Tagged with Family

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

2015 Choir Retirement: God Be With You!

On Sunday April 19, 2015 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir bid a tearful, fond farewell to 28 family members during the annual retirement ceremony. Membership in the Choir is limited to 20 years of service, or age 60, whichever comes first. Each year that goes by for me I find the retirement ceremonies become more emotional. It’s difficult to describe just … Continue reading

Home The Movie And Life

Home The Movie And Life

Some days are great. Today was an exceptionally great day! Emotionally, physically, spiritually. Everything seemed to just align together in perfect harmony. The weather, the body, the people, the food, and the sweet little cherry on top [a movie called HOME]! Continue reading

Saying Goodbye To Joey

Saying Goodbye To Joey

This is the painful post I never wanted to write. Today we had to say goodbye to one of the most beloved members of our family. Joey would have turned Sweet 16 in May. I still can’t believe he’s gone. The emptiness in our home and the hurt in my heart is going to take time to process. Joey was adopted on … Continue reading

June Smiled Through The Tears

June Smiled Through The Tears

I’ve been thinking about the ups and downs, twists and trials of life, and that made me think of my beloved maternal Grandmother –  “Grandma June” – who left this world on Aug. 10, 2012. It’s still hard to believe that she’s ‘gone’, and even more amazing that it’s been over 2 years already. Talma June Dickson Christensen was a woman … Continue reading

Protecting Our Nest: Arming Children Against Pornography

Protecting Our Nest: Arming Children Against Pornography

Is your home and family protected? Are the children in your life empowered against evil? That is the question President Boyd K. Packer helps us consider in a talk from the April 2013 General Conference illustrating the importance of looking out for those we love. Using a personal story as a parable, President Packer shared a tragic scene he witnessed in his own … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

Originally posted on Odes and Oracles:
On December 5, 2014 the BYU Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Rosalind Hall, released a special Christmas single as a free gift to the world. The single, “Come, Lord Jesus,” is part of a growing catalog of free hymns that the choir refers to as Set Apart – a fluid,…

Give Thanks! Song For A Special Day

Give Thanks! Song For A Special Day

It’s November 10th, which means it’s a special day at our house which deserves a special song! Today you’re being treated to an original video I put together of LDS folk singer-songwriter Cori Connors “Give Thanks”. I love this song, and it is perfect  for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist! It’s also a perfect way to wish a Happy Birthday … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist comes from Five-time Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter. Over the course of her career Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. She’s the real deal, and this song is a beautiful tribute to Thanksgiving! It is found on her holiday album “Come Darkness, Come … Continue reading

Mountain Time

Mountain Time

Anything feels possible when you’re standing on a mountain! For the last three days and two nights I’ve been working at a conference being held by my company on a mountain; at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, in Little Cottonwood Canyon. One of my “work perks” was getting to actually stay at this beautiful resort. Continue reading

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

My Cousin Mark: A One In A Billion Life

This week I’ve been blessed to think a lot about life and death and the meaning of things. I’ve been reminded we all have so much more potential than we really know, and there’s no better example of that than my cousin Mark. Everyone needs to know Mark! Today I’m going to share him with you, so that your life can be blessed and inspired too. Continue reading

Celebrating USA Freedom and Olympic Pride

Celebrating USA Freedom and Olympic Pride

Our family celebrated Independence Day this weekend by “heading to the hills” with a fun over-night stay in Park City, Utah. We enjoyed a peaceful picnic, beautiful fireworks, good food, and topped it all off with a visit to the Utah Olympic Park where we watched a fantastic Olympic ski-team performance by the Flying Ace All-Stars! Enjoy these photos and video Continue reading

A Big Sky Summer

A Big Sky Summer

I’ve escaped to the mountains for a few days of rest and relaxation. There’s nothing like sitting by a mountain lake, breathing in pine scented air, communing with nature and watching some wildlife to soothe the weary soul. Our family started vacationing in Big Sky Montana twenty years ago. We’ve watched it transform from a sleepy little mountain … Continue reading

Waiting And Watching For Miracles

Waiting And Watching For Miracles

When you are in the middle of a medical crises,  two weeks can disappear before you know it, and at the very same time feel endless. So, here I am, 2 weeks/”one year later” putting in an update. Happy New Year, everyone. I’m hoping that 2014 brings good things for all of us! Since “Dreaming … Continue reading

Christmas Message From Sandy Hook

Christmas Message From Sandy Hook

We have been suffering for so many weeks through my daughter’s serious illness and hospitalization; trying to make sense of it all, trying to endure it all, trying to hold onto hope and faith. “Why is this happening?” we ask, “When will this end?”, “What can we do to make everything all better?” and sometimes, I admit my soul … Continue reading

There’s No Manual For Mothers

There’s No Manual For Mothers

Today is Mother’s Day; when we officially honor all of our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, or any of the remarkable women who who have “mothered” us along the path of our lives. I read today that “Life doesn’t come with a manual; it comes with a Mother”. That’s such a lovely thought. Makes us feel all … Continue reading

The Lasts Shall Be First

The Lasts Shall Be First

MONDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2013 – Journal Entry: We only have about 42 hours before daughter A enters the Missionary Training Center in preparation for her full-time missionary service and we won’t see her again for 18 months….but, who’s counting, right? Continue reading

The Principles Of Righteousness and Parenting

The Principles Of Righteousness and Parenting

General Conference Countdown Day 16 of 37:  Get your Study Schedule here. Today’s reading comes from a talk by Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Second Quorum of the Seventy entitled “Only Upon The Principles Of Righteousness“.  Elder Wilson is a graduate of both Harvard University and Standford University. During his professional business career he worked … Continue reading