Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Awaiting His Arrival...

Sorry, no baby yet...

But I'm back to this blog thing again. With the baby on the way (and hopefully that phrase becomes more literal than figurative within the next 24 hours), we're gearing up for new adventures. My personal intent is that this blog will survive with these adventures. I am a believer in personal histories, and John and I are about to embark on the greatest chapter of our lives with our Donaghy Babe.

The two of us will always make up the Donaghy Duo, even as our family grows. The Donaghy Duo is the foundation to our growing family. If our duo isn't on the same page, our family will feel that. So the Donaghy Duo we will always be.

We're beyond excited to meet our "Baby John John". We've been asked about his name, and we're waiting to see what he looks like to make things official - he's got to look the part.

We're on the brink of finishing up his nursery, with a few items on the way in the mail. We love our new place and can't wait to bring our babe here!

Cultural Night

Youth Group is always an adventure. The 16-18 year old girls (Laurel's class) have two opportunities throughout the year to plan an activity for the whole youth group. This year they chose to launch a cultural night, which was a complete success. They asked a neighboring youth group to join in. Each "class" was assigned a country, and they needed to bring a food dish from that country along with completing some information about that country. Here's the night at a glance.

We sent each class an invitation according to their country with instructions about the night.

One of our goals of the evening was to unite the two youth groups, so we lined up all 50+ kids and organized them so that they would have mixed groups between the two youth groups. 

We had a few mixers and games (name that tune from the following countries, a game about landmarks from the following countries, and puzzle wars), and then we heard 2-minute presentations from each class and their country. Some were humorous, others chose more of a formal route, but all went well.  And then we ate and indulged in ethnic foods from across the globe. It was quite a success. 

(If your youth group is looking to do a similar activity, I'm more than happy to share resources from the event! Email me at 

New Beginnings

At the end of last year I was invited to direct and preside over the Young Women at church. What exactly does that mean? I have stewardship over the girls 12-18 to help them grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally.  It's the most rewarding calling and I absolutely love working with these girls. They are smart, genuine and they know how to have fun. There are a few major events throughout the year that these girls organize, one of which is called "New Beginnings".

New Beginnings is an introduction to the opportunities all girls 12-18 can have while attending church and youth group at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All girls who will be turning 12 and who are currently involved with youth group attend, along with families. The evening sums up what we do as "Young Women" and why we do it.

This year the girls chose to follow the Youth Group theme to #EMBARK as our motto for New Beginnings. To us, this means that we will take opportunities to serve God, others and spread light to a world that continues to darken. With a fun skit, musical numbers and personal testimonies about church and youth group, it was a magical night.

We received inspiration from the following video.

The girls performed two musical numbers, #EMBARK and Inside Out (All of the sheet music is free, which is amazing and wonderful.)