Bliss Within a Mess

The baby is hurt and cries for me. He runs to his fallen lunch plate, then tearfully reaches for me to hold him. I hug him, kiss his little face, and then gently place him on my lap and begin to rock. The big boy also wants to cuddle. I make room on my lap…

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All my love always, Betsy

I see at my dad a lot, so he doesn’t call me very often. He did today, though, at 11:08 AM. He proceeded to tell me something I never expected to hear: that my Aunt Betsy, his youngest sister, had passed away. When he told me, I was really surprised. I knew that she had…

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Christmas is all about a Gift

I have been pondering a lot about gifts this Christmas season. That is the first thing many of us do once Thanksgiving comes to a close – we frantically start looking for gifts to buy our loved ones. We spend the month of December shopping, buying, wrapping, and often stressing. I personally have been spoiled…

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Let’s do what we can

I wish we could travel more. Why don’t we ever go out to eat? My shoes are starting to look old. My coat is a little snug around the middle. My clothes don’t all fit quite right. Our van is disgusting; it has crumbs and dog hair all in it. The baby’s socks are stained…

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The Monster and the Miracle

August 28, 2011 was just like any normal Sunday. We went to church as usual, and had dinner at my parents’ house. Everything seemed fine. Then, that night, after we put the kids to bed, Jad started to get stomach pain. He said he felt like knives were stabbing him. He started to throw up,…

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Don’t try to be hot. Try to be you.

My mind has been going to modesty lately, and I realize I have a lot of experiences and thoughts I would like to share with you to help you see just how crucial it is. Members of my church think about modesty on a daily basis. You usually won’t see active Mormons wearing short skirts,…

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Pornography: I say it. I talk about it. You should too.

Once upon a time, there was a young woman who went out to college. She met a young man. Though she for a long time only saw him as a friend, her feelings finally turned into something more and they fell in love.  They had many conversations about their pasts. He told her that he…

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Gratitude can change your life for the best

I shared this talk in my church congregation on December 17, 2006, not long after the hardest experiences I have ever had in my life up until that point, and probably ever in my life, until now. The talk’s topic was gratitude. I always thought that it was an inspired topic, for through studying it…

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Reminiscing about a miracle

Since yesterday my mind has been filled with memories of my youngest baby, who is one year old today. I have felt sad that he is growing up so fast. I have also felt excitement about celebrating this wonderful milestone today. Mostly, though, I have felt an overwhelming gratitude to my Heavenly Father for the miracles…

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