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Book Review: “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod

This book is changing my life.

I love it when I find these valuable gems!


Here is a little background.

I was watching a YouTube video one day and the person in the video kept mentioning a phrase over and over again, “My Miracle Morning…my Miracle Morning”. I was confused. What’s that?

I replayed the video, and learned that the phrase “My Miracle Morning” was referring to the book  “The Miracle Morning-The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM” .

I quickly shot over to A—-N, and checked the title out. Huh…it was from an unfamiliar author, Hal Elrod, and I digitally flipped through the highly reviewed book.

I then began researching Mr. Elrod and found some YouTube presentations he had done. I was intrigued with his personal story and his passion about sharing his success in turning around his life with the ideas in his book “The Miracle Morning”.

Long story short, I bought the book, read it in a day, and set my alarm for the next morning.

Did my life transform overnight?

Truthfully, no.

But, I would have to say… I am feeling something transforming.

Everyday I do my “Miracle Morning”, I feel more motivated and confident to improve myself and do better than the day before. I have a time to work on me and to work on those things that I feel are important. I have a time everyday to fill MY bucket before I start the day of ladling out to everyone and everything else.

As I intentionally get up earlier, I have more uninterrupted time for prayer, planning, pondering, studying, reading, visualizing, and meditating. In other words, it is one very crucial component to sharpening my saw. And just to warn you, this personal pre-sunrise time is addicting. I crave the early morning now and when I can’t get up before the sun, I feel like I’ve been cheated! NOW THAT IS TRULY LIFE CHANGING FOR ME-just ask EB.

If you are struggling with burn out in any area of your life, if you are flailing around with no direction, or if you know there is more that you could be doing and desire a change somehow, give this idea of “Miracle Mornings” a try.

I am…and I’m loving the change.




Birthday Photos: Eboo, B Trout & Dolly M

Happy Birthday to my spring babies- April, May and June. (And yes I know it is the middle of summer now.)

You all make my life full and crazy happy. I am blessed to be apart of your lives.

Eboo received her first phone!



B Trout, the bachelor!


Dolly M our first college woman.


Daily Inspiration: God’s Love is Simply There

This is what I wanted to share today because it was an uplift to me.

You’ll find this quote in the daily counsel and inspiration book for July 14, pg. 212, “A Future as Bright as Your Faith”  by Thomas S. Monson, our beloved Prophet.


“Your Heavenly Father loves you–each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.

Thomas S. Monson


Punch to the Gut-Dolly M is Leaving

Writing a post about children leaving our nest royally stinks. These are those moments when I wonder, “Why do I create posts like this? This is self torture.”

Dolly M, my oldest daughter and the 4th child, is now on her way into the real world…or rather, the college world. She is on the edge of the nest, suit case in hand and ready to try her wings.

So many memories of Dolly M are flooding my mind’s eye right now, especially as I peruse over all the gut wrenching photos of her sparkling, beautiful smile.

I wonder where all the time has gone, where all the days and months have evaporated to and am oddly hearing in my head (which is rather freaky) “Sunrise, Sunset”.

NO, NO, NO!! Stop, stop, stop! No sunrises or sunsets. I am not ready to be a Tzeitel.

Let’s just concentrate on the positives and be grown up about this. Save the blubbering for when I am in the house… after she drives away… where she cannot see me do the ugly cry thing.

OK, the positives:

Number one: After three handsome, fun-loving boys, I got a girl to play dress-up and not get squirted when I changed her diaper.

Number two: I finally had a child that I could buy baby dolls, strollers and miniature kitchens for her to play house with instead of the guns, swords, trucks and army men.

Number three: Having bows, ribbons and bobby pins scattered all over the bathroom drawers made me smile and appreciate that she could grow her hair out and didn’t need a haircut every 4-6 weeks!

Number four: It’s pretty comforting having another female, hormonal and all, to be on my side when there is wrestling before family prayer, marathon ESPN game days, and debates over what masculine movie we should watch.

Number five: I love that Dolly M has her head on straight and is grounded, loves and cherishes all things family, loves God with all her heart, treats others kindly, makes good choices, and wants to keep learning and become her best self.

I guess that says it all–I am one blessed mama. A mama that is losing another baby bird.

When each of you shall in your nest
Among your young ones take your rest,
In chirping language, oft them tell,
You had a dam that loved you well,
That did what could be done for young,
And nursed you up till you were strong,
And ‘fore she once would let you fly,
She showed you joy and misery;
Taught what was good, and what was ill,
What would save life, and what would kill.
Thus gone, amongst you I may live,
And dead, yet speak, and counsel give:
Farewell, my birds, farewell adieu,
I happy am, if well with you.

(From “In Reference To Her Children” by Anne Bradstreet)

Fly strong Dolly M, and fly high and straight!


JQ’s Mission Anniversary


JQ left on April 10, 2013.

He came home April 10, 2015.


Yes, that is exactly 24 months.

Funny thing, that is how JQ is—exact.

No sharing straws, cups, or spoons.

His bed is always made, pristine and wrinkle-free.

When he was leaving on his mission, I came to his bedroom to help him pack his suitcase and this is what I found on his bed…

Ties & shoes lined up.

pure packing exactness. It was beautiful!

Now he has been home for a year, exactly one year from today,

and it has been heaven having him back.

Love ya JQ.




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