Autism and ADHD: Decoding My Autism

Autism and ADHD: Decoding My Autism

As an autism mom and autism big sister, I often go to my brother's blog to learn how to be a better parent to my son. He has so many excellent insights! This week I want to share one of his articles with you instead of one of my own. It was an answer to a prayer as I...

Devolution From Truth to Modified Apostate Truths

Devolution From Truth to Modified Apostate Truths

I'm fascinated by the strong antagonists of the Book of Mormon. The sons of Mosiah encounter one apostate faction of them in Alma 21. The Lord directed Aaron, the could-have-been-king of the Nephites, to the Lamanite city of Jerusalem. At Jerusalem, he met Lamanites...

The Gift You Are to Me, Pt 3: Memorial

The Gift You Are to Me, Pt 3: Memorial

“The only measure of your worth and your deeds will be the love you leave behind you when you’re gone.” Fred Small   You didn’t realize, when I was in labor that morning before my Scotty was born, how you taught me about courage when you said, "No matter how much...

The Silver Lining of a Crisis

The Silver Lining of a Crisis

A few months ago my husband’s son was excited to show us an HBO documentary mini-series about Chernobyl. For those who don’t know, Chernobyl was a place in Russia (then the USSR under Communist rule) where a nuclear power plant near the city of Pripyat exploded in...

The Greatest Comeback Ever

The Greatest Comeback Ever

During this COVID-19 isolation, sports events of all kinds have been sidelined, so we go into history books and the internet to relive and celebrate contests played in years gone by.   We will get through this. It is not insurmountable.   There may be some...

Observations and Pandemic Spiritual Growth

Observations and Pandemic Spiritual Growth

There are things to be learned from living through a pandemic. Aside from the obvious things that are discussed daily in the news and on social media, there are observations to be made that can change the way we see ourselves and how we worship. Be patient with me for...

Help with the Scary: Dentists, Haircuts, and More

Help with the Scary: Dentists, Haircuts, and More

My brother has a blog that offers me tremendous insight as an autism mom. And this week I wanted to share an article he wrote because I think it will benefit all of us.   The unfamiliar can be scary for a kid, especially when that kid has autism.   But those...

Abigail as Template of a Mediator

Abigail as Template of a Mediator

I stare at the screen for an hour with nothing to say. My life lessons seem so inconsequential amidst the great injustices and suffering of our times. So I just want to share one of my favorite stories. I've felt such an application to our current war of words and...

God is Low

God is Low

If you have turned on the news or social media recently, you might have noticed what some describe as a time of tumult. Global events tower over the public's consciousness. There are causes and factions and crises and movements. Politicians and pundits and activists...

The Gift You Are to Me, Part 2: The Family Letter

The Gift You Are to Me, Part 2: The Family Letter

This is part two in a three-part series about the gifts others are in our lives. To read part one, click here. This part, part two, is a letter Sonja wrote to her family after Ruby's memorial service (with some minor changes made for clarity by the editor).  ...

The Morning Star

The Morning Star

Life can be difficult. To many it can seem almost too difficult.   There is always a challenge to meet and overcome before the next one comes. Some challenges are hard to handle and some are more bearable. We all look forward and hope someday to reach what we...

Graceful Receiving

Graceful Receiving

There he stood, scrubbing so diligently, making sure not to miss a single spot. Farther and farther along the floor he went until any possible mess was gone. The floor was sparkling clean, and my boyfriend had the biggest smile on his face. He was so happy to have...

How Not To Gaslight Autistic Kids from Autistic Empath

How Not To Gaslight Autistic Kids from Autistic Empath

This week we will have a special guest writer. She has incredible insight that all those who work with kids with autism need to know. So I got her permission to share it with you. "How not to gaslight autistic kids" by autisticempath.com.   Some very dear friends...

The Little Robin’s Lesson

The Little Robin’s Lesson

We are commanded by Heavenly Father to be charitable. Charity should be a way of life. The scriptures contain many teaching on why and how we can practice charity. One of the most helpful to me is found in the Book of Mormon in Moroni 7:   46 Wherefore, my...

Challenges as Preparation

Challenges as Preparation

Phew! What a time to be living in!   The protests happening these last few weeks have been pretty intense — more intense than many of us expected, I would say. They’ve eclipsed the state of the pandemic for a moment! That just shows that one issue inevitably...

The Brotherhood of Man 

The Brotherhood of Man 

With the recent chaos of events throughout the world, I think there are many people looking for hope, solace, and a return to normal. Fear is strong and prevalent.   Yet this is an article I have written a million times. OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration,...

Handblown Glass and Testimony

Handblown Glass and Testimony

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated by handblown glass and glassblowers. Glassblowers are fascinating artists. This week I’ve been watching a show where glassblowers compete for scholarship money. They are given a specific assignment with a time limit to...

Live Together In Love And Peace

Live Together In Love And Peace

This last week has brought so much new awareness that it feels like it has been many weeks instead of just one. My whole life I have tried to see the insides of people when finding and choosing friends. So, I have friends of every orientation, nationality, color, and...

We Can Walk the Path Where Jesus Walked

We Can Walk the Path Where Jesus Walked

When I was 14, I listened to someone who experienced Brigham Young University's Jerusalem Study Abroad Program. I sat spellbound as she mentioned places she saw and described the paths, smells, and culture that infused such life into her story. I couldn't get...

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