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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Granddad’s Organ Miracle

I was going through old papers on my desk today, and I was so happy to come across the story my Granddad told about the Washington, DC Temple Dedication in 1974. I read it, and tears came to my eyes. I felt that I needed to share it with each of you to show that…

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One Roadtrip, Four Ways to Use the Potty

Since we have been at home so much due to the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, I thought it would be an awesome idea for us to take the kids on a little road trip to Troutman, NC to visit Zootastic. We know a couple families whose kids recently called it the best place ever, so we…

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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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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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Goodbye, PB and Apple Jelly!

You know the end of the story based on the title, but let me start at the beginning: Back in October 2017, Jad and I excitedly and proudly opened our e-commerce store, PB and Apple Jelly. We had spent tons of time and effort on it, and really loved what we came up with. We…

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Lessons from Watching Elena of Avalor

My daughter’s favorite show is currently Elena of Avalor. I don’t blame her – it’s funny, has some really interesting characters and stories, has catchy songs, and also teaches some really awesome life lessons. All of my boys even like it. I was watching an episode with her today, an episode we have already seen,…

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Misjudging

Have you ever misjudged someone? I have. I am thinking about it a lot right now. For much of this school year, I have been so very concerned and upset about one of my kids’ teachers. I have contacted the principal more times than I can count, and have felt so helpless thinking my son…

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A Simple List

Not long ago, I was starting to feel really bad about not accomplishing enough of the things I know are really important. Now, I do a lot in a given day (I won’t bore you with the details), but even so, there had been some things I just couldn’t fit in that kept coming up…

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