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!



Zach's Birthday Box

Here’s Zach’s birthday box made using fun new product! He’s an independent kind of guy, so it’s fitting that he has the month of January all to himself! The next birthday in our family isn’t until March, so you won’t see another birthday packaging idea for a little while. Enjoy!


A New Year

Happy 2016!

Our long weekend (yay!) began when the mission office closed early on New Year’s Eve and we hiked (well, walked slowly!) to Manoa Falls. The evening was spent out on our lanai watching fireworks…fireworks that started at 5:00 PM before the sun even set! Seriously, I’ve never seen so many fireworks. At midnight I counted more than twenty different major firework shows going on from Manoa Valley to the ocean. It was an amazing view from the 29th floor!

Friday morning we went to the beach with some other senior missionaries, and then we spent the rest of the day and weekend (aside from our usual Sunday responsibilities, of course) pretty relaxed.

I also had lots of time to reflect on 2015 and contemplate 2016. I even went back to last year’s blog post, read all your comments and goals, and felt so inspired...thank you!

Although I did okay with the goal I posted on January 1st last year, I can do a lot better, so I’m continuing my effort to only eat two bites of sweets a day. Other than that, my list of goals is long, but one of them is to journal my thoughts and feelings at least once a week (I’ve been out of the habit for years!). I’m excited for the opportunity to be quiet with my thoughts.

So how did you do last year and/or what’s one of your goals this year? I’d love to know and to be inspired!


Majestic Mountain Reception

This young couple is another one from our branch that decided to tie the knot in December, and we’re so excited for their new life together!

Marissa and Reyn were married in the Laie Temple a couple of weeks ago—a sweet ceremony we were able to witness with family and friends—and last night was their reception. It was in a ballroom with a view of the majestic mountains on the north side of Oahu—absolutely gorgeous!

We’ve gotten to know Reyn and Marissa quite well, so when I volunteered to help with the invitations and favors, Marissa gladly accepted. Two hundred of anything is a lot…thankfully Sterling helped!

We sat with two of our favorite branch members and enjoyed their company and a delicious dinner, but my favorite part of the program was when Marissa sang to her sweetheart, who is the perfect match for her.

We snapped a quick photo with the bride and groom after the money dance, and we look forward to spending more time with them when their life settles down a bit!



Balloon Birthday Cards


I'm almost out of birthday cards and was designing a new one when it dawned on me that I hadn't shared the variety of fun balloon cards from the last big batch. Bright and happy...that's what these cards are! Hopefully they'll brighten your day too.


Christmas Season and Every Day

This holiday season has been unique for Sterling and me. We sent Christmas cards to the missionaries, and we gave little gifts to our branch members and the other senior missionaries we work with, but that was it. We’d given our family the gift of airline tickets to Hawaii (and dinners while they were here) months ago, so December was more relaxing and less stressful than usual. 

Yesterday was a beautiful, warm Christmas day here in Hawaii, and although we missed being with our family, we enjoyed a walk to the beach together in the morning and a quiet afternoon.

Then we had an early and simple tostada dinner, including fresh and yummy homemade salsas and melon and mint, with two of our branch members—Tory and Desiree.

Afterward we watched an inspiring movie called The Cokeville Miracle and an enlightening documentary about Handel and his work Messiah…a perfect way to end Christmas day!

This morning I was surprised to find I was sad when I went to mormonchannel.org to listen to the radio I always listen to, and Christmas music wasn’t playing. Then, as I listened to the uplifting music, I realized that most of the music was Christ-centered and that the Christmas season didn’t need to end. I can continue to listen to beautiful music about Christ and give gifts of love and service all year long.

I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ…for His humble birth and His life of service and sacrifice. I love and honor Him this Christmas season and every day.