December 19: Jesus Calmed the Storm and So Can You: I took this one as lightening someones burden. A family in our ward recently experienced a death and I was able to help them prepare for the funeral and was able to cater to some of their needs.

December 20: Jesus Saw Potential in Others and So Can You: I was so excited for this one because this is something I feel like I’m always trying to work on. Its so good to see people for what they can become, rather than view them and judge them negatively. I made a list of the people in my life who I see/talk to/think about regularly and listed several things about them I loved. I also was able to focus on a certain situation in my life where I realized I need to forgive someone. It was an eye opening day.

December 21: Jesus Forgave Others and So Can You: Going along with the way I ended December 20th, I continued to work on forgiving people who I realized I’ve held grudges against. Is it bad that sometimes I forget how freeing forgiveness is?

December 22: Jesus Showed Gratitude and So Can You: Thank you cards for everyone! Its odd to me how often we (myself definitely included) forget to thank people for what they do and how they act. Its easy, its uplifting and its so, so important!

December 23: Jesus Was a Peacemaker and You Can Be One Too: I took this one very seriously. It was also a personal day with this prompt for me. But I will say it left me very inspired to pull out the inner peacemaker in me.

December 24: Jesus Cared for His Loved Ones and So Can You: What a perfect prompt to fall on Christmas Eve! We spent time together as our family of three and with each of our families. I tried to be mindful of our family members, let them know I cared for them and loved them, listened to them and had an enjoyable time with them. I was also reminded just how important it is to make sure as a mother I am caring for my husband and son and making them my first and most important priority.

December 25: Jesus’s Disciples Followed Him and So Can We: Cue the tears. Why this prompt strikes my heart so much, I don’t know. But I love it. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, I love Him and I will follow Him. We have church today and as easy as it would be to skip out, we are going because thats where Jesus would be and would want us to be. The New Year is fast approaching and as I’m working on my list of resolutions I want to make sure Christ is at the top of it. I want to live life like He would. I want to make Him proud and do as He would do.




December 12 Jesus Taught Others and So Can You: I took my own spin on this prompt. I have an almost 13 month old son and its incredible how much he is learning. We have this Little People Nativity set and I decided to introduce H to the story. As best as I could with his ‘help’ I acted out the Nativity and hoped to teach him a little bit of the story. Did he retain any of it? Likely not. But its a start and I want to make sure this is a story he knows by heart someday and understands how important it is.

December 13 Jesus Showed Humility and So Can You: It was suggested to brag about someone else. I made sure to brag about my sweet husband, my darling baby boy and our families that we are so fortunate to have. It was a piece of cake!

December 14 Jesus Taught Us to Clothe the Naked and You Can Help: We aren’t completely finished with this days task. I decided to go through all of my clothes and find several things I can donate. I have a big garbage bag full and need to get to the DI to donate them ASAP.

December 15 Jesus Worshiped Through Song and So Can You: I loved this one. Basically I shared my favorite church hymn on social media. Because I really, really struggle in choosing a favorite hymn I narrowed it down to a favorite of many – and also a favorite church Christmas song. My favorite hymn is ‘I Stand All Amazed’ and my favorite church human is ‘Angels We Have Heard on High.’

December 16 Jesus Showed Compassion and So Can You: Not wanting to go into too much detail because some of these prompts can be pretty private, I served someone today.

December 17 Jesus Cared for His Mother and So Can You: My mom is my best friend and I feel like I do a good job at letting her know how much I care for her. My mom was actually pretty busy this day but we made sure we had some time to be together and enjoy one anothers company.

December 18 Jesus Honored the Sabbath and So Can You: I liked that one of the ideas for this prompt was to write down some ways I can draw closer to God. Before I’d even got out of bed for the morning I grabbed my journal and wrote down some ideas I had on ways I can improve my relationship with God and how I can make our relationship stronger. It was exciting and motivating for sure.




December 5: Jesus Healed the Sick and So Can You: Quite honestly I didn’t do great on this day. Boo. I wanted to take the challenge and learn CPR, etc. I’ve been meaning to update my skills since H is now one and I know life saving skills are a little different with a one-year old as opposed to a newborn but somehow it slipped my mind. Its on my to-do list though. I’d also love to serve some people in my ward who I know are suffering from illness.

December 6: Jesus Read the Scriptures and So Can You: This was my favorite day so far. We were encouraged to post our favorite scripture on social media or send our favorite scripture to someone. I loved scrolling through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and being able to read so, so many amazing scriptures. It was so uplifting and an amazing break from the garbage and negativity you can easily find on social media. I will include the picture I added on social media of my favorite scripture!


December 7: Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Can You: Without going into too much detail, a family in my ward is struggling this year. A couple other women from our ward and myself put together a plan to make sure they at least have the necessities this Christmas season – our focus was on meal plans, but I understand there are others who are helping them with money and gifts. I love when people come together to help those in need.

December 8: Jesus Prayed for Others and So Can You: I am good at praying every day morning and night and then some. I am good at praying for myself, for my husband, for my son and for our families – but I am not very good at praying for others. I’m pretty embarrassed about that. I don’t know why I always forget to, considering I know so, so many people have prayed for me before – so why can’t I return the favor? I was really happy to be challenged to actively pray for others and look and listen for people who need prayers. We were challenged to pray aloud – something I’ve only recently got good at since praying with H. The thing I focused the most on was thinking of people we know who are going through something and could use prayers. Lately a lot of people that I know or that I just follow on Social Media or who I’ve even just heard of, have been experiencing big hardships. It was really special to pray for them and I felt a new kind of spirit as I prayed. Its really inspired me to up my game and be much, much better at praying for others! I’ll also get better at praying for help in finding those who need my prayers.

December 9: Jesus Visited the Lonely and So Can You: I wasn’t very active on this days prompt. A suggestion the prompt gave was to send friendly texts to people who could use it. So I rounded up a list of names and just checked in with people and we caught up and chatted.

December 10: Jesus Helped People Walk and So Can You: I was lousy at this one, too. But I plan on helping my elderly neighbors as I see they need assistance this season. As I’ve stated before we have several elderly people living very close to us and I know they would happily accept service I can give.

December 11: Jesus Ministered to Children and So Can You: This one was exciting since I have a child of my own. I love that it suggests giving a picture of Christ to your child and I fully intend on making sure there is a picture of Christ hanging in H’s room before the New Year. Basically what I’ve done on this day is focus on my child. I am showing him love, spending time with him and reminding him he is loved and special, as well as working on new tricks he’s been learning.




Every Sunday in December I am going to be posting about our families #LighttheWorld experience. If you haven’t already heard about this, I highly suggest you visit the link here and challenge yourself to do it! This is kind of like an advent calendar but instead of opening up a door and revealing a prize or piece of candy each day, you read a prompt, watch a short video and are encouraged to get out and do the thing the video talked about. If that explanation didn’t make sense, I promise you’ll catch on as the month goes on and I post more about it. If you want to see other peoples takes on this, look up the #LighttheWorld hashtag on social media platforms and you’ll see some really amazing, inspiring stuff.

The prompt for December 1st was, “Jesus Lifted Others’ Burdens and So Can You” We took this as an opportunity to serve. We had to divide and conquer because Wild Man was really busy at work that day so actually never saw him. At home, H and I decided to take the idea and help out a couple neighbors. We have two elderly women that both live very close to us that we adore and it was really fun to catch them off guard while they were outside and be able to make their day a little easier. 

On December 2nd, “Jesus Honored His Parents and So Can You” I loved this day. My parents are the best of the best and I know I don’t give them the credit they deserve. It was really cool to be able to focus on them and think of what they mean to me. I also looked on my family history chart online and read a few of the stories from my ancestors. I’m grateful for all my ancestors.

December 3rd, “Jesus Helped Others to See and So Can You” This day was a personal task – but I just tried to remind someone how incredible they are. I also loved the idea the website gave to donate glasses, etc. I have a few laying around that I plan to donate (as soon as I find them ugh).

December 4th (today), “Jesus Worshiped His Father and So Can You” We went to church today. This seemed like the most straightforward way to worship Heavenly Father to me. I tried to be mindful of the words I heard and tried to figure out ways I could apply what I was learning about to my life. In Relief Society we had a really amazing lesson on being a light and being able to find the light that was very uplifting and inspiring. The website also suggests you give a kneeling prayer every day in December. This was an answer to prayers because I have been thinking of ways to make my prayers more meaningful and then I read this! I know that this will add more meaning to my prayers and show more respect to my Father in heaven.

I will check back in next week with more #LightTheWorld goodness. These may not be the most exciting posts but it’s helping me make sure I don’t neglect a single day of this. In the meantime I encourage you to print the advent calendar out and do the same! I know it has the power to change our lives, our attitudes and our spirit this holiday season.



Spiritual Sunday: Love at Home


Being a mother and a wife is such a special, sacred calling. I feel like I have this incredible responsibility to make sure my husband and children are happy, loved and nurtured. A reoccurring job wives and mothers often hear they need to implement in their home is assuring that it is a place where love is felt and the spirit is strong, making it a sanctuary and a place of refuge. This thought is quite daunting, but I also feel so honored to have this task placed upon me. I want my husband to come home from work and my children to come home from school or play and feel the spirit in our home and I want them to know how loved and cherished they are. As I have been thinking about this lately I have been setting some goals for myself on ways to make sure our home is full of love and full of the spirit.

  • Say morning prayers, evening prayers and lots of prayers in between – blessing the food, prayer for others, family prayer, etc
  • Make sure the scriptures are read daily by everyone in the home
  • Keep the house clean, organized, bright and happy
  • I love the quote, “there should be no yelling in the home unless there is a fire” – I want to be a wife and mother who doesn’t yell and who is still able to keep order without raising my voice
  • We will hold weekly Family Home Evening
  • We will treat all our family members as equals
  • I can pray as a mother and ask that our home be blessed with the spirit and with love

These are just a few simple things, but I truly believe that as we really make sure to hold ourselves to these goals that our home will be a place of love, happiness and most importantly, a place where the spirit dwells.



Love One Another 14-Day Challenge

As I was browsing through Pinterest a few weeks ago I came across this challenge. At the time I was trying to find ways to prepare myself for LDS General Conference and this seemed like one way I could prepare that would be very beneficial. And ironically on the day I found this, it was exactly 14 days until Conference. I think thats what people call fate?


I was so excited to immediately take this challenge and focus on loving others. Each morning before I got out of bed I would check the prompt for the day and tried to be mindful of it the whole day. I was proud of myself for those two weeks because I did a really good job. The fourteen days are done now and its been about a week since doing it and I’m already planning on taking this challenge again. At the end of these fourteen days I actually noticed my heart felt a little lighter, I was so much less judgmental, I felt kinder and I found it easier to love or look at people positively. I highly recommend this challenge guys. If you’re serious about it, it can change you.

Day One was showing patience with someone. I learned pretty quickly on that day that ‘someone’ would be my son. He was having a rough day and it turns out so was I. I felt my patience get slimmer and slimmer as the day went on. He’s just a baby so its not like I’d lose my cool with him or anything, but I realized I definitely could be much more patient with him – especially on tough days.

Day Two was overlooking someones shortcomings. I actually chose to overlook my own shortcomings. When it comes to motherhood I am really hard on myself and often feel inadequate. I looked past those feelings of doubt and failure and my day was actually significantly better.

Day Three I was challenged to look beyond looks. This is something I try hard to do on a daily basis because my parents taught me from a young age that looks do not define a person. It was nice to think about how important that is and it also served as a reminder to me about how I want my kids to treat everyone with the same respect and kindness no matter how they look, etc.

Day Four was kind of hard. Resist the impulse to categorize others. Maybe its just me, but I found out I do this so easily and so often. Thats horrible. I had to be actively mindful about this and I forgot a lot.. But it opened my eyes to how much I need to focus on this.

Day Five was seeing a situation through someone else’s eyes. The situation I focused on is one I’m choosing not to share. But it was moving. Its always wise to consider all sides of the story. It’ll do you a world of good.

Day Six was to forgive someone who wronged you. I had a client on this day and we got to talking and during our conversation I realized I was holding a grudge against someone for something they did a YEAR ago. I knew I needed to get over it and forgive them so I could love them 100% again without always holding on to that one thing.

Day Seven was don’t criticize actions. This was very similar to Day Four except I feel like I’m not as critical of others actions. I feel like I’m pretty good at realizing everyone has their own agency and makes their own choices and that should be just fine with me. I feel like especially in motherhood, people are quick to judge a mom for the way she parents her child. I’ve been victim of this and know how awful it feels so I try to stay far away from judging others – especially parents.

Day Eight challenged me to show mercy to someone. Another personal topic – another beautiful moment thanks to this challenge (and prayers for bravery).

Day Nine was my favorite. Give ten minutes to really listen to someone. Wild Man and I had one of the best conversations this day. We both went deep into conversation, we listened to each other and it was bonding and special. That same day one of my sisters opened up to me about something and I just let her talk and vent and it was really neat to just hear her and see how her mind works and better understand her. Listening – really listening – to people is really incredible.

Day Ten focused on speaking kindly to others. I am so non confrontational and I don’t want to sound braggy, but I’m not mean nor do I speak unkindly to others. So I just focused on making sure I was extra kind, gave extra service, etc. I absolutely could have done better though..

Day Eleven – say ‘thank you’. I realized this day that I am lousy at being as grateful as I should be. I neglect saying those two simple words far too often. I’ve made it a daily goal now and it helps me feel better about myself and I genuinely think it makes the people you thank feel good too.

Day Twelve was focusing on things you have in common with people you meet. This one was fun and helped me feel close to those around me, even the strangers. It also made me want to be more friendly with everyone and get to know them or go the extra mile to leave them with a  good impression of the person I am.

Day Thirteen encouraged you to offer a genuine compliment. This turned into a game. My husband, sisters and several family members through texts got messages from me all day. Complimenting others is a drug and is so much fun!

Day Fourteen was the most special day as we were challenged to see people as God sees them. Wow. God sees everyone with loving eyes. I know I do not even when I try, and it was really special to actively work on just loving everyone I saw that day. It warmed my heart and made me really want to be more Christlike than I’ve ever been. It also made me so much more grateful and aware of the love that Heavenly Father has for me. This one was the greatest testimony builder and the day I learned the most from.

I really do hope you’ll take this challenge. I’m starting again this week. Its so important to love one another and live with love.



General Conference


Last weekend was General Conference and I am currently still riding the indescribable high that it gave me. I am 1000% motivated to be a better more Christlike person. And honesty time, one of the questions I took to General Conference with me was how can I be a force for good on my blog? I was inspired a billion times with things to write about, with messages I can share and with stories I can tell. I’ve mentioned recently that I have had writers block lately and thanks to General Conference and the Spirit, I am FULL of inspiration for the blog now. See? The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints is good for your soul, your life and your blog.

We typically go to a beautiful place called Eden to watch General Conference. My family has a condo there up in the mountains and it is my happy place. Its secluded, the mountain air is refreshing and its a perfect getaway. Then you add on top of that, we were there to watch General Conference! Perfect. Weekend.

I will say, watching General Conference attentively is a lot more difficult when you have a mobile baby. Last Conference (april 2016) H was tiny and only rolling, so I could still actively take notes and pay attention. This time around was a different story. I love taking notes during Conference but I learned pretty quickly that I couldn’t and just had to rely on my brain remembering things and the quick tweets I could send off or retweet as I chased H through the condo and saved him from sticking his fingers in all the outlets. Such is life with kids, eh?



My overall take away from October 2016’s General Conference is this: Be patient, understanding, recognize that people have their agency and put extra emphasis on striving to be Christlike. I was reminded how important it is to continue writing in my journal. I was so excited to hear a talk about not comparing – because heaven knows how bad I am at doing that! There were also a lot of personal revelations I had and am so grateful for the answers that basically jumped out of the tv screen and smacked me in the face. God is good and General Conference is incredible.

I was also greatly reminded of how wonderful family is. I was born and raised into the best family. I married a wonderful man and we have created a beautiful, happy family. I am so blessed.




It was a perfect weekend. My heart is full and I am so excited to start working on these new goals I have set for myself after listening to the inspired words from our church leaders.



In Progress


I’ve decided to really focus on my own spirituality and growing my testimony this month. I have re-dedicated myself to becoming a better wife and mother and am trying to actively be a better person. Its a process, there is a lot of learning and patience involved, but I’m in progress. I have talked about @havejoy_therapy Instagram account before and still, its one of my very favorite accounts. I love the positivity it gives, the motivation and the happiness it brings me. A couple days ago I found this quote on their page and it got me. This has become my new motto and I plan to keep it my motto for a long, long time.

“She talked to God daily and thats what made her lovely”

I am so moved by this and am so excited I found it. Outer beauty is awesome and something I always want, but I know inner beauty is the more important form of beauty and I know its much easier to achieve if I have a strong, healthy relationship with my Heavenly Father. You know how there are those people who you meet and you can just feel how in tune with the spirit they are? One of my goals has always been to be a person like this. I hope as I focus on my testimony and growing and progressing spiritually I can become this kind of person.



Spiritual Sunday: My Favorite Primary Song

Its been too long since I have done a Spiritual Sunday post. Sometimes I feel like these posts are kind of annoying, but recently I’ve reminded myself that I can be a force for good and I can spread a little joy on my tiny corner of the internet that maybe, even for a second can make someone feel happiness – and I feel like a good way I can do this is through my Sunday posts.


Because I am a Pinterest-addict and also pin a lot of LDS stuff, I come across a lot of neat LDS quotes. The other night I found this one and I literally felt my heart burst with warmth. It was a quote from my favorite primary song – my all time favorite church song. The song is called, A Childs Prayer and the lyrics are:

“Heavenly Father, are you really there? And do you hear and answer every childs prayer? Some say that heaven is far away, but I feel it close around me as I pray. Heavenly Father, I remember now, something that Jesus told disciples long ago – ‘suffer the children to come to me’, Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.

Pray, he is there. Speak, he is listening. You are His child, His love now surrounds you. He hears your prayers. He loves the children. Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of Heaven.”

I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. But for whatever reason as I read this quote I was reminded of just how incredible that is. I have a Father in heaven who loves me, cares for me, wants the best for me, has an incredible plan of happiness for me and who genuinely listens to my prayers – no matter how repetitive, obnoxious, anxiety-filled, depressing or worldly they are — and He answers them (in his own time and way of course)! I am so blessed. The Gospel is so good and I am so, so very thankful for my Heavenly Father who does hear everyones prayers, who is close to me especially as I pray and who loves me.




I’ve been a little bummed lately. Its just a slump that will pass eventually, but I’m currently in the wait-it-out part and I hate that I’m starting to feel a little defeated by this. I’m letting everything everyone says get to me. I’m being extra hard on myself. I’m feeling like people have expectations of me and I’m not meeting them. I am feeling like some people are being disrespectful of the rules/boundaries I have for my son. I feel like because I only have one baby, my first baby, not all people are giving me credit for trying hard to be a good mom. A lot of times I’m hearing that I’ll be different and less worried, anxious and cautious as I have more children and H is the ‘unfortunate child’ because he’s our guinea pig baby, but I’m not brave enough to stand up for myself and say that I actually very well could be the same because I know who I am – I’m the biggest worrier and a full fledged anxiety queen – and I’m ok with it! Why can’t everyone else be? And even if I am a ‘different’ mom with my next kids, does that really make it ok to make fun of the way I mom, currently? Why is it so simple for some people to bash on the new moms? I feel like I’m letting myself be walked all over because I’m being too shy to confront anyone, even if its a small matter. I go to bed every night with a pit in my stomach because I feel like I failed during the day.

I hate it

I hate it

I hate it

Whenever I am in a crappy mood like this I am weird and I channel my inner teenage girl and turn to Pinterest to find some quotes that hopefully uplift and inspire me. I really like to search ‘LDS Quotes’ and they can put a little bit of brightness back into my day. I couldn’t think of anything to post today so I decided (after spilling my whiney, complain emotions) to post a few of the quotes I found that put a smile on my face.

IMG_8447IMG_8448IMG_8449IMG_8451IMG_8452IMG_8450That last one, man…

I feel like before you think I’m totally a hopeless, sad mess I need to remind everyone how lucky I am that I have my sweet, happy baby boy and my kind, caring husband. Thank goodness for them – I am #blessed

Before I go, just a reminder: Be nice. Don’t say mean, judgmental things to people because you don’t know how it could effect their happiness. Say nice things, keep negative opinions to yourself. Smile, be happy, lets uplift instead of bring down.