Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



One of My Favorite Times

Every six months, we gather with family to receive inspiration from our church leaders during our worldwide general conference. Some people attend conference in Salt Lake City, but most of us watch conference at home. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! (Go to lds.org to watch some of the wonderful talks. L. Whitney Clayton’s message during the Sunday morning session was especially touching to me.)

The Browns and most of the Douglass kids joined us at the cabin for the weekend. We snacked on yummy, healthy and not-so-healthy foods while we watched conference. (In fact, we went through an entire container—and not a small one—of Nutella…pretzels, apples, and bananas taste better topped with Nutella!) In between sessions, we enjoyed the sunshine and warmer weather. The evenings were spent watching movies together…and snacking some more! There’s just something special about having the opportunity to learn, feel the Spirit, and express our thoughts together while having fun too. I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend as much as Sterling and I did!

Also, in connection with general conference, mission presidents and their wives organize reunions for their missionaries. We didn’t make it to the evening reunion with all the younger missionaries, but we attended the brunch for senior missionaries at the Warner’s home. It was such a delight to see some of the couples we served with in Hawaii, and it brought back sweet mission memories!





A Feel-Good Day

My rainy Saturday started out perfectly when my sweetheart took me to brunch at a little café over the mountain. I surprised myself by how much food I ate, and it was just nice to be together and relaxed—a combination we’ve enjoyed little of lately.

The day ended perfectly when I went with Sara and Shalae and their girls (and Sidney’s friend) to watch the Women’s Session (you can find out more at lds.org). The talks and music were inspiring and beautiful, and being with family made it extra special. What impressed me most was the focus on living our lives centered in Christ—a gentle reminder for all of us. We went out for dinner and dessert afterwards, and it felt good to be with the girls.


Birthday Donut

I’m picky about my donuts, but Shanna loves any kind! Cake-like or soft, glazed or frosted with sprinkles, she doesn’t discriminate. So, a donut seemed the logical answer when I thought of her birthday packaging. Happy big 3-0 and lots of hugs, kisses and wishes, Shanna!

I hope having a photo and measurements of the key components will be helpful. The recipe for the frosting is ¼ c. cornstarch, 1 Tbs. white paint, 1 Tbs. white glue. After you’ve spread your frosting and it’s still wet, sprinkle your Sprinkles Embellishments, then spray the entire donut with spray mount glue, and finish it off with Dazzling Diamonds for the perfect, glittery donut!



St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a holiday I decorate for, but occasionally we’ll do a little something fun for our family. The gold coins are a novelty for the younger kids, and the peanut butter cups taste much better for the older ones, but what I love is the rainbow of color stamped on watercolor paper, using images from the Over the Rainbow stamp set. It’s like magic when you spritz with water and watch the colors blend together…super easy! And it makes a great background for the sentiment and for all the gold elements of this shaker tag!

Cooper and I made a simpler version of this tag for friends, which turned out really cute too. (I had extra chocolates and didn’t want them sitting around tempting me!) We decided to use the sentiment (from the same set) God gives us rainbows to remind us of hope. I love the simplicity of this saying…and the gift from God! 


Wouldn’t Change a Thing

Sterling needed to go to Kanab for meetings about the city park (we’re beginning our final phase), so we drove down on Thursday afternoon, arriving just in time to go to dinner and visit with my sisters and their husbands…love being with them! The next morning, while Sterling was at the park, my aunt Lynni came for a long and wonderful visit…she’s been such a blessing in my life!

I also planned to do my walk-about in our manufacturing facility. I knew I couldn’t handle walking the entire building (and standing to visit), so I was relieved to learn that everyone would be gathering together for a celebration—complete with dozens of delicious donuts (at least they looked and smelled delicious!)—for their extra hard work this week. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see everyone in one place…I so appreciate all they do!

Cherokee, a long-time employee, often asks me for a photo when I’m in Kanab and always makes me feel special. He commented that I had made his day by stopping by and visiting. Well, Cherokee, you made my day too!

It was a quick trip, but I got to see people I love, and I wouldn’t change a thing!