment below. You may also click here to buy it right away. I bought a table and 4 chairs. So long ago that I forgot where I bought it.

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    It was a great deal though … I remember that part. It sat around for years being a utility table for all my other projects. Unfortunately, I was loading it down with anything and everything and it ended up pretty messy. In fact, when I went back to find a starting photo, the only one I could find was one that is actually cleaner than it normally was.

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    My mother moved into her independent living apartment in October and needed a dining room table. She sold her table when she moved here to Minnesota and now is eating on her card table. I am in awe of how simple and content she lives. I would want to have pictures and color on my walls and of course a table to eat on. She is content that she has walls, white is fine, and her card table is a table. You already know that I happen to have a table that is not being used and l wanted to see if I could make it into something that she would be proud to have in her home.

    I needed to keep it simple, so she would welcome it into her home. The finish was so bad on it that I decided to sand it down to see what I had to work with. There was grime to wash off, old paint and varnish to remove, and I was pleasantly surprised to find gorgeous wood underneath.

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    Sorry for the bad lighting. I was working into the night with only the patio light to see. Night time is cold here in Minnesota even though we are having a warmer winter than normal. You can see some snow on the ground. I love working on projects. I usually have some noise going in the background this time of year its Hallmark movies and I get lost in my thoughts.

    I see what is developing and think about what I can do with it. I was going to stain the wood but I thought the contrast of the light wood and darker legs would be a pretty. I decided on a clear coat. It shows the definition of the wood without making it too dark.

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    It became sturdy again and I was getting excited to see something beautiful emerge. I found myself wishing I could keep it for myself as a game table downstairs. Maybe I should run out and buy her something different? The last thing that I did was to distress the edges. It was looking too plain and the distressing helped bring out the lines of the furniture. This was a project made with love, knowing that my mom would be able to use something that I did for her, every day. I hope it reminds her of how much I love her and enjoy caring for her.

    I am working on another project for her that I will post soon. As you get older you have different needs and I am having fun trouble shooting those needs to make her life easier. The blog is one of those things. Mostly my fault of course This is his super power but not mine! Did you see my new header? Of course how could you miss it? That took an afternoon. But, I learned a lot! And, I added a profile photo of myself and the other Joy in my life. I also cleaned my carpet. Even staying inside and giving a room a deep clean gives me joy. We have two dogs who we love dearly ….

    But after using my Hoover carpet cleaner and Hoover Pet Plus cleaner my carpet now looks like this …. A fan running helped dry it out quicker, although my Hoover cleaner can rinse, and has great suction. I love old pieces with character, or in this case, a history. I grew up learning to sew on this sewing machine and spent many, many hours sewing my clothes.

    I remember one Christmas getting a Simplicity pattern and fabric from my Mother. I was disappointed that my sister had the better pattern and material, but I fell in love with my new dress while working on the sewing machine and table.