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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I almost yelled at my husband yesterday

I seem to always be in a hurry. Yesterday, I had my husband’s car, so it wasn’t nearly as easy to get the baby and my three-year-old into the car. I finally got them, and myself, strapped in exactly ten minutes before we had to be at Kamren’s speech class. That’s okay – that’s perfect,…

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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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By Small and Simple Things

But in the right hands…in God’s hands…everything small becomes magnified. – JadaKaye My friend’s words make me tear up every time I read them. Her words are true. In her statement, Jada was specifically talking about the content of an inspirational documentary on BYUTV called “Turning Point.” She said that the show mesmerized her:  “The thing…

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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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7 clues that your terrible relationship could be your fault

This is the version I submitted to Family Share before it was re-edited and published on their site. See which one you like better: Sometimes in a dating or marriage relationship, the commitment and happiness decline, and the relationship goes terribly south. When this happens to you, you wonder where the problems lie, and who…

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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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It isn’t easy being green…with envy

Nobody wants to be accused of being envious, especially when it is true. I have often battled with this monster, and often I have given in. I have submerged my mind in bitterness, inadequacy, and irrationality. It is next to impossible to be true friends with someone whose skills, talents, looks, and achievements you envy….

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My Greatest Fear

How to Kill a Bug in Only 30 Steps: 1. See it on the ledge of your stairwell, jump backwards, and scream! 2. Run as far away from it as you can. 3. Ask your four-year-old if he will kill it. 4. When he looks at you in horror and says no, you realize you…

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