this week

a few things that made my week: these apples (bright, and fresh, and juicy, and crisp) (welcome after a week of other sweets, but not a sign of spring) this book (i read it one day, even though it is a children’s book) (because it was the bane of my existence as a child, and maybe a story must be…

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on perfection

perfection.  i have seen this topic floating around social media so much lately, and i have agreed with much that has been shared.  none of us are perfect, we are all sinners.  that being said, we are still trying to improve every single day. last conference, sister neill f. marriott shared this: “We are duty-bound to learn all that God…

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fish sticks

ever since little and missy toque were small, they have loved watching nature documentaries.  a lot of children their age would be watching cartoons, or barney, but these two loved to watch documentaries. we continue to this day watching them as a family fairly often. the other night, little toque made the comment, “just imagine how fun it would be…

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this week

a few things that made my week: this pillow which seems to permanently find residence on my floor (even when i pick it up 20 times a day) (but also reminds me that i have a home filled with people i love so i leave it there) these little hands that want so desperately to be as colorful as the…

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breakfast recipe

am i the only one?  my two kids started fighting at breakfast a couple years ago.  not really fighting, fighting, but i definitely think teenage hormones, and early mornings are not the recipe for happy mornings. i believe in feeding my kids a good, healthy breakfast.  my daughter is homeschooled, my son attends a charter school.  i can’t always guarantee…

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dilly dally

missy toque is sometimes very, very, very slow.  in fact, if you ask her to “hurry”, or “move quickly”, she seems to move even slower.  it takes her a while to come for prayers.  it takes another while to read her scripture verse (not the actual reading of it, but to even begin reading at all).  she will open her…

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sunshine

it is hard.  sometimes it is so hard to be home every single day with missy toque.  she gets cranky with me, i get cranky with her.  sometimes we don’t understand each other.  and with her speech, sometimes i do not understand what she is saying. she has trouble speaking, and still sounds like a toddler sometimes.  just the other…

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the kusi life {guest post}

today i am sharing a little of our adoption story over at The Kusi Life. the kusi life is an amazing place three sisters have created to share goodness, grace, and love with everyone.  sisters kirsten, elisa, and meg are gorgeous mothers and wives, and have somuch knowledge, faith, kindness, and genuine beauty to share. i am grateful for the…

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ok

“i don’t want to be blind.”  missy toque looked at me in the eye doctor’s office. “it will be ok honey.”  i gave her a hug.  then pulled out my camera and took some pictures with filters to make her smile. missy toque’s cornea are steep, on the steepness chart they are both completely red.  most people are green.  if…

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not as bad as dory

missy toque was standing on the stairs.  she was looking up and down the stairs.  then she would pause.  then she would look up and down.  after observing this routine a couple of times, i asked, “what are you doing?” “i forget what i was doing.”  missy toque answered.  she continued, “sometimes i forget things, but not as bad as…

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