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Signs of the Season (Wordless Wednesday)


Things I'm loving right now . . .

Enduring It Well One of my favorite parts of the day is after the kids get off to school, when I tackle the kitchen, straighten up, and start the laundry (on Mondays and Thursdays).  I love listening to uplifting, inspiring, and interesting stories while I work.  One of the series I listen to is called, "Enduring it Well," and it includes interviews with people who have survived and thrived in the midst of various hardships.  Some are on-going and challenging, such as handicaps or blindness.  Others come on suddenly, such as death or natural disasters.  A few I've loved recently and highly recommend: Haiti Earthquake Endured .  This story would make a great action movie -- a man goes to Haiti right after the earthquake to bring relief supplies to the orphanage where the daughter he and his wife have been trying to adopt lives.  Last-minute miracles, a near mugging, an airlift, and the rescue of dozens of babies are just part of this amazing story.   In a Whirlwi

My Kids

The longer I go without blogging and the more I get out of the habit, the more I think I need to having something profound and amazing to say the next time I write.  Because, hey, if I'm only going to post once a month, it would be nice to console myself by saying at least I've got quality! But really, I would like to get back in the habit of writing about my life and my family, sharing tips (Like remember my duct-tape in the shoes idea?  Well, it worked so well we've now used it to identify toothbrushes too) and more. So, here we go. My Kids I'm so blessed to have such great kids. Lillian loves to cook, play the piano and violin, and learn.  She suggests everyone should read the book " Salt, Sugar, Fat."   It will change your life, she says.  I haven't yet read it (because as long as I haven't, I'm not responsible for its contents, right?), but I'm sure I will at some point.  I've mentioned it before, but I love having a daughter

Visitor (Wordless Wednesday)

 We love where we live, especially when we get visitors like this Great Horned Owl.

Time Management Principles for Mothers

This month, I led a discussion on Time Management Principles for our Mother's Group (I took the year off hosting last year while my health was poor, but we've started it back up again). I focused on general principles and then we talked about examples and ideas from our own experiences.  Some of these I've covered before, in part two of my Finding Balance series ( Part One , Part Two , Part Three ).  Others are more specific and in-depth on the topic of time management.   1.  Recognize the Power of Small Things Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work.   And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.   D & C 64:33 His encouragement to you and to me is this: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”   That is as true of a day as it is of a life. A morning prayer and an early search in the scriptures to know what we should do for the Lord can set the course of a day.

The Gift of Motherhood: Developing our Best Talents

The Devaluation of Motherhood We live in a world where motherhood is not valued, sometimes even by those who choose to do it full time. It seems there is an underlyi ng resentment towards motherhood and about motherhood. It's so often seen solely as a sacrifice we do for the sake of our kids but that does nothing for us -- we're just waiting around for our kids to get raised so our real lives can begin or we can have the fabulous, fulfilling career life that we've been told all our lives that we should aspire to.  Live your dreams, we've been told.  The sky is the limit!  You're amazing and powerful and can do anything you want to do.  Follow your passion.  Celebrate all your opportunities!  You can do anything you choose! In the words of Parry Gripp, "No matter how insane and ridiculous they seem, you must follow your dreams:" The chorus is loud and the cheers almost audible, up until the moment you choose to stay home with your children.