There was a time when I even questioned getting married and having kids at all--I was leaning toward it being a bad idea. No one who was married seemed happy through my teenager eyes. But then I saw the beautiful example a peculiar family; they were like nothing I'd ever seen. They loved, and laughed, and played and seemed genuinely happy. I wanted to know why.
I changed my focus and started thinking about what I would want someone see if they were looking through our windows.
Sometimes what stands out the most is what we lack. This is, of course, not what the Savior wants for us, and yet we can get lost in it all the same. We make observations, judgments, and comparisons with only our own limited perspective - and we find ourselves seriously lacking. Their kids are perfectly … Continue reading We Struggle Together…
As a young adult, I worked in Seattle right next to where I had grown up. On many afternoons I would step into a little market-deli to get a sandwich or an Italian soda, and each time I walked in, the man behind the counter would smile and ask, "Are you you, or your sister?" … Continue reading What kind of person will I be today?
In the margin of my scriptures next to 1 Nephi 17:20, I have the word perspective written. In this verse, the brothers of Nephi are recounting what they have experienced. Through Laman and Lemuel's perspective, they say; And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart; yea, he hath led us … Continue reading Perspective Changes Everything
I was 16, my little sister 14; we had just left the store and climbed back into my car. I was pulling out of my parking spot, my sister Jenna was in the passenger seat, when I slowed. We both watched a frail elderly man who was working to push his cart of groceries to … Continue reading “Never Suppress a Generous Thought”
There was a woman who did all kinds of wonderful things. She gathered quilts and supplies and traveled to another country to help those who were suffering. As she made the trek to return the many, many miles back home, she felt an impression that sank deep into her heart. The impression was this: “What … Continue reading LIGHT the World – Week 2: Our Community
As we continue #LIGHTtheWORLD and move into week 2, the theme turns from Light the World to Light Your Community. "Service doesn't just happen on a grand, global scale. Your own community is full of opportunities to get involved, make a difference, and give as Jesus gave." President James E. Faust said of The Church … Continue reading Light the World Wk 2: Love the NeighborHOOD
I am a Martha. Martha was the one “cumbered about much serving.”1 I imagine her running in circles trying to ensure everything was done, that it was all just right. She was busy being busy. And it’s hard for me to fault her. She had a houseful, including the Savior – maybe she wanted to … Continue reading The Gift of Presence
I never considered myself to be a big social media person. That's important. Because everything I'm about to share with you is coming from someone who's not a scroller, and whose primary purpose for social media is in promoting my business. So when I decided to take a 7-day Social Media Vacation, I didn't think … Continue reading My 7-Day Break from Social Media