4 things you can do to help someone with depression

4 things you can do to help someone with depression

I recently read a blog post written by a dear friend of mine, a young mother who, after her first child, has not been able to fully shed the burden of depression. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have “been there, done that.” My…

Getting past the back to school blues

Getting past the back to school blues

I was feeling overwhelmed this morning at 2:30 am, when I woke and then couldn’t sleep (but wanted to!!) and felt like “How am I going to be able to support my family this year with everything we have to do?” I was writing my…

Honoring President Packer

Honoring President Packer

(Photo from Mormon Newsroom.) I wanted to mention the passing of President Boyd K. Packer yesterday and honor him. Considering that the pen is more powerful than the sword, has had a tremendous influence on my life.  I carry many of his words with me in…

Why you should go to youth conference

Why you should go to youth conference

I was cleaning out my emails a while back, and I guess I must have asked Nate to email me a talk he gave about youth conference in February 2013. Reading it reminded me of things I love so much about Nate: his sense of…

Because she is a mother

Because she is a mother

I was reading in the Book of Mormon one morning this week and read about how Nephi watered his pillow with tears, praying over his people, and how he knows that “the Lord will consecrate [his] prayers for the gain of [his] people. And the…

April scripture memorization

April scripture memorization

Our scripture memorization for this month includes 3 Nephi 12:44-45 and two quotes from Joseph Smith about love and kindness. We still review our yearly scripture (Matthew 26:21-22). The poem and quote on the side are Peter and Anna’s school class memorizations for this month (Emily…

Oh, how I want to be…

Oh, how I want to be…

Happy Easter! Here are my feelings/ideas/quotes* from general conference this morning: President Monson: He is looking older and more frail, but his spirit is absolutely not. Boy, I love this incredible man!! He is tall in stature but HUGE in spirit! I wish I could be like…

He spoke my language! (Keep practicing)

He spoke my language! (Keep practicing)

Every talk that I have heard so far during conference has been inspired and inspiring, but the talk I heard not many minutes ago by a leader whose name I don’t know yet (I missed seeing it on the screen) really seemed to be speaking my…

Peacemaker tulips

Peacemaker tulips

For our scripture memorization this week, we have been learning the words to “Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words to Each Other.” I love that song! When I was younger, my best friend’s family would have to sing that song when someone started to argue…

From panic to favorite book ever

From panic to favorite book ever

Yesterday and this morning we had a little miracle at our home. Anna had asked to go to the library, and I thought that sounded like a marvy idea. So we grabbed our book basket, a couple of friends, and headed over. We had a…