Thursday, September 29


Free to be myself for once, to really love and to be loved.
Free to let things be, and people accept and love them willingly.
Free from trials and burdens I've known, many of which I've gratefully outgrown. Free from the guilt and the sorrow I had, thinking I deserved everything bad.  Free from the lies that encompassed my youth, when all around stood mirrors of truth.

I have been taught by One who has loved and suffered in my behalf.  In our favor, He has overcome. 
The greatest name ever to be uttered ...Jesus Christ -
Victor;  Author of Liberty; Lover of my Soul

Love conquers all and casts out all fear, therefore, love brings freedom.  It is all connected, as is all truth.  How I love my Savior.  And through His Atonement, I am free from so much that would bind me down and limit my choices.  I am truly FREE because of His influence, healing, and light!

Wednesday, September 28

Newborn Projects

I have a couple cousins who are having baby girls.  These are the first newborn outfits I've made.  The light colored one is made from a pillowcase, and the polka-dot material I purchased at walmart.

I've had so much fun and hope they both fit.

The fun thing about the majority of dresses I design, is that the belts and hair accessories are usually interchangeable.  Pretty nifty if ya ask me!

Tuesday, September 27


The majority of my extended family on my bio Father's side, has left the Church.  Some have become atheist, and other's different religions.

The parable of the sower comes to mind thinking about them and their choices.

"When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, andaunderstandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and bcatcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side."

So the first is not really understanding to begin with.

"But he that received the seed into astony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when atribulation or bpersecution ariseth because of the word, by and by che is offended."
Secondly, no root to what they believe, so when hard times come, or they see someone being a hypocrite or just not meeting their expectations they're out.

"He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this aworld, and thebdeceitfulness of criches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."   (riches could be knowledge, material wealth, status, partying, or any number of desirable things)

And third, temptations of the world, and living by the world's standards, being fearful of not knowing enough or being thought of as ignorant -  slowly makes what you once understood seem less important...until that thing you seek is more important than anything else.

 I hope that someday, they will return and reap the blessings and rewards of staying faithful and loyal to a cause far greater than anything this world has to offer.

Thursday, September 22

Yay for refashioning!

So I purchased two shirts from Goodwill (both about a size ten in girls), and some material scraps from the family thrift store.  And this is what I made out of them.

Angela's and Sarah's outfits for family pictures.

Sunday, September 18

Spilled Grape Juice

Everything connects.

Truth is eternal and is expressed in different genres.

The more we understand and recognize truth, the more everything makes sense in this world.

Here is an example:

Today, I was chatting online with a friend who is struggling because of a mistake she made.  I tried to share some things I've learned about who we are and how that never changes regardless of our choices.  In God's eyes we are seen as one and the same person-before we are born, during our life and in the eternities. There  is no time with Him.

After I finished my conversation with her, hoping that any of my words helped her to realize that in the grand scheme of things, she ought not to be so hard on herself; I went downstairs.  I poured my youngest girls a drink of grape juice.  My three year old got distracted and while doing something good, spilled a bit on the floor.  Her reaction was "oopsie" and she looked up to see how I'd react.
Knowing she knew she'd made a mistake, I simply said,  "That's alright.  Here, let me get you a paper towel to clean that up."  Her eighteen month old sister was eager to help her clean up as well and like magic, it disappeared.

I immediately began reflecting on how our Father in Heaven must view our mistakes.  It is important that we recognize and acknowledge when we've made them...then repent by doing what we can to repair whatever damage was caused.  But ultimately, it doesn't change His feelings in the slightest toward us as His children, nor does it affect who we are as individuals.

I imagined that if I left that spill for a while, it would cause much more havoc in our home, making people slip, getting tracked through the house causing stickiness and dirtiness much harder to clean up than the original spill.

So here are some insights I've gained through this experience today.

1.  When we sin, or make mistakes in life, our loved ones will always be there to do what they can to help us become clean again.

2.  If we choose to not face the consequence immediately, then the damage becomes harder to repair over time and can effect many aspects of our lives and even important relationships.

3.  If we choose to instead face the consequences, repent and strive to do better, it is like starting over, fresh and clean just as the floor was after my daughter had wiped it up and when I mop it after she's done all she can do, symbolic of our Savior's Atonement and His ability to make up for what we can't do.

This life is a great teacher.

Our purpose for being here is to learn what real and lasting love is, and to form eternal families.  Not an easy task.

But it is doable because of our Savior, Jesus Christ who knows exactly what it takes to overcome our weaknesses and sin, who knows how to comfort, love and strengthen us.  Who has made it possible for us to truly live.

Thursday, September 15

All natural

I'm beginning to see with different eyes.  Often makeup looks so harsh and unnatural.  I'm realizing more and more that variety is beauty.  I appreciate every unique trait on each person I meet.  Everyone has good quality's about them, physical, personality etc.  I like to do my makeup sometimes just because it's fun to have change and create.  I wish more people would recognize and see their own beauty without the vanity...I'm grateful for these new eyes to see.

Here is a video of Sarah talking.  She's a cutie.

Wednesday, September 14

What is true love?

True love is:
-not being turned off when someone is struggling, or not looking or acting their best, but caring so deeply, that you want to do anything to comfort and help them.

-Focusing on the individual and caring more about that person's needs than your own.

-the pure love of Christ ~ listening to and reflecting on His life and service, his merciful and kind nature will enable us to understand true love better than anything else.

Monday, September 12

We are Settled

My wonderful, sweet husband has been home since Thursday.  I cannot tell you what a growing experience and blessing it has been for both of us to be without each other for such a long time.

Being reunited, our relationship is better than ever.  We are beginning to realize and appreciate exactly what each other brings to the family, and how there is no way we could raise these children on our own without each other's support and love.

It took seven years of marriage for us both to finally begin to open up to each other completely.  We had to be unbelievably patient with each other in different areas, and continue in faith through a lot of bumpy times.  But we made it.  And we are finally ready to start growing as a couple who is truly in love, and understands what real love is.  It is nothing short of a miracle.

My husband is wonderful.  I have always been partially blind to who he is-but I've finally opened my eyes and am able to appreciate and accept him fully.  We are ready as a team to raise a family now.  Took us a while because there were things that we each had to heal from and move past.  The only way to do that was through lots of forgiveness and repentance.

I love him.  I not only love him, but am for the first time in my life, madly in love with the man of my dreams.  Life is exciting and good.  Our children are growing.  Though I cannot seem to find my camera since I took pictures of the house with the new carpet, I promise that when I do, I will post them.  For now, you'll have to be content with just words.

God is good.  If we believe, He can work miracles.

Stellaluna and Cardboard Butterflies

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