So, I’m not the most patient mom in the world (that’s shocking news, I’m sure). I really struggle with some of my children’s behaviors. Last night I was offering up my standard prayer – “please soften my heart towards my children, please help me feel about them the way You feel about them” and the thought came into my head, […]

This and That

Well, in our home summer has come to an end – the kids are back in school.  Here are some of the highlights of the season. Camping – Haley and I went to our church girls camp.  It was Haley’s first camp since she moved to the teen church group.  She had a terrific time – she was the first […]

Living Through Our Children

I’ve always prided myself on letting my kids develop their own interests and making many of their own choices. I wasn’t going to be that mom that wanted her child to be Miss Popular because she wasn’t, etc. etc. I’ve even tried to respect my kids’ choices regarding things I think are important, like school work. I have children that […]

Marriage Therapy

A couple of weekends ago, Tom and I took a trip to Salt Lake City, sans kids.  It was a great long weekend! The Backstory:  Tom wanted to surprise me with tickets to Bare Naked Ladies.  Somehow, though, when he got through with the purchase process, he discovered he’d purchased tickets to their Salt Lake City concert instead of their […]

Kitchen Organizing, take 2

A few years ago, I purchased a very large number of spice bottles, carefully labeled them, transferred the contents of numerous containers of all shapes and sizes, and proclaimed our spice collection suitably organized. Since I don’t do a lot of cooking, I found the system completely functional and satisfying to my need for order.  Tom, on the other hand, […]

The Garage Project

This is only six years in the making – no big deal, right??  We have a garage that will accommodate two cars when not filled with assorted stuff (I’m not calling it junk – just stuff we don’t use super often …).  We’ve never parked a car in this garage since we moved into this house. Shameful, I know.  But […]

Summer Challenge

I feel like I need to challenge myself to either write more here, or give up the blog. So I’m going to challenge myself to post weekly this summer and see how it goes. I’m hoping to do some fun things with my kids (instead of just working and keeping the house together) so maybe these weekly posts will keep […]

Women and the Priesthood

This might only be interesting to myself and perhaps a few fellow members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I wanted to write out how I’m feeling about all the hoopla about women and the priesthood. I take as my theme Matthew 20:26-27, “whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever […]

A Plug for Journaling

I was a big journaler in high school and college – in fact I just did a LOT of writing in general. I wrote reams of letters to friends and family and filled a notebook every year with my random thoughts on just about everything (emphasis on boys – especially in high school!!). Then I got married and my writing […]