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General Conference

by Ashley on April 15, 2014

If you’ve been around any length of time, you know that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lots of people call us “Mormon”. The church is world-wide, with over 15 million members, and every spring and fall we have to opportunity to watch what is called “General Conference”. There are four general sessions, two on Saturday and two on Sunday, so it’s a pretty big deal, and I tell you what, those two weekends are my favorite two weekends of the whole year. I start counting down a good month ahead of time, and start planning, so I can pull off all of our conference traditions.

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There’s something so wonderful about spending the weekend in our PJs, together as a family, our only plans to sit and watch conference. To spend our weekend being instructed, guided, reminded and uplifted by the leaders of the church. You see, we believe that, just as he did in the past, God has a Prophet on the earth today.




by Ashley on April 12, 2014

Ok, so I know that I just recently redesigned my blog. But guess what? I just did it again.

I decided that the last design, while super cute, would require constant updates to keep the pictures current, and I just don’t “got time for that”.

So I simplified.
And guess what again?


I don’t hire anyone to design my stuff, so it pretty much takes me forever. There’s always a lot of trial and error, and I’m constantly making notes as I go, trying to keep track of what the heck I’m doing. But if I had to have a career, I totally think I could get into graphic design, because I truly do love it!
I might love it a little more if I knew what was going on, but I still love it.

So welcome to the new and improved Nine-Ring Circus! I have a lot of catching up to do, so I’d better get a move on.

Thanks for checking in!


Preserving Memories

by Ashley on March 5, 2014

Do you have pictures or videos of your family? Where are they? Do you have multiple copies of them to keep them safe?

I’m in the process of burning DVDs of all of our home movies. I’ve done it before, but the kids watch them so much I’m a little worried they won’t last, so I’m doing them all again. This set will be put into my fire-proof box, tucked away, safe from harm.

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This chaos is organized, I promise. I have newer HD videos recording on the laptop, and older VHS and cassette videos recording on the DVD burner. By the way, if you have any interest in getting a DVD burner of your own, you’d better do it quick.



Missing in Action

February 25, 2014

Things have been a little slow around the blog lately. I wish I had some great excuse to offer, but the fact is I’ve been a little down lately and just haven’t felt like blogging. I try to keep it real around here, so there you have it. Today is our 17th anniversary. I know [...]


Shout Hooray

February 14, 2014

“You’ve had a birthday, shout hooray!” My birthday was last week, and you wanna know something? I thought I was turning 36, but really I turned 37. My mom had helped the kids come up with some gifts for me when she was here, so they headed to the basement to wrap it all up. [...]


Another Day

February 4, 2014

It looks like this outside today. It’s not coming down too hard anymore, so I think we have about 4 inches. I put a picture of the Salt Lake Temple in the snow on my phone the other day. I’m trying to appreciate the beauty of winter. I DO think it’s awfully pretty, it’s just [...]


Chicken Noodle Soup

January 31, 2014

I’m not a huge fan of canned soup. Once in a while I’ll find one that’s pretty good, but I often find the “soup” part too thin. I like my soups to be hearty. Even the “soup” part. I don’t want flavored water, I want “soup”. Are you with me? Enter this: Mmmm, so good. [...]


Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

January 30, 2014

Most of you probably got here by way of seekthegreen(dot)com. That’s OK, and it’ll work for a little while, but the blog has changed, and we must change with it. You’ll want to change your bookmark, if you have one. You can follow me here, if you’d like. For those of you who don’t know, [...]


Nice Day Escape

January 21, 2014

Have I ever mentioned that I’m not a big fan of the cold? It’s January, you know, and January is winter. It’s cold. But here in the Ozarks, every so often we get a nice day stuck right in the middle of winter, and I tell you, those days keep me going! Today the high [...]


One Little Word 2014

January 16, 2014

Do you make a list of resolutions for the New Year? Do you stick to them? I do. And then I don’t. I live my life with goals and plans. I make lists all year long, and check things off as I can. I have running lists on paper and on my phone, and once [...]