Of Race and Words

Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, I Don’t See Color, White Privilege… These are just words, phrases. Yet, they elicit a strong response in most of us, and probably in different ways for different reasons. Assumptions are made when people use these phrases, yet intentions may vary greatly. Assumptions are also made…

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The Dandelion

A little girl bent down to pick a dandelion to give to her mother. “Oh, don’t pick me,” the dandelion said. “I’m just a weed. To honor your mother, you need to pick a beautiful flower, like a rose.” “But dandelion,” the little girl said, turning the flower toward her, “you are so easy for…

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A New Hat I Feel Called to Wear

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, every six months, we have a conference led by the leaders of our church. The messages are meant to inspire us to learn and be better followers of Jesus Christ. All of the messages in this April’s conference were meaningful and wonderful. I felt the Spirit…

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The New Normal (For Now)

Early this month, from March 5-8, Jad and I went to Asheville, NC to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was wonderful to go out and do exactly what we wanted and spend lots of time together, mostly stress-free. It was sweet, peaceful, and exciting – just what we needed.   But when we got back…

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Try Something New – Stretch Yourself

I’m turning 36 this year, and I have had some sort of an awakening recently – there are a lot of things I have never done and don’t know how to do that would be super cool to learn about and to do. I’ve always had my core interests, such as singing, acting, reading, writing,…

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Challenges That Have Changed My Life, That Can Change Yours Too!

I adore our dear prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. Since he has become president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has brought so much inspired counsel to the members of the church and the world. This past October, in the Women’s session of General Conference, President Nelson gave a very poignant…

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This Is The Desire Of My Heart

    This is the desire of our hearts. (Mosiah 18:11) This little line has brought an abundance of the Spirit and tears to my eyes this afternoon. I was reading about the Prophet Abinadi and the beautiful truths he taught about Jesus Christ to wicked King Noah and his priests. Alma, one of the priests, believed…

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Savior, May I Love My Brother (And Sister)

Sometimes we hurt. We have feelings of loneliness, frustration, confusion, embarrassment, defeat, or ostracism, all wrapped up in a bow of harsh judgments. It is heart-wrenching, and it leads to headaches, depression, and lots of crying. Sometimes the tears are from those who have been wronged, and sometimes the tears are from those who were…

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A Trip Just for Me

My husband and I started an ecommerce business called PB and Apple Jelly a little over four months ago. It has been a ton of hard work with successes here and failures there, with a lot of learning and frustration in between. A little over a month ago, Fred Lam, the 29-year-old multi-millionaire entrepreneur who…

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PB and Apple Jelly

About a month ago, Jad approached me with an idea. He was really excited about this idea, and had spent a lot of time thinking about it, researching it, and watching sales pitches on it. After all this, and praying about it, he felt he should involve me in the idea. I admit that at…

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