Sunday, November 18, 2012

Parisian Crepes

I went to France in May and the best culinary crepes I've had were in the street vendors near Paris. These types had eggs, ham and cheese inside them. Here are 2 recipes I want to try. http://bakingbites.com/2009/08/french-ham-cheese-and-egg-crepes-step-by-step/ This is how the street vendors made the crepes This recipe is a different way of cooking the crepe and it's contents. http://kellyslifeisdelicious.blogspot.com/2011/01/french-ham-cheese-and-egg-crepes.html They both look delicious. Making this well, and enjoying it with my family, would help my mood be joyful for the whole day! Chelsea

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Little Perspective

Here I am today thinking about how I could earn some income, I stumble upon this on the web.
http://gma.yahoo.com/quadruple-amputees-inspiring-recovery-photos-100159724--abc-news-topstories.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/slideshow/inspiring-recovery-taylor-morris-lost-limbs-afghanistan-17292939

Imagine being in the war and having all 4 limbs blasted off in a bomb accident!
I was thinking my life was hard and challenging and I just got a reality check.
Thank you my Heavenly Father for my arms and legs and my loved ones.
My goodness. The blessings I take for granted.

The joy and happiness that we get from our simple gifts from God.
From who we are, our charachter, our personalities, motivation and determination.

Today is the day to give thanks for all of them. Think of what you have.

Have a wonderful Night!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Angels Calling

Angels Calling

A Poem I thought of this morning as I woke up.
I wrote it all down before I forgot.
I hope you enjoy it.

Chelsea Merkley

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Technological Tablets- Which One Do You Prefer?

Technological Tablets- Which One Do You Prefer?

Celebrate Your Accomplishments!

You need to give yourself more credit for all you do!

Are you juggling too much? You don't give yourself enough credit for what you do get done in a day. Today, celebrate your accomplishments.

How? Take a hot bath, get a professional massage,get your nails or hair done, go to a scrapbooking party with your girlfriends, take a walk around a the lake, go to the library and check out your favorite book, enjoy that chick flick for Girl's Night Out, list your blessings and accomplishments, or visit a friend you have not seen in a while.

Smile at your creativity. Remember to be thankful for being you!

Chelsea

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gem

Gem Quote of the Day:
‎"On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ... that worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worrying, you get stuck going over the same things over and over again without making any progress. Instead, spend some time with nature to calm your mind and feed your soul." -Via God Wants you to Know App

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Joy In Infertility

The two concepts seem like they cannot be in the same sentence.
Although, it is possible to find joy in your trial, whatever it may be.

For information about placing or adopting through LDS Family Services please check this website;
http://providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,8128-1-4450-1,00.html

My friends Karissa and Jayson have been through so much trying to have children of their own.
Many Fertility Treatments and failed attempts have been heartbreaking.
But, through it all Karissa and Jayson have grown to be thankful for their experience.
They are both so positive and are looking to adopt a child.

If you or anyone you know is considering putting their precious child up for adoption,
please consider them.
Here is their Adoption Profile.

https://itsaboutlove.org/ial/profiles/27801809/ourMessage.jsf

Please also consider my Friends Marie and JP. Who have been trying to adopt for about a year now.
https://itsaboutlove.org/ial/profiles/24633762/ourMessage.jsf

Chelsea Merkley

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Amazing Neighborhood Fireworks

Last night the Blaney family in our neighborhood put on a spectacular Fireworks show.
I was hesitant to go at first  because there are 10 fires burning in our state right now.
Luckily, our neighbors were very smart and had a hose and buckets of water to put all the fireworks in when done.

They also had a police line that they put up, no one was allowed on the sidewalk or street to watch.
Just the grass.

I went by myself because my son did not nap yesterday at all and he was throwing a huge fit because he was so tired. He fell asleep about a half hour before the fireworks started. Robert stayed home with him.

I got some really patriotic and cool fireworks shots and videos.

Happy Independence Day!

                              Me all ready to go to the Independence Day Neighborhood Breakfast!



                                                        Our Lil guy playing in the park today

                                                         Merkley Family: July 4 2012
                                                       Thanks to Sister Allen for taking our family photos.
                                                   The Moon on July 3, 2012- Majestic


                                                     Firework Show: July 3, 2012





                                                         My favorite shot, not sure how I got it


                                                  This is beautiful also



                                                                   Shooting Stars


                                                                    Finale

                                             
                                     I have never seen such a wonderful neighborhood show before.
                                       If you missed the Blaney's show this year, come next year.
                                        The show is free, but donations are welcome.
                                          The aerial fireworks are pricey.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Gifts

On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ... that your ability to receive is equally important to your ability to give.

Our relationships are greatly enhanced when we become not only generous givers, but generous receivers as well. When we know how to accept gladly, wholeheartedly, embracing the gift as an extension of the giver.

It takes both giving and receiving for care and generosity to flow. -Via the God Wants You to Know App




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Monday, June 25, 2012

Changing your Future

Questions and Answers

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I have heard Church leaders say that those of us who come from dysfunctional homes can be “cycle breakers.” I want to build a life founded on righteous traditions, but I’m not sure how I can be someone different from what I’ve been shown and taught my whole life. Where do I start?
The words of the living prophets have greatly helped me. Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “You were taught and prepared for the circumstances you would personally encounter in mortality. … Your memory of premortal life would be kept from you to assure that it would be a valid test, but there would be guidance given to show you how to live.”1 Knowing the Lord prepared me for my life’s most difficult experiences reminds me that He loves me deeply. When I seek the inspiration of the Spirit through prayer and righteous living, I receive guidance to treat my family in a loving and healthy manner.
Name withheld, Minnesota, USA
When I got married, I wanted my home to be different than the one I grew up in. After years of trying to build a strong family, I now realize that breaking a cycle is an ongoing task. These ideas have been helpful in my pursuit.
  1. 1. 
    Make the decision. Some people don’t think about their behavior, they just continue the traditions of the home they came from. If there was yelling, they yell. If there was abuse, they abuse. We are not solely products of our environment: a loving Heavenly Father has given us the agency to make our own choices and construct the environment we choose. Decide to make your home a place where the Spirit can dwell.
  2. 2. 
    Be specific. It’s a good first step to say, “I want to be different,” but you also need to set specific objectives to work toward. For example, I never wanted to fight with my spouse the way I heard my parents fight. Personal attacks and dredging up incidents from years past were specific things I didn’t want in our marriage. Think of breaking the cycle like achieving any other goal: set a goal and then take specific steps to attain it. You will have to be willing to work at it, but I testify it’s worth every effort.
  3. 3. 
    Look for new examples. Pay attention to those around you. There are good, healthy marriages that you can learn from. There are parents who discipline their children with love. You can learn from these people. My friends and ward family have been a huge support for me.
  4. 4. 
    Turn to the Master Teacher. The Savior has shown us the way in everything. Through scripture study I’ve received answers to many questions and learned from His perfect example of patience and love. In the story of Mary and Martha (see Luke 10:38–42), the Savior lovingly and gently corrected Martha, knowing her intent and responding accordingly. He was forgiving and merciful toward the soldiers who crucified Him. He endured our trials, sorrows, and challenges so we don’t have to ever feel alone.
Name withheld, Idaho, USA
I come from a family in which the last three generations on my father’s side have created a heartbreaking trail of damaged families and lives. Looking at the situation honestly has imbued me with a determination not to repeat the cycle of destruction I grew up with. I have found two principles to be particularly helpful:
First, set appropriate boundaries between yourself and family members who are still caught in the cycle. You can love and forgive and at the same time choose not to associate with those whose actions are incompatible with breaking the cycle.
Second, be patient with yourself. We are each given talents and gifts in this life. We are also given unique challenges to overcome. Heavenly Father knows my challenges. When I turn to Him, He helps me see that I am not a bad parent because I struggle with the same behaviors that my parents and other family members display. He loves me for fighting against those behaviors. Unlike the adversary, who teaches me that my family’s dysfunction both defines and eternally limits me, my loving Heavenly Father reveals to me the beautiful miracle of a life emerging from the ashes of sin.
Name withheld, South Carolina, USA
The talk “You Know Enough” by Elder Neil L. Andersen2 of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles offered me comfort during a time when I did not feel worthy or capable of feeling the happiness that the gospel, family, and eternal marriage bring. I had convinced myself that I was a product of my past and that change was impossible. I followed the patterns I had seen as a child because they felt normal. When healthy relationships progressed, the unfamiliar territory scared me and I pushed away. I rejected love and friendship because I was afraid they wouldn’t last.
When I recognized that the Lord not only had a plan but had a plan for me,I began to have hope. I moved forward knowing that at least I knew what not to do. I found that as I exercised faith, the Lord provided. I made decisions out of faith instead of fear, and I began to succeed where I had previously failed. As I kept the commandments, I learned not only that I was a lovable and capable person, but that I could love others.
I have since married in the temple, and I know I can become the wife and mother the Lord wants me to be. Together my husband and I can build a home with righteous traditions founded on gospel principles. I have learned that we don’t have all the answers in life, but with the gospel we have enough, and with faith in its teachings we can be happy.
Name withheld, Utah, USA

His Power to Heal

Elder Richard G. Scott
“Moral agency is a vital element in our Father in Heaven’s plan of happiness. He understood that some of His spirit children would use that agency improperly, causing serious problems to others. Some would even violate sacred trust, such as a father or family member abusing an innocent child. Since our Heavenly Father is completely just, there has to be a way of overcoming the tragic consequences of such damaging use of agency for both the victim and the perpetrator. That secure healing comes through the power of the Atonement of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to rectify that which is unjust. Faith in Jesus Christ and in His power to heal provides the abused with the means to overcome the terrible consequences of another’s unrighteous acts. When combined with complete repentance, the Atonement also affords the perpetrator a way to avoid the severe punishment the Lord has decreed for such acts.”
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse,” Ensign, May 2008, 40.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Uplifting Messages

"On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know ... that it is more than okay to live your joy.

Whatever makes your heart sing is what God wants for you! Of course it's okay to be happy! Of course it's okay to fulfill your heart's deepest desires! What your soul most dearly and deeply desires is the very thing God wants for you. "
-From God wants you to know App







                                         I found these sweet sayings on photobucket.com using Google Search
                                                    I really like their messages!:) Have a great Day!

Chelsea

Saturday, June 2, 2012

La Vita E Bella

Life is Beautiful!
Life is Hard.
Life is Challenging and sometimes it hurts to be alive.
Love fills holes in our souls.
Charity fulfills the joyous moments we want to celebrate in our lives.
One minute we may be happy, the next we may feel sad.
Tomorrow is a new day and there are always opportunities for positive enhancements in our everyday lives.

You are not alone.
Humanity suffers cruel injustices.
We can have broken hearts, torn ties of trust, feel betrayed and hurt.
We all hurt; and are susceptible to the pain we feel.
No one is alone.
God loves you and I.
He wants us to be happy and bring joy to our families.
If we listen and learn from each other, and take care of one another faithfully--
We will form bonds of trust, love and loyalty that will strengthen the compassion in Humanity.
We will become united and stronger in a greater cause than ourselves.
To better our world for ourselves and our children.

One person makes a world of a difference.
Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams! You can reach them!
Reach for the moon and you will fall among the stars.

Chelsea Merkley