McElligot’s Pool

When I was a kid (don’t roll your eyes…I pinky promise I’m not going to tell you I walked uphill to school both ways)…I had certain books that I would check out over and over again from the library.  Even as I got into 5thgrade, I would slyly check out McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss and try to hide it under a ‘big’ book so no one else would see it and laugh at me.

I LOVED this book!  I never tired of the story…and especially the pictures!  They were so insanely inventive and Continue reading

Pain—God’s Megaphone

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Today’s post is a little more serious than my normal ones.  One of my big reasons for starting this blog was to create a place where those who feel pain can come for comfort…and also for smiles and laughter.  Life is for joy…I truly believe that; but one can’t know joy unless he experiences pain.

In 2003 a tragic event touched my family’s life.  Remember my willow tree post?  Well, this about cut us to the ground.  My brother-in-law committed suicide.  I’d lost loved ones before, but suicide was like a knife to the heart—gouging out all happiness.  We were sucked into a cave of doom and gloom and couldn’t reach the light. Continue reading

My Broken Willow

Recently (at least in a tree’s life), I landscaped my backyard and spent quite a bit on excavation, trees, plants, a firepit, boulders, and all that good stuff.  Trees are my favorite.  I wish I had a forest in my backyard, especially because it faces west.  I picked out two willows and put them in the middle of my yard so that they would grow and someday provide shade.  They weren’t puny things; they were about 30-40 feet tall.  Although sparse in the branches and leaves department, my landscaper assured me willows grow fast, and in not too many years they’d be touching, creating a nice canopy of shade. Continue reading

EnJOY each Brick

JOY!  As I’ve spent time organizing and pondering my memories to someday put together in an autobiography, JOY is the word that comes to my mind over and over as a common theme.  God didn’t mean for this earth life to be easy, and much of the time, it hasn’t been.  He sent us to be tried and tested, but also to experience JOY.

I love 2 Nephi 2:25 in the Book of Mormon where it says:  “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have JOY.” 

That is my motto!  Life is a gift from God designed to help us become more like Him.  Things won’t always be easy; in fact, if they were, we would be boring, mindless idiots.  Easy things don’t help us stretch and grow.  Hard things do. Continue reading