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"CIRCLE OF SISTERS", compiled by JoLyn Brown, is a collection of short stories about Relief Society and Visiting Teaching that was published by Walnut Springs. Four of the book's 50 stories were written by me! Available NOW for purchase at Deseret Book and on Amazon. I am one of the featured authors on JoLyn's blog. Click HERE to see. Click HERE to read a review by Sandra Nazar at the Deseret News.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

An Attitude of Gratitude

Having an attitude of gratitude every day makes us aware of the blessings that come our way.
~ Stacy J. Coles

Thanksgiving dinner is over, but our attitude of gratitude should be on-going. It's great when a holiday gives you a reason to sit down and think about what you're thankful for. But it shouldn't take a turkey dinner to help us remember all the blessings in our lives. Gather the family and find some fun ways to remind one another of what you're grateful for and make the gratitude attitude last.

Make a thankful tree. Cut leaf or ornament shapes out of colored construction paper. Have each member of your family write down what they are thankful for. Then, punch a hole in each cutout and string it on a tree. Use it as a centerpiece or decoration.

Play a thankful game. Sit in a circle and play catch with a blown-up balloon or bouncy ball. Whoever catches the balloon or ball uses a Sharpie marker and carefully writes down what they are thankful for. By the time everyone in the circle has had a turn, the balloon or ball is covered with blessings.

Create a thankful journal/scrapbook. Every year, take a picture, draw a picture, or write about what you are thankful for. Compiling these blessings is a great reminder of what we are blessed with over the years.

Play "blessing" Scrabble. As you follow the regular rules to this word-making game, take a minute after creating your word to name a blessing that starts with each letter of your Scrabble word. It might just become your favorite way to play.

If you're not the game-playing type, simply ask your kids, parents, siblings, and/or friends what they're thankful for. Or, better yet, tell your kids, parents, siblings, and/or friends how thankful you are for them being in your life. Thank them for helping you, inspiring you, or just putting up with you.

There is always something to be thankful for. It's important to remember all that we've been given and give thanks where thanks is due. Having an attitude of gratitude every day makes us aware of the blessings that come our way.
Gratitude Attitude

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Congratulations to ...

Sheila Staley

You are the lucky "Thankful For Books" Blog Hop winner here at Say This Write.

Thanks to all of you who participated. I loved your comments and hope you return and keep reading my posts!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful For Books Giveaway Hop

It's Blog Hop Time!

Now that the election is over, we can reflect on what we're thankful for. Whether or not your favorite candidate won, we can all be thankful that we no longer have to listen to campaign ads or avoid campaigning tele-marketers. And whether or not you feel like your vote even counted (due to the fact that the winner was called before all the votes were even in), we can be thankful that we live in a wonderful country where we have the right to vote.

Indeed, we live in a great country. This Thanksgiving season, let's take some time to reflect on our loving families, wonderful friends and good neighbors who help make it great. Let's remind ourselves how truly blessed we are and share our abundance with those in need. Let's pray for our country, our leaders, and those who are in need of extra blessings. And, if there's any extra time left over, sit down and cuddle up with a good book.

During this Blog Hop, you have the chance to win a bunch of great prizes, many of which are books.

To win here, on Say This Write, I'm keeping it pretty simple:
* Leave A Comment (Please include your name and email address so I have a way to contact you if you win!).

For extra entries, you can also:
* Join this site.
* Like my blog page (click the "Like" button on the right).
* Recommend this blog on Google (click the "g +1" button on the right).

What will you win, you ask? An autographed copy of my inspiring short story, Enjoy Today ... Before It Slips Away. It will come with a bow and custom gift tag, ready to give to that special someone in your life. (The holidays ARE just around the corner!)
This story follows Sarah through many stages of her life. She is constantly telling her mom she wants to grow up and her mother patiently reminds her to enjoy each moment before it's gone. It's a great reminder to enjoy the little things in life; a great story to have and share for the holidays.  

Before you go, click on the link below for the complete list of all the other stops on the Blog Hop. Each stop on the Hop offers fabulous prizes.