It’s in the little things along the way.

Lunch break with my friends

Today was the first day of summer break.  And also the first day of our local comic convention.  I

My kids, like most of the people there, were just thinking that the day was purely an excuse to dress up in costumes and hang out with other like-minded geeks, and grateful for a mom willing to take them there.

I won’t lie, I love a chance to let my geeky side enjoy the day, and I really love designing and making costumes; but there is Oh, SO much more to it than that.  This is a sneaky-mom confession moment.  Over the last couple of years of attending , even tho it’s  been just one day each time, here is a few of the things that Make my “mom” side happy.

They have learned how to be patient in lines.  Last year the lines were much worse than this year actually, so that was a blessing.

They learned how to be gracious in letting people take photos of them- and how to say thank you with the same steadiness when complimented..

They learned how to handle being in a crowded place and still focus on mom and the goal of the next event.  And sometimes, how to be alone without too much panic while we split up to do two things at once (cell phones are a great blessing here),

They learned to read maps.  Plotting our way thru the vast convention as well as following mapquest to see where we were on the way home..

They learned how to work together to choose the next event, and to take turns in choosing. Huge.

They learned to breath out frustrations.  This one is especially hard, but I didn’t have to even comment on leaving early this tome as a motivator.  True Mom win.

Not a bad list for just one day.  Then came the long drive home, and I was so pleased with their effort to stay positive when exhausted. Home again, and there is a price to pay.  But even when needing deep compression hugs to stop the after-shock-type of shivers, there was still enough joy to let me take a selfie.  Now for bed.  (Yay!)


It’s called “squish therapy”

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Predawn on Thanksgiving

I’m sitting here in the very early light of Thanksgiving Morning.  The turkey is still thawing in the sink.  Some kids are up, playing quietly to not wake anyone else. My oldest walks in and whispers “Happy Thanksgiving” to me and quietly fist-bumps me. My head not quiet cleared from my bad cold, but I am at peace.  Looking around, all the stuff I still have to do is not so glaring and painful to my heart.  In fact, everything feels softened, like the light around the edges of the trees outside.  My world is touched by the gratitude I feel for the Love my family gives to me, and the Love I feel pouring quietly from my Father in Heaven.

It’s a good day.  So I will leave you with a couple of scriptures that touched my heart, and I think I will start some french toast for the kids.  It’s a good morning for a hot, sweet breakfast.

Love you.

Jerimiah 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord

19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

2 Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

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Saturday Morning Courage Quotes

I am amazed that I have a tiny space of uP1010315tter quiet this morning.  So I wandered thru some courage quotes, to keep me going today.
Thought I would share.  🙂
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” -Helen Keller

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”- Helen Keller

2 Nephi 2: 11   For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.P1010332 If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.

D&C 58:2   For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.   Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter,P1010290 and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.

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“Fear Not”

Just needed to hunt down my list of first aid scriptures today.  Here is today’s selection.

Isaiah 43:1-2
1 “O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”


Fall break- 2015

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Peace, Be still and Know

needed this again

butterfly kisses and pixie dust

“I pause a moment and breathe.
‘Peace. Not as the word giveth.’ ”

I haven’t been up to writing much this summer– between kids needs and my fatigue, it has been hard to even think.  In fact, I mostly felt like complaining this morning- but I came across this journal entry- and it reset my balance.

“Peace I give. Not as the world giveth”

Not the end of wars or the locking up of all your enemies.  Not even a sudden burst of power to make everyone understand and treat my special needs kids right.  That is a cease-fire; not peace. Peace comes quietly- distilling into the heart as we seek his comfort; or lifting us to our feet when we are tired, but need to be strong for our loved ones.  It comes when we allow our faith to open the window a little wider and see beyond this…

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Holding the Savior’s Hand

Browsing my Journal for courage quotes, Here is one I found on 8-11-14

The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand
Craig Zwick   Of the First Quorum of the Seventy- Ensign oct 2003
Among the supernal promises of coming forth in the morning of the First Resurrection and inheriting “thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers” are the additional promises of “all heights and depths” (D&C 132:19). The great plan of happiness includes a proverbial roller coaster of challenging times along with the most joyful times. Yes, we all have our moments of difficulty and heartbreak. Occasionally, they are so difficult for us that we just want to give up. There are times when our steps are unsteady, when we feel discouraged and even reach out in desperation.
Elder Holland reminds us that the “symbol of the cup that cannot pass is a cup that comes in our life as well as in [the Savior’s]. It is in a much lesser way, to a much lesser degree, but it comes often enough to teach us that we have to obey” (Trusting Jesus [2003], 42).
Every one of us needs to know that we can go on in the strength of the Lord. We can put our hand in His, and we will feel His sustaining presence lift us to heights unattainable alone.  We can never complete “the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1) without placing our hand in the Lord’s.
Several years ago, our only daughter decided to compete in a marathon. She trained and worked very hard, along with some of her friends. The race was difficult, and there were times when she wanted to quit. But she kept going, just concentrating on one step at a time. As she was approaching the middle part of the course, she heard someone behind her shout out, “Blind man on your left.”
She turned her head only to see a blind man overtake her, holding the hand of another man. They were both running the race. As they passed, she could see how tightly the blind man held the hand of his friend.
Overcome with her own physical pain, she was lifted as she watched these two men run hand in hand. He who could see was motivated by his blind friend, and the blind man depended upon the connection he had to his friend’s hand. Our daughter knew the blind man could never finish the race alone. She was inspired by the trust of the blind man and the devoted love of his friend.
In like manner, the Savior has stretched forth His hand to each of us so that we don’t have to run alone.”

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Careful what you ask for….

Saturday morning ponderings

Digging for Gold amid Pyrite - finding the good

A little while ago, I went with my teens to their Stake Youth Conference.


Talk about Awesome!

I am very impressed with any pile of leaders that can pull off a fun and spiritual full-day event (and I hear they did it with very little advance notice.) There was even a special table at the meal lines for Gluten Free needs.   ❤

The very best part, of course, was the Fireside that night. The theme was Overcoming Trails, and guest speaker was Josie Thompson– you can look her up here– and if you ever get a chance to hear her talk, it is well worth all sorts of effort.  I learned a thing or two that night.  When our dear speaker talked about her dark moments as being times when she couldn’t see or touch the world- my sweet daughter leans over and says “Mom- just like me during…

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to Stand

butterfly kisses and pixie dust

Here in this solitude I stand, if only for a moment, if only in my dream,

to melt away in a sea of mist my daily load of pain.

Lord, still my heart, take my hand; give me strength to face dawns gleam.

My loved ones need more than I have tonight- tho I don’t wish to complain.

Buttress my wall, my anchor dig deep, make me a tool in thy mighty hand.

Help me to show them thy ageless Love,

Help me to help them to STAND

-by Shareen Halliday– Sept.2012- renewed and enlarged, Feb. 2015

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HUZZAH! and other moments of Awesome!


I think this morning calls for some fine moments of celebrations!

After a long, trying school year- Summer has finally brought real hot weather- but also real relief.  And it’s time to notice the good. 

To start off…. We have the summer birthdays- both girls, and both milestone ones. Two week ago, Kydee became a teenager 🙂 and today my sweet TeaRose turns sweet 16!!!

Christmas, 6 months old

TeaRose-at 6 months

can hardly believe we have made it this far!  She has sure climbed a lot of mountains this year- I am immensely proud of her courage and love for others.   She is a joy to be around.  Happy Birthday girl friend!

at the Gilbert Temple Celebration

TeaRose at the Gilbert Temple Celebration


(Going Blue for World Autism Awareness day)


It has been good elsewhere too– Here, Mommy caught DK reading Harry Potter (I told him he couldn’t watch the movie till he read the book- hee hee )  he has even started reading it out loud to me when I ask, and has been working on giving each character their own voice like his daddy does.  🙂




Grandpa and Grandma have been visiting- they have been helping me get projects done– we are so grateful! (I’m grateful for the storage places, but the girls are especially grateful for their new reading loft! more finished places to come.)

photo 2

Then my heart was very full last night- not only were my big boys happily playing chess (instead of the computer games) but they let me take a picture too (very rare!)  ps- younger brother is calling for a rematch.  🙂


So- I have to go bake a cake now– but it is a good day!


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FLOUR CHART: How Gluten Free Flours Compare for Carbs and Protein Content

So hppy to have found this- thought I’d share

FLOUR CHART: How Gluten Free Flours Compare for Carbs and Protein Content.

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