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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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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Why I Call You Princess

My beloved Eve, you are one year old today. Mommy and Daddy couldn’t love you more. You have brought so much sunshine to our lives. You are our Sweetheart, our Princess. Many parents call their daughters Princess. I actually vowed I would never call you that because it was so cliché and 2-dimensional. But then,…

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What Do We Do?

May I state the obvious? I am not black. Quite the opposite. I am white, but may I state something that isn’t quite so obvious? That isn’t stopping me from being in tears after reading about Alton Sterling and Philando Castile –  two black men with loving families, who were brutally killed by police officers this week.  …

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Are they RIGHT about me?

Compliments are meant to lift us up and make us feel good inside. But does criticism also have a place in our lives? Whether we realize it or not, people are constantly saying negative things about us, either to us or behind our backs. My son had a bad experience last week at recess when…

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Your last name is a part of you.

I wrote this article for a new website, mum.info. Before I submitted it, I had Casey read it. He said it was beautiful, and he started to cry. When I asked him what was wrong, he said he wasn’t sad, but that he had felt the Spirit. He said reading my words helped him remember…

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How long should I wait to date after my divorce?

I wrote this article for Family Share. It feels good to know I can help others through sharing my experiences and lessons learned during difficult times of my life: It is hard to know when you should date after a divorce. I was 21 years old and a recent college graduate, trying to raise my…

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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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My Favorite Piece of Jewelry

For Christmas this year, I asked my husband to get me something I already have. It’s a type of ring that has very special meaning to me. Recently I have felt a very strong desire to wear this ring, or one like it, every day of my life. No longer do I want to have…

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