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!

 

Saturday
Feb112017

School Days

Twice this week Sterling and I went to school. The first time was to see Cooper perform in his 4th grade devotional. He played the part of John Taylor (an historical figure in our church) who was a champion of liberty and displayed courage. Cooper did such a great job, and it was an inspiring hour!

The next day we visited Sam’s, Shelby’s, and Stella’s school for grandparent’s day. While we’re there, it’s our tradition to let each of them choose two things for us to buy from the book fair (smart school to combine the two events!), and this year we also took them to lunch afterward—a new tradition because it was so enjoyable to spend that extra time with them!

Monday
Feb062017

Focus on Owen

Owen was blessed in church yesterday, so family gathered for the occasion. This special event was also on Super Bowl Sunday, so because of Jon’s family’s tradition of finger foods and watching the game together, we joined them after church at Jon and Shalae’s for the festivities!

I felt the Spirit strongly in church, and the socializing during the game (because I was really more interested in visiting!) was so enjoyable. So, while it seemed odd to have the two events on the same day, the focus was definitely on Owen and being with family.

 

Monday
Jan302017

Life with RA

From the time Sterling and I returned home from our mission, our plan was to attend at least one event in all the markets and then maybe go on another mission or attend OnStage Local events—just be flexible. As we all know, plans don’t always go our way!

I mentioned in a recent post that my RA (rheumatoid arthritis) has been acting up lately. Well, to be completely honest, my flare started in September and has progressively gotten worse. To keep things short and simple, I’ll just say that I’ve felt worse than I’ve ever felt, and the discomfort (recently turned pain) has almost made me want to go on the prescribed RA drugs; but because it doesn’t feel right to me (and maybe because I’m a little stubborn!), I’ve made it my almost-full-time job to research everything possible and work with anyone who may be able to help me return to full health.

Because of that, Sterling and I decided that instead of planning and preparing for OnStage Live and not feeling well enough at the last minute, it would be best to plan on not traveling extensively for the next few months. Obviously, if things turn around, we’ll get on a plane and go to an OnStage event somewhere in the world. But either way, you’re in good hands!

I want you to know I’m feeling encouraged and hopeful and am trying to patiently trust in God’s timing. I haven’t said much because I don’t like to complain, and this is probably more information than you wanted to know, but I’ve always been pretty open about personal things.  And even though I have felt certain my health would improve any day, this is my current reality.

In the meantime, I’ve been told I’m an eternal optimist, so I’m going to continue to expect improved health every single day! As always, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Saturday
Jan282017

Perfect Packaging

While Megan loves soaking in the sun (as you can see from the photo Nate took while they were in Hawaii a couple of months ago), she gets more excited about winter and the cold than anyone I know! Most of us grimace at the first snowfall, and Megan gets all giddy!

I felt like this was the perfect packaging for Megan's birthday gift. I’ve just been waiting for the perfect time to post it, and given all the snow we’ve had recently, it’s time!

Tuesday
Jan242017

Congratulations, Janet!

It’s been a few days now since Janet Wakeland achieved her one-million milestone, but as I told her over the phone, I like to call after the big achievement so I can extend the celebration…kind of like the delayed birthday card (no worries...this card was sent right away!) that makes you feel loved and celebrated for more days than just your birthday.

Well, I hope Janet feels loved and appreciated for her dedication to Stampin’ Up! and her business. Janet works her business well and adapts when changes need to be made—one of the things I admire about her and what’s made her accomplishment so noteworthy. I’m excited to celebrate Janet’s huge milestone in person when she comes to Utah in March. Until then, hugs and congratulations, Janet!