Another Side to Compassion

I’m in charge of a dinner and program tonight for 60 women. I was down all day Sunday with some kind of stomach bug. Yesterday, I got a text from a friend that said, “Hey, I know you’re not feeling awesome. Can I help you out tomorrow?” I thought about how to reply for at least three minutes.…

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Serve Your Sibling

I was immediately defensive. So, what? It is my fault my kids fight? Parents that have kids that don’t get along have taught them to hate each other — to be rude? Are you kidding me? I’ve done many a Family Night lesson on being kind to your siblings. We’ve read stories and scriptures and watched videos. I’ve yelled; I’ve pleaded; I’ve grounded. I have tried to teach my children to love each other and they just don’t!!!!…

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Lots of Leaves

We spent our October Service Saturday raking leaves at my sister’s house. She had a baby about 6 weeks ago and we knew she could use some extra help with her tree-filled yard.…


Selfless Service

For years I served selfishly. I preferred to take a meal into somebody rather than watch their kids because other people’s kids scared me. But after I had more kids, I preferred to babysit someone’s kids rather than clean their house because I could stay in my normal routine. I served in ways that were convenient for me.…


Things are Looking UP

My mom is officially done with all of her cancer treatments! Yeah! Now this does not mean that she is all good. She is still bald and way tired and her body hurts and she has a long road ahead of her to find a new normal, but the chemo and radiation are done. And that is worth celebrating! So we threw a party.…

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Roadblock to Service

If you have followed my blog long at all, you know we try to serve others and we try to involve the kids in service. I try to take these nuggets along when I can. But lately I have been feeling like my kids are a roadblock to the service I need to do and I am not sure if it is a real roadblock or a perceived one? Am I just using them as an excuse or is serving with kids dang hard?…

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I have been really down lately. Like “lay in my bed watching 3 hours of Keeping Up with the Kardashians while my kids run around the house doing whatever they want” down.…

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Race for the Cure

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago and we wanted to show her support any way we could. So for May’s Service Saturday we did Race for the Cure as a whole family.…

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Family Service

We took our April Service Saturday on the road to Lander, Wyoming where my little ol’ granny lives. She fell a month ago and broke her wrist, hurt her rotator cuff and strained her groin.…


Feeling Blue

Do you have a friend, neighbor or family member that is going through a difficult time? Here is a gift idea and a free printable tag to boot.…