Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Every night for the past week Colonel Brandon and I have had a similar discussion. This discussion asks questions, finds answers, bears testimony, explains frustrations, and reaffirms beliefs. 

Then today I found this little story and thought it applied perfectly to the swarm of negativity in articles, posts, and comments regarding the LDS church and the doubts and the frustrations and the history and the peace and the anxiety and the love and the questions and the leaders and on and on and on. 

So which wolf are you allowing to win the battle?

Do what makes YOU feel right. Forget everyone else. Don't pull anyone with you to either side. Just live your life with love and compassion. Don't blame. Don't judge. Don't hate. Don't manipulate. Do what's right for you and let others do what's right for them. Trust God and take questions to Him. Not social media. And don't spread the doubt. Don't feed the wolf that is mean and bitter. WHICHEVER SIDE you are on, be kind and compassionate. Feed the wolf of love and humility. 

The end. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dear Maggie, on your first birthday

Dear Maggie,

I can tell you are going to be smart like your dad and grandpas. You are such an inquisitive child. Always pointing and saying, "what's that?" You especially love books, balloons, and balls. You throw balls and are quite ambidextrous. Although you do throw significantly better with your left hand. Which your mom is totally thrilled about. (Lefties unite!) 

You also love to dance. When music comes on you can't resist bouncing your little body. And when you get really into it you wave your hands up and down.

Your faces make me smile all day long. I love watching you play. You get so excited and gasp with your little round lips as you throw the ball and chase after it. You also love piling toys or laundry from one side of your body and then moving them to the other side. And you love pointing at all the wonderful things around you. You point at the animals in your books and you point at lights, trees, birds, and anything else we pass. 

Your smile is contagious and it is out of the ordinary if we go anywhere and someone doesn't comment at how cute you are. You also love to clap, wave, blow kisses, play pat-a-cake, and peek-a-boo. 

You walk around furniture and cruise up the stairs. You learned that trick the day after your birthday when mom went upstairs for something and came around the corner to find you 3 steps from the top. Thankfully you didn't fall down. We are working on getting brave enough to go down. 

Can't believe you are one!! It's such a joy watching you discover and learn more about this beautiful world. We sure so love you so incredibly much. 


Mommy and Daddy