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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Freedom From Mental Illness: My Independence Days

This post is brutally honest.  But with all the suicides I’ve heard about recently, I feel like I have to share.  I feel a responsibility due to how lucky I am to still be here, so I have to try to share some light. 6 years ago on Independence Day, along with cooking and planning…

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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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Short and Sweet

Some days go by so fast because they are so busy.  But they are just right that way. They’re filled with work…like when I’m a cleaning lady one day a week for a senior gentleman in our neighborhood.  They’re filled with love, like when my daughter comes to help.  Or when the kids make me…

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