3 Weeks Deep in New Year’s Resolutions

Thanks to my hubby’s more gentle attitude toward New Year’s Resolutions, I might actually stick it out and continue the journey…

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Art Therapy: Pockets of Peace during the Struggles

This post is for anyone just doing their best to survive. Who are keeping a brave, happy face even when times are unexpectedly cry-through-it tough. Especially for the moms, who try so painstakingly hard not to let their kids know how real the struggle is sometimes. These pictures are highlights from my day. They do…

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Hopeful Spirit: Meditation and Mental Breaks

Feeling unhappy? Overwhelmed? When was the last time you relaxed? Don’t have time to relax? I get it. You’re busy. Everyone’s counting on you. But what if you escaped for a few seconds by closing your eyes and just letting yourself breathe deeply? What if? What if you locked yourself in your room for a…

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The Little Things

“In this great big world you might start to feel small,But don’t regret it‘Cause last I checked it’sThe little things that matter most of all.” That’s the chorus for the first song I’m recording for my upcoming album and it’s been soooo good for me to remember. June was rough. 4 out of the 5…

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Thanksgiving Letter: A New Tradition (Maybe)

Dear Family & Friends, Each year for the past 15 years of marriage I’ve wanted to get our annual letter out at Thanksgiving time so Christmas could be that much more focused on the Savior. This year, we finally did it! (Even though I’m posting it a week late. LOL) Here are some highlights of…

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Cupcakes & Pornography: An Object Lesson on the Sweet & Bitter Things in Life

I haven’t been blogging much because I’ve been devoting my time to three self-help books I’m working on.  I’ve finished one and have two more to go!  Too many times I’ve had friends reach out to me, saying they’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or their physical health, and I’ve been frustrated that I didn’t have…

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When The Gingerbread House Crumbles…

As the roof started sliding down, I could see by his furrowed eyebrows and frown he was getting frustrated.  Just five minutes earlier he had been excited and eager to put together his gingerbread house all by himself.  Now, as the roof feel and the side walls gave way though, he simply stepped back and…

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What Gratitude Means to Me

Gratitude.  Lately I’ve been thinking about what Gratitude really means. I know, I know.  Being thankful is SO last week.  But in my opinion it’s even more important to be grateful in December because this coming month there’s such an immense focus on “stuff”.  As I took down our Thankful Tree tonight I read each…

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Michael Turns 9

We’ve had so many amazing times this summer…this whole year actually!  It’s been hard to keep up with the photos!  But I HAD to post these pictures before too much time went by.  We finished reading The Hobbit at 9:30 the night before Michael’s before.  Pictures of that adventure will come later, but here is…

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Summer Days

A few days ago we set out to have a water fight.  Swimsuits were snatched out of dressers and flip-flops were found as we rushed out to the backyard for an “EPIC” water balloon fight.  But after only filling up a few our hose (which already had one leak) sprung two more!  Water was gushing…

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