No Thing Is Sacred

No Thing Is Sacred

In early December, we arrived home to discover that the stand for our Christmas tree had broken and sent the tree and all the ornaments crashing to the ground. We started cleaning up, piling most of the items on the piano until we got a new tree. Most of the ornaments...

When a Past Testimony Boosts Your Faith

When a Past Testimony Boosts Your Faith

I posted these pictures on Instagram about a week and a half ago but wanted to include them here as well. My 6 year old wrote "August" on our calendar because he knows that I am a bit OCD about filling in the new week as soon as one has completed.  Our...

Finding the Blessings in our Afflictions

Finding the Blessings in our Afflictions

Sometimes we "want" a nice car and all we get is what we "need" - an old Beetle that gets us from Point A to Point B.  (How about that - The Stones and The Beatles in the same post?)  I find myself telling my kids these lyrics frequently, especially during...

A Family History Boost from Hollywood

A Family History Boost from Hollywood

A few weeks ago, a sweet, older sister in our ward asked if she could come visit our house and teach me about family history. I’ve done a decent share of family history and quite a bit of indexing. (When I was unable to work after my knee surgery a couple of years...

Twisting and Turning

Twisting and Turning

I recently had some articles published on the LDS Living website.  I’ve had a few people ask me how that came about so I thought I’d explain here. At different times in my life, I have put a real and sincere effort into being an “instrument in the Lord’s...

Deep Stretches

Deep Stretches

For a short time while I was growing up, I wanted to be a physical therapist. Later, while recovering from a knee surgery, I learned that part of their job is somewhat akin to torturing people. (I instead became a pharmacist so I can give people medicine...

Climbing Partners

Climbing Partners

I have a very distinct memory of putting our eldest in his crib when he was a few weeks old and getting a strong impression that he needed to be a big brother. At the park today, his little brother was scared to climb this hill. He came up and...

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Dear John, You have been on a "You're a loser!" kick as of late and it is driving me a bit crazy.  Today, you said that to your brother and I decided to go a different route than the usual, "He is not a loser.  Stop it or go upstairs!" I always seem to...