When We Crash Into Each Other

I crashed. As I slid to a stop on my side on the pavement, I saw the whole thing flash before my eyes again. Before I hit the gravel, I knew in my mind’s eye what was going to happen. I saw the motorcycle hit the mountain and then ricochet across the pavement. I...

Memories

Memories are a priceless treasure I am still reeling from events of the last few months—happiness, sorrow, hope, and ecstasy—and I have come to appreciate anew the importance of family and memories. I realize that if you do a Google search of the importance and role...

The Bag of Fun- Autism at Church

One of the most beautiful things I've learned recently, as a special needs mom, is the power of letting your child be himself. I've been trying to fit my son into a box, figuratively, for a long time.  And I've been so frustrated as he has popped out of that box time...

Accepting God’s Will

Greetings my friends!  It’s been a while, I know, but I’ve been making great progress in my life and with my little family!  My little family has taken our first real vacation!  My daughter flew on a plane for the first time.  We went to Disneyland, visited with my...

Attitude Affects Mental Health

We all have something that makes us uniquely ourselves. It is one of the beauties of human creation that we are all different, and yet we are all the same, but our attitudes about who we are and our worth in this life can and will affect our health and happiness. It...

You Were Born to Be Baptized

I recently attended a niece’s baptism. Since moving to Idaho this was the first extended family event I have been able to attend. It was a wonderful occasion, and was well attended by both the ward and extended family. The talks we always hear at these occasions were...

Suicide

“Self-inflicted gunshot wound leaves a town in mourning as a vivacious little girl leaves this earth just a little too soon.” This was the third or fourth story of suicide in recent years that has come from my home town. It left me pondering many questions. Why would...

My Incredible Journey on the Road to Jericho

As I re-read the record of my journey along the Road to Jericho, I jotted down notes about the lessons I learned as I struggled to follow in the Good Samaritan’s footsteps.  What an amazing journey this year has been! Yellow sticky papers with scribbled notes do not...

Asenath’s Deliverance

Sure, scriptural people had difficult trials but after their successful outcomes, they lived happily ever after, right? After Noah left the ark, he never struggled anymore, right? After Daniel came out of the lion’s den, everyone loved and respected him from that...

Unique to Him

Like any child, my Down syndrome son has a lot of behaviors that seem to be unique to his personality.  Not unique in that no other child has ever done such a thing, but that the way the behaviors combine adds up to something recognizable as just “so Joey”. When my...

Giving Your Very Best to the Lord

It’s been a roller-coaster ride in our home this week. Our feelings have been near the surface and still are. My daughter’s boyfriend entered the MTC yesterday. Frankly, I didn’t expect the rush of emotion I felt. This fine young man has become a beloved member of our...

Rationalizations

Rationalizations get us nowhere. No, actually, that’s wrong. Rationalizations send us spiraling out of control on a path of self-destruction. We can rationalize anything.  It is the easy way out—for now—but it always comes back to bite us. There is so much negativity...

Apples

We may still be in for a few more weeks of warm weather, but Apples in all their delicious varieties are beginning to come back to the markets again.   It has been a couple of months now that I have not been able to consistently find the organic apples that I...

Why Satan Doesn’t like Free Will

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com I promised to tell you the rest of the true story I started in “Do Mormons Believe in Free Will?” Go back and read the linked article in the last sentence if you haven’t already, so this makes sense. As...

Do Mormons believe in Free Will?

This article was previously posted on Latterdaysaintwoman.com A new study shows that people who have their confidence in free will reduced are less likely to make use of it. According to Wired Science: “To lose confidence in free will seemingly introduced a lag...

Just Empty the Trash

We live in close proximity to a dumpster. Actually, we live in close proximity to two dumpsters.   Our commitment to a trash-free environment consists of the following steps. 1) Remove bag from trash can. 2) Walk bag 50 steps to dumpster. 3) Open lid, insert bag,...

My Living Journal

All my life I have been taught to read and ponder the scriptures, so I could apply their insights and guidance to bless my life. Honestly, as a young man, I didn't really understand the concept of pondering scriptures. I would read a few verses and then wait to see...

A Hidden Miracle in the Book of Mormon

Miracles are events that surprise and amaze. For example, the parting of the Red Sea was not something the children of Israel could have foreseen as they ran from the approaching Egyptian army. The Book of Mormon has many miracles and wonders listed in its pages. I...

Picnic Lunch

This last couple of weeks my normally sweet husband has been a bit of a bear. His job is demanding longer hours with one difficulty following on top of another. This means lots of tossing and turning at night; a little less patient than his usual saintliness...

Special Needs Mom

This has been a challenging week.  We started school, and my sweet boy in true Asperger/Autism style didn't want the change.  He struggles with all change, but the back to school change is a pretty big one for everyone.  My boy's autism isn't his only struggle with...

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