Heavenly Protection for Eve (Times Three)

Rigel and I drove together, just him and me, to our dentist appointments last Thursday, July 23. We were both quiet, but then I asked him if there was something he wanted to talk about. He thought for a moment, and then asked me to tell him more about my Granddad, a man I so…

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18 Years Since I Turned 18

I realized today, my 36th birthday, that it has been 18 years since I turned 18! Crazy! And then I thought just how much my life as changed – how much I have changed – as a result of what has happened in my life the last 18 years. I still remember my 18th birthday…

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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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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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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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When you start to feel too cool for your parents…

My oldest son, Casey, started high school this year. It hit me not long ago that I only have FOUR MORE YEARS with my first born – with my precious son who made me a mother. I know that time will fly by, and it’s been hurting my heart that my time with him is…

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