Embracing Adversity

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A few years ago, had you asked, I would have told you I was a mother and wife, I own an interior design business , I am a group fitness instructor, in my church I am a Sunday school teacher, and I drove an Audi (notice… past tense… note to self, never buy another Audi, while they are a blast to drive the engines don’t last!) I may have even told you I had done a figure competition and that I ride motorcycles (Okay, I still do)… but today….. only one thing defines me. I AM A CHILD OF GOD.

After a lifetime of lessons and four years of intense schooling (through my son’s cancer) I have realized that everything we think we own and everything we think we are, are sandcastles… washed away in the blink of an eye. The only thing that remains, is our own personal knowledge of God, our eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and our connection to them. If we stay present and awake, they will guide us to exactly where we need to be. We will begin to know that we have the ability to not only “embrace adversity”, but even find joy amidst it.

Riley’s funeral … A Mother’s Perspective

Riley’s funeral … A Mother’s Perspective

I’ve known this day would come for a long time.  I thought I would be prepared. I thought I had watched my sweet son suffer so much that I would be ready to let him go home.  But I’m not.  Since he took his last breath, on Sunday, at 3:35...

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Throw your hands up

Throw your hands up

As I watched my grandson sitting in his car seat in the dark the other night, on the way home from dinner.... riding backwards, unable to see where he is going or who is driving, having only a blanket to keep him warm .... he was smiling .... and I thought.... he has...

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I’ve always hated winter

I’ve always hated winter

I’ve always hated winter, but I have to admit, this view is just as beautiful in the winter with snow covering the trees that line the river, as it was in the fall… as it was in the summer.   Winter feels like a time of rest.  The white snow makes...

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Tattoos and Trials

Tattoos and Trials

“Is that a tattoo on your arm?”  ... "Yes sir, it is.... Why? You ask?  Let me see if I can put this into words that will be understood." In our culture, here in South Jordan Utah, tattoos aren’t super common.  By some, they are frowned upon, by others, respected, and...

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Being a Mom hurts

Being a Mom hurts

Mom-itis: When women become mothers they immediately and without knowing what or how it happened, develop a serious condition.  A life threatening dis-ease, really, and yet, it is seldom recognized, acknowledged, talked about or addressed.   Somehow, they forget there...

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God didn’t cause cancer…

God didn’t cause cancer…

…or any other disease. God didn’t create pornography or addiction, violence or crime.  God doesn’t cause people to fall off a cliff, break their leg, or lose their job.  He also doesn’t entice anyone to make bad choices that result in...

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Coyote Gulch

Coyote Gulch

As I wandered through Coyote Gulch I found myself stopping every few steps to take a picture of what appeared to be the most beautiful piece of scenery I had ever seen. I soon realized there was no way to capture it all, my phone would not hold enough pictures to...

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Use the whole box

Use the whole box

Life is about using the whole box of crayons For real?   Like all 96?  How is that even possible, and why would anyone want to use bittersweet, burnt sienna or chestnut? I am drawn to crayons… especially large boxes of brand new crayons.  When I...

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embrace what you hate

embrace what you hate

Do you buy into the fact that everything on earth, including the earth itself, is made up of the same energy?  Do you feel like you walk the earth alone, an island, separate from everyone and everything, or do you feel connected, part of and at one with...

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