D&C 35:17 ". . . and in weakness have I blessed him."

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


     Last week we had a wind storm, with winds that reportedly measured at 91 to 112 mph. Many people woke up to no power, broken branches and uprooted trees. About 1000 trees were toppled in Salt Lake City. 

    I marveled at the sight of majestic pine trees lying on their sides with upended roots--a sight I'd not seen before. 

(Sugarhouse park)

    I couldn't  help but wonder why some trees remained standing, while others didn't. An analogy started to form in my mind as I contemplated a verse of scripture. Helaman 5:12, ". . . that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation whereon if men build they cannot fail."

    I later read that some of the trees came down because they were weakened by fungi or broken roots. Others came down because of the soil they were planted in, or the lack of surrounding trees to help anchor their roots. 

    I wondered, 

    What is it that keeps me standing in the midst of storms? 

    How strong is my root system?

    How am I staying anchored to Christ?

    The first answer I can think of is having church at home. Bringing the ordinance of the sacrament into my home has been a special privilege with a sanctifying influence. As we've gathered together to worship in our living room, I've felt a stregthening power that has bolstered my family.

    We've grown closer together and my house now feels a little more sacred. My love for my husband has increased as I've watched him, dressed up in a white shirt and tie, administer this ordinance to our little family. I hope my children will remember this special time, when we gathered together and found spiritual safety in the shelter of our home. 

    Family prayers and scripture study have also brought us peace and strength. It has taken some diligence to stay on track with our Book of Mormon reading. But I know it is always worth the effort. When we come together at night to read the scriptures, I feel a good, warm assurance I'm arming my children with the strength they need to stand firm against the storms of life.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Interacting With Those Who Have Disabilities

 "A child with disabilities often spends hours being taught how to interact with others. 

But why don't we spend time teaching those without disabilities how to interact with them?"

Calleen Peterson

Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Moment That Forever Changed Me

They say life is made of moments. Small pieces of time that quickly slip away. There are the big, important moments that take your breath away, or break your heart in two. With lots of small, insignificant moments in-between.

All is takes is one small segment of time to forever change who you are. I had such a moment 16 years ago. A moment that redefined me and brought new purpose to my being. 

On August 19, 2004 I brought David's spirit into the world. And every moment since has brought me an opportunity to love more, give more, hope more, pray more . . . 



Friday, August 21, 2020

Robert W. Stoll, Ph.D, LMFT

Rob had to make a slide that represented himself for work. I love how he captured himself as a father and Marriage and Family Therapist.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Graduation COVID-style


My 6th grader is off to Junior High!
(if the schools ever re-open)

The mask says it all!




JULY 24, 2020

"They laid the foundation. Ours is the duty to build on it."
Pres. Hinckley

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lead Me, Guide Me




    (5 years later)

We're still in it
Still leading and guiding
Still trudging uphill