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December 19, 2010

Fun with the Joy School Nativity


We want to send special Christmas wishes to all you Joy Schoolers out there.  Most of you have just completed your Joy School Nativity play and have given a lot of joy to all who saw it. There is nothing like seeing the Nativity Scene acted out by children…some with sparkling eyes, some sucking their thumbs and scratching their noses during their parts, but all feeling the joy of the real meaning of Christmas in the process.

We congratulate all of you on completing your Joy School semester, whether it be the first or one of many!  We often say, “Only the best moms do Joy School because it requires so much extra time and effort!”  BUT we think you’ll agree that when your turn is over, it was the best thing you’ve done all week!

Here are a few pictures that many of you will find familiar:




Don’t you LOVE it?  Merry Christmas to all you great moms out there who make Joy School happen!  We love you!

December 17, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Those are common words this time of year, but we mean them with special sincerity to you as members of! May you have a joyous season and a wonderful 2011!

As our gift to you this year, we want to make you aware of some things we are doing as a family that we hope will be helpful to parents and family throughout this coming new year. Let us give this gift in 6 parts, each of which we hope you will check out:

1. Our weekly column called “Why the Family” which you can find each and every Monday at
2. Our other weekly column called “Mormon Parenting” (but its not really just for Mormons) which you can find every Friday at
3. Our blog at
4. And our “home blog” at
5. Our daughter Saren’s fabulous place where young moms gather at
6. Our daughter Shawni’s best in the country mommy blog at

Seriously, speaking parent to parent, these six sites are the best gift we can think of because they are gifts that will keep on giving as you strive to strengthen your family and to improve your lifebalance and parenting during 2011.

They are all interactive too, in the sense that you can add your inputs and comments and ideas and share them with other parents around the world!

Have great holidays and may 2011 be the best year yet for you and yours!

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