Leave Your Mark On the World

Leave Your Mark On the World

This last week, we flew my son’s best friend Maria out for a visit. Since she was only in town a few days, we packed them full of activities! My favorite day was our visit to Rickett’s Glen State Park, with its National Natural Landmark: the Glens. WOW. Every single...

It’s Festival Time

It’s Festival Time

The worst of the summer heat is finally behind us here in Pennsylvania, and now as the humidity levels begin to ease back, and the night time temperatures dip into the 60s again, it is peak harvest time for many of our favorite vegetables and fruits. Just yesterday I...

Decluttering Our Lives

Decluttering Our Lives

I have always appreciated and worked towards a clean house and everything in its place. Spring cleaning time came along and I would keep up with the cleaning and restore our home to a clean comfortable place. As time would have it since my husband passed away ten...

The Visiting Teacher I Never Wanted

The Visiting Teacher I Never Wanted

We had just received our new Visiting Teaching assignments in Relief Society, and I was excited to make new friends. My companion and I clicked at once- we just had so much in common. Then we met the girls we were to teach. They both seemed nice enough, however one of...

Reunited

Reunited

Choice memories of my dad go back to my earliest recollections. He has always been my best friend, my advocate, my hero. A number of years ago, I went to a general priesthood meeting with Dad. I have been doing this throughout my life when I have had the good fortune...

Redefining What it Means to Rescue the Lost

Redefining What it Means to Rescue the Lost

I recently had a series of events that have come together to show me that our definition of what it means to rescue the lost is not broad enough. Let’s take a look at how the idea has been taught in church since the dawn of time (I am exaggerating) then let’s look at...

Family Movie Night: Kubo

Family Movie Night: Kubo

There are some times when I wish I could force everyone to see certain movies. For reasons that don’t make any sense great films often get skipped when weak films like Smurfs make millions. As a film fan it can be very frustrating. Well, one film I would force you to...

Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit

School started for us this week.  My sweet second grader hates going to school.  Every day, EVERY DAY has been a huge struggle to get him to school.  He starts the day before laying the ground work for his dramatic attempt to stay home from school.  His most recent...

How the Olympics Inspires My Unathletic Soul

How the Olympics Inspires My Unathletic Soul

I love watching the Olympics even though I’m not an athlete.  I’m not even an amateur athlete—my sports intake is every couple of years during the Olympics.  So I don’t worry about anything as cumbersome as rules. I deduce the sport’s expectation and just watch the...

Herbs from the Garden

Herbs from the Garden

I have always been fascinated by the old fashion kitchen gardens that I would read about in some of the books from my youth. A quaint little garden close to the house where you could step out while preparing a meal and simply snip off a leaf or two of whatever herb...

In His Own Voice

In His Own Voice

For two-and-a-half years I have written about the life of my Down syndrome son.  I’ve carved descriptions out of words.  I’ve shared photos of his days.  The one thing I haven’t done is let him speak for himself.  I thought this month I’d let the experience of being...

A Place for All of Us

A Place for All of Us

Do you ever feel alone, isolated or lost? I think we can all honestly identify with those feelings at some time or another. But to our good fortune, we are promised a place in the kingdom of God if we will try to follow Jesus Christ. He has promised us victory and...

Charity Heals Our Weaknesses

Charity Heals Our Weaknesses

Before I begin sharing about the incredible lesson I learned from living as the Good Samaritan this week, I need to share something about myself: If I receive criticism, directly or implied, I will usually hurt for days as I process through the pain of not being ‘good...

Family Movie Night: Rio

Family Movie Night: Rio

I hope you are all enjoying the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as much as I am. I’ve been a huge Olympics junkie all of my life and so whether summer or winter I love watching any event I can get my hands on. In tribute to the games in Rio I thought it would pick a...

Managing Stress in Our lives

Managing Stress in Our lives

During the summer months when natural food is plentiful the feeders in my backyard stand virtually unused, and during the hot sultry months of summer when the air barely moves, the adjoining wind chimes hang silent, waiting for an occasional thunderstorm to awaken...

Strengthening our Timber

Strengthening our Timber

Here is a thought for your Friday.  We often look at the weekend as a time for relaxing, a release from the pressure of the work week.  But sometimes the weekend is more stressful than the week is.  When we have families with special challenges, or callings at church...

What Does it Mean to Carry Christ’s Yoke?

What Does it Mean to Carry Christ’s Yoke?

This article was previously published on Mormonbasics.com Our Savior has said time and time again that his yoke or burden is light. He offers to help carry our burdens and lighten the weight of our struggles if we will but accept his burden. But what does that even...

A Perfect Brightness of Hope

A Perfect Brightness of Hope

I have written before about my upbringing. In many ways, it was difficult work on the farm, but loving parents disrupted their lives so that we children could have a life-changing experience. And we did. And the challenges facing our youth today have a purpose in...

My LDS Conversion

My LDS Conversion

This article was previously published on Latterdaysaintwoman.com When I was a young girl, perhaps ten years old, my family was on a day trip to Los Angeles,  California.  As usually happened on our outings we were lost. In our family, being lost automatically...

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