Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Snapshot

IN 2018
-We went to the Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon, WV
-Visited our last state park inn: McCormick's Creek State Park
-We bought a trampoline
-Drove out West to see family (including Utah, Colorado, and Arkansas)
-Saw the Grand Canyon
-Cheyenne started 2nd grade, Delaney 1st
-Cheyenne and Delaney both played soccer
-We found out we were having Baby #5-- a girl
-Thanksgiving this year was in WV with Sarah and Derek
-Cheyenne got baptized

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Validation, Your Gifts, and Serving the Lord

Are you one of those people who lives for a compliment? I used to be. I used to interact with people and wonder, "Do they think I'm awesome? Do they think I'm doing everything right?" I wanted to be the awesomest, "right-est" person they knew.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What saturation in social media robs you of

1. Confidence in your identity and your abilities and attributes.

2. Originality, the ability to listen to promptings from the Spirit and do and create good things that make you happy.

This most recent10-day social media fast has made a lot of things clearer in my mind than they ever have been, and I'm so grateful for it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Baby #5

We are very excited to have a baby join our family, due April 2nd. This baby girl will most likely be our last baby.

Friday, November 2, 2018

My new way of doing goals that I'm excited about

Hey guys I wanted to check-in with you on where I'm at with goals lately. Here are a few things I've learned.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Why do you obey?

When the prophet asks you to do something, why do you do it? Or why don't you do it?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Days

 These kids had their Primary Program last week

Thursday, September 27, 2018

You don't like to or want to read the scriptures?

I had a hard time reading my scriptures during the summer because the time I normally do it (during Frank's nap) I was often with the older kids doing things, or I got interrupted a million times so it was hard to focus. And I've found it's hard to get back into a consistent routine.

Monday, September 17, 2018

By Small and Simple Things

I was talking to my brother a while ago and he was telling me about a time he felt he needed to kneel down and ask God what God wanted him to do. His answer was a big, life-changing move that seemed exciting to me and powerful because it came from God.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

We had a great summer

I tried to plan at the beginning of this summer to have a summer to remember and I must say that it worked! We did lots of fun things together, we tried lots of different things and we made some good memories. When the summer was over I wasn't sure I wanted it to end. We had had a great time.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fully Known

I never knew how much deeper love would grow as you got older, and how much better it gets than the stuff they show as the "pinnacle of love" on tv. In our society, young, showy, "romantic" love is portrayed as the height of love, but the feelings between spouses grows into so much more than that as they choose to love each other year after year after year.  

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Motherhood Dreams left Unrealized

Before I became a mother, the thing I was most excited about was being able to mother however I wanted to. I was so excited to take the best from every mother I knew and make it my own. But now that I've been parenting for almost 8 years, the things I had imagined myself doing, the life I imagined myself living seems to be left unrealized. I thought I would be kinder, more organized, and a better parent. Yes, I try to teach my children to get along, to revere the scriptures, to be gentle and loving and a million other things I hope for my children to learn, but it's often apparent to me that that our reality does not match up with my ideals.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

Help for the self-doubters

On your bad days, are you a self-promoter or a self-doubter? By that I mean, are you more inclined to find that everyone else is at fault except for you?  Or are you more likely to link all the problems in your life to your own weaknesses?

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Year of Being a Beginner

In the past year Cheyenne has tried five different sports: soccer, basketball, softball, gymnastics, and dance. Why did we do this? I guess for a couple of reasons: exposure, lifelong exercise, and curiosity.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Treating Kids as they Will Be, Not as they Are

One thing about summer vacation is that it puts in the limelight behavior problems your kids have, among other things. You become acutely aware that you can't parent all your kids the same, and they don't respond to punishments or incentives the same way.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Road Trip Notes

The past several years we've made very long road trips a part of our summers. Ben's parents live in Ohio, and mine (usually ;)) live in Idaho, and with four little kids, this is how we make it work.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

9 Years of Marriage

A while ago I met a young married couple. She was young, outspoken and a little brash, he was laid back, happy and quiet. It made me wonder what he saw in her. And it also made me wonder if people thought the same of Ben and me when we first got married.

Friday, June 22, 2018

If not you, then who?

It can seem "part of parenting" or "part of marriage" for your children and spouse to bear the wrath of the mother. Sometimes we don't even realize we have a "wrath." Kids do things they aren't supposed to sometimes, don't they? And men intentionally leave their stuff everywhere just so you will be bugged, isn't that right? And they know I love them even though they drive me crazy, right??

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


No, it's not Cheyenne's birthday or any type of special occasion, I just loved the way she looked on Sunday and I wanted to always remember how pretty she is. She has beautiful clear eyes and golden hair. Her skin is smooth and she has a beautiful smile. She looks innocent and wholesome, happy.

What a gift children are. I'm so grateful to have young children in my life. They offer a gentle reminder about what we are trying to be, and the One we are trying to be like.  I think the adult form of innocence is purity. We may not be able to turn back the hands of time and un-live the experiences of our life, but we can, through our choices, decide to make our own thoughts and actions pure.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Social Media Free Summer

A few Sundays ago President Nelson asked the youth of our church to take a 7-day social media fast. I decided to join in. I wanted to write down what I learned and what I've decided to do next.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

My Dad as a major influence

A while ago I was asked who one of the biggest influences in my life was. I had to say my dad.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

June Goals

I intentionally/unintentionally took May off for making goals, but I am back on track for June! Here are a few things I learned:
-I need to cut back on my goals. Less is more.
-Goals don't need to be perfect. You won't accomplish anything if you're forever waiting for the right time and the right words.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Summer to Remember

Last year summer ended up being a hard season for me. So this year I've been trying to take the planning more seriously.

Saturday, May 26, 2018


We visited our last state park this weekend. There is only one way to describe Indiana forests: magical.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Strawberry Festival

After my first attempt to visit my sister over Spring Break (that apparently wasn't meant to be!), we made plans to visit Sarah during their town's Strawberry Festival.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

If you like to help people, try stay-at-home motherhood

Do you remember taking those career aptitude tests in college? They would measure your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes and tell you what would be a fulfilling career for you.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sick Kids

Our kids' sickness this week allowed me to appreciate the service we get to give as mothers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


I'm grateful I get to have sons.

I remember when Ephraim was born, I experienced a whole new level of motherly love. Love between a mother and a son is completely different than between a mother and her daughter.

Monday, May 7, 2018


My daughters are such a gift to me. I love having daughters.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

It's time for Revelation

Last April, President Monson urged us to read the Book of Mormon more. Sometimes when we are given direction and it's not something concrete like "Read the Book of Mormon before Christmas" I have a hard time following through. Are you this way? Anyway I didn't immediately make a concerted effort to change my habits, because I already was trying to read everyday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A great way to start your day

If you need some motivation on what's important in life, I loved this video.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Positive motherhood blogs

I have such a love for positivity.

One of my favorite kinds of positivity is positivity from women about motherhood. It seems we are all inspired by different people. Have you found that to be true?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April Goals

I made my April goals a little late. I've been inspired by Lara Casey's recent post about cutting back. It felt like the right message for me this month.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Failure is the best teacher

At my college graduation, 2010

As a young 21-year-old approaching my college graduation, I decided to apply for graduate school. I was excited and felt strongly that I should apply.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

March Goals Check-in

Here are a few of the goals I worked on this past month and some of the things I wanted to touch on. I'll be posting my April goals soon.