How to Achieve Your Dreams: Connect With Your Community

Oh my! The woman in this video above, Barb Sher, gives such an amazing presentation on how to achieve your dreams. She claims we achieve dreams not from having a positive attitude, but by having a community that you connect with by sharing your dream with them. That’s why the video is titled “Isolation is the Dream Killer.” Which gives new meaning to what we’ve all been through in 2020-21. How many dreams were stolen by you know what? I highly encourage you to watch this video. Her stories of people overcoming obstacles to achieve their dreams are astounding. Especially her very last story at the end! Community indeed is so important to our happiness!

This video below is about people who love so many things, they don’t know what to focus on.

If you want more of Barb, go to her website here. It has links to a bunch of her recordings for free.

You can also read her book, Wishcraft, for free in, in PDF form. You can sign up for 90 days of for free. Read more about that here.

Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want
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Lemony Ice Cream

Yowzers! It’s been over 100 degrees here in Utah this past week. I’m used to that kind of weather in Utah during late July and early August, not June! I cooled off eating this ice cream this week. It’s so yummy! The lemony hint just adds more to the coolness.

Mix together in a mixer:

2 c raw cream

2 c raw milk, or for more creamy ice cream, use 2 more cups raw cream instead of milk

2 to 4 egg yolks or even more, for extra richness

1 c maple syrup

1/8 tsp mineral salt

30 drops lemon essential oil

zest of lemon, to taste

Pour into your favorite ice cream maker and use according to the maker’s instruction manual. Store in freezer until serving time.

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Why I Won’t Get the COVID Vaxx

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I’ve heard reports of reactions to the COVID shot. One of my friends has a mother-in-law die from it. I got the above image and the text below the dashed line from my friend LaRayne. I’ve copied and pasted the information from her. I echo her opinion. If you are of like mind, please spread this information!


Are you feeling the pressure yet???

The pressure from governments, media, and society to get the COVID-19 vaccine is tremedous. What are you going to do? For me, I’ve made my decision.

I won’t get the shot.

Here are the 10 reasons WHY I won’t be getting the Covid-19 shot.

I’ve got a couple of resources for you today to help you make your own best informed decision about the COVID-19 shot, and to help those you love do the same thing. And if you decide you DON’T want it, there is help for you to fight against those who might pressure you to get it, such as schools and employers.

The pressure to get the Covid-19 shot is intense. Have you felt it? Each person has the right and responsibility to choose for themselves if they want to get it or not. And each of us need to make an INFORMED decision. The problem is that honest and full information is being censored from the general population.

Many are getting the shot because they hear it’s safe and effective.

The truth is these injections are NOT safe and effective even though that’s what many mainstream media and medical sources are claiming.

Many of you may already know the dangers and risks involved with these shots. Increasingly we’re seeing injuries reported. But only a tiny fraction of these injuries and risks are being reported.


Here’s an article I researched and wrote explaining why I won’t get the shot. It includes 10 reasons and over 70 sources of information. Since writing it there is even more evidence of injury and death caused by the shot. More comes in every day.


The second resource will help you know your rights to say NO to schools and employers that might be pressuring you to get the shot against your will. This article comes from Kristen Chevrier of Your Health Freedom:

How to Respond to Employer or School Mandates?

​Please share these links far and wide to help others see through the propaganda, make informed decisions, and protect themselves against being bullied into receiving an experimental medical procedure against their will.

Your friend in Freedom,

LaRayne Miller

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Hallmark Romances vs. Real Life from the WifeSavers Team

I enjoyed watching the above webinar from Ramona Zabriskie and the WifeSavers team. It’s a fun interview that Ramona did with a husband and wife screenwriting team, Todd and Lisa. They teamed up to screenwrite the Hallmark Christmas romance, Holiday for Heroes. This interview is a fun peek into what it’s like to create romance for the screen vs. romance for real life. Both involve overlooking the boring parts and focusing on sacrificing “me” for “we.”

Then here are some more great videos by Ramona below.

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Book of Mormon Evidence and Its Relationship to Doctrine and Covenants 60-63

I love these videos above and below. You can get the annotated Book of Mormon mentioned in the video above over here. Yes, it’s true that Joseph Smith communicated with prophets from the Bible, like Moses and Elijah, and prophets from the Book of Mormon, not to mention Jesus Christ, our Savior of the world, and Heavenly Father. It’s all truly amazing to think about!

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New Podcast Interview With The Chosen’s Director Dallas Jenkins

Why I, as a Latter-day Saint, am Helping Evangelicals Create the Hit TV Series THE CHOSEN

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If you haven’t been watching the TV series, The Chosen, you are missing out. I love The Chosen because it helps me know Jesus in a way I never have before. This series portrays Jesus in such a relatable way. I also love the little things I learn about how to be a wife and mom by watching the moms and wives in this series. Watching this show on the Sabbath Day adds to our family’s making the Sabbath a delight.

You can watch all the episodes of The Chosen here, on, as well from The Chosen app (find it in your favorite app store). My favorite episode so far is the Wedding at Cana. (Fun side note: one of my homeschooling mama friends and her family appear as extras in the actual wedding scene.)

One of my favorite homeschooling mama authors, Sally Clarkson, just released a new podcast interview with the director of The Chosen, Dallas Jenkins.

Listen here and enjoy!


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Tree of Life Mama’s Picture Books About Fathers and Father Figures June 2021

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I blogged about mothers in picture books last month here in honor of Mother’s Day, so here is my list to honor my favorite picture books featuring fathers. Not all of these books are about fathers and their biological children. Some are about fathers of great causes. Where would we be without courageous men who stood for service, truth, peace, justice, or art and beauty? We owe a debt of gratitude to them. Some of these books are biographical, and some are just fun, simply to celebrate the father-child bond.

This top one is about Charles Mulli. He’s the father to the biggest family in the world, besides God of course. You can go here to read more about him and see how to watch a documentary about him. He’s amazing!


I got to meet the man, Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber, featured in the above book. (I blogged about his 100th birthday party here.) He’s a real life father to five, and a father figure to hundreds, if not thousands, including the little girl, Mercedes, mentioned in the title of this book.This story is all about how a man, the Candy Bomber, gave a little joy to some German children after WW2 by dropping candy parachutes from a plane. My parents are friends with his daughter and her husband, so I found out from the daughter that the Candy Bomber still corresponds with Mercedes.

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While we’re talking about WW2 I’ll mention another book relating to it. Thirty Minutes Over Oregon portrays the fascinating story of a Japanese man and father, Nobuo Fujita. He flew a plane over the coast of Oregon, dropping bombs over the Oregon woods. He came back 20 years to apologize, as a father of peace. This story is just such a wonderful, moving story of sorrow, regret, peace-seeking and reconciliation.


I just love how this simple picture book shows the father bird going around town looking for a better nest to please mama bird before she has her babies. It’s a sweet story of traditional male and female roles.


Emmanuel’s Dream tells of a young man who raised awareness of people with disabilities by biking 400 miles across Africa with only one leg.

Booker T. Washington’s story of building a school from the ground up, as told in the picture book above, is so inspiring!


The special bond that can be created between father and child out in nature shines through in Owl Moon.

Here’s to Mr. Rogers, the father of all Gen. Xers. He helped us feel safe being with and expressing our feelings.


I just love this story told from a child’s perspective about her father, who happens to be the father of American poetry, Robert Frost. Delightful!

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

The Crayon Man tells about the father of Crayola Crayons, Edwin Binney. Some of you are too young to have the phrase “Binney and Smith” mean anything to you, but if that phrase rings a bell, you will learn the history behind it by reading this adorable picture book.

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Did you know that John Newbery, who the Newbery Medal is named after, fought to establish the niche of children’s books? Before him, children’s books weren’t really a thing.

Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud by [Jurmain, Suzanne Tripp]

I can’t have a list about fathers without the Founding Fathers of the United States. The one above is the true story of how two of the most famous ones, John and Tom, had a long-standing feud.

An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution

Then this one is about another famous Founding Father, Ben Franklin, and his friend Noah Webster, the father of American English. They attempted to start a new alphabet.

Louis Braille, the father of the Braille Alphabet, persisted to his task, because he wanted blind people to be able to read. I just love his story found in the book below.

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This one is about a grandfather, called Pop Pop, and grandson enjoying cooking together.

George Washington Carver is one of the fathers of American agriculture, and peanut promotion. He thought the peanut was the best food ever and found over 100 ways to use it. This picture book tells his soul-stirring journey of rising from slave life to being an esteemed scientist.

Peter Roget is the father of the thesaurus. I love the team of Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet. Melissa’s collage illustrations are just so fun!

We can’t forget George Washington, the father of the USA! This is my favorite picture book on George because of Cheryl Harness’ gorgeous watercolor illustrations, outlined in ink. I also love all the classic, great stories of George that go with the pictures, showing his noble character. But if you are reading this to kids under 12, don’t bother to read every single word. It’s too much for them. All the words and all the details on the maps are for adults. Check out Cheryl’s other picture book biographies, of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They are all fabulous!

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I just found a Little Free Library in my neighborhood! This picture book tells the story of the guy who started them.

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A simple story about the simple delights of motorcycling with dad.


This one’s about the fathers of day glo colors! Haven’t you always wondered where neon paint came from? OK probably not, LOL, but go ahead and learn anyway. These two brothers invented them. It’s fun that the publisher used three Day-Glo colors: Saturn Yellow, Fire Orange, and Signal Green to create the book.


Who’s the father of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade puppets? Read this book to find out! So fun!

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Here’s the story of Ezra Jack Keats, the father of the picture book, A Snowy Day. He was the first man to feature a black boy as the protagonist in a picture book.

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How about learning of the life of the father of the Lord of the Rings?

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Ernest Everett Just was a cell biologist. I’d never heard of him until I heard of this book. He overcame systemic racism to discover and share the wonders of the tiny world of the cell.


If you’ve ever enjoyed playing with a super soaker water gun, you were enjoying the brain child of Lonnie Johnson. This book tells the whole story of that invention.


A Day’s Work is a grandfather story. I love stories of common life.


As a monk, Gregor Mendel never fathered any children but he fathered the modern study of genetics. Because of him, high school students everywhere get to do Punnett squares to predict the traits of fruit flies.


Manjhi was a real person who showed such amazing devotion to his deceased wife and his neighbors. If you read only one book on this list, please read this one. Manjhi wanted to improve life for his fellowmen by making a shortcut to the city so they could all have quick access to easier shopping and proper medical care. His story of diligence to one cause, carving a tunnel through a mountain, for two decades, gives us all no excuses.

Happy reading about fatherhood, both literal and spiritual! May we celebrate the goodness of fathering children and causes with these books.

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The Fall of Adam and Eve was a Good Joyful Thing

I just love the Book of Mormon scripture that says that Lehi and his wife Sariah enjoyed reading the history of their forefathers as found in the plates of Laban that Nephi and his brothers brought back from Laban. Because of these writings/scriptures, they were able to learn about the Fall. They were able to teach their children to rejoice regarding Adam and Eve and the Fall.

Jacob 4:3 says:

“Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents.” Jacob 4:3

The Book of Mormon has such precious truths regarding the Fall. Here are some of them. I encourage you to read them and watch the video above.

Here are the words from Father Lehi to his children, from 2 Nephi 2:17-30, in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ:

17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an aangel of God, according to that which is written, had bfallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a cdevil, having sought that which was evil before God.

18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he asought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all blies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, cknowing good and evil.

19 And after Adam and Eve had apartaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of bEden, to till the earth.

20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the afamily of all the earth.

21 And the days of the children of amen were prolonged, according to the bwill of God, that they might crepent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of dprobation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were elost, because of the transgression of their parents.

22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.

23 And they would have had no achildren; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no bjoy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no csin.

24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who aknoweth all things.

25 aAdam bfell that men might be; and men care, that they might have djoy.

26 And the aMessiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may bredeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are credeemed from the fall they have become dfree forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the elaw at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.

27 Wherefore, men are afree according to the bflesh; and call things are dgiven them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to echoose fliberty and eternal glife, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be hmiserable like unto himself.

28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great aMediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit;

29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the aevil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to bcaptivate, to bring you down to chell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.

30 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. And I have none other object save it be the everlasting awelfare of your souls. Amen.”

Here is a link to Lynne’s handout to go with this video.

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Tree of Life Mama’s Podcast of the Week: The Lies of Communism with Tom Woods PhD and Paul Kengor PhD

I just listened to this podcast yesterday as I drove home from hearing Robert Scott Bell (more on that later). It is an interview Tom did with the author of the book above. Communism is not about “spreading the wealth.” It is about force, death, and misery. Please listen and read the book and encourage others, especially the under 40 crowd, to do so. We as a society need to learn the lesson that Communism does not work. Not only does it not work, but it is “the killingest idea ever.” It killed more people than Nazism. Don’t get sucked in by its seductive lies.

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Tree of Life Mama’s Married Date Night Idea: Play the Board Game Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus With Friends

We played this game for date night recently. I bought it used for $3 last summer while thrifting and have been waiting to play it for months ever since! I recommend doing it for a married date night with other married couples. Here’s how it works:

The game is based on the book Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray PhD. You want at least 2 men and 2 women to play, so at least 2 couples. Three or more couples would be even better. The men play on one team, the women on the other. Each team has its pawn starting on the planet Mars (for the men) and the planet Venus (for the women), on opposite sides of the board. A path goes from the planet to earth for each planet, with many spaces. So the goal is to be the first team to get to earth. If you succeed with answering a card correctly you get to move a space, or more, depending on how well the team answers. If you know yourself well and the others well and can predict their thoughts, chances are you will win.

It’s better of course to play this in person but we played it in Zoom with two couples involving my husband’s siblings and sibling in-laws. So six total. I controlled the board and the drawing of the cards. It’s fun if you can rig up your phone or iPad’s camera to show the board but not needed to play online. When we lived in AZ I was able to do that by attaching our iPad to our chandelier that hung over the dining room table with bungee cords but alas no such chandelier exists in our new Utah home. Darn.

The cards involve 6 categories:

  • Gender Benders (truths and assumptions about the two genders)
  • Communication: talking and listening
  • Island Fantasies: fantasies and other earthly desires
  • Family Affairs: things involving the players’ family details
  • In the Flesh: physical intimacy
  • The Dating Circuit: what your life was like when you dated
  • Scoring Points: the value men and women give to different things

I instigated the house rule that you can skip any card you don’t like and ask for a new card. You can also choose to go silent on a question. That’s called going to the cave for men and the well for women, based on the book. One of the cards made me blush and might make you blush too! Feel free to go through the stack of cards before and toss out any that are inappropriate, or just skip cards as you play and throw out the ones you don’t like. Some of them are just too personal.

It was lots of fun to hear my in-laws’ comments and see how people thought other people would think. I plan on playing this again many times with different couples just to see what they all think, to get to know them all better, and to just have fun! I’ve seen this game at thrift stores a lot so chances are you can find one too!

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