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!



Exciting News

In case you haven’t heard, I made an exciting announcement this morning at Leadership 2015…news worth blogging about even in the middle of a big event! 

Sterling and I are planning to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We haven’t received our call yet, so we don’t know when we’ll be leaving, where we’ll be called to serve, or when we’ll return. We’ve committed to serve for up to twelve months, but it could be that we’re asked to serve a six-month mission. We’ll just have to wait and see.

When we return, life will resume as usual. I intend to return to work because I love what I do and love the people I work with. We’re looking at a mission kind of like a sabbatical. While I won’t be involved as much in the day-to-day business of Stampin’ Up! during our mission, I will be in touch through weekly updates from Sara and Rich, and I will still blog as much as possible.

I think this goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, in case you’re wondering. I would not be going on a mission if I didn’t have complete confidence in the people I work with. In fact, we feel we’re able to go because we’re so blessed to work with such amazing people!

If you want to know more about senior missionaries (which is what Sterling and I are!) and some of the things they’re called to do, click here www.lds.org/callings/missionary/senior?lang=eng.

This has been a goal of ours for years, and we’re thrilled to serve the Lord in a more focused way. I’ll let you know the details of our call when we receive it…hopefully in the next week!




Love Tags

I’m in Florida getting ready for Leadership 2015, and even though I'm pretty focused on working on my presentations, I keep having this nagging thought that I haven't shared these love tags with you (been meaning to for days). So I'm sharing them now, hoping I can let the thought go and get back to work! Enjoy!


Gratitude Today

Sterling and I enjoyed the view of a stunning sunrise on the mountains this morning as we drove to Park City to listen to friends speak at church before leaving for the next year-and-a-half to serve in Jerusalem. The theme for their talks was gratitude, which caused me to reflect on my many blessings and how grateful I am for them…too many to count!

Of my many blessings, I count friends as most precious. And a bonus this morning was the opportunity for us to visit with several dear friends, coworkers, and mentors we seldom see, who also went to support the Smiths. It was a small and happy reunion on a beautiful, balmy 38-degree day.

On the way home, we visited with a special coworker, David, who is recovering from a recent snow skiing accident. When we walked into his room at the rehabilitation center, he excitedly jumped out of his wheelchair to show us how he could walk on his own with a walker. It tickled me to see the progress he’s making, and it did my heart good just to spend a few minutes with him.

I love days like today when the sun shines bright, the distractions are few, and I’m able to contemplate my blessings more thoroughly. Today I am most thankful for good friends.

What are you most thankful for today?  


Cute Card

Just wanted to share this cute card. That's all!


Girls' Afternoon

A friend was in town this week helping her daughter after the birth of her third child. We don’t have the chance to visit often, and I haven’t seen her in months. Although I hoped we’d find a time when we could catch up, I know how exhausting that first week with a newborn can be, so my expectation wasn’t too high.

When she told me she’d promised to take her granddaughter to the Museum of Natural Curiosity, I quickly called Shalae to see if Phoebe would like to go on a date with me. If we both took our granddaughters, they could play together while we visited. Genius!

We met for a healthy lunch at Fraiche and then enjoyed a few hours at the museum, watching the girls play and explore while we visited about everything under the sun! It was a cold overcast day, but it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon with Phoebe and a dear friend and her granddaughter.