Books I have read in 2020

Books I have read in 2020

Lane and I set a goal to read at least 4 books together in 2020, and I set a goal to read or listen to at least 1 book each month (not including picture books). Here are the books I have enjoyed reading or listening 

How I Hear Him

How I Hear Him

This morning I woke myself up in the middle of a bad dream, calling out in my sleep. After being wakened, I started to think about events from last night, and yesterday. I thought about one of our children specifically. As I thought about this 

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