Endure to Enjoy

When we accept our reality we allow ourselves the freedom to take it on and make the best of it. That’s why the E in S.M.I.L.E. stands for Endure to Enjoy. Choosing to master our toughest circumstances will give us confidence, even when it feels like things are falling apart. We can be brave, keep trying, and eventually face challenges with grace. We get stronger from the struggle. Eventually, joy and peace can come regardless of our circumstances.

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See the Good

A couple years ago when I was suffering from severe anxiety, a powerful acronym came to me one night. S.M.I.L.E. was a simple word that first reminded me to literally put a smile on my face, getting my body to release some endorphins. It was a good start, but each letter of this word would…

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Smiling in the Eye of the Storm

“Smiling in the Eye of the Storm” That’s what I call this photo. I’d been crying on and off as I talked with my best friend from childhood on the phone for nearly 2 hours. I can still remember the stress slightly lifting and some of the jumbled pieces in my mind falling into place…

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Slide Show Success: Doing My Own Family History!

Even though today was not the easiest, I spent part of my sabbath counting my blessings by doing some family photo organizing. It’s been a dream to start actually DOING something with photos from family trips and they’re so fun to look through again. Here’s the slideshow we made of our annual Baby Animal Days…

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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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There is always Light

“The Lord is my light, then why should I fear?” 🎵🎶 Seriously, though! Why do I fear a lot anyway? Even when I’ve been blessed with so much? I guess it’s because I’m a spiritual being having a mortal experience, so sometimes it’s hard to feel like God is close. But He is. All the…

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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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I’m okay and that’s enough.

(Cold but smiling at the start of what I thought was my last appointment.) Today is supposed to be my (for real, again) FINAL doctor’s appointment related to my mastectomy and reconstruction.  It’s been 5 weeks since the appointment I THOUGHT was going to be my final one.  I think I’m finally starting to be…

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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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Fight Your Fight!

It’s been a wild month! From attending an inspiring conference to taking care of my family while we all suffered from the flu for two weeks, to playing catch up on photos, writing, music, and laundry- I’ve been feeling really behind! That’s when I have to slow down and pause, take in a deep breath…

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