A couple of weeks ago I felt like I had a break through parenting moment. During a rough week, God taught me something about patience and parenting I desperately needed. I have been a different parent since. I have also been supremely grateful.Read More
The last 4+ weeks have been a little rough, okay A LOT rough. But instead of sharing all the bad stuff, I'm going to share all the wonderful things that made it all bearable. (in no particular order)
1. Family time, especially my brother who flew in from Philly to hang out with us for the holidays.
2. Friends. We truly have the bestest in the world.
3. Pajamas and hoodies.
“Who are we trying to kid [with our polite prayers]? Jesus has just seen the stove where the spaghetti boiled over, and it was pretty obvious that wasn't the only thing that had ever boiled over on that stove. He heard what you muttered when you picked up that one sock, just as you've been doing for the past 8 years…Read More
Today I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend that I've known for many years. We were going with a pink/white/black theme so I went to get balloons and spent some time selecting colors and designs. This isn't my first rodeo so I carefully looked at the spotted balloons and stretched them out to make sure I wasn't getting navy blue or purple. I handed the stack to the gal and did some shopping while they were filled with helium. When I got back to the bouquet my heart sank. TWO PURPLE BALLOONS?!?Read More
I was asked to speak on Christmas Sunday a couple of years ago. I'm not sure why they asked the teary girl to speak on Christmas, but they did. I typically write out remarks to speak in church, or to speak professionally only in outline format, and yet this talk came out word for word.Read More
When the prophet issued the challenge to read the Book of Mormon, my eight year old was sitting right next to me. It was her first women’s conference and kind of a big deal. Unaided she said she was going to read and finish with me before the end of the year. Click here to read the rest of the story.Read More
I told myself I needed to get the temple before General Conference this weekend. The days started to slip by even though my schedule was relatively open this week. I realized this morning, that today and tomorrow are my last chance. But today and tomorrow became booked with only a 45 minute window before I picked up my kids.Read More
I can't stop looking at this picture from last night's breathtaking sunset at Sequoia National Park. It was taken from the window of a moving car because we couldn't take another minute for pictures. But as I look at this picture it's such a parallel for my life right now. So much beauty and I'm so grateful to be on this path even if sometimes it appears to be in motion - that's how my life is…Read More
My grandfather, Richard Gunn (whom we affectionately called Pop Pop) passed away in 2013, but his birthday is September 28th and if he had lived this long, today he would have been 100!
He’s not here, but he taught me some amazing things that contributed to who I am today…
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I cried twice today.
This morning I dropped my two kids off to school for the first day of both of them being gone all day. I had expected to skip all the way home and be crazy productive. I didn't expect a flood of emotions that landed me into a puddle. For almost two hours. It wasn't pretty.Read More
I had the opportunity to write a blog post on mormon.org a couple of years ago. I shared one of the deepest lessons I have ever learned as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While this experience happened to me many years ago, I think of it often. The words, "If not, will you still believe?" come to my mind many times as I'm seeking for guidance from Heavenly Father. It's a constant reminder that even if I don't get what I want in my prayers, then my faith is still solid.Read More
When I’m scheduled to speak in the morning, I’m terrified I’m going to sleep through my alarms. I usually dream about oversleeping all night long and as a result I don’t sleep well. Thursday night as I was going to set my alarms (I usually set 3), I had an overwhelming prompting “set a different alarm”.Read More