Mental Illness After Death

My grandmother was mentally ill. Nobody knew exactly what was wrong with her, just that she was very strange. Back then people didn't talk about mental illness.   Recently my aunts have discussed Grandma, and they think she had schizophrenia. But there was never...

Secrets of Mormon Temples

I have always been inspired by LDS (Mormon) Temples. They are magnificent and stately and made so beautifully. My uncle told me once about how they build temples. While most residential houses are built with walls that aren't totally straight or tiles that have uneven...

Stay in the Game

And, behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced … that I have taken away this privilege from you. Doctrine and Covenants 9:5   Our youngest daughter loves soccer. This is her second season and her teammates are all older than she is, with a...

The Bottom Line

A company recently sent me (their user) a short survey, with one question that I will paraphrase, “Do you think our company cares about you personally?”  Hmm, do I think any company or its leadership cares about me?  That’s like asking me if I believe in Capitalism?...

Boundaries in Marriage

As a family, we love playing games. We have a whole closet full and love to play with whoever comes to visit. We even take them on the road to play with other families. Games require rules or boundaries to be played without argument. When a rule is broken or someone...

General Conference

This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year.   Mornings are cool, days are pleasant, and energy fills the air. Football is a big deal in my home, and it becomes an important family activity that brings us together often during this time of year. As my...

Stretching for the Savior’s Power

My Dad loved rubber bands, and he used them for everything. He was the most eccentric person I’ve ever known, and I used to love observing his habits. He was a very organized person. Today we would call him OCD, but I’m pretty sure Dad wouldn’t have ever heard that...

If I Honor Your Agency, I Believe You Can Fix It

I’ve taken a few gigantic leaps forward in understanding and honoring agency. Heavenly Father is really cool. Philosopher Immanuel Kant grappled with great moral dilemmas and my boiled down version of his treatises is to “think from the standpoint of everyone else.”...

The Warriors Behind the Warrior

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I just miss my son. It will be hard to breathe and my heart literally aches with the heaviness of wanting to wrap my arms around him. Most days, I am used to this new normalcy. Yet, sometimes I gasp tears of sorrow, desperate to hug...

How One Woman Fought Her Addiction & Saved Her Marriage

“I have a beautiful family that I never would have had without sobriety.” - Jeff, Recovery Warrior   When people fall victim to addiction, it’s not just them who suffers — those they love, especially their romantic partners, are deeply affected as well. But there...

Firewood

Firewood is an interesting object lesson.  Since it was Labor Day Weekend, I was forced to take some time off work – just kidding.  After running errands on Saturday and going to a kid’s birthday party … Church and teaching on Sunday … and finally sorting through some...

I Survived Hurricane Harvey- Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our family's adventure surviving Hurricane Harvey. In case you missed Part 1 or Part 2, you can find them linked to this article.   Tuesday- August 29, 2017   We wake up to a little bit of blue sky!  It’s BEAUTIFUL!  Of course the clouds...

I Survived Hurricane Harvey- Part 2

As we discussed earlier, and everyone knows Harvey was intense. We had no idea what we were in for. This is part 2 of 3 from our very memorable week.    Sunday- August 27, 2017   Hurricane Harvey gave us lots of lightning and rain and little sleep. I...

I Survived Harvey- Part 1

We have been enduring Harvey and its aftermath. It's been a memorable week. Here is part 1 of 3 of our adventure.   Our small family of 13 (except for two college-aged daughters in Utah and Virginia) lives a little west of Houston. My husband and I grew up in...

Identity Rejection

Have you ever felt complete rejection at the deepest level? Rejection of your existence or identity?   I do a variety of editing jobs for work. I edited a training video of a self-relationship therapist doing recorded sessions with three individuals. I edited...

Is Our Perception Our Reality?

Perception is like painting a scenery—no matter how beautifully you paint, it will still be a painting of the scenery, not the scenery itself. ~Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting   I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus...

The Myth of the Soul Mate: Part 1- It’s a Fantasy

Welcome to part one of my Soul Mate series.   In case you weren't aware, we are living in an epidemic of lies.   This doesn't surprise me in the least, because Satan is the father of lies. That's all he does. He's been a liar from the beginning, and his...

Stay in the Boat

Elder Kevin K. Miskin, an Area Seventy (local representative of the Church leadership), recently spoke to the women of our stake.  The entire theme of the evening was about staying strong in the Gospel, surviving our trials, and helping others in their trials.  He was...

Architect

My wife loves to go house hunting. Parade of Homes, she’s there. New homes being built in our neighborhood; she has been through all of them. DIY network probably includes some of her favorite shows, and with good reason. She has done a remarkable job both on our home...

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