A Gift and a Blessing

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2017

 

 

As March comes to a close, the gifts of Spring are everywhere. The thing I love the very most about this time of year, is the return of life. The green buds returning to the bare branches, the sound of songbirds returning to my backyard trees, the deep color of green to my front yard grass, and the return of warmth and sun and color to my small corner of the world. 

The end of March brings another much anticipated gift, conference weekend. A time when my world slows all the way down, and for 2 full days I am immersed in the words of living prophets and apostles. Surrounded by my precious family, my soul is lifted, fortified, strengthened and renewed. 

When the Lord is about to speak to us through His servants, it only makes sense that we would take the time to prepare ourselves to hear His voice. 

Preparation is a personal endeavor, and can look different for all of us. But we have been counseled, encouraged, and invited often to PONDER QUESTIONS. 

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Two pink lines

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

 

 

This past October as the air was starting to turn crisp, the leaves were changing colors, and the promise of fall was in full sway  we found out the happy news that we were expecting our 7th baby. We were thrilled. There was a healthy dose of nervousness with a whole lot of joy. I remember driving down the leaf strewn streets dropping off my son to kindergarten and just relishing that feeling of hope and sweet anticipation. It was precious news that we hadn't shared with more than a handful of people, and it felt kind of like Christmas morning. Unfortunately that happy news was short lived, when we ended up miscarrying on our 4th sons birthday almost a week later. We spent the day wrapped up in celebration for our son's 6th birthday and soaking in all this beautiful time with our little family. My husband and I held our boys a little tighter, our smiles a little braver and each other a little longer. With our 6 previous healthy pregnancies, this was the...

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Overcoming Emotional Eating

nutrition step 4 Oct 18, 2016

You Can Overcome the Beast of Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is something that every single person in this world struggles with. No one is immune to emotional eating. It gets the best of us.

However, that doesn't mean that we have to just lay down and accept it. All that will do is lead to failure, more emotional eating, lessened self-discipline, and a body that we aren't particularly proud of.

 

What is emotional eating?

FIrst, before we can go much further, we need to define what emotional eating is. Despite its name, you don't have to be crying while eating your ice cream in order for it to count as emotional eating.

The simplest definition of emotional eating is eating for any other reason other than hunger. 

So, if you are eating because you are stressed, tired, bored, angry, or happy, you are emotionally eating.

Even eating because the food is right there and everyone else is eating is a form of emotional eating.

So, once again, eating for any other reason ...

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Look to the Lord...

faith step 1 step 2 Oct 11, 2016

This last weekend has been filled with challenges as well as beautiful moments. But isn't life just like that? Every day and every moment there are things that stretch us and help us grow. It is up to us how we choose to see those moments.

And who we choose to look to. 

Today i heard a beautiful song on the radio. One that I've heard many times, and yet it was new again. In exactly teh moment I needed to hear it, these are the words that touched my soul:

I see my child, my beloved
The new creation you're becoming
You see the scars from when you fell
But I see the stories they will tell ("Mended," Matthew West)

I was reminded again that I am HIS daughter. And sometimes you just need to remember that. 

 

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Follow the prophet, he knows the way

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2016

Tonight I was planning on sharing thoughts about step 4. This step is so important to me. It's something I thought I understood, but it wasn't until the last year or so that I gained a deep personal witness of these powerful truths. I will share some of those thoughts in later posts during this 31 day challenge. But tonight I just want to share this.

Any time our prophet speaks it's crucial for us to pay attention, and during priesthood session he gave a talk that was less than 5 minutes long. What did he choose to talk about in those few moments? He gave counsel on the Word of Wisdom. About following the Lord's commandments to take care of our bodies. These precious gifts that we've been given.

And if the Lord wanted to remind us of the importance of following these principles, which He did, then we should all reassess how well we are doing at making them a priority in our lives.  

 

cover photo from lds.org

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Family prayers and kitchen tables

Today has been a rough day of sorts. We found out that a sweet neighbor got robbed in the middle of the day when she was away at a doctor's appointment. And have you heard any of this bizarre clown stuff going around? I just heard about it myself, but my poor boys have been hearing about it from kids at school and because of that it fueled our family conversation at dinner tonight. It was just a heavy emotional day. 

It seems that the world is becoming a heavy emotional place. 

Which makes me increasingly more thankuful for the messages of General Conference so fresh and new in my heart and mind. Today President Nelson's talk came flooding back (apparently that talk is one I need to study lots, because it keeps making it's way into my heart) as Seth and I talked with our precious boys about the world we live in. How it can feel like a scary place at times. But that God is always and forever in control and watching over us. We are living in the last days and the...

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True joy is clean carpet

 

It seems that nighttime might just be my thing. I won't make any promises that I'll get a post up before 9:00 pm. Because you know, sometimes motherhood just trumps everything else. Basically every time. Like today. Today was filled with scrubbing pee from my 4 year old's carpet. It wasn't pretty. Actually it was pretty...pretty darn disgusting. But then again, so many times motherhood isn't pretty. Parenting isn't. It can be frustrating and overwhelming and absolutely exhausting. 

And purifying.

And sanctifying.

And worth every moment. 

In fact as I spent hours (maybe lots of minutes that felt like lots of hours) last week scrubbing those same carpets (that I had to do all over again today), I wasn't super happy. I felt pretty darn frustrated. However, the Spirit made it's way to my prickly heart and spoke truth. Sweet, beautiful truth. It came in the form of scripture, as it often does.

Matthew 25:40 

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them,...

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Are the teaching moments passing you by?

 

This is very late, but we have been gone all day spending time with family and soaking in all of the beautiful words and spirit of General Conference. We hope you have been too. Since Sunday is the Lord's day, we will always post a quote or a link to a talk or video from one of the prophets or apostles about the counsel the Lord gives to us concerning our families. This was one of the most powerful quotes from conference for me. Click here to listen to the entire talk.

 

"Parents and grandparents we tend to bemoan the state of the world that schools are not teaching moral characther, but there is much we can do. We can take advantage of the teaching moments in our own families. That means NOW. Don't let them slip by, when an opportunity comes to share your thougths about the gospel and the lessons of life, stop everything. Sit down and talk with your children and grandchildren. We should not worry that we are not proffessionally trained gospel teachers, no...

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Happy October!

Uncategorized Oct 01, 2016

 

October has always been one of my most favorite months. When Seth and I were dating I came home to my apartment one day after classes and found a giant vase full of gorgeous yellow lillies (my favorite) with a little note from him that simply said, "Happy October." I love the colors of the changing mountains, the wind blown leaves across the streets, the crisp fall air waving in through my kitchen window. It marks the beginning of the holiday season and it always makes me want to turn my focus to my home and take greater care in how I create a haven for these people I love. And October holds incredible family lessons and memories for me too.

When I was nine years old, my oldest brother passed away in October. During that time of sadness and grief, there was also immense peace and an all-consuming feeling of love. Seriously, love permeates all of those memories in my mind. The neighbors who gathered around us and sent dinners and fun Halloween treats for me and my...

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Day 30: What Now?

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2016

 

WE MADE IT! You've offically completed the Family Tough 30 day challenge! Our sincere hope is that over the last 30 days of challenges you have taken the opportunity to look a little deeper at your life, and all of your relationships; your relationship with God, with yourself, with your spouse, and with your family. We hope that you have approached this prayerfully and have been gievn specific guidance through the Spirit to help strengthen your unique family. And we hope that if anything, you've been reminded just how much God loves you and loves your family. You matter to Him. Your marriage matters to Him. And the complete health, (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental), of your family matters deeply to HIm. He knows you, and He knows your family...perfectly. 

Continue working toward the things you've uncovered about your dreams and the vision for your life. We will be here doing our best to encourage and support you along the way.

We invite you to follow along at our...

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