Tagged with life

The Dust of Eternity

The Dust of Eternity

I have a remarkable story to share with you today. I hope that it inspires you as much as it inspired me. Since Joey’s death on Monday I’ve been particularly reflective about both the transitory and eternal nature of life. I’ve spent some extra time pondering heavenly things. You could say my heart has been turned a little more “outward and upward.” 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

It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Here we go again! The annual “Spring Forward” happened Sunday night. That always seems like a lovely euphemism for “Say goodbye to another hour of critical sleep, sucka!” Doesn’t it? *sigh* My body hasn’t adjusted yet. I could rant some more about this antiquated fall-back spring-forward practice. But, that’s not what I want to blog about today. Today I … Continue reading

Hi Neighbor! Will You Be Mine?

Hi Neighbor! Will You Be Mine?

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day dedicated to thinking and talking just a little more than usual about love. I recently watched a new public service video [posted below] and it made me think of a Mr. Rogers song. Were you lucky enough to know Mr. Rogers? Everyone of a certain age – at least if you’re an American – will remember … Continue reading

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Love Climbs Every Mountain

Prepare to be inspired. Life-long friends Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray shared an amazing journey last summer, and now they have a powerful message to share with the world about what they learned. I’m excited to share their new TED-x Talk which released last night! This is a message about love, courage, self-less service, friendship, and above all, … Continue reading

50 Things About Me: Random TMI

50 Things About Me: Random TMI

Here is a random list of things about me that you probably never wanted to know, as encouraged by my new young friend over at InspiredByABook – because since I read her Q&A, she says it’s now my turn (and also because I’m declaring it “Fun Friday” at the blog – and this was fun). 1: What are you wearing? Clothes … Continue reading

Making Death A Part Of Life

Making Death A Part Of Life

The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.” (Eccl. 3:1-2) I’m sharing more thoughts today in my ongoing fascination and exploration of the topic of death. Our Life – including our death – can … Continue reading

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

This morning I attended the funeral service for my sister-in-law’s sweet mother. Karen passed away suddenly and her family deeply mourns her loss. But, through their tears is also an amazing strength of spirit and a “peace that surpasses all understanding”. Each of the siblings stood at the pulpit today and shared different tender and funny memories of their mother, but there … Continue reading

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrims are synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday! And so, our Thanksgiving countdown playlist would not be complete without a song about Pilgrims. A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler – “one who has come from afar” – on a  journey to a holy place, or, a location of great religious significance. Typically, pilgrimage is a physical journey (usually taken on foot), … Continue reading

A Beautiful Life – Donny & Marie Osmond

A Beautiful Life – Donny & Marie Osmond

It’s time for a little bit country and a little bit Rock-n-Roll! Here’s a happy song for our Thanksgiving playlist by none other than the legendary sibling duo Donny & Marie Osmond! The Osmond family are legend. They’ve been called “Mormon royalty” more than once (which always makes me laugh). I grew up watching the Donny & Marie Show (my … Continue reading

“Thankful” Jonny Lang and Michael McDonald

“Thankful” Jonny Lang and Michael McDonald

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist is a contemporary Gospel number suggested by reader K. Outzen. “Thankful” is performed by blues-rocker Jonny Lang and soul king Michael McDonald (of Doobie Brothers fame). It was released on Lang’s 2006 album Turn Around. I love the message here! And this backup choir makes me want to shout Hallelujah, jump up and dance! … Continue reading

Give Us This Day

Give Us This Day

Only two more days until the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! In preparation, today’s “countdown message” is about life, challenges, and bread. 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

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

My Story: Living With Mental Illness

The first time I can remember contemplating the idea of ending my life, I was eleven years old. I didn’t have a detailed exit plan. It was simply a strong feeling that the world would be a much better place if I wasn’t in it. The idea was shocking, terrifying and sad. “Why did I think that?” As the year progressed, more foreign little … Continue reading

Our Home, Our Earth

Our Home, Our Earth

Sometimes we just have to stop and pinch ourselves, don’t we? Despite everything, we get to live here! Right now. It’s our time, our home, our earth, our life. #soblessed. – MoSop

Begin Again

Begin Again

I woke up this morning, and I was still breathing. That is pretty much always a good way to start the day. I lay in my bed feeling the pillow cushioning my head. I saw light filtering through my curtains. I heard a bird chattering outside my window. I smelled something warm and cinnamon wafting from the kitchen. And, … Continue reading

On This Day Of Life

On This Day Of Life

Today I will begin my week of Giving Thanks with gratitude for the gift of life. Here’s a mind-boggler to ponder; If we could truly comprehend the vast eternal plan of heaven, our entire lifetime will only appear as a day of our existence. “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare … Continue reading

Not Everything Can Be Fixed In A Microwave

Not Everything Can Be Fixed In A Microwave

Last night after coming home late, and being tired and hungry I looked in the kitchen to see what I could cook quick and easy that would still taste good. I pulled out a new frozen food we had recently purchased. It was a Greek dish, and it looked delicious. I turned the package over for cooking directions but only found instructions for baking in a conventional oven… Continue reading

Seasons

Seasons

One of my favorite things about living in Northern Utah is getting to experience four distinct seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer, and my favorite season of all…Fall. I have many fond memories of Fall seasons throughout my life; including meeting my husband in the Fall (at a Halloween party, actually), and we got engaged in the Fall … Continue reading

Birthdays and Death Days

Birthdays and Death Days

The last week of December always means a time for extra reflection on the past, the present and the future. With the New Year approaching, I join with millions across the globe to make resolutions to improve. But, the week carries a little extra importance for me. My oldest daughter and I celebrate our birthday’s this week. … Continue reading

3 Keys To A Great Life

3 Keys To A Great Life

To say I do a lot of reading would be an understatement. Books, magazines, newspapers, blog posts, articles, commentary…online and offline…you name it, I can be found turning, flipping, scanning and scrolling down. Often during these ‘word feasts’ I come across a quote that sticks in my brain, and then churns around and around until it’s soft, and warm, and smooth as homemade butter taffy. Continue reading