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The Sabbath- One Holy Day in Seven

“In keeping the Sabbath Day holy, we reserve one day in seven as His. It is our privilege to consecrate time to Him who lends us life each day.” –Russell M. Nelson

The Sabbath is truly my one day in seven where I can renew, recommit, and repent. How better I feel when I keep His day holy and observe it as the Lord intended.

It is not a day of play…a day of pajama wearing…a day to do “thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure” (Isaiah 58: 13-14). The Holy Sabbath is a day set aside by God to honor Him, humble ourselves, take a good look at our priorities, and then change what needs to be changed.  As we obey these principles of the Sabbath Day, we will be promised sweet simple blessings from a merciful God who loves each one of us and that defy all of our expectations.

The scriptures below say it MUCH better than I do.

I am so grateful for this one holy day in seven.

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

(Isaiah 58:6)

“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the lord shall be thy rereward.”

“Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.”

“…then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:”

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”

(Isaiah 58: 8-11)

Being a Mother

I am so grateful to be here on this earth to live, cry, laugh, learn and play with my children.

I realized again today that I am living the perfect life…being a mother.

I was given a Greg Olsen picture entitled “Take My Hand” from EB today for Mother’s Day.

This is a special picture to Presto during his recent illness and has become the symbol of the fiery journey our family bore this past winter.

Take My Hand--Greg Olsen

Take My Hand–Greg Olsen

This picture overwhelms me with peace and comfort as I know that the Savior walks with me and all mother’s daily.

But most importantly, He walks with our children through any kind of weather and circumstance they may have to endure.

That knowledge is what I am most grateful for this Mother’s Day.

There will be troublesome tests, distressing years and rugged obstacles that our children will be asked to go through.

That is God’s design for His children.

But as we teach our little ones to take His hand and trust in the Lord, that is the best gift we can give our children as mothers.

I hope to give each of my precious children that gift.

That is the kind of mother I want to be.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Music is My Balm of Gilead

During General Conference yesterday and today, I was moved by the many quotes and the eloquently spoken words.

But for some reason, my soul was touched and inspired even more by the music that was shared during Conference.

Music does something inside me, and righteous music makes my soul soar with JOY.


I felt that joy again as I heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the six hours of meetings.

Feeling that surge of complete beauty and spiritual high brought me back to days when I would play on the piano in college, all by myself, for hours on end.

I miss those practice rooms where it was just me, the piano, and music.

Those were spiritual moments when I would play with all my heart and soul and yet only have myself and the Lord hear it.

Here is one of the songs that deeply touches me and deeply affects me EVERY time I hear it. The words combined with the magnificent music lifts me up and I want to be a better person.

It did the same again today.

Grateful Sabbath Photos


I just found these photos as I was going through my computer today.

I love it when I find heart warming surprises like this.

Obviously, I did not take them but was thrilled to see such darling gems.

They make me smile and almost laugh out loud they are so darn cute.

The first one, JuBean on the clock (yes we have a clock in our floor) and dressed up cowgirl style, was probably taken by her siblings as they dressed her up playing some creative something or other. Don’t you just love the plaid, the zebra print, the hot pink, the neon yellow, and the sombrero-like hat? Picturesque! But my favorite things are her precious eyes and adorable pudgy feet 🙂

The next three are B Trout and JuBean (my oldest and youngest) from this last summer.

These two were just getting to know one another and B Trout was loving the novelty of his new phone’s camera after being without one for two years.  JuBean was a bit stand offish and B Trout was quite picture happy.

I laughed out loud as I found 20 or so photos like these.

I spared you and only posted three of them.

I am grateful for being their Mom.




Lift Up Your Heads and Rejoice!

“…O ye, my people, lift up your heads and be comforted; for behold, the time is at hand, or is not far distant, when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies, notwithstanding our many strugglings, which have been in vain; yet I trust there remaineth an effectual struggle to be made.”

“Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God, in that God who was the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and also, that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do for them.”

Mosiah 7:18-19

Presto peed tonight!!

And on the night after everyone fasted and prayed for him to do so.

Presto has HUS which means his kidneys have stopped working.  He hasn’t urinated since Christmas Day.

Now, this is the first sign of his kidneys coming around and starting to work again.


I am elated, grateful, tearful, joyful, and so hopeful for my little son’s recovery.


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