Share the Gift

I love the Christmas season…usually. In the video clip at the end, the first part shows the stresses of this season, and I think we’ve all had our moods affected by those at times. But the true reason for this season is to remember our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This video makes me cry as it reminds me that Heavenly Father gave all of us the ultimate gift in His Son over 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ came to earth in the most humble of circumstances and He lived a humble life. Continue reading

I love LOVE!

_DSC6390I promised back in November that I would eventually share pictures from my daughter’s wedding when I got them. Well I have 600 pictures now to share.

But DON’T stop reading.

I promise not to show you all of them..only a few favorites. So let out that LONG breath of relief you were holding…and enjoy.

Even though wedding receptions are stressful to plan, there is something amazing about seeing your child take that big step into committed love that I wouldn’t trade for all the comfort and non-planning in the world. I am one happy, proud mother. Here are my top 10 Wedding favorites. Continue reading

The Power of Kindness

My thoughts have been turned toward the victims and survivors of the recent tragedy. It is so sad and baffling to me. Those children in that elementary school were good. Those teachers and administrators that sacrificed and did their best to protect those little ones were good as well.

But what about the shooter? Was there any scrap of goodness in him?

We will never know, since we aren’t God and can’t know all the experiences, weaknesses, troubles, and emotional drama of his life. Continue reading

Angels in our Life — Precious Paula

In honor of this, my most favorite holiday, I wanted to post about an angel in my life who taught me how to be grateful and to love.

In my church, women are assigned to visit other ladies each month—to teach, to care for them when trials come, and to love them.  A few years ago, I was assigned a new woman to visit named Paula. She was a lot older than me. She was a stranger because she never came to church. The reason she never attended was that she had Multiple Continue reading

Mother-in-Law Hood

While I’m out of town, my Writing group friends are filling in for me with their “take” on Motherhood.  Today, Marci Hatfield will tell about her “new” experience of being a Mother-in-law.  I haven’t experienced this yet, but it’s an interesting perspective for Mother’s Day.  Take it away, Marci.

“I have never really thought about this until my son became engaged.   What is being a Mother-in-Law?  Everyone who ever gets married is affected by this!  But what is it really?  I mean:  Is it truly like the Evil Stepmother on Cinderella?

I just want to be known as a person, but am now “the Mother-in-law.”  Here is a bit of what I have experienced with the announcement Continue reading

Angels in our Lives: Giggling Grandma

smell rosesI thought I’d do a series on inspirational people who have overcome trials—or are enduring them day to day—with a smile on their face.  These ANGELS make life easier for us.  Instead of griping about their trials or thorns in their flesh, they reach out to others to lift them up to God.  That’s why they’re angels.

Today’s angel is my Grandma.  When I was little, I took my grandma for granted; I didn’t realize then that she was an angel.  When we’d visit, I’d quickly kiss her, then find my cousins and dash off to the mountain to climb or go play in the barn.  The adults sat inside and visited…boring.

I got hurt a lot as a kid—scraped knees, elbows, burnt fingers from exploding cap guns, a bee sting to my toe.  It didn’t matter how I got hurt, grandma would always giggle as she made me better.  It baffled me as a kid.  Why did she think it was funny when I got hurt? Continue reading

Love Makes All the Difference

Valentine’s Day is coming up…a time to celebrate love.  Today I’m turning the floor over to my friend, Aubrey, for a guest post on how to spread that love in a way that will make a difference to those in need.  Take it away, Aubrey.

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This February millions of dollars will be spent on candy, cards, or flowers.  Within days, these gifts will be forgotten or thrown away.  Much like these gifts, hundreds of children around the world have been forgotten and “thrown away” based solely on the fact that they have Down Syndrome. Continue reading