Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Yesterday I mentioned that I am working on some Flylady habits.  Laundry needs to be worked in.  It has always been one of my biggest struggles!  And I've got to start figuring it out.  I've decided to start keeping track of when I do laundry.  That should do two things:  1) make me aware of how often I actually do laundry (not nearly as often as I like to think) and 2) make me think about it more and hopefully actually do more laundry. 

I don't do too bad with the washing and drying part, but folding and getting clothes put away is awful!  I always end up piling the clean laundry somewhere and then we all have to dig through the pile all week looking for clothes we need till James gets fed up enough to make the whole family go fold the whole mountain of clothes.  Almost every day I have to help 2 or more of the kids find something in the pile of laundry because they don't have any in their drawers. 

It's going to get better! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

My Voice

Every day, well every school day, I get up before the rest of my family.  I'm working on developing some Flylady habits, but mostly it is my quiet time to pray and study the scriptures.  I recently started getting up 10 minutes earlier so that I can have 10 minutes a day to write something here, on my blog.  I really enjoyed writing when I was posting regularly.  That was another life changing journey, which I don't want to walk away from.  I learned some good things and exposed some of those lovely weaknesses.  Ouch. 

I learned that I cared too much about getting comments, and wanting more and more people to read my blog.  And I forgot about being me and speaking in my voice.  I have this weird habit of talking like the person I am talking to.  If I am on the phone, my family can often guess who it is I am speaking with because of the way they hear me talk.  It's a little frustrating to me sometimes and I try not to let it happen.  So, I'm hoping I can do that now, as I write.  I can write in my voice, use my language, write about my thoughts.  My adventures and pursuits.  And kind of discover who I am in the process. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017


I have been on an incredible journey.  But here's the thing about journeys in life.  They point out our weak points and our stumbling blocks.  And that is hard!  This scripture has been on my mind lately:

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. - Ether 12:27

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Incredible Journey

The journey I began almost three years ago, when I shakily climbed on my bike that day on Moscow Mountain, has taken a few twists and turns and has completely changed my life.  I would have told you, three years ago, that those particular twists and turns could not and would not have ever happened.  I suppose most people feel that way about much of their journeys through life.  It is amazing, the things you can learn!

What did I think couldn't happen?  How have I changed?  Well, I can do push ups now.  Straight body, chest to the floor.  Push ups!  I am a weight lifter.  I do dead lift, military press, squat, and bench press.  On Monday I dead lifted 190 lbs. 5 times in a row.  And I am a runner.  I can run miles at a time and am training for a half marathon. 

I am a different person!